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Asterios Polyp is a book about division, but it turns that which divides us into positives, finding balance in opposition and progress in compromise. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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The metaphors of teen bildungsroman have put on scary rotting flesh: instead of moving on from his peers, Archie has to flee from them. Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Pornokitsch
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It’s rarer still for an artist to use two totally different styles or techniques at the same time, in the same book and even on the same page... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Who on earth would have thought that a monthly comic book about the goings on at a small English university would ever be a big hit? But it is. Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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For the 2000th anniversary of 2000 AD, Jamie looks at the comic's most iconic character: Judge Dredd. Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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Succeeds in doing only what the best of documentary or biographical texts do; it takes a subject and tells the story in a way that will surprise, engage and educate Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Pornokitsch
Hi Karl, thanks for the comment. You're not wrong to say Archie isn't an equivalent to Hate, I would argue that there is no direct equivalent to Hate these days. The Archie relaunch is rather part of a larger trend in comics that includes the successes of Lumberjanes, Ms. Marvel, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and the Cameron Stewart / Babs Tarr take on Batgirl. These are all Direct Market books which also perform very well on online platforms and in book stores. I could have used any of these as an example of a (newish) thirst for positivity and optimism in comics, but chose Archie due to the parallels I saw between it and Hate, as detailed in the article. It's hard to pick out what defines a generation while it's still in the progress of forming, so whether or not the Archie relaunch will come to be considered a classic in the same way as Bagge's work is yet to be seen, but I'm certainly enjoying reading it at the moment. The true successor to Bagge might be more likely to be found online in the world of web comics than anything in print but Bagge and the marketplace in which he flourished were so much of a moment that I'm not sure we'll quite see the likes of Hate again, at least in terms of it's cultural impact.
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Read Archie, then read Hate and then take a long hard look at your life; which one fits you best? Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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"We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life." Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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"The driver has control and the protagonist can only pay his money, sit back, and do as he’s told." Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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The colouring of this book is not only a huge element of what makes it so visually stunning, but what makes it such an exciting and compelling read. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Pornokitsch
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