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Koga Masao, “Longing for Your Shadow,” lyric and music sheet (Victor Records, January 1931); Mori Shin'ichi, Longing for Your Shadow, 12” LP (Victor Records, May 1968), cover art by Iwata Sentarō. What Was Alternative Manga?

Enka Gekiga: Hayashi Seiichi’s Pop Music Manga

If his autobiographical reminisces are true, then Hayashi Seiichi’s literary life began with falling tears. As he recalled the early 50s in “Azami Light” (“Keikō,” 1972): “‘Look at you sniveling like a little girl,’ said my mother. She turned her … Continue reading

 
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The Lost Comics of Jack Cole – Part 3 (1939-1940, Humor and Crime)

In many ways, 1939 and 1940 were pivotal years in Jack Cole’s life and work. These are the years he stretched from humorous short subjects to longer, more serious crime and superhero stories. Continue reading

 
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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/25/14 – Melted)

Now including more of other people’s words. Continue reading

 
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“Trail May Lead to the Ends of Infinity”

A close reading of The Mighty Thor # 166 (July 1969). Continue reading

 
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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/18/14 – The Time Has Come to Go to Winter Wonderland)

I am sweating. Better spend some money. Continue reading

 
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National Cartoonists Society Pats Itself on the Back But Who Better Qualified To Do It?

The big takeaway from the Memorial Day weekend meeting of the National Cartoonists Society is that Non Sequitur’s Wiley Miller was named Cartoonist of the Year and presented with the Reuben, a heavy metal statuette in the shape of a pile of comical characters. Continue reading

 
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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/11/14 – Motion Pictures)

Gee, people commented on the Robert Crumb stuff last week… maybe if I say something about Jack Kirby… yeah! And post a movie! YEAH! Continue reading

 
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State of the Art: QU33R

Kirby’s new anthology is very much a reaction to and extension of Justin Hall’s No Straight Lines. If the latter represents the past of queer comics, Kirby wanted to take a snapshot of its present. Continue reading