Louder and Smarter: The Comic Strip Revival

When an artist begins producing comic strips, they unintentionally pit themselves against some of the most iconic characters in popular culture. The likes of Garfield, Snoopy and Calvin all employ a witty cynicism that has been universally adored for its concise, sharp method of describing small elements of hypocrisy present within society. Alongside the surplus … Continue reading Louder and Smarter: The Comic Strip Revival

Three Shadows Analysis

Story and art by Cyril Pedrosa  Original publisher: First Second (2008) Length: 1 Volume (268 pages) ‘Three Shadows’ has been conceptualised as “an artist’s way to understand his friend’s suffering after his son’s cancer diagnosis”. As you’d expect, the resulting piece is a highly introspective experience, one which is filled with polarising feelings of adoration … Continue reading Three Shadows Analysis

The Gashlycrumb Tinies | To Learn from the Past

The Gashlycrumb Tinies is a tale (or tales) of utter absurdity. Presented as a warning of the ever present “adult threat”, it intends to emphasise the seemingly ludicrous paranoia of parents about the gruesome ends their children may meet. However, its style and macabre method of storytelling has inspired many reproductions over the decades, with … Continue reading The Gashlycrumb Tinies | To Learn from the Past