Archive for March, 2010

Old Wine in New Wineskins: The Gospel According to Chester Brown

In honor of Holy Week, I’m republishing (with some corrections) an old review which first appeared in the pages of  The Comics Journal (#261) in 2004. For those whose memories don’t stretch that far back, Chester Brown’s Yummy Fur was one of the mainstays of the independent comics scene in the late 80s.  It was […]

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Even so, we love you!

In last week’s thread on definitions in comics, DerikB posed the question whether print advertisements count as comics. Sam Delany makes a convincing case that the question itself is impossible and probably shouldn’t even be asked, but he makes an exception for specific functional contexts where the project of definition works primarily to describe. On […]

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Some thoughts on the limitations of action in comics

(or just one reason why video games will always be more popular than comics) A few months back, I spent an inordinate amount of time ingesting an unhealthy diet of heavily caramelized brain popcorn. This included not only viewings of Avatar and the most recent iteration of Sherlock Holmes but also a video game for the PS3 […]

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Dyspeptic Ouroboros: Have a Poignant Day!

As part of HU’s ongoing series of critics talking about art and criticism, I’m reprinting an email conversation between myself and artist and critic Bert Stabler. We start off by talking about Marxism and Christianity, but if you stick with it, we make our way over to art (garfunkel) partway through. If you don’t blink, […]

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Utilitarian Review 3/27/10

On HU Biggest news this week is that we got an exciting new banner courtesy of artist Edie Fake. I defined comics, and everyone from Eddie Campbell to Charles Hatfield to Jeet Heer agreed with me. Vom Marlowe reviewed Song of the Hanging Sky. Richard Cook reviewed Girl Comics. Suat discussed Streak of Chalk. And […]

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Music For Middle-Brow Snobs: Packing a Grip

Mash ups, R &B, some Thai pop…. 1. DJ Lobsterdust — Alone Wit Chu (Air vs. Queens of the Stone Age) 2. Aggro1 — Banquet vs. Don’t Cha (Bloc Party vs. Pussycat Dolls) 3. Go Home Productions — Pink Wedding (Billy Idol vs. Pink) 4. Christina Aguilera — Get Mine Get Yours (Stripped) 5. Golden […]

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Awesome Edie Fake Banner

Close observers will have noticed that we’ve got a new banner up on top of the hood. It was designed by the incomparable Edie Fake, one of my absolute favorite artists and designers. To see more of Edie’s art, you can go to his website here. You can get a better gander at the banner […]

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