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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…


Top 22 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: July 2018

Posted: April 29, 2018

You wait for ages, and then three of your graphic novels get translated in the same month. This July, Belgian ‘scénariste extraordinaire’ Thierry Smolderen has three of his great BD albums released from three different publishers, demonstrating his virtuosity and versatility. For me, the standout has to be the compilation of his semi-fictionalised biography of Winsor McCay, a radiant, mind-expanding work I’ve been waiting for ages to see published in English. Read my July PG Tips here…


Best Comics of 2017: An International Perspective

Posted: April 15, 2018

You know, there’s an awfully big world of comics out there! And it’s that time again to invite my International Correspondents, connoisseurs across the planet - Juan Manuel Dominguez, Christian Gasser, Adrian Kinnaird, Lim Cheng Tju and Žika Tamburić - to 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. This annual International Perspective remains vital in my view to broaden our knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of this truly global medium. Discoveries await you…


Top 26 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: June 2018

Posted: March 30, 2018

Wonders really do never cease. Who would ever have predicted that the great British actor Jim Broadbent would pen a graphic novel, and based on a Breugel painting? Dull Margaret drawn by Dix tops my June 2018 listing of graphic novels, comics, manga and more for your consideration and perhaps delectation.

I’d also strongly suggest you investigate these two documentary graphic novels demonstrating the power of cartoon journalism to take us closer and deeper into our real world.

The otherworldly, transformative dimensions of Frank are revisited in Jim Woodring’s latest key instalment….

And for nourishing sustenance in comics, these short stories are sure to satisfy…

Take a look ahead here at what you may choose to read in the not-too-distant future, and thanks for joining me here each month…


Olivier Kugler: Reportage Comics

Posted: March 21, 2018

The proactive, attentive, sensitive approach of Olivier Kugler to graphic reportage takes him into firsthand, face-to-face exchanges with his subjects – confronting and communicating their experiences and realities in print and online press: from features in The Guardian and Harper’s magazine to full-length book projects. Read my profile and his new 2-page Strip here…


Hur Young-man: My Brilliant Korea

Posted: March 20, 2018

A household name and best-selling legend in South Korea, Hur Young-man deserves global acclaim as a remarkable maestro of multiple genres of manhwa, the South Korean name for comics, derived from the same two Chinese characters that gave us ‘manga’ in Japanese. Manhwa have become among the most diverse and dynamic comics in Asia. What began as a paper phenomenon, serialised in magazines, newspapers or 100-page booklets available from a network of ‘manhwabangs’ or rental libraries, has transformed in the 21st century into an explosion of addictive digital ‘webtoons’, downloaded in their millions every day.

These changes parallel Hur Young-man’s career so far of nearly fifty years, during which he has authored more than 150,000 pages for over one hundred series. Of these hits, spanning science fiction, comedy, boxing, baseball, gambling, political history, teen romance and Korean cuisine, twenty or so have been adapted into television shows, movies and games. Read my interview with him here…


Top 27 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga: May 2018

Posted: March 1, 2018

There’s much to look forward to this coming May in terms of high-quality comics. Among the stand-out works is the magical 400-page fantasy-allegory Garlandia, reuniting Lorenzo Mattotti with Jerry Kramsky.

 

Also translated from Europe come a graphic biography of French artist Nikki de Saint Phalle and the saga of an Ashkenazi Jewish family escaping from the pogroms of Russia for a new life on the pampas of Argentina.

Quite possibly the British debut graphic novel of the year will be John Harris Dunning’s twisted psycho-chiller Tumult, intensely visualised by the ridiculously intelligent, innovative and young British artist Michael Kennedy. Also highly recommended are new astutely observant graphic novels by Nick Drnaso from the USA and by Canada’s Hartley Lin (previously working under the anagrammatical pseudonym Ethan Rilly).

 

Thank you for browsing through my suggestions here…. And join me every month for my next PG Tips…


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