May 16, 2012
"Unpublished Cartoonists Should Have Solid Drawing And Humility Skills"
My vote is that we all check out of the rest of the day's comics news and take a walk or something, with maybe a link-detour to this funny Paul Karasik post about the Master Class he's teaching at CCS this summer
. I'm all for Mr. Karasik doing whatever he wants, including teaching, although I think all this real-world work is getting in the way of his true calling of writing entertaining, comics-related Internet posts.
That's not Karasik art, by the way. That's from Lewis Trondheim's Les Petits Riens
, in several sustained sequences the greatest comic ever made about just walking around and looking at stuff. Seriously, I get psyched when Trondheim mounts a sidewalk when I read one of those translated books from NBM the same way I used to get excited when Batman's ass hit seat in the Batmobile.
It's a weird year, isn't it, all this creator's rights stuff and big-ass publishing events crowding into the sustained art- and alt-comics explosion? When Fantagraphics publishing Disney and
the EC stable doesn't even crack the top 20 of "huh?" in the new comics reality, you know times are odd. It's hard to believe that several months ago it was hard to find a hook for an anniversary article on the old Creators Bill Of Rights that McCloud and those guys shepherded into existence. Now it's all we talk about, with some severely depressing frontier about the implications of exploitation throughout comics left to explore -- and potentially end friendships -- in the weeks and months ahead. Plus we're in the midst of digital, for pity's sake, which is like the transition from drug stores into comics shops except less about the loss of spinner racks and more about the emergence of a magic technology by which comics are easily accessible and even sort of readable on computer screens.
So one time around the block and then back to it.
posted 3:35 pm PST
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