Akira kicked open the door for manga’s rise to popularity in the U.S.

Back Issues discusses a major comic of the past, reevaluating its strengths and weaknesses while exploring the cultural context of its creation and how it has impacted the future of the comic-book medium and industry. This week: Katsuhiro Otomo’s award-winning Akira Vol 1., a seminal work frequently credited as the

The best comics of 2016 so far: The A.V. Club’s catch-up guide

The comics landscape is expanding every year, and it can be difficult to find what’s good in the sea of ongoings, miniseries, graphic novels, digital comics, and webcomics. 2016 has featured new works by some of the industry’s top talent as well as impressive projects by up-and-coming creators, so The A.V. Club

Raina Telgemeier’s Smile signaled a sea change in comics still felt today

Back Issues discusses a major comic of the past, reevaluating its strengths and weaknesses while exploring the cultural context of its creation and how it has impacted the future of the comic-book medium and industry. This week: Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, the autobiographical graphic novel that situated Telgemeier as a

13 times that comics characters met their makers

Comic books have a long history of real-life creators being thrown into fictional narratives, often in smaller cameo appearances, but also in grander ways that have a deeper impact on the narrative. This inventory looks at examples where comic-book characters interact with their creators, which has two different…

With Civil War, Marvel dusted off inane source material for superfights

Back Issues discusses a major comic of the past, reevaluating its strengths and weaknesses while exploring the cultural context of its creation and how it has impacted the future of the comic-book medium and industry. This week: Civil War, Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s explosive event series that pitted Captain

Sonny Liew matures to master status with The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Mostly known for collaborative efforts like The Shadow Hero with Gene Luen Yang and Doctor Fate with Paul Levitz, Sonny Liew gets the space to fully demonstrate his capacity as a cartoonist in The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon Books). Delivering a hyper-political work that seamlessly blends the life and art…