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What a dimbulb.

The Rich family, being the wealthiest in the world, is understandably a frequent target for crime. So how have they survived all these years with their lives and their fortune intact? Simple. Most of the crooks they've had to deal with are really, really stupid.

'Duhh--I got a bad dose of that radioactive material!' )
alicemacher: Lisa Winklemeyer from the webcomic Penny and Aggie, c2004-2011 G. Lagacé, T Campbell (Default)
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Gather 'round, folks, and come with me back to the sixties and seventies, a time when people still made comics primarily for kids. When comics had yet to compete with video games, specialized summer camps and obsessive helicopter parenting for kids' attention. When no one expected comics to make profound literary statements, nor shock readers with nonstop mutilation and gore, nor follow the laws of physics, biology or basic logic.



This was the heyday of Harvey Comics, and its flagship character, Richie Rich. Today remembered, if at all, for the flop 1994 Macaulay Culkin movie, or deconstructed and mocked as the face of greedy, heartless capitalism, the (not so) Poor Little Rich Boy was in fact much more than that. He was the linchpin of a bizarre, often mad universe in which anything could happen. Multi-billionaires were altruistic and generous, and their kids socialized with and dated the 99 per cent. Money didn't solve everything, but it sure solved a lot. (Ridiculously multi-talented English butlers, zeerusty A.I.s, or sheer dumb luck solved the rest.) Plus-sized girls who loved food were also athletic and popular. Snobs and bullies were neither. Other girls with eccentric but harmless obsessions were allowed to be themselves, not disciplined or medicated into conformity. Crime was rampant but never involved drugs or human trafficking, and never maimed or killed anyone. This was Richie Rich's world.

Yes, the comics were silly; that's why I love them )
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[Late post is late! I wish I had a more interesting excuse, but I've been writing a paper.]

Non-fiction comics, there are more than you think. In most discussions of Important, Serious and Non-Fiction Comics, the first work trotted out is Maus. Then maybe a few biographies, some graphic journalism, perhaps Scott McCloud. Maus is wonderful of course, and deserves all the praise and attention it gets, but there's more to non-fiction comics (hey look, there's a Wikipedia entry for you to explore at your leisure). I read a lot of non-fiction comics, everything from bios, to memoirs, to literary criticism, to political stuff--because hello, two great tastes that go great together.

Today I'm going to share a few pages, and link to some reviews and interviews with some of the better known creators doing graphic non-fiction.

Art Spiegelman

Maus

It won the Pulitzer. It's taught in innumerable courses, in innumerable schools. More than likely, you have already read it--I don't know what else to say about this most famous work of graphic non-fiction. Here's an interview with Spiegelman from Irish radio program Invisible Threads.

Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
The 9/11 Report, A Graphic Adaptation, After 9/11 & Che: A Graphic Biography

I love Ernie Colon's art and I unabashedly love Sid Jacobson's narrative skills. In 9/11 Report he adapted a bone dry government document to something readable. With After 9/11 they move into graphic journalism proper, looking at changing US policy and journalistic trends post 9/11. Here's a 2006 NPR interview with the creators.
2 pages from The 9/11 Report (triggering) and more non-fiction comics )

Ok, so that's my non-fiction comics plug. What are your favourite non-fiction comics? (Seriously, any recs?)
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jelly_ace asked for a reprise of Package Week. I had been thinking about that ever since we saw those peen-tastic Cry For Justice pages the other week, and offered to repost my original Package Week entry, since I've still got it all in my photobucket - and it turns out, the text in my inbox full of old replies. :D

Direct from November 2008, my Package Week entry! )

Tagapalooza!

char: brainiac 5/querl dox; char: colossal boy/gim allon (new tag), char: cosmic boy/rokk krinn, char: element lad/alchemist/jan arrah, char: lightning lad/livewire/garth ranzz, char: saturn girl/imra ardeen, creator: ernie colon, creator: george perez, creator: keith giffen, creator: jim sherman, creator: larry mahlstedt, group: legion of super-heroes, publisher: dc comics, series: package week (lost to the TOS), title: cosmic boy (no tag yet for his miniseries), title: crisis on infinite earths, title: legion of super-heroes, title: superboy and the legion of superh (or some better version of this, which only has 1 entry)
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Because I thought it was interesting to know what kind of guy a magical princess is supposed to fight and what kind of guy does she get involved with? (6 scans under cut)
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This is from the limited series Amethyst for [personal profile] greenmask, who says she's never seen it. Dial-up unfriendly.

Amy Winston is a normal girl in the DCU who's coming home to open her birthday present from her parents. Unbeknownst to them, a lizard familiar has switched gifts.

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