Congratulations to Art Spiegelman on news that he will receive the Edward MacDowell Medal during a ceremony in mid-August at the MacDowell Colony. The award is named by an assembled committee of same-discipline and related-interest peers: Alison Bechdel chaired a group that included Gene Yang, Hillary Chute and James Sturm.
An impressive list of past winners include Aaron Copland, Robert Frost, Georgia O'Keefe and David Lynch. All are awarded for an outstanding contribution to American culture. Spiegelman will be the 59th recipient. More information as available here.
Here. The interesting things about Brown having one are 1) he's in the middle of a strong run with published work, 2) he hasn't had the same success with this platform despite that high profile -- at least not yet -- and 3) he's serializing his first graphic novel as an incentive.
There was a point at which I wondered if Patreons would become ubiquitous and while we're not there yet and there have been periods where they seem to have fallen out of favor we seem to be getting closer.
* no better news possible than that from Katie Skelly and Fantagraphics late last week, that there's a date and format and all the publishing stuff in place for a real-world version of an occasionally whispered collection of the artist's erotic comics, with the excellent name The Agency. That is some of the best material from a very talented and vital cartoonist. That the material is going to be in color is a dream come true for Skelly fans, of which I am one.
* here is sensible-sounding advice from Steve Lieber on how to do portfolio reviews and art critiques. This may be especially helpful for dopes like me who get dragged into doing this and are completely unqualified to build a structure around which to do so.
* not comics: this interview with longtime comics writer Mike Baron's prose publisher depresses the crap out of me with nearly every other word. Subjecting art to the political back and forth of the day diminishes art and politics. That book description where horrible tragedy is visited upon liberal celebrities so that conservatives can enjoy... I guess winning arguments with them? That just seems so sad to me. But as we may have a comics version sooner rather than later, it's worth our attention.
* not comics: this article with obvious parallels to comics work-for-hire practices also depresses. Hard to believe that in the millions of dollars made there wasn't room for more money or a better outcome in some other way.
* finally: this story about Tom Beland doing a Black Panther comic-book cover strikes me as a little bit odd, as I haven't seen it at all and it's basically my job to see such things, but I like Beland and it's a sweet and important sentiment.