Library of Babble Archive

  • Just For Laughs

    Prolific artist, writer, editor, and collector Craig Yoe stops in for a chat about dirty drawings and the cartoonists who made them.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Mar 2, 2008

  • Oscar Night

    In between enjoying Oscar's self-conscious acknowledgement of birthday number 80 and Jon Stewart's jokes, the Library of Babble shares some notes on a few nominees

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Feb 24, 2008

  • Cheesy Dreams

    Welcome to Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, one of the most astonishing adult strips of all time. The complete run is available between two covers for the first time.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Feb 3, 2008

  • January Miscellany

    So many interesting items crossed the Library of Babble?s desk in the first month of 2008. We give a column over to short comments on the best of them.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jan 27, 2008

  • SIGNs of the Present

    If we know our history, then we?ll know where we?re coming from, Bob Marley sang. So a new journal of comics history is important to read, and hooray! It?s great!

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jan 20, 2008

  • Best Comics Scholarship 2007

    The Library of Babble goes international in this year?s comics scholarship round-up, with guest contributors Domingos Isabelinho and Huib van Opstal.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Dec 30, 2007

  • All You Need Is Love

    In spite of a new bio and television documentary about Charles M. Schulz, Christmas brings happy thoughts of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, and one redeemed little tree.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Dec 23, 2007

  • Some Arf Love

    Giving love to Craig Yoe?s Arf series is a pleasure all its own. The third volume in the series, Arf Forum, highlights the joys of comics like never before.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Dec 16, 2007

  • Misery Loves Company

    Joe Matt?s Spent is a refreshing entry in the graphic memoir genre. There is no larger reality here, just a lot of jokes about a weird guy and his crummy life.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Dec 9, 2007

  • About Sunday Press

    Sunday Press Books publishes rare comic art in the biggest and most beautiful books in all comics publishing. Publisher Pete Maresca tells us how, and why.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Dec 2, 2007

  • Making History

    Rick Geary's latest Victorian murder and Sharon Rudahl's bio of Emma Goldman use comics to say something profound about history. The Library takes a look.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Nov 25, 2007

  • Advice for Writers

    Recent analyses of the Marvel Universe by physicists produced interesting network theory, but more than that, they contain some good advice for aspiring writers.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Sep 3, 2007

  • In Case You Missed It

    News from the Platinum Age of comics includes recent publications of must-have books for artists and scholars, and a classic character embroiled in controversy.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Aug 26, 2007

  • Peril & Passion!

    Gothic Classics, the latest in Eureka Productions' library of illustrated literary classics, won't scare you. But you won't put it down till you've read every page.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jul 1, 2007

  • The Genius of Gipi

    The talent and imagination of Italian comics artist Gipi is newly available to American readers, and last week he chatted with BF about the man behind the work.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jun 24, 2007

  • Family Values

    The new FF film is a joyride of great effects, great characters, and great family values. It's a rare commodity, a superhero film with jolly fidelity to the comics.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jun 17, 2007

  • Reels of Cultural Mix-Ups

    Sitting around watching superhero movies is great fun, but the good times are tarnished when the films do bad things with the cultures and traditions of the East.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jun 10, 2007

  • Harry Osborn, Hero

    This week's column offers a theological critique of the third Spider-Man movie – or shall we say objection – with a healthy heaping of spoilers to boot.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Jun 3, 2007

  • Archie Gets Real

    Betty and Veronica get a new look in the May 15 digest. A story about a bad boy in town finds Riverdale and the girls looking more real and feeling less funny.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on May 28, 2007

  • Power of Comics

    In a symposium of interest to readers of comics and newspapers, the American Political Science Association sponsors a review of the state of the editorial cartoon.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on May 6, 2007

  • A Hopeful Picture - Part 2

    Jackson State University has extended Other Heroes, a stunning exhibit of comic art by and about African-Americans. BF spoke to curator Damian Duffy about the show.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Apr 29, 2007

  • A Hopeful Picture – Part 1

    Jackson State University is hosting a dazzling display of comic art by and about African-Americans. BF talks to curator Damian Duffy about race and the industry.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Apr 22, 2007

  • Comics University

    Brown University hosts an exhibit of comic art about Students for a Democratic Society, opening this weekend. Professor Paul Buhle stops by to give BF a sneak peek.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Apr 8, 2007

  • Historian at Large

    Robert Beerbohm, the World's Most Knowledgeable Comics Retailer, has many a story to tell, and a lady-killer smile. Here's the story of an afternoon with him.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Apr 1, 2007

  • Femipoptics

    Fresh from Europe, feminist comics creator and historian Trina Robbins talks to Broken Frontier about current issues affecting women in the comics industry.

    Written by Beth Davies Stofka on Mar 25, 2007

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