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TCJ.com 2/12/11 - 2/18/11 recap and preview of next week
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 18 Feb 2011 4:58 PM

This past week on TCJ.com:

Rob Clough’s series on Comics as Poetry, Part One, Part Two.

Mathhias Wivel took in the Moebius exhibit.

Sean Michael Robinson interviewed Cerebus‘ Gerhard gave about craft and technique: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.

R. C. Harvey on virtuosity in cartooning.

Rob Clough got The Broadcast.

R.C. Harvey had the poop on poop in the funny pages.

Shaenon Garrity looked back at City of Glass.

Kristian Williams examined a field guide for use during a zombie attack.

Gavin Lees wants you to help him figure out what’s going on in a panel in Oji Suzuki’s A Single Match.

R.C. Harvey explained how editorial cartoons handled the censorship of Huckleberry Finn.

Rich Kreiner was a good boy this year and got a copy of The Simpsons episode guide as a gift.

Nathan Wilson looked at Liar’s Kiss.

R. C. Harvey pondered the connection between stand-up comedy and comic strips.

An HU brawl about Ebony White spilled over to tcj.com via Tom Crippen.

Belgian Bart Croonenborghs told us about The Girl and the Gorilla.

Jesse Tangen-Mills began an examination of blackface in comics south of the border.

Marco Pellitteri noted the Lucca comics festival mirrored the state of Italian comics.

And coming up next week:

Shaun Partridge and Josh Simmons talk about The White Rhinoceros and getting arrested at a David Cassidy concert. John Ridgway talks about his four decades in comics, from Commando and Doctor Who to Hellblazer and The Hulk. R.C. Harvey selects the best editorial cartoons of 2010. Reviewed: Grant Morrison’s The Return of Bruce Wayne, Tezuka’s Ayoko, Tim Kreider’s Twilight of the Assholes, Robert Venditti’s Homeland Directive, editor Neil Gaiman’s The Best American Comics 2010, Metaphrog’s Louis: Night Salad, Matt Fraction’s Casanova, Desmond Reed’s minis and the latest entries in Fantagraphics’ Ignatz line ... And much more!

Image from “The Evil that Men Do!” written by Peter David and drawn by John Ridgeway, collected in The Incredible Hulk #335 (September 1987) [© Marvel Characters, Inc.]

TCJ.com 2/5/11 - 2/11/11 recap and preview of next week
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 11 Feb 2011 4:37 PM

This past week on TCJ.com:

Rob Clough concluded his look at Drawn & Quarterly’s reprints of classic comic books and strips with Doug Wright’s Nipper (1963-1964).

Geoff Johns talked to Nathan Wilson about his craft and career: Part One, Part Two.

Rob Clough rounded up and reviewed Candy Or Medicine, Devil’s Lake, Desmond Reed minis, Dina Kelberman, The Cornelia Collection.

Minis Monday: Rich Kreiner looked at Ophestios, 1890.

R.C. Harvey remarked on Dick Locher’s retirement from the Dick Tracy strip, and Joe Staton as his replacement.

Shaenon Garrity drew readers’ attention to exhibits at the Cartoon Art Museum.

Kristian Williams reviewed Audrey Niffenegger’s The Night Bookmobile.

Rob Clough reviewed the 26th issue of the comics zine Mineshaft, edited by Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri.

R.C. Harvey examined The Wolverton Bible.

Donald Phelps wrote an essay on plotting in Billy De Beck’s Barney Google.

R.C. Harvey looked at how U.S. editorial cartoons depicted the Egyptian conflict.

Kent Worcester bids farewell.

And coming up next week:

Gerhard speaks: an epic interview on the craft behind Cerebus; Matthias Wivel attends the mammoth Moebius retrospective in Paris; Rob Clough begins a series on comics as poetry and reviews The Broadcast; Gavin Lees reviews Oji Suzuki’s A Single Match anthology; and Rich Kreiner immerses himself in The Simpsons Ultimate Episode Guide.

1995 Arzach image ©Moebius

TCJ.com 1/29/11 - 2/4/11 recap and preview of next week
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 4 Feb 2011 3:54 PM

This past week on TCJ.com:

Rob Clough reviewed Only Skin #6, by Sean Ford; Mr. Cellar’s Attic, by Noel Freibert; and Courtship of Ms. Smith, by Alexis Frederick-Frost.

R.C. Harvey got some advice from a trio of cartoonists.

Chris Ware talked to Matthias Wivel at Komiks.dk: Part One, Part Two.

R. Fiore on Chris Ware’s Acme Novelty Library Vol. 20.

Rob Clough looked at John Stanley’s Nancy comic books.

In his Minis Monday column, Rich Kreiner traced a different kind of underground comics lineage via Colin Tedford’s Square Dance #4.

R.C. Harvey close-read Jan. 35 comic strips.

Our Angoulême coverage.

R.C. Harvey welcomed back Peyo and the Smurfs.

Rob Clough also looked at Tubby.

R.C. Harvey noted some recent comic-strip cameos.

Tom Crippen pondered Superman’s immigration status.

Rob Clough examined the all-ages “experiment” Solipsistic Pop #3.

R.C. Harvey: Writer Defined.

R.C. Harvey also chose Sinfest as one of his Best Comics of 2010.

Meanwhile, tcj.com’s international bloggers looked at the controversy surrounding Don Lawrence’ Storm, explained the Latin American legacies of Luiz Sá and Harvey Pekar and announced Australian comics events.

And coming next week:

Geoff Johns, DC Co-Publisher/Chief Creative Officer/writer and co-producer of the Green Lantern movie, talks to Nathan Wilson; Kristian Williams takes a ride on The Night Bookmobile; R.C. Harvey reviews the Wolverton Bible; Rob Clough examines Doug Wright’s Nipper and the underground comix zine Mineshaft; and much more.


From Green Lantern #59 (December 2010), written by Johns, penciled by Doug Mahnke and inked by Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne and Mahnke. ©2010 DC Comics

TCJ.com 1/22/11 - 1/28/11 recap and preview of next week
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 28 Jan 2011 3:55 PM

This past week on TCJ.com:

R.C. Harvey on comic strips and “Logic Gone Sane.”

Rob Clough concluded his three-part series on recent D&Q issues with a look at the final installment of Anders Nilsen’s Big Questions.

Parts Four, Five and Six went up of Kristian Williams series of essays on Garth Ennis’ aerial combat comics.

Rob Clough worked through his tcj.com slush pile.

R.C. Harvey looked at comic strips that tackled religious subject matter.

Rich Kreiner touted Tag Team.

Rob Clough looked at Adrian Tomine’s Scenes from an Impending Marriage through the prism of wedding-induced psychosis.

R.C. Harvey looked at some pictures.

He also praised X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin.

Rob Clough was curious about Curio Cabinet.

Matthias Wivel, Fredrik Stromberg (also here and here) and Bart Croonenborghs are serving as our foreign correspondents at Angoulême.

Bart Croonenborghs also took a side-trip through the Mountains of Madness.

Sean Michael Robinson leaves food for thought for the weekend with his analysis of The Simpsons Child Pornography case.

And coming next week:

Chris Ware talks to Matthias Wivel; R.C. Harvey looks at Smurfs creator Peyo and tells us what it means to write comics; Rob Clough and Rich Kreiner cover minis from up-and-comers such as Alexis Frederick-Frost and Colin Tedford; and our foreign correspondents on all the latest from Angoulême.


©2010 Peyo

TCJ.com 1/15/11 - 1/21/11 recap and preview of next week
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 21 Jan 2011 5:34 PM

This past week on TCJ.com:

And coming next week:

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From Hellblazer #71:  written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Steve Dillon. ©1993 DC Comics

Kristian Williams continues to explore the cloudy world of Garth Ennis' aerial warfare stories; Sean Michael Robinson talks to attorneys on both sides of the obscenity case of an Idaho schoolteacher imprisoned for possession of sexually explicit cartoon parodies of The Simpsons; R.C. Harvey stakes out Secret Agent Corrigan; Rob Clough tackles Anders Nislen’s Big Questions and John Brodowski's Curio Cabinet; a new Latin American blog by Jesse Tangen-Mills; and much more!

Next Week on TCJ.com
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 14 Jan 2011 1:05 PM

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Coming up on The Comics Journal website:

Marc Sobel and his Android read comics; Kristian Williams takes to the sky with Garth Ennis for an in-depth analysis of the writer's aerial war stories; Rob Clough tours Seth's Palookaville; Nathan Wilson looks at Andy Diggle's Rat Catcher and more! 

Next Week on TCJ.com
Written by Mike Dean | Filed under The Comics Journal 7 Jan 2011 2:12 PM

Image from Gonzo ©2010 SelfMadeHero

Coming up on The Comics Journal website:

The Bob Haney interview concludes as the longtime DC writer talks about the failure of cartoonists to unionize, The Brave and the Bold and collaborating with Ramona Fradon on Metamorpho. Also: Reviews of Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter Thompson, Marvel's Strange Tales Vol. II and Pablo Holmberg's Eden. And check out The Panelists , a new blog merging the brainy best of Jared Gardner's Guttergeek and Craig Fischer and Charles Hatfield's Thought Balloonists.

Image from Gonzo ©2010 SelfMadeHero


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