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

Book Review: Alex Shoumatoff’s “Westchester: Portrait of a County”

Journalist and writer Alex Shoumatoff published his Westchester: Portrait of a County in 1979, in which he chronicled, as he saw them, aspects of life in a place he had … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Kevin Rozario’s “Culture of Calamity”

American studies scholar Kevin Rozario’s The Culture of Calamity: Disaster and the Making of Modern America (Chicago University Press, 2007) is a fascinating read. Rozario writes that Americans today live … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: William Langewiesche’s “American Ground”

Journalist William Langewiesche’s 2002 American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center is a unique piece of 9/11 literature. Soon after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: David Friend’s ”Watching the World Change”

Vanity Fair editor and former photography director at Life David Friend’s 2006 book Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 is in no sense of the … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Sudhir Venkatesh’s “Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York’s Underground Economy”

Floating City, then, is a definite recommendation, with the caveat that it will not bring much in the way of critical insight and perhaps mostly because it gives a behind-the-scenes look of how life in a research project sometimes feels.

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: Josh Neufeld’s “A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge”

Josh Neufeld is a cartoonist who works mostly in non-fiction styles. His other work includes some drawing for Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. Neufeld’s 2009 graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After … Continue reading

March 31, 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

Comics Review: “Luna Park”

Author Kevin Baker and artist Daniel Zezelj’s Luna Park is a graphic novel that starts off interesting but winds up, in my opinion, a disappointment. Set initially in Coney Island … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment