Entries in Comics (24)

Wednesday
Jun192013

XKCD on the Pace of Modern Life

 

My only quibble with this piece is that he could have found many more, many earlier quotes on similar topics. E.g.,

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words.
When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.
Tuesday
May282013

All Your Biases ...

... are belong to us:

Hat tip to SMBC.

Monday
Apr082013

Internet Discussions

This couldn't be more accurate:

Hat tip to Massimo Pigliucci.

Wednesday
Dec122012

And Now for Something Really Dark

A fantastic comic by Jason Yungbluth from 2001. It gets linked to around the net every so often, and guts me every time I see it.

Clarissa: Stuffed Friend

Hat tip to reddit

Thursday
Oct062011

XKCD on Jobs

A pretty remembrance:

xkcd: Eternal Flame

 

Tuesday
Sep272011

Uderzo Retires from Asterix

Albert Uderzo, co-creator and long-time artist of the Asterix and Obelix series, has decided to retire. The books that he drew with co-author Rene Goscinny are some of the pinnacles of comics. Filled with wordplay and ancient trivia, they are a wonderful introduction to history both Roman and modern.

I consider the series to have ended, for all intents and purposes, with Goscinny's death in 1977. More recent volumes, of which there have been many, seemed stale and lifeless compared to the bright sparks in each of the early stories. Comparing the before and after shows how comic art is first and foremost narrative.

For all that, Uderzo's formidable comic artistry made reading Asterix a joy.

Thursday
Sep222011

Science Denial Comic

Here's a wonderful, short didactic comic on recent social and political science-denial movements, by Darryl Cunningham. It's short and pithy, one of the best examples of clear thinking I've seen. All the better that it's in a visual medium like comics; I hope it gets wide distribution. You should read the whole thing!

And while you're at it, don't miss his piece on homeopathy!

Tips of the hat to Tom Spurgeon and Gary Randolph.

 

Monday
Sep192011

'Arrugas' the Film is Finished

Paco Roca's wonderful comic Arrugas is now completed as a film. It has its first review out in the Spanish newspaper El País: "Arrugas is now a film. And what a film," writes Gregorio Belinchón, under the title, "'Arrugas', an exceptional comic, an outstanding film."

He also notes that the film ends with a "treasure": a song by 101 year old Rosa Lema, suffering from senile dementia, discovered by the sound engineer in one of the residences they visited.

I'm hoping it makes its way across the pond sooner rather than later.

Saturday
May282011

XKCD, Randomness and Life

This has been making the rounds, from XKCD:

Link -- xkcd: Sports

Although the comic appears as a dig at sports commentators (and others in the rollover), in fact it's an example of Borges's Lottery in Babylon. Life is nothing but an infinite game of chance out of which humans build narratives.

Wednesday
Apr272011

Eisner Nominee for Free

... on the web. Beautifully drawn, nicely told short, from Frank Stockton: "Hamburgers for One". Go see the whole thing for free on his website. (The image is long and stretched, so it may take a bit of fiddling to get it to where it's readable. Aaah, gawan! It's worth the scant effort).

Hat tip to The Beat.