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August 4, 2015

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I missed Andrew Wheeler's long take on the Hercules character specifically and the idea of representation at Marvel comics more generally. I start from a position of not having a ton of interest in those characters to begin with, and identifying in ways that means I don't feel the sharp pang of not being represented in a fantasy world that meant a lot to me at a much young point in my life. Just as a casual consumer I can tell you a rigidly depicted world is a much more boring world, just as a rigidity in voices contributing to that world is almost always a more boring world. Again, I don't understand how such hard choices make sense.

image* Sean Gaffney on Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto Vol. 1. Rob McMonigal on the comics of Kendra Josie Kirkpatrick.

* not comics: early evening yesterday someone sent me to this article from Alyssa Rosenberg on really crappy pay for personal memoir essay writing relative to the enormous place the written-about incidents might have in someone's life. There's some interesting over how to place a value on that kind of thing. I do know it's a different world than a generation ago in that we used to say that everyone had a book in them and now everyone has a Buzzfeed essay. I think a lot of art functions like that and that this process does have a say on what are willing to pay for comics.

* Sarah Mirk profiles Not Funny Ha-Ha and runs some preview pages. I think that's a book that can do a great deal of social good, and I'm grateful Leah Hayes made it.

* the Trouble With Comics contributors write about creators that had the most influence in how they perceive the comics form. Mine is Saul Steinberg, which sounds made up, but it was the biggest break I made between comics as I generally understood them and what was possible with comics.

* I both strongly agree with this and the wider scheme of things care not at all.

* James Whitbrook and Gordon Jackson pick ten comics with no words or next to no words. There are hundreds, I bet, and this is in no way a reporesentative list. No woodcuts, only one manga, no Trondheim, no Jason.

* finally, I hope there are more than this many drawings with the #draw4atena hashtag?
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