Belgian painter and comics artist Ben Gijsemans renders a believable portrait of a lonely bespectacled figure he calls Hubert in his debut graphic novel.
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.
Grateful that reporter/editor Aimee Levitt was kind enough to include some of my comics criticism in the Chicago Reader’s “All the books we liked in 2015.” For the Reader last year, I wrote about March: Book Two, The Oven, and more — you can find a round-up here of all of the comics stuff I wrote in 2015.
In the spring of 2015, Montreal French-language publisher Éditions Pow Pow issued a slate of English translations of its comics after a crowdfunding campaign that yielded more than twenty-four thousand Canadian dollars. An award-winning graphic novel called Les deuxièmes was published by Éditions a couple of years ago. A translated edition, For As Long As It Rains, is among the new […]