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Are We Journalists? Expanding the scope of Autobio Comix

by Hannah Means-Shannon

At the Small Press Expo last autumn, in a panel about the role of place and landscape in comics, the word “journalistic” popped up in discussion several times to describe the ways in which a cartoonist might record and commemorate the places that have had the biggest influences on their work. “Journalistic” feels like a [...]

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Save Sunny’s Bar Benefit

by Hannah Means-Shannon

When Anica Archip, Dean Haspiel, TRIP CITY, and a host of talented people turned out to make themselves heard on behalf of Sunny’s Bar, it definitely made a statement about what Brooklynites and the wider arts community holds dear. The Save Sunny’s Bar Benefit, held December 1st at the Hamilton Gallery Theater in Carroll Gardens, [...]

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To Draw or Not to Draw

by Hannah Means-Shannon

I sit with all the requisite equipment and I seem to go around in circles. Every line is wrong. Retracing them several times, I go back and erase all but the least wrong ones, making everything look sketchy and faded. It’s a far cry from what’s in my head, and after enough of this shambles, [...]

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TRIP CITY at One Year

by Hannah Means-Shannon

On the heels of TRIP CITY’s one year anniversary, Hannah Means-Shannon delivers her impressions and interviews TC’s four curators at The Beat! TRIP CITY at One Year: The Shock of the New TRIP CITY at One Year: Chris Miskiewicz and Jeffrey Burandt Talk Multi-Media TRIP CITY at One Year: Around the Digital Campfire with Dean [...]

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THE MANY WORLDS OF INDIE COMICS

by Hannah Means-Shannon

For me, comics used to mean the superhero books I had grown up stealing from my brothers or the mood-rich Vertigo type comics I had started reading a few years before. I was convinced from my “return” to comics as an adult that the medium was one of the most versatile and significant art forms [...]

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Dean Haspiel Evening at Cinema Arts Centre

by Hannah Means-Shannon

(Matt Berkowitz & Dean Haspiel discuss the cover to The Alcoholic at the Cinema Arts Centre) Hannah Means-Shannon chronicles my evening at the Cinema Arts Centre [moderated & produced by Matthew Berkowitz] at The Beat. Excerpt: “The evening’s presentation made it clear that Haspiel’s work has been consistently characterized by change and innovation as he’s [...]

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LOOKING FOR HEROES AT BALTIMORE COMIC CON

by Hannah Means-Shannon

It’s about 9 in the morning on a Saturday. The sun seems almost too bright; it’s getting a little humid out. I’m staring at a pair of cherry red, patent leather stiletto heels. The girl wearing them, waiting on the concrete train platform, has on a long black dress, a leather bodice, a sharply angled [...]

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Leaping Tall Buildings at Greenlight Bookstore

by Hannah Means-Shannon

Greenlight Bookstore has been making an impact as a local independent bookstore in Brooklyn since 2009, as well as keeping up a strong internet presence. Add to that Greenlight’s commitment to hosting author-based book events and you have a major voice for literacy and an oasis for book lovers of all genres.  On August 16th, [...]

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Comics Rock? David Lloyd & Steve Marchant at the 3rd International Comics Studies Conference, Bournemouth, UK

by Hannah Means-Shannon

Comics creators David Lloyd (Nightraven, V for Vendetta, Kickback) and Steve Marchant (The Cartoonist’s Workshop, The Computer Cartoon Kit) decided to take a captive audience on a ride through rocky territory during their presentation at the 3rd International Comics Studies Conference in the UK this summer, questioning the perception of artistic value in comics. Scholars [...]

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LEAPING TALL BUILDINGS @ JIM HANLEY’S UNIVERSE

by Hannah Means-Shannon

Chris Claremont, Larry Hama, Kevin Colden, Simon Fraser, Dean Haspiel, Joe Infurnari, and Matt Madden formed a panel of comics professionals discussing their life and work at Jim Hanley’s Universe, hosted by the new photo and text comics history book, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins Of American Comics by co-authors Christopher Irving and Seth Kushner. [...]

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Leaping Tall Buildings Presents Denny O’Neil & Neal Adams

by Hannah Means-Shannon

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to listen to an audio version of the entire panel. Comics have been engaging with social issues far longer than many current comics fans have been alive. They have challenged the disparagement of censors, outrun the prevailing winds of political opinion, and held a light to [...]

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Jen Ferguson’s Delerium Imaginarium at Brooklyn Oenology

by Hannah Means-Shannon

Delerium Imaginarium: Jen Ferguson’s Art Opening at Brooklyn Oenology, June 22nd, 2012 There seems to be this common misconception, which must have developed slowly over time, that stories are supposed to be safe, kind, and gentle. It’s not that this isn’t true of stories, but that it isn’t true enough. There is, in fact, a [...]

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