‘Building Stories,’ by Chris Ware The most despairing image in Chris Ware’s magnificent new graphic novel, “Building Stories” — and there are plenty of candidates — depicts a dumpy middle-aged couple, naked in their bedroom. She’s just dropped her clothes to the floor; he’s lying on the bed, oblivious to her, his face and chest illuminated by the iPad propped on his belly. You will never be able to read “Building Stories” on a digital tablet, by design. Bechdel test The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ BEK-dəl), also known as the Bechdel-Wallace test, asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. Only about half of all films meet these requirements, according to user-edited databases and the media industry press. The test is used as an indicator for the active presence of women in films and other fiction, and to call attention to gender inequality in fiction due to sexism. The Bechdel test is named after the American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, in whose comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For it first appeared in 1985.
braided 'dos Archives - Page 7 of 13 So it took a while for me to catch on to this trend. I was not entirely feeling it for a while. But then I did the Sail away braid and I loved it. A couple days later, I happened to have my house to myself for several hours which literally never happens. 1940s Multi-Panel Pans Listed in publication date order. (1940 None posted yet.) Two-panel pan sequence from Krazy Kat, December 21, 1941, by George Herriman Review: Alison Bechdel’s “Fun Home” A graphic novel and memoir, Fun Home is beautifully rendered and profoundly nuanced. Click through to read my thoughts and interpretation of the novel. In Fun Home, Alison Bechdel remembers and reframes her childhood experience of a closeted gay father and her complicated relationship with her parents, a relationship that is marked most noticeably by its coldness and distance.
Found in the Collection: Winsor McCay’s “The Tale of the Jungle Imps” In 2006, a phone call came to the Cartoon Library for curator Lucy Caswell from a local business woman asking that Lucy take a look at some old cartoon drawings she had found. When the woman arrived the next day with a shabby, portfolio-sized cardboard box, no one could have guessed the magnitude of the discovery she had made in the back of her grandfather’s old shop. Inside, were eleven large original Winsor McCay drawings of his comic feature The Tale of the Jungle Imps. Unlike the originals from McCay’s other strips, all eleven of the Jungle Imps were fully and beautifully hand-colored with watercolor. This was McCay’s very first color newspaper comic strip–and until the discovery of these eleven pages–no other originals were known to have survived.
Duke's Fun Home controversy, explained Duke University, like many colleges, recommends that all incoming freshmen read the same book over the summer before they arrive. This year's choice was Fun Home, an acclaimed 2006 graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a memoir about Bechdel's family that deals with, among other subjects, her sexual orientation as well as that of her father, a closeted funeral home director.
Vermibus Over-consumption and the unchecked use of our natural resources to serve that consumption, is wreaking havoc on our environment and on our minds. Our unabated need for the latest products and ideas leaves us only wanting more, at the expense of the world around us. Fueling this unchecked desire is a commercial media whose goal is the promotion of more consumption through every outlet known. Newspapers, Magazines, Television, the Internet, and even the Public Space that we collectively share, all serve to promote our desire for more. In an effort to examine the issue of over-consumption, “Buy Nothing Day” began in 1992 by artist Ted Dave, and participants were asked to refrain from purchasing goods for 24hrs. 22 years later this single act of defiance has grown into a worldwide movement that now takes place in 65 countries and includes thousands of participants. All fotages were sent by the activists.
What is Comics Journalism? For a condensed summary of what comics journalism is, in comics format, check out my recent piece for Poynter.org here. Or you could read the fully interactive version here. For those of you strapped for time, here’s a 3 minute explanation from my Knight Fellowship of what comics journalism is, how it works, and where it’s going. This page is dedicated to showcasing graphic journalism/non-fiction talents around the world, from the professional level to grass-roots.
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel ShareThis Fun Home by Alison Bechdel Review by Derik Badman If superheroes dominate the “mainstream” of comics, then autobiographical comics are the dominant genre of the “independents.” Comics and Architecture, Comics in Architecture A (not so) short recount of the interactions between architecture and graphic narrative  Nemo’s trip through a hyperbolic Manhattan in Little Nemo in Slumbeland. All plates from September 1907 (Detail) © Winsor McCay Essay by Koldo Lus Arana “It is true that mass media propose in a massive amount and without previous discrimination several elements of information where valid data cannot be told from the pure entertainment.