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Webcomics Spotlight: Winston Rowntree of Subnormality

Mar 07, 2011 Web Exclusive

Winston Rowntree, the pseudonymous creator of webcomic Subnormality, has really captured something that is more than the sum of the comic's wholly enjoyable parts. The art is vibrant and busy and pretty tightly rendered, which really emphasizes the goofiness, scariness, attractiveness, or awkwardness of the various characters and situations. The characters are tempered in personality and originality, both artwise and wordwise. Perhaps some of the humor —and philosophy —can be gleaned from the home page's tag phrase of "Comix with too many words since 2007." More

Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover

Feb 17, 2011 Web Exclusive

Gingerbread Girl is an upcoming original graphic novel created by the husband and wife team of Paul Tobin (writer) and Colleen Coover (artist). The book is being marketed in an interesting way: Top Shelf, the publisher, is posting pages of it online, for free, before the "tree pulp" version arrives in May. So really, there's no excuse not to check it out at Top Shelf 2.0 (along with some other fine content). Colleen and Paul took some time to answer a few questions about the book, and more. More

Sweet Tooth’s Jeff Lemire

Oct 07, 2010 Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

Jeff Lemire, the writer/artist behind Sweet Tooth, refers to his creation as “lo-fi sci-fi.” “I always consider Sweet Tooth something you draw in the basement, not a glossy sci-fi comic,” he says."



Jan 05, 2010 Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Perhaps no comic book series in the 2000s achieved the consistent quality and creativity of DC/Vertigo's Fables. Launched in 2002, the series about fugitive figures from folklore has not only garnered a legion of fans as it nears 100 issues, it's spun off an ongoing series (Jack of Fables), a graphic novel (1001 Nights of Snowfall), a novel (Peter & Max), and two affiliated miniseries (Cinderella, The Literals).


Matt Kindt

Oct 15, 2009 Web Exclusive

Matt Kindt is a St. Louis-based, Harvey Award-winning designer and comic book writer/artist. The eclectic, compelling style of his body of work is increasingly earning him notice. He's perhaps best known for Super Spy, "52 interwoven short stories about cyanide, pen-guns, heartbreak and betrayal." His version of Marvel Comics' Black Widow is soon to appear in that publisher's Strange Tales series, which showcases short stories from so-called indie artists dipping their hands into the superhero world. More

Batman: The Animated Series

Jun 08, 2009 Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

When it started, the title sequence didn't tell you what you were watching. Still, you knew what it was. As a variation of Danny Elfman's familiar musical score cemented the visual action, two cartoon thieves, making their escape from a bank robbery, suddenly find themselves confronted on a building rooftop by a shadowy figure. More

Alan Moore: Watchmen Creator Leaves No Gentleman Behind

May 05, 2009 Issue #27 Summer 2009 - Jarvis Cocker

In his home in Northampton, England, Alan Moore is sitting in what he calls "the position I spend most of my life"that is, in front of his computer, a device he is quick to confess has been relegated to the function of a glorified electric typewriter. Though it is not by intention, the 55-year-old is something of an imposing figure. Whether it is the assortment of rings on his fingers or his wild hair and beard, it's little wonder why people who have only seen pictures of the man assume he is someone to approach with caution.


Tara McPherson

Apr 22, 2009 Web Exclusive

There seems to be an alien chirruping from deep inside Tara McPherson's phone as she fields questions about her latest book from Dark Horse Comics. The large coffee table volume aggregates her various paintings, sculptures, art prints and rock posters. "Yeah, I need to get a new phone," she titters. The incessant E.T. could possibly be one of the strangely beautiful characters that populate Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume II, or any of the various iterations she's created for clients as far-ranging as DC Comics and Spin Magazine to the Knitting Factory and Nike. After receiving a BFA from Art Center in Pasadena, CA, McPherson started her career in rock poster art for musicians such as Beck, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists and Melvins, but she has slowly introduced her animated personality into the stifling world of fine art.  More

Tights and the Good Fight: Politics and Comic Books

Jul 02, 2008 Summer 2008 - The Protest Issue

Politics long ago found their way into comic books. A few of many examples: Art Spiegelman’s Maus (1973) tackled his father’s experience with the Holocaust; Joe Sacco’s brilliant Palestine (2001) and Safe Area Gorazde (2000) are beacons of the graphic novel as journalism, covering the Israel-Palestine conflict and the Bosnian War, respectively. More

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