Category: Blog

Review: It’s no longer I that liveth

By Pedro Moura It’s no longer I that liveth— Francisco Sousa Lobo (Chili Com Carne & Mundo Fantasma) Within the global economy of comics, there are many unavoidable blind spots. A significant part of this is the lack of wider

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Review: Stardust Nation

By Pedro Moura Stardust Nation–Deborah Levy and Andrzej Klimowski (Self Made Hero) With the overwhelming supply of comics production of our time, it is as easy to overlook certain titles as to overreact about the need to “correct” the course

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Review: Descender Vol. 1 – 3

By Johnny Hall and Paul Lai Descender Vol 1-3 In the spirit of the “Two PhDs Talking about Comics,” the Comics Alternative Blog is trying a new format: reviews that are dialogues between two comics critics, assessing a work from

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Review: The Return of the Honey Buzzard

By Pedro Moura The Return of the Honey Buzzard– Aimée de Jongh (SelfMadeHero) We have come a long way since the emergence of book-long & -bound comics. For a reader of my age (40ish), exposed to different international models, from

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Commentaries on the 2016 Eisner Award Nominations

For the third year in a row, the Two Guys with PhDs featured a special Eisner Award Nominations episode of the Comics Alternative podcast. This time they were joined by eminent comics scholar, Eisner nomination committee member, and friend of

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Review: Amadeo & Maladeo

By Pedro Moura  Amadeo & Maladeo: A Musical Duet— R. O. Blechman (Fantagraphics) In the 1950s, the Emmy-winning animator and New Yorker cartoonist R.O. Blechman created a proto graphic novel that was based on a medieval legend: The Juggler of Our Lady.

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Review: The Beauty

Reviewed by John Royal The Beauty, Vol. 1 – Jason A. Hurley and Jeremy Haun (Image Comics) The Beauty begins with a strong premise: Two years ago saw eponymous STD “The Beauty,” an STD which gives the infected a constant slight

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Interview: Nick Sousanis

Conducted by Pedro Moura Ever since Unflattening was published it has triggered much discussion. Nick Sousanis’ book, a result of his PhD dissertation in comics form, is one of those projects that deserves less an epidermal response in the form

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Review: The Abaddon

The Abaddon, by Koren Shadmi (Z2 Comics)

By Pedro Moura The Abaddon by Koren Shadmi (Z2 Comics) What would be a person’s worst fate? To live without even a hint of hope, not even its notion, or carrying onwards, forever, with just enough hope to see it

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Interview: Simon Grennan

Dispossession Grennan

Conducted by Pedro Moura Simon Grennan is both an artist and a scholar working within the medium of comics, although he has worked with many other media. He has a creative partnership with artist Christopher Sperandio, with whom he has

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Critical Take: Dispossession by Simon Grennan and Transforming Trollope edited by Grennan and Laurence Grove

By Pedro Moura Dispossession: A Novel of Few Words, by Simon Grennan. Transforming Trollope: Dispossession, Victorianism and Nineteenth-Century Word and Image, edited by Simon Grennan and Laurence Grove. Dispossession is an adaptation of John Caldigate, Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel. That

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Interview: Seth

Conducted by Derek Royal Would it be an overstatement to call Seth comics’ standard-bearer? Perhaps that’s too heavy a weight to place on the 53-year-old Canadian cartoonist, and perhaps he’d bristle over such a designation. But if Scott McCloud is the

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