Author Archives: Matthias Wivel

Dominique Goblet and the Architecture of Self

The Belgian artist is among the most empathetic of artists working in the comics form, with each project pushing further the boundaries of interpersonal hermeneutics. Continue reading

 

A No-Deal Christmas

Cassandra Darke, the titular protagonist of Posy Simmonds’ latest comic, is the cartoonist’s most heroic figure so far, and the book is an assertive step in the direction of more proactive social engagement. Continue reading

 

Under a Black Sun

James Pisket’s Dansker (‘Dane’) is the story of a broken man, trapped in the shadow of the Armenian genocide and by the trauma of his youth. Continue reading

 

The Green Hand and Other Stories

Nicole Claveloux’s comics give fantastic flight to common emotions in colors and landscapes that border on the surreal, and are glimpses of a road not taken, in which comics evolved differently. Continue reading

 

The Tumult of Liberty

Three French-language comics demonstrate the challenges raised for creators by the remarkable aesthetic and thematic developments of the last twenty years. Continue reading

 

Through the Mirror

Late in life, Jack Kirby returned to his youth. After a long, distinguished career he drew his first unequivocally autobiographical story, “Street Code”, in 1983. Continue reading

 

Praying for It

Chester Brown’s Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a logical extension of the examination to which was subjecting himself in Paying for It, and which arguably goes back as far as 1992’s The Playboy. Continue reading

 

A Child of the Revolution

In The Arab of the Future, the French-Syrian cartoonist Riad Sattouf remembers an errant childhood spent in France, as well as the Libya of Muammar Gaddafi and the Syria of Hafiz al-Assad. Continue reading