Redrawing the New York-Comics Relationship

Subjective Ramblings and Peripheral Thoughts from the Edges of a Comics Studies Project

Comics Review: Ted Rall’s “2024”

2024 is often-controversial political cartoonist Ted Rall’s take on George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984. Rall’s version, of course, is updated to fit its own time, so the danger is … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Charles Strozier’s “Until the Fires Stopped Burning”

Historian and psychoanalyst Charles B. Strozier’s Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses is an interesting book, one … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Podcast

I was interviewed by the great people over at ALTbrown Podcast – a podcast highlighting alternative voices in communities of color – last night and, with amazing turnaround time, the … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Note: Artists Against Police Brutality

About a month or so ago, Maryland-based Rosarium Publishing released APB: Artists against Police Brutality: A Comic Book Anthology, an anthology of comics and flash fiction that, as it was … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

New post at the Gotham Center blog

Yesterday, Gotham – A Blog for Scholars of New York City History published another post by yours truly, this time on Evangelical comics creator Jack T. Chick’s 9/11 comic Who … Continue reading

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Part two of my Michael Angelo Woolf piece is up on the Gotham blog!

Michael Angelo Woolf was never primarily a political cartoonist in the common sense of the word. He made “[s]ome vigorous cartoons of Tweed during Nast’s raid on the ring, and … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Backlash, a Superhero Story

The current backlash might not be about any particular character. At least not the ferocity of it. Although each instance is of course likely to be upsetting detractors for a variety of reasons […] what might be truly distressing is the aggregate.

March 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: Brian Wood and Rob G.’s “The Couriers: The Complete Series”

I think Brian Wood is one of the most exciting voices in American comics over the past decade or so. That is perhaps why Couriers is something of a disappointment. The impression I get is that at heart, it is a product and not a story.

March 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Publication!

Academic publishing house Cambridge Scholars recently put out the collected volume, Comics and Power: Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects and Communities, edited by comics scholars Rikke Platz Cortsen, Erin La … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “NYX”

This is the first of a series of posts dealing with Marvel’s New York mutant enclave, known variously as “Mutant Town” and “District X.” Throughout its lifetime of roughly six … Continue reading

February 3, 2015 · Leave a comment