Articles tagged howard cruse, comics, graphic novel, civil rights movement, lgbt, 1960s, jfk

19 Jan 2010 // 9:59 PM

Rolling Stones: In the 1960s

This two-disc set is a decent attempt at encapsulating the group's early career -- a formidable task given the complexities of both the band and the era.

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Forget McCloud (or Maybe Not, Baudrillard)

Scott McCloud's text does not make any concessions to doubters. It gives people permission to start from the presumption that comics are 'real' art, as well as 'real' literature.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Supergirl’s Shorts

Supergirl's summer costume change -- which included concealing shorts under her skirt as she flew about, kicking butt -- reveals a lot about our changing superheroes.

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All Cried Out: A Queer Ear for Blues’ Wailing and Recovery

As a kid I listened to my favorite high-voiced divas croon and trill through lyrics of love and loss and recovery as if I had

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Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.

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29 Sep 2009 // 2:30 AM

Mouse Guard: Winter 1152

Tough medicine -- and great satire -- goes down easier in a funny-animal pill, when animals serve as icons for human concerns.

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17 Sep 2009 // 10:00 PM

Comic Re-Imagining

Not all comic book adaptations are created equal, especially not when comparing our own imaginings with what actually happens when books are moved from print to screen.

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3 Sep 2009 // 2:46 AM

His kids get a kick out of their iPod shuffles, but Ben Greenman fondly remembers the old days, when as a 10-year-old music lover he’

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Disney’s purchase of Marvel Enterprises puts the house of Mickey Mouse in the superhero biz

Make way for the amazing Spider-Mouse. In an entertainment-industry stunner, the Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that it was buying comic-book giant Marvel Enterprises for $4

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28 Aug 2009 // 3:19 AM

Taking Woodstock

The Ang Lee take on Woodstock never gets much beyond these clichés: hippies took drugs, rain made mud, the music was great and crowds were huge.

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The Best of Simon and Kirby by Jack Kirby

For Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, as with most creators during the boom years of the early '40s, comics were as much about earning a paycheck as they were about creative expression.

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Moomin Book Four by Tove Jansson

All in all, if you have a high tolerance for whimsy you could do worse than to spend a few hours in Moominvalley.

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6 Jul 2009 // 6:00 AM

Redemption of a Jerk

A crook-eyed and foppish jerks of jerks, Asterios Polyp is the guy at the university parties whom everybody hates but still self-consciously sidles near to

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Please Step Back by Ben Greenman

It’s maddening to see addiction for the way it turns a person into the one-dimensional cliché familiar from a hundred After School Specials and Behind the Musics.

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Various Artists: Boogaloo Pow Wow: Dancefloor Rendez-vous in Young Nuyorica

This collection of raucous 1960s New York boogaloo has a strong soul component.

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31 Mar 2009 // 12:00 PM

Over the past few years, it has been my sad duty to help “roast” dozens of friends and colleagues who have retired - or, because

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The shadow of Pet Sounds loomed large on the Beach Boys after it was released in 1966. How do you follow-up one of the greatest, if

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Dusty! Queen of the Postmods by Annie J. Randall

As Randall thoroughly explores, Dusty Springfield's physical transfiguration and visual impact were only the tip of her transformation.

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And so, on to looking at what's worth reading, graphic novel-speaking, before fall comes calling.

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27 Jun 2008 // 5:07 AM

Comics are leaping from page to screen

In this weekend’s potential blockbuster “Wanted,” Morgan Freeman hands a gun to the film’s reluctant antihero and orders him to shoot the wings

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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