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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Comic Art Bibliography: ANTHOLOGIES, REPRINTS

No comments yet on this special feature? Oh well. Here's a section I've been working on with some current reviews.

Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories (Yale)
Brunetti, Ivan. 2008. An Anthology Of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories, Vol. 2. Yale University Press
Evans, Bryn. 2009. An Interview with Ivan Brunetti. Bookslut (February):
Mautner, Chris. 2008. Blog@ Q&A: Ivan Brunetti [on Yale anthology]. Newsarama (November 20):
McConnell, Robin. 2008. Ivan Brunetti. Inkstuds (December 11):
Moss, Wil. 2006. Ivan Brunetti's Idiosyncratic 'Best-of'. PW Comics Week October 24):
O'Shea, Tim. 2008. Ivan Brunetti on An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: Volume 2. Talking with Tim blog (December 23):
von Busack, Richard. 2009. It's a Scrawl World: Ivan Brunetti's new anthology of comics and graphic fiction is a wide-ranging stroll through risky territory Metro Active (April 1):
Wild, Peter. 2008. Ivan Brunetti. Bookmunch:
Best American Comics
Feran, Tom. 2008. Rich sampling in "The Best American Comics," edited by Lynda Barry, leaves readers hungry for more. Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 12). Online at
Gehr, Richard. 2008. Pulp Fictions: Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories Volume Two and The Best American Comics 2008. Village Voices' Pulp Fictions blog (October 22):
Maury, Laurel. 2008. Books We Like: Beautiful, Graphic 'Flights' Of Fantasy. (August 13):
I Live Here
Kirshner, Mia. 2008. I Live Here [Joe Sacco and Pheobe Gloeckner stories]. New York: Pantheon
McConnell, Robin. 2008. Mia Kirshner and The I Live Here Project [Joe Sacco and Pheobe Gloeckner]. Inkstuds (November 20):
Kramer’s Ergot (SEE ALSO Harkham, Sammy)
Gehr, Richard. 2008. Pulp Fictions: Kramers Ergot 7 and The Ganzfeld 7. Village Voice Pulp Fictions blog (November 12):
Harkham, Sammy. 2008. Kramer's Ergot #7. Buenaventura
McConnell, Robin. 2008. Sammy Harkham [on Kramers Ergot]. Inkstuds (December 1):
McConnell, Robin. 2008. Josh Simmons 08 [on Kramers Ergot]. Inkstuds (November 15):
Phegley, Kiel. 2009. Sammy Harkham on "Kramers Ergot" 7. Four Color Forum (February 17):
Randle, Chris. 2008. Bigger than life: The new, massive edition of comix anthology Kramers Ergot is worth every penny. Eye Weekly (December 10). Online at
Stroud, Matt. 2008. An ambitious and controversial new comics anthology is on the road [Kramer's Ergot 7]. Pittsburgh City Paper (December 4). Online at
Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
Website -
Blog -
Official promotional trailer -
Brady, Matt. 2009. Greg Pak: Creating an Asian American Hero with The Citizen. Newsarama (March 27):
Contino, Jennifer M. 2009. Revealing Chow's Secret Identity [Secret Identities anthology]. Comicon's The Pulse (February 24):
Ishii, Anne. 2009. Secret Identities Revealed. Publishers Weekly’s PW Comics Week (March 10):
Neubert, Amy Patterson. 2009. Comic book artists reveal their 'Secret Identities' with Purdue visit. (March):
Powers, Rose. 2009. Secret Identities book tour visits UI campus, spreads cultural awareness. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign's Daily Illini (April 1). Online at

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Comic Art Bibliography: Violence Controversy in comic books

I chose this because there's a good bit on the Ten-Cent Plague, but I notice that I don't have Amy Nyberg's book on Comic Code Authority (that'll be in John's earlier volumes) or Bart Beaty's book on Wertham so be on the lookout for those two. And keep in mind, these are supposed to be post-2005 on the assumption that John's previous 10-volume set picked up pre-2005.

Violence Controversy
Crist, Judith. 1948. Horror in the nursery [Wertham]. Collier's (March 27)
[Unknown.] 1949. School for Sadism: Folk Art in the Atomic Age [comics]. Art Digest 23(May):27.
The Ten-Cent Plague (2008) by David Hajdu
Akst, Daniel. 2008. Pulp factions: Wildly popular in the 1940s and '50s, edgy comics aroused the ire of teachers, religious leaders, and lawmakers [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Boston Globe (March 16).
Online at
Andelman, Bob. 2008. David Hajdu, The Ten-Cent Plague author: Mr. Media Audio Interview.
Mr. (May 17):
Athitakis, Mark. 2008. David Hajdu, Monday, April 7, at Politics and Prose. Washington City Paper (April 4). Online at
Baker, R.C. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague: Weird tales, indeed; David Hajdu's History of the Comic-Book Panic. Village Voice (March 18). Online at,david-hajdu-comic-book-panic,381194,10.html
Bartilucci, Vinnie. 2008. David Hajdu On The Ten Cent Plague [interview]. Newsarama (March 20):
Beaty, Bart. 2008. CR Review Special: Bart Beaty On David Hajdu's The Ten-Cent Plague. Comics Reporter April 22-24): ; ;
Boucher, Geoff. 2008. 'The Ten-Cent Plague' by David Hajdu: How comic book creators tested the limits of content in the face of an ever-changing bonfire brigade. Los Angeles Times (March 16):,1,7308194.story
Cardace, Sara. 2008 David Hajdu on the Great Comics Scare. (March 26):
Carlson, Jenny. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague: Revisiting the 20th-Century Comic Book Scare. PopMatters (April 23):
Clayson, Jane. 2008. The 1950s Comic-Book Scare [Hajdu]. National Public Radio and WBUR's On Air (March 26). online at
Cremins, Robert. 2008. New in fiction and nonfiction: threats to wholesomeness [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Houston Chronicle (March 28). Online at
DeLuca, Dan. 2008. Step aside, Elvis; comics changed it all. Though he exaggerates their importance, the author unearths a forgotten story of censorship [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Philadelphia Inquirer (March 16).
Online at
Deusner, Stephen M. 2008. Not So Funny: David Hajdu on Comic Book Controversies [interview]. Express (April 7):
Deusner, Stephen M. 2008. Comic-Phobia Not So Funny: David Hajdu explores controversy behind an American pastime. [Washington Post] Express (April 7): 20
Doherty, Brian. 2009. Friday Mini Book Review: The Ten Cent Plague. (January 2): l
Dotinga, Randy. 2008. Why comic books scared us so: Captain Marvel reduced to ashes by terrified parents? David Hajdu examines the great comic-book panic of the 1950s [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America; audio interview on website]. Christian Science Monitor (March 25). Online at
Douthat, Ross. 2008. Yesterday's Culture Wars [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. The (April 17):
Drabelle, Dennis. 2008. Horror! Suspense! Censorship! A cultural critic recounts how comics were ripped out of kids' grubby hands [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Washington Post Book World (March 23): BW08.
Online at
Duin, Steve. 2008. 'Ten-Cent Plague' illustrates history of early comic-book scare; Seeing the 'scary' in the comic-book scare would have been better [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. The Oregonian (April 13). Online at
Frazier, Joseph B. / Associated Press. 2008. When Comic Books Were Under Attack [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. (February 26):
Frazier, Joseph B. 2008. Book talks about when comic books were under attack: review [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Canadian Press (February 26):
Hajdu, David. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America [censorship]. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hajdu, David. 2008. David Hajdu: The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. Free Library of Philadelphia podcast (March 18):
Hajdu, David. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague. Bookforum (February / March 2008):
Hajdu, David. 2008. ABFFE Book of the Month: The Ten Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu [interview]. American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression. Online at
Hajdu, David and Douglas Wolk. 2008. A TNR Debate: 'The Ten-Cent Plague' by David Hajdu & Douglas Wolk. The New (April 7, 9, 10):
Handlen, Zack. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague by David Hajdu (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) [book review]. The Onion (April 24). Online at
Heer, Jeet. 2008. How comic books ruined the nation [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. The Globe and Mail (March 22). Online at
Hogan, Ron. 2008. Hajdu's Comic Turn: From Strayhorn to Dylan to the homoerotic in Batman [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Publishers Weekly (January 7). Online at
Kanfer, Stefan. 2008. Pyrrhic Victory: A new comic-book history chronicles a war between good taste and free expression [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. City Journal (May 2):
Kannenberg, Gene Jr. 2008. The Not-So-Untold Story of the Great Comic-Book Scare [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. The Chronicle Review 54 (37, May 23): B19
Kaufmann, David. 2008. Comics: Marvel’s Mavens [Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the Creation of the Superhero by Danny Fingeroth; The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America by Hajdu]. Jewish Daily Forward (March 19).
Online at
Klaw, Rick. 2008. Readings - The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. Austin Chronicle (March 21). Online at
Lopate, Leonard. 2008. The Comic Book Plague [David Hajdu's The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. National Public Radio / WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show (April 21). Online at
Maslin, Janet. 2008. The Amazing Adventures of the Midcentury Comic Book Trade [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. New York Times (March 10). Online at
Mautner, Chris. 2008. Comics' history not so comic, new book says [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Patriot-News (March 21).
Online at
Menand, Louis. 2008. The Horror: Congress investigates the comics [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. New (March 31):
Miller, Laura. 2008. Panic in the pages; Did comic books -- and the firestorm they touched off in the 1950s -- do more than rock 'n' roll to create the generation gap? [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Salon (March 24):
Miller, Roger K. 2008. 'Sick' influence on teens worried 1950s U.S. [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (March 23). Online at
Miller, Roger K. 2008. Mad about comics: As the popularity of comics increased in the 1940s, so did the fear and loathing of parents, churches and lawmakers [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Minneapolis Star Tribune (March 14). Online at
Minzesheimer, Bob. 2008. 'Ten-Cent Plague': Comic books and censorship [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. USA Today (March 19). Online at
Mozzocco, J. Caleb. 2008. A forgotten culture war: The Ten-Cent Plague chronicles the comic-book persecution of the 1950s [Hajdu]. Las Vegas Weekly (April 9). Online at
Poague, George. 2008. When U.S. trembled in fear of comics [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Clarksville TN Leaf Chronicle (April 13). Online at
Powers, Ron. 2008. Penny Dreadfuls [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. New York Times Book Review (March 23). Online at
Reese, Jennifer. 2008. Comics On Trial: David Hajdu's book recalls the early decency battle over that '50s scourge: comic books [The Ten-Cent Plague]. Entertainment Weekly (March 21): 62. Online at,,20184070,00.html
Rich. 2009. 'The Ten-Cent Plague' author David Hajdu at Wordsmiths Books in Decatur, Thursday, February 12. Cable & Tweed blog (February 11):
Salie, Faith. 2008. Nicholas Christakis, Chris Parnell, David Hajdu [The Ten-Cent Plague]. Public Radio International's Fair Game (April 1). Online at ;
Saly, Samantha. 2008. J-School Prof Gives Talk on Subversive Role of Comics [Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Columbia Spectator (April 11). Online at
Seligman, Craig. 2008. How Prudes, Senators Almost Killed Comic Books [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Bloomberg (March 18):
Shwartz, Ben. 2008. Ben Shwartz Responds To Bart Beaty on David Hajdu's Ten-Cent Plague. Comics Reporter (April 29):
Smith, Scott. 2008. Book review: The Ten-Cent Plague By David Hajdu. Time Out Chicago (163; April 10-16). Online at
Smith, Wendy. 2008. Comics relief: David Hajdu brings to life the colorful characters—real and imaginary—who gave a popular art form a boost [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Chicago Tribune (March 22).
Online at,1,2954124.story+david+hajdu+review+ten+cent&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=50&gl=ca
Thorn, Jesse. 2008. Podcast: The Ten Cent Plague: David Hajdu on Comic Book Censorship in the 1950s. The Sound of Young America (May 2):
Tyler, Justin, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben. 2008. Comic Book Club w/ Andrew W.K., Mike Oeming, Adam Koford, and David Hajdu. Comic Book Club (April 1):
Unknown. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. The Week Daily (April ?). Online at
Unknown. 2008. Our Views: When comics raised anxiety [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Advocate Opinion (March 21): 8B
Online at
Usborne, David. 2008. Congress and a comic caper: Popular culture and the American way have never been comfortable bedfellows. As a new book reveals, even cartoons were accused of corrupting the nation's youth [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Independent (March 25). Online at
Wirick, Richard. 2008. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America by David Hajdu. Bookslut (April):
Wolk, Douglas. 2008. Scare tactics: When comics were too crude for school [Hajdu’s Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America]. Boston Phoenix (March 24). Online at
Zwiker, Jason A. 2008. Subversive Reading: David Hajdu recounts the controversial beginnings of comic book history. Book Review - The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America. Charleston City Paper (April 9). Online at
Codes and "Cleanup"
Moore, Harold A. 1954. The comics crisis [Comic Code Authority]. Newsdealer (July): 3-4
Unknown. 2001. Bam! Kapow! Blasting the code [Marvel withdrawing from Comic Code Authority]. Newsweek (May 28)
Legislative Actions
Wertham, Dr. Frederi
Wertham, Fredric. 1948. The Comics, Very Funny. Reader's Digest (August)
Wertham, Fredric. 1953. What Parents Don't Know About Comic Books. Ladies Home Journal (November)
Wertham, Fredric. 1954. Comic Books : Blueprints for Delinquency. Reader's Digest (May): 24-29
Wertham, Fredric. 1955. It’s still murder; What parents still don’t know about comic books.
Saturday Review (April 9): 11-12, 46-48

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Comic Art bibliography - Canadian animator Cinar

Let's go for two today

Companies, Studios
Cinar Corp.

Canadian Broadcasting Corp. 1999. CINAR under fraud investigation [Canadian animation company]. Reuters (October 15)
Grandmont, Charles. 2000. Cinar chief scrambles to avoid delisting [Canadian animation]. Reuters (June 21)
Grandmont, Charles. 2000. CINAR keeps mum despite pressure to disclose [Canadian animation company]. Reuters (March 10)
Grandmont, Charles. 2000. CINAR's employee morale hurt by scandal [Canadian animation company]. Reuters (March 17)
Grandmont, Charles. 2000. Troubled Canadian producer drops another bombshell [Canadian animation company]. Reuters (March 12)
Marotte, Bertrand. 2001. Cinar reports restated loss [Canadian animation]. Globe and Mail (March 31)
Melnbardis, Robert. 2000. Cinar's founding couple defiant after firing [Canadian animation firm]. Reuters (August 18)
Silcoff, Sean. 2001. Ousted Cinar founders hit back: Couple claim damages the result of ex-CFO's actions [Canadian animation]. National Post (October 6)
Unknown. 1999. Cinar shares drop 30 percent after allegations [Canadian animation company]. Reuters (October 18)
Unknown. 2000. Animator Cinar fires founders Weinberg and Charest. Reuters (August 17)
Unknown. 2000. CINAR names new president for entertainment arm [animation]. Reuters (January 20)
Unknown. 2001. Cinar being sued by subsidiary's former owners [animation]. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (April 10):
Unknown. 2001. Cinar's co-founders break silence [animation]. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (February 7): 02/07/cinar010207
Unknown. 2001. Cinar says talks with potential buyer fail [Canadian animation]. Reuters (November 6 )
Unknown. 2001. Troubled Cinar Corp. cuts 54 Montreal staff [Canadian animation]. Reuters (November 23)

New feature: Comic Art bibliography

The third issue of this year's IJOCA will be devoted to continuing John's 10-volume International Comic Art Bibliography, post-2005, with the cooperation of my online Comics Research Bibliography. As a run-up to that issue, I'll start posting sections that I've worked on. These won't have too many print publication citations yet because John and a graduate student are working on them. As expected, we're also concentrating in post-2005 to try to capture more of what definitely does not have already in print.

Please add missing citations to the comments section and we'll include you in the acknowledgements.

Let's see ... what to start with... how about Chris Ware?

Comic Books
COMIC BOOK MAKERS AND THEIR WORKS (cartoonists with single articles filed under main letter heading)
Ware, Chris

Arnold, Andrew D. 2000. Web Exclusive - Q and A With Comicbook Master Chris Ware;'s Andrew Arnold talked with the much-heralded author of 'Jimmy Corrigan'. (September 1).
Arnold, Andrew D. 2000. Best Comics 2000: Our rundown gives thumbs-up to Chris Ware and Joe Sacco. (December 13):,8599,91291,00.html
Arnold, Andrew D. 2002. A Comix Panel: Six top artists discuss comix [Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, Chris Ware, Richard McGuire, Kaz, and Chip Kidd]. (March 6):,9565,214142,00.html
Arnold, Andrew D. 2004. Orgy! TIME.comix freaks out at 'McSweeney's Quarterly Concern' [Chris Ware anthology]. (June 18):,9565,654422,00.html
Baetens, Jan. 2000. New = Old, Old = New: Digital and Other Comics following Scott McCloud and Chris Ware. EBR 11 (Winter):
Baker, Kenneth. 2004. Books For The Holidays: Our recommendations of the most interesting and entertaining works for gift giving [Chris Ware By Daniel Raeburn; The New Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Stories From Crumb to Clowes Edited by Bob Callahan].
San Francisco Chronicle (November 14): E-1. Online at
Baker, Sarah. 2007. Conscious Comic: Artist Chris Ware reveals his love for Ulysses.
Omaha Weekly Reader (February 15). Online at
Benedetti, Winda. 2001. Comic book art earns respect at hands of Clowes and Ware. Seattle Post-intelligencer (May 11). online at
Bengal, Rebecca. 2006. On Cartooning: Chris Ware. POV (July):
Bosman, Julie. 2006. A Comic Strip of New Yorker Covers [Chris Ware]. New York Times (November 18)
Branigan, Tania. 2001. Cartoon strip seeks to be first of the first books [Ware's Jimmy Corrigan]. The Guardian (August 24). online at,3604,541698,00.html
Brenner, Wayne Alan. 2004. Big Books Gift guide: Chris Ware by Daniel Raeburn. Austin Chronicle (December 10). Online at
Brockes, Emma. 2001. 'I still have overwhelming doubt about my ability'. Chris Ware won the Guardian First Book Award 2001 for Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Emma Brockes finds the author endearingly embarrassed by his success. Guardian (December 7).
online at,4273,4315150,00.html
Cole, Patrick. 2006. Seminole Filmmaker, Guitarist Awarded $50,000 Grants [Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring, Chris Ware]. Bloomberg (December 4). Online at
Collias, Nicholas. 2004. The Sorta-Funnies: McSweeney's presents the first comic standing [Chris Ware]. Boise Weekly (August 18). online at
Edemariam, Aida. 2005. The art of melancholy: He may be a cartoonist, but Chris Ware is more likely to fill his strips with sighs than laughs. With a new book and a new family, he talks about tragedy and comics to Aida Edemariam. Guardian (October 31). Online at,6109,1605195,00.html
Fahey, Anna. 2001. Comic relief: Graphic literature gets its due on gallery walls. [Dan Clowes and Chris Ware exhibit]. Seattle Weekly (May 10)
Ferranto, Matt. 2005. The past is an old house: Chris Ware uses the graphic novel to dissolve convention notions of 'then' and 'now'. Art on Paper (March / April): 54-59
Frahm, Ole. 1995. Comic ist Ware, Comic ist billig. Die tageszeitung 22.5.
Frahm, Ole. 1995. Ware Comic macht keinen Profit. Die tageszeitung 6.6.
Gatti, Tom. 2005. Lives in graphic detail [Chris Ware]. Times of London (September 3).
Online at,,923-1760443,00.html
Glass, Ira. 2001. Superpowers (Episode 178) [Chris Ware interview]. National Public Radio's This American Life (February 23)
Glenn, Joshua. 2004. Tragicomic strips [Chris Ware]. Boston Globe (October 3)
Griffith, Bill. 1998. Chris Ware and Ben Katchor. Civilization (Jun/Jul).
Grossman, Lev, James Poniewozik, and Richard Schickel. 2003. Singing a new toon; Will the hot new film American Splendor persuade adults to look at comic books again? If it does, here are four that could hook them [Quimby by Ware, Blankets by Thompson, Persepolis by Satrapi, Nightmare Alley by Spain]. Time (August 25): 56-88
Gutoff, Bija. 2005. John Kuramoto: Animating Historic Architecture [Chris Ware's "Lost Building" DVD]. (March?):
Hall, Emily. 2001. Space Between Frames: Comics as Art at Roq la Rue [Dan Clowes and Chris Ware exhibit]. The Stranger 10 (37; May 31). online at
Helfrich, Gretchen. 2001. The Evolution of Comics [radio show with Spiegelman, Ware and McCloud]. WBEZ's Odyssey (November 16)
Higson, Charlie. 2004. State of the art: Charlie Higson revels in Chris Ware's collection of modern American masters, McSweeney's 13: The Comics Issue. The Guardian (July 24).
online at,,1267270,00.html
Hodgman, John. 2005. Righteousness in Tights: 'Graphic novels' may come and go, but the foundation of the comic book is still the superhero [Gerard Jones, Chris Ware, Jaime Hernandez, Peter Bagge, Michael Allred, James Sturm]. New York Times Book Review (April 24): 8-9. online at
Howard, Jennifer. 2004. Comics - Chris Ware, by Daniel Raeburn (Yale Univ., $19.95). Washington Post Book World(December 26): BW11
Hune-Brown, Nicholas. 2005. Graphic Nostalgia: Cartoonists Chris Ware, Seth and Charles Burns aren't lost in the past, but revelling in it. Maisonneuve (November 10):
Kannenberg, Jr., Gene. 2001. The Comics of Chris Ware: Text, Image, and Visual Narrative Strategies. In The Language of Comics: Word and Image. Ed. Robin Varnum and Christina T. Gibbons. Jackson: U of Mississippi Press
Kennedy, Mary. 2006. Letters: The Funny Pages ['Building Stories,' by Chris Ware]. New York Times Magazine (May 7)
Kwok, Janet K. 2005. Comics' Trendy Cousins: Graphic novelists behind 'Jimmy Corrigan' and 'Black Hole' appear at the Brattle [Chris Ware and Charles Burns]. Harvard Crimson (October 20). Online at
Mathie, Frank. 2006. Cartoonist's work on display at Chicago museum [Chris Ware]. ABC 7 News (May 8):
Medaris, David. 2006. Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Chris Ware speaks. The Isthmus (October 9). online at
Moss, Wil. 2005. Ware's work more than a ‘Novelty’. Nashville City Paper (October 4):
Nadel, Dan. 2001. Clowes and Ware on tour. Comics Journal (230; February): 18
Nadel, Dan. 2004. The many varieties of life between the lines [Harry Mayerovitch, Lewis Trondheim, Chris Ware, Seth, Osamu Tezuka]. Washington Post Book World (June 6): 13
Paulson, Steve, Charles McGrath and Anne Strainchamps. 2004. Comix [Spiegelman, Ware, Gaiman, Katchor]. Wisconsin Public Radio's To The Best of Our Knowledge (September 5). online at
Pennington, Zac. 2001. Chris Ware Interview. [Seattle] Tablet (May 4). online at
Phipps, Keith. 2001. Chris Ware [interview]. The Onion:
Poniewozik, James. 2003. Books - Quimby The Mouse By Chris Ware. Time (August 25)
Potter, Steven. 2006. Loud and bright, comics leave an impression; Artist describes medium's lasting effects on popular culture [Chris Ware]. Journal Sentinal (May 4). Online at
Raeburn, Daniel. 2004. Chris Ware. New Haven: Yale University Press
Sabin, Roger. 1997. Not just superheroes [Seth; Chris Ware; Sacco]. Speak (Summer).
Schmidt, Patti. 2001. Interview with Chris Ware. CBC's Brave New Waves (May 25).
online at
Silenzi, Andrea. 2009. Talk to Me: Marjane Satrapi + Chris Ware [and Françoise Mouly]. National Public Radio’s WNYC's Talk to Me blog (March 5): and
Silverblatt, Michael. 2000. Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes: Post-Modern Comix.
National Public Radio and KCRW's Bookworm (November 30). online at
Stanislawski, Ethan. 2006.
Chris Ware's urban cartoons make a strange but effective art exhibit. [University of] Chicago Maroon (June 2). Online at
Strauss, Neil. 2001. Creating Literature, One Comic Book at a Time: Chris Ware's Graphic Tales Mine His Own Life and Heart. New York Times (April 4)
Swanhuyser, Hiya. 2004. A Ware Ness: "Sequential artist" Chris Ware is a smart man with a strange vision. SF Weekly (June 9). Online at
Thomas, Rob. 2006. Cartoonist documents life one panel at a time [Chris Ware].
Capital Times (October 20). online at
Thomson, David. 2001. The antique rude show: His cartoons have a charming old-fashioned look about them. And then you read the words. David Thomson enters the bizarre world of Chris Ware. Guardian (September 4). online at,3604,546458,00.html
Thorson, Alice. 2007. The Art of Comic Books: Comic creator Chris Ware will speak at Nebraska exhibit Omaha native is known for his Acme Novelty Library comics. Kansas City Star (February 11). Online at
Tucker, Ken. 1999. Double takes [Family Guy animated character's resemblance to Chris Ware's comic book]. Entertainment Weekly (July 9): 10
Unknown. 2000. Dan Clowes & Chris Ware [Interview]. Mean Magazine (November/December)
Unknown. 2005. New Chris Ware in September: Plus Craig Thompson, and other Pantheon Releases. (June 17):
Unknown. 2006. Chris Ware at MCA Chicago. Art Daily (May 11):
Ware, Chris. 1998. The Ragtime Ephemeralist. Chicago: Chris Ware.
Ware, Chris. 2001. Say, Gang! Don't you think you'd be happier... [cartoon]. Kiplinger's (January): 130
Ware, Chris. 2001. Scott Joplin: King of Rag-time [comic strip]. Oxford American (40. Fifth annual music issue): 126
Ware, Chris. 2001. Sketchbook: Hollywood Rd. Hong Kong [art]. National Post's Saturday Night (August 4)
Ware, Chris [as George Wilson]. 2002. How to be a better man: The lost arts [illustrations]. Esquire (February): 89-96
Ware, Chris. 2003. Paperback writer: Guardian first book award winner Chris Ware says it in pictures [comic strip from sketchbook]. Guardian (July 12)
Ware, Chris. 2006. A Thanksgiving Feast [four covers and an online strip and interview].
New Yorker (November 27) and
Ware, Chris. 2006. Building Stories - the introduction. Independent (October 1). online at
Ware, Chris. 2007. One Eye: Charles Burns, Photographer. Virginia Quarterly Review (Winter): 104-117. Online at
Warren, Lynne. 2005. Chris Ware Interview: Chris Ware at the MCA. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (December):
Wolk, Douglas. 2004. Panel Discussion: Jimmy Jazz [Chris Ware By Daniel Raeburn].
Village Voice (November 16). Online at
Wolk, Douglas. 2005. The inimitable Chris Ware: The author of "Jimmy Corrigan" explores a fallen world in this new installment of breathtakingly intricate comic strips. Salon (September 2):
Wondrich, David. 2001. Ragtime: No longer a novelty in sepia [Chris Ware]. New York Times (January 21): Arts 35-36
Worland, Gayle. 2006. Wisconsin Book Festival: 5 questions with graphic novel genius Chris Ware. Wisconsin State Journal (October 13). Online at
Worden, Daniel. 2006. The Shameful Art: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Comics, and the Politics of Affect [Chris Ware edited anthology]. MFS Modern Fiction Studies 52 (4, Winter)
Young, Robin. 2005. Comic Strip Artist Chris Ware. National Public Radio and WBUR's Here and Now (December 9). Online at
Acme Novelty Library
Arnold, Andrew D. 2001. The Depressing Joy of Chris Ware: TIME.comix looks at the latest "Acme Novelty Library". (November 27):,9565,185722,00.html
Baker, R.C. 2005. Panel Discussion: Chris Ware's The Acme Novelty Library. Village Voice (September 6). Online at,panel,67535,10.html
Mazanec, Tom. 2007. Lending legitimacy to comic book lit: 'The Acme Novelty Library' serves as an introduction to Chris Ware's graphic novels. Calvin College Chimes (February 2):
Parschalk, William. 2006. School-day ACME Novelty proves unique [Chris Ware].
Johns Hopkins News-Letter (March 31). Online at
Pruzan, Todd. 1996. American gothic [review of The Acme Novelty Library #8 by C. Ware]. Chicago 45(12; Dec):20.
Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth
Brattland, Jane Elin. 2007. Verdens beste tegneserie! Trist, lavmaelt og stemningsfull. RadioSelskapets tegneseriejury har karet 'Jimmy Corrigan' av Chris Ware til tidenes beste tegneserie. NRK Publisert (February 6). Online at
Bredehoft, Thomas A. 2006. Comics Architecture, Multidimensionality, and Time: Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. MFS Modern Fiction Studies 52 (4, Winter)
Blomkvist, Marten. 2001. Tecknat kan vinna litteraturpris [Chris Ware's "Jimmy Corrigan" in Swedish]. Dagens Nyheter (November 14)
Briggs, Raymond. 2001. The genius of Jimmy; Raymond Briggs hails Chris Ware's graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan - the winner of the Guardian First Book Award. Guardian (December 8).
online at,4273,4315381,00.html
Daoust, Phil. 2001. Daddy, I hardly knew you; Phil Daoust admires a tragicomic autobiography of abandonment in Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Guardian (July 21). online at,4273,4225245,00.html
Dixon, Glenn. 2000. City of the slumped soldiers [Ware's 'Jimmy Corrigan' review]. Washington City Paper (November 10): 56-57
Gibbons, Fiachra. 2001. Graphic novel wins Guardian book award; Three way battle ends in triumph for 'wacky idea' [Ware's Jimmy Corrigan]. Guardian (December 7). online at,4273,4315134,00.html
Horton, Andrew. 2001. Beyond Archie and Spidey [review of Ware's Jimmy Corrigan]. Wall Street Journal (October 20): W10
Lawson, Mark, Craig Brown, Tom Paulin, and Miranda Sawyer. 2001. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. BBC Newsnight (December 7). transcript online at
Niffenegger, Audrey. 1997. Music to Slit Your Wrists By [Chris Ware 'Acme Novelty Library']. EBR 6 (Winter):
Poniewozik, James. 2000. Right Way, Corrigan: From cartoonist Chris Ware, an elegantly crafted, poignant story of man and not-so-superman. Time (September 11)
Sharp, Iain. 2003. Comic genius [Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware]. Sunday Star-Times [Wellington, New Zealand] (July 27)
Unknown. 2000. In brief: Fiction: Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Washington Post (November 26): Book World 11
Unknown. 2001. Graphic novel wins First Book Award [Chris Ware's 'Jimmy Corrigan']. The Guardian (December 6). online at,10486,614660,00.html
von Busack, Richard. 2000. 100 Years Of Solitude: With 'Jimmy Corrigan,' Chris Ware brings the art of the comic book into the new century. San Jose Metro (November 9). online at
Selected illustrations
Mayle, Peter. 1997. Anything considered [jacket art by Chris Ware as 'George Wilson']. New York: Knopf.
Murakami, Haruki. 1997. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle [Jacket by Chris Ware, designed by Chip Kidd.]. New York: Knopf
Ware, Chris. 1996. [Cover art.]. American Illustration Annual 14.
Ware, Chris. 1997. Print's Regional Design Annual [cover art]. Print 51 (5).
Ware, Chris. 1998. [cartoon] Mother Jones (September)

New book on recent Mexican comic books
¡Viva la historieta! Mexican Comics, NAFTA, and the Politics of Globalization
By Bruce Campbell

240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 20 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index

9781604731255 Unjacketed cloth $55.00S

9781604731262 Paper $25.00S

Unjacketed cloth, $55.00

Paper, $25.00
A study of how a nation's comics artists grapple with economic upheaval

¡Viva la historieta! critically examines the participation of Mexican comic books in the continuing debate over the character and consequences of globalization in Mexico. The focus of the book is on graphic narratives produced by and for Mexicans in the period following the 1994 implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an economic accord that institutionalized the free-market vision of relationships among the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Eight chapters cover a broad range of contemporary Mexican comics, including works of propaganda, romance and adventure, graphic novels, a corporate "brand" series, didactic single-issue books, and a superhero parody series. Each chapter offers an examination of the ways in which specific comics or comic book series represent Mexico's national identity, the U.S.'s influence, and globalization's effects on technology and economics since the passage of NAFTA.

Through careful attention to how recent Mexican comics portray a changing nation, author Bruce Campbell reveals a contentious range of perspectives on the problems and promises of globalization. At the same time, Campbell argues that the contrasting views of globalization that circulate widely in Mexican historietas reflect a still unsettled relationship between Mexico and its superpower neighbor.

Bruce Campbell is associate professor of Hispanic studies at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict. He is the author of Mexican Murals in Times of Crisis.

Illustration--From Guía del migrante mexicano (Guide for the Mexican Migrant), courtesy Ministry of Foreign Relations, Mexico
240 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 20 b&w illustrations, introduction, bibliography, index

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cartooning In Africa edited by John Lent available

I saw John yesterday and got a copy of his new book, Cartooning in Africa. It's an edited volume of essays on Africa as a whole, Angola, Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Southern Africa, South Africa, Tunisia and Tanzania. Amusingly enough, John's affiliation is the International Journal of Comic Art. Here's the description lifted from Amazon's site:

Product Description
This volume documents from historical and contemporary perspectives, the situations, trends and issues of cartooning in a number of African countries, and profiles the individuals, forms and phenomena that stand out. All types of cartooning are covered, including comic books, comic strips, gag and political cartoons, and humour magazines.
Product Details

* Paperback: 383 pages
* Publisher: Hampton Press (October 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 1572735546
* ISBN-13: 978-1572735545

If someone is interested in reviewing this for IJOCA, let me know.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pittsburgh reviewer wanted for Zippy exhibit

The Toonseum has a Zippy exhibit up through the end of the month that I would like a reviewer for.

UPDATED - got a reviewer, thanks.

LA reviewer wanted for Watchmen-inspired show

The show is Physical Nostalgia which continues through March 22 in the Meltdown Gallery, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 851-7223. See LA Weekly for images.

UPDATED - got a reviewer, thanks. See the next issue for the review.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

International Comic Arts Forum: ICAF 2009 CFP


The 14th Annual International Comic Arts Forum: ICAF 2009

October 15-17, 2009

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, invites scholarly paper proposals for its fourteenth annual meeting, to be held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, from Thursday, October 9, through Saturday, October 11, 2008.

The deadline to submit proposals HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO April 3, 2009. (Scroll down for proposal guidelines and submission information.) Proposals will be refereed via blind review.

ICAF welcomes original proposals from diverse disciplines and theoretical perspectives on any aspect of comics or cartooning, including comic strips, comic books, albums, graphic novels, manga, webcomics, political cartoons, gag cartoons, and caricature. Studies of aesthetics, production, distribution, reception, and social, ideological, and historical significance are all equally welcome, as are studies that address larger theoretical issues linked to comics or cartooning, for example in image/text studies or new media theory. In keeping with its mission, ICAF is particularly interested in studies that reflect an international perspective.

For its refereed presentations, ICAF prefers argumentative, thesis-driven papers that are clearly linked to larger critical, artistic, or cultural issues; we strive to avoid presentations that are merely summative or survey-like in character. We can accept only original papers that have not been presented or accepted for publication elsewhere. Presenters should assume an audience versed in comics and the fundamentals of comics studies. Where possible, papers should be illustrated by relevant images. In all cases, presentations should be timed to finish within the strict limit of twenty (20) minutes (that is, roughly eight to nine typed, double-spaced pages). Proposals should not exceed 300 words.

ICAF's preferred format for the display of images is MS PowerPoint. Regretfully, we cannot accommodate non-digital media such as transparencies, slides, or VHS tapes. Presenters should bring their PowerPoint or other electronic files on a USB key or CD, not just on the hard drive of a portable computer. We cannot guarantee the compatibility of our equipment with presenters' individual laptops.

All proposals will be subject to blind review by the ICAF Executive Committee, with preference given to proposals that observe the above standards. The final number of papers accepted will depend on the needs of the conference program. Due to high interest in the conference, in recent years ICAF has typically been able to accept only one third to one half of the proposals it has received.

SEND ABSTRACTS (with complete contact information) by March 20, 2009, to Prof. Cécile Danehy, ICAF Academic Director, via email at:

Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged immediately; if you do not receive acknowledgment within three days of sending your proposal, please resubmit. Applicants should expect to receive confirmation of acceptance or rejection by April 17, 2009.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

2009 John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies

2009 John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies

Students of comics!

ICAF, the International Comic Arts Forum, is proud to hold each year the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies competition. The Lent Scholarship, named for pioneering teacher and researcher Dr. John A. Lent, is offered to encourage student research into comic art. ICAF awards the Lent Scholarship to a current student who has authored, or is in the process of authoring, a substantial research-based writing project about comics. (Preference is given to master’s theses and doctoral dissertations, but all students of comics are encouraged to apply.) The Scholarship was established in 2005.

The Scholarship is subject to the condition that the recipient present a half-hour talk, based on her or his research, during ICAF. The award consists of up to US$500 in kind to offset the cost of travel to and/or accommodations at the conference. A commemorative letter and plaque are also awarded. No cash is awarded.

Applicants must be students, or must show acceptance into an academic program, at the time of application. For example, applicants for ICAF 2009 must show proof of student status for the academic year 2008-2009, or proof that they have been accepted into an academic program beginning in academic year 2009-2010.

The Scholarship competition is adjudicated by a three-person committee chosen from among the members of ICAF’s Executive Committee. Applications should consist of the following written materials, sent electronically in PDF form:

* A self-contained excerpt from the project in question, not to exceed twenty (20) double-spaced pages of typescript.

* A brief cover letter, introducing the applicant and explaining the nature of the project.

* The applicant’s professional resume.

* A brief letter of reference, on school letterhead, from a teacher or academic advisor (preferably thesis director), establishing the applicant’s student status and speaking to her/his qualifications as a researcher and presenter.

PLEASE NOTE that applications for the Lent Scholarship are handled entirely separately from ICAF’s general Call for Proposals (which can be viewed at Students who submit abstracts to the general CFP are welcome to apply separately for the Lent Award.

Send inquiries and application materials via email to Ana Merino of the ICAF Executive Committee, at The deadline for 2009 submissions is May 1, 2009.

Did you receive your last issue? Mailing problems with IJOCA 10:2

Subscribers who did not receive issue 10:2 should contact John Lent directly as the Post Office returned issues with labels removed, but not the envelopes showing who didn't get their issues.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Reviewer wanted for NYC/SF LeRoy Neiman show

LeRoy Neiman's Encore Femlin, at Franklin Bowles Galleries in NYC and San Francisco. These are the little cartoon drawings from Playboy.

San Francisco exhibit reviewers needed

The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco is having two exhibits that I would like reviewers for. The Art of Stan Sakai (Feb 27-July 5) and Watchmen (Feb 21-July 19). Contact me if you're interested.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Rhode's 6:1 book reviews

Here's my reviews from the International Journal of Comic Art 6:1, Spring 2004 in uneditred form. The part about Denver Square is sadly dated now especially the line about newspapers supporting their cartoonists:

Charles Brooks, editor. Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year 2003 Edition, Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2003. ISBN 1-58980-090-7.
Ed Stein. Denver Square: We Need a Bigger House!, Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2003. ISBN 1-58980-115-6.
John Chase. The Louisiana Purchase: An American Story, Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2002. ISBN 1-58980-084-2.
Bob Artley. Christmas on the Farm, Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2003. ISBN 1-58980-108-3.
Bob Artley. Once Upon a Farm, Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2001. ISBN 1-56554-753-5.
Una Belle Townsend and Bob Artley. Grady’s in the Silo, Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2003. ISBN 1-58980-098-2.

The decline of comic art in America, whether comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons or most recently hand-drawn animation, has been an accepted belief for at least a decade. Given the proliferation of cartoon characters in all media with attendant licensing, the movies based on comic books, dozens of museum and library exhibits per year, and the rising consumption of manga, I wonder how accurate this truism is. When a small American publisher like Pelican publishes over a dozen books by cartoonists, perhaps the field is changing and not diminishing. Pelican’s recent offerings run an interesting gamut – for this review, I have one editorial cartoon collection, one comic strip collection by an editorial cartoonist, one historical comic strip collection, and three apparent children’s books by an editorial cartoonist (see IJoCA 3:1 & 4:2 for other Pelican reviews).

Brooks’ 31st collection of editorial cartoons continues his useful sampling and should be a regular purchase by anyone interested in the field. Clay Bennett of the Christian Science Monitor (see IJoCA 5:1) won most of the major awards in 2002, including the Pulitzer, but to my eyes, his obviously computer-generated work is overly slick and reproduces badly in black and white. Ongoing Catholic church scandals got a hard-hitting section, as did, in a sign of the second Gilded Age, Enron’s collapse. 2002, and thus the book, was heavy on terrorism cartoons, and the youthful suicide bomber wrapped in dynamite sticks needs to be retired. An especially unfortunate example of a terrorism cartoon was Steve Kelley’s cartoon of Snoopy deciding to go after Bin Laden. Inexplicably, no cartoons by 2001 Pulitzer winner Ann Telnaes were included.

Ed Stein is a political cartoonist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, and he also does a non-syndicated comic strip for them. “Denver Square” has been published since 1997, and a selection of strips from five years is included in the book. The strip follows a middle-class family of three, who are joined by live-in in-laws. Stein consciously decided to make his strip local, so the Denver Broncos football team, local wildfires, the Columbine High School murders, and the excesses of the tragic Jon Benet Ramsey murder investigation all are topics of the strip. As this list makes clear, Stein’s political cartoonist instincts are frequently on display in the strip. Both despite and because of its local focus, Stein’s strip is a good one, and this book is a nice example about what is still possible when newspapers support their cartoonists.

Non-fiction comic strips such as “Texas History Movies” (see IJoCA 5:2) have recently been rediscovered, and Chase’s “The Louisiana Purchase” is a reprint of 1950s strips with a text introduction that adds more detailed context. Moving far beyond Jefferson’s purchase, Chase begins with the discovery of America, and slowly moves through various explorers and a basic history of the settlement of the United States, even including two strips on the creation of the dollar sign. The strips are well-drawn competent basic history which I enjoyed, and much of IJoCA’s readership should too, but I am not sure today’s students have enough interest in comic strips for this reprint to attract a school-age audience.

Cartoonists have written children’s books (i.e. books written specifically for children and not collections of their work) throughout the entire twentieth century, and many recent notable examples spring to mind – masters such as Steig and Seuss, but also Breathed, Larson, Bliss, Spiegelman, Sfar, and Stamaty. Retired midwestern editorial cartoonist Artley illustrated Townsend’s true story of a cow caught in a feed silo. There is nothing particularly ‘cartoony’ about his illustrations, and my five-year-old daughter pronounced the story as ‘nice.’ Artley’s other two books recall his experiences growing up on a farm in the 1920s and collect drawings from his syndicated cartoons and “Once Upon A Farm” weekly half-page. These books are packaged as children’s books, but are really for an older audience; perhaps even one that remembers a lost rural way of life. Artley’s text is serviceable, and his drawings, either pen and ink or watercolor, are very good. There is some overlap between the two books, and the cartoon component of either is slight, but both are recommended.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fall 2008 Table of Contents now online

You can see the Fall 2008 Table of Contents at the current issue link on the official webpage. Cutting-and-pasting isn't working so well. This issue is still for sale, of course. 872 pages, and 43 articles it says.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Seattle-area exhibit reviewer wanted for Warner Bros animation show

See this article for information on the Warner Bros animation exhibit opening in Seattle. Anyone who wants to do an academic review should contact me.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Preliminary list of exhibit and media reviews for IJOCA 11-1

Here's the exhibit and media reviews that we have in hand and have been edited.

Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950. Jerry Robinson. Beachwood, Ohio: Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Sept. 16, 2008-Jan. 2009.
Mark C. Rogers

R. Crumb’s Underground. Todd Hignite and "coordinated at the ICA by Associate Curator Jenelle Porter.” Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, Sept. 5 – Dec. 7, 2008.
Michael Rhode

Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace. Jane O’Cain. Produced by the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and toured by ExhibitsUSA. College Park, Maryland: College Park Aviation Museum, Aug. 30-Nov. 30, 2008.
Jeffrey S. Reznick

Life in Boxes: Comic Art & Artifacts, an exhibition selected from the Steve Rothman Collection of Comics, Cartoons, & Graphic Novels. Steven Rothman. Philadelphia: Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, University of Pennsylvania. Oct. 27, 2008 - March 22, 2009.
Derik Badman

Punisher: War Zone. Directed by Lexi Alexander, starring Ray Stevenson, Wayne Knight, Dominic West. Marvel Studios/Lions Gate, 2008.
Robert G. Weiner

The Spirit. Directed by Frank Miller. Lionsgate, 2008. Starring Gabriel Macht, Samuel L Jackson, Scarlet Johanson, Eva Mendes, Jami King. Based on the comic strip created by Will Eisner.
Robert G. Weiner

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Preliminary list of book reviews for IJOCA 11-1

Here's a list of the book reviews we've already got in hand and that have been edited. More may be added.

Eury, Michael. Comics Go Ape: The Missing Link to Primates in Comics. Raleigh, NC: TwoMorrows Publishing, 2007. ISBN: 9781893905627.
Robert G. Weiner

Beronä, David. Wordless Books. The Original Graphic Novels. New York: Abrams, 2008. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8109-9469-0. $35.
John A. Lent

Scott, Randall W. European Comics in English Translation: A Descriptive Sourcebook. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company , 2002. 401 pp. ISBN-10: 0786412054; ISBN-13: 978-0786412051. $75.
Michael Rhode

King, Owen and John McNally, eds. Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. Free Press, 2008. 432 pages. ISBN-10: 1416566449; ISBN-13: 978-1416566441. $16.
Michael Rhode

Dolle-Weinkauff, Bernd, Sylvia Asmus and Brita Eckert. Comics made in Germany -- 60 Jahre Comics aus Deutschland. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2008. 142 pp. ISBN 978-3-447-05690-8.
Pascal Lefèvre

Soper, Kerry D. Garry Trudeau. Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 166 pp. ISBN: 978-1-934110-89-8. $22.
John A. Lent

Miller, Ann. Reading Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-language Comic Strip. Intellect Books, 2007. ISBN 978-1-84150-177-2. $40.
David A. Beronä

Evanier, Mark. Kirby: King of Comics. New York: Abrams, 2008. 224 pp. ISBN: 081099447X. $40.
Robert G. Weiner

Ding, Min’an. Ding Min’an’s Clay Statuettes of Caricatures. Hong Kong: Tianma Publishing Ltd., 2005. 65 pp. with colored illustrations.
HongYing Liu-Lengyel

Rhode, Michael G., ed. Harvey Pekar: Conversations. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 225 pp. IBSN 978-1-60473-086-9. $22.
Mark C. Rogers

Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colón. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. New York: Hill and Wang, 2006. 118 pps. Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0-8090-5738-2; Hardcover ISBN-10: 0-8090-5738-7. Paperback ISBN- 13: 978-0-8090-5739-9; Paperback ISBN-10: 0-8090-5739-5. $30 HC; $16.95 PBK.
Sol M. Davidson

Jacobson, Sid and Ernie Colón. After 9/11: America’s War on Terror (2001- ), New York: Hill and Wang, 2008. 150 pages. Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0-8090-2357-8; Hardcover ISBN-10: 0-8090-2357-1;Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-8090-2370-7: paperback ISBN-10: 0-8090-2370-9. $30 HC; $16.95 PBK.
Sol M. Davidson

Abouet, Marguerite and Clément Oubrerie. Aya. Montréal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2008. 132 pp. ISBN: 978-1894937900. $19.95.

Abouet, Marguerite and Clément Oubrerie. Aya of Yop City. Trans. Dag Dascher. Montréal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2008. 107 pp. w/ 17 bonus pp. ISBN: 978-1-897299-41-8. $19.95
Matthew L. Miller

Modan, Rutu. Jamilti and Other Stories. Trans. Noah Stollman and Jesse Mishori. Montréal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2008. 174 pp. ISBN: 978-1-897299-54-8. $19.95
Matthew L. Miller

Delisle, Guy. Burma Chronicles. Trans. Helge Dascher. Montréal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2008. 263 pgs. ISBN: 978-1-897299-50-0. $19.95
Matthew L. Miller

Hignite, Todd. In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-300-11016-6. $20.
David A. Beronä

DePastino, Todd. Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-06183-3. $28.

Mauldin, Bill. Todd DePastino, ed. Willie & Joe: The World War II Years. Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2008. ISBN 978-1560978381. $65.
David A. Beronä

Fresnault-Deruelle, Pierre and Jacques Samson, eds. Mei 26, Poétiques de la bande dessinée. Paris: L'Harmattan 2007. ISBN 978-2-296-04082-3. 21.85 €
Pedro Moura

Alban Delannoy, Pierre ed. CIRCAV no. 19 La bande dessinée à l'épreuve du réel. Paris: L'Harmattan, 2007. ISBN 978-2-296-04879-9 15.20 €
Pedro Moura

Lavanchy, Eric. Étude du Cahier Bleu d'André Juillard. Une approche narratologique de la bande dessinée. Louvain-La-Neuve: Academia Bruylant, n.d. [2007]. ISBN 978-2-87209-862-0. 20.90 €.
Pedro Moura

Eisner, Will. Expressive Anatomy for Comics and Narrative. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008.ISBN 978-0-393-33128-8 (Pbk.). $22.95.

Eisner, Will. Comics and Sequential Art. (Revised edition). New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-33126-4 (Pbk.). $22.95.

Eisner, Will. Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative. (Revised edition). New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008, ISBN 978-0-393-33127-1 (Pbk.). $22.95.

Eisner, Will. With Eisner Reader: 7 Graphic Stories by a Comics Master. (Revised edition). New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-32807-3 (Pbk.). $16.95.

Eisner, Will. The Name of the Game. (Revised edition). New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008. ISBN 978-0-32815-8 (Pbk.). $17.95.

Eisner, Will. To the Heart of the Storm. (Revised edition). New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-32810-3 (Pbk.). $17.95

Eisner, Will. The Dreamer. (Revised edition). New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2008. ISBN 978-0-393-32808-0 (Pbk.). $16.95.
Sol M. Davidson

Monday, February 2, 2009

NYC New Yorker exhibit reviewer desired UPDATED

"On the Money: Cartoons From the New Yorker" Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th Street, through May 24. Information: +1-212-685-0008;

Taken! by Ian Gordon, whose book, Comic Strips & Consumer Culture, anyone who's interested in comic art should own.

Tokyo exhibit on Fujio Akatsuka reviewer wanted

Manga artist Fujio Akatsuka is the subject of an exhibit in Tokyo that I'd like a reviewer for. See this Yomiuri Shimbun article for more information.

Zippy exhibit in Pittsburgh PR

UPDATE - I've got a reviewer, and Bill Griffith can't make it due to illness.

I'm hoping for a reviewer for this exhibit.

Zippy's Pittsburgh and More: The Art of Bill Griffith

At The ToonSeum, February 7 to March 31, 2009

PITTSBURGH -- The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh's museum of cartoon art, presents Zippy's Pittsburgh and More: The Art of Bill Griffith, February 14 through March 31, 2009.

Zippy's Pittsburgh and More is an exhibit of Griffith's original comic art, with several strips featuring Pittsburgh landmarks as settings. "Our location at the Children's Museum has a certain surreal quality that lends itself well to Zippy," said ToonSeum Executive Director, Joe Wos. "Giant inflatable ice cream dinosaurs, twenty-foot cranes made of old gas station signs, and of course a museum of cartoon art, all seem to fit quite well in Zippy's world!" The artist agrees, saying "For me, Zippy is funniest when his craziness bumps up against the 'real world', which is why I put him in diners and have him talking to Bob's Big Boy. It doesn't get much more real than Pittsburgh, PA - it's Zippy Country!"

Zippy the Pinhead, one of the unlikeliest daily comic strips in the history of newspapers, initially appeared in underground comix in the early 1970s, and was first published as a daily strip in the San Francisco Examiner in 1985. The following year, King Features picked up the strip for worldwide syndication. Zippy's creator Bill Griffith describes the character as the "wise fool," who "knows nothing at all and everything at once." His twisted response to all forms of high and low culture forces us to take a fresh look at words and images that permeate our consciousness daily.

Bill Griffith will appear for a special book signing at Phantom of the Attic Comics in Oakland, on Saturday, February 21, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The book signing is sponsored by Phantom of the Attic and Copacetic Comics.

The ToonSeum is Pittsburgh's museum of cartoon art, currently housed within the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (10 Children's Way, on the North Side). Entry to the ToonSeum is free with paid admission to the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (Adults- $10, Children under 18 and Seniors - $9, Children under 2- Free). Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, please visit or call(412)325-1060

Pittsburgh City Paper is the media sponsor for Zippy's Pittsburgh and More.

The ToonSeum at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
10 Children’s Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Subscription info for the print Journal

Effective January 1, 2009, the new prices for International Journal of Comic Art (three numbers per volume) are:

Institutions : US$ 70
Individuals : US$ 45

Payment can be made by international money order personal check (for U.S. subscribers), checks made on U.S. banks, or cash. Sorry, no credit cards.

Back issues are avaiable at the same rates as above. The following are out of print: Vol. 1, nos. 1 and 2; Vol. 4, no.2, and Vol. 7, no.1. We hope to reprint these numbers soon.

There is no online version of the IJOCA.

Subscriptions should be ordered directly from:

John A. Lent
669 Ferne Blvd.
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New blog for International Journal of Comic Art

John and I are going to attempt to get information out in a more timely fashion and so we're going to try this blog. Coming soon: a list of Spring's contents! I'm putting in John's copyedits now.