* this book had a huge presence in our house when I was a kid. It was a favorite of my parents, both of whom were comics fans but also fans of the slightly hip corner of mainstream culture of the kind represented by Jules Feiffer, Jacques Brel and John Updike books. I still don't know that the alt-comics tradition has all the way processed Jules Feiffer yet, although he's much beloved by a lot of cultural gatekeepers interested in comics. But he was basically crushing it in a very specific way in such an odd context that you can almost understand why entire versions of comics history don't seem to acknowledge his existence.
* Hannah Means-Shannon walks us through Asheville, North Carolina -- a southern arts and culture hub for about two decades now, really, or at least that's when I saw the place starting to show up in magazine profiles. I think Jason Lutes lived there for a while. Nice 'zine rack.