Local Comix: Goshen Graphix II

Originally published on GoshenCommons.org April 1, 2014

April has turned out to be a great month for comics in Michiana. First of all, Gene Luen Yang, the creator of “Boxers and Saints,” which I reviewed back in December, will be speaking on Thursday, April 10, at noon at the Festival of Faith and Writing in Grand Rapids.

Yang is not only a master of his craft—his book “American Born Chinese” won the National Book Award—but also a rare combination of super smart, super successful and super approachable. In other words, this is a presentation not to miss.

If the drive to Grand Rapids is too far, however, you can meet some local comics artists at the release party for “Goshen Graphix II” this Friday at Better World Books at 6 p.m.

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Intrigue! Romance! History! ‘The Property’ by Rutu Modan

Originally published on GoshenCommons.org March 17, 2014

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Author photo by Dominika Leclawek, from npr.org.

Last post I reviewed “The Great War,” by comics journalism pioneer Joe Sacco. Turns out that Sacco, most famous for “Palestine,” his first-person exploration of the history of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, interviewed this week’s author, Rutu Modan, back in 2008. Modan, well-known in her home country of Israel and rapidly gaining broader recognition, had just released her Eisner Award-winning book “Exit Wounds.” Continue reading “Intrigue! Romance! History! ‘The Property’ by Rutu Modan”

There Are No Words for This: Joe Sacco’s ‘The Great War’

Originally published on GoshenCommons.org March 3, 2014

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Joe Sacco is a pioneer—arguably the pioneer—of comics journalism. His 1993 breakthrough work “Palestine” told the story of his visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip to learn about that area’s conflict directly from its people. Continue reading “There Are No Words for This: Joe Sacco’s ‘The Great War’”