Archive - Feb 22, 2009
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on February 22, 2009 - 20:30
Dave Wright's Todd and Penguin is back from an unannounced semi-hiatus with a special mystery guest artist penning new strips for the next month. The comic, which returned last week is kicking things off with a contest. The first eight people to guess who the mystery artist is and email the strip’s creator, David Wright (email link found at website), will get a free autographed original comic drawn by the mystery artist.
Waltz With Bashir (subtitled "A Lebanon War Story") by Ari Folman and David Polonsky is a graphic novel adaptation of the animated film of the same name. I have not seen the film yet (although I fully intend to - the trailer looks quite intense). Ari Folman, wrote, produced, and directed the animated documentary and wrote this graphic novel version as well. David Polonsky was the art director and chief illustrator for the movie from which the art in the comic comes from (it's not entirely clear whether the images in the book are altered in any way from their appearance in the movie). It is Folman's own story and it appears it is a pretty faithful attempt to chronicle his attempts to fill in his memories of his own military service in the Israel-Lebanan war.
Tales from Outer Suburbia is the latest book from uber-talented artist Shaun Tan, following his wordless graphic novel, The Arrival. Tan is not really an experimental cartoonist - these are highly satisfying books that don't really feel like they're pushing formalist boundaries and yet his two books each refuse to stay within the expectations of the "graphic novel" format. I'm not sure Scott McCloud would concede that either one is actually a comic!