Hello, everyone. I just got back from a blessedly internet-free week in the woods, and based on what I’ve gathered from the news, it appears that I picked a good week to stay offline. Obviously huge thanks go out to Tucker Stone for his excellent guest editorial efforts, and with any luck we’ll be able to lure him into writing for the site again relatively soon…
In any case, today on TCJ, we have a new review by Rob Kirby of Glynnis Fawkes’s Greek Diary.
From June 5th to July 7th 2016, artist Glynnis Fawkes was in Greece, first working as an illustrator on an archeological excavation, then vacationing with her husband John and her two children, Sylvan and Helen, on the Greek islands of Rhodes, Santorini, and Paros. In Greek Diary she gets it all down in comics form, everything from the pleasure of “nerding out” with fellow academics after a good day’s work, to the deep stresses of travel plans gone awry while looking after two strong-willed children. Throughout, Fawkes captures the beauty of the Grecian landscape: the bustle of busy ports, quiet villages baking under the summer sun, and days filled with sightseeing, swimming in the ocean, and lazy pleasure-seeking—interspersed with inevitable bouts of travel fatigue and ordinary family strife. The result is a work that’s more vivid, immersive, and entertaining than any vacation slide show could ever be.
Meanwhile, elsewhere, I’m still catching up to comics news, but here are a few things to get started with:
—Gabrielle Bell continues a comics retelling of Little Red Riding Hood at The Paris Review.
—Julia Gfrörer was hospitalized after being attacked by a feral cat.
Within a few hours my wrist hurt badly and was swollen. There were red blotches around the bites and red streaks going up and down my arm. It was hard to drive home—because I couldn’t really use my left hand—so I had to steer with my forearm when shifting gears. When I got home, I splinted my wrist with cardboard and masking tape.
[UPDATE: I now see that Tucker already linked to this last Thursday. You can handle reading it again.]
—The most recent guest on Process Party is Sammy Harkham.
—Phil Nel writes about the antiracism (and the racism) that can be found in the work of Dr. Seuss.
Racism is not aberrant. It’s ordinary. It’s embedded in institutions, and in culture — such as the cartoons and books of Dr. Seuss.
—And I can’t remember if we’ve already linked to 2dcloud’s most recent crowdfunding effort.