From James Sturm of Center For Cartoon Studies: "Every year CCS freshman have two weeks to create a comic in a predetermined classic-comic format. Little Lost is one of the best comics this assignment has produced. I hope you agree it's worth getting a few more eyeballs on."
The top comics-related news stories from April 18 to April 24, 2015:
1. Adam Zyglis wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Zyglis is the cartoonist at Buffalo News, and is part of the dying breed of staff cartoonists still set up out there. Kudos to the News for staffing that position.
3. DC announces a third series in the Frank Miller Dark Knight Cycle, to be called Dark Knight: Master Race. This is news for DC and for Frank Miller, given their success in the past combining for Batman-related projects, but also is a sign that the Fall season will be a hot one in the comics shops, with Marvel starting back up with their regular series after a summer of Secret Wars.
Winner Of The Week
I'd say Zyglis by a hair. It's still one of the three great honors in comics, and there's none bigger for someone that makes the kinds of comics Zyglis does. Lots of positive news stories this week, though.
Losers Of The Week The New 52 initiative. It had its day and served its purpose, but that's not a happy ending.
Quote Of The Week
"When you write something, the goal is that your perfectly-crafted web posse will have your back. And if someone critiques you, that same perfectly-crafted web posse will defend you, regardless if your piece was good or shit; if the critique of you was accurate or unfair. That's not happening because anyone particularly knows or likes anyone, it's just that -- at some point -- it’s everyone’s turn to be judged. And everyone's scared to get destroyed, because the culture now is that any slip up can prove fatal." -- Rembert Browne
the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas
Missed It: Roz Chast Receives $250,000 Heinz Award
The much-lauded, longtime New Yorker fixture turned super-successful graphic novelist Roz Chast will receive $250,000 from the Heinz Foundation as part of a prize program designed to target creative thinkers about critical issues. In Chast's the issue is adult health care, via her award-winning graphic novel, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
The article notes her absolute surprise at receiving the award; she thought she was going to be asked to donate a cartoon.
Congratulations to Chast, one of the great ambassadors for the medium of comics, and kudos to Heinz for being smart enough to recognize the quality of that work.
Bundled Extra: DC Comics Announces Third Book In Frank Miller's Dark Knight Series For Fall 2015
This is a pretty straight-forward press release -- at least far as it goes. Frank Miller will be working with writer Brian Azzarello on a third Dark Knight series, after what is now called The Dark Knight Returns and its sequel The Dark Knight Strikes again. No artist has yet been selected; they hope to begin the eight issues to run every two weeks starting sometime this Fall.
There will be an extremely high curiosity factor here, with the original series' place near or at the top of superhero-reworkings of the 1980s and the sequel's place as a baffling rejoinder to that series. I'm one of the 10 percent that quite liked DKSA, but it did not do well with audience members expecting more of the original's imaginative, gritty noir take on those superheroes.
My memory is that this specific project has been rumored for a while, but with Scott Snyder as the co-writer rather than Azzarello. I could be completely wrong about that. I'm old now, like Miller's Bruce Wayne. I think you can also interpret this as a classic gesture on DC's part to block some of the market momentum that should be flowing Marvel's way post its Secret Wars phase. As for Miller not providing the art, it might be worth noting that one of the other great Batman stories of all time involved Miller just writing. So I don't know, sounds fun to me; I'll keep an eye out for it.
The International Comic Arts Forum is putting out a call for someone to fill their Treasurer positions. It is unpaid. I suppose the kind of person to whom this might appeal is an academic who wants to be involved with ICAF, perhaps in order to advance their own career in the weird sort-of structured world that is comics academia.