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Wonder Woman’s Secrets in Context

Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a major event in comics scholarship. But no scholarly work stands alone; all are always part of a wider conversation. Continue reading


The Plugged-Up Parodist: Nick Maandag’s Constipated Comedy

Visually, there are very few gifted cartoonists who are as remorselessly ungiving as Nick Maandag. There is no succulent texture in his universe, no oasis of exfoliating leafy beauty to offer relief from the aridity of the art. Continue reading


Harold Gray and the Limits of Conservative Anti-Racism

Race, Harold Gray and Little Orphan Annie. Continue reading


Kim Thompson as Critic

There were many Kim Thompsons: translator, anthologist, editor, publisher. The first Kim Thompson I encountered was Kim the critic, who tended to get lost in the busy shuffle. Continue reading

The Death of General Wolfe, by Benjamin West

Fact and Fancy in Seth’s G.N.B. Double C

Everybody misunderstands Seth. Popular mythology has pegged the cartoonist as a nostalgist hankering over the lost past. In fact, Seth is a fantastist obsessed not with the world-that-was but rather the world-as-it-might-have-been. Continue reading


Crumb in the Beginning

In 1987, the proposal to bring all of Crumb back into print in a uniform set of books was a radical publishing act which re-contextualized and re-vitalized an already momentous body of work. Continue reading

Joe Sacco and Jaime Hernandez

Iowa Comics Conference Notebook

A visit to Iowa with a crowd of cartoonists, publishers and academics. Continue reading

Fred and Barney with The Great Gazoo

A Dan Clowes Notebook

From Ice Haven to Mr. Wonderful. Continue reading

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