It Is the Bad Time

In the fall of 2015, I curated an art exhibition at Appalachian State University titled “At the Junction of Words and Pictures: The Tenth Anniversary of the Center for Cartoon Studies”. The show was not an unqualified success—as a first-time … Continue reading


Hot Dog Taste Test

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Dream Tube

The eye is unavoidable throughout Rebekka Dunlap’s debut comics collection, Dream Tube. In the first of the book’s stories, “Brooklyn Witch Tweets”, readers meet a sexually-frustrated illustrator with an eye for a head. In “Cities and Spaces and”, a man … Continue reading


Compass South

Compass South is a YA adventure graphic novel, a genre I’m happy to see revived in comics. While the story shows its influences to a distracting degree (Tintin, et al), it’s an entertaining, suspenseful tale, albeit with a bit of … Continue reading


Sir Alfred No. 3

What comes to mind when you hear the name Alfred Hitchcock? A scene from one of his many acclaimed films, perhaps? Or maybe the theme song to his television show? My suspicion is that somewhere in that nanosecond or two … Continue reading


Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker‘s Greatest Cartoonist

The New Yorker’s original one-man art department, Rea Irvin, famously designed Eustace Tilley, the magazine’s monocled mascot. A foppish aristocratic dandy with a nose turned up in sniffy dismissal while scrutinizing a butterfly, Tilley became the ironic icon of Harold … Continue reading


Talk Dirty to Me

CCS alum Luke Howard’s funny and insightful tale of an ordinary woman’s struggle w/ sexuality & self-acceptance. Continue reading


Gulag Casual

What Is Going On: Some Reflections on Picking Up Gulag Casual Hmmm. Hemmm. Well, well, well. Of course, I think, dreams. I smile. Kafka, Beckett, Pinter occur. The language, I consider, (A “brute” approaches to “pummel” someone”) is slightly off. Familiar … Continue reading