First of all, congratulations are in order. Dan is now a new father, and the TCJ.com curse of fecundity continues. Welcome to the world, Henry!
And now, your daily comics reading: In his most recent column, Frank reviews new books from wunderkinds Michael DeForge, Jesse McManus, and Charles Forsman.
The great Dylan Horrocks has accepted our invitation to join our pantheon of contributors to A Cartoonist’s Diary. His first entry is online today.
And here’s video footage of a recent interview Clowes gave at Kadist in San Francisco:
Slate has excerpted Art Spiegelman’s introduction to a new book on the Garbage Pail Kids, in which he relates part of the story of their creation.
And here’s Charles Burns talking for an hour-plus! (I haven’t been able to watch this yet, but it’s first on my to do list when I get some spare time.)
Our own Chris Mautner has a “Comics College” entry on Scott McCloud.
The graduating students at my alma mater (and Dan’s, come to think of it) are underwhelmed to learn that a cartoonist has been chosen to be their commencement speaker. Normally, I’d consider that to be amusing news only to me and a very small group of others, but since Alan Gardner’s writing about it, I guess the universe does revolve around me and my interests.
Per Mark Bode, thirty-five years after raising eyebrows with Wizards, a movie with a style and characters that seemed to closely ape Vaughn Bode’s, Ralph Bakshi has called up and apologized.
Alan Moore’s Neonomicon is the first graphic novel ever to be given a Bram Stoker Award. In his acceptance speech, he notes, rather interestingly for those who have read the book: “As is often the case when one’s work crosses personal boundaries, I spent a long time in fretful deliberation over Neonomicon and six months after finishing the work was still uncertain as to whether it was good or even publishable.”
And finally, Andrei Molotiu takes (or follows) Jack Kirby to the art museum.