“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


Five From Koyama

Toronto’s Koyama Press is releasing some great stuff . . . Continue reading


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


“This Strange Profession”: Abner Dean Interrogates the Gag

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


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


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