This is a satisfying survey of the artists who’re still actively turning the graphic novel into a new kind of literature.
I want to talk about an interesting comic book movie today, but first I guess I should talk about Iron Man 2.
When I began this essay, it was Friday, May 8th, 2009, and Transformers celebrated 25 years of near-continuous presence in various media.
Well, here’s hoping three months makes the heart grow fonder, eh?
The inside covers of the books are marked with a pair of maps, essentially bookending history with cartography.
It’s almost funny now, to think: it wasn’t that long ago that movie aficionados had to explain to people the difference between full-screen and widescreen.
My point here is that one of the most important ways to read and critique this medium is as a visual language.
The old saw about how many words an image speaks—do you add or multiply when there’s a few of them in a row?
Clowes showcases the boundless formalistic possibilities of telling stories through comics. He’squite the formalistic, yet tempered showman withMr. Wonderful.