True and Recognizably Human: A Conversation with R. Kikuo Johnson
R. Kikuo Johnson and James Romberger discuss Johnson’s new graphic novel No One Else, his illustrations for The New Yorker, what he redrew for the new edition of his book The Night Fisher, and why he’s sticking with comics.
Katie Skelly on The Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka
The creator of Nurse Nurse talks about a pivotal book in the manga master’s oeuvre.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (9/3/14 – This column is a digital exclusive!)
Whenever I speak, I must cry out, violence and outrage is my message; the word of COMICS has brought me derision and reproach all the day.
THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/10/13 – The Pathos of Things)
The saddest lil’ unicorn in the whole wide world, and other comics to pluck those strings.
Manga Finds Pirate Gold: The Case of New Treasure Island
One history of postwar manga might begin in Burbank in the late 1930s and early 40s, amidst the trials and tribulations of the Disney Studio after the outbreak of World War II in Europe.
Tezuka Osamu and American Comics
Tezuka was a comic book artist, first and foremost, his dreams and later successes with animation notwithstanding. And as a comic book artist it would only make sense if comic books were his strongest influence, which indeed they were.
Pluto and Doubling
In this column I’m looking for art in other genres, and I’ll begin with one of the most artistically accomplished genre comics of the last ten years, Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto (2003-2009).
Charting the Beginnings
An ongoing look at the history of alternative manga. First, an overview—and a statement of purpose.