Comments for The Comics Journal http://www.tcj.com Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:10:59 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Briany Najar http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1846547 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:10:59 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1846547 Oops – not Spence, but Novick.

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Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Briany Najar http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1846546 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:07:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1846546 Lichty’s usp was ersatz naivete.
That’s why the lettering looks like a child’s work and all the dynamic pressure (eg, the forceful bearing-down of Spence’s diagonal) is neutered.
Comics aren’t emulated by him as much as used to prompt a fantasy about them as some kind of idiot-savant work which somehow – humbly, artlessly and without Romance – articulates.
His chosen market was ready for him – it had reached the requisite levels of smug, disillusioned, knowing desperation.

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Comment on Of Sea and Jungle by Briany Najar http://www.tcj.com/of-sea-and-jungle/#comment-1846517 Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:18:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100397#comment-1846517 Leo Baxendale, 27 October 1930 – 23 April 2017, RIP.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/26/17 – Here be lions.) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-42617-here-be-lions/#comment-1845901 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:50:31 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100337#comment-1845901 It has now been suggested that the most applicable term is “pentimento“…

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Comment on Smaller Size by Leon Kpow http://www.tcj.com/smaller-size/#comment-1845635 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:16:01 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100359#comment-1845635 I just listened to that RiYL podcast with Bayer and I’m now convinced that what he thinks he’s making with the ‘All Time Comics’ venture is not at all how the end product reads. ‘Bullwhip #1’, in particular, seemed more like Marra doing his own thing while being reigned in by Bayer’s edits to his dialogue and Milgrom’s less intense inking style (particularly when compared to the inking effects that Marra’s been experimenting with lately).

Here’s some shameless self-promotion: for those interested in reading my further rambling thoughts on ‘Bullwhip #1’, I blogged about it here http://bit.ly/2pgmTBJ and, yes, I feel like an idiot for giving it so much attention.

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Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Ken Parille http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1845537 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:23:48 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1845537 Thanks, Leonard. And thanks, Ryan.

Ryan, I agree with your assessment, in particular about the ways that art critics and historians have talked about L.’s changes to his sources; looking at his lettering alongside the source text reveals some odd design choices that are hard to explain away in terms of his ‘ethos.’ I wondered if many critics avoided analyzing the lettering in any detail precisely because the way he approaches it is difficult to justify, especially with the inconsistent spacing, cramped letters, erratic letterforms, jammed-in punctuation, etc. I like some of his work, I just think, like you, that his sense of composition is not always so great. His value lies elsewhere.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/26/17 – Here be lions.) by TS Moreau http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-42617-here-be-lions/#comment-1845510 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:31:24 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100337#comment-1845510 Always nice to see more Coche. He always felt to me like he was make comics by way of lithography or etching. The pencils are definitely there, and it does seem to be traditionally inked, but the images really have an etching-like quality to the them. From the presentness of the texture of the paper, to the fluid scratchy quality of the lines themselves, to the choice of what to fully render out or leave empty and open for contrast, and more.

It’s beautiful stuff, like if you took some of Stanley Hayter’s work and boiled it down, and purified its essence and sequenced it.

Definitely going to buy this reprint, thanks Joe.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/26/17 – Here be lions.) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-42617-here-be-lions/#comment-1845439 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:42:39 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100337#comment-1845439 That came to mind, although the process for creating the image is not familiar to me (it looks like some of the figures are pencilled in?); a palimpsest would involve printing over something that’s already there, which could be right…

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/26/17 – Here be lions.) by Jones, one of the Jones boys http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-42617-here-be-lions/#comment-1845429 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:14:14 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100337#comment-1845429 Palimpsestic?

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/26/17 – Here be lions.) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-42617-here-be-lions/#comment-1845415 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:23:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100337#comment-1845415 I did not own a copy of Comix 2000 until I found one sitting in the Adult section of a certain comic store in the late ’00s… Coché was also in Fantagraphics’ Bête Noire back in ’05, though I truly don’t recall if I read that book before The Hero’s Life and Death Triumphant, which I got at a MoCCA fest some time after its publication (from the Belgian publisher Bries’ table, IIRC); even if I did, it was the Frémok book that stood out as a ‘discovery’…

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/26/17 – Here be lions.) by Dylan http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-42617-here-be-lions/#comment-1845407 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:59:08 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100337#comment-1845407 I wonder if you didn’t encounter Coche’s work a little earlier, Joe. He contributed a memorable (to me) sequence to “Comix 2000.”

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Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Lennard Grahn http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1845002 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:30:13 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1845002 Great post

Here’s an interesting page about Roy Lichtenstein, comparing the original comic book panels to his finished work

http://davidbarsalou.homestead.com/LICHTENSTEINPROJECT.html

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Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Ryan Holmberg http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1844980 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:37:53 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1844980 For Ken: I am always happy to see well-argued critiques of Lichtenstein’s design sensibilities. Setting comics people’s “resentment” of Lichtenstein aside, even art historians cannot make up their mind about Lichtenstein. On the one hand they say it’s not about the composition, it’s about the appropriation and what it means to the history of modern painting (mock brushstrokes, stippling, scale, machismo and melodrama, reflexive commentary on modernist visual experience). But then you often find them saying in the next breath, oh, Lichtenstein changed this and that trifle, this proves that he had an eye for composition, in fact he probably had a better sense of composition than his sources. They want him to be conceptual and post-technique to set him up for the 60s but yet can’t let go of technique because it means leaving him vulnerable to comparisons (like yours) to comic book artists on the grounds of composition. It seems to me art historians should take a different tack, and embrace the fact that Lichtenstein had an awful eye and sense of design (look at the garbage ab-ex Disney drawings he did beforehand, and the stilted Chinese landscapes he did later), say that it doesn’t matter if his lines are dead and his lettering is poor, and say instead that he was radical in the sense that Duchamp’s readymades or the Pictures generation were, like a Richard Prince or Sherry Levine who couldn’t yet let go of the handmade.

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Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Dan Nadel http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1844904 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 15:40:21 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1844904 Ken prefers not to have comments open on his posts, but you can leave it here…

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Comment on Interesting Nonetheless by Ryan Holmberg http://www.tcj.com/interesting-nonetheless/#comment-1844868 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:05:56 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100327#comment-1844868 Is it not possible to leave a comment on Ken’s post? Didn’t see the function.

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Comment on One of Those Things by Lea Hernandez http://www.tcj.com/one-of-those-things/#comment-1844498 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:09:51 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=53132#comment-1844498 Still great after four years.

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Comment on A Talk with Gabrielle Bell by Danny Ceballos http://www.tcj.com/gabrielle-bell-interview/#comment-1844315 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:06:24 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100063#comment-1844315 Great interview, thank you ! Gabrielle Bell is a National Treasure, for sure… I can’t wait to get my hands on this beautiful book.

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Comment on Who Knows? by Brainlee http://www.tcj.com/who-knows/#comment-1843800 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:34:57 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100148#comment-1843800 All the Pepe fury has been almost surreal from the outset, because if you ask anyone under the age of 30 who owns a computer if Pepe is a white supremacist symbol, they’d probably laugh in your face. Pepe had/has become so incredibly ubiquitous, he’s closer to some kind of purely benign punctuation mark than anything else. These stories come off about the same as a report that Nazis have coopted baseball caps, or ISIS has coopted bananas. Not that this will redeem Pepe- the damage seems to be done- but to the younger generation this is much ado about nothing.

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Comment on Jay Lynch, 1945-2017 by Don Simpson http://www.tcj.com/jay-lynch-1945-2017/#comment-1843315 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:48:34 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98439#comment-1843315 Jay was always kind, gentle, and had some project or other up his sleeve. Like most of the underground folks, he was always very approachable and interested in what the new generation had going on. He always struck me as particularly well-adjusted, for a cartoonist and for a human being.

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Comment on Who Knows? by Frank Santoro http://www.tcj.com/who-knows/#comment-1843203 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:23:59 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100148#comment-1843203 All Time Best Hodler Coda

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Comment on Who Knows? by Bill Kartalopoulos http://www.tcj.com/who-knows/#comment-1843190 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:22:17 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100148#comment-1843190 The Zara image, probably influenced by the visibility of Pepe, also looks like an even more direct rip off of “Uncle Garcia” from Gary Panter’s “Cola Madnes.”

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Comment on The Precisely Rendered Blam: Alley Oop in 1939 by Lois MacLaren http://www.tcj.com/the-precisely-rendered-blam-alley-oop-in-1939/#comment-1842630 Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:51:36 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=74550#comment-1842630 Actually – it wouldn’t be all that unusual that milk was still being delivered by horse-drawn wagons in 1939. When we moved from Nebraska to Colorado in 1944, our ICE was delivered in an ice drawn wagon. Several years later, I visited a friend, and spent the weekend with her family, who lived on a farm in Broomfield – now a suburb of Denver, Colorado. In those days, their milk was STILL being delivered by horse-drawn wagon. In fact, in those days, the family left the front door unlocked and the milk man would arrive – pick up the “used” milk BOTTLES – and put the fresh milk into the Ice Box – which stood next to the door.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Jones, one of the Jones boys http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842488 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:48:48 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842488 Also: my Modern Fowler’s implicitly gives the tick of approval to an unpaired “In contrast”, by giving an example from 1974 under the entry for “contrast”.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Jones, one of the Jones boys http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842487 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:41:29 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842487 -10 points for not starting with “Not to be that guy, but”

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Matt Seneca http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842275 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:30:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842275 Lol!

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Comment on “I’m an Outsider Person”: The Carel Moiseiwitsch Interview by Groth http://www.tcj.com/im-an-outsider-person-the-carel-moiseiwitsch-interview/#comment-1842239 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:53:37 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99964#comment-1842239 Excellent interview and about time. Carel was pretty impressive when I hung out with her in Seattle — older (than me), punkish, intense, a cartoonist outlier. One thing: I wish you hadn’t dropped the subject of the lopsided US media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which she seemed willing to talk about if sufficiently nudged.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Chris Mautner http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842142 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:04:20 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842142 I want to see a venn diagram of grammar nerds and comics nerds please.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Kristy Valenti http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842090 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:27:13 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842090 This comment section is just a long pan of people who think about prepositions a lot

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842060 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:47:57 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842060 Upon consultation, I have decided to change the Days Without a Prepositional Accident sign to 0… thank you!

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Sarah Horrocks http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842057 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:41:33 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842057 I think it’s okay to use “in contrast” or “by contrast”. It’s a distinction without a difference. No reader is going to be confused by one versus the other. Grammar gives us tools for organizing language, but at the end of the day so long as you are communicating what you want, then it’s all just style choice really.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Jon Abrams http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1842045 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:43:47 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1842045 “In contrast, other artists just go their own way.”

This sentence confused the two prepositions “in contrast,” with “by contrast.” Something is “in contrast” WITH something else, or “in contrast” TO something else. “IN Contrast” is used when you’re directly comparing two different things in the same sentence. “BY contrast” is used when you’re comparing two things, but not in the same sentence.

Since this sentence is not directly comparing Otomo to other artists, it should be “By contrast, other artists just go their own way.” Instead, you could have written “In contrast WITH/TO Otomo, other artists just go their own way.”

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by Will Pfeifer http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1841952 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:43:40 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1841952 Otomo’s early work is very entertaining — a lot looser and more out-and-out “fun” than Akira or Domu. I’ve managed to pick up what I think are all of the softcover manga collections, including “Highway Star,” and though I can’t read a word of them, the cartooning is some of the best I’ve ever seen. Plus, every so often, something a cameo by a young Paul Newman will appear, making the experience even stranger. (The collections are fairly easy to find on eBay and Amazon)

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/19/17 – Glyph Reader International) by David Bitterbaum http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41917-glyph-reader-international/#comment-1841924 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:40:30 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100076#comment-1841924 I always tell anyone who will listen how, “The Filth,” is the greatest comic of all time. I used to always have two paperbacks of it so that I had a copy I could read at anytime and a copy to give to a friend and insist they consume and absorb the beautiful madness of. I picked-up the snazzy hardcover that collected some extras when it came out a while back too. For big fans of the book there is a great little book that tries to deconstruct the series a bit called, “Curing the Postmodern Blues: Reading Grant Morrison and Chris Weston’s The Filth in the 21st Century,” that I enjoyed and would recommend. Truly a masterpiece of writing, art, and general goodness.

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Comment on Tatsumi Yoshihiro, 1935-2015 by Bharath Murthy http://www.tcj.com/tatsumi-yoshihiro-1935-2015/#comment-1841271 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:55:32 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=80724#comment-1841271 Tatsumi changed the way I understood comics. I first came across his work in 2006 when I bought the Drawn and Quarterly collection Abandon the Old in Tokyo in Bangalore. Only now do I realise the impact it made on me. Tatsumi died a week before my first comic book The Vanished Path came out. I can say now that I really started drawing comics after reading his work.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Håkan http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1840199 Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:45:50 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1840199 Tony – Ah, you might be referring to the pages in Prime Cuts and Graphic Story Monthly. But the rights have probably been reverted by now. And I don’t think you really can trademark a translated name of a bought character.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Håkan http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1840198 Sat, 15 Apr 2017 11:38:33 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1840198 Tony – Fantagraphics wouldn’t have the right to Gaston/ Gomer Goof, afaik. The rights are owned by Marsu Productions, which recently was bought by Dupuis Editions, controlled by the holding company Media-Partcipations.

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Comment on Market Advantage by ADD http://www.tcj.com/market-advantage/#comment-1838862 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 03:10:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99690#comment-1838862 I just read All Time’s Bullwhip #1. It sure made me miss Cold Heat and Street Angel.

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Comment on “I’m an Outsider Person”: The Carel Moiseiwitsch Interview by Erik Nebel http://www.tcj.com/im-an-outsider-person-the-carel-moiseiwitsch-interview/#comment-1838813 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 01:42:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99964#comment-1838813 wow
fantastic interview with an amazing artist

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/12/17 – St. Deals) by Dave Knott http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41217-st-deals/#comment-1838704 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 22:00:12 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99947#comment-1838704 Grrrrrr….
That Dark Horse edition of Manara’s Caravaggio book was translated from the French edition rather than the Italian. So the English version is two languages removed from the original, which is basically asking for a bad translation (I’m looking at you, NBM and your Corto Maltese books).
Being almost bilingual, had I known this in advance, I would have picked up the French edition instead.

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Comment on “I’m an Outsider Person”: The Carel Moiseiwitsch Interview by Robert Boyd http://www.tcj.com/im-an-outsider-person-the-carel-moiseiwitsch-interview/#comment-1838702 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:57:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99964#comment-1838702 I assume she taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, not “Emily College”… But great interview nonetheless.

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Comment on “I’m an Outsider Person”: The Carel Moiseiwitsch Interview by Gustaf Mortier http://www.tcj.com/im-an-outsider-person-the-carel-moiseiwitsch-interview/#comment-1838586 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:42:05 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99964#comment-1838586 Thank you for posting this interview. Moiseiwitsch’s work continues to be very very special to me. Beautiful haunting work.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/12/17 – St. Deals) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41217-st-deals/#comment-1838473 Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:54:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99947#comment-1838473 Never been praised like that after a mention of nude variant covers, despite hundreds of attempts.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/12/17 – St. Deals) by Dave Morris http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-41217-st-deals/#comment-1838095 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 23:14:05 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99947#comment-1838095 You’re a good guy, Joe. A good person.

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Comment on Bernie Wrightson, 1948-2017 by Mike Bolton http://www.tcj.com/bernie-wrightson-1948-2017/#comment-1837962 Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:54:28 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99506#comment-1837962 A truly great artist, storyteller and inspiration. One of the few workers of this medium who keeps me interested in comics. Rest in peace Berni. Somehow this seems like the end of an era.

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Comment on Gene Colan, 1926-2011: “For Me, It’s a Ride That Didn’t Enter My Mind Would Ever Happen.” by Danny Duda http://www.tcj.com/gene-colan-1926-2011-%e2%80%9cfor-me-it%e2%80%99s-a-ride-that-didn%e2%80%99t-enter-my-mind-would-ever-happen-%e2%80%9d/#comment-1836821 Sun, 09 Apr 2017 19:34:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=15159#comment-1836821 When I was 5 years old, my barber saw I was sad cause I couldn’t finish a comic during family haircut time, so he let me take it home. When I forgot to bring it next visit, he told me keep it.
It was Tales of Suspense #98, with Gene Colan drawing Iron Man in a bitter battle with whip-weilding Whiplash!
If that was not enough to curl my hair, the issue had another story – some guy named Jack Kirby drew Captain America searching for, then scrapping with, Black Panther. Then Cap and Panth were trapped by… Zemo!
Some fellow named Stan Lee wrote both stories.
Not that I would remember any of this. Since I read that issue so many times the cover fell off. Since every time I think of the best comic I own, that is the one I usually get. I’ve copied and studied both Gene and Jack, hoping I can draw as good as them some day, and I consider both at their peak in that comic.
I’m such a Gene fan, when I got older and had a job, I bought almost all Tales of Suspense he drew in, plus Tales to Astonish with Submariner. Plus Tomb of Dracula. Later, Daredevil, Batman, Detective, Night Force, Dr. Strange… One of Gene’s Batman covers is blown up big in color in a gold frame hanging next to a Curt Swan-drawn Superman cover, similarly displayed, in my living room…
Nobody could draw em like Gene. I wish I could express what a joy it’s been reading his stories, sharing them with my kids. I wish I could explain the excitement of picking a comic book and finding Jack Kirby and Gene Colan competing for excellence. Of growing up and appreciating their art in that issue, #98, in what seemed like newer and deeper ways as I went from child to adult.
Wish I could explain it, but words kind of fail.
Count me a fan.

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Comment on Jack Ziegler: The Pen and Paper of Middle America by Michael Wolff http://www.tcj.com/jack-ziegler-the-voice-of-middle-america/#comment-1836547 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:27:52 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=49908#comment-1836547 First, my best friend Charlie Barsotti dies and now Jack Ziegler, another friend I’ve long cherished leaves us, These were two inspirational geniuses, and I’m feeling abandoned, as I’m sure all their families and friends are. The world is now a less funny place than I can ever remember without these two, unless you see Trump as a joke and not a tragedy. Jack’s cartoon, “a sudden realisation”, in which a man quietly mowing his lawn realises that the world is insane has uncanny prescience. As I spend time relishing the work of these two, both among the greatest of cartoonists, I feel huge gratitude that I was able to know them. That I met them at all was thanks to the New Yorker – the greatest magazine known to man (and woman) ,

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Comment on Looking Back at Flook: An Interview with Wally Fawkes by Jack Purvis http://www.tcj.com/looking-back-at-flook-an-interview-with-wally-fawkes/#comment-1836475 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 05:56:12 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=59193#comment-1836475 And remember Moses Maggot? He was based on jazz critic and eminent Scotch lover, Max Jones complete with bald head and beret,

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/5/17 – Warmer) by Paul Slade http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-4517-warmer/#comment-1836432 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:38:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99834#comment-1836432 CORRECTION: What I meant to write above was “misanthropic”, not “misogynistic”. Apologies for misquoting you, Mr Moore.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/5/17 – Warmer) by Neil Carey http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-4517-warmer/#comment-1836401 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:06:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99834#comment-1836401 ‘Nother Lovecraft-virgin, though the above site was very useful in explanations there (as well as what green ties and certain expressions mean in certain circles), and I found Providence to say some interesting things about artistic influence; be it on other creators or on the audience.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (4/5/17 – Warmer) by Paul Slade http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-4517-warmer/#comment-1836352 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:32:24 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=99834#comment-1836352 I’ve read all of one Lovecraft short story, and that only quite recently, but I’ve been enjoying Providence very much. I’m not sure I would have been able to do so without this website’s notes on each issue and the discussion they provoke, though: https://factsprovidence.wordpress.com.

In my view, Neonomicon is far bleaker than either Providence or Crossed +100. It’s not so much the ending where its bleakness lies, but in episodes like Brears pathetically hoping the monster will recognise the authority of her FBI badge or the utterly blank, affectless way the cultists react to her black partner being murdered. Moore has said he was in a really dark, misogynistic mood as he scripted Neonomicon, and that attitude definitely shows through in the finished book.

The Courtyard, Neonomicon and Providence are really all one piece of work, with a single story running through them all. Taken together, I’d rank that story right alongside From Hell and Promethea in the very top rank of Moore’s comics work. And if you need cheering up after reading it, may I suggest Jerusalem, which (on the whole) offers a much sunnier view of our collective destiny.

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