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July 15, 2014

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Jonathan Rosenbaum has re-run the piece he wrote as an introduction to launch the color Sunday Peanuts volume that Fantagraphics is doing. I know Gary Groth is a big fan of Rosenbaum's, and as a one-time Chicago resident and Reader fiend his work was a big part of my early 20s.

image* Meg Lemke talks to Esther Pearl Watson. Jonathan Stewart talks to Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction -- that seems like a rare and nice placement for a pair of comics-makers, even given Playboy's comics heritage.

* James Kaplan on Lazarus. Todd Klein on The Art Of Neil Gaiman. Luke Geddes on Buddy Buys A Dump. Rob Clough has a mini-comics focused column at Foxing Quarterly. Sean Gaffney on Arpeggio Of Blue Steel Vol. 1. Sean Kleefeld on Texas History Movies. Henry Chamberlain on Big Damn Sin City. Johanna Draper Carlson on The Secret Files Of Dr. Drew. Amanda Hess on Andre The Giant.

* here's an involved walk-through featuring the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Everyone should go.

* Dominic Umile has a post up about the recent comics-focused issue of Artforum. I have one of those, but I haven't had a chance to go through it yet. I heard mixed things, but it's a pretty powerful line-up so I'm looking forward to the experience.

* Dan Nadel liked this musing on comics criticism enough to recommend it over at At least I think it was Dan. I thought it was a pretty good piece, too. I think writing criticism is just another kind of writing. You write it for yourself or for some other reason (writing for yourself is usually the most satisfying). There really aren't any rules when it comes to how it should be done, but there are all sorts of examples to follow. There are also dangers specific to the cultural moment: in comics right now I think it's hard for a lot of people that write about comics to write anything negative because of their desire to be part of the wider culture of comics, and the severe, bordering on hostile distaste with which a negative review is viewed. It's the worst problem an arts culture to have, but I know I tune out on critics that don't make hard distinctions. Me, I can't write anything right now.

* Kevin Nguyen at Grantland offers up a summer reading list. It's a pretty good one, and Grantland is a big enough media vehicle that just about anything they do with comics should be engaged.

* finally, Steve Lieber with a column I haven't seen before, although I'm sure the subject has been assayed elsewhere: what attracts an artist to working with a specific script.
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