Good morning, everyone. Today we are very proud to publish Zippy the Pinhead creator Bill Griffith’s tribute to the late Bil Keane:
… I also remember Bil Keane’s talk to the assembled crowd. It was flavored by what his generation would call “pretty salty language.” For the creator of such a family-friendly strip, his comments were a surprise–and a pleasant one. I began to realize these “old-timers” were not at all like the characters in their G-rated comics; they were people like me. Well, sort of.
Also, Sean T. Collins turns in a review of Megan Kelso’s re-released Queen of the Black Black.
And Frank Santoro recruits John Porcellino to contribute a scene report from South Beloit, Illinois.
Speaking of Keane, Jeet Heer passes along this short profile of the man from a 2006 issue of the Tucson Citizen, which is sad but well worth reading.
At Robot 6, Kevin Melrose highlights another heartbreaking story, an insurance magazine profile describing the late-life plight of longtime comic-book writer Bill Mantlo, now in a nursing home, and never really fully recovered from the hit-and-run that injured him two decades ago.
Kate Beaton was featured on a CTV news story last week. There’s always something pleasantly surreal about seeing cartoonists on television.
Paul Gravett profiles and interviews David B.
Matt Seneca interviewed Yuichi Yokoyama.
And of course, the big comics-related news going around the internet this weekend was the reaction to Frank Miller’s pathetic commentary on the Occupy Wall Street movement. (A choice bit of Miller’s wordplay: “HAH! Some ‘movement’, except if the word ‘bowel’ is attached.”) In one of those rare moments where I strongly disagree with him, Tom Spurgeon wrote a brief post calling the whole thing “deeply silly” and basically seeming to imply that Miller’s words were better left undiscussed. (Though it’s possible I’m misreading him, and Spurgeon just finds the whole situation distasteful, a position it’s hard to argue against.) In any case, all of this sort of thing is fair game in my book. And while individual cases of embarrassing statements from major creators might disappoint me (not this time—while a lot of his early work still holds up well, I gave up on Miller years ago), overall, it’s good to know more about where they’re coming from. Kim Thompson wrote Spurgeon a letter taking
strident issue with him about a different matter, Tom’s characterization of Miller’s politics. And if you haven’t yet had your fill of the matter, the writer David Brin has used this occasion to publish a long explanation of everything he thinks is wrong (historically and politically) with Miller’s 300.