Bill Kartalopoulos

Daniel Clowes, Krazy Kat, and Rory Hayes: New Books on Comics Masters

Not very long ago, a dedicated comics library might have looked less like a rare books room and more like a semi-coherent junk store, containing a three-dimensional scrapbook of out-of-print books, half-completed reprint series, miscellaneous small press magazines, bound photocopies, and endless clippings. But the rise of the graphic novel category over the past...

Under Cloudy Skies

The background of John Porcellino’s website, King-cat.net, is a Crayola-blue sky populated with fluffy white clouds. The comics artist’s digital wallpaper genially marries the aesthetics of nursery-school nostalgia to those of upbeat indie animation, but anyone familiar with Porcellino knows that he is no blue-sky artist. While his work can be charming, it is...

What Harvey Pekar Did For Comics

Harvey Pekar did not invent autobiographical comics. In the American comics tradition alone, the pioneering female cartoonist Fay King regularly inserted herself as a character in her Jazz Age cartoons and comic strips. Robert Crumb, the illustrator of some of Pekar’s most memorable works, took the self as a subject in several of his...