History has been made! The Comics Journal has just given me my first ever positive review. Here’s a peek: At first blush, I was tempted to think the book lacks thematic unity, a literary value much fancied by critics. If you wanted to write — to create — a story about sex as a means [...]
<i>The President Can’t Lead. So He Should Quit.</i> British Petroleum isn’t dithering. Yes, it’s been five weeks since the most devastating oil spill in U.S. history. But it’s probably impossible to fix. The company’s execs just look calm. Deep inside, they’re roiling with anguish. Keeping it low-key is how Brits roll. Especially when they’ve got [...]
I’m leaving for Afghanistan the second week of August. I have three goals: 1. Go to Taloqan in Takhar Province, to revisit the place where I spent much of the fall of 2001 during the battle of Kunduz. I’ll try to track down my fixer and his family to see how they’re doing (and give [...]
“The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans,” one of the nation most mysterious serial killers, gets the full treatment in my newest graphic novel, due out this summer. Here is a preview in the form of a four-page episode.
A great overview presentation of Lewis Trondheim at Comic Book Resources’ Robot 6 site. An excellent way to get to know more about this prolific genius.
Publishers Weekly on A Home for Mr. Easter by Brooke A. Allen: “Halfway between Precious and The Incredible Hulk, obese urban teen Tesana is the unlikely hero of this delightful debut book from Allen. Allen’s unrefined black and white line art is similar to Nate Powell’s, but her subject matter is refreshingly light. The characters rush [...]
“I always enjoy these French mainstream fantasy comics, even when I’m not sure what it is I’m enjoying. Certainly creators/plotters Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar are modern exemplars when it comes to how one straddles mainstream success and artistic achievement, and as page-to-page, madcap cartooning it’s hard to go wrong with watching their mostly well-selected [...]
An action-packed suspenseful graphic novel on the hot topic of privacy in a world dominated by the internet and mobile connection is NBM ‘s star graphic novel in July being solicited in comics stores now: NETWORKED: CARABELLA ON THE RUN Mark BADGER, Gerard JONES Some alien invasions are loud and bloody…some are quiet and friendly. The [...]
Travel Planning for Afghanistan How are things going in Afghanistan? The best way to find out is to go see for yourself. I’m doing that this August. You can tell a lot even before you go. I’m in the planning stages: reserving flights, applying for visas, buying equipment. “Whatever you do,” a friend emailed me [...]