The Casual Optimist

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November 8, 2013
by Dan
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Gene Luen Yang: The In-Between World of the Graphic Novelist

The New Yorker‘s book blog Page-Turner have posted a wonderful interview with cartoonist Gene Yang: I grew up reading comics, and I just have this deep attachment to the medium. I think a lot of the things in my life that … Continue reading

November 7, 2013
by Dan
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Q & A with Gene Luen Yang

I wouldn’t be surprised if you were feeling a little disillusioned with comics right now — frictionless superhero movies that deliver ever-diminishing emotional returns; ham-fisted editorial decisions; disputes over rights, compensation and artwork; violence; stupidity; institutional misogyny and racism; and generic … Continue reading

November 4, 2013
by Dan
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Jeet Heer: In Love With Art and The Superhero Reader

At the Comics Reporter, Jeet Heer discusses his two recent books on comics, The Superhero Reader edited with Charles Hatfield and Kent Worcester, and In Love With Art: Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman, with Tom Spurgeon:  Strange to … Continue reading

October 11, 2013
by Dan
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Chris Ware: The Magic of Comics

Following his appearance at the Edinburgh international book fair, Cartoonist Chris Ware spoke with Stuart Kelly of The Guardian about his recent work Building Stories: “As soon as a screen can produce something that can move, it becomes a passive medium, whereas … Continue reading

September 2, 2011
by Dan
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Voldemort’s One Hour Service

Today was a busy day at the end of a busy week, so no weekend round-up this week I’m sorry to say. I could not, however, go without mentioning Voldemort’s One Hour Service by Stuart and Kathryn Immonen: If you’ve read the Harry … Continue reading

December 10, 2008
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany, Dec. 10th, 2008

NPR’s Best Graphic Novels of 2008 include Josh Cotter’s Skyscrapers of the Midwest, Local by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s Goodbye, and Alan’s War by Emmanuel Guibert (pictured). There’s an excerpt available of each book selected. Nice. (Thanks … Continue reading

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