Archive for the ‘comics’ Category


How Ted Rall deals with criticism

March 4, 2008

Apparently. (Thanks, Ultralou!)


Lynda Barry, the awesomest

February 4, 2008

In which I find as good a way as any to test my photo importing
Oof! The Motherlode! A big-ass collection of comics by Lynda Barry.  If you don’t know her, you should sort that out. She can be really funny, and she has an eviable memory that captures the strange syntax and logic of childhood better than anyone I know inside of comics or out (in the first strip, for example, dig the rightness of the line “Maybe that it’s a mental institution guy”).

There’s a sadness behind a lot of her stuff that is almost too painful to bear. The story in 100 Demons about how she cut off her childhood friendship with her neighbour (because she was a year younger than her and hanging around with someone a year younger would have marked her out as weird) is so awfully sad that you might need a drink after reading it.

Even if her scratchy penmanship is not to your liking, it’s worth getting beyond it for the wonders within. Reading Lynda Barry is like getting a direct line back to your childhood, and a much cheaper way of doing so than actually having children.


Peter Bagge on “real” art

January 10, 2008


I once had a pretty awful date with a conceptual artist who nearly tore a muscle sneering at my comic collection. I didn’t say what I would have loved to have said–that one Daniel Clowes or Peter Bagge is worth a dozen of her young British Artist compatriots. No, I held my tongue, and I still didn’t get laid. Lesson: Always be true to yourself, kids.

(When is he going to publish these Salon pieces? I want!)


I Killed Adolf Hitler

January 3, 2008

In which I find as good a way as any to test my photo importing
Irony, romance and melancholy, the usual Jason brew.


Graham’s London landmarks

January 1, 2008

No.1 Gosh Comics.
The best comics shop in London. Their upstairs section is impressive enough, stocked as it is with top-class independent and mainstream stuff, but the downstairs bit is a real treasure trove for lovers of indie and foreign-language comics. You can find it across the road from the British Museum.



December 11, 2007

Marjane Satrpi’s brilliant graphic novel Persepolis is now a film! Here’s the trailer.


More Larsony

November 29, 2007

Again, the use of the Larson third person does not prevent this joke from being a confusing mess.


Moore, Spiegelman and Clowes in ‘The Simpsons’

November 21, 2007


I love that Spiegelman’s wearing a Maus mask.

(Thanks, Alex!)

Oh, sorry, for the uninitiated…they do comics.
Daniel Clowes–start with Pussey, then you’ll want to get everything else he’s done.

Alan Moore…too many classics to count, although this is my favourite.

Spiegelman, Maus, of course, but if you can dig up any old issues of Raw, you should.


Excellent Batman gag!

November 19, 2007


Mike Jacobsen’s doing some funny stuff. I like this one too.

(Although he too sometimes suffers from Larsonitis.)


“You gonna light that pipe?”

November 17, 2007


“I said: You gonna light that pipe?”

(Jim Treacher, the man responsible, got in touch! More of him here.)