In this episode we discuss:
Hawaii 1997 by Sam Alden
Plot #3 by Neil Brideau
Low Society by various, edited by Rob Walton
In this episode we are joined by Karen Green, the Ancient & Medieval History and Religion Librarian at Butler Library at Columbia University–and the driving force behind their graphic novels collection. We talk about her path to becoming a librarian and creating the collection, and also her recent work with the Society of Illustrators. We also discuss:
Sacrifice by Sam Humphries (writer) and Dalton Rose (art)
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Dungeon by Lewis Trondheim
Captain Goodvibes by Tony Edwards
Cages by Dave McKean
Comics for Grownups Episode 21 with Alex Rothman is now out on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here. In this episode we briefly discuss the upcoming Comic Arts Brooklyn show in November, and then review:
Alan’s War by Emmanuel Guibert
Comics for Grownups Episode 20 with Alex Rothman is now out on iTunes. Direct RSS link for Android users here. In this episode we are joined by Tom Hart, acclaimed author of many beloved comics and the founder and driving force behind the Sequential Artists Workshop. We talk about SAW and his current project Rosalie Lightning, plus:
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Sammy the Mouse Vol. 2 by Zak Sally
Jane, the Fox, and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault
Optic Nerve #13 by Adrian Tomine
Lazarus #1 and 2 by Greg Rucka
Finder by Carla Speed McNeil
Abe: Wrong for the Right Reasons by Glenn Dakin
In this episode we talk about:
Heck by Zander Cannon
New School by Dash Shaw
Lost Cat by Jason
Songs of the Abyss by Eamon Espey
Satellite Sam #1 by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin
Our throwback picks are:
Duncan the Wonder Dog vol. 1 by Adam Hines
Farm 54 by Galit and Gilad Seliktar
Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Domovoi by Peter Bergting
Where Eden Once Stood: Veteran Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan by Jess Ruliffson
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks
A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting by Guy Delisle
Plus the sad passing of Kim Thompson.
Occupy Comics by Various
Henry & Glenn Forever and Ever by Various
Robot Vs. Ghost by Drew Alderfer (Email author through site to inquire about sales)
Clive Barker’s Next Testament by Cliver Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang
The Hollows THC by Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth
Feeeeeeeeeeeelings by Jess Worby
Vattu by Evan Dahm
Drawn to New York by Peter Kuper
So Long, Silver Screen by Blutch
Strange Attractors by Charles Soule
The Property by Rutu Modan
Freaks’ Amour by Dana Marie Andra, adapted from the novel by Tom De Haven, art by Phil Hester
We Will Remain collects five short pieces by Andrew White. Three of them are more or less stories, and two are closer to the realm of comics poetry. As a narrative writer I was naturally drawn more to the stories. I especially liked the last story in the collection, the title story, about a statue built 10,000 years ago and how it survives to the present day before it is destroyed to make way for a freeway, and then about the monuments our civilization will leave behind when it is gone.
You can see White experimenting with his art in different ways over the course of the book. He likes to manipulate things digitally so that the backgrounds show through characters’ faces. That works to best effect in the middle story about a woman who builds herself a little garden hideaway in a cave in the woods.
A couple of preview pages available at the Retrofit link above. Process pages on White’s Tumblr.
In Sand Castle a family, a couple, and a group of American tourists happen to come to the same secluded beach, where they find the body of a dead woman and a North African man who swears he didn’t kill her. What you think is going to be a story of racial scapegoating turns out to be something else entirely as things slowly begin to go wrong for the group over the course of a long day.
I don’t want to give away what goes wrong, because author Pierre Oscar Levy introduces and builds it quite subtly, but I will say that it presents an enormous challenge to artist Frederik Peeters, and that he completely pulls it off. He has a simple style with a heavy line, all in black and white, with either very heavy shading or none at all (reflecting the light at the seashore). He has to choose his details carefully and they are all pretty much perfect.
Preview at the link above.