* not comics: Johanna Draper Carlson reports in from the odd world of licensend tie-in writing or however it shoudl be called, the making-somewhat-official of certain kinds of fan fiction writing written according to specific parameters. I always thought something like this might work for someo fot he odder properties at the Big Two comics companies, so I've tried to pay attention. I think I'm less convinced that it could work now.
* Leonard Pierce's long piece about Zen Pencils is worth reading, particularly if you dig into it for the insights into the cultural idea being developed as opposed to an attack against which certain folks need to be defended. In other words, I think it's interesting to figure out how art like that may work, and what it may be saying. I find the works I've read from that cartoonist banal, crudely executed and almost nonsensical, but certainly it triggers something in people so that they react very strongly and positively to what that person has to say.