It may be true, as Ken Chen suggests, that ‘comics lost most boyish readers to video games and MTV decades ago’, but this isn’t to say that they gained a mainstream readership at the same time. It is still possible to count the ‘breakout’ comics on one’s fingers: titles like Maus or Persepolis, Palestine or […]
I fantasise about conferences, which are called symposiums when they need to be important. I fantasise about a particular conference often. I fantasise about English fiction and about Graham Swift. Why? Well, Swift’s Waterland remains a stand out novel of the 1980s but seems to get forgotten alongside the Amis-McEwan hybrid monster that is English […]
The following podcast was recorded prior to a screening of the film of American Splendor at Birkbeck on August 3rd 2010. The speakers were fans/artists/scholars who paid tribute to Pekar’s unique work by discussing their favourite Pekar moments/pages/stories.