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Japan and Beyond: 10 Manga Titles to Start Your Collection

Posted: August 14, 2018

Blimey! BBC Arts cover-features and extracts MANGASIA, my new Thames & Hudson book and touring Barbican Centre exhibition. They invited me to suggest 10 manga and other Asian comics featured in them to explore further So I picked these English-language stand-alone volumes, so please take a look here on the BBC Arts website.
And hope some of you can come to my Edinburgh International Book Festival event on Sunday August 12th at 4pm, as far as I know the very first time the Festival has ever programmed an event about Japanese and Asian comics.


Best Comics of 2017: Brazil

Posted: July 31, 2018

Our new Brazilian correspondent, Heitor Pitombo, selects his choices of the best Brazilian graphic novels of 2017, including Angola Janga - Uma História de Palmares (‘Little Angola - A History of Palmares’) by Eisner-award-winning author Marcelo D’Salete. Read his reviews here…


Mangasia Exhibition: Video Tour (1 of 6)

Posted: July 15, 2018

To whet your appetite to see MANGASIA: WONDERLANDS OF ASIAN COMICS at Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, France till September 16th, watch the first of six short videos I’ve made on YouTube as a brisk guided tour of this landmark show. More to follow… Image ©︎ 2014 Aya Takano/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved


Steve Ditko: Ditko Unleashed

Posted: July 7, 2018

The reclusive, uncompromising, forthright Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, lived long enough to be given his first major exhibition in his lifetime, not in the USA but in Palma, Mallorca, Spain in the Casal Solleric art gallery, from September 29th 2016 to January 8th 2017. Read my interview with the co-curator and see photos and videos of the original artworks in this remarkable show here…


Top 25 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: September 2018

Posted: July 6, 2018

For me the stand-out books this coming September are Home After Dark and A New Jerusalem.  I’ve been awaiting the return to the medium of David Small, since he was acclaimed for his autobiographical debut Stitches. In Home After Dark he addresses the hyper-masculinised and homophobic climate of the America in the Fifties and its damaging effects on an anxious adolescent teenage boy. It’s a climate that has never really gone away.

In A New Jerusalem, another disruptive force on families to this day, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is sensitively explored by Benjamin Dixon, especially its impact between a father and son. Find out more about my highest recommendations in my latest PG Tips column here…


Top 25 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: September 2018

Posted: July 6, 2018

For me the stand-out books this coming September are Home After Dark and A New Jerusalem.  I’ve been awaiting the return to the medium of David Small, since he was acclaimed for his autobiographical debut Stitches. In Home After Dark he addresses the hyper-masculinised and homophobic climate of the America in the Fifties and its damaging effects on an anxious adolescent teenage boy. It’s a climate that has never really gone away.

In A New Jerusalem, another disruptive force on families to this day, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is sensitively explored by Benjamin Dixon, especially its impact between a father and son. Find out more about my highest recommendations in my latest PG Tips column here…


Top 21 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: August 2018

Posted: June 2, 2018

Here are my twenty-one PG Tips for upcoming titles being released starting from this August. Three compelling historical graphic novels from France stand out, all period pieces, the first about a thoroughly modern woman in Twenties England and Lapland, the second about the life of French novelist Colette, and the third about author Graham Greene in Prague in 1948, setting for Orson Welles’ movie adaptation of The Third Man. Discover the rest of my recommendations for this month here…


Contest at 16th International Comics Festival in Belgrade, Serbia

Posted: May 27, 2018

The 16th International Comics Festival in Belgrade, Serbia will be held from September 27th to 30th 2018, organised by Belgrade’s Student Cultural Center (SKC) Happy Gallery. The Festival is the biggest comics event in Serbia, and one of the most important in the Southeastern Europe. Once again, they are organising their international comics-making contest, with a deadline of August 15th to submit your four-page story on any theme of your choice. Best of luck!


Chris Reynolds Interview: Mysterious Stories about Times and Places

Posted: May 10, 2018

Born in Wales in 1960, unique auteur Chris Reynolds is long overdue for (re-) discovery and wider acclaim. His major works have finally been compiled, edited and designed by Canadian cartoonist and admirer Seth into The New World from New York Review Comics, a hefty and sublime tome of Reynolds’ dream-inspired, dream-inducing Mauretania Comics. Alongside a suite of Reynolds’ short stories, this volume is book-ended by his graphic novels, The Dial from 2004 and the 1990 Penguin Books original Mauretania. Read my interview with Chris Reynolds and a brand-new 2-page comic here…


Best Comics of 2017: An International Perspective Part 2

Posted: May 6, 2018

More of my International Correspondents, connoisseurs across the planet - Matthias Wivel, Harri Römpötti, Matteo Stefanelli and Pedro Moura and more - recommend to you their favourite comics and graphic novels created and (in most cases) also published in each country they know well during last year. Read all about them here…


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