Archive for November, 2010

Criticizing the Critics: Moto Hagio’s A Drunken Dream

Over the last couple of months, I’ve written five lengthy posts about A Drunken Dream Fantagraphics’ collection of stories by the great shojo manga-ka Moto Hagio. I’ve spent so much time on this book for a number of reasons. Hagio is a central figure in the history of shojo, a genre in which I’m interested. […]

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Elfquest Re-read: Issue #1 and Youthful Fannishness

I was introduced to Elfquest about 1980 in Bobbie’s Books, the local used bookstore which doubled as Bryan, TX’s only comic store at the time. I wandered over to the wall racks holding comics near the register, and started poking through them.  I owned all of three comics at the time, purchased as some sort […]

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Monthly Stumblings # 7: Aristophane [Boulon]

Les soeurs Zabîme (the Zabîme sisters) by Aristophane [Boulon] Can you imagine yourself in Kupe’s lighthouse (that ideal comics library filled with books that don’t exist in Dylan Horrocks’ Hicksville)? I do sometimes, but, even if I wholeheartedly agree with Kupe’s point of view (which is: “The official history of comics is a history of […]

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Utilitarian Review 11/26/10

On HU Slightly short holiday week this time out. Kinukitty reviewed the semi-historical yaoi Maiden Rose. For our Sequential Erudition series reprinting academic articles on comics, Ariel Kahn discussed the role of the gaze in young adult graphic novel.s Sean Michael Robinson looked at some old books about the art of drawing. And for the […]

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Strange Windows: Pass me the Drumstick, Squanto

W.A.S.P. Thanksgiving Redneck Thanksgiving Animated Thanksgiving

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Celebrate Imperialism!

It’s that time of year when Americans give thanks that the smallpox virus and small arms fire cleared a continent for Europeans and their livestock. In that healthy spirit of aggressive annexation, I am imposing my provincial holiday on our international contributors and closing shop for a few days. Happy turkey eating, if turkey is […]

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Books for Looking

I’ve recently begun teaching cartooning again. That event, and the approaching season of commerce gift giving have persuaded me to take a look at some interesting books that have a tangential relationship to the subject. There are plenty of books out there that directly address the processes and skills of cartooning, with greater or lesser […]

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