Cartoonist Travis Dandro draws on Leicester childhood for ‘King of King Court’

Cartoonist Travis Dandro draws on Leicester childhood for ‘King of King Court’

Cartoonist Travis Dandro lives in Maine these days, but his memories of Leicester are vivid enough to fill a book with them. He did exactly that with his recently published graphic novel, “King of King Court.” Recounting his childhood and teen years in Leicester, it’s a comics autobiography delving into his life in a dysfunctional, […]

Trenton Doyle Hancock @ Mass MoCA

Every art show is the result of the artist’s imagination pouring out into reality, allowing ideas to seize tangible representation in the physical universe. But Trenton Doyle Hancock’s new show at Mass MoCA, “Mind of the Mound: Critical Mass,” is also an effort to pull visitors inside the imagination of the Houston-based artist. The show […]

Viewer’s Discretion: ‘The End of the Fucking World’ and ‘Spettacolo’

‘THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD (NETFLIX)You can stare at your TV forever and never see another show like “The End of the Fucking World,” a heartbreaking, stunning adaptation of the graphic novel by cartoonist Charles Forsman. There are shows that portray broken people, indeed, but it’s rare that rather than focusing on the points […]

Review: I Am Not Okay With This by Charles Forsman

Sydney has a superpower. It might be a great, big superpower, though it may just be a small one. She has the ability to cause severe pain inside people’s heads. She’s a teenager, so that may not seem so exceptional, but it’s actual physical pain, and we get to see her use it on her […]

Charles Forsman: It’s the End of the Effing World

When the television show “The End of the Fucking World” debuted on British television in October, it was greeted with unanimous rave reviews. Less known amidst the acclaim is the show’s Berkshire origins: It is based on a comic book created by Adams-based cartoonist Charles “Chuck” Forsman. Forsman’s 2013 graphic novel follows troubled teenagers James […]

Jim Shaw @ Mass MoCA

Jim Shaw’s ‘Entertaining Doubts’ at Mass MoCA To walk around “Entertaining Doubts,” artist Jim Shaw’s new sprawling show at Mass MoCA, located in North Adams, MA, is to step into the mind of the artist and wander, sometimes without a guide. That may be the best way to uncover its mysteries, actually, taking in what you […]

Review: The Shadow Hero

Review: The Shadow Hero

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew That Gene Luen Yang has written a charming graphic novel is hardly news. He has an uncanny knack for consistently doing so. What does make The Shadow Hero special is the warm and funny superhero story that manages to get deeper than typical superhero satire. […]

Alex Ross

Movies have tried to bring superheroes into the real world, but illustrator Alex Ross can claim to do it better with his dynamic watercolors. Ross’ work will be shown at the Norman Rockwell Muse um, opening Saturday, Nov. 10, through Feb., 2013. Best-known for block-buster comics, like “Marvels” and “King dom Come” that took characters […]

Koren Shadmi

Koren Shadmi has hit the half-way mark with his literate and foreboding web comic The Abaddon. As he gears up to finish the work, Shadmi has turned to Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding website, as a way to find funds to support himself until the work is completed. The Abaddon is loosely based on the play […]

Rebecca Guay

A new book, conceived by Amherst- based illustrator Rebecca Guay, tackles stories of angels in a way that mixes Bible stories with “The Canterbury Tales” by way of some of the hottest writers in their field. Guay’s book “A Flight of Angels,” from Vertigo, features collaborations with Holly Black, Bill Willingham, Alisa Kwitney, Louise Hawes […]

Brendan Powell Smith: The Brick Bible

Brendan Powell Smith’s new The Brick Bible: A New Spin On The Old Testament transforms the holy book into a colorful graphic novel through the use of Legos by way of his digital camera’s macro setting. Smith has long posted these adaptations to his website but now he’s spreading the Gospel of Lego in printed […]

Jay Cantor

In Jay Cantor and James Romberger’s new graphic novel for Vertigo, Aaron and Ahmed, the author has embraced the idea of memes — cultural concepts or ideas that spread quickly, like a virus — in regard to the American War On Terror. Beginning with the events of 9/11 and continuing through to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, the book […]

Kid Koala

Canadian disc jockey Kid Koala — real name Eric San, from Vancouver — is known for an eclectic and often whimsical style of spinning and scratching that employs not just the beats typical of his profession, but also a variety of older musical styles. Koala routinely makes use of jazz and big band, as well as some novelty and […]

Gary Hallgren

The question “are you a man or are you a mouse?” has special significance to the career of illustrator and former underground cartoonist Gary Hallgren. He’s one of the men who took on the mouse — Mickey Mouse, that is. The underground comic book studio which Hallgren was part of in the ’60s and ’70s ran afoul […]

Denis Kitchen

Denis Kitchen is that most rare of comic book industry creatures — a chameleon. Kitchen has worn many hats over time, including cartoonist, publisher and now, literary agent. In his new book from Dark Horse, The Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen, Kitchen’s earliest days as an cartoonist are revealed to those who might not be familiar […]

Profile: Jules Feiffer

Jules Feiffer is well known as a master of all trades and a jack of none when it comes to storytelling — a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, novelist, children’s book author and illustrator, Tony-nominated playwright, Academy Award-winning screenwriter — and a new autobiography celebrates his over 60-year career. Feiffer’s memoir, “Backing Into Forward,” was released this year by Doubleday. He […]

Bill Ayers

It was in the 2008 presidential election that Bill Ayers achieved notoriety as a would-be spoiler — the terrorist Barack Obama was supposedly palling around with was Ayers. This eye-brow raising recognition stretches back to his days in the activist group, The Weather Underground, which saw Ayers ad his cohorts conducting a bombing campaign in protest of […]

Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit has been making mini-comics for as long as he can remember, right up to the point he won the Xeric Grant in 2001. The graphic novel that resulted was “Chloe.” His new book, released by Fantagraphics, is called “The Squirrel Machine.” With an art style and period preoccupation very reminiscent of Rick Geary — just […]

Hwan Cho

I spoke with cartoonist Hwan Cho in regard to an upcoming Women in Comics show in Worcester, MA, and I thought I would put the complete interview up here and do some sharing since I enjoyed talking to Hwan and like her work a lot. Hwan is poised to begin the web comic KGB with […]

Andy Fish

Andy Fish’s new graphic novel, “Fly: A True Story Completely Made Up” is a dark comic tale about a grotesque but sincere little fellow who wishes he could fly. It’s not that simple a story, though — Fish takes his readers on a journey through Fly’s self doubts and doomed love life, implicating him in the woes […]

Joe Staton

Joe Staton has enjoyed a 30-plus year career in comic books and it’s about to be summed up by a show in Pittsfield presented by the Storefront Artists Project and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York City. The show in Pittsfield will concentrate on his Scooby Doo work and various versions […]

Review: Hieronymous B. 1997–2007 by Ulf K

The little world of Hieronymous B. is a surreal one, realized in geometric black and white imagery and collected in German cartoonist Ulf K.’s charming collection “Hieronymous B. 1997- 2007.” The set-up is simple — Hieronymous B. is a meek clerk in an anonymous agency, his boss is tyrannical and his job absurd. Very often, his work […]

Jessica Abel

In creator Jessica Abel comics have found a tireless advocate in the medium’s shift to mainstream acceptability through the medium of graphic novels. Abel’s most recent work, “La Perdida,” won her major acclaim for its realistic portrayal of a clueless American expatriate in Mexico City — prior to that, Abel garnered attention for her comic “Artbabe” and […]

Jeff Lemire

The first two books of Jeff Lemire’s Essex County trilogy — “Tales from the Farm” and “Ghost Stories” — are a one-two punch for 2007, easily two of the best graphic novels that year. The novels draw their inspiration from the creator’s hometown in Ontario, crafting personal narratives of the people who live there that are impossible to separate […]

Jason Lutes

As a writer and artist, Jason Lutes created such successful graphic novels as “Berlin” and “Jar of Fools.” Most recently, he teamed with artist Nick Bertozzi on “Houdini: The Handcuff King,” a short work capturing a moment in the life of the legendary escape artist. In the book, Houdini is preparing for a jump off […]

Profile: Sara Varon

In Sara Varon’s “Robot Dreams,” a complicated tale of friendship is told through a very simple structure — dog makes robot, dog loses robot. There’s more than that, of course — dog grapples with robot being missing, robot grapples with feelings of abandonment, dog attempts to assuage his own guilt by seeking out new friends, robot begins to become […]

Profile: Howard Cruse

Howard Cruse has brought his cartooning and illustration career full circle, going from underground to a more above-ground version of the same. Cruse began his comic book career in the world of underground comics, most notably “Barefootz.” He also edited the anthology series “Gay Comix” and did the regular strip “Wendel” for the Advocate (the […]