Redrawing the New York-Comics Relationship

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

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

My article, ‘X marks the spot,’ is now open access!

My recent article on Marvel’s District X, published in the latest issue of The Journal of Urban Cultural Studies (vol. 2, issue 1-2) is now available open access, which means … 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

A Soft Re-Open

So, I’ve been away from keyboard for a while now. There are numerous reasons, professional and personal for this. I won’t go into detail (it’s nothing that exciting). Rather, I’ll … Continue reading

September 18, 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

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

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

Book Review: Michael Sorkin’s “Twenty Minutes in Manhattan”

Twenty Minutes in Manhattan is a book by Michael Sorkin, an architect and author whose other work includes the funny and insightful All Over the Map. Structured around the author’s … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment