Comics as Literature Part 2: Literary Graphic Novel Canon

What would be your response if someone inexperienced with reading graphic novels and comics came up to you for advice on where to start? What kind of titles would you recommend? I bet I can name a few of the ones you just thought of. Maus, right? The Watchmen? It’s easy enough to pull these … More Comics as Literature Part 2: Literary Graphic Novel Canon

Waxing Philosophical: Current Opinions on Comics as Literature, Part 1

Just this past week, the late and great Stan Lee passed away, one of the founders of the US comic book industry. He was and forever will be a cultural icon so many in the industry hold dear, and his passing reverberated across comics media and into the mainstream media. Unfortunately, the news reached the … More Waxing Philosophical: Current Opinions on Comics as Literature, Part 1

October Mythology Special: Gashadokuro, the Hungriest of Ghosts

Japan is known for its hungry ghosts, yurei who come back to haunt those who have wronged them or come back to fulfill some unfulfilled purpose before they can move on. In the last post, we had the Manekute no Yurie or the beckoning hand that appears sticking out of empty rooms, and will only … More October Mythology Special: Gashadokuro, the Hungriest of Ghosts

October Mythology Special: Jorogumo/Tsuchigumo and Indigenous History

Japan Powered recounts one story about a curious thing that happened to a logger out in the forest: “One day a logger was going about his work. Since logging is an exhausting business, seeing as how this was Edo period Japan and the chainsaw hadn’t been invented yet, the man decides to take a short … More October Mythology Special: Jorogumo/Tsuchigumo and Indigenous History

October Mythology Special: 100 Ghost Stories (Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai)

High in the mountains, a group of samurai gather, bringing the youngest of their class with them. It is long after the wars between clans have ended, and so the samurai’s grasp at the chance to feel brave, to prove themselves the warriors they once were. The cave they come to is dark, eerie even. … More October Mythology Special: 100 Ghost Stories (Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai)