Comic Books

The Psychomachia: An Early Medieval Comic Book

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 21:18
What do Captain America, Wonder Woman and a 10th-century Anglo-Saxon manuscript have in common? The answer may be more surprising than you think. The Psychomachia, or ‘War of the Soul’, was composed by the Late Antique poet Prudentius in the 5th century and depicts an action-packed battle between the Virtues and Vices for possession of the human soul. This allegory of good versus evil was hugely popular in the medieval period with about 300 surviving copies of the work, 20 of which were illuminated.

Ohio State professor reflects on her passion for comic books

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:08
As she spends her days surrounded by more than 300,000 original cartoons, 45,000 books and 2.5 million comic strip clippings and tear sheets, Caitlin McGurk is living her dream. McGurk, 30, serves as visiting curator for Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum – she’s also an assistant professor – a result of her lifelong passion for comics, coupled with hard work and perseverance. recently spoke with McGurk about her role, the museum itself, and her thoughts on the future of the comics industry.

The Pulp Magazines Project

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 07/06/2014 - 15:20

The Pulp Magazines Project is an open-access digital archive dedicated to the study and preservation of one of the twentieth century's most influential literary & artistic forms: the all-fiction pulpwood magazine. The Project also provides information on the history of this important but long neglected medium, along with biographies of pulp authors, artists, and their publishers.

Tributes to Harvey Pekar at libraries in Cleveland and inner suburbs

Submitted by StephenK on Mon, 10/15/2012 - 15:11

Comic book writer Harvey Pekar, known for the American Splendor series, is reported by The News-Herald as receiving honors from the Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library System. Apparently the American Library Association has a United for Libraries division which named the branch in Cleveland Heights a Literary Landmark due to its connections with Pekar.

The World’s Most Expensive Comic Book Art (And Why Prices Keep Climbing)

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 09/07/2012 - 10:02

As the decades pass, new generations of people who grew up reading and loving comics reach a point where they want to revisit something they enjoyed when they were young, and finally possess the means to acquire it, said Michael Zapcic. A sort of living comic book encyclopedia who appears on AMC show Comic Book Men, Zapcic helps run Kevin Smith’s store Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, where he evaluates prized possessions that customers are trying to unload.

Joss Whedon on Comic Books, Abusing Language and the Joys of Genre

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 05/03/2012 - 14:33

Joss Whedon on Comic Books, Abusing Language and the Joys of Genre

In this interview with Wired, Whedon talks extensively about the comic books he wrote, his pop culture influences and what went wrong with Dollhouse. Plus there’s a feminist take on Die Hard that you won’t want to miss.