Tag Archives: graphic novel

Supercontext: Will Eisner’s A Contract With God

This graphic novel, by one of the elder statesmen of comics, pushed the medium into new formats, genres and methods of distribution. We discuss how Eisner used a very personal tragedy to create it, as well as its unique representation of Jewish American identity.

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Supercontext: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet

This Marvel Comics storyline began in 2016 as a synergistic publishing scheme that led to the wildly successful Black Panther film. Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Brian Stelfreeze tell a tale about monarchy, nationalism, revolution, diversity and the universal trope of power.

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Supecontext: The Filth

Grant Morrison says this 2002 comic book with Christ Weston, Gary Erskine and Matt Hollingsworth is an inoculation against the nasty horror of the world through depravity, pornography and depression. We interrogate whether that theme works in the end product and if the sexual violence within is problematic.

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Supercontext: David Lapham’s Stray Bullets

David Lapham’s crime comic Stray Bullets demonstrates the challenges of working independently on creative art. Why did it take almost 20 years for this book to get the attention it deserves? We look into the economics of the comics industry to find out.

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Supercontext: Benjamin Marra

Comics creator Benjamin Marra is continually described as “notorious” or an “outsider artist” but we talk to him about his genuine sentimentality for these stories. In relation to the release of his work on Fantagraphics’ All Time Comics, we review his body of work and why it might make us so uncomfortable. 

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Supercontext: David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp

Regarded as one of the best graphic novels of our time, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp is a story we all know in a way we’ve never seen before. We discuss Mazzucchelli’s decision to stop doing “assembly line comics” and take control of his works’ symbolism, formalism and experimentation. 

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