Archive for January, 2011

Here is a link to my review of Andy Diggle and Victor Ibanez’s Rat Catcher (Vertigo 2011) at the Comics Journal.

Rat Catcher is the latest publication in Vertigo’s Crime Series and is the strongest in the line.  Diggle and Ibanez deserve the attention of both comic reading and general audiences with this book.  It arrives in Comic stores on January 19 and bookstores on January 25.


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Just trying out a post on the Nook Color ereader.

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Sorry for the long delays in posting, but things have been very busy here.  I recently submitted two essays for an Encyclopedia of Graphic Novels–one on Darwyn Cooke’s DC: The New Frontier and the other on the Western Genre in comics and graphic novels.  I also completed a review of Andy Diggle’s new Rat Catcher original graphic novel from the Vertigo Crime Series for the Comics Journal that should be published next week to correspond with the book’s release date.  Finally, my November interview with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns about the craft of comic writing has been submitted to the Comics Journal and once I receive notice of its scheduled publication, I shall post that here.

In addition to these projects and those academic publishing endeavors that hold little value beyond the halls of the university community, I have also been contracted to write a book on artist Frazer Irving.  This is an intensely fun and exciting book to complete and the research alone has been very interesting.  I am also working on the next installment of my digital artist series at the Comics Journal.  Lastly, I submitted a proposed panel on comic script writing in the digital age for the March 2011 C2E2 comic convention.

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Here is a link to my review at the Comics Journal of Will Bingley and Anthony Hope-Smith’s GONZO: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson published by Self Made Hero Press.

For Thompson fans, this is a very fun read, particularly to see Hunter captured in a graphic and sequential format.  For those unfamiliar with Thompson, the book may be somewhat confusing as it is primarily a collection of glimpses or vignettes from Thompson’s life as opposed to a traditional biography; however, Bingley and Hope-Smith do a fantastic job of rendering Thompson visually and capturing the pacing and sentiment of his words.  More of an introduction into Thompson’s world, it is hoped that audiences will take the opportunity upon reading GONZO to give Hunter’s canon a serious review.

Here is a link to Self Made Hero Press as well where the book can be ordered.

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