The funny thing about comics, as a medium, is that it's so much larger than you might think. The American comics industry, from cape comics to autobio, is well known, as is manga, a Japanese import that went from niche to fad to powerhouse
Yesterday, Fantagraphics announced that they will be publishing the complete work of Carl Barks, the acclaimed cartoonist best known for his work on the Disney "duck books" like Donald Duck and stories in the larger Duckburg universe, including the creation of Scrooge McDuck
The bulk of the conversation about digital comics, both here and elsewhere, have largely revolved around the Big Two of Marvel and DC Comics, other mainstream publishers, and indie comics, in that order. Mostly absent f
Moto Hagio is one of the greatest Japanese manga creators you've never heard of. As part of the Year 24 Group -- a collection of female mangaka who revolutionized shojo manga -- Hagio helped take the genre to new heights, incorporating science-fiction, boys' love, and mature themes of sexuality and gender. She not only blazed trails as one of the earliest female manga creators, but also proved to be particularly suc
"Artichoke Tales" is an ambitious new book (out this week from Fantagraphics) by the celebrated cartoonist Megan Kelso. It's a multi-generational fantasy epic about a divided, warring people with artichoke leaves for hair, focusing on the experiences of a single family with ties to both sides of the struggle.
The central c
"Weathercraft" is my first Jim Woodring book, which, if you know me and my indie inclinations, is probably shocking. Woodring is such a big name in alt-cartooning or indie comics or lit pics or whatever, that even I can't believe I've never read him before now, especially since it's been my M.O. since about 8 years-old to reach for the weirdest looking thing on the shelf as often as possibl
In any niche interest, there is a skewed view of history, an ordering of importance based on the people or events that contributed to your cause, your hobby, your particular area of focus. A sort of