Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

American Splendour author Harvey Pekar dies aged 70

Just found out that Harvey Pekar – arguably the father of autobiographical comics – has died aged 70. He wrote about his brush with lymphatic cancer in the award-winning graphic novel Our Cancer Year in 1994 and chronicled his everyday life in Cleveland from the 1980s onward in American Splendour. Inexplicably, given its un-Hollywood nature, […]

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Editorial cartoon of the day

Here’s a fine example of journalistic excellence from that paragon of local journalism the Bloom Beacon. Makes you proud…

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Online journalism in a nutshell…

It’s not the whole truth, honestly…

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Lessons from the superheroes #2

OK, I’m really stretching the parallels between newspapers and comic books. But if you really want journalism to be saved, offer something that Disney would like to pay good money for…

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Lessons from the superheroes: Marvel comics and mass media

There’s quite a bit of activity in the comment threads again today, as we wrestle with issues such as why newspapers (and TV) are struggling in the internet age. Martin Cloake makes some interesting points about the women’s mass market sector, which he says relies on cheap production, high sales and relatively few advertisements to make […]