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It’s a new week.

Yesterday Frank Santoro announced the beginning of a cartooning correspondence course. He says:

There are a lot of cartooning courses and classes available right now. CCS, SVA, and SCAD – but I want to do it differently: a one-on-one 8-week correspondence course over phone, e-mail and snail mail. I’d like to use the work and development for a book about making comics. I’m going to focus specifically on advancing your understanding of layouts, color, contour line drawing, and printmaking for producing comic books. The 8-week class is $500. This class is limited: only ten students will be accepted.

I would apply just to learn from the maestro, but he’d never take me. Anyhow, Frank’s also posting some beautiful drawings on his own site, like this one.

And today we bring you the latest from R.C. Harvey, this time exploring a curious byway of comics history and education via the story of Max Eastman. Harv begins:

Whilst wandering lonely as a cloud in a foreign clime some years ago, I toured a couple nifty dusty old bookstores (the dust was a big part of the nift) and chanced upon a tome called Enjoyment of Laughter, a 1936 opus by Max Eastman. It was the author’s name that stopped me. Wasn’t Max Eastman, I asked myself, the editor of the rabble-rousing socialist magazine, The Masses, back in the 19-teens?

And elsewhere:

-Tom Spurgeon’s moving, thorough obituary of Dylan Williams.

-Via Eddie Campbell, an excellent essay about the cartoonist Glenn Dakin by Rich Baez.

-Daniel Best explains why the team of Ross Andru and Mike Esposito was important.

-Not comics: This long piece about Alex Katz is a good look at an aging artist, manly competition, and the way one atmosphere of the art world functions. It pertains here mostly because of how it applied to artists in any medium, and because Katz remains, in many ways, an artist whose sense of line and figure is applicable to cartoon drawing.


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