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March 18, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Grant Goggan on Ulysses Sweet: Centered. Someone Australian Comics Journal on Rules Of Summer. J. Caleb Mozzocco on On Loving Women and White Cube. Tom Murphy on Stray Bullets: Killers #1.

* not comics: this Lale Westvind print looks nice; I'm unfamiliar with the series.

* if you had asked me if John Kerschbaum ever did a New Yorker cartoon, I would have given you the wrong answer.

* not comics: I did not know this poster image from my youth was drawn by Mike Ploog, but given his relationship to the animator Ralph Bakshi at that time, I should have guessed.

* this short piece from David Brothers on Akira suggests that there are comics works that a lot of longtime readers jump into and out of rather than read all at once, and certainly that's true. I don't know if there's anything that distinguishes such work from works that you tend to engage all at once or not at all, but I'd sure be interested in reading people trying to puzzle this out. I'm sure that in some cases it has a lot to do with the relationship created by the reader with the art rather than the art itself, but that's such an underexamined area in and of itself.

* not comics: this image is terrifying without the irony of the mask. Holy jeebus if that was a part of your workday.

* here's another piece from Colin Upton on a comics-skewed perspective on Vancouver.

* the good folks at Comic Book Jones talk to Evan Dorkin. Chris Arrant talks to Mike Baron. Albert Ching talks to Axel Alonso. Brigid Alverson talks to Matt Ritter and Adam Elbatimy.

* I enjoyed this article on Whilce Portacio putting a studio together. I'm all for studios.

* Kevin Melrose discusses "Mor", the most evil of sounds.

* finally, Carla Hoffman writes about the concept of heroic realism.
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