Redrawing the New York-Comics Relationship

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

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

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

Book Review: R. Barton Palmer’s “Hollywood’s Dark Cinema”

R. Barton Palmer is a medievalist who turned film historian in his 1994 book Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir. (Further establishing his bona fides and proving that he’d done … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Mary-Lou Weisman’s “Al Jaffee’s Mad Life: A Biography”

Al Jaffee is a cartoonist and humorist most known for his inventive MAD Magazine “fold-ins” and “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” As such, he is a man who has brought … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: William Hart’s “Early Film Noir”

A while back, I decided that whenever I started compiling reading lists and taking library and book store trips to find reading materials for a thematic cluster around which each … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Book Review: Mark Bould’s “Film Noir”

Film scholar Mark Bould’s Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City is part of the publisher Wallflower’s “Short Cuts” series of roughly one hundred-page introductions to different topics in film … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 3 Comments

Book Review: Bill Bryson’s “One Summer: America, 1927”

Bill Bryson is an American-born travel writer and popular historian living in the UK. Among his many highly readable books, Made in America and Notes from a Big Country deserve … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Book Review: Michael Vance’s “Forbidden Adventures”

The history of the “Golden Age” of American comics has been told time and time again, so the standard outline of comic book production should be pretty familiar to most … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review: David Kunzle’s “The History of the Comic Strip: The Nineteenth Century”

A while back, I posted a brief review of David Kunzle’s magisterial work on picture stories from the 1450s until 1826. In his follow-up work from 1990, The History of … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Book Review: David Kunzle’s “The Early Comic Strip”

David Kunzle is one of the founding fathers of contemporary Anglophone comics scholarship and one of its seminal figures, a status he in no small measure earned through the publication … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · 2 Comments