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Jeet Heer on R. Crumb’s Genesis

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Jeet Heer has a review of R. Crumb’s (soon to be released in the uk) Book of Genesis Illustrated.

Surprisingly, given his reputation as the chief sexist of underground comics, Crumb has taken a strongly feminist slant on Genesis. Influenced, as he notes in the commentary, by scholars like Savina Teubal, Crumb sees within the book a struggle between two religious systems: the familiar patriarchal God of the fathers (whose story runs from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph) existing side by side with a covert matrilineal traditional of powerful women (including Sarah, Rebekah, and Rachel).

I for one can’t wait for this.

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Written by The Department of Illustration

September 4, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Posted in Advice, Buy This, Comics, Review

Jim Medway Recommends

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mawilJim Medway recommends a couple of books this week, notably Sparky O’Hare by German cartoonist Mawil.

I think I’m going to have to hunt these down…

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Posted in Advice, Buy This, Comics, Review

Alexa Kitchen

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20090830_ftr_kitchenAlexa Kitchen is a cartoonist who has been nominated for both a Harvey Award for Best New Talent and an Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience.

Oh. And she is only 12 years old.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Posted in Buy This, Comics, Interview

Tokyopop lose Kodansha licences

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Tokyopop announce;

“The Japanese publisher Kodansha, from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits,Love HinaSamurai Deeper KyoRave MasterInitial D,KindaichiLifeGetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new mangavolumes.”

Precocious Curmudgeon has a more complete list of affected titles.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Manga, News, Recession

Died Young, Stayed Pretty

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Ward Sutton draws up a cartoon review of ‘Died Young, Stayed Pretty‘, a documentary all about gig posters.

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Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Posted in Comics, Review

Ben Katchor interview

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Comics Comics digs up a one two part interview with Ben Katchor from 1996 that originally appeared in Destroy All Comics #5.

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Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Posted in Comics, Interview

Comics aren’t literature apparently.

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The Cool Kids Table has a brief post on the recognition of comics as literature by a conservative thinktank co-founded by Lynne Cheney.

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Above – a page from Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Posted in Articles, Comics, News