Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Let’s try to run through some of the more notable links of the past several days. My apologies if this is old news to you or I missed something.
• Kicking things off, I should note that the gang at the Hooded Utilitarian are offering an in-depth analysis of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. In order: Noah Berlatsky, Ng Suat Tong, Tom Crippen and Von Marlowe.
• Ken Parille looks at the work of his fellow blogmate Tim Hensley, specifically his Wally Gropius series: “I can’t think of another cartoonist who approaches space — and what we might call ‘spatial color’ — in such a rigorously strange way.”
• Abhay Khosla talks about comics by way of crime novels:
So: a year from now, if we’re unlucky and Vertigo Crime no longer exists, and some so-and-so is screeching that “None of youse fools on the internet people could have done better because we are geniuses who thought of EVERYTHING” … I would suggest that maybe one thing they could have done differently is launched their crime line with crime fiction…? Just a silly thought.
• Meanwhile, Savage Critics cohort David Uzumeri gives his thoughts on a potpourri of manga and indie titles.
• Jeet Heer examines in depth how Robert Crumb handled the translation of the Book of Genesis in his new adaptation.
• Greg McElhatton reads the first volume of The Awakening and says: “In some ways Awakening actually reminds me of a computer game, but one where the player keeps running in circles and taking forever to get to the plot points that will advance the game into the next stage.”
• Katherine Dacey expresses reservations about Ooku: The Inner Chambers Vol. 1: “For all its dramatic and socio-political ambitions, volume one isn’t nearly as daring or weird or pointed as it might have been.” (Also: go see Dacey’s thoughts on establishing a manga canon.)
• Derik Haliday isn’t impressed with X-Men: Misfits: “It’s so typically Shoujo that there’s almost nothing standout about it.”
• Jen Vaughn revisits Paul Kirchner’s The Bus, dubbing it “tripsy fun.”
• Sean Collins reviews The Squirrel Machine: “Given what I’ve been reading lately I can’t help but compare Hans Rickheit to Fort Thunder.”
• Oliver Ho has a lengthy review of Seth’s George Sprott for PopMatters.
• Kristy Valenti digs deep in the longbox and comes up with a collection of horror stories overseen by Italian gore master Dario Argento. How’s that for an oddity?