Category Archives: Comics

The funnies were never for kids

While comic books were still deemed to be low-grade children’s fodder in the early 60s, the newspaper strips were generally accepted as also or even predominantly aimed at adults. I can’t see another reason for running a half-page ad in … Continue reading

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Le Chat at IJOCA

In case you are interested, I wrote a short “think piece” on the “affair” concerning Belgian cartoonist Philippe Geluck and his Le Chat museum, for the International Journal of Comic Art blog. It will also be reprinted in the next … Continue reading

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Who read comics?

Reading comics wasn’t always a sign of a well-balanced education and a keen sense for quality. Back in the sixties, it particularly showed you somehow never really grew up (or something). Which elevates mr. John Steed, esq. even higher in … Continue reading

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Pogo in the pit!

I registered my appointment for my Covid vaccination today, and to celebrate, here’s a happy song with some friends from the funnybooks. And a real Pogo doing the pogo! (thanks to Sean; Title courtesy the one and only Marc W.)

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The goddamn Batman ties the room together.

At one point in our not so distant past, comics fandom was enough of a monolithic affair that it was not out of place to promote a Batman rug (“As featured in the upcoming Batman movie”, and “based on Frank … Continue reading

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The More Things Change

Over on Reddit, Derek A Edwards dropped this little sci-fi story about being careful what you wish for, and about how karma does not work if you don’t learn (which is ironic, as it is Reddit). Bonus points for all … Continue reading

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Hold it, Jim!

“How are we going to reach these disenfranchised youngsters who could have an exciting career in electronics?” “I know, we’ll put an ad in one of those comic books that they seem to like so much, and we’ll put a … Continue reading

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An endeavour of gargantuan proportions, on a set of small cards

So you have comic books, a storytelling medium that, through a series of well-established techniques, tries to simulate temporal and spatial, and (if at all possible) narrative, progression on a piece of paper, quite often involving adult men beating each … Continue reading

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Mind your back(s)!

Comic readers typically are nerds, obsessing over minute details of story lines, characters, specific panels while they could be solving crime. Quite often, comic readers are also book buyers, faithfully adding each episode of their favorite series to their shelves, … Continue reading

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Invisible Goldberg

In the end, there’s few things as satisfying to watch as a video of a Goldberg machine, that gloriously grand but totally useless type of contraption named after cartoonist Rube Goldberg, who delighted audiences with his zany inventions when comics … Continue reading

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