Not to be confused with The Jungle Book, or a comic book adaptation of that work. No, this is something quite different, indeed. I've been meaning to read this book for some time, because I always hear about it while reading about comics. I'm kind of ashamed it took me this long. Kurtzman is one of the… Continue reading Friday Review: Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book
Friday Review: Mooncop
You might be asking, "what is Mooncop about." And then I look at you and say, "It's about a cop. On the moon." A premise so simple maybe you could have come up with it yourself. But you didn't! Tom Gauld did. OK, maybe you did have this idea, but you didn't right this book. Tom Gauld… Continue reading Friday Review: Mooncop
Friday Review: Lucky in Love
Ah look, I'm reviewing another book you probably never heard of. Don't you try to change me. Here's the deal, I'd never heard of this book until last week, but a friend of mine showed it to me, and flipping through, I thought "this is the kind of book to review on Friday!" Actually, my friend… Continue reading Friday Review: Lucky in Love
Friday Review: Incidents in the Night
Incidents in the Night is a rather bizarre comic by French cartoonist David B. Don't take that as a bad thing though, because I like my comics strange. It's a sort of hard book to talk about because I think any conversation benefits from the other party having read the story in this particular case. However,… Continue reading Friday Review: Incidents in the Night
What is in a Name?
Lately, I've been thinking about the language of comics. Specifically, what we call them in all their variations. We've got comics, graphic novels, trade paper backs, strips, web comics, cartoons. Seems like a lot to me. And, recently, I've had several people ask me about what the proper name is for the medium (a heavy… Continue reading What is in a Name?
Friday Review: Pogo
Currently, I'm fighting with the yearly winter illness that finds me in the dark of the night. So, my brain may not be in the best shape for writing; stick with me. This week I'm reviewing Walt Kelly's famous daily comic strip: Pogo. The volume I read was Volume 1 Through the Wild Blue Yonder.… Continue reading Friday Review: Pogo
It takes me a while to read volumes of Usagi Yojimbo. It's not because they're too big (although the Saga collections are thick). And it's not because there's too much text, or it's too complicated for me to understand. No, it's because when I'm reading Usagi Yojimbo, I'm also studying. I'm taking extra time to… Continue reading Usagi Yojimbo
Another year, another trip to Cartoon Crossroads in Columbus. For all of the non-Ohio readers out there, Cartoon Crossroads (CXC) is a convention put together by Jeff Smith (he did a little book you might know by the name of Bone). Because Jeff is from Ohio, the convention is held in the Columbus Library, which is… Continue reading Cartoon Crossroads