Sunday, May 18, 2008

Growing Up With Comics

Coming in June is a fascinating experiment in nonfiction docu-comics: R. G. Taylor's Growing Up With Comics is pure documentary melded with comic storytelling that has produced what I believe is a marvelous result. Over the past two years Taylor approached an eclectic mix of Canadian comic professionals, retailers, producers, and artists to speak directly about their experiences reading comics which he fashioned into a surprising array of stories that are funny, furious, informative, and often times very moving tributes to the power of this tiny medium in our lives. Many of these stories have appeared in the Negative Burn anthology but are here collected as a unified whole for the first time. What Rick has accomplished is a serialized documentary in comics form that will both entertain and inform. There are stories about reading comics and stories about making comics. Your humble narrator has two stories featured in book: one on reading Jack Kirby's Demon #1 and one on the making of Ragmop. Look for it and check out the preview at Desperado.

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