Archive for: Roughed In

Collage Theatre, Copyright, and the Curious Case of Anne Frank Superstar

Who owns Anne Frank’s words? Why shouldn’t it be Karen Carpenter?

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Adrift/ Cut the Cord

Having all been children once, you would think that no adult needs the reminder—but to be a child is to be completely helpless in the face of a casually cruel world.

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Troll On- God, Natural Disasters, and the Powers of the Internets

Tam is guilty of poor taste—she is guilty of indiscretion, and of tremendously bad timing. But mostly, she’s guilty of not winking at the camera often enough.

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Here and There and Gone Again

The early newspaper cartoonists had tremendous audiences for their work, audiences that would be unheard of today for any similar form of entertainment. They also had the illusion, though, of impermanence.

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Gerhard- Craft, Credit, Cross-hatching and Completion

On Boxing Day of 2010 I had the opportunity to speak to Gerhard, the long-time background artist and environmental designer on Cerebus, one of the most sprawling pieces of visual fiction ever created. While reading back over the completed interview, I kept coming back to points that we touched on but didn’t really explore. I’d […]

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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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Mr. Square and the Curse of Talent

As this year comes to a close I’d like to talk about a word that can be as debilitating and destructive as any in the English language. That word is talent, and in America, it’s practically a national obsession.

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