Comments for The Comics Journal http://www.tcj.com Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:57:54 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by steven samuels http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1802998 Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:57:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1802998 “But dear DC exec…… just let Fantagraphics handle your decent-comics reprints, the way Disney has done)”

That would be the day wouldn’t it? They don’t even feel like leasing out their pages to the “Best American Comics” annuals. Even unlikelier than the country being run by an orange-skinned egomaniac/ scam artist.

Oh wait a minute….

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by R.Fiore http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1802913 Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:50:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1802913 I loved this interview, and I’m just noticing looking at the illustrations again that based solely on the two photographs here, he looks a whole lot more African American with the hat than without. It’s like Clark Kent’s glasses.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/30/16 – A Haunting and Eloquent Line) by Dave Knott http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-113016-a-haunting-and-eloquent-line/#comment-1802225 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:10:40 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97252#comment-1802225 Incidentally, the untranslated title of “Mickey’s Craziest Adventures” is exactly the same. I assume that the authors’ intention was to emphasize how the book is a pastiche of old Disney comics translations, which sometimes maintained the English title for the French edition.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Robert Beerbohm http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1802152 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:35:47 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1802152 An interesting aside regarding George Herriman’s romance with Louise Scher Swinnerton remains the landlord of my second comic book store location on Haight Street near Masonic during 1986-1989 before moving it to half a block from Ashbury (and much greater walk by) was Arnold Scher who ran a place called Beaver Brothers Antiques on Market Street where Haight bottoms out at. He had Jimmy Swinnerton daily originals for sale – very early ones – which I now kick myself I only had scored one back then.

I also had scored a George Herriman studio photo from him without his hat on. Looking back I simply never made a connection as I did not at that time know much if anything regarding the Scher family name connection.

Am looking forward to this book big time though bucks remain tight as most funds I raise go in to healing my oldest daughter Katy from an ongoing since 2010 medical nightmare which has also distracted side-tracked me from much of the comics history research I have devoted a life time to like so many other souls fascinated with this most wonderful art form. Krazy feels like it will be a winner!

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by Robert Beerbohm http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1802145 Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:08:58 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1802145 From numerous promptings I have seen recently from Paul Tumey on Facebook, Huib van Opstal (over on the PlatinumAge yahoo site I co-moderate) and finally finding time to sit to absorb what I knew would be a treat, I just finished Part One of this wonderful trek in to learning some new things about a cartoonist creator I also consider the greatest the world has ever produced. My fascination with Herriman’s comics knows no bounds.

For years I also have delved in to early comics history with the thrill of the hunt spurring me on. I remember in the mid 1990s re-discovering Thomas “TAD” Dorgan’s written piece inside a 1923 Circulation magazine wherein he makes commentary the reason “Garge” Herriman had darker complexion skin tones was due to his “Greek” Mediterranean heritage which got me pondering a bit considering GH was born 1880 in New Orleans.

Having children of “mixed” races myself I already knew of and seen my own children go thru certain levels of dealing with those who become identity confused in the real world around themselves. I resolved to delve in to this matter further myself.

As I was scrolling through this Part One I was pleasantly surprised to see my name attached to the 1902 photo of a 22 year old very proud looking George Herriman without his hat on. His hair combed in such a way which definitely points out his African American heritage before the realities of real life in America back then made for his friends like Dorgan to explain away covering up same by way of being “Greek” which is sad to think upon looking back in time.

I then contacted Chris Ware asking him if he wanted to use that 1902 Bookman pic from that article on famous cartoonists which also covered some aspiring younger guys on their way to becoming more famous in his then ongoing Fantagraphics Krazy Kat Sunday reprint series then picking up from where the earlier Eclipse series had left off.

In my later researching I managed to uncover 3 photos of Herriman without his usually ubiquitous hat covering his hair. It is good to see that tiny Bookman pic blown up and cleaned up in PhotoShop which admirably brings out the nuances. One can easily see Herriman was proud of his heritage.

Now, on to Part Two…….

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/30/16 – A Haunting and Eloquent Line) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-113016-a-haunting-and-eloquent-line/#comment-1801797 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:28:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97252#comment-1801797 ATTENTION READERS: With terror in my heart, I confess to having overlooked a noteworthy release of the week, a translation of writer Lewis Trondheim’s and artist Nicolas Keramidas’ Mickey’s Craziest Adventures, a detournment of sorts through old Disney comics, with simulated ragged colors by Brigitte Findakly. Translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger and localized by David Gerstein. In my extremely limited defense, IDW puts out a lot of Disney comics and the somewhat unremarkable title cases me to gloss over the book itself… very embarrassing. Sad emoji; $14.99.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by Michael Tisserand http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1801574 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:41:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1801574 AD Powell: Just to add to what Paul has said. I’m not sure from your message if you’ve read Krazy Kat. If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. The interplay of language and reality, including social identity, is just one of his great subjects. And as Paul said, the book looks at passing as a historical phenomenon; certainly Herriman would have different options available to him today. For more on this topic I recommend the book One Drop by Bliss Broyard, about her father Anatole Broyard’s experience with passing. Broyard came from the same social circle as the Herrimans.

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by LLJ http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1801478 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:24:06 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1801478 He does have a fairly unique and identifiable drawing style. Still, there *are* some familiar elements in his art. I’d say the influences I see in his art are Golden Age “pulp” comics, especially in his compositions and layouts. I also see a bit of 80s alt-comics in his work…the tacky black spotting he tends to use makes me think of Sandhu Florea’s art in The Executioner comics back in the day. He’s obviously less technically skilled than his influences, but he’s managed to combine them into a unique and striking personal style.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Eddie Campbell http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801445 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:05:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801445 well, except for the now unnamed guy who switched places with Harry.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Eddie Campbell http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801444 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:01:11 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801444 interestingly, McGill, the guy originally misidentified as Tad, is hiding his right hand in the other shot from this session. Maybe that caused the mis-ID somewhere along the line.
I’d never seen a photo of McGill before, so that settles that curiosity.
Harry Hershfield said ‘Now let me take one of you lot!’ and got round the other side of the camera.
I had never heard of Ike Anderson outside of that photo above, but I see he is so identified in the other photo, with the addition of “comic editor, NY Journal.” You learn something every day.
And while the big world is all going wrong out there, we at least have settled this little problem to our satisfaction. ;-)

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by Paul Tumey http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1801238 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:23:49 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1801238 AD Powell — you misunderstand. There’s no condemning at all of Herriman, on any count, in Tisserand’s book or my thoughts at all for passing white. We are fascinated with the way this choice shaped Herriman. Being born and raised in Louisiana myself, with Creole family members, I am well aware of this history, myself — as I’m sure Micheal Tisserand is, living in New Orleans. You are, like Don Quixote, charging at windmills in this case.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Paul Tumey http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801216 Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:56:05 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801216 Updated the caption. Many thanks, Michael. That IS Harry Hershfield in the image on the OSU site you linked to — however, it’s not the same person in the photo used in this article. If you compare the gents in the lower left, you can see they are different folks in different clothes. I wonder if Harry switched places with this guy and took this photo. I have no idea who the guy in in the photo in this article — anyone have any thoughts? To my eye, it doesn’t resemble the other photographs of Thomas E. (T.E.) Powers I’ve seen. See what we historical types go through, folks?

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Michael Tisserand http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801193 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:18:32 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801193 Hi Eddie and Paul:

I ran a slightly different pose from this session in the book and happily they are all identified in the original source. The gent on the lower right (who looks startlingly to my eyes like Don Draper) is actually Harold McGill. The lower left is Harry Hershfield. The photos in the Harry Hershfield Collection at Ohio are incredible!

https://library.osu.edu/dc/concern/generic_works/g7333b11s

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Eddie Campbell http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801187 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 23:01:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801187 Hi, Paul.
Good to hear the info is not from the book then. The problem with folk making guesses about the identifications is that they acquire authority and hang around for decades. So I also wonder if the older fellow in the photo, usually identified as Ike Anderson, isn’t Tom Powers (labelled “Methuselah Powers” in the Tad cartoon above). He was with the Hearst art staff during the period that the photo was taken. The problem is that it’s hard to find other photos of these guys for comparison.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Paul Tumey http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801170 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 21:57:00 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801170 Eddie, I am responsible for that erroneous caption. I knew that would come back to bite me on the ass. As I loaded the article into the Journal’s WordPress site and scouted around for some engaging art and period photos to provide visuals to the text, I grabbed this familiar image from the Internet. I also copied and pasted the caption in — and had a sense that it wasn’t right. That doesn’t look like Harry Hershfield to me, either. I’ve rewritten the caption to reflect these doubts. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Eddie — Michael is blameless in this one!

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by AD Powell http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1801156 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:58:39 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1801156 Herriman was a CREOLE born in New Orleans. Creoles can vary in racial composition, just like Latinos. Stop calling him “black” or condemning him for “passing for white.” If you LOOK white, then you ARE white and have the right to claim that identity. Latinos have black ancestry but are not claimed as “black.” Why are they given respect while Creoles are treated with contempt? We know why. Latinos have political power. Creoles have none.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part Two) by Eddie Campbell http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-two/#comment-1801151 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:29:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97149#comment-1801151 great interview. I have the book on order and await it eagerly. It’s shaping up to be the read of the year.

Re the group photo used above. Some fellow enthusiasts and I, about two years back, had a discussion about this photo (I had a vague idea you might have been in on that, Paul). The figure at bottom right has been identified as Tad Dorgan at least since the photo appeared in the McDonnell/O’Connell Krazy Kat book (The Comic Art of George Herriman-1989?). That can’t be Tad Dorgan at bottom right. Tad was missing three fingers of his right hand but that gent is sporting the full compliment on both hands (Tad always contrived to hide the hand when being photographed, sometimes looking a bit too obvious in his doing so). After discussion and comparison with various other photos we thought it most likely to be the illustrator Henry Raleigh. Hope this doesn’t ruin your day, Michael. ;-)

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Comment on New and Old: SPX 2016 by Mario Lucioni http://www.tcj.com/new-and-old-spx-2016/#comment-1801079 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:34:43 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=95709#comment-1801079 On the first photo, with Warren Bernard, are Javier Olivares and Santiago García, the Spanish creators of Las Meninas (awarded as best Spèanish comic of 2015 at the Barcelona Comic fair).

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Comment on Sam Gross: Sex, Race, and Frogs by MarvinJeshiva http://www.tcj.com/sam-gross/#comment-1800805 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:05:01 +0000 http://dev.tcj.com/?p=108#comment-1800805 Sammy, I tried to connect with you when you were Honered by DeWitt C. We spoke for a few minutes, then, all was lost…please call me or send me your phone # or email address. Dominic and I would love to get together with you and
“Korky” Korman to relive the days on Mosholu Parkway and P.S. 8 and 80 and Clinton. It seems to me that we missed out on a lot during the past 60-65 years. It’s never to late….Marv Jesh

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1800571 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:32:39 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1800571 Very good, Archibald! Know however that it’s the millennial reprint edition… my genuine Charlton copy is stripped.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by Paul Slade http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1799513 Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:52:51 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1799513 Yeah, I’d love to see that third volume too.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by Archibald http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1799234 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:32:23 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1799234 I declare! Is that a copy of Ditko’s classic MYSTERIOUS SUSPENCE #1 featuring “The Return of the Question” blithely seated underneath those five “Anpan crew” plastic balls?”

Do I win sweet red bean paste?

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by Taylor http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1799233 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:14:31 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1799233 I bought a Japanese book of sewing patterns recently based on the attractiveness of the clothes alone and figured I could get by… but it’s been too intimidating for me so far. I’d never have thought TCJ would inspire me to try again!

(It definitely didn’t help me with reading kanji or anything, but I tried out that Mango app for basic Japanese conversation lessons and liked it a lot.)

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by DanielT http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1799103 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:53:14 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1799103 Fantagraphics, if there is anything I can do that will result in the publishing of the third volume of King of the Flies, please let me know.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1799057 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:13:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1799057 The jewelry box also fell apart, frequently.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/23/16 – Exactly What We Had Feared Would Happen Since Day 1) by David Bitterbaum http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-112316-exactly-what-we-had-feared-would-happen-since-day-1/#comment-1799047 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:38:02 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97109#comment-1799047 Your saga of trying to reclaim some childhood nostalgia by building something too complicated for even for the smartest adult is a metaphor for much of life. We spend adulthood chasing an impossible dream of reclaiming a hazy memory of youth, before giving up and just building the easier Hello Kitty jewelry box. I guess the metaphor falls apart a little at the end, but I still like it.

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Comment on Exits by H. Seitchik http://www.tcj.com/reviews/exits/#comment-1798962 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:00:54 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=96386#comment-1798962 what a fabulous review… you”got”it….

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Comment on “Why Draw Comics About Anything Else?”: The Keiler Roberts Interview by Keiler Roberts http://www.tcj.com/why-draw-comics-about-anything-else-the-keiler-roberts-interview/#comment-1798304 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:07:15 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96905#comment-1798304 photo credits
top photo: Scott Roberts
middle photo with the sparkly background: Glitter Guts
last photo: Kevin Budnik

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Comment on In the First Circle of Hell with S. Clay Wilson by Marc Saxe http://www.tcj.com/in-the-first-circle-of-hell-with-s-clay-wilson/#comment-1798103 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 23:04:34 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=47201#comment-1798103 Best out to S Clay and Lorraine. So sorry to hear of your condition. I came to the site thinking that your art could depict the disaster of a Trump presidency characterized as some resurection of Captain Pissgums, with the coming new Cabinet and advisors as the Pervert Pirates. I hope I’m not too late to ask. But, if I am, the happiest of trails to you, better health daily, and best wishes all around. Thanks for all….

I think you’re the guy to do it. Maybe I’ll have to go hunt down Jim Franklin…

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Comment on Machine Man by Kirby & Ditko: The Complete Collection by Zack Blackstone http://www.tcj.com/reviews/machine-man-by-kirby-ditko-the-complete-collection/#comment-1797832 Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:09:24 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?post_type=reviews&p=96197#comment-1797832 I always want this comic to be better than what it is. A comic begun by Kirby and finished by Ditko sounds like it should be something special. The non-superhero parts of it read like a bad 50’s sitcom : ‘My workmate, the robot”.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by Jones, one of the Jones boys http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1797805 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:19:35 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1797805 Those DC “Action Heroes” archives are sweet for the hardcore Ditko afficionado (e.g. me) but, yeah. that price is steep for a more casual reader. It is odd that they haven’t done a cheaper reprint to tie into Watchmen; it’s not like they’re worried about diluting the “IP”, obviously

(But dear DC exec: forget about the Charlton characters, give us an affordable series of Sugar and Spike reprints. Or, hell, just let Fantagraphics handle your decent-comics reprints, the way Disney has done)

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Comment on The Fight by BobH http://www.tcj.com/the-fight/#comment-1797794 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:25:08 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97048#comment-1797794 Never was a website more aptly named than “Vulture.com” with that article.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by Bradley Curry http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1797528 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:40:32 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1797528 Thanks a ton for the interview. I’m not Kat scholar but learning about Herriman depicting black boxers as cats was a “scales falling from the eyes” moment for me and I can’t wait to go devour some Krazy Kat when I get home.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by N. Savory http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1797494 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:12:28 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1797494 Diamond supplied Comic stores and their online sites generally get their books 2 weeks before Mainstream book trade stores and websites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by Jim Turoczy http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1797471 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 23:43:20 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1797471 The Don Rosa Library Volume 6 shipped today, from Diamond for on sale tomorrow. It’s vary nice…

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by Joe McCulloch http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1797396 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:56:37 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1797396 Diamond insists it’s coming to comic book stores this week; that’s what I base the column on (Diamond’s releases to comic book stores), because it offers a big and more-or-less predictable body of releases to draw from. It’s not surprising Amazon doesn’t synchronize… pretty much any manga I list is liable to show up in big box bookstores at a somewhat different point too, either before or after…

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by BatClown http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1797390 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:41:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1797390 why do you always list the Fantagraphics stuff too early? Amazon says Rosa 6 not for two more weeks

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Comment on THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (11/16/16 – America Destroyed by Design) by David Bitterbaum http://www.tcj.com/this-week-in-comics-111616-america-destroyed-by-design/#comment-1797296 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:06:59 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=97010#comment-1797296 Joe, you do realize your concluding joke about, “Before Before Watchmen,” may very well be read by an executive and followed-up on. I mean, if that happens at least we get some snazzy collections of, “The Question,” that hopefully will also include the amazing stuff by Dennis O’Neil and crew.

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Comment on A “Konversation” with George Herriman’s Biographer, Michael Tisserand (Part One) by Andrew Mansell http://www.tcj.com/a-konversation-with-george-herrimans-biographer-michael-tisserand-part-one/#comment-1797233 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:36:16 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96927#comment-1797233 Great interview!!
I was fortunate enough to view that Boyden Sparkes. painting at OSU. Herriman built and painted the frame as well. Stunning.
With specproductions gone, someone MUST reprint The Family Upstairs. Your discussion has me chomping at the bit.
I can’t wait to read more about Herriman’s reading habits.
Finally, with all the subtext flowing with the poetry and pen-lines one has to wonder if the “asexual sprite” explanation for Krazy’s gender was a misdirection as well. I assume the Hollywood community had a sizable closeted gay culture; one which Herriman–a fixture at Roach Studuos– elected to champion as well? The mind reels. Bring on Part II…and thanks for a great konversation!!

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by ebgrjh http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1797094 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 21:47:06 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1797094 You went off on a political tangent and I responded to your political rhetoric. My response had nothing to do with people criticizing Marra. My criticism of Marra had nothing to do with politics.

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Comment on Through the Graves the Wind is Blowing by Zack Blackstone http://www.tcj.com/through-the-graves-the-wind-is-blowing/#comment-1796667 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:22:22 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96812#comment-1796667 You won’t be embarrassed by your dramatic tone. It’s more likely that when you look back at it you’ll be stunned at how cheery you sound…if you make it to the bomb shelter.

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Comment on Six Observations about Alison Bechdel’s Graphic Archive Are You My Mother? by Franck T http://www.tcj.com/six-observations-about-alison-bechdel%e2%80%99s-graphic-archive-are-you-my-mother/#comment-1796568 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:31:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=38798#comment-1796568 Nice review – I couldn’t agree more. Although I found that the book discussed a few interesting ideas, overall its extremely artificial construction and excessive navel-gazing made for a rather tedious reading. Also, I could only wonder what ‘are you my mother?’ would look like if Bechdel had become a mother. Parenthood recently played a central role in the books of several major cartoonists, e.g. Ware’s Building stories, Clowes’ Patience and Burns’ Last look. The most extreme example might be Groening’s Life in hell that turned into Life is swell when he focused on his kids… To me, Bechdel appeared to be “stuck” in a teen vs. mom relationship, possibly because she did not experience motherhood herself.

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Comment on Spain Rodriguez: Still Cruisin’ After All These Years by Michael J. Weaver http://www.tcj.com/spain-rodriguez-still-cruisin%e2%80%99-after-all-these-years/#comment-1796219 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 21:33:34 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=35587#comment-1796219 My Dad Vince Weaver was in the group the Native Boys, sadly he died today.

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Comment on “And It Lasted Forever”: An Interview with Tom Spurgeon by Alistair http://www.tcj.com/an-interview-with-tom-spurgeon/#comment-1795994 Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:40:10 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96004#comment-1795994 What a great interview. Tom, my understanding of the worlds of comics comes right out of discovering the comics reporter back when, and I think I still subconsciously filter new discoveries through your voice.
I think what I value most about the comics reporter is the sheer warmth and thoughtfulness that comes through everything. All of which are great and rare gifts to the world. So less of the beating yourself up please!

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Comment on Through the Graves the Wind is Blowing by Jeffrey Goodman http://www.tcj.com/through-the-graves-the-wind-is-blowing/#comment-1795801 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:02:53 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96812#comment-1795801 I think it’s Darker, whether we want it or not, now.

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by Tim from Eurozone http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1795652 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 08:07:32 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1795652 ebgrjh, it seems you’re saying people criticising Marra are delusional lefties concerned with democracy and welfare etc, while his work represents the harsh reality of non-progressiv, less educated people. Not sure if you’re still talking about Marra here, so maybe i got this wrong.

I forgot, the only critical question of this interview begins “A small minority of loud people online have come out questioning …” which is why i would agree this reads a bit like a fanboy press interview.

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by ebgrjh http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1795521 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:09:21 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1795521 “Tim from Eurozone” wrote:

“Alt right dude bros love this stuff. You have to give him credit for anticipating this new aera we live in since yesterday,”

Since yesterday? Where have you been?

Outside of your secular. wealthy enclave, people aren’t so nice. Democracy, cultural marxism, and welfare states are products of wealth, which is why it is wealthy people, and people who pretend to hate wealth but identify with wealthy people ,culturally, who defend these things.

The world is not becoming a better place. This is the disconnect those on the Left have with Main Street at the moment.

The Left is concerned identity politics and technophilia.

The majority of people on this planet are not Progressives. They don’t have college degrees and listen to NPR.
Hate to break it to you….

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by Tim from Eurozone http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1795242 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:41:45 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1795242 When i first saw his drawings i was intrigued, as soon as i got to actually read some of his comics i sort of lost interest. Marra has nothing to say, except that he’s not a wuss like Chris Ware or Chester Brown. Alt right dude bros love this stuff. You have to give him credit for anticipating this new aera we live in since yesterday, but somehow that makes it all even less funny.

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by Bradley Curry http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1795215 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:03:42 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1795215 With regards to his art not being 100% deliberate he kind of admits that himself “I think I miss the mark constantly. The results of missing the mark is what could be called my style.”

Of course he’s influenced by the trends going on, but his work is recognizably Marra. So maybe “unique” was the right word, but “recognizable style”. Which is much more than most artists.

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Comment on Ink in His Veins: An Interview with Benjamin Marra by ebgrjh http://www.tcj.com/ink-in-his-veins-an-interview-with-benjamin-marra/#comment-1795098 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:52:39 +0000 http://www.tcj.com/?p=96277#comment-1795098 “. His drawing style is unique.”
His art is not influenced by ongoing trends in the Art world .
There is no no influence of Outsider Art, which would allow him to present badly drawn figures,
no hipster influence that would allow him to appropriate things from African American subcultures and juxtapose those elements with random stuff.

He’s totally unique. He would be out of place displaying his work in an Indy comics convention, especially if Gary Panter was showing his work next to him.

His art work does not remind of Major Lazer’s album covers.
http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk/news/illustration/discover-king-of-dancehall-art-who-inspired-major-lazers-cover-art/

He’s a unique snowflake.

In reality, he is relatively lucky enough that a gatekeeper of literary comics took an interest in his work and is now being hyped up like he’s the next Christobel, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Picture_Is_Worth_a_1,000_Bucks, the next Jeff Lemire,…you get the picture.

When he draws something somewhat well, as with the Black Man/KKK piece, he’s not bad but I don’t think he’s methodical enough for me to think his art is 100% deliberate and not a result of his limitations as well. Like Bradley Curry says, “[Benjamin Marra]’s saying he can’t make serious comics even when he tries to”
His disposition is definitely not unique among alternative comics creators. Many alternative comics creators aren’t great artists.

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