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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

 
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Steve Ditko’s Cartooning: Abstraction / Word vs. Picture / Motion

Grid explores the innovative visual techniques of artist Steve Ditko. Continue reading

 
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Construction Manual * John Hankiewicz’s “The Kimball House”

A close reading of an unusual comic by the innovative cartoonist John Hankiewicz. Bonus: the full comic is included! Continue reading