Looking through James Herbert books just for the bits with sex in

Rereading Straitgate by John Smith and Sean Phillips. We say a piece of art hits home, or when that’s worn out from overuse we say that it hits us where we live. By which we mean that it feels personal, as if the artist has created it just for us, that they’ve identified a singular … Continue reading

If you can’t take a joke, you can piss off

Rereading The New Adventures of Hitler by Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell.  When comics become successful, they start moving out of comics. And that’s weird, isn’t it? It doesn’t happen in any other medium. Popstars don’t have hit singles so successful they no longer have to release singles. Occasional novelists move from books to screenplays, … Continue reading

A farrago of gutter talk and filth

Rereading For A Few Troubles More by Garth Ennis and John McCrea.  A friend with an iPad, who wants to read comics on a gadget ideally suited to it, asked me for recommendations. And I, who’ve been reading comics my entire life, who has shelves and boxes of them, who writes a blog about them, … Continue reading