Articles Published the Week of December 18th

Benjamin Frisch's Fun Family is more than a Family Circus parody

Frisch is a cartoonist and radio producer and his first full length book Fun Family is much more than parody, it's a dark look at family and illusion, about the distance between art and life, it's about how we get through the day. It looks very cute (and Frisch talks about how he changed his style to make the book) but it's not a cute book. It's thoughtful and haunting and I can't wait to see what Frisch does next.

Riad Sattouf on growing up between the lines of France in Syria in The Arab of the Future

Sattouf's graphic memoirs are extraordinary and fascinating books. His father was Syrian and his mother French and Sattouf grew up in Libya and Syria, with trips to France throughout. Throughout his career Sattouf has been interested in children, in their inner lives and how they see the world and these books show life in a small rural village and we spoke about this new volume.

Tom Gauld discusses nostalgia and science fiction in Mooncop

Gauld is perhaps best known for his short funny comics but in this book, his second full length graphic novel, he tells the story of the last policeman on the moon, which is both a dry funny story about loneliness, and a look at nostalgia and our relationship with the past (and the past's idea of the future).

Glen Weldon examines Batman and Fandom in The Caped Crusade

I love NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour (I mean, really, who doesn't?) and that's how I first got to know Glen Weldon, who has written a book about Batman that also traces the rise of fandom and how the two went hand in hand. He makes a number of controversial statements - Joel Schumacher's films weren't THAT bad, Frederic Wertham had a few good points - and I argue, is nicer to Bob Kane that a lot of writers are. (And nicer than I would be). It also diagnoses very thoughtfully how fandom can be toxic and problematic. He also does a very thoughtful reading of the Batman comics of the past 10-15 years. A really fabulous book.

Dave McKean: Black Dog

To my mind, Dave McKean is one of the world's great artists and he can do just about anything. His new book - a beautiful oversize volume - is a series of dreams about the British painter Paul Nash and it is a fascinating and thoughtful and incredible book that I keep coming back to and looking at this book again and again because it's some of McKean's best compositions and as complex and thoughtful as anything as McKean has ever made.

No comments:

Post a Comment