Essays

Here’s an archive of several of my essays on comics and such:

Moebius — I discuss the merits of the work of one of comics’ greatest masters.

Memories of Comic-Con — I reminisce about a trip to San Diego Comic-Con and discuss the nature of conventions in general.

Art Vs. Commerce — I address the sale of fan art, and the dichotomy between popularity and quality, and I conduct a related experiment on my Tumblr feed.

Meskin The Obscure, and The Hall of Fame — I attempt to explain Mort Meskin’s crucial importance to the history of American comics. I wrote it last year, when Meskin was nominated but not selected for inclusion in the Eisner Award Hall of Fame. This year I’m pleased to see that he has been inducted!

Seven Notable Aspects of Frank Frazetta’s Technique

More On Frazetta — In which I discuss Frazetta’s training.

On the Occasion of Dave Stevens’s Passing

The State of Figurative Art

Lighting in Comics

Thoughts on the Horror Genre 1: Horror’s Onus:
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 2: Fear, Tactics, and Weight Class
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 3: Vampire V. Werewolf Action
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 4: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Original vs. 2003 Remake
Thoughts on the Horror Genre 5: Zombies’ Appeal and the Consolidation of Fear

Tumbler experiment: Does subject matter count more than artistry?

Also, here’s one I wrote for Comic Book Resources some years ago:

8 Things I’d Like To See More Of In Comics

And in the bygone world of ink and paper:

I wrote a 4,000 word appreciation of the drawings of Heinrich Kley, which appears in Volume 2 of the Lost Art of Heinrich Kley.

I also wrote the foreword to volume 8 of Dark Horse’s TARZAN collections, which feature art by the wonderful Jesse Marsh. (Psst — my entire foreword and several pages of Marsh’s art can be read via the “Search Inside” function at the book’s Amazon page.)

My obituary for cartooning legend Alex Toth can be read in The Comics Journal #277.

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