There is a little bit of a comics overlap that isn't just Bart or the giant book they always choose for people to read in office photographs. At ICAF in 2014 here in Columbus, Dr. Beaty gave a fun opening address challenging his colleagues to participate more widely in general academic opportunities like leading a department or, one presumes, this Congress affair. I get the counter-arguments, but I liked the idea and I liked that Bart used his platform in a way that people discussed the issue all weekend.
I think in general comics could use more of its best people taking that next step forward in the general contexts in which they find themselves. We have the best art form, and many of the best things related to an art form, and the world should know about it.
I also hope Bart has fun. It looks like he's having fun.
Go, Look: The First Few CR Calendar Show Entries For 2017
I noticed on Saturday that the great Fumetto show had put up their dates for 2017, which led to me to add the first half-dozen or so shows to CR's rolling events calendar. It's interesting in that it seems where there was a lot of clumping this year by shows, those same cons and festivals are much more spread out next Spring. I think that's going to be important the next few years for shows to kind of find their place on the calendar.
Also please note we have CXC up through 2019 and SPX through 2020.
There's a ton of stuff in this article about the long history and I guess not-as-stellar recent story of Salon.com. One thing that I think binds comics to print publishing more generally is how modes of presentation and modes of structural organization have transformed two or three times and some businesses have ignored this entirely because that's what they are.
In other words, when you read the amounts of money involved in this article, you'll likely think: "Could I get to the end result of Salon with this amount of money?" The answer seems "Oh, sure." Other people have different expectations for what such an enterprise looks like and have a much more hesitant answer. The reality is always a bit more shaky than both.
On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Four Specific Physical Comics Publications Or Specific Downloads You'd Take With You On A Proposed Trip. In The Fifth Slot, Describe In A Single Sentence The General Purpose Of The Trip." This is how they responded.
1. Cerebus: The Phone Book Editions (issues 1-300)
2. Lone Wolf And Cub Vols. 1-28 (Dark Horse mini-editions)
3. The Archies Americana Series 1940s-1990s
4. Yotsuba&! Vols. 1-13
5. A slow boat to China. The late fantasy author Thomas Burnett Swann told me he used to write his novels while traveling around the world via tramp freighters. Modern container ships still offer spartan passenger quarters: They'll give you a cabin and feed you but you're on your own re finding any diversion. Such a journey (and Swann took several to Asia) affords a writer plenty of time to write and read and think, and when done with writing and thinking, I'd take advantage of various downloads to read both text and graphic novels.
1. Essex County by Jeff Lemire (book)
2. Cerebus thru Church & State Vol. 2 Sim and Gerhard (download)
3. Pluto Vols. 1-8 by Urasawa (download)
4. Solo, the Deluxe Edition (book)
5. Take the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle and then the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles. Visit family and friends.
1. Journey (Volume One) by William Messner-Loebs.
2. Mercury by Hope Larson.
3. Lewis and Clark by Nick Bertozzi.
4. Complete Elfquest (Volume One) by Wendy Pini and Richard Pini.
5. An extended weekend enjoying the outdoors at Brown County State Park in Indiana.
1. The Smithsonian Book Of Newspaper Comics
2. Kamandi Omnibus Vol. 1.
3. Kamandi Omnibus Vol. 2.
4. Locas: The Maggie And Hopey Stories.
5. Summer vacation rental of eight weeks or more where I expect people constantly dropping in and out, sometimes on rainy days.
Alan David Doane
1. The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
2. Daredevil Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
3. From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
4. The Freebooters by Barry Windsor-Smith
5. Two-week getaway in a resort hotel
1. Moomin and the Comet by Tove Jansson
2. L'ABC de Monsieur Pizza by Ohara Hale
3. Showa 1944-1953 by Shigeru Mizuki
4. Ping Pong by Zviane
5. A two-week trip to a cottage to explore Prince Edward Island with my wife and baby boy (#1 & #2 are for him, #3 & #4 for me)
1. Alice in Sunderland
3. Sensational She-Hulk #14 (with the extra cover promo)
4. Judge Dredd #1 (Eagle Comics)
5. If I'm traveling, I have tons of reading material to catch up on that is accessible anywhere with an internet connection and I would have no need to choose specific pieces to carry with me. BUT if I were to travel to Great Britain for a week or so, I'd certainly try to see if I could overlap my stay with a comics event(s) where I could get some of my physical copies signed by the creators.
Jeffrey A. Goodman
1. Sadowski, Greg (ed.) -- Four Color Fear (Fantagraphics)
2. Gilmore, Donald H. -- Sex In Comics: History Of The Eight Pagers Volume Two: Mr. Prolific (Greenleaf Classics)
3. Wood, Wallace, and Jim Mooney and Bill Ward and Various -- Pussycat, The Complete 66 Adventures (Marvel/Various Men's 'Sweat' Mags compilation and Custom Bound)
4. Crumb, R. -- The Weirdo Years (Last Gasp)
5. I'm going to a funeral.
1. Barnaby Vol. 2
2. King Aroo Vol. 1
3. Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales
4. Groo Friends and Foes Vol 2
5. A bittersweet trip with far too much reflective alone-time as I visit 6 east coast Universities with my soon-to-be college bound daughter.
1. Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons
2. Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez
3. Comics & Media: A Special Issue of "Critical Inquiry"
4. The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art
5. Lengthy, long-distance summer vacation, so text-heavy selections since I'm limited to just five (fyi: that'll never happen).
1. Big Questions, Anders Nilsen
2. The Frank Book, Jim Woodring
3. The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Masterworks Vol. 1, Lee & Ditko
4. The High Cost of Dying, Reed Crandall, Al Feldstein, et al
5. All downloads on a tablet for a summer family trip to Poland that will provide ample waiting/reading time during plane, train, & bus travel with intermittent Internet reach.
I appreciate every last participant but will edit for the sake of the series. In order to keep people from making a point of coloring outside the lines, I tend to edit these in much more rigid fashion. I skipped that rigid control this time -- happy Memorial Day! -- but be forewarned.
Can I Mention Really Quickly How Much I Love Highbone Theater?
It's funny and weird and kind of beautiful. I wish we could all live in a headspace carved out by comics like this one as opposed to spending time puzzling over our feelings for even the most clever and enduring corporate products. Joe Daly is a treasure.
1. Imagine every person who has it in for you on some level gathered against a neutral backdrop and photographed. This picture is your own Masters Of Evil/Injustice Society/Your-Name Revenge Squad. Is it impressive? Is it formidable? Have you conducted your life in a way that has brought with it some serious resistance? Anyone you could talk over with a three-page scene, heavy on the dialogue?