Daniel Clowes and Eightball, 1988-1998: Highlights, Mysteries, and Fun-Facts

To mark the release of Daniel Clowes’s The Complete Eightball #1-18, we look at the cartoonist’s career and comics from 1988 to 1998. Continue reading


Cartoon Solitude

A look at sentimentality in an Ivan Brunetti image and time in a Charles Schulz strip. Continue reading


2014: Comics, New and Old (Part II)

More reflections on “the state of the art.” Along the way we talk Lichtenstein, meta-characters, the ideal format, page orientation, Spidey vs. Spiderman, “philosophical nihilism,” cat sneakers, and the like. Continue reading


2014: Comics, New and Old (Part I)

Reflections on the “state of the art.” Along the way there’s talk of editorial malfeasance, lyrical ambiguity, feminism, fannish-ness, Kirby, Byron, motorcycle comics, etc. . . . Continue reading


2014’s Critic of the Year!

The title says it all. Or does it? 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


2014: New Comics, Old Problems

A generally positive TCJ columnist goes negative, finding something wrong with five recently-released comics: Seconds, Vertigo Quarterly, Ragnarớk, The Death of Archie, and Multiversity. He also answers the question: “Who is the best American-comics-influenced British writer?” Continue reading


Don’t Move: The Still Life of Pete Morisi

Ken Parille explores the work of Pete Morisi, an unsung master of un-action comics . . . Continue reading