Comments for The Comics Journal http://www.tcj.com Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:37:30 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/28/17 – Booklets Are My Beat) by Derik Badman http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-62817-booklets-are-my-beat/#comment-1882671 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:37:30 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101357#comment-1882671 fwiw, Amazon says the Alack Sinner book is showing up at my house today, so it must have at least gone out to the normal bookstore distributors today.

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Comment on Six Observations about Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Archive Are You My Mother? by Regrano http://www.tcj.com/six-observations-about-alison-bechdel%e2%80%99s-graphic-archive-are-you-my-mother/#comment-1882658 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:18:40 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=38798#comment-1882658 Nice observation.
Bechdel’s major graphic novels (this one and Fun Home) are great works, but somehow I found them kinda exhausting to read in one sitting.

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Comment on Jay Lynch, 1945-2017 by Sue Edlin http://www.tcj.com/jay-lynch-1945-2017/#comment-1881967 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 21:40:24 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98439#comment-1881967 I knew Jay Lynch in Chicago in the 60’s. An artsy gang of us hung out on Wells Street. One night he came by with a white undershirt that had been silk screened with a picture of Ziggy, the rolling paper guy, and inscribed “The Jay Lynch Fan Club” The first humorous/satirical tee shirt I’d ever seen. He was selling them for a couple bucks. How silly, I thought, it is an undershirt with printing on it. Dumb me. I wish I had bought one.

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Comment on On the Camino by Larry Dickman http://www.tcj.com/reviews/on-the-camino/#comment-1881360 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:40:12 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=100754#comment-1881360 I really loved this book. I did not want to put it down once I started.

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Comment on The Comics Journal No. 53, Winter 1980 by Mark Owens http://www.tcj.com/the-comics-journal-no-53-winter-1980/#comment-1881189 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 02:13:45 +0000 http://dev.tcj.com/?p=1313#comment-1881189 As always, Harlan will make his point by any means, whether it be fire & brimstone or with a warm feather. He aims to get the correct reader’s attention. To him…fuck all the rest of them. I know and he has never failed to get my attention.

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Comment on Johnny Hart to Appear B.C. by joan peters schuh http://www.tcj.com/johnny-hart-to-appear-b-c/#comment-1881172 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 00:51:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=33056#comment-1881172 I have one of the first Johnny hearts pictures. He met my father in the early 60s and took him to his studio. It was a picture of a stone that turned into a rocking chair .

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Comment on An Interview with Geoffrey Hayes by Edite Kroll http://www.tcj.com/101111-2/#comment-1879748 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:00:02 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101111#comment-1879748 Thanks so much for posting your long interview. It brought back so many memories of working in NYC with Geoffrey.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/21/17 – Tornado Morning) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-62117-tornado-morning/#comment-1879702 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:40:03 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101284#comment-1879702 In addition to my Skizz-related shortcomings this week, I also managed to completely miss the new IDW hardcover edition of Red Range, an old west gunfighter graphic novel from Joe R. Lansdale and the great Sam Glanzman, first published by Mojo Press in 1999; strong focus on the racism of the time in this one. The original was in b&w, but the new edition has been colorized pursuant to a crowdfunding campaign organized for the new edition by editor Drew Ford, formerly of Dover Publications and now behind his own It’s Alive imprint.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/21/17 – Tornado Morning) by Paul Slade http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-62117-tornado-morning/#comment-1879449 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:56:01 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101284#comment-1879449 I think it’s safe to assume adding the Blackstuff element was Moore’s idea rather than his employer’s. He’s always championed the most downtrodden people in Britain’s working class and continues to do so today. He was just beginning to find his voice as a writer back in the Skizz days, but his political worldview was already in place and has remained consistent ever since.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/21/17 – Tornado Morning) by Daren White http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-62117-tornado-morning/#comment-1879371 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 02:49:20 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101284#comment-1879371 Given the title and page count, this Skizz collection presumably includes the two sequels written by Baikie rather than Moore.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/21/17 – Tornado Morning) by Steve Flanagan http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-62117-tornado-morning/#comment-1879053 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:23:26 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101284#comment-1879053 “Skizz” was not just a riff on one popular media concept, but two: the other being “The Boys from the Blackstuff”, a teleplay and subsequent TV series by Alan Bleasdale about unemployment in Liverpool. It’s hard to overstate how popular and influential “Blackstuff” was in 1980s Britain. Though a late-night broadcast for adults, school playgrounds rang with impersonations of Bernard Hill’s shellshocked Yosser Hughes, constantly repeating, “I could do that: gissa job.”

In Moore’s hands, this became Cornelius Cardew and “I’ve got my pride.” If memory serves, Moore later expressed regret about the extent to which he had simply borrowed Bleasdale’s voice, rather than drawing on his own experience. I’ve never been sure whether the “Blackstuff” angle was part of the original brief or something Moore added.

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Comment on Bulletproof: The Kane & Hine Interview by car Kailee http://www.tcj.com/bulletproof-the-kane-hine-interview/#comment-1879014 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:19:55 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=8679#comment-1879014 golden days.

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Comment on Modesty Blaise and Peter O’Donnell and the Last Great Adventure Strip by graywolf 48 http://www.tcj.com/modesty-blaise-and-peter-odonnell-and-the-last-great-adventure-strip/#comment-1877862 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 15:32:40 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=84091#comment-1877862 I read most of the Modesty Blaise novels in german, just as they have been published in my language. I was 20 something years old, and loved them. I read them several times an then forgot them. At the age of 60 I lived in Canada and came across them. I bought them again and read them till the day I read Cobra Trap. It was a really bad day in my life, I kind of suffered for quite a few days. I was mad at myself for not avoiding this last book.
Now they are in my library, I’m reading them again, but not the last one.
It my not surprise you, when I say I really love this two characters!

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Comment on George Baker and the Sad Sack by Walter Reid http://www.tcj.com/george-baker-and-the-sad-sack/#comment-1877332 Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:39:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=64598#comment-1877332 I was a thirteen year old kid in Portland UK , one of the main embarkation ports for American troops tasked with the DDay landings. A few months prior to that awesome event I remember reading an edition of Yank (any American publication was gold dust in those deprived times) and seeing SadSack knocking on the door of the padre’s hut. The genial padre invites him in and the next depiction is of Sad Sack completely uplifted and inspired being waved farewell by the padre. SadSack managed to get about seven paces down the path when he is haile by the padre and on turning finds this pious friend pointing to his dustbin. Utter reversal to the humble and downtrodden state.
Brilliant George Baker, I never forgot you and I’m 87 now

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/14/17 – Wicked Hearts Anon.) by Ant http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-61417-wicked-hearts-anon/#comment-1876891 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:46:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101195#comment-1876891 Ripple hardcover?! Yes fucking please. I guess that’ll make it the third time I’ve bought that material but what the hell, that’s a lovely-lookin’ book.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1876861 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:59:14 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1876861 Yes – actually, this essay is part of the first issue’s backmatter; it got released to news sources online afterwards.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by LJ http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1876838 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:14:48 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1876838 Chaykin released an essay the other day saying that when he was developing this series, he wasn’t anticipating a scenario where the Administration that is currently in office would exist, so the political landscape had shifted to the point where he felt like his new series seems out of step now with the current reality, and instead of being a snarky cautionary tale, it now seems rather cheerful and naive. I would be interested in seeing if his next project tackles this, as his essay indicates he would have a lot to say.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/14/17 – Wicked Hearts Anon.) by Foldin Caulfield http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-61417-wicked-hearts-anon/#comment-1876674 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:28:28 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101195#comment-1876674 Al Jaffee has spoken about discovering that Rube Goldberg did it first, after assuming for 40 or 50 years that he’d invented Snappy Answers.

Jaffee’s inspiration came when he was on the roof of his house, sweating and struggling to install an antenna. His son shouted up to him, “Have you seen Mom?” and he replied, “Yes, I’ve just killed her and I’m stuffing her body into the chimney.”

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/14/17 – Wicked Hearts Anon.) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-61417-wicked-hearts-anon/#comment-1876665 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:12:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101195#comment-1876665 I am aware of that. (The joke about deleting Laureline from “Valerian and Laureline” refers to Cinebook’s own prior titling of the series, although I probably could have been clearer there.) However, the earlier ’67-’68 material has not been translated before to my knowledge, and the version of City of a Thousand Planets should be longer than the one already released by Cinebook.

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Comment on Queers & Comics: The LGBTQ Cartoonists and Comics Conference by Matthew Bartosiak http://www.tcj.com/queers-and-comics-the-lgbtq-cartoonists-and-comics-conference/#comment-1876639 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:24:33 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=82019#comment-1876639 I grew up with Gerard Donelan in Plymouth Massachusetts in the 1960’s. He was a very gifted artist–even back then. So happy he is recognized for his superb knack for gay humor. I am lucky enough to have a sketch he drew of me when we were teenagers.

Matthew Bartosiak, Los Angeles

PS–Gerard–if you see this —–wishing you the best, I have great memories of our “gang”
PPS–Can you believe Maryanne Leone married Academy Award winner Chris Cooper? We knew her when.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/14/17 – Wicked Hearts Anon.) by RM Rhodes http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-61417-wicked-hearts-anon/#comment-1876630 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:08:29 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101195#comment-1876630 Both of those Valerian books have been reprinted by Cinebook before. This is just an omnibus. City of a Thousand Planets was actually serialized in Heavy Metal back in 1981.

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Comment on What Else to Do by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/what-else-to-do/#comment-1876099 Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:19:17 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101192#comment-1876099 It’s coming… just a little bit longer…

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Comment on What Else to Do by walt dohrn http://www.tcj.com/what-else-to-do/#comment-1875761 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 16:05:52 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101192#comment-1875761 hey wheres the Joe link?

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Comment on The Alan Moore Interview by Horaz SC http://www.tcj.com/the-alan-moore-interview-118/#comment-1874619 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 02:03:00 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=39830#comment-1874619 Excellent interview. Does anybody know if some of these historic events are being taught in schools?
Kids nowadays should know by now the way their (grand)parents’ generation was intended to grow.
Say No Moore.

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Comment on Otto Soglow and the Little King: The Silent Runs Deep by Susanne Braham http://www.tcj.com/otto-soglow-and-the-little-king-the-silent-runs-deep/#comment-1873728 Sun, 11 Jun 2017 02:12:06 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=83282#comment-1873728 I’m doing research on my grandfather, Macy’s food and wine taster William Titon, who was playfully made into a cartoon figure in several liquor ads that ran in the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times beginning I believe in the 1930s. I’d love to know if the two of them ever met. One series of ads was titled “The Cosmopolitan Travels of Macy’s Taster,” but the figure Soglow created lived on well into the 1960s, as it was featured in a full-page ad in the New York Times on the occasion of my grandfather’s 65th anniversary, working at Macy’s. The Cosmopolitan series was extremely funny and light hearted, both the text and the illustrations. If any one has any further information on this, I would love to hear from you, as I may want to use it in a possible book or article on the subject.
Email: sb559@columbia.edu (Please use Otto Soglow as the subject!)

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Niclas http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1872047 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:55:13 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1872047 Excellent review. Please write more reviews. In addition to this invaluable column, of course.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1871978 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:49:03 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1871978 Oh what the hell, how about a capsule review?

THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1: Though it may rise to the level of character assassination to call it “Howard Chaykin’s Holy Terror“, this series debut shares in not only the mass casualty nightmares of that most derided of Frank Miller works, but also its tendency toward self-referential anxiety. No prizes for anyone drawing connections between this and Chaykin’s post-9/11 Challengers of the Unknown; the artist himself shouts it out in a backmatter text, in addition to reprising its use of repeating layouts to unify the experiences of individuals, as a team of sorts is assembled across the first issue. But all of these characters are sensational killers: a black sniper determed to kill white people; a transwoman prostitute who shoots her violent johns; an aging Jewish finance fraudster-cum-poisoner of the rich; a serial killer who fancies consideration of murder as one of the industrial arts. The panels read the same way as each are arrested, but what do they really have in common? Chaykin, again in the back, voices some displeasure with identity politics, and it seems to me the characters are preoccupied with just that – identity. And, at the same time, we can read a certain amount of self-implication in the texture of ‘Jewishness’ and ‘artistry’, which are not unfamiliar Chaykin elements. All of this plays out with an absolute maximum of garishness, pages snarled with omniscient and first-person narration, Ken Bruzenak’s letters augmented by floating, half-comprehensible, multi-lingual tweets, and Jesus Aburtov’s colors setting digital textures at each other’s throats in an even harsher manner than his many other 21st century Chaykin collaborations. Also, there’s a running narrative thread about radical women-of-color protestors annihilating infidels via rectum bomb as the Stock Chaykin Protagonist Design flails uselessly. This all seems rather overtly engineered to tweak liberal sensitivities for the moment, and as a result I found myself fixated on its surface qualities – what a noisy fucking comic! I hope it adds up to something better than the sum of its barking provocations.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1871778 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 14:05:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1871778 I did not get a chance to see a copy for myself (only… *select* stores carry this stuff), but that’s not surprising to hear…

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Dave Knott http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1871476 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:13:25 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1871476 The Infernals has only about 16 pages of content and Bisley is the artist for only the first half.
Probably not the best value for your five bucks.

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Comment on Adding More by RBronstein http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870997 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 12:58:15 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870997 This shit is twisted. Schadenfreude masquerading as rectitude.

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Comment on Adding More by niko http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870774 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:52:49 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870774 Me: “Decades from now, people will look back at the hysteria of today much like eastern Europe looks at the Soviet era.”

Tucker: “Decades from now, absolutely zero people except, possibly, Berliac will remember anything at all about this particular moment in time.”

I was speaking generally, dude. Like, not everyone who suffered under communism can name everyone who every suffered, but they sorta have an idea that a lot of people did.

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Comment on Adding More by R. Fiore http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870769 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:46:15 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870769 It occurs to me that maybe I should elucidate. This Berliac fellow makes an analogy that is completely ass-backwards, that part I get. Sarah Horrocks takes this rather personally, but you take personally that which is personal to you. Then Berliac writes something that puts him beyond the pale, but nobody will say what it was.

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Comment on Adding More by R. Fiore http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870749 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:13:36 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870749 People are so intent on pussyfooting around what was actually said that I have no idea what’s going on. All I see is a series of comments about how awful it was.

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Comment on Adding More by Tim Hodler http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870671 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 02:41:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870671 It should be possible to disagree with D&Q without making things up about what Horrocks said. Criticizing someone is not the same as asking for them to be silenced.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Grey O'Lady http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1870637 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 01:48:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1870637 I’m glad to see Huizenga and Gauld and the rest get (presumably) a nicer paycheck. Now they can go back to doing something of worth.

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Comment on Adding More by tucker http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870592 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:33:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870592 “Decades from now, people will look back at the hysteria of today much like eastern Europe looks at the Soviet era.”

Decades from now, absolutely zero people except, possibly, Berliac will remember anything at all about this particular moment in time.

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Comment on Adding More by Rodney http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870581 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:18:07 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870581 The publisher’s actions can be disappointing regardless of whether or not the actions fall within its rights.

Hate for Horrocks? Where did that come from? No one has expressed hate for her…explicitly or implied. Disagreement, sure.

Had the artist been Crumb, rather than Berliac…I wonder what the consensus would’ve been. Obviously D&Q never “researched” when it published Crumb in the past.

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Comment on Adding More by Ryan Hupp http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870568 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:56:37 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870568 “But how could he have been motivated by transphobia if he hadn’t even been aware that the person he was bashing was, in fact, transgender—as it has been amply proved?”

So did you actually read Berliac’s gross-ass piece, or register the incredibly shitty tone he took in his response to Horrocks (the one with the Ace Ventura embed and a weird hashtag aside about Horrocks’ breasts)? I’m not really following your logic here either- it’s entirely possible to, say, not know that you’re conversing with someone who’s an ethnic minority but that doesn’t make it any less racist if you post a bunch of demeaning stereotypes and crude insults.

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Comment on Adding More by Zak Smith http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870548 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:13:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870548 Giving a transwoman any kind of static for calling out bigoted behavior is

1. Encouraging more bigoted behavior

and

2. Ass backwards af

…if you have beef with her criticism, directly address her actual words, don’t talk in accusatory vagaries.

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Comment on Adding More by Doc http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870542 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:03:21 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870542 This dipshit said some stupid, hateful shit and is paying for it. Milo Yiannopoulos’ book got cancelled too, because of shit he said. You reap what you sow. Actions and words have consequences. I don’t get the hate toward Horrocks on this. The publisher is well within their rights to change their mind on the type of people they want to work with.

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Comment on Adding More by Emanuel http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870541 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:02:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870541 Even if you think D&Q should have published Berliac, don’t make excuses for his atrocious behavior. He wrote an offensively stupid text (“Gay-jin”). He then sexualised a critic and sent her some virulently transphobic imagery in response to patient and even friendly criticism. And when this resurfaced he posted a long condescending nonpology and painted himself as the victim.

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Comment on Adding More by Nike http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870487 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:29:04 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870487 Who cares what an author says or believes? It’s the work that counts. Really quite dumb. Decades from now, people will look back at the hysteria of today much like eastern Europe looks at the Soviet era.

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Comment on Adding More by Rodney http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870451 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:28:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870451 Perhaps the best way of looking at the dispute is as presented by Ambook Originals on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/p/BVAOmBMh5J8/

ambookcomicsWe have just learned that @drawnandquarterly pulled back on the deal for publishing Sadbøi by @yung_qin_berliac and we regret their decision to compromise the writer’s career.

Drawn & Quarterly decided to not publish the book based on some comments that the author had made on his website page more than two years ago. Berliac, a 34-year-old Argentinian writer, had responded in an offensive way to a reader, Sarah Horrocks, who hadn’t appreciated the self-ironic blog post “Gay-Jin, Manga is not a genre, it’s a gender.” We won’t comment on Berliac’s remarks themselves, as they are there for everyone to see and it doesn’t seem sound to us to prolong a social media controversy that has been going on for too long.
Berliac’s remarks were offensive and stupid. But how could he have been motivated by transphobia if he hadn’t even been aware that the person he was bashing was, in fact, transgender—as it has been amply proved?
Berliac may have been indelicate, and he apologized for it. Still, the kind of virtual witch hunt which his remarks had triggered and which apparently is still after him has nothing to do with what he actually wrote or meant, or the well-being of the person he offended, for that matter. It is just another of those scandals which we see on social media day in and day out, in which an indignant crowd takes issue with a single person for its own sake.

We are stupefied by the fact that a publishing house as serious and independent-thinking as Drawn & Quarterly would take heed of such things and revoke a decision already taken on such shaky basis.

Closing remark: even if Berliac were the awful human being social media purported him to be, his awfulness wouldn’t be a reason good enough to embargo a book whose artistic quality and political relevance are beyond dispute—a book which the American public should read, controversies notwithstanding.

#berliac #comics #sadboi #comicbooks #drawnanadquarterly #art #artwork

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Comment on Adding More by L. Craft http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870447 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 20:23:24 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870447 She also retweeted Michael Deforge saying: “It’s extremely fucking disappointing they’d publish this sack of shit and frankly embarrassing”.
It seems pretty clear to me that she got what she wanted, with the added bonus of never having had to ask for it outright.

And regardless of whether she specifically lobbied for Berliac to be let out of his “contract”, Rodney’s statement above: “I take it that any artist who risks Horrocks’ displeasure will be in for the inevitable pile-on that these things result in” also seems true enough, and the particular means by which this gets enacted aren’t going to feel very relevant to the targets.

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Comment on Adding More by Rodney http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870422 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:40:20 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870422 Does she actually go ahead and use those exact words? Of course not. But look at https://twitter.com/mercurialblonde/status/869972022473785345, where she piles on and effectively “warns” D&Q What will be coming next.

It’s a tad stronger than encouraging disappointment.

Again, Berliac comes off as an idiot and a smart ass. I don’t see him as someone who is trans-phobic.

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Comment on Adding More by Tim Hodler http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870416 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:27:49 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870416 Did Horrocks ever actually say anything like that? I saw her criticize Berliac’s essay and comments to her, and say she was disappointed in D&Q for publishing him, but I didn’t come across any tweet or statement where she encouraged silencing him… It’s possible I missed something, since Twitter is hard to search sometimes.

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Comment on Adding More by Rodney http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870387 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:26:44 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870387 Is it really the job of a critic to actively encourage the silencing of a voice, as Horrocks has done here? It’s one thing to express her opinion and displeasure with respect to anything she disagrees with. It’s quite another to encourage silencing a voice, in this case Berliac’s, in order to be spiteful and to satisfy a grudge.

I take it that any artist who risks Horrocks’ displeasure will be in for the inevitable pile-on that these things result in.

D&Q’s actions are also disappointing. The work itself was not objectionable, as D&Q itself acknowledges. Would D&Q have likewise cancelled publication if the artist had been Crumb or someone from Le Dernier Cri? Likely not.

Berliac comes off as something of big mouth who who should know better. In this case, the penalty far outweighs any crimes.

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Comment on A Conversation with Jillian Tamaki by David Huyck http://www.tcj.com/a-conversation-with-jillian-tamaki/#comment-1870365 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 17:58:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=100860#comment-1870365 So good! I love both of your work so much, and to hear you processing it out loud is amazing and inspiring and comforting and terrifying all at once. Thank you for sharing this conversation J & E!

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (6/7/17 – Exceptional Shine) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-6717-exceptional-shine/#comment-1870311 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 16:28:28 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101090#comment-1870311 I suspect the whole thing will simply register as an amusing change of pace, and nothing more complicated; maybe some readers will have their preconceptions challenged if they’ve had basically no exposure to comics beyond the funnies page in some other paper. I don’t really rate this as an artistic accomplishment because it’s an inevitability, given the venue… and, in that case, I really wish they weren’t normalizing spandex publishing behavior like breaking up the comics with ads!

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Comment on Adding More by Steph http://www.tcj.com/adding-more/#comment-1870251 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:01:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=101075#comment-1870251 *equally –by which I meant both Berliac and Horrocks seem to share equal responsibility for inflaming the argument and escalating their opponent’s bad behavior

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