Thursday, March 12, 2015
Friday, August 08, 2014
Bestselling author-illustrator Shaun Tan constructs eerie, vaguely sinister worlds in his gloriously detailed picture books. For a long time, he didn’t understand why bookstores put them in the children’s section. Now the father of an infant daughter, Tan’s starting to come around.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Boxers & Saints by the graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells the story of China’s Boxer Rebellion in vivid, explosive color. In the year 1900, peasants violently rejected Western businesspeople and Christian missionaries in their country. The Boxers, as they were called ...
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Chris Ware talks about Building Stories, a box set of a decade’s worth of work. As seen in the pages of The New Yorker, The New York Times and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Building Stories is a set of comics that imagine the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Ware has been broadening the boundaries of what comics can be and what kinds of stories they can tell.
Friday, December 09, 2011
In 1973, Art Spiegelman published a three-page comic strip in a small underground publication called "Funny Animals." It was the first installment of what he called "Maus," the biography of Spiegelman's father, Vladek — a Holocaust survivor — with anthropomorphic mice standing in for Spiegelman, Vladek, and his fellow Jews. The complete graphic narrative was eventually published in two volumes. In 1992, nearly twenty years after he began work on the project, "Maus" was given a special award from the Pulitzer Prize Committee — to date, the only graphic novel honored by the Committee.
Saturday, October 01, 2005
A god walks into a bar, flirts with the tourists, and has a heart attack singing karaoke, leaving his two sons to stumble into a conflict older than civilization. Gaiman explains how his new book Anansi Boys is not really a fantasy novel — it's a comedy inspired by P.G. ...
Saturday, December 08, 2001
Kurt Andersen and writer and cartoonist Art Spiegelman talk about the narrative and artistic spell of comics.
Spiegelman is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Maus and Maus II. Since 1992 he has been a contributing editor and cover artist for The New Yorker. He is also the co-founder and editor ...