Posts Tagged ‘superman’

Scrawl Minded: The Year’s Best Local Comics

For many years, cartooning in the District seemed only as exciting as the latest Herblock collection. These days, the DMV illustration scene offers far more diversity than editorial cartoons or newspaper strips, and this year produced worthwhile volumes from surprising people, including a congressman, a millionaire, and an NPR commentator.
March: Book One
By Rep. John Lewis, [...]

Meet a Visiting Comics Curator: A Chat With Andrew Farago

Andrew Farago isn't typical of the people I interview because he doesn't make comics. Instead he organizes exhibits of them and writes about them. Andrew works at the Cartoon Art Museum, one of the few U.S. cartoon museums (the other big ones are the soon-to-reopen Billy Ireland Library and Museum at Ohio State University and [...]

Faux Reals: On the Deconstruction, Mainstreaming, and Redeconstruction of Superheroes

“If you don’t recognize that criminals aren’t the enemy, the system is, you may as well get out now,” we’re told at the top of Gwydion Suilebhan’s Reals. A moment later, we’re chastened, “Superhero movies are bad for you.”
The pronouncement is part of an odd direct-address prologue—intoned by a masked woman in black lace and purple [...]

Far Out vs. Hot Dang, Vol. 22

All opinions expressed or implied in Far Out vs. Hot Dang belong solely to the realm of Truth and therefore are Unassailable. If you wanna beef about that, think twice, because we'll make you fill out forms in triplicate. Then we will shred those forms, look you in the eye, and calmly ask you, "Haven't [...]

Hate Comic Books? Library of Congress Opens Papers of Comics Opponent Fredric Wertham

This May, the Library of Congress quietly opened 222 containers of psychiatrist Fredric Wertham's papers. While the great majority of Americans haven't heard of the man, for a select few, the ability to read through his letters will be a big deal. That's because Fredric Wertham wrote a book about comic books and juvenile delinquency. [...]

Comics and Stamps Have a Longer History than You’d Expect

The U.S. Postal Service has just issued another set of comics-related stamps. Stamp collecting is an old hobby, and one that's perhaps faded somewhat, but comics and stamps have a longer history than you'd expect. The 'Sunday Funnies' series includes Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Archie, Garfield, and Dennis the Menace. Archie's best [...]

Free Comic Book Day, and How It Helps You

Free Comic Book Day is an industry-wide attempt to bring people through the doors of comic book stores by giving them something free. This year it's Saturday, May 1, and comics publishers have a nice range of offerings. For superhero fans, D.C. has War of the Supermen No. 0, kicking off a battle between [...]

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