Archive for October, 2010

Strange Windows: I Was A Teenage Cartoonist

Bliss was it to be alive in that dawn, But to be young was very heaven! —Wordsworth A house in Launceston Place, Kensington, London; we were a couple of doors down. In 1969, my family moved to London; in December of that year, I turned 15. London– 1969– 15 years old? Yesss!!!! “Swinging London” was […]

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Utilitarian Review 10/30/10

On HU Domingos Isabelinho looked at Otto Dix’s bookDer Krieg. New columnist Stephanie Folse talked about the BBC crime drama New Tricks. Ng Suat Tong talked about the accomplishments of the Comics Journal. Ng Suat Tong compared the workings of the visual art market to those of the original comics art market. I wrote a […]

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Visual Aliens Part II

In the first part of this post, I introduced the notion of a visual alien, an isolated unit which is drawn in a markedly different visual style from its surrounding. I also postulated that there were two basic reasons to include a visual alien: Distinctness (to underline the alien’s difference from everything else) and Virtuosity […]

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Visual Aliens Part I

Thoughts on visual aliens: comics characters drawn in a different way from their surroundings.

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Moto Hagio: “Iguana Girl”

I’m blogging my way through Fantagraphics’ Moto Hagio collection, “A Drunken Dream.” You can read the whole series of posts here. _________________________________ In reviews of Drunken Dream, “Iguana Girl” is generally pointed out as the highlight of the collection along with Hanshin: Half-God. The two stories are similar in a lot of ways; both involve […]

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Original Art: Human Nature

The differences between the worlds of comics and fine art would appear to be pretty obvious, but my recent reading of Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World suggests that  these differences might be less than they would appear, the great leveler in this instance being human nature. Taking in subjects like a high […]

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Comics Journal Navel Gazing: A Short Comment

Caro recently highlighted an article by Craig Fischer at Transatlantica titled “Worlds within Worlds: Audiences, Jargon, and North American Comics Discourse”. I’ve decided to separate out this short comment on one particular section of Craig’s essay since it is only tangentially related to the bulk of Caro’s comments. The following comes from the middle of […]

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