Darryl Cunningham and Voices From the NHS

Darryl Cunningham, the artist behind non-fiction graphic novels including How to Fake a Moon Landing, Graphic Science, and the most recent Billionaires: The Lives of the Rich and Powerful, has created a new free online comic. Voices from the NHS: A People’s History is based on stories from a research project capturing workers and patients in their own voices, about the UK National Health Service. It’s not exactly a celebratory work, as it acknowledges many of the issues with the […]

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Sherlock Should Be Better About Detail

I was happy to get a copy of Sherlock: The Complete Season One Manga box set for a project I’m working on. It has the three volumes corresponding to the three episodes of the first season of the Sherlock TV show in a slipcase box along with “three exclusive art cards”. Those turned out to be copies of the book covers. Except… they got the credits wrong. All three of the cards have the credits “Writer/Co-Creator: Mark Gatiss Co-Creator: Steven […]

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Read She Said by Kris Dresen

I’ve been a fan of Kris Dresen’s work for a long time now. It doesn’t look like anything else out there, and she was telling everyday stories about queer characters long before it was fashionable, or accepted, to do so. Now she’s put a whole graphic novel, She Said, online. It’s about the lifespan of a relationship, and it’s so very bittersweet, particularly if you don’t rush through it but give each panel space.

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How to Study Comics & Graphic Novels

Here’s a brilliant free read: How to Study Comics & Graphic Novels: A Graphic Introduction to Comics Studies by Enrique del Rey Cabero, Michael Goodrum, and José Morlesín Mellado, available online at Issuu (found via Ben Towle). It’s put out by the Oxford Comics Network, part of TORCH, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. And it’s wonderful, a comic that’s chock-full of information on how to read comics. It covers terminology (comic or graphic novel?), specialized terms (panel, gutter, […]

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Patience & Esther Comes Next Week

Out January 26 is Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance, an adults-only graphic novel by S.W. Searle that’s absolutely adorable. I know, weird adjective for explicit erotica, but nevertheless… it’s the story of Patience, a servant girl finding love and herself in Edwardian England. Her partner, Esther, introduces her to pleasure and progressivism, as they encounter suffragettes and changing times.

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Learn How to Forage Acorns From a Comic

Melanie Gillman has been talking about foraging, finding wild foods, on their Twitter recently. Now, they’ve assembled 18 pages of advice on one particular natural food source, acorns, into a pay-what-you-want PDF comic. Eating Acorns: A Foraging Guide is available via Gumroad. Even if you would never eat something you picked off the ground, it’s a fascinating source of information. In addition to a handful of recipes for acorn flour, Gillman has a wonderful, poetic section on why they forage […]

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My Current Favorite Comic: Alien Sherlock

I try not to cross the streams too often here, because y’all presumably come to find out about comics (and related movies and books), not my weird continuing obsession with Sherlock, but there is an ongoing fan comic on Tumblr that makes me extraordinarily happy whenever I see it. As created by Kitten-Kin, it started with the idea that Sherlock (as seen on TV, with the black coat and blue scarf) is actually a shape-shifting alien, as shown here. Of […]

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