Recent reads: COPRA, The Wrenchies

I’m reading a couple of new/recently collected comics: The Wrenchies and COPRA. Posted about them at my site, so go have a look.

The Los Angeles Review of Books on “Julie Delporte’s beautifully rendered new graphic novel, Everywhere Antennas.

There are so many cleverly constructed turns of phrase here that through all of the horror, sometimes you have to also stifle a grin at the sheer joy of one word next to another next to an image. 

Through The Woods is, without question, one of the singular experiences in comics this year.
Smart, long piece here from Sarah Horrocks on a new Emily Carroll collection.

'Print' Magazine on new books about comics innovators

Print Magazine writer Michael Dooley looks at two new books about comics industry innovators.

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Looking at ‘Batman: Dark Victory’

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Liked this exploration of three panels from Batman: Dark Victory at Comics & Cola.

Mac Conner’s magazine illustrations

The Museum of the City of New York’s exhibit of illustrations, magazine ad work from Mac Conner looks wonderful.

Image © 1954 Mac Conner (via Museum of the City of New York).

Ad copy, ethics, and English majors: On Michael Cho’s graphic novel

Over at The Comics Journal, I wrote about brands and the ethical quandary a former English major experiences in Michael Cho’s debut graphic novel Shoplifter.

The idea behind this series is to bring together collections of essays from as diverse a chorus of scholars as possible — by subject, argument, academic discipline, nationality — on the subject of major comics artists. So one cartoonist, 10 to 15 essays on their comics all by different authors. I’ve been especially excited to see contributions from established and emerging scholars, many of whom represent the next generation of compelling thinkers about graphic narrative.
Robot 6’s Chris Mautner talks to author, professor David Ball about Critical Approaches to Comics Artists.