Theory Archive

Notes on Will Eisner

I was asked to contribute an essay on the work of Will Eisner as part of this years Will Eisner Week celebrations. I decided to take a closer look at Eisner’s Contract With God Trilogy. The essay (well… really a series of notes) just got posted. Here’s a short excerpt: All the stories in

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Understanding Watchmen

The Trans-Atlantis blog doesn’t pride itself on timeliness. The Watchmen movie is no longer the cinematic event of the moment. The movie’s been debated to death, chewed over, the hype has been sucked out and all that’s left is a gory twitching corpse of low expectations. What better time to see it!? Was I

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UR : Utopia Report : No. 2

Cartoon Utopia the mini-comic It’s time for another edition of the UR, the Utopia Report. If you missed the previous edition, check it out here. The first Utopia Report ended with Ron Reg√©’s Cartoon Utopia. In a recent post, Ron took the time to explain the sources of the utopian world he is building.

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Popular Again

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. In In Defense of Lost Causes Slavoj Zizek wrote that the success of capitalism was marked by the disappearance of the word ‘capitalism’ from public discourse. Capitalism has become the status quo to such an extent that we no longer recognize it as an economic idea (something

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UR : Utopia Report : No. 1

Cartoon Utopia #67 By Ron Reg√©, Jr Introducing another new semi-regular feature on Trans-Atlantis: UR™ or the Utopia Report. If you’ve read this blog, or my comics before you already know that I’m very interested in the concept of Utopia. In the Utopia Report I’m going to start cataloging interesting articles, posts and snippets

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Apocalyptic Vehicles: Segway Chariot

Gary Panter has been very visible lately thanks to a couple of recent awe-inspiring books. Gary has renaissance-man-like abilities as a painter, cartoonist, TV art director, musician, light manipulator, etc. I’m sure this list of his talents is not exhaustive. I’m not going to add much to that list… except ‘postmodern conceptualist.’ I just

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Let a Hundred Utopias Blossom

I got a few thought-provoking comments to my Post-Apocalyptic Dreams post from a fews days ago. Some thoughts got provoked, hence this follow-up. All of the comments mentioned Cormac MacCarthy’s The Road. The comments inspired me to read it. But, since I haven’t finished it, I don’t have much to say. I’m about half

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