Book & Me intro

Book & Me by Charise Mericle Harper

What’s it like to be a children’s author? An author with your name on a book. Sometimes people ask me this. I never know what to say. I don’t blog, I rarely tweet, but I do like to make comics. So, maybe it’s time I spilled the beans — my beans. Other authors may have […]

Justice League v. Avengers?


(art by Hanna Friederichs). We saw The Avengers last night–kinda long and the special effects in the last third of the movie too easily betrayed their origins, but it was diverting. I liked Thor more. As a child, I found the Marvel Comics universe a cooler and harsher place than Superman’s DC world, and on […]

>No chance against Dick

>My weeding and re-shelving project has uncovered another gem, Fredric Wertham’s 1954 Seduction of the Innocent, a jeremiad about the corrupting influence of comic books: “Sometimes Batman ends up in bed injured and young Robin is shown sitting next to him. At home they lead an idyllic life. They are Bruce Wayne and “Dick” Grayson. […]

>If you need a good Christmas cry


>Fun with Intertextuality

>I’m not even completely clear on who the Watchman really is, but this is really fun. But can I just say how much I have always loathed W. C. W.’s poem about the plums in the icebox? We-coulda-made-pie versus some poet’s fucking sensitivity–is it even a contest?

>April Notes

>The second issue of Notes from the Horn Book has been published. Martha celebrates Opening Day, Jennifer tries out some new books on her kids; I talk to Françoise Mouly of comix and New Yorker fame. See and sign up right here. Someone asked yesterday about the letter in Notes from J. Wakefield in Sweet […]