Some notes on what’s on the bookshelf and the turntable. Recent writing is here, and Clickable posts are here.
My writing on comics and other books in 2016 appeared at Hyperallergic, the Chicago Reader, the Washington City Paper, and here at my site. Let’s work together: dominic.umile@gmail, and see more clips here.
In the first chapter of a topical digital sci-fi comic called The Solar Grid from Egyptian street artist, writer, graphic designer, and critic Ganzeer, “human civilization is in ruins.”
Josh Cotter’s 2016 Fantagraphics comic and Jesse Jarnow’s reported book for Da Capo Press have me thinking about the marvels of Internet technology — both real and imagined.
With its roots in illustrated reporting, nonfiction comics storytelling has been around for a long time.
HORROR BY HECK Years before he co-created Marvel superhero Iron Man or penciled The Avengers, Queens, NY-born comics artist Don Heck was mostly drawing death.
The unnerving horror- or sci-fi-tinged comics produced by Philadelphia-based artist Anuj Shrestha have been featured in various anthologies and have been cited in Best American Comics, but I discovered him by way of illustration commissions.
Buenos Aires-born comics writer Héctor Germán Oesterheld was nearing his 59th birthday when heavily militarized Argentine death squads kidnapped him in the spring of 1977. Government officials found the political themes in Oesterheld’s very popular comics — among them, the graphic biography of revolutionary “Che” Guevara that Oesterheld had penned with Argentine father-and-son artists Alberto […]
Online and in print: My Chicago Reader piece about a new Hillary Chute book and an effort to recognize comics as a substantial documentary form.