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The Art of Divination

In Aidan Koch’s “Configurations” the psychological interval between each panel is central, impossible for the reader to ignore, and in a sense that’s what this comic is actually about. Continue reading

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CAB 2014 Notes

A brief con report Continue reading

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“The Sponsor”: A Fourteen-Step Problem Comic

All about interpretation and responses to James Sturm’s comic strip “The Sponsor” . . . Continue reading

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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/12/14 – An Experiment in Funnybook Investigation)

It’s so nice not having to cover a comics show. God, I can just show up and be myself. Continue reading

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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/5/14 – Days of Manga Past)

Revisiting a special moment in international cooperation, before spending the first Xmas money of the season. Continue reading

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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (10/29/14 – Treats. Only treats.)

It’s very unlikely I will try to cook and eat you on this Halloween week! Continue reading

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South American Spotlight: Berliac

A look at a great work by the Argentine author Continue reading

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Proto-Gekiga: Matsumoto Masahiko’s Komaga

One could say that Matsumoto Masahiko was the true innovator of gekiga and today’s manga. Sakurai Shōichi (cartoonist, publisher, brother of Tatsumi Yoshihiro), 1971-72 As an aside, let me point out that, around the time that the term ‘gekiga’ was … Continue reading