Posts tagged ‘Comics’

Comic Shop- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughn

Brian K. Vaughn’s taut, heart-wrenching epic begins moments before a worldwide catastrophe. He plunges us into the midst of a half dozen story lines, jumping from beat to beat as the clock ticks down to the moment when, spontaneously, every man on earth dies.

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September 9, 2008 at 11:18 pm 7 comments

Comic Shop: Black Hole by Charles Burns

Take a heap of post-adolescent angst, a handful of deftly executed metaphors, some kitschy horror films, and a bit of David Lynch style weirdness, and you’ll have something which begins to approximate this creepy and gorgeously intricate graphic novel from Charles Burns.

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July 10, 2008 at 12:05 am 8 comments

Comic Shop: Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Who’d have guessed a middle-aged man would become the voice for clever, sardonic teenage girls everywhere? Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson brought the characters to life in the 2001 film, but it was Daniel Clowes who first defined the brilliantly sarcastic Enid and Rebecca, in the 1997 graphic novel Ghost World.

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May 27, 2008 at 11:30 am 4 comments

Comic Shop: Watchmen by Alan Moore

Even though it’s 2008, comics are still seen as a pretty guy-oriented medium. That assumption isn’t totally without merit- hundreds of comics are characterized by stupid amounts of violence and women with enormous breasts in skimpy costumes. That doesn’t make it the rule, however. There are a lot of comics written for people who prefer characterization to cleavage, and which appeal to much broader demographics. There is a place for girls in comics, and it doesn’t have anything to do with shoes or nail polish or feelings. It’s about good storytelling, innovative art, and creators who take full advantage of an under-appreciated medium. A lot has been written about why girls shy away from comics, so I’m going to tell you why you should love them.

I’m not one for superhero comics, usually. However, I love a work that can turn traditional ideas on their heads, and revolutionize a genre by twisting every aspect of it. Therefore, I’m pretty much obligated to love Alan Moore’s Watchmen.

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May 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm 5 comments


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