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.
July 12, 2012 Writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank revisit and revise the origin of DC Comics' Caped Crusader, freed from the chains of comics continuity, in Batman: Earth One. NPR critic Glen Weldon says their take features some electrifying moments for fans.
The cover art for "Astonishing X-Men #51."
June 25, 2012 Just another gay mutant French-Canadian/black superhero marriage, is all.
June 20, 2012 Our comics blogger mourns the passing of Matt Groening's smart, irascible, mordantly funny weekly comic strip, which is ending after 34 years.
December 22, 2011 Our comics blogger provides his picks for the best comics and graphic novels of 2011, with a minimum of caveats.
December 9, 2011 A new collection of Carl Barks' Donald Duck stories sheds fresh light on why so many consider him one of the greatest comics creators of all time.
2002: Ed McGuinness
December 1, 2011 Our comics blogger looks at the changing face of the Man of Steel, from his original smirk through his bad haircuts and flirtation with the '80s up to his newest incarnation.
November 23, 2011 For the 4th year in a row, our comics blogger suggests thick, satisfying reads perfect for long gray Friday afternoons on the couch.
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