Category Archives: Comics

Agatha Christie on marriage

In the April 20, 2018 issue of the New York Times, venerable cartoonist and illustrator Edward Sorel highlights a mysterious incident in crime writer Agatha Christie’s life. Or how archaeology is preferable over golf. (Illustration by Edward Sorel, © 2018 The New York … Continue reading

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Robbedoes supports the Red Cross

Every year in April, the Belgian Red Cross organises a funding drive, during which volunteers ask motorists for contributions at traffic lights and road crossings. For 5 Euros they can buy a bumper sticker featuring a favourite television or comic … Continue reading

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Dan Clowes celebrates Superman

On April 14, Dan Clowes’ birthday, and with only months to go to Superman’s 80th birthday, Clowes’ official Twitter presence posted this unpublished strip. Only Clowes would imagine a Kryptonian birthday to be a day for “sober, clear-eyed accounting of … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg lives!

It is clear to me – comic genius Rube Goldberg‘s spirit is alive and well, and has taken possession of Joseph Herscher. But whereas Goldberg used the popular visual medium of his day, the newspaper comic strip, to promote his inventions, … Continue reading

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Science stamps

There seems to be inherently nerdy about stamps and stamp collecting, and back in the 1960, when the world was strictly divided into jocks and nerds, stamps were lumped together with comics and science into the nerd corner. The ultimate … Continue reading

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Comic moguls read the Economist

France has comics in its DNA, and so it’s no surprise that students at the Paris art direction and design school ESAG Penninghen came up with a campaign for leading economy magazine The Economist featuring comics’ most famous capitalist moguls, … Continue reading

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Peanuts Fashion

Some five years ago I met a woman in a department store who wore a summer dress with a comics print that looked as if it had been lifted from Love and Rockets (or 100 Bullets, the jury is still … Continue reading

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Happy easter with Tintin

Today is Easter, the day when Christians the world over celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and children hunt for chocolate eggs. It’s a clear sign of how times have changed: I feel somehow obliged to explain what Easter is, … Continue reading

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Gaston’s Desk — Now you can have your own!

One of the most endearing aspects of 50s and 60s Franco-belgian comics magazines like Spirou and Tintin is the fact that they were not just a collection of serialised comic albums, but rather all-round children’s periodicals. In addition to the … Continue reading

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History of comics in six, no, eight panels

In 2012, Matt Madden created a concise overview of the history of American comics, its trends, subjects and obsessions, using only six panels, and featuring references to Dick Tracy, R. Crumb, Watchmen and more. French comics scholar and cartoonist Nicolas … Continue reading

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