“Comic Timing”

June 30th, 2008 by Josh Neufeld  

Not sure if I get the headline, but yesterday’s Dublin (Ireland) Sunday Tribune had a nice piece about the new comics journalism. Besides the usual suspects like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorazde, and Art Spiegelman’s Maus, reporter Patrick Freyne covers A.D., Coco Wang’s China 5.12 tales, and Ted Rall’s To Afghanistan and Back, as well as the work of a cartoonist new to me, Jeffrey Lewis. Freyne contextualizes nonfiction comics in an interesting way, tying them in with Egyptian hieroglyphics, Christian church iconography such as the Twelve Stations of The Cross, and Hogarth’s painting series The Rake’s Progress. He even discusses 1950s British comics like The Eagle, which “attempted to tell historical and religious stories . . . , and even war comics like Battle featured heavily researched and credible war stories like Pat Mills’ and Joe Colquhoun’s ‘Charley’s War.’” Check it out.

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