This morning, Joe McCulloch got a little carried away with his usual Tuesday column and wrote so much about Japanese children's comics and games that he wasn't able to get his usual spotter's guide to new comics finished. If you look at it from the right angle, thi is a good thing, as Joe will add that sometime tonight, and that means we all get a double dose of McCulloch today.
—News. Comics artist Alan Kupperberg has passed away from thymus cancer.
—Interviews & Profiles. Maisie Skidmore interviews Drawn & Quarterly executive editor Tom Devlin.
For the Paris Review, I spoke to the cartoonist and academic Nick Sousanis about his recent book, Unflattening, and visual language.
Amanda Moon moderates a conversation with historian Ari Kelman and artist Jonathan Fetter-Vorm about their Civil War book, Battle Lines.
—Reviews & Commentary. Tom Spurgeon writes about this year's Comic-Con.
John Firehammer reviews Russ Manning's Tarzan.
David Brothers had a strong, well-argued response to recent remarks by Tom Brevoort regarding Marvel's hip hop cover variants, and the company's dearth of Black artists and writers.
Alex Witcher writes about a new biography of Al Hirschfeld.
Jeet Heer argues in The New Republic that superhero comics (and movies) should be for kids. I don't think I agree with the essentialist part of his argument, but I do agree that a lot of the stuff he's talking about truly does stink, so maybe it doesn't matter.