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Today Joe McCulloch fills your belly with the next best thing to turkey: comic books!

The big news is that Tom Spurgeon is moving to what has become the comics capital of North America, Columbus, Ohio, to become Festival Director of a brand new comics fest called Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, which is linked both to the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. This is great news all the way around: Incredibly smart people (Spurgeon, Lucy Caswell, Jeff Smith, Vijaya Iyer) linked to a major institution taking this kind of initiative is very heartening. I can't wait to see what they do.

Comics writer, historian and former TCJ editor Frank Young has announced the release of a three-volume John Stanley bibliography, thus shedding definitive light on the career of the one of the best and most hidden (in plain sight) cartoonists of the 20th century.

Here's a fine review of an exhibition every cartoonist in New York should see: Gladys Nilsson. And here is our own Nicole Rudick interviewing the artist herself.

Paul Gravett interviews the excellent Spanish cartoonist Max, who has a beautiful new book out called Vapor.

And here's a photo set of Pakito Bolino's Heta Uma exhibition in France. I have a more narrow vision of Heta Uma than Pakito, but I'm glad to see King Terry, Ebisu and Nemoto in there.


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