June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

Review of Frank Bramlett’s “Linguistics and the Study of Comics”

Bramlett, Frank, ed.  Linguistics and the Study of Comics.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.  xiv + 310 pp.  $85.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-230-36282-6. The basic purpose of this edited volume is best stated in the editor’s “Introduction.”  Namely  that this is “a book for anybody who wants to know more about how language and comics go together.  It begins...

Review of Art Spiegelman’s “MetaMaus”

Spiegelman, Art.  MetaMaus: A Look inside a Modern Classic, Maus.  New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.  301 pp.  $35.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-375-42394-9.  With MetaMaus: The Complete Maus Files.  DVD. Reader Warning: This volume is not for the faint of heart.  Confronting evil never is. This insightful work, by the author of the original Maus, brings to light...

Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312

Robinson, already famous for his Mars and Environment Trilogies, tackles the questions of returning to a degraded environment on Earth after the human species has been living in space habitats and colonies around the solar system for several centuries.

Review of “Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes”

This two-volume set embarks on the ambitious project of survey the most important and influential works of graphic literature in the American canon.

Review of Helen McCarthy’s “The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga”

Review of Helen McCarthy’s “The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga”


Osamu Tezuka is a pop cultural icon and as such should not only be studied from a scholarly approach, but also as a storyteller who compares with the greatest writers and film makers of the twentieth century.