Links for your pleasure. Criticism on comics, film, and music worth checking out.


A blog post from the ACLU on comics, graphic novels that represent civil rights struggles in the U.S. I wrote about March last year for The Chicago Reader.

Anne Elizabeth Moore on Julio’s Day, which “goes beyond the literary.”

Even as Batman: Year One is an origin retold, it’s a stylish work, “one of 1987’s most beloved stories.”

SF Signal runs down a list of dystopian comics, graphic novels.

The Chicago Reader published their comics issue.

House ads for The Watchmen, illustrated by Dave Gibbons.

It was great to see my friend and sometime-editor Dave Mandl recognized at The Hooded Utilitarian for his deep piece at The Comics Journal on ‘Anarchy Comics.’

Sarah Horrocks wrote a really eloquent rave for Nijigahara Holograph, a new Fantagraphics release.


‘Think of a City’ is a visual storytelling project from comics artist Alison Sampson and more. It’s awesome.

The Guardian on Fumio Obata’s “delicate, intimate graphic novel.”

PopMatters writer Shaun Huston ponders digital comics and “what it means to ‘dispose’ of a comic.”

Tom Spurgeon had kind words about my post on comics censorship, and I’m grateful for his posting a link to it.


Deep Los Angeles Review of Books piece on Scorsese slips Wolf… alongside the works that preceded it.

I’d have given more space to Pacey on this, but otherwise, good stuff.

Not a lot of meat to this New Yorker piece on the True Detective finale. Because I watched the show just by, um, watching it, I watched it in a “cultural vacuum”? Got it, thanks. I liked Evan Kindley’s discussion at the Los Angeles Review of Books.


Photo essays, in-depth talks w/ over 130 vinyl enthusiasts at the core of the Dust and Grooves book, out in April.

On February 25, 1964, Eric Dolphy held “anti-music” sessions for a Blue Note record he’d call Out to Lunch.

We caught an exciting, forceful set from The Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer a couple of weeks ago. His debut is out soon from Mexican Summer.