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a short review of patrick mcdonnell’s “super hero’s journey”

MARVEL SU­PER­HERO COMIC BOOKS! Back in the ’60s, those were magic words for thou­sands of kids, in­cluding me and Patrick Mc­Don­nell. While both of us had dreams of being artists when we grew up, Patrick re­al­ized that dream: he is the cre­ator of the comic strip Mutts, one of the best strips out there! [Read more] “a short review of patrick mcdonnell’s “super hero’s journey””

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patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism

I DON’T FOLLOW ED­I­TO­RIAL CAR­TOONING, al­though I cer­tainly ap­pre­ciate the fact that we may be living in its golden age. There are so many bril­liant in­di­vid­uals who com­bine po­lit­ical and so­cial in­sight with in­tel­li­gence and with along with the ability to draw! While I have paid a cer­tain amount of at­ten­tion to avid Horsey, part of that is be­cause he is so well known here in the Pa­cific Northwest. [Read more] “patrick chappatte and will eisner and graphic journalism”

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just another rhetorical question about God

THE SPORT OF TY­COONS is the title of the 1974 painting of Scrooge Mc­Duck by leg­endary artist Carl Barks. Barks was a Disney Studio artist who made his way into comics in the early 1940s. Like other artists who worked for Disney at the time, his work was un­signed and so he was known only as “The Good Duck Artist” to fans. [Read more] “just another rhetorical question about God”

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art spiegelman’s very strange comic strip for witzend 3

THE ADS FOR WITZEND first ap­peared in late 1966 or early ’67, prob­ably in the Rock­et’s Blast Comics Col­lector. RBCC was a fanzine that fea­tured ar­ti­cles on comics and ads from dealers and col­lec­tors of­fering stuff for sale. I sent my dollar bill off to some strange ad­dress in New York and ea­gerly awaited an en­tire pub­li­ca­tion by my fave artist, Wally Wood. [Read more] “art spiegelman’s very strange comic strip for witzend 3”

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the revelations of basil wolverton will keep you awake at night

COMIC BOOK ARTIST BASIL WOLVERTON was idio­syn­cratic from the be­gin­ning. Wher­ever he found a pub­lisher, his work stood out from all other comic book artists of the 1950s. His out­landish style was best suited for a form of what used to be re­ferred to as ‘big­foot humor’ (which had some­thing to do with Lil’ Abner, nothing to do with Sasquatch). [Read more] “the revelations of basil wolverton will keep you awake at night”

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addicted to marvel tales annual 1 (marvel comics 1964 part 2)

THIS AR­TICLE is one of twenty-four ‘book re­views’ ad­dressing my in­tro­duc­tion to and im­me­diate ad­dic­tion to Marvel su­per­hero comics in the summer of 1964. Be­fore reading this, I rec­om­mend that you read the first part, “ad­dicted to marvel comics 1964,” which pro­vides the back­ground for the what fol­lows here and sub­se­quent ar­ti­cles. These [Read more] “addicted to marvel tales annual 1 (marvel comics 1964 part 2)”

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addicted to marvel comics 1964 part 1

LIKE MANY KIDS of the Baby Boomer gen­er­a­tion, I grew up reading comic books. In fact, comic books have been a part of my life for so long that I can’t re­call ever having not read them. At first, it was Walt Disney Comics & Sto­ries and other Dell type funnybooks—and fun­ny­books as said and meant by par­ents was one word. [Read more] “addicted to marvel comics 1964 part 1”

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a zen fable by fred schrier

I DON’T MUCH LIKE much of the art­work that is con­sid­ered psy­che­delic that has been done since the ’80s. For me, the per­fec­tion of modern psy­che­delic art since the 1980s loses the kines­thesia of the acid ex­pe­ri­ence and leaves me (and that is me by my “i”-less self living my Zen fable) de­void of any cosmic-consciousness res­o­nance (my term). [Read more] “a zen fable by fred schrier”