November 24, 2012 The author of the widely acclaimed Same Difference returns with a new graphic novel. An engaging tale of disaffected 20-somethings, Tune will feel familiar to fans of Kim's earlier work. Maybe a little too familiar — until the aliens arrive.
November 20, 2012 It's been a great year for high-profile comics creators, producing landmark works destined for many "Best Comics of 2012" lists. But what about the lesser-known artists and their work? Glen Weldon points to outstanding works that haven't gotten the attention they deserve.
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October 31, 2012 Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and collaborator Christopher Golden have written a spooky novella about a priest using puppets to convey the word of God to war-scarred children in 1940s Sicily. Reviewer Glen Weldon says the exhaustively researched plot is let down by bad pacing.
October 24, 2012 Now that Clark Kent's abandoning print journalism for the web, our comics blogger ruminates on the reasons for his decision, and wonders where it might lead.
October 17, 2012 Husband and wife cartoonists Robert and Aline Crumb have worked jointly on autobiographical comics for nearly four decades. The panels of their new graphic novel overflow with voluminous speech bubbles filled with the Crumbs' honest observations about anything and everything.
Cover, Sailor Twain
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October 11, 2012 A new graphic novel tells a satisfyingly complex and layered story of the love between a Hudson River steamship captain and a mermaid who may be hiding a dark secret.
October 9, 2012 Graphic novelist Chris Ware's latest, Building Stories, is a collection in many formats, following the (mostly) sad and lonely lives of the inhabitants of a Chicago brownstone. But reviewer Glen Weldon says the work is colorful, intricate and ultimately beautiful.
Porch Ponderin'. From The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln © 2012 Noah Van Sciver
September 21, 2012 Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver broods over a particularly dark and conflicted time in our 16th President's young life and delivers a deeply felt profile of a brilliant man laid low by depression.
Michael Chabon is the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union.
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September 11, 2012 Michael Chabon's new novel, set on the border between Berkeley and Oakland, Calif., takes stylistic cues from jazz, soul and funk music. It's formally playful, and even when it misses the mark, it's still satisfying to watch Chabon work, says NPR critic Glen Weldon.
August 22, 2012 Next week, in the pages of the comic Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman will become involved. We have intercepted a series of IMs that augurs ill for comics' new (super-)power couple.
August 16, 2012 In Jeff Lemire's latest graphic novel, Jack Joseph maintains an oil rig off the same Nova Scotia coast where his father vanished decades before. The mysterious disappearance plagues Joseph, as past collides with present in this beautifully illustrated work.
Cover of 1969's DC Special #5, featuring Joe Kubert
August 13, 2012 Our comics blogger shares thoughts on the passing of the profoundly influential creator and mentor Joe Kubert.
August 2, 2012 God and Science: Return of the Ti-Girls collects and expands the adventures of a supporting character from the Hernandez brothers' long-running comic book series Love and Rockets. NPR's Glen Weldon says it will confound superhero haters with its marriage of depth and goofy hero tropes.
Emotional Armor: Superheroes like Batman (Christian Bale) function as talismans when our fears are darkest — symbols of good, and of justice, when we wonder whether either exists.
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July 20, 2012 In the wake of the Aurora massacre, our comics blogger explores the meaning of the violence that's such an integral part of the Batman mythos — and suggests that in the face of real horror, our fictional heroes mean more than ever.
July 19, 2012 In Flannery O'Connor: The Cartoons, editor Kelly Gerald lays out the youthful visual artwork of the woman who would become one of the greatest fiction writers of the 20th century. NPR's Glen Weldon sees it as a prototype for her prose sensibility.
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