August 3, 2012
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* so there's a documentary debuting at TIFF about cartoonists and cartooning in Algeria, Egypt, Syria and Palestine called As If We Were Catching A Cobra
. I guess that's not news as much as it's a commercial, so I apologize, but I didn't know this was coming out. That's a heck of a name, too. I hope it's good.
* Keith Veronese talks to Zander Cannon
. Brad Pearson talks to Leslie Stein, Brendan Leach and Lisa Hanawalt
. Chris Auman talks to Derf Backderf
* a bunch of folks sent me this article
about "getting serious" about kids reading comics. It's a fine, comics-positive article and even quotes that gentleman's gentleman, David Lasky. I think what I find interesting about it is how openly it acts as advocacy. Another thing that caught my eye: is anything here new? That kids might use comics to learn to read prose is a generation-old argument now; I was studied as a young reader by my local university in terms of the comics I read. That comics themselves are pleasurable or hold unique value, those seem like arguments at least 10 years old in terms of public currency. I could be wrong, I don't know.
* not comics: totally missed this Laura Hudson piece
on the climbing in Dark Knight Rises
* Don MacPherson on Hawkeye #1
. Rob Clough on the comics of Rio Aubry Taylor
. Philip Shropshire on Creator-Owned Properties #1
. Rob Wells on Reset #1-2
. Sean Gaffney on Jiu Jiu Vol. 1
. Sarah Morean on The New Ghost
. Johanna Draper Carlson on Bakuman Vols. 11-12
. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman: Death By Design
* there needs to be a rule that if you know about something this specifically nerdy
, you can't make fun of it for being specifically nerdy.
* Sean T. Collins picks the essential Batman graphic novels
, so nobody is allowed to yell at him for preferring Dark Knight Returns
to Year One
, even though I suspect he may prefer DKR
to Year One
. You know, for as many Batman
books that have been published, they would make a very, very small part of my permanent collection were it three bookshelves instead of three rooms -- probably just those top two books.
* Rina Piccolo talks the craft of lettering
* say what, now
* finally, check out the enormous amount of cartooning talent on display in this photo from that Chicago conference earlier this year
posted 10:00 am PST
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