âLike, I love Scott Pilgrim as much as the next guy who plays Rock Band stoned on Saturday afternoons, but why would you recommend a mass market in media res installment of a rad seriesâ¦ as a Christmas Gift? i.e. Shouldnât you wait till the omnibus or deluxe edition or movie version replete with Michael Ceraâs pedophantic face plastered all over the cover comes out before you offer it as a gift? OR, wouldnât you recommend all volumes in print? Is it a recession thing?â
Recently smuggled out of our undersea base:
- R. Fiore considers Brooke McEldowneyâs 9 Chickweed Lane
- R.C. Harvey ponders how comic strips blend word and image for the purpose of comedy.
- Anne Ishii heps us to the work of avant-garde Japanese cartoonist Ayako Okubo.
- Marc Sobel presents the fourth installment of his five-part examination of Gilbert Hernandezâs Birdland
- Kent Worcester reviews The Beats: A Graphic History
I’m still sussing out the design features of the new system — please bear with me. Until then, here’s Friday’s news round-up…
Above the Fold
- Former Harrison Daily Times cartoonist Bob Drebelbis died on November 16, at the age of 94.
- Best served cold: Hours after Lucasfilms and Reed Exhibitions announced that the Star Wars Celebration convention would take place on August 12-15, 2010 â the same date as the Gareb Shamus-owned Chicago Comic Con, oddly enough â Wizard announced that the latter convention would be rescheduled for the following weekend. Burn!
- Tom Spurgeon catches word that the AngoulÃªme Comics Festival may be changing the structure of the prizes that it hands outâ¦ again.
- A Cleveland, Ohio African-American newspaper is mired in controversy after depicting a local politician as Aunt Jemima in a cartoon.In unrelated news, the Age of Newspapers officially ended on Wednesday.
- In Kentucky, the Jessamine County Public Library will be moving its copy of Alan Moore and Kevin OâNeillâs The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier to the adult section. The Jessamine County Library, youâll recall, made headlines when it fired two librarians who attempted to thwart a request for the book by an eleven-year-old girl.
- Swedenâs Stockholm District Court has denied a plea from Hollywood movie studios to shut down a torrent-tracking site that the studios claim âis a re-branded copy of one previously operated by The Pirate Bay.â(Link via Kevin Melrose.)
- Dynamite Entertainment has purchased the rights to Dabel Brothers Productionsâ roster of properties.
- The romance publisher Harlequin is the latest to post comics online to their website.
- Plastic Logic is signing up a host of participating magazines in advance of the launch of their QUE Reader device sometime next year.
- Sean T. Collins speaks with Dark Horse publicity coordinator Jim Gibbons.
- Old-school indy cartoonist Rich Tommaso abandons print for the Web.
- Olivia Snaije on Joe Sacco
The Footnotes in Gaza author talks about his new book.
- Gavin Sheehan on David Mack
In conversation with the creator of Kabuki.
(Above: detail from the cover of Mackâs Kabuki: The Alchemy.)
- Elliott Serrano on Ted Rall
A Q&A with the editorial cartoonist.
- Jeffery Klaehn on Norm Breyfogle
The veteran Batman cartoonist discusses his career.
- Abhay Khosla on Dark Reign: The List: X-Men #1
âThe obvious conclusion to draw from Dark Reign: The List: X-Men #1 is that at the close of 2009, a woman with an appetite for sex is apparently the very definition of fear and horror for Marvel comic creators and their audience.â
- Greg McElhatton on Luna Park
âI thought Iâd sussed out the book by the halfway point, knew how I felt about it overall. And then, not once but twice, the book pulled the rug out from under me. And with each instance, my opinion of Luna Park rather radically changed.â
(Above: panel detail from the book, possibly Â©2009 Kevin Baker, Danijel Zezelj and/or DC Comics.)
- Andrew Edwards on Grandville
âThe universe [Bryan] Talbot creates is visually stunning and intellectually engaging.â
- Matthew Brady on Essex County
- Katherine Dacey on The Return of King Doug
- Alex Carr on Sulk Vol. 3
- Hooded Utilitarian on Crossdress Paradise
- Douglas Wolk on the best graphic novels of 2009
- Chris Sims on various titles
- J. Caleb Mozzocco on various titles
Comics and Art
- Leif Peng: Henry C. Pitz
Congratulations to Peng on his new position as a professor at Mohawk College!
(Above: illustration from the December 1956 issue of Collierâs Magazine, nicked from Pengâs Henry C. Pitts Flickr page.)
- Online portfolio: Rebecca Solow
Lovely fantasy-themed art.
(Above: :The Witch of Willowby Wood,â Â©2009 Rebecca Solow.)
- Illustration blog: Travistyâs Beard
A collaborative effort by artists and animators from the PDI/DreamWorks studio.
(Above: illustration Â©2009 Lindsey Olivares. Link via Jerry Beck.)
- Illustration blog: Ade Salmon(Link via Curt Purcell.)
- Roger Langridge: âHow Now, Brown Clown?â
- Ger Apeldoorn: Plunk
- Diversions of the Groovy Kind: C.C. Beckâs Captain Marvel
- Thom Buchanan: Howie Postâs Dropouts
- Pictures For Sad Children: âI can feel each musicianâ¦â
- Brian Hughes: âThe Reaching Handâ
- Ten-Cent Dreams (one, two, three, four and five): The Perils of Nyoka
- Golden Age Comic Book Stories: Spy Smasher #6
- Gold Key Comics: Two from Ripleyâs Believe It or Not!
- The Horror of It All: âThe Devilâs Discipleâ
- Pappy: Fantomah after Fletcher Hanks
- Ten-Cent Dreams: More 3D jungle-girl comics
- Chuck Wells: More jungle-girl comics
- A Journey Round My Skull: Japanese baseball cards
- Comics-related podcasts
- Panel Borders â Alex Fitch speaks with Logicomix writer Apostolos Doxiadis (33.5MB).
- This week on Inkstuds , Robin McConnell welcomes Far Arden creator Kevin Cannon as guest (52.2MB).
- Another week, another episode of Mike Dawson and Alex Robinsonâs Ink Panthers Show , fortified with your minimum daily requirement of Dustin Harbin (38.6MB).
All podcasts are available in downloadable MP3 audiofile format.
- December 4 (White River Junction, VT): An opening reception for âBears and Blisters: An Exhibition of Colleen Frakes and Ken Dahlâ takes place at the Center For Cartoon Studies on Main Street, beginning at 7PM. Details here.
- December 5 (New York City, NY): The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival takes place at Our Lady of Consolation Church on Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, from 11AM-7PM. Guests include R.O. Blechman, Charles Burns, Gabrielle Bell, Kim Deitch, Gary Panter, Ben Katchor, Lauren Weinstein, Adrian Tomine and many others. Details here.
- December 5 (London, England): Alan Martin and Rufus Dayglo will be signing books and meeting readers at the Forbidden Planet Megastore on Shaftesbury Avenue, from 1-2PM. Details here.
- December 5 (Stevenage, England): Writer Paul Cornell makes an appearance at Limited Edition Comix on Market Place, beginning at 1PM. Details here.
- December 5 (Salt Lake City, UT): David Mack will participate in a variety of events at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library on East 400 South, beginning at 2PM. Details here.
- December 5 (Washington DC): Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker will discuss his work at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue, beginning at 2:30PM. Details here.
- December 5 (Berkeley, CA): American Born Chinese author Gene Yang will discuss his work at Eastwind Books on University Avenue, beginning at 3PM. Details here.
- December 5 (Portland, OR): A release party for C. Allbritton Taylorâs One Model Nation takes place at Floating World Comics on Fifth Avenue, from 6-9PM. Details here.
- December 6 (San Pablo City, Philippines): The San Pablo Comics Festival takes place at the Lionâs Den Clubhouse. Details here.
- December 6 (Silver Spring, MD): The documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist will be screened at the AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road, beginning at 12:15PM. Admission is $10. Details here.
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