THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/13/16 – A Process of Deduction)
Weekly services for adherents of commerce.
The Minicomix Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The revolution will not be televised The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox – Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1970) The humble, photocopied minicomic sprang into being in the early 1970s and has become a prime engine of creativity in a vast subculture that today includes thousands of comics creators. This edition… Read more »
Caitlin McGurk and John Porcellino on I Never Liked You and Summer of Love
A discussion of two landmark teenage memoirs by Chester Brown and Debbie Dreschler.
“What’s Actually There on the Page”: A Conversation with Brian Evenson about Chester Brown
The novelist and critic talks about the various incarnations of Ed the Happy Clown, the effects of format on the reader, changing his own mind on the best version of the story, and comics criticism in general.
Yummy Fur Riff
Doin’ the Chester
Ed Vs. Yummy Fur [Excerpt]
Ed the Happy Clown became a graphic novel by letting go of its three successive past-lives as 1) a part of a mini-comic, 2) a part of a comic book series, and 3) a book with a different ending. What was stripped away with each incarnation is as important in establishing what Ed was and now is as what remains.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (9/11/13 – Curses!)
Quite a lot of comics and not a lot of time; I am left sputtering.
The Comics Journal #302: Wages of Love: Chester Brown’s True Romance Comix Excerpt
In this excerpt, Tim Kreider talks about how Chester Brown’s mother’s schizophrenia affected Paying For It.
To Hell and Back
Re-reading Ed the Happy Clown, examining footnotes, and “The Door”.
Gold Out of Straw
Ed the Happy Clown returns, Shadow covers do battle, an ancient penny drops, Adrian Tomine meets Liz Prince in a paper bag, and Ray Bradbury checks out.
One-Artist Anthology Comics
As if it weren’t enough that comics are the domain of the obsessive control freak, there is a cartooning sect that perfectly defines the creative mania responsible for some of our greatest works: the one-artist anthology. This is its history.
SDCC 2011: Art of the Graphic Novel Panel
Cartoonists including Chester Brown, Seymour Chwast, Eric Drooker, Joyce Farmer, and Craig Thompson talk about the graphic novel medium.
A Dan Clowes Notebook
From Ice Haven to Mr. Wonderful.
Drawing Sex and Paying for It.
K asks, “Is there a right way to draw IT?” X, Y and Z answer, arguing about “The Libertarian Aesthetic.”
Here We Go
A few highlights. No lowlights. Not yet.
Twittering Away the Day
Tweets and “real” content.
A Chester Brown Notebook
Some notes that try to tease out a fuller account of Chester’s remarkable “comic-strip memoir.”
The Chester Brown Interview
In this interview from 1990, Chester Brown talks about God, trying to break into the superhero biz, Watchmen, and hawking minis on street corners.
Notes to a Note on the Notes of Chester Brown
Ed Park reflects on the words in the back of the book.
Some Girls Work in Factories, Some Girls Work in Stores
R. Fiore on Chester Brown’s Paying for It.
A John’s Gospel: The Chester Brown Interview
An interview on sex, politics, comics, and Paying for It.
The ABCs of Autobio Comix
In 1971 Justin Green’s Binky Brown started a revolution. Here’s what happened next.