Author Archives: Austin English

The Strange Case of Stan Lee

When Lee passed away last week, non-comics world friends reached out to me to express condolences. They knew I loved comics and that I’m interested in the history of the medium… Clearly, this was a loss, right? Continue reading

 

Against Clarity

How the cult of simplicity limits our understanding of comics’ potential Continue reading

 

Sense of Humor at the National Gallery: An Interview with Judith Brodie

George Herriman, Winsor McCay, Saul Steinberg, Francisco de Goya, Leonardo da Vinci and William Hogarth walked into the National Gallery all at once, and it turns out there might be room enough for everyone: Austin English has the scoop. Continue reading

 

Fall into Degradation

In this week’s column, an Arcades Project-style history of cartoonists and their relationships with editors, publishers, and so-called fans. Continue reading

 

Simplify, Stupid

Does Will Eisner really deserve so much more respect than Don Martin and Dave Berg? Continue reading

 

Notes Toward a Future Understanding of Wally Wood

Why is the art of Wally Wood so hard to describe, so hard to get at? Why am I so interested in his art, while the similarly painstaking craftsmanship of a Joe Kubert or Will Eisner leaves me cold? Continue reading

 

At the Mountains of Madness

Within the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, we come across Sherrie Levine’s 1989 art work Untitled (Mr. Austridge: 2). It is not currently on view, but was up in the galleries from June 30, … Continue reading

 

Where I’m Coming From (Part 2)

Zines disappear arbitrarily and without warning. For the final installment in this series, I’ve tried to write about a great many, in the hopes that works that have moved me might open up forgotten corners of what is possible in cartooning.
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