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Jack Kirby and Alex Niño: Innovation at DC Comics in 1972

Searching for the unusual in the sometimes formulaic world of mainstream comics, we travel back to 1972 and uncover Jack Kirby’s despair and Alex Niño’s faces. Continue reading

 
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“This Strange Profession”: Abner Dean Interrogates the Gag

The “Brave Nude World” of philosopher, psychologist, psychiatrist, anthropologist, and cartoonist Abner Dean. Continue reading

 
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Comics Survey: Words, Part II

Ken Parille digs through 60 years of comics and says things about words. He explores a diverse creative cast, from Bill Griffith, Gabrielle Bell, and Julia Gfrörer to Jerry Siegel, John Byrne, and Grant Morrison — with a brief appearance by Otto Binder. Continue reading

 
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Comics Survey: Word / Art, Part I

In Part I of this two-part survey, Ken Parille reviews twelve comic books and graphic novels, paying attention to the words they use. Continue reading

 
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“Red People for a Red Planet”: Acme Novelty Library #19, Color, and the Red Leitmotif

Things are not going well on Mars or on Earth. Chris Ware tells these tales with the help of a cartoonist’s best friend: the circle. Continue reading

 
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Two Questions Answered about ‘The State of Comics Criticism: 2013’

Grid asks and Grid answers, sort of . . . Continue reading

 
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Friendly Ghosts and Comics Form

Greatness and minimalism in a disposable kid’s comic . . . Continue reading

 
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Secret Loves: A Short History of Two Panels in Charles Burns’s The Hive

Mind-blowing kisses, bitter tears, manic desperation, luxurious eyebrows, and comic book history in Charles Burns’s new graphic novel. Continue reading