Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics
Ten Speed Press
J & K
Bradley of Him
Punisher: Soviet #1
Frank Thorne: 1930-2021
A true original, Frank Thorne’s career was a testament to joy, pleasure and rapacious creativity–and a hell of a lot of craft. In this obituary, Matt Seneca touches upon some of the many high points, following Thorne’s passing earlier this week.
The Best Comics Of 2020
Oh damn, it’s the best comics of 2020!
Excerpt: The American Mainstream
Matt Seneca cradles some longbox finds from the early 60s in his ongoing search for the quintessential “mainstream” comic in this exclusive excerpt.
Alterations & Alloys: CF at Anthology
Matt’s here to report back on the welcome return of the massively influential (but still under-discussed) CF, whose latest work from Anthology shows an artist still operating at full power.
An Erection Four Decades Long: The Pornography of Wally Wood
A long look at the years that the famous cartoonist spent creating porn, spurred by the 2019 Fantagraphics publication, Cons de Fee: The Erotic Art of Wallace Wood. [Contains Explicit Imagery]
No Choice But Comics: Kramers at X
Matt Seneca peeled back the cover of Kramers Ergot 10 and found enough comics nitroglycerin inside that he felt the need to pull in editor Sammy Harkham for some background on the thinking behind its assembly.
Moebius’s Last: Le Maître à La Fin
Great cartoonists get weirder as they get older; as a general rule they stop expanding the scope of their work and drill down into old obsessions, attempting to answer the few fundamental questions that hindsight makes obvious they’ve been asking all along. Like Herriman or Ditko or Alan Moore, Moebius became more idiosyncratic and introspective with age, often seemingly in search only of himself.
Six Books from One Failed Bookstore
What can you learn from the comics found at a going-out-of-business sale? If you’re Matt Seneca, the answer is a whole hell of a lot.
Layout Workbook 6
This week we’re going to look at how ye olde masters like Nicolas Poussin composed his figurative works with geometry.