Archive for May, 2008

Big Media Empire, Small Media Empire

The new Comics Journal is out. The bulk of the issue is devoted to a roundtable on David Michaelis’ Schulz biography, including an enormous essay by Schulz’s son Monte. I haven’t waded through the whole thing yet, but the consensus seems to confirm the general impression I gleaned from the media firestorm around it, viz. […]

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Paradigm Shift

Dirk I. TiedeParadigm Shift — Part One: EquilibriumParadigm Shift — Part Two: Equilibrium As Kim Thompson, Steven Grant, and others have noted, American comics have long been split between snooty literary art and bottom-drawer super-hero fare. The bread-and-butter genre work that fills most of the market in other mediums is AWOL. As a result, when […]

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Old Comics For New Bottles

I’ve been reading some of my old, barely remembered comics to my completely super-hero obsessed 4-year old. He loves them all indiscriminately, of course. My reactions are more mixed. The Super-Friends I presume some of you have a memory of the animated television series with Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Robin, and the Wonder Twins […]

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All Your Scandal Are Belong To Us

Finally got around to reading Nana #9 and 10. Volume #8 was probably the high point of the series so far for me, and these two volumes were something of a let down. The most interesting part of the story for me is the realtionship between the two Nanas (or Nana and Hachi), and that […]

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Reviewing the Post-Human

I go back and forth on Tom Crippen’s “Post-Human Review” column in TCJ. I think Gary Groth referred to it as not only the best super-hero column ever, but the best super-hero column possible, and I think that that’s about right — not that it *is* the platonic super-hero column, but that it’s what Gary would […]

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Antique Bakery

A Matter of Taste My knowledge of manga is far from encyclopedic — for all I know, bakery yaoi could be an entire, hugely popular sub-genre in Japan. In any case, if it isn’t, it should be — as Fumi Yoshinaga’s “Antique Bakery” demonstrates, the rabid consumption of pastry works perfectly as a background for […]

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