At the end of August, Heidi MacDonald and Calvin Reid from Publisher’s Weekly asked me to participate in a survey about the decade of growth in comics and graphic novels, and mine and my colleagues’ responses are in an article that just went live on the PW site. As the introduction says, in 2005 there … Continue reading The Decade in Comics Publishing, 2005-2015
While in Japan this fall, I was fortunate enough to take in a lovely exhibition of original comics artwork by two modern masters, Igort and Jiro Taniguchi. While I’m super behind on my Japan blogging, I wanted to mention this one because it ends on December 19th, and if you can attend you absolutely should, … Continue reading In Tokyo? Don’t miss this exhibit of originals by Jiro Taniguchi and Igort, ending December 19th.
So, I went to New York to interview Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto, while he was there participating in New York Comic-Con. It was a really great experience–one of those once-in-a-lifetime things–and I found Kishimoto to be a really nice guy, and very passionate about manga. If you click above, you can see the highlights … Continue reading I went to New York and interviewed Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto.
Act One: @me: Hey internet! I like this thing! @rando: That thing that you like doesn’t work for me. By saying this, I insert myself into a discussion I have just admitted doesn’t concern me. @me: Wow, thanks for weighing in with literally nothing of substance. @rando: Because I’m a rando who goes around telling … Continue reading Twitter: A two act play.
Hey there! So I gotta say, I’m honoured and more than a little humbled to have been asked by VIZ Media to interview Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto live in front of an audience for two of his biggest events at New York Comic Con this year. So, I’ll be in New York (with Andrew, YAY!) … Continue reading I’ll be interviewing Masashi Kishimoto at New York Comic Con. Twice.
Hey there! I’m happy to say that I’ll be headed to SPX this weekend in Bethesda, MD, for the second year in a row, repping TCAF and a selection of Canadian small presses. I’m at table L10, the same block as Koyama Press, Massive, Youth In Decline, and a whole bunch of awesome people. The … Continue reading SEE YOU AT SPX THIS WEEKEND – SEP 19-20
I’ve been recounting my travels to Japan in November and December 2014 over on my Facebook. These are travels outside of Tokyo, and were largely personal trips, not related to comics, and I felt like they weren’t particularly well-suited to Comics212. But we’re at the point in the trip where I reached Hiroshima, and I … Continue reading Japan Travel, Hiroshima, Barefoot Gen, and Kickstarter.
“When Maggie sees Hopey, I know exactly how she feels. This story I’m doing right now is Maggie trying to figure out what boundaries she has with Hopey now that they are both with different people, and she’s kind of like, ‘We used to play around, can we still play around? Are we not supposed … Continue reading Queer Alt Comix History
“When I look at gay art in comics as a critic, I get really anxious about that division precisely because the simplistic way of dividing it is that BL represents more romance, narratives, thinner body types, more effeminate characters. And then so-called gay manga would be just more diesel, big guys and more hardcore sex, … Continue reading The nuts and bolts of Gay and BL manga
One of the things that I mentioned on the Inkstuds podcast with David, Brandon, and Robin, is an idea that’s been rattling around in my head for a long while now, and that’s the concept of the comics industry (and occasionally the medium) going out of its way to ‘other’ the success of books that … Continue reading Shifts and living history