A Day on the Linking Streets

Today we have the fourth day of Shannon Wheeler's entry into the Cartoonist's Diary game, in which he tries to escape from New York, as well as Sean T. Collins's review of Levon Jihanian's Danger Country.

At other web sites:

Over at Comixology, the Journal's own Kristy Valenti writes about Richard Marschall's Sunday Funnies book.

I don't know how I missed this before, but legendary animator and cartoonist Gene Deitch has been posting a long series of memoirs, organized by different people he has known throughout his life. Like his son Kim, Gene Deitch has had a pretty amazing life, and knows how to tell a story. (The semi-recent "Deitch family" Journal issue is one of the best magazines you will ever read.)

Peter Blegvad, creator of the amazing comic strip Leviathan (another must read), created and appeared on a BBC radio play about memory loss last weekend, and there are only two more days in which you can listen to it for free online.

Mike Lynch profiles the semi-forgotten Punch cartoonist J.W. Taylor, posting lots of samples of his work.

In that same post, Lynch mentions that Percy Crosby's Skippy is one of the archival reprinting projects he'd most like to see published, and coincidentally, yesterday IDW announced they were going to do just that.

Secret Acres, Kevin Czap, and AdHouse Books have BCGF reports. The AdHouse one in particular is worth looking at, if only because of the off unfortunate news that Chris Pitzer had art stolen from him, and the chance that you might be able to help him recover it.

Two lists at the far ends of the critical spectrum from each other: Time's top ten books of the year (featuring Daniel Clowes and Kate Beaton), and the Poopsheet Foundation's list of the best minicomics of 2011.

I haven't listened to this yet, but Tucker Stone recruited two other Journal writers, Joe McCulloch and Matt Seneca, for a podcast in which, I guess, they talk about comics?

And finally, something else I haven't been able to fully absorb yet -- the Mindless Ones' Doubtful Guest turns in a ginormous take on the current state of the direct market, and it looks to be the kind of lengthy link-heavy MO essay I like best from them.

2 Responses to A Day on the Linking Streets

  1. patrick ford says:

    I found this recent comment from Brian Hibbs hard to equate:

    “To put this in a more specific way, in the last 90 days we’ve lost/are losing THREE comic stores in SF (out of what were at a dozen); I’ve spoken to at least half of the remaining stores, and while we’ve all picked up a couple of customers, there are logically 3-500 comic readers who have not seemed to showed up in any of the remaining nine stores. They disappeared, into the wind.”

    This in the face of the highly touted sales of the “New 52?”

    How do three stores shutting down in a 90 day period, which sounds like it comes close to overlapping the first month of “The New 52” up to today, fit with the remaining nine stores picking up only a small number of comics readers. I had thought “The New 52” was bringing in readers, but you’re saying they are vanishing.

    It seems to me DC and more clearly Marvel are anticipating the death of the Direct Market. It may not even be that they want to move to digital, the fact is it’s very hard for me to believe the Direct Market can survive with more and more comic books shops shutting down.

  2. Jeffrey Goodman says:

    A new comic book store just opened on my street in SF about a month ago. Not sure if Hibbs is even aware of it yet.

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