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J LHLS Archives: July 2004
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
by Alex Fellows
Reviewed by Jane Seaton
I wonder if Mrs Kent Sr buys superhero comics for those bittersweet moments when you recognise yourself in a story. 'That's SO what it feels like to be Superman's mom!'. After all, you can't share those self doubts, those little guilt trips, with your girlfriends when your son's big secret is that big. You'd need make contact with some comic writers if you wanted a friend who really understood.
But I'm going to have to revise my long held assumptions about graphic novels. It's no longer about battling Evil, saving the American Way of Life and having a space capsule buried under your barn. 'Canvas' is firmly set in the kind of world I inhabit, drinking in the kitchen while my children party. It's also a novel dealing with parental angst and teenage alienation that is more powerful because it packs the narrative into a graphic format. By the end, I was barely registering that the heroine's parents are a pig and a frog. Or is he a frog? He looks more like a trash can to me. Maybe this is a novel about parental alienation and teenage angst. Maybe Fellows is simply using the conventions of fairy tales in a new format. [more]
Posted by Jane Seaton @ 08:45 PM PST [Link]
Monday, July 12, 2004
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Posted by Editor @ 10:50 PM PST [Link]
The Classic Pinup Art of Jack Cole
Edited by Alex Chun
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Reviewed by Kathy LaFollett
I own a nice collection of art books representing talent from comics, graphic novels, magazines and fine art. Until recently I never realized that every artist Iíve chosen creates nothing but the exaggerated female form. Frazetta, Bizley, Ward, Mozert, Madureira and others grace my library shelves. As of this month, Jack Cole joins the grouping. I met Jack Cole at the tender age of 11 (if I remember right). I found a hidden stash of Playboy magazines in the basement, curiosity drove me to see what was behind the cover as I stumbled onto his drawings. These were old magazines and at the time I had no idea what they were FOR, but the cartoons struck hard and I just looked at the lines in wonderment. I ignored the jokes, mostly because I didnít get the jokes. And I didnít bother with the rest, because as a little girl, that was a bit WEIRD. Not too long after my discovery, the magazines disappeared. And I never saw Jack Cole again until I was old enough to seek his work out on my own. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 06:17 PM PST [Link]
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