Our Recommendations from Latino Comic-Con 2019


By Henry Barajas Latino Comics Expo is a life changing experience if you’re a brown person in comics. I’ve been bumbling around comic book conventions for the last decade, but I’ve never experienced the kind of inspiration and camaraderie you can get with being in a petri-dish full of people who have walked a mile in your shoes. I tweeted…

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“Eyeshield 21” Proved Yusuke Murata is the Best Comics Artist Working Today


By Ziah Grace Yusuke Murata is one of the best comic artists working today. Chances are you know Murata for his explosive pacing and fantastic character designs in One-Punch Man. Between his knack for comedic timing and his slick, highly detailed action scenes, Murata has helped turn One-Punch Man (or “OPM” as it’s occasionally abbreviated) into a worldwide success. While some readers might…

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Interview: Everything and the Kitchen Sink with Shing Yin Khor


It’s impossible to describe any person well in a pithy interview introduction; it’s impossible plus twenty to do that with creative polymath Shing Yin Khor. She does a lot. But, luckily for this blurb writer, Khor does a better job than he could delineating her works on her portfolio, pinned Twitter thread, and Patreon. But I can try and speak…

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Acting like Boris Karloff: In Conversation with Gilbert Hernandez


by Sara Century Gilbert Hernandez has been making comics with his brother Jamie for quite a long while – indeed, their ongoing title Love & Rockets is regarded by many to be one of the greatest comic series of all time. Beginning in the very early ‘80s and quickly becoming one of publisher Fantagraphics’ flagship titles, the sprawling series has changed format…

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Meta-Crisis – Comics About Comics


by Thomas Woodman It’s always been there, an unplastered crack in comics’ fourth wall. But lately, more and more comics are peeking through back at the reader: Eternity Girl, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Milk Wars, Multiversity, Cover, even What If? Ghost Rider. And these aren’t Deadpool-style throwaway gags, nor even the creator-as-god metaphor in Animal Man or Waid’s Fantastic Four –…

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Structural Analysis – Futurama #14: Where Late the Sweet Brunchlings Sang


by Avery Kaplan While many elements of storytelling structure in comics are echoed in other mediums, the combination of printed word and visual imagery that defines comics affords unique structural opportunities. Some of these structural tropes have become so well worn they have passed into cliché, such as the 9-panel grid. Legitimate structural experimentation is not without narrative risk, and…

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