Archive for December, 2010

“Rabbit Hole” fatal driver is teenage comic book artist

Posted in Uncategorized on December 30, 2010 by michaelkaminer

We didn’t know that the character who kills the daughter of Nicole Kidman/Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole is… a teenage comic-book artist (played by Miles Teller, above).  Don’t try this at home, kids.

Who’d join the Jewish Justice League?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2010 by michaelkaminer

Blog CoolKidsTable assembles what it calls the Jewish Justice League, drawing from supposedly Semitic superheroes like Justice, Magneto, Batwoman, and Thing.  And, um, Lenny Kravitz.

You can major in manga at these Japanese universities

Posted in Uncategorized on December 27, 2010 by michaelkaminer

How cool is it that Japanese universities are offering degrees in manga, as today’s NYTimes reports?

New book “Graphic Women” explores art and autobiography

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 by michaelkaminer

We just came across Hilary Chute’s Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press), which explores autobio work by five artists, including one Graphic Details star and another revered artist who’s bringing Graphic Details to University of Michigan, where she now teaches.

Aline Kominsky-Crumb [whose work graces Graphic Details] is a pioneer of the autobiographical form, showing women’s everyday lives, especially through the lens of the body. Phoebe Gloeckner [now at U. Michigan/Ann Arbor] places teenage sexuality at the center of her work, while Lynda Barry uses collage and the empty spaces between frames to capture the process of memory. Marjane Satrapi‘s Persepolis experiments with visual witness to frame her personal and historical narrative, and Alison Bechdel‘s Fun Home meticulously incorporates family documents by hand to re-present the author’s past.”

GD is “art with real chutzpah”, says BayAreaBourgeois

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by michaelkaminer

Thanks for the shout-out from cool SF site BayAreaBourgeois

“Take in some art with real chutzpah at the Cartoon Art Museum’s Graphic Details exhibit. Featuring the work of a multitude of Jewish female cartoon artists, Graphic Details displays deeply personal work – some of which is being exhibited for the first time.”

Graphic Details runs at the Cartoon Art Museum through January 31; it’ll open in Toronto on February 17, where the Koffler Centre of the Arts will present the show at the fabulous Gladstone Hotel galleries.

Read more.

SF Weekly on Graphic Details art: “Humorous, biting, revealing, well-drawn, and timeless”

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 by michaelkaminer

We’re kvelling over this review in SF Weekly, San Francisco’s big alt-weekly.

“It turns out that Jewish women illustrators don’t fixate on religion. Instead, they wax funny and philosophical about their families, friends, lovers, and themselves…

Writer Jonathan Curiel calls the art of Graphic Details “humorous, biting, revealing, well-drawn, and timeless, with a layer of darkness just below the surface.”

Read more.

Three cheers for new comics shop

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2010 by michaelkaminer

It warms our hearts to read about a new comics shop opening anywhere.  So all the way from NYC, good luck to Dr. Cain’s Comics and Games in San Luis Obispo, CA.