Author Archives: Matt Seneca

No Choice But Comics: Kramers at X

Matt Seneca peeled back the cover of Kramers Ergot 10 and found enough comics nitroglycerin inside that he felt the need to pull in editor Sammy Harkham for some background on the thinking behind its assembly. Continue reading

 

Bandy Designys: New French Comics Through the Wrong End of the Telescope

Matt Seneca returned from his French vacation with a stack of comics. I know they call them something different over there, but i’m not over there, am I? Let’s see what he thought! Continue reading

 

Moebius’s Last: Le Maître à La Fin

Great cartoonists get weirder as they get older; as a general rule they stop expanding the scope of their work and drill down into old obsessions, attempting to answer the few fundamental questions that hindsight makes obvious they’ve been asking all along. Like Herriman or Ditko or Alan Moore, Moebius became more idiosyncratic and introspective with age, often seemingly in search only of himself. Continue reading

 

Dermal Lift: Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X

Weapon X isn’t the only superhero comic to tear down its protagonist’s heroic facade or even to indict its readers for believing in that image – though it is one whose force and quality surpasses all but the top rank of stories to do so. Continue reading

 

Six Books from One Failed Bookstore

What can you learn from the comics found at a going-out-of-business sale? If you’re Matt Seneca, the answer is a whole hell of a lot. Continue reading

 

Q1: A Good Comic is Hard To Find

Matt Seneca’s new column for the Journal documents what he’s read so far this year–the good, the great, the bad & The Authority. Continue reading

 

Street Talk: The Guy Colwell Interview

Guy Colwell’s Inner City Romance is the most politically cogent of the San Francisco underground comics by leaps and bounds. Continue reading

 

“I’m Trying To Be Someone Who Doesn’t Understand What They’re Doing”: The Benjamin Marra Interview

The Night Business and Gangsta Rap Posse creator talks self-publishing, the connection between comics and foie gras, and the inspiration he draws from Giotto and giallo. Continue reading

 
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