Tag Archives : Comics

The Influencing Machine


The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, non-fiction graphic novel by Brooke Gladstone. WW Norton, 2012. This is both a reporter’s apology for ‘the media’, and an argument that the media is ultimately no more than a reflection of its audience. There’s a brief history of journalism, lest we think there was ever a good old days when the…

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Django Zorro


  Django Zorro. Graphic novel. Dynamite, 2016. By Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner, Esteve Polls Zorro and his foppish aristocratic alter ego Don Diego de la Vega were created way back in 1919 by Johnston McCulley. The pulp legend has waxed and waned in most entertainment media for almost a hundred years. Django is as young as Quentin Tarantino’s seventh film:…

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The Collector


  Anyone new to Toppi will be impressed by his black and white inks. But the character of the Collector is rather one dimensional. He scours the world for objects of interest until he gets what he wants, usually through an equal mix of determination and determinism. Given that his goal is to acquire objects and seal them away in…

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Terminal Lance: The White Donkey


The White Donkey: Terminal Lance, 2016. Creator: Maximilian Uriarte. Graphic novel, Little, Brown and Company. Abe is a marine about to deploy to Iraq. He’s not sure what he hopes to find there – himself, a larger meaning, excitement. He’ll leave behind an ex-girlfriend who doesn’t understand why he needs to go, and a sister who tries to support him…

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