June 30, 2019
Random Comics News Story Round-Up
* this editorial by Gary Varvel
is full of practical wisdom about the recent plight of editorial cartoon step-backs, plus it name drops my old boss Harold Trulock in the first paragraph. Mr. Trulock was the kindest man with the best eyebrows and gave my favorite retirement speech ever: "I was too easy on you sons of bitches."
* as for the issue in general, what with Michael De Adder and The Nib
joining the taking-a-sock-in-the-eye club, there's a billion things I can say on this subject but the first one is I've never learned of anyone saving a cultural object or something of similar value by eliminating what's unique about it. I don't think it's going to work in any of the recent cases, either. I also worry that everyone is aware of this already. Here's the latest de Adder stuff
, looks like it's one of the nebulous thing that no one can say for 100 percent certainty it cause. Sure doesn't sound like De Adder had a lot of support in general. Again, let me suggest that a struggling enterprise like print journalism and print-model journalism on-line needs things that challenge, needs things that make it unique
* I have picked comic books over both children and a meaningful career
. Where's my editorial?
* not comics: this CD design by Pat Moriarity sure is lovely
* too bad a client took a pass on this cartoon
in a public way, which I think a much less interesting and strident, performance-like act than firing someone -- no is hired anymore, so they can't get fired. I think people are rarely honest they'd be okay with certain strongly-constructed cartoon if their person was getting that criticism, but in this case it's hard for me at least to see that there's anything out of bounds. Strong, though.
* here's a piece
on the big Hamilton museum comics exhibit for which Joe Ollmann served as co-curator. Sounds like a great survey of works. The notion of a museum exhibit playing a major role in the question of a medium's legitimacy is a very previous-generation one, when you think about it. I think comics is the best art form by several measurable, and I prefer to engage with more of that art form than any other.
* finally: a longish interview with the late Kim Thompson just popped up at one of the video sites
. Still hard to believe he's not at the office somewhere, working.
posted 5:05 pm PST
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