Hey all. We’re officially moving in today. Some of the boxes are still packed and they’ll probably be at least a few stubbed toes and muttered imprecations as we stumble around the new space…but hopefully the learning curve won’t be too steep.
For those who are familiar with us already, our content is going to be much as it always was. Currently, and hopefully for a while, our bloggers are me (Noah Berlatsky), Ng Suat Tong, Kinukitty, Vom Marlowe, and Richard Cook. We write, variously, long meandering essays on Wonder Woman and gender; enthusiastic manporn reviews; chronicles of a quest for mainstream titles that do not suck; musings on the original art market in comics.; your irritatingly named roundtables,; music downloads no one listens to, occasional Thai pop videos, and goodness knows what else. This week in particular, I’m going to try and get myself fired, and then, if that doesn’t work, we’re going to have a knock-down, drag-out roundtable on Dan Clowes’ Ghost World. So…click back often! Or even better, add us to your RSS Feed by clicking that little icon thingee in the corner up there.
The old blogspot address will stay in place as an archive. I thought, to get things started I’d put up some links to my favorite posts from our archives. So…..
The first post I did to the Hooded Utilitarian was my long, complete interview with Johnny Ryan, an expurgated version of which ran in TCJ a ways back.
Also going back a bit is this gallery of cartoons by the amazing editorial cartoonist Art Young. From that page you can click around to some other images and my essay on the cartoonist, if you’re so inclined.
One of my favorite roundtables on the site (featuring Bill Randall, Tom Crippen, and Miriam Libicki) was our discussion of the feminist Japanese manga Helter Skelter by Kyoko Okazaki. That discussion also links up at the end to the Mary Sue roundtable, which is also one of my favorites, so you can click over there if you’re just not getting enough roundtableism.
Tucker Stone and I did a back and forth discussion of Bob Haney’s Brave and Bold.
Tom Crippen’s epic discussion of Marvel Comics and Civil War is the piece that really won me over to his writing when I saw it in the Comics Journal. It’s great.
Miriam Libicki’s post on Rogue of the X-Men is shorter, but also a favorite of mine.
I also love Bill Randall’s vision of manga as apocalyptic coccoon.
And Kinukitty’s even more obsessive than usual discussion of “In the End.”
So thanks for joining us. More soon!