Archive for: comics history

All Quacked Up: Steve Gerber, Marvel Comics, and Howard the Duck

From the hatching to the lawsuit and beyond.

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The Howard the Duck Documents

Contracts, letters, legal briefs, etc.

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In praise of Saul Steinberg

(Please click on all images — they’re much easier to see in the big versions.) Over at The Panelists, in the comments to Derik’s really terrific post on Blaise Larmee’s Magic Forest, I’ve been harassing Charles Hatfield a bit about the theoretical status of “sequence” in comics studies. For me, the importance of sequence is […]

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Manga! Manga! And then more Manga!

More than thirty years ago, Frederik Schodt began laying the ground work for a book that would become the first real information in English on the phenomenon of Japanese comics- Manga! Manga! the World of Japanese Comics. It’s rare that a seminal work should be the most comprehensive as well—and yet, twenty-eight years after its […]

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Crossing Over- Mitsuru Adachi, Cross Game and the Problem of Genre

In October Viz released almost 600 pages of comics by one of my favorite cartoonists, Mitsuru Adachi, in the form of the first volume of Cross Game, a series from 2005. In honor of Adachi finally getting something else in print, and in the interest of hopefully furthering the recent discussion of genre, “Comics”, and […]

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Comics>Cartooning

Because it kicks ass, I’m reprinting and highlighting Caro’s comment from this post. To Darryl’s point: for me, “divorcing comics from its cultural history” isn’t about being embarrassed about comics’ history so much as it is recognizing that “comics history” is neither sufficient cultural context for already existing comics nor necessary cultural context for yet-to-be-created […]

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The Concerns of “Comics”

Changing comics history.

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