Posts Tagged: graphic novels

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Fresh Comics #8: John Black’s Body

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In the imagined scenario wherein my apartment burns to the ground and I lose all my worldly possessions, there are just a few things I would miss—family photographs (of course), an old wooden trunk my grandmother reupholstered and that I used to store my toys as a child, and the book, John Black’s Body.

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Graphic Novels, Fatherhood, and Asian-American Culture

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I feel like I’m just a hair’s breadth away from a consensus that what I do is horrible.

Guernica has a wonderful interview with graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, whose latest book Killing and Dying was recently released. Tomine talks about the difficulties of capturing the subject matters of race and fatherhood, all while meditating on the challenges of writing through the comic form.

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The Rumpus Interview with Phoebe Gloeckner

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Artist and author Phoebe Gloeckner talks about her semi-autobiographical novel The Diary of a Teenage Girl, just adapted into a film starring Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, and what she's working on now. ...more

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Fresh Comics #1: An Iranian Metamorphosis

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The question that lingers even after reading the book is about the use of symbolism in the cartoon and who has the final say—the creator or the readers? ...more

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Straight Outta Gotham

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On August 18, hip-hop and comic book nerds alike convened to celebrate the release of Volume 2 of Ed Piskor’s The Hip-Hop Family Tree, a history of the genre in graphic novel-form. In the Daily Beast, Daniel Genis explains how the competing personae and one-upsmanship among rappers translate so easily to a medium that often depicts superhero fights.

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Delving Head-First into Wonder

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Often times readers dismiss graphic novels as too unrealistic to posses literary merit. That would be a mistake, argues Stefan A. Slater at The Airship, because reality isn’t inherently part of good story telling. Plenty of other fictional forms flaunt the rules of the naturalistic universe while retaining literary value, and graphic novels often contain strong narratives confronting contemporary issues:

A good story is meant to transport.

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Banned Books Week to Highlight Graphic Novels

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This year’s annual Banned Books Weeka celebration of books that have been banned—will target graphic novels, those picture-filled narratives better known as comic books. And that’s exactly why Banned Books Week is taking a special interest in comics this year, as Comic Book Legal Defense Fund executive director Charles Brownstein explained to Library Journal:

For one thing, many people still see comic books as a low art form, and the free speech and expression of authors and artists has a similarly low value associated with it.

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Of Maus and Men

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Arguably, no other story has been made to express absolute black and absolute white as clearly as World War II. So how can an artist integrate the textures of grey that make a story truly poignant?

In an essay for The Millions, Charles-Adam Foster-Simard reviews an Art Spiegelman exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery called “CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics and Scraps.”

It’s as good a reason as any to explore the medium of graphic novels and the difficulty of making art about the Holocaust, and Foster-Simard does so in a way that really illuminates Spiegelman’s impact on comics and literature.

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Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

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“I’m sure someone out there has a workable solution. But what do I know? I make comic books and write about jazz. I do know the difference between right and wrong, though.”

As the second anniversary of Harvey Pekar’s death approaches, Guernica shares an excerpt from his posthumous graphic novel, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me.

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