Michael Cavna gathers together various major political cartoonists' depictions of Donald Trump. There's some interesting stuff in there about how a few of them choose to do his mouth, believe it or not. A couple of the cartoons used made me laugh.
If Mr. Trump wins -- and he has a good chance of winning -- you're going to see the old adage that even the most brutally effective satire doesn't work anymore get a sound workout.
Festivals Extra: Argument For Expanding Cosplay's Role At Shows
Here. It's not something that applies to all shows -- I don't see this being a concern for SPX or Linework NW -- and I'm always confused when these things are changed from a strategy someone might pursue to an argument to be won on the Internet. Still, there are some details in there that are worth knowing if you follow the convention business.
I would imagine most people running a show with a cosplay element would prefer someone of value to a show be a guest of a show as opposed to a free agent and perhaps, say, charging for photos. I also have to believe this already happens with a few shows. Many of the shows are conceived of in broad enough fashion that paid costume people would seem way less of a stretch than people you're likely to see invited to shows if there are this many of them in 2021.
* what's newer that caught my on on Kickstarter: veterans Jan Duursema and John Ostrander on a project; another science comic, which is becoming a sneakily popular sub-category; the latest Erika Moen, crushing it; a sequel project reaching its first goal as I'm typing this; a Jack London adaptation far from its goal and one I hadn't noticed at all from Matt Lubchansky.
* Todd Klein on Swamp Thing #5. Alexander Jones on Civil War II #0. I haven't moaned like a moan-y old man recently about how much I hate the #0 books and the side series and the series that fold into the final book that you don't know worked that way when you're buying individual comics. I still feel that way, if anyone wondered.
* festivals extra: it's not my area of coverage with that particular show, and I suppose the Star Trek franchise isn't at its healthiest in terms of hardcore fan goodwill, but this has to be a good get for Comic-Con and it's interesting to see how they approach opportunities like this and having Conan O'Brien's show in town last year. I liked those first two new Star Trek films just fine -- they passed the time and amused me -- and didn't see a lot of difference between them. I felt the same way about the four most recent James Bond movies, so clearly I am no longer to be trusted for close analysis of pop-culture soaked movie-making.
* this site does a terrible job with discussing art direction and book design, but these Reprodukt editions of Jaime Hernandez's work sort of jumped out at me. It's interesting just how many approaches have been taken with Los Bros' work, the vast majority of which have been rewarding.
* someone hire Jason to do minimalist reviews like this for their site so we can read them all of the time. Not much more to say about most of those books. It's unbelievable to me that Jason is just now catching up to Saul Steinberg. There should be a holiday named after Steinberg and every citizen of the world should own at least three of his great books.