Category: Criticism

Manga: Reviews of Five Kitaro Volumes and Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics

Time Codes: 00:00:30 – Introduction 00:02:52 – Listener mail! 00:08:31 – Drawn and Quarterly’s Kitaro series 01:00:00 – Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics 01:22:54 – Wrap up 01:24:24 – Contact us Monstrous Manga On the January manga episode, Shea and

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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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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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On Location: Winging It at Collected Comics and Games

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] Movie Free Once again, Derek is back at  his local comics shop, Collected Comics and Games in Plano, TX, to talk with customers and shop employees about comics culture. This month the topic was supposed

Episode 115: A Review of The Best American Comics 2014

Listen to the podcast! [powerpress] More Better Best On this episode of the podcast, the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics review The Best American Comics 2014, the latest installment in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s ambitious anthology series. This follows

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Critical Takes: Narrative Structure in Comics, by Barbara Postema

by Derek Royal Narrative Structure in Comics, by Barbara Postema (RIT Press) Over the past year there have been a number of studies focusing specifically on the formal properties of comics or the ways in which their stories are told. Texts such as

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Critical Takes: Comics Art, by Paul Gravett

by Shea Hennum Comics Art, by Paul Gravett (Yale University Press) Known as comics’ greatest historian, Paul Gravett has recently published Comics Art, a scattershot look at the world of comics, from a mostly historical perspective. With clear and concise prose, Gravett fills the

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Critical Takes: Contemporary Comics Storytelling, by Karin Kukkonen

by Derek Royal Contemporary Comics Storytelling, by Karin Kukkonen (University of Nebraska Press) Over the past year there have been a number of studies focusing specifically on the formal properties of comics or the ways in which their stories are told. Texts such

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Critical Takes: Nathaniel Hawthorne Adaptations in Comics

by Derek Royal Classic works of American literature have been adapted to comics since the medium first gained a pop cultural foothold. What is notable is that almost all of the earliest adaptations of American literature sprang not only from antebellum

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Critical Takes: The Myth of the Superhero, by Marco Arnaudo

by Derek Royal The Myth of the Superhero, by Marco Arnaudo. Translated by Jamie Richards (Johns Hopkins University Press) In The Best American Comics 2013, which was just recently published, editor Jeff Smith presents a variety of intriguing expressions from the

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Critical Takes: Recent Books on Jewish Comics

by Derek Royal The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, edited by Samantha Baskind and Ranen Omer-Sherman (Rutgers University Press) Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land, edited by Harvey Pekar and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts) Jewish Images in the Comics: A Visual

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Critical Takes: Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books, by Jean-Paul Gabilliet

By Derek Royal In 2010, the University Press of Mississippi published a hardcover edition of Jean-Paul Gabilliet’s Of Comics and Men: A Cultural History of American Comic Books. At a cost of $55.00 — which is more or less consistent with similar

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