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Going Faster

Well, it’s Friday and perhaps Tim is wrapping up his vacation in an undisclosed comics-free location. Me, I’m editing two enormo interviews for this site, both of which I think you’ll be very excited about. And so, friends, enjoy these links today, catch up one the avalanche content you may have missed this last week or so (like Moynihan, Deitch, Piskor, Fischer, McCulloch, Metaphrog, Ryan, Latour) and dig the links below.

Charles Brownstein takes us through what the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is and does. (via)

Heidi MacDonald points out that longtime indie distro stalwart Tony Shenton is one of the very the last indie distributors standing, now that the brief-lived Haven Distribution has closed. Tom Spurgeon has some good analytical thoughts on the matter. Tony has been hugely supportive of me for over a decade now. He really is one of a kind. Stores: Give this man some love. He’s IT.

Jeff Newelt has posted a killer list of his best comics for the last (Jewish) year, my own precious 1-800-MICE among them, but more importantly to you, dear reader, he highlights some overlooked gems, like Leslie Stein‘s hilarious, beautifully drawn, and beloved-by-TCJ Eye of the Majestic Creature, TCJ-contributor Michael Fiffe‘s Zegas, and the still resounding tome from Brecht Evens, Wrong Place.

Well, as usual, D&Q’s Tom Devlin had more fun at a show than I did (but that’s only because he LOVES comics in a way I might refer to as “unmanly”), and then rubs my face in it with a funny APE report in which he captures my grimacing vissage. Fantagraphics’ Eric Reynolds posted a more subdued rundown, remembering those he missed, and me, I’ll probably get to mine sometime next year. Sigh.

Oh man, there’s an animated version of Batman: Year One that looks like they turned Miller and Mazzucchelli’s work into a storyboard and then grafted the ugliest possible animation and voices on top of it. Score another one for the great minds at Warners. (via FS)

And here’s an interview with cartoonist Gabby Schulz over at Fully Engaged Feminism.

Finally, I think this is new: An easy-to-use “Is it still under copyright” digital finder. Quick, start your own “archival” publishing company!

 

Some Water

On the site today:

Michel Fiffe interviews Jason Latour on art, commerce, and working for Marvel. I enjoy Latour’s art, and Fiffe has some good thoughts on the work and his own relationship to it. Check it out.

Elsewhere:

Did you hear the one about a box of Storeyvilles? I did, and now you will. Copacetic Comics has a box of the original printing of Frank Santoro’s Storeyville in stock now, complete with an awesome run down on it. This is a must-have for the impossible-to-replicate printing alone, and I thought so long before I ever knew Frank.

The second issue of my favorite new anthology, Thickness, is now for sale online.

Jim Rugg has some words on Sam Kieth. I also have a real fondness for his utterly gnarly drawing style.

Jon Lewis gives us humans a new True Swamp.

In art news, Gary Panter is opening a show of paintings tonight at Fredericks and Freiser in NYC. And next week Seth is opening “The Great Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists” at Adam Baumgold Gallery, and you can head over to the web site now and take a gander. That is one handsome exhibition poster.

 

Vidz

You’ll be relieved to know I’m back in Brooklyn safe and sound. Today on the site:

Rob Clough writes about the output of Michael DeForge in the context of expectations and youth:

One of the reasons why I like DeForge is, like Shaw, he is an artist who just does the work. Whatever doubts he has about his own abilities or place in the world of comics doesn’t stop him from drawing story after story. He’s the engine behind any number of exciting anthologies, for example.

Elsewhere:

Hey, Inkstuds is releasing videos. And starting with Brandon Graham. Excellent.

Sorta comics-related but at least timely: I always like to see what PFFR the team behind Wonder Showzen and Xavier: Renegade Angel, is up to, and here’s a good thing they did. Via FS.

In Montreal Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly visit Drawn & Quarterly. It’s not yet confirmed if they tried poutine.

Paul Karasik would like you to know that he has a cartoon in The New Yorker. I like this quest of Paul’s.

Kim Thompson interviews himself about Marti’s The Cabbie. This is a handsome and vicious book.

Also not really comics, but related: Salon.com catches up with Nicholson Baker about the closing of the chain restaurant Friendly’s. This entire article reminds of me Dan Clowes’ Wilson, but for incredibly obvious reasons. I’m shallow, what can I say.

Stray thought: When I was interviewing Matthew Thurber at APE I glanced to the back of the room and saw Spain leading S. Clay Wilson through the back, in one door and out the other, shortcut style, and I thought to myself: “Those guys. THOSE GUYS”. The awe subsided and I went about my business of talking to Matthew. A couple days before that, Thurber and I visited Michael McMillan, the great cartoonist, sculptor, painter and man. McMillan told some good stories about George Kuchar and Rory Hayes and names long past, but also of current names, of watching movies with Griffith & Noomin, Deitch & Cruikshank, Bob & Aline, and a good anecdote about Marty Pahls’ porn collection. SF is kinda full of that history, and it floats around pretty casually, not like the more formal NYC. It’s good that way.

 

On the Run

Greetings.  Still on the road, post-APE.

Full link blogging and smart-ass remarks will resume Wednesday.

On the site today:

Kim Deitch takes us to the end of his musical road (for now). It’s been an honor having Kim with us and, best of all, he’ll continue to do some writing for TCJ in the coming months. If you have yet to dive in, now’s the time. All twelve installments are just a click away.

and of course Joe McCulloch captures the week in comics, which is, in this busy fall season, yet another big one.

 

 

Transit

Ok people, stick with us, Tim’s on vacation this week and I’m traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles to New York. So… we’ll keep it brief.

On the site:

Frank Santoro posts a Pittsburgh overview, including a scene report by guest writer Ed Piskor, a gag cartoon (weekly) by Michael DeForge, and a startling Storeyville original printing discovery. Frank is also looking for an intern in New Mexico, so, kind people, click over and dive into Frank’s world.

And

Craig Fischer joins us with his new monthly column Monsters Eat Critics. We’re thrilled to have him onboard, and here’s a taste of his first paragraph:

I hope that “Monsters Eat Critics” sounds like the title of a Z-grade science-fiction movie, because I plan to write about genre comics, including science-fiction comics, rather than the alt-, art- and mini-comics so ably covered by other TCJ critics. Let me make clear, though, that I’ll be saying little about contemporary superhero comics, because I’m bored by the ones I’ve read and have nothing to express about them beyond a shrug and an annoyance that hype like “The New 52″ gets so much attention, even negative attention, on comics blogs. Even though future columns will discuss creators who simultaneously labored in and transcended the superhero genre—we’ll trot Kirby out for obligatory analysis, if only to rile Pat Ford—I don’t care about superheroes or the superhero-driven business of American mainstream comics. I’m looking for art in other genres, and I’ll begin with one of the most artistically accomplished genre comics of the last ten years, Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto (2003-2009).

See ya soon!

 

TGIF

All right, let’s get ready for the weekend with a new review by Rob Clough of The Collected John G. Miller. I have to admit, I don’t think I’d ever heard of Miller before, but Rob’s piece really makes me want to check him out.

Elsewhere: In an editorial that reflects an obvious love and knowledge of comics history unusual for a newspaper columnist, Samira Ahmed at the Guardian argues that as Albert Uderzo retires, Asterix should be allowed to do so as well.

The excellent book designer Peter Mendelsund interviews Chip Kidd about his working space, for the “From the Desk of…” series.

Gahan Wilson deserves a statue. I haven’t yet read this interview with him, but I plan to do so as soon as I get a chance today.

Kate Beaton fans have a lot to read and listen to today.

Tom Spurgeon has a solid-as-usual review of the recent Alex Toth anthology Setting the Standard. My mother isn’t really a big comics reader. I mean, she reads the funny pages in the paper, but that’s basically it. I don’t know what it means, but the last time she came to visit, she picked up this Toth book from the coffee table and tore through it in a couple days. (She was also a big fan of Benjamin Marra’s Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd.) Go figure.

Flavorwire has a good interview with Daniel Clowes regarding The Death-Ray.

 

Meet Us Out There

Today on the site we have an interview by our own Frank Santoro with cartoonist Jesse Moynihan, whose handsome new book, Forming, has just been released from Nobrow (via Adhouse here in the U.S.). Frank writes:

Jesse Moynihan is a force. Storyboard artist, writer, cartoonist, webcartoonist, blogger — he’s everywhere. Jesse will be at APE in San Francisco on October 1st and 2nd. Go say hi and buy something from him.

On the subject of APE, I’ll be there this weekend with PictureBox and Matthew Thurber, who I’ll be chatting with publicly Saturday at 1 pm. At 3 pm that same day (phew) I’ll be moderating a discussion with Daniel Clowes and Adrian Tomine. And tonight the New York Art Book Fair opens. So you’re in luck on both coasts.

And speaking of Clowes, here’s a good interview with him on the occasion of the new edition of Death-Ray.

The Wall Street Journal has a nice story up about Toon Books and the great illustrator Hilary Knight.

Nick Gazin has a new column up over at Vice, with yet more about Monsieur Clowes.

Bhob Stewart has a good anecdote about working with inker Syd Shores on one of his last jobs, featuring the underrated Wally Wood-style artist Wayne Howard. A fine trifecta.

It’s always a good moment when there’s a new True Swamp comic strip.

Colleen Doran’s character designs for Betty and Veronica. Very cool. Via.

 

Juiced

Today on the site, big content week continues with a long interview that Gavin Lees conducted with the sui generis Scottish art team Metaphrog.

Also, Sean T. Collins reviews Prison Pit: Book Three, the latest release from our last interview subject, Johnny Ryan.

Elsewhere, Rob Clough presents his thoughts on the latest issue of Love and Rockets.

And David Brothers and Graeme McMillan offer the first two substantial reviews of Frank Miller’s Holy Terror I’ve yet seen. They’re both tremendously negative takes, but probably because of the book’s subject matter, they avoid the yuk-yukking of most Miller-bashing. I expect a lot more of this kind of thing.

Also, interesting that this and Habibi are coming out on the same week, and so close after the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. It’s hard not to compare them as long-gestating responses to those events, even if they are only (in the case of Habibi) indirectly so.