You know what Tuesday means: Joe McCulloch is here to tell us all about the newest and most interesting looking comics being sold in stores. He is also very likely appending a fascinating and thought-provoking little mini-essay about some strange or overlooked or otherwise forgotten old comic that he bought at a flea market or maybe obtained via Cyber Monday or something.
Elsewhere, there are other things to read and ponder online, including:
—Gabrielle Bell talking to Bill Baker at the Morton Report.
—An interview with the Belgian composer Walter Hus, who has adapted Ware’s Lint into an “opera.”
—Two graphic novels (Joff Winterhart’s Days of the Bagnold Summer, and Bryan & Mary Talbot’s Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes) have been nominated for the Costa award, a fairly prestigious literary award previously given only to books without so many drawings.
—Paul Gravett has written a mini-profile of Jodi Bernet.
—Jason writes about Wally Wood’s EC work (“Let the page breathe a bit”).
—R. Sikoryak appears on Gil Roth’s Virtual Memories podcast.
—I probably don’t link to Inkstuds as often as I should, because I assume most everyone reading this who’s in the market for comics-related podcasts already keeps tabs on it, but the show has recently posted its annual year’s end critics’ roundtable, which this year features two Journal columnists, Jeet Heer and Joe McCulloch, and a former editor of the magazine, Tom Spurgeon. (Also, I really enjoyed some of the photos in Robin McConnell’s just-posted BCGF report.)
—The CBLDF blog is another place I probably should link to more often, and their recent roundup of posts on historical examples of comics censorship is a good excuse.
—At the New York Times Book Review, Deborah Solomon reviews Deirdre Bair’s new massive doorstopper biography of cartooning great Saul Steinberg.
—And finally, Quentin Blake talks to the Tate (via):