COLUMNS
Manga Shōnen (November 1952), cover by Ōtsuki Sadao and Nagata Toshio showing Tezuka Osamu doll in diorama. What Was Alternative Manga?

The Fukui Ei’ichi Incident and the Prehistory of Komaga-Gekiga

Though generous to his fans, and generally warm with his peers, Tezuka Osamu (1928-89) was not above letting professional jealousy get the best of him. The first time this trait reared its head in public was in 1953, when, in … Continue reading

 
kelly1 Framed!

God Rest Ye Merrie: The Letters of Walt Kelly and Young Peter Brown

Here’s a true story for the holiday season about a famous 45-year-old cartoonist and an eleven-year-old boy. Continue reading

 
gutfeelingscover Say Hello

Leah Wishnia!

Leah Wishnia is a reminder that being a lynchpin requires labor. As the founder, editor, and publisher of Happiness, the 26-year-old has harvested a biannual bumper crop of idiosyncratic young alternative cartoonists. Continue reading

 
friendlybeasts Symbol Reader

The Friendly Beasts

Winged creatures of all sorts—owls, bees, dragons—take flight in the comics of Ben Duncan, Lala Albert, and Ward Zwart. Continue reading

 
Art Spiegelman WORDLESS Comics Journal Framed!

Art as Transformation: WORDLESS!

If you’ve followed Art Spiegelman at all in the last 20 years, you’ve seen his lectures, filled with insight, wit, and lots of visuals projected onto screens. This has all been pretty swell — but predictable — stuff. But when have we ever seen Spiegelman take the stage to talk about comics with a giant movie screen and a six-piece jazz combo? Continue reading

 
2f47f79f-46e9-425c-aed3-af0d7e5a3427_zps66519a55 This Week in Comics

THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (12/17/14 – Quality in Games Journalism)

Yeah! Screw comics! Goddamn nerds – in 2015, it’s all gaming, all the time! Continue reading

 
flames-background_3 Riff Raff

Can You Get to That?

War zone of the Mind. Continue reading

 
Napoleon1a Hare Tonic

When a Dog Was Art: Clifford McBride and the Immortal Napoleon

Back in those dear, dead days of yesteryear, cartoonists drew comic strips; they didn’t rule them with a straight-edge. And one of the best examples of the truth of this freshly brewed axiom is Clifford McBride’s dog strip, Napoleon. Continue reading