Redrawing the New York-Comics Relationship

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

Book Review: Teun Voeten’s “Tunnel People”

Tunnel People is a recommended read for… well, for the way it’s written, the way it treats an important social issue, and the empathy it has for its subjects, I’m going to go ahead and say everybody.

February 11, 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

Book Review: David Hajdu’s “The Ten-Cent Plague”

Journalist David Hajdu’s The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America was first published in 2008, but despite its age and the rapid and constant growth … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Book Review: George J. Lankevich’s “American Metropolis”

Historian George J. Lankevich’s 1998 book, American Metropolis: A History of New York City, is one of surprisingly few books that deal with New York City’s history from the arrival … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Comics Note: “Haunted City”

Haunted City is a brief and, it seems, aborted 2011 horror series written by Chap Taylor and Peter Johnson and illustrated by Michael Ryan. The central conceit as it is … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Raymond Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder”

Raymond Chandler was one of the most well-known authors of hard-boiled detective fiction and one of the primary links between that genre of pulp fiction and “classic” film noir, owing … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 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

October 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “Spider-Man Noir: Eyes without a Face”

We have now come to Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without a Face, one of the last installments in the Marvel Noir series (it was followed by Iron Man Noir, which we … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “Back to Brooklyn”

Back to Brooklyn is a five-issue 2008 miniseries with a story by Jimmy Palmiotti and Garth Ennis, script by Ennis, and artwork by Mihailo Vukelic. Set in the Brooklyn underworld, … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comics Review: “X Men Noir: Mark of Cain”

X Men Noir: Mark of Cain is writer Fred van Lente and artist Dennis Calero’s sequel to their first Marvel Noir yarn. Among the last installments of the franchise, it … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment
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