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Welcome to the new week. Yesterday on the site Frank Santoro put up his latest New Talent Showcase, this time with guest writer Ariel LeBeau.

And R.C. Harvey comes in with his latest profile, this time of the underrated adventure cartoonist Zack Mosley. Mosley had a great feel for the grotesque, which, as you’ll learn, he came by via the great Chicago cartooning school, not to mention a serendipitous hiring of Boody Rogers. Here’s a taste:

While waiting for an appointment, he wandered in to Walter Berndt’s office, and after canoodling a little about Berndt’s strip, Smitty, Mosley heard some startling news: Patterson was about to double the Sunday comic section to sixteen pages. Before Mosley had time to rejoice at the timing of his errand, Berndt went on to explain that the new strips would be selected from 400 candidates already on exhibition awaiting the Captain’s decision. Mosley decided to enhance the odds in this 400-1 shot: he would go ahead and see Patterson in order to show his strip personally.

The Captain was not impressed. “You’re a lousy artist,” he said when he saw Mosley’s samples. “But you seem to know a lot about aviation. How much pilot time have you had?”

And elsewhere:

Tom Spurgeon has an excellent interview with Ed Brubaker, in which they discuss Marvel, Before Watchmen, and ownership. It’s your essential read of the week.

The Mindless Ones has a fine installment of its podcast, Silence!

Over at our kind publisher’s site, Kim Thompson has notes on the latest Tardi book, New York Mon Amour.

And finally, here’s “The Impudent Excursion” by Edward Gorey, from the May 1962 issue of Holiday.


6 Responses to Bulletin Board Art

  1. Tony says:

    Ahh, some day Kim will put up his exceedingly instructive notes about Jodelle and Pravda, two books originally announced for May 2012 and November 2012 respectively. Now the former is scheduled for December 21, 2012 on Amazon, and there’ s still not a trace of the latter…

    I’m not complaining, I understand the imponderables and all that, and we should be grateful for the decision to publish these books at all, no matter whenever they finally materialize…

    • Kim Thompson says:

      Actually, both books will have a HUGE notes section in the back which supersedes any meager comment I could make about them. The delay has been caused partly by general overwork, partly by the fact that in JODELLE’s case the supplementary section grew from 16 to 80 (!) pages, with literally hundreds of visual elements and a giant essay. One of those cases were a book grew organically from its original intent after we announced it.

      • Tony says:

        Thanks for the lowdown. Sounds great!

        BTW, this just in, the third and final volume of Mezzo & Pirus’ KING OF THE FLIES is scheduled for a November release in France. I assume Fantagraphics’ translation will soon follow suit.

      • R. Fiore says:

        One thing I could do with is some background on the milieu of King of the Flies. I’m still not 100% sure on what country it’s supposed to be in, or whether it’s supposed to be in a particular country, or to what extent it’s a realistic or fabulistic depiction of the social scene of that country.

      • Tony says:

        This is where Kim’s notes come handy:

        http://www.fantagraphics.com/books/editors-notes-kim-thompson-on-king-of-the-flies-vol.-2.html

        “King of the Flies is a really odd book. It takes place in France, people pay stuff in Euros and Germany is just a few miles away but…

        …But somehow all the names and cultural references are English or American, yeah. I mean, aside from the Gustave Courbet references in this new volume (including the title, and the cover, which is a pop-art parody of the painting of that title, by the way — look it up on Wikipedia, but be warned, NSFW). In case anyone was wondering, that’s how it is in the French version, it’s not the translator and me changing all the references from Serge Gainsbourg and Johnny Hallyday or anything — although obviously it would’ve been tough to graphically edit in the Rolling Stones, Jarvis Cocker, and Jan and Dean. King of the Flies basically exists in a weird globally neutral pop-culture realm, which these days means Anglo-American. It’s one of its charms.”

  2. Kim Thompson says:

    Our KING OF THE FLIES 3 is scheduled for late Summer 2013.

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