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November 27, 2008

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the longtime coverer of comics Joel Meadows attended the Posy Simmonds/Art Spiegelman event and took a few pictures to accompany his report, including one of Matt Groening.

image* over at Forbidden Planet International's always must-read blog Richard Bruton interviews Molly Bruton, age 9, about The DFC kids' comic. I dare you not to smile at some point during that interview. Plus it's hard not to want to scramble after a closer look at Sarah McIntyre's work, and her web site is a lot of fun.

* the site Major Spoilers has their gift guide up; this site will have its equivalent up tomorrow.

* since it's a holiday, may I have a profile of Saul Steinberg to read, perhaps in conjunction with a new exhibit with a bit of his art to go look at? Thank you. I don't know if there's a description of Steinberg out there that better matches my own conception of him than this one by Adam Gopnik in that piece: "So: a cartoonist, of the highest, most complicated poetic order, was what he was, and will remain. A cartoonist, because a cartoonist is someone who sees with his mind -- someone who is concerned less with preserving a world than recording a thought." Awesome.

* a few of you have sent me this post by comics retailer James Sime on an independent comic that caught his attention with a well-timed and well-executed publicity campaign.

* finally, the writer Marc Mason wonders after what seems like diminished interest in Kurt Busiek's Astro City. I've sort of wondered about this, too. I mean, this wasn't just a well-liked superhero comic of the late 1990s, it was pretty much the well-liked superhero comic of the late 1990s, and it hasn't really changed all that much I can tell. That's not to suggest there aren't all sorts of reasons why this happens, none of which are untoward or bad. It's just that with that specific title I (and I guess Marc) can't figure out which ones apply.
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