Comments for The Comics Journal http://www.tcj.com Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:03:58 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/18/17 – The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States of America) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11817-the-inauguration-of-donald-j-trump-as-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/#comment-1818458 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:03:58 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98107#comment-1818458 In fact, not only does The Hentai Manga Scene acknowledge such pre-comics works as The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife, but it notes that Hokusai’s work is only the most well-remembered example of the type; the 17th century work of artist Shigemasa Kitao is noted as an influence. For his part, Maeda denies having looked to such early works for inspiration…

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Comment on The Ted Stearn Interview by Ant http://www.tcj.com/the-ted-stearn-interview/#comment-1818449 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:01:37 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98037#comment-1818449 Sorry to double-post but my God this interview is a treasure-trove of Mr. Stearn’s work!!! Thank you Ted, David and TCJ!

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Comment on The Ted Stearn Interview by Ant http://www.tcj.com/the-ted-stearn-interview/#comment-1818448 Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:56:58 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98037#comment-1818448 YESSS!!! Thanks TCJ! The Moolah Tree was one of my favourites of 2016. I love Fuzz & Pluck. I love the drawing, the writing, everything. LOVE. IT.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/18/17 – The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States of America) by Patrick Ford http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11817-the-inauguration-of-donald-j-trump-as-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/#comment-1818387 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:01:00 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98107#comment-1818387 http://experienciasex.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/shunga-01.jpg

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/18/17 – The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States of America) by C_Oliver http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11817-the-inauguration-of-donald-j-trump-as-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/#comment-1818383 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:20:29 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98107#comment-1818383 Johji Manabe is another mangaka lost to porn (if you’ll excuse the verb): watch it happen before our eyes during his space opera ‘Drakuun’.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/18/17 – The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States of America) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11817-the-inauguration-of-donald-j-trump-as-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/#comment-1818218 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:50:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98107#comment-1818218 Thanks man… although I’ll add that I *do* think there’s probably a better-than-average amount of personal interest in Shirow’s porn work, insofar a lot of its eccentric qualities are extensions of his auteurist tendencies… and nobody else makes skin that shiny!

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/18/17 – The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States of America) by ChrisV http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11817-the-inauguration-of-donald-j-trump-as-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/#comment-1818215 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:33:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98107#comment-1818215 The part about hentai artists as craftsmen rather than expressing their actual tuns-ons is right on the money. It can be fascinating to see the twists and turns taken over the decades by some of the hentai lifers, like Shiou Kasama going from a cute pop style out of a late 60s men’s magazine to dark ‘n’ brooding erogekiga SM in the 70s. I suspect this kind of shift with tastes/times is more common than not, and doubt many of these guys get high on their own supply, so to speak, in the manner of Crumb and his ilk.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/18/17 – The Inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States of America) by ChrisV http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11817-the-inauguration-of-donald-j-trump-as-45th-president-of-the-united-states-of-america/#comment-1818192 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:01:55 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=98107#comment-1818192 Seriously impressed that you managed to reference Brakhage *and* Jess Collins in a discussion of Shirow’s smut. Bravo!

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Comment on Sara Lautman: Day Four by J.T. Yost http://www.tcj.com/sara-lautman-day-four-2/#comment-1818142 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:05:44 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97953#comment-1818142 Somebody told me that deja vu happens when you’re very tired. Your brain is trying to sort and store memories, but doing a poor job (because you’re tired) of storing a memory in the making.

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Comment on The Gould Rush: The Mad Allure of Dick Tracy by ed maslow http://www.tcj.com/the-gould-rush-the-mad-allure-of-dick-tracy/#comment-1818139 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:53:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=91603#comment-1818139 “Bonkers and stark raving crazy” are very dramatic and attention getting descriptions of Dick Tracy.
I woud prefer giving Chester Gould credit as an original thinker and artist who was uninhibited in his creativity and focused on making sure Dick Tracy was unlike any other comic strip. Especially considering all the plagiarism that was rampant at the time.

I have always associated Chester Gould with Alfred Hitchcock as kindred spirits. Hitchcock once said: “Logic and
plausibility didn’t concern him”. He was only interested in entertaining and keeping the viewer interested in his movies and on the edge of their seats not knowing what was going to happen next. I think the same would apply to Chester
Gould.

Gould created an art form that grabbed your eye on the busy newspaper page and gripped you with story lines that moved rapidly and gave you no time to question its plausibility. Though he did attempt to ground his stories in reality with actual police procedure.

Hitchcock once said: “My movies are a slice of life with the dull parts left out!”. Dick Tracy adhered to this thought.

I would add in my opinion Redrum in 1937 not Little Face was the first of Gould’s inspired villains followed by Mamma and Midget in 1940. Little face showed up one year later in 1941. The 1950’s were fertile years for Chester Gould and 1956 was special with Flattop Junior. Let’s not forget 1952 as a banner year with the almost year long Mr. Crime saga show casing Chester Gould’s ability to keep a story going with surprises every day and its only goal to keep you coming back every day.

Yes, a story that ran for one year took genius and confidence not lunacy.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by SAm Hurst http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1818100 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:08:52 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1818100 AD Powell states “Lations have black ancestry but are not claimed as black!” Really? The vast majority of Latinos are descendants of Spanish and Portuguese explorers, many of whom intermarried with the ethnic peoples who populated what is now Central and South America. Only a minority are descendants of slaves and if they come to the United States they will be legally classified as black.

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Comment on Welcome Back by Ilse Thompson http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1817301 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 02:53:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1817301 Mr. Martin, I appreciate your generosity of spirit in making such an enormous allowance for my naïveté. I’m also grateful to you for interpreting for me the circumstances and conversations I participated in, but clearly did not realize were staged, all in cunning anticipation of having to answer to you, in the comments section of a blog, 20 years later.

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Comment on Sara Lautman: Day Five by Ant http://www.tcj.com/sara-lautman-day-five-2/#comment-1817285 Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:42:02 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97956#comment-1817285 Very cool stuff…leaving on such a high note!

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Comment on Welcome Back by Matt Seneca http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1817240 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 21:25:30 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1817240 this dude is hilarious! Best fan fiction I’ve ever read. I hope this heah bout goes the full 15 rounds

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Comment on An Interview with Nancy Burton by Mike http://www.tcj.com/nancy-burton/#comment-1817076 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 06:35:43 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=94109#comment-1817076 Great to learn some of your early history and to see your awesome creativity on display again!

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Comment on Welcome Back by Robert Stanley Martin http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1817068 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:33:14 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1817068 Ms. Thompson–

I don’t mean any disrespect to you. However, from everything you’ve said, you’ve gotten all your information about this from Gary. All you are doing is corroborating that this is what he has told you. There is nothing in your account that indicates direct knowledge of Pekar authorizing anything. I have talked to Joyce Brabner about this, and while she wouldn’t go into specifics, she says your and Gary’s accounts are “largely untrue.” I don’t for a moment think you’re lying. I think you’ve been duped.

If Pekar did authorize use, there would have been written correspondence to that effect. It doesn’t sound like you ever saw a letter from him. If there was no letter, nothing was authorized. Verbal authorizations aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. If Gary was handling communications with Pekar, he would have known to ask if there was an outstanding deal with another publisher. He would have known about Four Walls Eight Windows, and he would have known to conduct proper due diligence and to get a letter from them stating they had no problem with FB publishing the material. From what you’re saying, you never saw anything from them, either. It doesn’t sound like there was any authorization before the book was published.

The worst-case scenario is that when confronted when Pekar’s refusal, Gary, with his infinite self-righteousness, decided Pekar was being unethical. He thought this was applicable, and then lied to you about the authorization to keep things running smoothly. After the book was published, he found out he was wrong and had to pay a settlement to resolve things.

Whatever the reason, the treatment of Pekar in this book is a petty, vindictive effort to piss on his grave. It is payback, and a passing misunderstanding just isn’t enough to prompt something like this, even for someone as spiteful as Gary. I feel really bad for you, because I think you’ve been made an unwitting accomplice to Gary’s ugliness.

For my part, I started by pointing out something that struck me as discordant. The copyright situation was being misrepresented, and there was no reference to the concurrent deal Pekar had with 4W8W. It’s blown up to what it is now because I was confronted and repeatedly. It’s not in my nature to walk away from a fight. That’s a bad habit. I should really try to keep from falling into it here, as it’s apparent that my comments are doing more to drive traffic to this site than any of the articles being published.

Gary–

My only question for you is this: How much did it cost to settle things?

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Comment on Welcome Back by Groth http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1817034 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 01:44:30 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1817034 Martin- You latched on to what amounts to a footnote of a footnote and tried to prove that what I said couldn’t possibly be true by way of conjectural circumstantial evidence based on your own faulty knowledge of the specifics combined with your innate vindictiveness and a petty grudge you’ve been harboring for years, and only succeeded in making yourself look like an ass. Does anyone in your life take you seriously?

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Comment on Welcome Back by Ilse Thompson http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1817020 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:15:39 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1817020 I have a very clear memory of these events. CCC 13 was my first project as a new editor at Fantagraphics and I had a ringside seat. Not only was it surreal to find myself in the middle of a dispute (albeit minor and quickly resolved) between Fantagrtaphics and Pekar, I was privy to the conversations and negotiations, because how I proceeded with my job depended on it. Crumb wanted to have Pekar’s blessing, which Crumb was able to get. He simply called Pekar; they hashed it out, and we got the green light. When Crumb told Gary it was a go, Gary wrote a memo saying just that: Crumb spoke to Pekar and got his permission to use the material. I kept that memo in my files, and it came in handy when, after the book was printed, Pekar forgot he had given permission. (I’m pretty sure I still have that memo in a box in the basement.) Four Walls Eight Windows was not involved in any permissions. You’d think that if they had a proprietary interest, they would have made a stink after the book came out. Wait, maybe they never found out!

I’ve often been on the receiving end of weird conspiracy theorists who pick apart and try to debunk the most innocuous aspects of my personal experiences or my motives. The thing that sucks so much about them is that these people compel a response. They compel you to explain yourself to them about something they made up. And even while you’re responding, you know it’s never going to satisfy them, because they’re too invested in scratching some deep, neurotic itch. I get that this guy here is needling Gary, not me. But it needles me, and it’s clear that Gary wasted too much time writing this response (any time is too much time) – and he had to, which I suspect is the motivation behind this kind of officious panty sniffing. So, I want to corroborate his version of events. I was there.

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Comment on Welcome Back by Dan Nadel http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1816996 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:15:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1816996 C’mon, Gary, let’s see your MMMS membership card as well! Also, Gary I’m gonna need to see your certificate of ownership for The Comics Journal, because I’m about to turn over all rights to Peter David. I would love to know all the things RSM ignorantly speculates about that aren’t related to comics. What else is in that brain?

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Comment on Welcome Back by R. Fiore http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1816980 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:03:50 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1816980 Keeping in mind that Robert Stanley Martin’s idea of an ideal employer is Stan Lee . . .

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Comment on Welcome Back by sammy http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1816967 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:43:31 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1816967 hahaha

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Comment on Welcome Back by Robert Stanley Martin http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1816964 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:17:59 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1816964 I wasn’t really looking to argue this matter any further. But for all this sturm-and-drang, my point that Crumb has no legal standing as far as ownership of the American Splendor material is concerned still holds. Pekar’s status as the sole legal author will stand until the copyright registrations for the work have been changed to reflect a co-ownership situation. Any claim of co-ownership on Crumb’s part is strictly theoretical until those actions are taken.

My second point, that there was a likely business conflict with Four Wall Eight Windows, has not been addressed. Gary, I guess you could settle all of this by printing the letter you would have secured from 4W8W prior to publishing the American Splendor material in The Complete Crumb. That letter is going to say one of two things. The first is that 4W8W grants permission. The second is that 4W8W has no conflict with you publishing the material, and they will not challenge your doing so.

The third possibility is that you never bothered to contact them, which means you’re an ignorant, reckless amateur who’s all but begging to get sued for infringement.

So come on, Gary. Go for the win here. Let’s see the letter that demonstrates your competence and shows my read of this situation is wrong.

And then you can go back to sneering at the FB employees you injured with your unsafe workplace practices. And who you ripped off by sleazily using a salary designation to circumvent minimum-wage and overtime laws.

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Comment on Welcome Back by Groth http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1816786 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:35:09 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1816786 I was following Stanley Martin’s forensic attempts over a half dozen posts here to expose Pekargate with the usual mix of bemusement and repugnance that his on-line trolling always elicits. As a rule, I try not to waste my time responding to his tedious provocations, but I feel duty-bound to at least debunk his various assertions, which aren’t based on fact or even remotely plausible. I don’t want some innocent soul to chance upon his fulminations years hence and believe any of it. Martin is like a particularly incontinent stray who wanders around the internet neighborhood causing mischief and leaving messes that one has to trail behind with a plastic bag at the ready.

But before I clean up Martin’s mess, let me compliment Sammy Harkham: His single paragraph about the book was one of the most insightful things I’ve read about it because it captured exactly the way I felt at the time (or shortly afterward when I could reflect on it). I’m glad the book conveyed that to readers sensitive enough to pick up on it. You nailed it.

As for my anecdote about Pekar’s involvement in The Complete Crumb Comics and Martin’s Alternate Universe version of events:

The only thing “off” about the Pekar anecdote is in Martin’s head. It happened exactly as I described it. His speculation as to why it couldn’t possibly have happened that way is filled with false premises and ignorant assertions.

Sammy fell into the Martin trap of arguing against a misstatement of fact. Contrary to what Martin argues, Crumb co-owns the material he did with Pekar, and he merely wanted Pekar to sign off on its inclusion in the Complete Crumb. In order for Pekar to be the sole owner, Crumb would have had to sign a work-for-hire contract or an agreement that ceded his rights. He did not. In the event, he and Pekar are equal owners of the work. (Incomplete or erroneous copyright registrations are not conclusive; the work is copyrighted Pekar in the Bob ‘N’ Harvey book and copyrighted to both of them in The Complete Crumb. In the absence of a contract between them stipulating otherwise, the copyright notice in The Complete Crumb is correct.)

There is no reason Martin would necessarily know any of this, but, then again, it’s none of his —or anyone else’s— business, so why go off speculating about something he knows nothing about?

Although the industry norm is exclusive contractual arrangements, there are exceptions and it should be fairly obvious that Crumb has licensed the comics he originally did for a variety of publishers throughout his career to other publishers on a non-exclusive basis with certain caveats (Crumb’s Weirdo work appeared in the Complete Crumb as well as a collection by Last Gasp) that are too insidery to go into— but, again, this is no one’s business, so what’s the point of speculating about something he knows nothing about? All to “prove” that my recollection about Pekar’s intransigence and the eventual resolution was wrong? My recollections are not always accurate — one of the things I like most about it is the Rashomon dimension of conflicting memories— but in this instance, it is precisely the way I remember it and the way Crumb remembers it.

Martin’s speculation about Hup is also, not surprisingly, wrong; we would include this series in any forthcoming Complete Crumb volumes —it’s called Complete for a reason— just as we included all his Weirdo work. The same work can co-exist in different formats, just as so much of Crumb’s work does. (We are also planning to release collections of Mystic Funnies and Art & Beauty in due time, by the way.)

This performance makes Martin’s admonishment to Nadel that “It might do you good to learn some humility” hilariously ironic. And I did love Martin’s invitation to Dan to e-mail him so he could describe how tough it was to put together a book.. That sounds generous, even collegial — until you realize it’s completely insane. Imagine the joys of Stanley Martin “walk[ing] you through the processes of…backlist management.” The mind reels.

It’s worth noting that the first person to jump on a thread in response to an excerpt from Fantagraphics’ oral history is a compulsive and habitual Fantagraphics/Groth hater.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Ant http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1816725 Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:28:37 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1816725 sammy–I hear ya man. Like I said, a great year…for comics (excluding the deaths of some of the medium’s best and brightest :( ). There were some great personal finds in Kramers 9: Adam Buttrick and Antony Hutchette in particular.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/11/17 – I Never Sleep) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11117-i-never-sleep/#comment-1816420 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:43:26 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97962#comment-1816420 The film did screen at TIFF last year, since that’s where I first heard of it… it’s not in wide release, no. As for derision, it’s a subjective call, I know, but the tenor of a simple Google news search and the film’s Rotten Tomatoes (28% of 18 reviews) and Metacritic (32 out of 100 based on 10 reviews) aggregations support my generalization. Of course, I have not seen the film myself and do not speak from direct analysis.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/11/17 – I Never Sleep) by ManRay http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11117-i-never-sleep/#comment-1816414 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 20:20:07 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97962#comment-1816414 The Reassignment Film was not released yet and was not derided

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (1/11/17 – I Never Sleep) by Andy Smart http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-11117-i-never-sleep/#comment-1816399 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:59:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97962#comment-1816399 That Shinzō Godzilla comic is what Cloverfield should have been.

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Comment on The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom by Mark Alpert http://www.tcj.com/reviews/the-amazing-true-story-of-a-teenage-single-mom/#comment-1816149 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:16:12 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=97886#comment-1816149 It may be interesting to note that Arnoldi hasn’t forgotten the dreams she writes about. She is a teacher and holds a PhD!

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by James Romberger http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1816057 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:08:57 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1816057 Well then, consider Crickets #5 to be my #11 (that dating business similarly affected several of my recent books, because the indicia reflected the date the book was completed and sent to the publisher, but the book actually hit the shops the next year, so this is something for authors to consider).

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Kit http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1816020 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:52:57 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1816020 AFAICT Crickets #5 came out in Los Angeles in December, and small pockets of the rest of the world in 2016.

signed, an Australian who bought it in LA in December

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by The ghost of Moebius http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1815673 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 10:11:21 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1815673 I was also thrilled to make the list.

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Comment on Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White by Jeffrey Goodman http://www.tcj.com/reviews/krazy-george-herriman-a-life-in-black-and-white/#comment-1815581 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:33:00 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=97578#comment-1815581 Mitchell, 12/10/39

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Austin English http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1815324 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:57:41 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1815324 I used to read the TCJ ‘year end best of’ lists religiously as a young comics reader, looking up each and every work included to try to figure out the complex comics world terrain. Was kinda sad that a list hadn’t been done in a while (?) but was happy to see one back and was thrilled to make it onto one, a dream come true, I cannot lie.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by sammy http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1815321 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 21:53:07 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1815321 Ant and James, oh but what collections of short stories came out this year. new: Beverly, Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus, Band for Life, Time Clock, Puking Force, Looking For America’s Dog, Cosplayers, Epoxy Cartoon Magazine, Ganges 5, Blubber, Art Comic 3, Moon Trax, new Love and Rockets, the already mentioned CF receipt roll comics, Blammo 9(and if I may, Kramers 9 had some solid short strips). reprints: Dick Tracy Sundays, Underworld, Neat Stuff, Real Deal, Cheap Novelties, Greatest of Marlys, the Abner Dean book, Moebius, more Barks and Barnaby, and these are off the top of my head- I am surely forgetting much much more. This year was an insanely packed year for great reprints, great collections of short strips, and the graphic novel form (hell, no one has mentioned Longest Day of the Future or Ancestor yet!). The hard part is keeping up with it all. It’s a lot.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Ant http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1815294 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 19:38:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1815294 @James Romberger–ah, yeah, my bad. Didn’t get my copy ’til early ’16.
Agree totally with your first paragraph.

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Comment on The Webtoon: A New Form for Graphic Narrative by Kimberly Pham http://www.tcj.com/the-webtoon-a-new-form-for-graphic-narrative/#comment-1815266 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:32:36 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=93460#comment-1815266 Thanks for writing about this! I think webtoons will become more and more popular because of the vertical scrolling format that people are used to on their phones.

Another newer company that publishes webtoons in English is Lezhin https://www.lezhin.com/en/ but it goes through a paid comics model via coins.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by James Romberger http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1815245 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:20:04 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1815245 A few notes: I was generally a bit underwhelmed by the comics scene this last year. I think the medium suffers from the lack of “floppies” where people can put their work out in installments or do shorter pieces and also from a lack of anthologies where those short stories can be published; the “graphic novel” form is limiting in that it takes years to do a long book which make the author effectively invisible for that period of time—a period especially protracted in the minds of younger people.
BTW: I find the writing on Pretty Deadly to be impenetrable; I included the book on my list because of Emma Rios’ art and page design. Also, I had intended to include Sammy Harkham’s most recent issue of Crickets, but when I looked at it, the only date I could see was 2015.

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Comment on Richard Thompson, 1957-2016 by suzanne myre http://www.tcj.com/richard-thompson-1957-2016/#comment-1815238 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:56:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=94618#comment-1815238 I just discover the work of Thompson. I saw that big book on the public library shelve, saying to myself it would be very heavy to carry on my long way home. But my instinct told me to accept this weigh, borrow the book and just walk slowly (sorry for my bad english, i am french, from Montréal).
I didn’t regret it. It put me in that sort of trance i used to be when i was 11, reading my Peanuts religiously. Then i read about the author and saw he was dead. It made me so sad. Why does a genius like him had to quit this world, earlier than those modern dictators who are busy to ruin this world instead of putting beauty in it?
But still, i am happy because, along the hundred of strips that kept me in pure joy, i gained faith in this world, thinking that maybe there is another guy like Thompson that i don’t know yet and that he (or she) will appear in splendor during one of my next visit to the library.

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Comment on The Cage Stands As Before: The Comics of Yvan Alagbé by Domingos Isabelinho http://www.tcj.com/the-cage-stands-as-before-the-comics-of-yvan-alagbe/#comment-1815231 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:25:56 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=74558#comment-1815231 Nope. My alma mater is in Lisbon.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Frank Santoro http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1815027 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:03:15 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1815027 Agreed. A wise friend said that what you get for being published needs to be looked at and reconsidered. I think this is precisely why many would be cartoonists go the zine fair / artist book route. The prestige of being published will always be there but the real financial rewards are gonna be peanuts for most. It’s better business to be a self publisher, ultimately. Personally, I want to mutiny against the last ten years of book culture comics. #longboxlife4ever

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Craig Fischer http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1814997 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 01:09:38 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1814997 Those issues of HOUSE OF WOMEN are so design-intensive (die-cuts, etc.) that they’d be very hard to reprint and continue to self-publish. Exhausting to assemble, I bet. Plus: working through publishers like Fantagraphics or D & Q allows an artist to reach the (relatively) lucrative library market…

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Frank Santoro http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1814993 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:47:03 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1814993 Agreed.

CF’s receipt roll comics (slobbering Homer Simpson sounds)

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by sammy http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1814963 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:25:47 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1814963 The only problem with what you are suggesting is that after the first year of (hopefully) brisk sales, you would then become a businessman, trying to keep your book in circulation and in libraries and all that shit. what you gain with a (good) publisher is a long shelf life. and on the flipside, self publishing is great for comic books you want to make and sell out of and never see again. #longboxlife

To get back on topic, I am disappointed nobody put CF’s Receipt comics on their list.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Rob Clough http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1814961 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 22:16:01 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1814961 In Sophie’s case, I believe she’s already almost sold out of #1 and #2. She made them in very small quantities.

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Comment on The Amazing “True” Story of a Teenage Single Mom by Susan Manuso http://www.tcj.com/reviews/the-amazing-true-story-of-a-teenage-single-mom/#comment-1814903 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:19:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=97886#comment-1814903 I’m thrilled to read this. Arnoldi’s book hit me in the gut, like watching “Manchester by the Sea.” But you did not mention that the graphics don’t just depict the ongoing story. The words around the frames and the graphic depictions take her story to an even deeper level, which hardly seems possible. The references at the end to organizations available to help young women like her brings her story right where it belongs– into the real world of possibilities under dire circumstances.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by Frank Santoro http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1814884 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:18:38 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1814884 Mr. Fischer’s remarks regarding Sofie Goldstein’s work articulates something I have been thinking a lot about in the last few years. He writes “When the three issues of House of Women are collected into a single volume by AdHouse, Fantagraphics or Drawn & Quarterly—it’s only a matter of time—will the publisher replicate the attention to design and printing (those lavish die-cut covers and molasses-thick spot blacks) that Goldstein put into her self-presentation of the material? I hope so. ”

I think it is interesting to note the increasing money losing-ness realities of putting out collections of this type. And the increasing money making-ness potential for self publishing. That landscape has vastly changed because of POD and riso printing me thinks in the last ten years. It is in the artist’s interest to keep these books in print themselves. And NOT have it collected by a publisher. It seems to me when an expensive book collection is made – however it is received – it will go out of print and most likely NOT be reprinted by a publisher like Fanta. When it goes out of print the thought is “well, the 1500 people or so who would buy the book have bought it” so unless it is a huge hit the reprinting, storage and maintenace of those palletes of books is like throwing money off a bridge.

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Comment on The Best Comics of 2016 (According to Some) by FRANK M YOUNG III http://www.tcj.com/the-best-comics-of-2016-according-to-some/#comment-1814698 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:21:27 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97531#comment-1814698 I’m in the hospital with leukemia, and have been too out-of-it to make the deadline. Here are the comics that impressed me most in 2016:

SIR ALFRED #3, Tim Hemsley (Fantagraphics)
STREET FIGHTS COMICS, Samplerman (AKA Yvan Guillo; self-published)
PATIENCE, Dan Clowes (Fantagraphics)
THE COMPLETE TRUMP, Harvey Kurtzman and assorted brilliant artists (Dark Horse/Kitchen Sink)

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Comment on Not Just Another Comics Festival by Lynne Miller http://www.tcj.com/not-just-another-comics-festival/#comment-1814695 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:04:00 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96821#comment-1814695 Happy to see Keith Knight amply represented! Comic Genius!

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Comment on Welcome Back by R Bronstein http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1814687 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 03:28:05 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1814687 http://www.frownlandinc.com/rsm.jpg

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Comment on Welcome Back by Robert Stanley Martin http://www.tcj.com/welcome-back-2/#comment-1814677 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 02:42:11 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97766#comment-1814677 An inability to apologize, accompanied by gaslighting. My.

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