Congressman John Lewis Wages Public Opinion Fight With President-Elect Donald Trump; March Benefits
In case you missed the latest pieces of building falling off the American experiment, Eisner-winning Congressman John Lewis has in the last few days become the focal point for Democratic party reaction to the forthcoming inauguration of Donald Trump. Lewis objects to the nature of the election and feels that foreign interference delegitimizes the election. He won't be attending the inaugural activities. This has led to the usual weird public reaction from Trump via social media and a slew of articles as to what it all means in a deeper sense and what the proper responses on both sides should be. The US political landscape is basically the Comics Journal message board circa 1997 now, although people second-guessing how Lewis should conduct himself or the nature of his career is way more depressing than Dirty Danny throwing a diaper at Ted Rall or Domingos Isabelinho pounding through comics foot soldiers like Darth Vader in that 15 seconds near the end of Rogue One.
There is a bit of comics news to this in that the accompanying surge of interest in Lewis has driven sales on the biography of his years in the 1960s Civil Rights movement: the three-volume, award-winning March. I am happy for people that get to read that book as a way of seeking out information that is alive to them at this moment. That whole book covers things that have become alive to us in a way I'm not sure anyone thought likely when the project was announced.
Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.
On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics Projects You're Looking Forward To Seeing This Year." This is how they responded.
1. Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four: Artist's Edition, Jack Kirby And Stan Lee (IDW)
2. The Only Living Boy Vol. 4, David Gallaher And Steve Ellis (Papercutz)
3. Blue Hand Mojo: Hard Times Road, John Jennings (Rosarium)
4. Serenity: No Power in the 'Verse, Chris Roberson And Georges Jeanty (Dark Horse)
5. Spell on Wheels, Kate Leth And Megan Levens (Dark Horse) (pictured)
1. Grandville Force Majeure, Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
2. Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt, George O'Connor (First Second)
3. Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art Of Gary Frank, Gary Frank (DC Comics)
4. Frostlings, Patrick Block (Self-Published; Kickstarter)
5. John Stanley: Giving Life to Little Lulu, Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics)
* Afar by Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton (Image)
* California Dreamin' by Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
* The Great McGonagall by Roger Langridge (ZCO.MX)
* Her Bark And Her Bite by James Albon (Top Shelf)
* Star Hawks Vol. 1 by Gil Kane and Ron Goulart (IDW)
Have a great weekend.
1. Mirror Mirror 2, edited by Julia Gfrorer and Sean T. Collins (2dcloud)
2. You & a Bike & a Road, Eleanor Davis (Koyama)
3. Eartha, Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
4. The Best of Shoe, Jeff MacNelly (Titan)
5. Wordplay, Ivan Brunetti (Toon Books)
1. It Don't Come Easy, Philippe Dupuy And Charles Berberian (D+Q)
2. Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four: Artist's Edition, Jack Kirby And Stan Lee (IDW)
3. Johnny Hazard Sundays Archive 1944-1946, Frank Robbins And Daniel Herman (Hermes Press)
4. What's A Paintoonist?, Jerry Moriarty (Fantagraphics)
5. My Pretty Vampire, Katie Skelly (Fantagraphics)
1. Gouffre, edited by Alexis Beauclair, Bettina Henni, Séverine Bascouert, Sammy Stein & Jean-Philippe Breton (Lagon Revue)
2. Bruma, Amanda Baeza (Chili Com Carne)
3. The Excavation, Max Andersson (Fantagraphics)
4. Powr Mastrs: Book 4, C.F. (Fantagraphics)
5. Mirror Mirror 2, edited by Julia Gfrörer and Sean T. Collins (2dcloud)
1. Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Volume 21, Chester Gould (IDW)
2. Border Worlds, Don Simpson (Dover)
3. Street Fighting Man: Spain Vol. 1, Spain Rodriguez (Fantagraphics)
4. Mineshaft #35, Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri editors (Everett Rand and Gioia Palmieri)
5. Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four Artist's Edition, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (IDW)
Here's my 5 entries.
1. Sunburning, Keiler Roberts (Koyama Press)
2. Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, Michael Deforge (Drawn & Quarterly)
3. The Ley Line issue by Shreyas R Krishnan (Czap & Grindstone)
4. Un Norvegien vers Compostelle, Jason (Delcourt)
5. Ivanhoe Bachus, Nicolas Andre (La Pasteque)
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.
* Crawl Space, Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
* You & a Bike & a Road, Eleanor Davis (Koyama Press)
* Boundless, Jillian Tamaki (Drawn and Quarterly)
* Royal City, Jeff Lemire (Image)
* Bullseye, Ed Brisson And Guillermo Sanna (Marvel)
I have a real soft spot for Bullseye -- what can I say?
I removed a video a couple of readers complained had nothing to do with cartooning nor directly features a comics-maker nor has obvious interest on its own terms that I'm able to express. That happens sometimes; I'm going from labeling rather than having watched the videos on about a quarter of them. My apologies for the time suck that hit anyone.
Milt Gross, HG Peter, Antonio Prohias And Dori Seda To Eisner HOF; Public Nominations Have '80s Feel
This year's class of Will Eisner Comic Awards judges has selected four comics-makers for its Hall Of Fame: Milt Gross, HG Peter, Antonio Prohias and Dori Seda. This is a break from the usual two cartoonists being named because of this being the 100th year since Will Eisner's birth. It's hard to imagine that opportunity being better spent in terms of an intriguing, compelling class.
Dori Seda I imagine is likely the big surprise for a lot of people. Seda was an autobiographical comics pioneer and may be unequaled in terms of confessional ground seized for the genre over the course of her too-brief career. She died in 1988 not having yet turned 40, and may also be remembered for a potentially unclear path to publication that briefly developed after her passing. I like all four nominees including Seda. It's surprising to me that HG Peter only goes in now, but I think Peter's potent art on Wonder Woman has never been fully appreciated.
The nominees being offered for four slots in the traditional public vote seems an equally strong group, and bodes well for the next several years of inductions. With the Hernandez Brothers and Peter Bagge up for consideration it would seem that the we're firmly in the 1980s in terms of who might be considered now.
The 17 nominees which will become four HOF entries after the public voting are: