Comments for The Comics Journal http://www.tcj.com Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:22:35 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Comment on Off/On, Lights/Noise by Frank Santoro http://www.tcj.com/offon-lightsnoise/#comment-1828547 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:22:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98918#comment-1828547 Yinz all gotta come to the Pinball tournament here in Pittsburgh if yinz haven’t before – during the tourney they let the public play the hundreds of machines on display https://papa.org

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1828298 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:12:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1828298 “Tolbiac Bridge” was in the first five issues of Graphic Story Monthly (1990), the successor to Prime Cuts.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/22/17 – World of Thanks) by llj http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-22217-world-of-thanks/#comment-1828287 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:12:14 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98841#comment-1828287 David, I have a few of the previous DH Jesse Marsh Tarzan volumes and in my opinion, they flow better than the John Carter stuff. I also think Marsh’s artwork on Tarzan is superior to his John Carter. While the writing still doesn’t escape the flaws that are inherent in most Golden Age comics, I can say that your complaints about John Carter having too much text and superfluous narration is less problematic in Tarzan.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Ant http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1828281 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:42:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1828281 @Gary Groth–wow, that’s great news, thanks so much for the info on Tolbiac Bridge (well, what I read of it–was the whole thing serialised in Prime Cuts? Only have 5 or 6 issues), yet ANOTHER great addition to your beautiful Tardi publications! Is the Franquin book getting a nice h/c treatment? Hope so! And thanks for the reply!

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Comment on The Greatest Comic Book of All Time by BK Munn http://www.tcj.com/reviews/the-greatest-comic-book-of-all-time-symbolic-capital-and-the-field-of-american-comic-books/#comment-1828030 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 00:21:34 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=95668#comment-1828030 Other non-academic articles about The Cage:

Tom Miller: http://sequart.org/magazine/38055/escaping-the-cage-martin-vaughn-james’s-the-cage-and-the-question-of-comics/

Seth, from the intro to the new Caadian edition: http://www.beguilingbooksandart.com/seth-on-martin-vaughn-james-the-cage/

Sean Rogers’ review: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/books-and-media/book-reviews/the-cage-the-brilliant-graphic-novel-is-back-in-print-and-ready-to-challenge-a-new-audience/article16284746/?page=all

Sean Rogers’ MVJ obit: http://walrusmagazine.com/blogs/2009/07/16/martin-vaughn-james-rip/

Chris Randle review essay: http://hazlitt.net/blog/cage-graphic-novel-any-other-name

Robert Boyd: http://www.thegreatgodpanisdead.com/2009/12/cage-by-martin-vaughn-james.html

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Comment on George Booth: Semper Fi by Ralph Libby http://www.tcj.com/george-booth-semper-fi/#comment-1827801 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:14:33 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=58095#comment-1827801 I remember a Booth cartoon where a guy is walking in an airport terminal with his dog walking beside him on his hind legs, and dressed in a trench coat and hat.
The caption read “Stand up straight and stop licking your nose.”
I always wondered if he ever got the dog on the airplane?!
Priceless.

Warmest regards to Mr. Booth.

Ralph Libby

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/22/17 – World of Thanks) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-22217-world-of-thanks/#comment-1827794 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:38:18 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98841#comment-1827794 This is correct; however, on the topic of creator supervision, Kodansha USA has indicated that Shirow specifically disallowed an unedited version from being released in English… for whatever reason!

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/22/17 – World of Thanks) by M.U.P. http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-22217-world-of-thanks/#comment-1827752 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:43:17 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98841#comment-1827752 I got my hands on the Deluxe edition of Ghost in the Shell 1 today and just wanted to note for your readers that it is yet again the censored version us Americans have been accustomed to for some time. I try not to raise a stink about things, but this is insane to me given that this is marketed as the “definitive” edition, supposedly overseen by Shirow Masamune himself. Generally not a super high quality book worthy of the $29.99 asking price either. Alas!

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/22/17 – World of Thanks) by David http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-22217-world-of-thanks/#comment-1827740 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:16:26 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98841#comment-1827740 I’m interested in the Jesse Marsh Tarzan book, but I’m a bit wary because I read his John Carter of Mars comics, also written by Gaylord Dubois, and they were some of the worst-written comics I’ve ever encountered. Way too much text, stilted dialogue, lots of superfluous narration of the action that’s already being depicted visually. But Marsh’s artwork is fantastic.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/22/17 – World of Thanks) by David Bitterbaum http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-22217-world-of-thanks/#comment-1827657 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:36:21 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98841#comment-1827657 I’m a big fan of Wolfer’s work too and have interviewed him for the blog and reviewed a number of his works. I backed the, “Crypt of Screams,” Kickstarter as well and got the digital copy delivered just recently. I read it and was quite pleased!

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Tony http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827634 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:41:18 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827634 All those amazon listings for all those books are totally untrustworthy. They’ve been pushed back periodically ever since Kim Thompson tragically left us.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by LJ http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827610 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:53:12 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827610 Tony: the second FB volume of Gil Jordan (Ten Thousand Years in Hell) will be out in July – at least according to Amazon.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by LJ http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827606 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:48:12 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827606 Thank you for a long overdue appreciation of Franquin whose oeuvre has been criminally neglected in the English-speaking world. The episode of tac au tac can be found on youtube and is a masterclass in cartooning. Franquin’s Gaston seems to leap of the board. (Btw, there are other episodes of tac au tac to be found that pit Giraud vs Kubert vs Adams, Hogarth vs Big John Buscema or Pratt vs Giraud; a veritable treasure trove)

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Cynthia Rose http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827575 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:38:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827575 Gary – that’s great news about Franquin’s Last Laughs finally coming out, I hope Kim finished the introduction and we can all read it!

Paul – I’m not sure what year Franquin would have seen that Saturday Evening Post strip – he mentioned it in passing in a fanzine interview.

Thanks for the kind words!

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Tony http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827567 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:20:44 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827567 At loooooooong last!
But what about King of the Flies 3 (of 3), Tardi’s own Adele Blanc-Sec 3 and 4 (of 4) + Lucien Brindavoine, Cabbie 2 (of 2) and Gil Jordan 2?

BTW, what do you think of another publisher using the name “Gomer Goof” in their new English reprint of Gaston Lagaffe? Have they even asked for your permission?

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Paul Tumey http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827513 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:50:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827513 I loved this piece. Skillful, insightful and beautifully written. The perspective Cynthia Rose provides in both the scope of Franquin’s career and in quick parries of detail that support claims and insights is invaluable. This is one of those pieces one can use to pry open a cultural doorway and discover a whole new world. One thought I had, when I read that Franquin recalled reading a Saturday Evening Post cartoon done in silhouettes when he was young: could that possibly have been the cartoon Jack Cole published in the January 23, 1954 issue? I ran the cartoon in my Jack Cole blog, here: http://colescomics.blogspot.com/2011/11/unknown-jack-cole-goodies-continue-to.html. Probably not — but still. It’s also interesting to note that, in the 1910s, Rube Goldberg had a popular newspaper comic strip entitled “Father Was Right.” He spun off a “Mother Was Right”series, done entirely in black silhouettes. His mother had died when he was 19. Extremely happy to hear that Fantagraphics plans to publish Franquin in America.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by shaun http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827504 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:25:00 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827504 Great to know that Cinebook are publishing Gaston this summer

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Groth http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827442 Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:41:44 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827442 We’re publishing one Fraquin book next year (tentatively titled Franquin’s Last Laugh) and, coincidentally, Tolbiac Bridge later this year.

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Ant http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1827257 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:14:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1827257 Genius. I still love the old Fanta Prime Cuts mags just because of their Franquin single-pagers (and Tardi’s Tolbiac Bridge, too…)

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by lennard grahn http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1826668 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:19:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1826668 Thanks for this great piece, Franquin could make a lamppost look funny.

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Comment on The Emil Ferris Interview: Monsters, Art and Stories (Part 1) by Jeffrey Goodman http://www.tcj.com/the-emil-ferris-interview-monsters-stories-and-art-part-1/#comment-1826530 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:08:48 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98616#comment-1826530 New York Times profile:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/17/arts/design/first-emil-ferris-was-paralyzed-then-her-book-got-lost-at-sea.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

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Comment on Charles Barsotti by Rose Solesky http://www.tcj.com/charles-barsotti/#comment-1826496 Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:12:07 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=51966#comment-1826496 Hi Mary Barsotti Herberrt,

I can’t believe it but I was getting ready to turn in for the evening,when I saw your message.
I hope that you will get mine. My grandmother on my mothers side was a Barsotti. Unfortunately she has passed away as has most of her children, my mother included. I am 79 years old so you see why they are all deceased. I don’t know
if we will be able to trace a connection but I sure wud like to try. Get back to me if you can. Perhaps somehow, someway we can find a way. Looking forward to hearing from you!!!

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Comment on The Ted Stearn Interview by David Langton http://www.tcj.com/the-ted-stearn-interview/#comment-1826336 Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:21:01 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98037#comment-1826336 This reads like a conversation between Van Gogh and Gauguin. Thanks for such a powerful insights and it’s great to see an online retrospective of the works of Ted Stearn.

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Comment on The Emil Ferris Interview: Monsters, Art and Stories (Part 1) by Andrew Mansell http://www.tcj.com/the-emil-ferris-interview-monsters-stories-and-art-part-1/#comment-1826289 Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:13:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98616#comment-1826289 See???? Creature Features and the massive amounts of Sunday Comics (available on Saturday evening)…a recipe for great art!!!

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Marcel Caron http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1826031 Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:52:48 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1826031 So happy to see that piece on Franquin! I don’t know if his work have been published in English, but every comic afficionado should have access to it.

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Comment on A Chat with Kevin Hooyman by Captain Whirlie-gig http://www.tcj.com/a-chat-with-kevin-hooyman/#comment-1825915 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:17:19 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=84082#comment-1825915 I have known Kevin since he was a young boy. He has one of the most authentic and interesting minds I have ever met. Keep up the great work kid;)

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Comment on André Franquin: Great or…The Greatest? by Brad Brooks http://www.tcj.com/andre-franquin-great-orthe-greatest/#comment-1825787 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:55:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98618#comment-1825787 Franquin was definitely the greatest. Thank you for this piece.

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Comment on The Emil Ferris Interview: Monsters, Art and Stories (Part 1) by PM Cooper http://www.tcj.com/the-emil-ferris-interview-monsters-stories-and-art-part-1/#comment-1825528 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:57:58 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98616#comment-1825528 Ordered the book yesterday based mainly on the art. Glad to find there’s depth in all directions.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/15/17 – Quartier voisin) by Ant http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-21517-quartier-voisin/#comment-1825315 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:11:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98679#comment-1825315 So are Alternative Comics PUBLISHING Reich now? Or are they selling the remaining Sparkplug stock? Any clarification would be much appreciated, Joe. Also holy shit, a new book from Anya Davidson, SWEEEEET

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Comment on Wonder Woman: Earth One by Navid Haider http://www.tcj.com/reviews/wonder-woman-earth-one/#comment-1824973 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:10:31 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=91662#comment-1824973 As for the artist, I will say that it felt weird to see Diana at parts looking like a more beefed-up version of Kiera Knightley (any mention of ‘poppet’ and ‘acquiesce to your demand’ only sends me back to the Caribbean) and at times a taller version of Sasha Grey. I loved the details of the Amazonian architecture and science, but the artwork on the characters could’ve been less obvious.

I loved the layout of the panels, however, as they truly felt inspired.

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Comment on Wonder Woman: Earth One by Navid Haider http://www.tcj.com/reviews/wonder-woman-earth-one/#comment-1824971 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 03:04:50 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=91662#comment-1824971 There are some aspects of this review that I have to disagree with, but that shouldn’t dissuade anyone from thinking I appreciate the review any less. When the review concludes with “The book ends with her returning to America and declaring, “HOLA! ‘Man’s world’! It’s time we had a talk.” But what are they going to talk about? The Amazons have some interesting technology to share, but morally and socially the Amazons spent the entire book proving that there’s nothing superior about their way of life.” I can’t help but applause. That’s been the problem with almost all of Morrison’s best works — he is a beautiful writer, but something just doesn’t click.

However, I think there’s definitely a place for his take on Wonder Woman and I am glad that such a book is written by someone as popular and mythopoeic as Morrison is in the industry. It not only elevates Wonder Woman as a character, making the most of “provoking” in what can be a “thought provoking story,” but it also gives us a glimpse as to what kind of Wonder Woman stories can be told. The most beautiful thing about it is that it doesn’t have a traditional superhero fight scene — the built-up confrontation with Medusa ends, and despite that the novel still has its narrative climax. But that isn’t enough.

One of the posters here said that a true feminist story would’ve had all-female heroes and villains, that is not true. A true feminist story would have patriarchy as the villain. Here, Morrison gave us, as antagonistic figures, the matriarch as the primary antagonist (while patriarchy is more of a catalyst to Diana’s rebellion).

Secondly, I agree with idea that the book misses the essence of Marston’s Golden Age comics by trying to deconstruct them. This goes back to Grant Morrison’s neo-silver age leaning, which among comic-writers seem to have become a political movement by now. Beth Candy calls Diana’s Amazonia a “lesbian science-fiction paradise,” only it wasn’t science-fiction — it was fantasy, pure and simple. Marston’s role as a psychologist added psychology and mythology, but the purely science-fictional aspects of those stories were “flavour of the week” stuff.

I get that Morrison was giving us what he thought was a third-wave feminist novel, so yeah Hippolyta’s radicalism would’ve been seen as antagonistic; I also understand how the entire “tone” is if nothing else, “COY” and that’s a pretty good way to write feminist satire. Only that’s it isn’t it? This is a Wonder Woman satire, albeit a very well written, thought-out one.

Unfortunately by race-bending Trevor, making Diana an angry child of Hercules’ rape-play, and reducing “Paradise Island” to misguided feminazis, Morrison’s book comes off as rushed. He has a lot more to give to this character than a mere satirical deconstruction in 2016.

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Comment on Jiro Taniguchi 1947 – 2017 by Dave Hartwell http://www.tcj.com/jiro-taniguchi-1947-2017/#comment-1824936 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:46:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98716#comment-1824936 Yes. The accolades are deserved, and your appreciation is a welcome shout out to those who have yet to discover his fine work.
I was awestruck while reading The Walking Man, as well as A Distant Neighborhood, by what you describe as the quality of a Zen experience to these works. Remarkable really.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the Jack London story in The Ice Wanderer. Exhilarating!
I still have much of his work to look forward to reading.

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Comment on My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Mark Morey http://www.tcj.com/reviews/my-favorite-thing-is-monsters/#comment-1824864 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:59:30 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=96361#comment-1824864 Just got it. I’ve been saying that Bill Griffith’s INVISIBLE INK is the best “graphic novel” I’ve seen, but this shakes my conviction pretty hard. Anyone who cares anything about the form owes it to her/himself to get hold of this book at once. It’ll change your life.

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Comment on Jiro Taniguchi 1947 – 2017 by Paul Tumey http://www.tcj.com/jiro-taniguchi-1947-2017/#comment-1824710 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:31:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98716#comment-1824710 Becoming aware of the ocean only when a tiny wave breaks over your bare feet in the sand is like what it is to learn of a great artist only at the time of their death. Thanks for this admiring and appreciative signpost to comics that will be new to me and which I am certain will enjoy exploring.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/15/17 – Quartier voisin) by Andrew Mansell http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-21517-quartier-voisin/#comment-1824627 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:21:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98679#comment-1824627 Regarding Ms. Ferris: Don’t underestimate the effect of Creature Features on the members of Chicago’s middle-age-lings. Combine that Saturday night WGN gem with the availability of 4 Sunday newspaper comic sections and you have quite a dedicated audience. I can’t wait to read it.

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Comment on Won’t Go Back There by John Porcellino http://www.tcj.com/98611-2/#comment-1824256 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:53:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98611#comment-1824256 Dahlov Ipcar was one of my favorite artists as a child. The cover of the forthcoming King-Cat #77 was drawn in tribute to her, and in working on it I pulled out some of the old Scholastic Books editions of her work that I’ve owned since I was a kid… I was surprised and delighted to see how big of an almost unconscious influence she’d had on my own work. I had no idea she was still alive while I was drawing it. Thanks for this remembrance, and for the video. A treasure.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/1/17 – A Comedy for the People of the World) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-2117-a-comedy-for-the-people-of-the-world/#comment-1823980 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:52:21 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98355#comment-1823980 Gah – can’t say I expected that, though maybe I should have…

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Comment on Webcomics Binge Read: Homestuck Part 2 by Tuiteyfruity http://www.tcj.com/webcomics-binge-read-homestuck-part-2/#comment-1823944 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:38:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98270#comment-1823944 I love all your thoughts on homestuck so much!

and there are a lot of homestuck otherkin out there

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Comment on Risograph Workbook 1 by Jeffrey Goodman http://www.tcj.com/risograph-workbook-1/#comment-1823926 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:43:28 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98456#comment-1823926 I started noticing interesting things being done in riso printing a few years ago and it really made an impression! These guys are doing all kinds of interesting projects and limited editions using the process:

https://www.colpapress.com/collections/frontpage

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Comment on Risograph Workbook 1 by Cameron Arthur http://www.tcj.com/risograph-workbook-1/#comment-1823908 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:34:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98456#comment-1823908 It would be cool if you interviewed John Pham about his riso comics. They are stunning.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/1/17 – A Comedy for the People of the World) by Tony http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-2117-a-comedy-for-the-people-of-the-world/#comment-1823856 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:24:58 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98355#comment-1823856 Speaking of Little Tulip, Joe:
“Boucq’s pages carefully elide the most obscene implications of Charyn’s scenario”

But only in the US edition…

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Comment on Sarah Glidden in Conversation with Julia Wertz by Tezuka Buchanan http://www.tcj.com/sarah-glidden-in-conversation-with-julia-wertz/#comment-1823708 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:44:53 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98491#comment-1823708 Rick Trembles

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Comment on Sarah Glidden in Conversation with Julia Wertz by Nate A. http://www.tcj.com/sarah-glidden-in-conversation-with-julia-wertz/#comment-1823610 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:32:05 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98491#comment-1823610 @Ant
Are you thinking of Robin Bougie, “Cinema Sewer?”

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Comment on Sarah Glidden in Conversation with Julia Wertz by Ant http://www.tcj.com/sarah-glidden-in-conversation-with-julia-wertz/#comment-1823093 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:49:25 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98491#comment-1823093 Very cool interview. It’s stymied me, though–anyone remember the name of the Canadian (?) alternative cartoonist who did (maybe still does) the film review comics? For an alternative newspaper, I believe. He’s done some great ones. Argh this is gonna do me “ead in! Someone help me out, please…it’ll pop into ,my head in a week or so, I’m tellin’ ya…

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Comment on Confessions of a Manga Translator by J.T. Sheldon http://www.tcj.com/confessions-of-a-manga-translator/#comment-1823051 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:45:36 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=89755#comment-1823051 This was an interesting read. Thank you for that. I can only speak English but I am a huge manga reader and I’ve often wondered what went into translating from Japanese to English. I have a friend who lived in Japan shortly to teach Japanese citizens English and I know a lot of things don’t translate into English easily. Have you ever read Youtsuba? I recently bought volumes 1-5 of the original translation on eBay and then bought volumes 1-5 of the current Yen Press translation and it was the first time I’ve read the same manga book with different translations. Yen Press does a fine job, but I found myself preferring the original translation by ADV. I never would have thought the world of translating languages could be so interesting, but it really is! I’d watch a documentary about it if there was one.

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Comment on Sarah Glidden in Conversation with Julia Wertz by Dave Hartwell http://www.tcj.com/sarah-glidden-in-conversation-with-julia-wertz/#comment-1822816 Sat, 11 Feb 2017 03:27:43 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98491#comment-1822816 Thanks for the terrific interview, with very good questions, Julia. And thank you Sarah for a fabulous graphic novel on such an important and varied topic.
It really reads so well, and is quite amazing in how entertaining it is, given that so much of it is conversation and dialogue.
I think that is largely due to how you brought each character to life. But also the pacing, the nuanced expressions and the lovely art overall.
It really helped me to get my head wrapped, just a little more, around the big picture of the invasion of Iraq and the many who were displaced. The humanity. And inhumanities.
And I think you accomplished your goal of “showing” the job of journalism, with aplomb!
One fact which has stayed with me, and which I have shared with others sense, is near the end of the book, when you state the troubling irony of how after the US invasion of Iraq, over a million Iraqi refugees went to Syria. There they were offered free medical care and schooling for the children. Such as it was. And how currently in the US we have a lot of resistance to welcoming the Syrian refugees. Sigh.
Thank you again for a job well done, and a thoroughly enjoyable graphic novel.

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Comment on Something of Value by Bob Levin http://www.tcj.com/something-of-value/#comment-1822567 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:41:17 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98243#comment-1822567 Steven Samuels gives me too much credit. Not only didn’t I “surely know” about the bands he mentions, I had never heard of them, until they were brought up by J.T. Dockery in his valuable “Appendix.” (So was the mention of Burroughs, whom I had heard of, and Tyndale, whom I also hadn’t.) The failure to discuss the “few centuries” of obscenity was my own and I confess, the idea hadn’t even occurred to me.
To Matt Seneca: “Thanks.” Glad you enjoyed the article and took the time to write.
To Bob Clough: My understanding is that Mr. Baggish will be in the documentary but the judge will not.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/1/17 – A Comedy for the People of the World) by steven samuels http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-2117-a-comedy-for-the-people-of-the-world/#comment-1822197 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:01:51 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98355#comment-1822197 That’s fascinating. He strikes as one of the more consistent cartoonists out there. Empty Skull is a fine comic. And the scattered pages I’ve seen from his more recent work seems of a piece with everything else he’s done. At least to me.

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Comment on Something of Value by steven samuels http://www.tcj.com/something-of-value/#comment-1822104 Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:46:49 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98243#comment-1822104 “It’s not for nothing that the same Florida that begat Diana’s comics also begat the death-metal genre of bands like Obituary, Deicide, and Morbid Angel”
To be more precise, as Levin surely knows those bands were not just begat by Florida itself but begat by the same area that helped bring about Diana’s comics. All three of those bands began more or less twenty miles East of Largo. In Tampa and thereabouts. Pretty much the cradle of death metal. The old Molly Shannon / Chris Kattan Goth Talk SNL sketches notwithstanding, it’s not so unusual for something like that to come out of there in that sense. Not that the area is so special as to have qualities unlike many other places in the country. Maybe the point is that artists of that kind can come out of any place that has a cultural vacuum.

There’s one thing that irks me about most (or virtually all) of the discussions about this case even going back twenty years. There never seems to be a historical context included in respect to the punishment that was applied. Sure, Diana might be the first American cartoonist punished in that way, but how about making a connection to obscenity cases of all stripes in this country from the past few centuries? Levin brings up the examples of Burroughs and Tyndale, but these strike me as more obtuse pointers. Unless we’re supposed to believe that there’s never been other unjust prosecutions of writers and artists in this country of one stripe or the other in eras past. Of course what happened to Diana was outrageous, but I think a fuller story is available with more history included, especially for those who think we’re axiomatically much more advanced than we were along time ago.

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Comment on Something of Value by Matt Seneca http://www.tcj.com/something-of-value/#comment-1821858 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:50:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98243#comment-1821858 It’s D’Qwell Jackson. Lol! Awesome article.

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