Over the past several months I’ve been working my way through all of Pendleton Ward‘s Adventure Time, in part because it comes in 11 minute segments that are easy to squeeze into tiny cracks of spare time, but mostly because it’s awesome. There are lots of things to love about it – the humor, the weirdness, the clever allusions to art and literature – but I think the thing I enjoy most is how creatively they play with narrative. Watching all of the ideas they’re able to explore by ignoring the usual boundaries of time, space and consequences makes me realize how limiting conventions can be. Continue reading…
Grumpy Old Fan remembers Karen Berger’s tenure at Vertigo and DC comics. “In more than 30 years, first as a DC Comics editor and then as head of Vertigo, Berger helped to transform the comics industry by shepherding some of the most acclaimed and beloved series in recent memory. Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, The Sandman and […]
TimeOut Chicago profiles comics creator Jill Thompson. Thompson’s the creator of Scary Godmother and co-collaborator with Evan Dorkin on Beasts of Burden. “Thompson’s dad started buying comics for her, first Archie, then superhero stories. ‘That was like my crack,’ she says. ‘What did I have in my little nerd-girl schoolbag? Spider-Man, X-Men, Conan the Barbarian. […]
Colin Smith and Mark White write on Spider-Man, torture and character in response to Spider-Man’s torturing Sandman. Colin has more on the response to his piece as well.