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


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

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


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


Six Observations about Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Archive Are You My Mother?

Working through the new book. Continue reading


“This Man, This Monster”: Super-Heroes and Super-Sexism.

Ken Parille looks at Super-Ugly Muscles and Male Superhero Outfits. Continue reading


2011: A Year in Comic Ambition.

The first GRID of the new year looks at a handful of comics and graphic novels from 2011. Continue reading


The Death-Ray Discussion Forum

In this month’s Grid, we talk about Daniel Clowes’s The Death-Ray. Please add your two cents or more in the comments section. Continue reading


Event Watch — Justice League #1: Nothing Will Ever Be the Same Again. . .

They’ve hyped the new Justice League #1 as a “Game-Changer.” But is it? The Comics Journal investigates. Continue reading