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November 6, 2013

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Chris Diaz talks to Simon Hanselmann.

* Kevin Cortex on Freud. Colin Panetta on Rain Comic #1.

* Heidi MacDonald smartly points out that the Allie Brosh book is selling extremely well. I'm not sure I fully understand her assertion that no one in comics will accept Brosh as a cartoonist: MacDonald's an opinion leader for comics, so certainly most people that agree with her are going to take Brosh seriously. Certainly folks have had no problem seeing the hybrid Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series and its creator Jeff Kinney in that light. Pointing out that a work of prose interspersed with cartoons may not be a comic as some folks understand it isn't a new thing designed to exclude cartoonists like Brosh; it's something that's been done with key works by folks like Bill Mauldin and James Thurber -- you can say that Kim Deitch's last book isn't a comics work, and it's not a slight on Deitch or even proof of a dangerously conservative mindset in terms of what makes up comics. At least I don't think so. At any rate, congratulations to Brosh; I know a lot of people greatly enjoy her work.

* Ethan Heitner points out one criminally under-appreciated cartoonist with a work out this year: Ben Katchor.

* finally, Harold Gray gets serious about the funnies.
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