Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tigra and Pym Discuss Parenting in *Avengers Academy* #7
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Review of *Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush* (2010, Cinco Puntos Press)
The magical realism that permeates and defines so much of Latin American writing is apparent; the mythos of mystery in events and places that otherwise seem mundane is clear; religion and local color folklore entwine throughout the narrative appropriately and without seams, and Christopher Cardinale's artwork is exquisitely palpable.
The woodcut-esque textures and hatches of the drawings don't just offer an aesthetic sensation of "feeling," but an actual sense of touching, of smelling, of hearing and tasting. Everything looks and feels like burlap, like stone, like the skin of the elderly or the smell of fresh milk, or the heat of summer.
One reads this book and its art and has every sense heightened and ever sense of sense stimulated.
But as soon as we are introduced to Rosario's iconic artist and his influence on the two young leads, he leaves everyone, walking on a stairway to the stars, with readers and townsfolk alike left to ponder the components of his pigments, or, if the graffiti on the back end of that mule on the last page is to be heeded, if we've gotten too wrapped up in the telling, fooled by the planted and tilled mysticism of a story with a reality too ordinary to leave alone.
The Kirkus Review has mentioned Mr. Mendoza's Paintbrush as one of the best graphic novels of the year. It's hard to argue against the claim.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Labels: free comic book day
Bradbury's *The Martian Chronicles* and *Something Wicked This Way Comes* Getting GN Treatment from Hill & Wang
Labels: Ray Bradbury