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September 7, 2011

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Douglas Wolk reviews Anders Nilsen's gigantic Big Questions for the New York Times.

image* Austin English interviews one of my favorite cartoonists, Warren Craghead, for TCJ.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco on Year One: Batman Scarecrow. Grant Goggans on The Cardboard Valise. Sean Gaffney on Book Girl And The Captive Fool. Derik Badman on four books from Colosse.

* this is the kind of comics crossover I can get behind. Plus I'd like a poster.

* you know, these fake plans for The Comics Journal are really funny, but I bet if in 2001 you'd written in "Viva La Comix!" that in 2011 two of the Ganzfeld guys would be given the magazine and put the whole thing on-line except for a 9000-page paper edition that cover-featured Robert Crumb's adaptation of a book from the Bible, everyone would have laughed at that, too.

* Theo Ellsworth makes some art.

* those fake TCJ plans are a parody of DC Comics's recent moves, if you aren't following that story. Matt Seneca goes knives out more directly. He shares my basic feeling -- frequently discussed here -- that comics has been something other than a mass medium since sometime between 1947 and 1958 and any attempt to reclaim that status tends to end in misguided policy. He also employs an argument I used to see a lot more from The Comics Journal in the late '80s and early '90s: that ultimately the comics in question don't mean anything.

* Sarah Morean and the Minneapolis Indie Xpo are profiled in a Twin Cities publication or web site (I can't really tell which).

* they actually cooked the lamb. In a completely unrelated post, here's a discussion of recipe-related comics-making by some of your favorite webcomics makers.

* not comics: taking the mic proffered by the writer Warren Ellis, Jess Nevins talks about how the roots of the cultural impulses we relate to modern fandom had their start in the social activities of young Victorian-era women. I like to think the Internet was created for people like Nevins: folks with deep knowledge of a single subject or era and the ability to apply it to a lot of different concepts.

* Wiley Miller strikes a nerve.

* love for the Ames lettering guide, including jpegs of the instructions that come with one.

* I always liked the Marvel super-villain the Vulture because he fit so well into the idea of the early Spider-Man comics as our young hero running a gauntlet of asshole adults, and he really hasn't fit in since.

* Mike Sterling talks DC from a retailer's standpoint.

* Laura Terry draws that railroad car that hit the Schulz Library.

* Peter Richardson enthuses over the forthcoming Barks books from Fantagraphics.

* finally, the cartoonist and frequent comics commentator Gerry Alanguilan draws in a strip format. I don't know that I recall ever seeing a lot of his work in color.
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