One thing that's slightly different about this piece is that they engage a bit with Jaime and Beto's fans, like the young woman above, and how important it is in general for people to be able to see themselves in meaningful works of fiction. Also shining through is the underlying good sense of their punk outlook: to do work for a smaller audience that's meaningful and personal to you. That never stops being wise, even in a world where some would assert the only value is maximum profit and be celebrated for saying so.
Bonus: Jaime is funny in this one, and his sense of humor doesn't always come out in interviews. Go, read.
2. SPX wraps up another hugely successful year in Bethesda and announces dates through 2019.
3. Female cartoonists and young cartoonists dominated the Ignatz Awards, with young female cartoonist Tillie Walden winning two. Noah Van Sciver broke what I think may be the longest stretch of nominations without a win by taking one home.
Winner Of The Week
Losers Of The Week
Those of us that can't remember our comiXology passwords. Okay, I know I promised to never make jokes like that, but I couldn't think of anyone that really stuck out as a loser other than Scott Adams' latest presidential election look-at-me antics, and I don't want to link to those. That's a resonably interesting announcement, too, Koyama going in wit the Amazon digital program like that. I thought she might drift around on the edges of that kind of commitment for a while yet.
Quote Of The Week
"We weren't raised to go grab the gold ring. We were raised to get along and survive." -- Jaime Hernandez
* love the new Spaniel Rage cover from Vanessa Davis; that book is due in Febuary, and is a reprint of her first. That looks like an Arno cover or something of that general era.
* I think I reported that the First Second iteration of Jason Shiga's Demon was going to be two volumes. Make that multiple volumes. I'd say three, because that's a third there, but I want to protect myself. I think that one will eventually do its best as a single-volume. I'm sure I'm not alone in that.
* finally, there will be bunch of mainstream announcements at NYCC, and the show with which I'm involved, CXC, hopes to have one or two. We seem to be moving rapidly towards a time where these kind of announcements don't matter. I'm not sure why that is. Certainly anticipation culture is a big part of most media. I think it may be that there's just so much pretty good stuff right now; it's so hard to keep up with the present, there's no mental room to process books that aren't here yet as a result.
* sort of but not really an on-line question: why is it that few people prepare statements for awards shows, and why don't we see more of these few on-line in conjunction with the presentation? That wider, Internet-based reality is the one in which most creators exist now, and suddenly they limit themselves to some dumb cracks on a stage in the direction of a Hollywood voice actor.