What happens when a story told in one medium echoes the storytelling conventions of a different one? Comics are particularly well-suited for this: they incorporate elements of other storytelling mediums, while retaining their own narrative devices and techniques. What follows is a look at eight distinct works that evoke other methods of telling stories–literature, radio, art, television–while remaining distinctly (and proudly) comics. Expanding the boundaries of one medium while referencing another is no easy task; these eight books carry it […]
This month brings with it the release of Step Aside, Pops, the second collection of Kate Beaton’s excellent comic Hark! A Vagrant. (I wrote about the book for Paste.) The comics contained within range from inspired riffs on Nancy Drew to windows into history to a memorably irreverent adaptation of Wuthering Heights. I’ve been an admirer of Beaton’s work for years, and talked with her via email about the new book.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Valeria Luiselli and Kate Beaton, a new essay from Scott Cheshire, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Matt Bell and Ta-Nehisi Coates, a look at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Can Xue on craft, and more.
September brings with it a whole lot of highly-anticipated books. Some are the conclusions to series that are long in the works; others are debuts; still others are insightful looks at literature and history. What follows are some of the books we’re most excited about for the month that’s just begun.
Tom Drury on the Midwest’s influence on his fiction, news of a Kate Beaton-illustrated YA novel, Zachary Lipez on Black Sabbath, bad video cover art, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Interviews With Teddy Wayne & Ian Svenonius, Eric Raymond Reviewed, Epic Kate Beaton, and More
“…I experienced the same slew of emotions I think most first-time writers do when my debut novel came out: excitement, but also anxiety over its emergence into the public. I started thinking about how actual celebrities negotiate the stresses of their much higher-stakes jobs–and then wondered how an adolescent might handle it.” Shelf Awareness interviewed The Love Song of Jonny Valentine author Teddy Wayne. New nonfiction from Sean H. Doyle: “The Day Walt Disney Died.” Ian Svenonius talked Supernatural Strategies […]
Emily Temple provides a list of the year’s best literary heroines. “It came from a time when all you had to do to look cool in a car was drive and angle back and listen to some good loud music and maybe bop your head slowly.” Chuck Eddy on the history of “Detroit Leaning.” Robert Morris on the significance of the Judson Dance Theater. Kate Beaton tests your knowledge of 1066. Behold: Matt Bell’s favorite books of 2012, and Sasha […]