Brian Wood's Starve, Volume One
(collecting issues 1-5) was the best, meanest new graphic novel debut since Transmetropolitan
; now, with Starve, Volume Two
(issues 6-10), Wood brings the story in for a conclusion that is triumphant and wicked and eminently satisfying, without being pat.
I discovered The 13 Clocks
by reading Neil Gaiman's introduction to the 2008 New York Review of Books edition (which I found in The View from the Cheap Seats
, a massive collection of Gaiman's nonfiction), where he calls it "Probably the best book in the world" -- how could I resist?
The View from the Cheap Seats
, Neil Gaiman's mammoth collection of nonfiction essays, introductions, and speeches, is a remarkable explanatory volume in which Gaiman explains not just why he loves the things he loves, but also what makes them great.
I started reading Lynda Barry's "Ernie Pook's Comeek" in the back pages of NOW Magazine
as a teenager, and it is forever linked in my mind with Matt Groening's Life in Hell
, which ran on the next page over. Today, Drawn and Quarterly publishes The Greatest of Marlys
, the expanded and updated version of the giant collection that, 16 years ago, was the definitive record of one of the most extraordinary comics ever to grace newsprint.
We are proud to present S.B. Divya’s "The Boy Who Made Flowers" from Issue 4 of Mothership Zeta
. Mothership Zeta is an Escape Arts ezine focused on fun science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We hope this story about a young boy who must deal with a troublesome, unhelpful superpower will make your heart go boing(boing).
Editor's Note: The International Documentary Association has released a petition that asks the Department of Justice to investigate the arrests of citizen journalists who videotape police killings of citizens in marginalized communities. Boing Boing asked documentary filmmakers Laura Poitras and David Felix Sutcliffe to share with our readers why the fight to protect the rights of these amateur documentarians matters so much for all of us.—Xeni Jardin
Citizen journalists are reporting from the frontline of police violence in the United States. Using camera phones, they recorded the final moments of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, and Eric Garner. In each case, the police retaliated by arresting those citizens - either in the immediate aftermath of the killings, or within 24 hours of the deaths being ruled homicides by medical examiners.
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Most phones already come equipped with an Airplane Mode for flights, a Do Not Disturb mode for watching movies or ignoring people, and a Low Power mode for when your battery is about to die. But what happens when you’re in an emergency? Read the rest
I was unprepared for the magnitude and quality of stuff on display at LACMA's exhibition of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's monster memorabilia collection. This just might have been the best museum exhibition I've seen.
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MIT has a complicated relationship with disobedience. On the one hand, the university has spent more than a century cultivating and celebrating a "hacker culture" that involves huge, ambitious, thoughtful and delightful pranks undertaken with the tacit approval of the university. On the other hand -- well, on the other hand: Star Simpson
, Bunnie Huang
, and Aaron Swartz
. In Nightwork
, first published in 2003 and updated in 2011, MIT Historian T. F. Peterson explores this contradictory relationship and celebrates the very best, while suggesting a path for getting rid of the very worst.
Last week, the ACLU announced
that Chelsea Manning had been charged with a series of bizarre sounding "administrative offenses" involving her recent attempt to take her own life.
These latest examples of abuse and neglect are, frankly, just what Chelsea has come to expect, as she has been systematically mistreated by the U.S. government ever since she was first taken into custody in 2010, including long stretches of solitary confinement, which the UN considers to be a form of torture.
Books one and two of Lumberjanes
introduced us to the characters and setting of the awesome, women-run, girl-positive comics: the girls of Roanoke cabin at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types are Lumberjanes, being trained in the badass arts. Book three -- collecting comics from a kind of victory lap of the title after its amazing success -- turned the series' reins over to some of the best writers and illustrators in comics-dom for a series of vignettes. Now, with Out of Time
, the fourth book, the original creative team are back at the helm, telling a long-form story that illuminates the Lumberjane backstory and introduces one of the best, scariest monsters of cryptozoologica.
Dada is a new tendency in art. One can tell this from the fact that until now nobody knew anything about it, and tomorrow everyone in Zurich will be talking about it. Dada comes from the dictionary. it is terribly simple. In French it means “hobby horse.” In German it means “good-by,” “Get off my back,” “Be seeing you sometime.” In Romanian: “Yes, indeed, you are right, that’s it. But of course, yes, definitely, right.” And so forth.
The first two volumes of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky's Sex Criminals
were a dirty romp: a pair of lovers who discover that they can stop time at the moment of orgasm start robbing banks to save a local library from demolition, and run into a posse of other time-stopping fuckers who are set against them. But in volume three, Three the Hard Way
, the story transcends the sex and the jokes to take a hard, wet look at what humans do when we do sex.
We're happy to offer this excerpt from cartoonist Benjamin Frisch's graphic novel debut, The Fun Family
, "a subversive look at the underbelly of the All-American family through the prism of Family Circus-esque Sunday morning comic strips -- a surreal deconstruction of modern parenting, childhood nostalgia, and good old American narcissism."
I’ve said this before, but in the wake of the viral success of Pokémon GO, it needs to be said again. Augmented reality is just a virtual world, an MMO, a MUD even, with all of the same design issues, plus a few new ones.
Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples' comic Saga
blew the lid off comics when they started publishing it with the creator-friendly folks at Image, producing two graphic novels' worth of material
in as many years; but then there was the long drought while we waited for book three
(spoiler: worth the wait), and since then, they've hit a driving, relentless annual schedule, culminating in the publication, last week, of Volume 6
, which is all that we've come to love from the series and then some.
For the past couple years, the "new, hipster
" Archie has been pushing the envelope on what can be done within the confines of an old, beloved (and outdated) media brand: there was Kevin Keller, a gay character
; Jughead coming out as asexual
; a seriously scary zombie story
; Sharknado spinoffs
; a breast cancer storyline
; even a guest appearance by Jaime "Love and Rockets" Hernandez
: but Chip "Sex Criminals
" Zdarsky's run on Jughead, illustrated by Erica Henderson and just collected in a trade paperback
shows just how much fun
the new normal of Archie can be!