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There’s a great new book coming out next month: The Photographer. The book features the breathtaking work of Didier Lefèvre, who documented the work of Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan beginning in 1986.
April 21, 2009

Behind the Scenes with James Sturm

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James Sturm James Sturm, author of the just-released Adventures in Cartooning and the director of the Center for Cartoon Studies. Located in White River Junction, Vermont, the Center for Cartoon Studies is a two-year program for aspiring artists. Sturm has also been behind the graphic novels The Cereal Killings, The Revival, Hundreds of Feet Below Daylight, and many more.
Challengers Comics + Conversation is our comic book store, and I love it. My name is Patrick Brower, and co-owner W. Dal Bush and I opened Challengers in an attempt to create and maintain the kind of comic book environment we always wanted to shop in. I think we did a pretty good job, and while I love showing Challengers off, I always feel weird talking about it. More so, trying to write our own store biography always comes across as self-congratulatory and conceited.
A few years ago, the talk of the graphic novel bubble started. Or maybe the graphic novel bubble itself started; it’s hard to tell. Maybe the bubble actually started much earlier, but people didn’t realize it was a bubble at first. Whatever the case, Chris Ware and Dan Clowes had books come out from Pantheon, the same publisher that had put out Art Spiegelman’s Maus, and their books started getting a lot of critical acclaim and attention from the mainstream press. Marjane Satrapi followed with her critical and commercial success, Persepolis,and Harvey Pekar’s long-running autobiographical comic American Splendor was adapted into a fairly successful film. At least, I think it was fairly successful. Then Craig Thompson worked for five years on his graphic novel Blankets for Top Shelf, and it was a critical and commercial success, both in the United States and internationally. Craig then signed a book deal with Pantheon, and suddenly it seemed like every alternative/indie cartoonist was dreaming of signing the big book deal with a mainstream publisher, and literary agents were looking to sign up the top graphic novel talent, and there seemed to be an unreal amount of opportunities for cartoonists whose previous publishing dreams involved printing somewhere other than the local copy shop.
In a relatively short period of time, Radical Publishing has burst on the scene, setting itself apart with its fully painted comics. Beginning with works like Hercules, Hotwire, Shrapnel, and Caliber, Radical immediately distinguished itself with its gorgeous interior and exterior art.  
April 1, 2009

Watchmen: What GNR Readers Are Saying

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Thanks to everyone who entered our Watchmen movie contest. We appreciate your feedback! Here, we share some of the opinions readers gave about the movie.