Saturday, July 23, 2005

Website for the Amsterdam-based antiquarian comic shop. It features a marvellous "comiclopedia" that offers nearly 7,000 profiles of international comic illustrators - and unlike so many comic sites its not fixated on a narrow band of US graphic artists - together with examples of their work. Oh yes, it also has an excellent links page.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Golden Age Romance Comics Archive
Although the comics featured in this online archive are American, it is fascinating to explore the visual images, and values of another age.
Thanks to Wood's Lot for the reference.

Mulk Raj Anand
Anand is an unfairly neglected writer who used his novels and short stories to champion the poor and dis-possessed of India, and challenge the caste system. There is a good overview of his life and work in the winter 2005 issue of the International Socialism Journal.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Political Studies Review
The Political Studies Review is a leading world source for reviews of political science books in English. Its litle-known reviews service covers more titles than any other journal in the world, and each year about 450 new titles are added to the database. The database itself stretches back to the year 2000.
One small point of criticism is that the use of shadow effects on captions on the home page has the effect of blurring the text for readers with even slightly impaired vision. PSR is maintained by the Political Studies Association.

History Cooperative
This useful resource provides a gateway to a wide range of history journals that provide free access to online articles. Following a recent decision by the American Historical Association this includes all the articles published in American History Review since 1999. The History Cooperative currently provides online access to 18 history journals.

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Contemporary Writers
This searchable database contains "up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth's most important living writers" - biographies, bibliographies, critical reviews, prizes and photographs. It is searchable by author, genre, nationality, gender, publisher, book title, date of publication and prize name and date. Author entries also provide links to related websites. There are one or two curious ommissions, Iain Sinclair in particular. I would also suggest detective novelist John Harvey has earned an entry. The website is well-designed, easy to use and has been created by the British Council Film and Literature Department.

Creative Commons
Creative Commons is an imaginative and workable response to the stifling effect of copyight on creativity. It effectively protects the authors rights, but allows and encourages the creative use of information. The current issue of Information Today provides free access to a detailed article explaining the relevance of the Creative Commons idea. UK readers should note that the legal explanations relate to US law, and that copyright law in the UK is different.