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September 23, 2019

Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* I suppose we're entering a period where the 21st Century Battlestar Galactica is primetime, nostalgic-driven revisit fodder. Comics' role in squeezing creative juice out of desiccated pop culture properties probably deserves some deep analysis and has probably had it out there somewhere. I think one role comics plays is that it can encompass being on-model and off-model almost at the exact same time. I think that extends that very specific half-life. Played differently, this can also thwart it.

* lists like this one provide a form of light canon-making that should inform while also reflecting what's available in the guts of most bookstores that is comics-informed or comics themselves. I see Ware, Satrapi and Bechdel, with the Golden Age narrative Kavalier and Clay also slipping in there. We'll be seeing all four for a long, long, long time.

* there's a new Lily Williams book out this month. It should be fun to learn the rhythms of a comics market where the default of comic book is a book from a big-book publisher, probably amenable to all-ages readers.

* finally: here's a round-up of forthcoming graphic novels from that seemingly specific point of view where high-end indie genre material drives the comics car. The Scioli take on Fantastic Four is in there, as is the latest digging up of a body that can be traced to the original Watchmen material. Gross. That Raina Telgemeier work offers some nuanced cartooning in terms of its depiction of physical/psychic torment suffered by a lot of kids.
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