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CHARLIE Horses: On Caricature and Outrage

An exploration of the impulse to caricature, a look at incidents of outrage and retaliation against cartoonists, and a personal attempt to come to terms with racist cartoons from America’s past. Continue reading

 
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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/14/15 – Graven Images)

Religion and horror: who’d have thought? Continue reading

 
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2014’s Critic of the Year!

The title says it all. Or does it? Continue reading

 
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THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/7/14 – Drifting Back)

Picking up where we left off… Continue reading

 
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The Fukui Ei’ichi Incident and the Prehistory of Komaga-Gekiga

Though generous to his fans, and generally warm with his peers, Tezuka Osamu (1928-89) was not above letting professional jealousy get the best of him. The first time this trait reared its head in public was in 1953, when, in … Continue reading

 
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God Rest Ye Merrie: The Letters of Walt Kelly and Young Peter Brown

Here’s a true story for the holiday season about a famous 45-year-old cartoonist and an eleven-year-old boy. Continue reading

 
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Leah Wishnia!

Leah Wishnia is a reminder that being a lynchpin requires labor. As the founder, editor, and publisher of Happiness, the 26-year-old has harvested a biannual bumper crop of idiosyncratic young alternative cartoonists. Continue reading

 
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The Friendly Beasts

Winged creatures of all sorts—owls, bees, dragons—take flight in the comics of Ben Duncan, Lala Albert, and Ward Zwart. Continue reading