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December 5, 2017

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Sukibito Diary.

* Austin Kleon discusses an article on the artistic recluse, pointing out that the two things that Virginia Woolf said were needed were a room on one's own (frequently cited) and money (almost never cited) and how the inability for folks to disappear and make art is becoming more and more of a pandemic. This was discussed almost 30 years ago in comics in Gary Groth's interview with Jules Feiffer, and has been a subject of discussion. I think if you value a lot of art being made, then the idea that certain desirable communities are slowly taking themselves off the table as places to get work done will be important to you. My thoughts flit all over the place on this kind of thing, so don't look at me for any guidance.

* I will say that the whole idea of cultural and political realities creating the infrastructure for art to be made is a bigger issue than we realize -- that, for instance, Obamacare allowed a lot of people to try art as a major time concern that wouldn't have otherwise. The latest tax bill may put a big strain on conferences and festivals if as believe a major change on paying for things to support one's work -- travel, supplies -- will end up taking a significant hit. Let's keep fighting for better law and hope for the best in the meantime.

* finally: a slow walk through Frank Miller's Sin City work blown up from the original art. I like looking at elements of that work, even though I find most of what it does unbearable.
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