Out with the Old and In with the New

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
Out with the Old and In with the New

It’s 2012, the year of the dragon, and I have nearly completed my second graphic novel. It’s been quite a roller coaster ride and this site has been sorely neglected. But, all that’s about to change. Stay tuned for a new look and new content! Live Lively- JTW

The Best Comix of 2011

Posted by on Dec 29, 2011 in Comix
The Best Comix of 2011

I’m a pretty selective comix reader. I have been for (yikes) 30 years. Some books I read in trade paperback, others as ongoing monthlies, while some I even special-order online. Here’s my list of top picks for 2011. The biggest surprise is the dominance of Image comics, which has been putting out some really wild stuff. […]

My Favorite DCNU Comix

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Comix
My Favorite DCNU Comix

I’ve been slow to comment on the new DC comix. In some cases I’ve had to reread issues to get the full scope and in other cases I feel like I actually would like a refund but I’m too lazy to bother. Far and way my favorite book is Batwoman, but it doesn’t really count, […]

Holy Shiznut!? I’m digging Image comics again!?

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Comix
Holy Shiznut!? I’m digging Image comics again!?

Back in the early 90s when I was in high school, Image comics was launched and I was inspired. Artists controlling their own creations and making a living off it!? Who would have thunk it?! I gobbled up all that Valentino, Larsen, Lee, and McFarlane churned out. And within 2 years I was over it… […]

Reboots, Ultimates, and Debt Ceilings

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Marvel revamped their roster over 10 years ago with the Ultimates line. Now DC has pressed the reset button on their universe and I can’t help but wonder if our reality is next? Isn’t all this hoopla about tax reform about simplifying the code and making it more accessible? And what about the debt our nation has accrued? What […]

The Queering of the X-Men

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in Comix
The Queering of the X-Men

Growing up as a reader of the X-men in the 1980s I easily recognized them as the outsiders of the Marvel universe. There was a counter-culture vibe to them because their members (at the time) sported mohawks, funny accents, and they tended to drink more booze than the Avengers or family friendly Fantastic Four. Then […]

Check out Morning Glories

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Uncategorized

One of the sleeper hits in comicdom of the last year was Image’s, Morning Glories.The mysterious tale of a boarding school for special teens does a great job of revitalizing the cliched plot scenario we’ve all seen before. But something about the dialogue and the art works. I couldn’t put the first tradepaper back down […]

My Harvey Year- Part IV

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Comix

As you may know, I am currently working on one of the last books by Harvey Pekar. People often ask me, “How do you work with someone if they’re…well dead?” The answer is obviously complicated and wrapped up in some emotions. Harvey and I started this project in 2007, we went through two different scripts before we […]

Purim Is Just Around The Corner!

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

Yep, it’s that season again when all things related to Esther, Purim, and hamentaschen are in vogue! And just in time for the holiday I am pleased to announce that Megillat Esther, the first graphic novel adaptation of the Book of Esther, is back in print! Supplies are limited so please order your copy today […]

Knee Deep in the Wire

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Art
Knee Deep in the Wire

After years of putting it off, I have finally begun watching the famed HBO series that unearths the layers of Baltimore life. The show has some amazing editing and cinematography. I especially like the jump cuts that leap to the different characters in symbolic ways, coffee cups becoming hub-caps, cans being shipping containers or beer. […]