I'm not sure why, but something about the straightforward coverage of the SNAP! event in Dearborn, Michigan and the appearance of Chris Ware, Seth, Charles Burns and Chip Kidd at and around Toronto's International Festival of Authors struck me. I liked the reviews of the latest books inserted into the Toronto piece, and was encouraged by the Detroit newspaper hyping a couple of the more teaching-oriented panels at SNAP! Both articles represent fairly new permutations in the cartooning landscape, too -- arts-focused smaller shows like SNAP! that could inspire a different comics future than the longboxes-at-the-Holiday-Inn events of my own youth, and cartoonists being treated as authors at author-dominated events.