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Add director Tom Dey's dreadful live-action adaptation of the long-running comic strip to the pantheon of dog flicks that'll make you cry — for all the wrong reasons.
| June 11, 2010
26 cent book bin
Books never to come
Big Fat Whale
| May 21, 2010
Interview: Daniel Clowes
"If you had told me then that there would be cute girls coming to comic conventions in 15 years, I would’ve told you you were out of your mind."
On going from Enid to Wilson
| April 30, 2010
THWAK! I swing with my right fist, trying to connect with my opponent's face. In a smooth motion, he deflects my punch with his forearm, which is protected with a black and metallic-plastic arm gauntlet. I swing with my left fist, and am again knocked
Move over, Clark Kent. All over New England, mild-mannered citizens are suiting up and doing their part to play the hero.
| December 11, 2009
25-cent book bin
Big Fat Whale
| December 04, 2009
Slideshow: Inside today's graphic novels
Images from graphic novels like World War 3 , Drunk , Asterios Polyp , and more.
An exclusive look into a collection of graphic novels
| October 16, 2009
Review: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
Comic-book games are all about wish-fulfillment: What comic book fan hasn't dreamed of laying the telekinetic smack down Dark Phoenix-style, or flinging a few of Gambit's explosive cards?
Marvel's "Secret War" comes to consoles
| October 02, 2009
The hub of film criticism?
In his deep survey, Gerald Peary hardly conceals his opinion that Boston is the epicenter of film criticism.
A peek into the Phoenix archives
| September 04, 2009
Big Fat Whale gets even fatter
Brian McFadden's comic strip Big Fat Whale — which can be seen semi-regularly in these very pages — had an inauspicious beginning.
| August 28, 2009
Comic-strip author declares war on Jamba
While the Shepard Fairey–AP showdown was busy raising the public-domain bar, a new case concerning intellectual property recently cropped up on the Internet. This one pits David Rees and his defunct Get Your War On ( GYWO ) comic strip against nation
| August 07, 2009
Interview: Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen
The winner of several "Best Comics Writer" awards on both sides of the Atlantic, he's best known in America as the author of the DC Comics series Swamp Thing and, of course, Watchmen.
From the Boston Phoenix archives: the watchmaker speaks.
| March 04, 2009
Robert Crumb at MassArt
R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
The beast in me
| February 03, 2009
This season, there are two best buys when it comes to bang for your comic-book buck.
The world in comics
| December 02, 2008
Is he being served?
In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
| November 18, 2008
The nature of the beast
In the world of graphic novelist Kevin Hooyman, whose show opens at Proof Gallery on September 13, packed line drawings take you deep into strange and fantastical scenes.
Kevin Hooyman’s ‘Dark Walk’ at Proof, ‘The Exquisite Line’ at BU, ‘Material Meditation’ at The New Art Center
| September 10, 2008
Earlier this month, syndicated cartoonist Matt Bors found a new fan in none other than Salim Hamdan, the man tried and convicted for once having been Osama Bin Laden’s driver.
Dept. of gallows humor
| August 20, 2008
The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
| August 13, 2008
The term “Internet famous” brings a few things to mind.
Hip cash for Kansas rep
| August 13, 2008
Parody flunks out
Artist Barry Blitt’s brilliant illustration — which sought to satirize the naysayers who portray Obama as a flag-burning, unpatriotic Muslim and his wife as a black-power radical — cut to the core of today’s political paradox.
Political humor is no longer welcome in Academia as administrators choke the life out of parody
| July 30, 2008
William Lemmer: Coming home
This article originally appeared in the July 11, 1978 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
The further history of a Vietnam-era informer
| July 10, 2008
Graphic novels are an acquired taste.
People’s history in graphic format
| July 01, 2008
Though a Marvel Comics fan, I never thought much of Iron Man.
Robert Downey, Jr. saves the day
| May 01, 2008
A steady ripple of anti-comics sentiment was crystallized in the early ’50s.
When comics were too crude for school
| March 24, 2008
Letter from Candorville
An African-American cartoonist reacts to being pulled by the Post
| February 13, 2008
Sex and (comic) sensibilities
Josie and the Pussycats were sexy for cartoons, but they were a fairly chaste trio — too shy to appear in full-frontal shower scenes.
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| January 30, 2008
If obsession is at the core of The Rosenbach Company, says co-creator Ben Katchor, that only makes the pop musical a human story.
Ben Katchor explains The Rosenbach Company
| November 14, 2007
Comics for Christ
Young Laurel Templeton spends her summer vacation “kidnapped by five cyborg flies and shrunk down to insect size so [she can] travel back in time with them to save the world from an evil spider.” You know, typical stuff.
Evangelicals are speaking in bubbles — and fighting God’s war on pop culture
| October 10, 2007
The Golden Age of Comics
Ever wondered what would happen if the famed Simpsons ’ Comic Book Guy held a master’s in literary criticism?
Comic critic Douglas Wolk on Reading Comics
| August 02, 2007
The Victory Day ‘confusement’
The late, great Professor Longhair used to describe a complicated situation as “the time when all the confusement comes in.”
Historical amnesia spreads far and wide
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| August 01, 2007
In the not-too-distant past, telling someone you were interested in webcomics was met with awkward stares and changes of subject. (Trust me.)
The rise of webcomics and four artists leading the way
| July 10, 2007
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