Advertising Looks and Chops a Must

Today Joe McCulloch brings us news of the Week in Comics, and extends his recent streak of being especially amazing with a look back at a little remembered Alan Moore Vampirella story from the late '90s. Here's an excerpt:

Moore, in keeping with the genre, plays up the sexual aspects of these encounters, with a queasy emphasis on acts of violence inflicted upon the sexual-and-therefore-lethal women populating his story; a two-page sequence preceding the image above sees Jack’s slaying of Dracula’s wives intercut with the vampire bursting in on disaffected Lucy & Mia (“So what? I mean, it’s that kind of world these days. I read about Bosnia or Romania, or wherever, and I’m just, like, bored, you know?”), seizing them by the face and hair and ‘taking’ them in a shadowed but distinctly connoted manner not unfamiliar to several Alan Moore works. Yet as Jack gradually reveals to the reader that he’s aware of how shallow this little update seems to be, Moore’s true target comes into view: the purposeless banality of modern society and its pop culture, a full 15 years before the similarly situated The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century, except with an American focus, and the tv sensation Friends standing in for Harry Potter as avatar of all that’s hopelessly shit.

Also, Rob Clough reviews Karrie Fransman's The House That Groaned.


In less welcome news, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art has abruptly closed its doors and canceled many of its upcoming events, so far limiting its public discussion of this development to a brief notice posted on its Web site and Facebook page. Here is the full text of the announcement:

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA), New York City’s only cultural institution dedicated specifically to celebrating the comics medium, will be closing its physical location effective immediately.

The SoHo museum, currently at 594 Broadway, recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. While the physical space is closing, plans are afoot to continue MoCCA in a new and exciting incarnation. An announcement of MoCCA’s future arrangements will be forthcoming by the end of July.

Current memberships will be honored at the new venue, as will table renewals for MoCCA Fest 2013.

They have also claimed on Twitter that they will announce a new venue by the end of the month. (via)

Michael Dean recently reported on the museum's status for its tenth anniversary on this website. Obviously these new developments bear watching.


—The cartoonist Seth has recently branched out into barber-shop design, mapping out the look for his wife Tania Van Spyk's new Guelph establishment, Crown Barber Shop. Bryan Munn and Brad Mackay have photos.

—Barry Moser's essay on Flannery O'Connor's cartoons has been excerpted in The New York Review of Books.

—Mark Waid talks to the A.V. Club about his new digital comics venture.

—Robert Boyd, who was recently named the best arts blogger in Houston (he'd certainly have been my vote), has just posted reviews of the latest books from Joe Sacco and Joost Swarte.

—James Romberger has just penned (or keyboarded) a post briefly reviewing a whole slew of books, including titles featuring Mort Meskin, R. Kikuo Johnson, Richard Corben, Brandon Graham, Michael DeForge, and Josh Bayer.

—The Mindless Ones have posted their third and final marathon group reading of Alan Moore & Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century: 2009.

—I don't post links to webcomics very often on here, but I'll always make an exception for Justin Green.

4 Responses to Advertising Looks and Chops a Must

  1. Tony says:

    I was reading Romberger’s review of Ragemoor with increasing irritation until he finally comes to his senses in the concluding paragraph.

    Then again, I waited patiently four months and read all the four issues in one sitting. I thought it was only common sense.

  2. James says:

    Tony, I guess I didn’t make it clear that I have greatly admired Corben’s work for many, many years. It was really that a few of the issues of this particular book were a little sloppy to my eyes, that surprised me. He managed to pull it together by the end. Though, if you don’t read the issues as they come out usually anyway, you might as well wait for the collections—-they are usually a bit cheaper.

  3. Tony says:

    Not in this case. The upcoming hardcover collection (which I’ve ordered too) is $17.99, and the 4 comic-books costed me 14 dollars. There could be a tpb down the line, of course, but the wait will be a lot longer and the savings negligible.

    And in fact, normally I don’t buy any floppies. I only make very exceptional exceptions with stuff like this (it’s Corben!) so I buy the individual issues to show my support, but I’ll get the hardcover for my bookshelf anyway and probably donate the pamphlets to the library or somebody.

    I’m also waiting patiently for the 4th issue of Reset (it’s Bagge!) to read them all in one sitting, and if they release a hardcover I’ll bite again…

  4. James says:

    Not to be funny but things are tight and a lot of us can only afford to buy things once. So in this case since I didn’t think it was the guy’s best shit, I most likely wouldn’t be running to get a hardcover of it. And this is sort of a good example of where comics have begun taking themselves awfully seriously, because not everything is a masterpiece for the ages that deserves to be hardcover. Nor need it be.

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