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Bill Kartalopoulos

Bill Kartalopoulos is a comics critic, educator, and curator who teaches classes about comics at Parsons the New School for Design and co-organizes the Brooklyn Comics Graphics Festival.

The Death-Ray

The last thing anyone expected from cartoonist Daniel Clowes is The Death-Ray, a dense, elliptical comics novella about a teenage superhero. Neither a send-up, nor a satire, The Death-Ray engages the concepts and tropes of superpowered comic book heroes as a lens through which to examine the American superpower.

Is That All There Is?

A prime mover in the Dutch underground comics scene of the 1970s and a stalwart of international avant-garde comics, Swarte, like many European artists, was steeped in the Hergé style—and engaged it more fully than most.

Journalism and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

Joe Sacco has earned praise as the innovator of an entirely new genre within the comics field: long-form comics reportage, exemplified by his magisterial graphic novels Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, and Footnotes in Gaza (his masterpiece to date).

Olivier Schrauwen's Parallel Lives

Any new work by Belgian artist Olivier Schrauwen is a major event for comics connoisseurs. His work impresses readers with a highly confident style that teeters between fluid naturalism and graphic abstraction, and makes inventive use of the comics form to serve his eccentric exploration of complex narrative themes.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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