Posts Tagged ‘Coming of age’

Vanessa Davis

Published March 30, 2010 by Molly

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Anyone with an ideologically confusing adolescence won’t want to miss Vanessa Davis’“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon”, a coming-of-age bat mitzvah tale rendered in comics (sample line: “My party didn’t have a theme, but we did have kind of a mean-spirited caricaturist.”)

Vanessa inked, colored and captioned a comics column for Tablet magazine for a little over a year, gathering a loyal base of fans along the way. In an interview with Jim Linderman she discusses that column as well as Archie comics, the influences of female cartoonists on her work, and her desires to decorate pots, design wallpaper, and more!

Keep yourself updated on Vanessa’s adventures and work here. We can’t wait to see where she’ll go next.

Time Bandits

Published August 26, 2009 by Molly

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Oh hey, what’s this? Nothing much. Just a Terry Gilliam movie starring John Cleese, Sean Connery, and Shelley Duval and produced by George Harrison. Just a movie with a character named “Og” and a plotline that involves dwarves, Napoleon, time travel, and horses that shoot rockets out of their eyes.

No surprise that Criterion is behind a thorough edition of Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits that features a perfect transfer plus commentary by Gilliam, co-writer Michael Palin, John Cleese and others.

The premise of Time Bandits sounds similar to a story we all know and love. A young boy–intrepid, curious, unruly–struggles to contend with his active imagination in the face of parents that just don’t understand. He travels to strange lands, encounters monsters of a sort, and ends up all right in the end.

Like Maurice Sendak, Gilliam has a vision of childhood that feels truthful not despite but because of its outlandish qualities, its darkness and its eye for the absurd. The young hero of the film, Kevin, is as likable as Max and equally recognizable as a version of our former selves.