Posts Tagged ‘graphic novels’

Meet a Visiting Cartoonist: A Quick Chat with Jeff Smith

Comic book creator Jeff Smith was in town on Saturday for the National Book Festival and kindly took a few minutes on an unseasonably hot day to answer a few questions for us. In a journalistic coup, the Bone creator's hard liquor of choice is revealed, and should be vitally useful in the future to [...]

This Week in Film: The Losers

Director Sylvain White's The Losers lives up to its title. Based on Andy Diggle's comic of the same name, the film adaptation is all overstated action with little to no character development. The humor, meanwhile, relies on unsophisticated gags and explosions. It's hard not to compare other recent comic book movies like Kick-Ass and Sin [...]

International Ink: Feiffer, France, and Fingerman

A theme ties these books together, even though I wasn't looking for one while reading them. They're all about "I," or perhaps  "me, Me, ME!"
You'd expect an autobiography like Jules Feiffer's Backing Into Forward: A Memoir (Doubleday, $30) to be all about its author—and it mostly is, but it's also idiosyncratic. While Feiffer says the [...]

International Ink: Hagar, Nemi, Little Nothings, and Lenore

A regular roundup of international comic-book collections.
Years ago Elvis Costello asked: “What’s so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?” It's not hard to imagine cartoonist Dik Browne pondering that question, coming up with "nothing," and creating the fun-loving Viking pillager Hagar the Horrible. “[Hagar] is a Viking and God knows he is a barbarian, but he [...]

This Week in (Comic) Books: Dan Dare and Roy of the Rovers

America is pretty big on its superheroes (look no further than the domestic gross of the Batman movies), but many of those characters have evolved significantly from their mid-century origins, no longer beacons of righteousness during wartime. In other genres, too, comic books no longer belong to the innocent age whence they were born. But [...]

The Quotable Darwyn Cooke: Highlights from the Cartoonist’s Talk at American Art

Sure, the crowd was thin due to the snow. But the air was thick with nuggets: Darwyn Cooke spoke for almost two hours to a rapt crowd of about 40 people at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum Saturday, concentrating on his recent adaptation of Richard Stark's novel Parker: The Hunter and offering a glimpse into [...]