Category Archives: Comics

Bad Review! BAD Review!

Why are bad reviews supposed to be so good? Toward the end of Life Itself, the documentary about Roger Ebert, when it was revealed that late in his career Ebert often developed friendships with the people whose work he was … Continue reading

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Wanton Wanting

Anyone who has ever read George Herriman’s comic strip Krazy Kat knows its principle scenario:  Offisa Pupp loves Krazy Kat who loves Ignatz Mouse who throws bricks at Krazy who sees them as tokens of love, though not Offisa Pupp … Continue reading

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In Defense of Criminals and Perverts

At one point in Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories, the protagonist, unsuccessfully trying to find just the right book to bring with her on vacation, asks herself, “Why does every ‘great book’ have to always be about criminals or … Continue reading

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Like a Fly

In his dramatic attainment of enlightenment and precipitous slide back to worldly corruption in the graphic novel Weathercraft, Manhog, the often abject figure of humanity in Jim Woodring’s Frank comics, illuminates my ambivalence about Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the overreaching … Continue reading

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It’s All Show

One of GHOST WORLD’s strengths is its ambivalent ending, which refuses the novel a tidy narrative arc that moves Enid from a state of confusion to one of insight.  Simply put, one expects Enid to mature by the story’s conclusion.  … Continue reading

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Too Much Prosperity

One thing I’ve never fully understood is the ire directed toward those on welfare.  It comes from all classes: the rich, the middle class, even the working poor, perhaps especially the working poor.  The image painted of welfare recipients is … Continue reading

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Indoor Fireworks

One of the joys I experienced when first preparing to teach a class in graphic novels last spring was re-reading Daniel Clowes’s Ghost World. I’d previously read it when it had been serialized in Clowes’s comic book Eightball from 1993-1997. … Continue reading

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