Down the Avenue

On the site today we present the entire Alison Bechdel interview by Lynn Emmert from TCJ 282 (April 2007). We'll cover her new book, Are You My Mother?, shortly. For now, enjoy this comprehensive conversation. As ever, Joe McCulloch treats us to the new, the newsworthy and the necessary (to some).

Joe has also apparently been holding out on us. Here's proof: A blog post described as follows:

Being a series of comments on Episode 0.1 of Comic Books Are Burning In Hell, a podcast by Matt SenecaTucker Stone and myself.

Is this mutiny? We'll work to bring you the answer.

Frank M. Young delivers unto us answers about John Stanley in reference to questions you didn't know you had, and we should thank him for that. This kind of deep comic book archeology is needed. It gets to the weird smudgy bottom of aesthetic developments. So here's Young on proto-Tubbys.

Here's a funny thing: A group of documents containing an alternate plot point for The Little Prince was recently sold at auction. It sounds interesting:

In this version of the story, after visiting six planets, the little prince arrives on an alternate-reality earth. One particular line reads as an homage to the melting pot of New York City: "If you brought together all the inhabitants of this planet close together as if for a meeting, the Whites, the Yellows, the Blacks, the children, the elderly, the women, and the men, without forgetting a single one, all of humanity would fit on Long Island."

Not comics, but TCJ: Tim has a great short interview with novelist Richard Ford, whose new book I'm greatly looking forward to.

And finally, in case you missed it: Chris Ware's Building Stories is going to be an incredible object.

16 Responses to Down the Avenue

  1. Derik Badman says:

    The boxing of Ware’s book does explain that odd little preview Pantheon was handing out at MoCCA. It was basically a pamphlet in the shape of a small comic strip.

  2. TimR says:

    Frank Santoro might consider opening comments on certain occasions, such as when advancing a theory that Frazetta borrowed most of his style from somebody no one is familiar with…

  3. James says:

    That’s not the first time I’ve heard that Frazetta was influenced by Harmon….and Fritz acknowledged that he was also inspired by Kirby, and I can see that he outright swiped some paintings by NC Wyeth and Howard Pyle. Roy Krenkel did layouts for some of his best covers, as well. I swear, some folks think he was like unto a god when really, he was just a guy. And a rightie reactionary at that. Poisonally, I think he could handle some nice ink at his best, but the paintings are often pretty challenged.

  4. TimR says:

    I didn’t offer an opinion on Frazetta one way or the other, I just suggested that it’s a little perverse to maintain a strict no-comments policy if you’re going to deal in statements that some people no doubt find provocative. And besides, I’d like to read peoples’ take on the issue.

  5. Austin English says:

    Does that make all articles written pre-internet ‘perverse’?

  6. TimR says:

    Austin- Wouldn’t the analogy be if someone wrote a contentious magazine article and then wrote at the bottom “We are not accepting letters of comment about this piece.” It can be done, but it’s a little perverse. Most magazines include letters to the editor about the various pieces, and invite reader feedback.

  7. Kim Thompson says:

    As I recall, THE NEW YORKER was actually notorious for being one of the very few periodicals that didn’t print readers’ letters… until of course they eventually buckled, and started doing so. I admit to being smug as to belonging to the very tiny subset of people who not only got a letter in THE NEW YORKER published, but one correcting an error that their legendary fact checkers has missed. (They called TINTIN French instead of Belgian, quintessential Thompson bait.)

  8. James says:

    I support Frank’s sensible decision to disallow comments, knowing full well myself how hard it is to resist that megaton send button that leads to all the comment devastation we see around these parts. There’s nothing perverse about it, rather, he’s rejecting masochism. But it’s a little insular to assume that just because one isn’t familiar with a particular artist, that “no one” is. Obviously, someone is or they would have been brought up.

  9. James says:

    I mean they WOULDN”t have been brought up. See? Too easy.

  10. Frank Santoro says:

    I actually keep comments off so that folks are encouraged to read my post instead of scrolling immediately to the bottom and reading the comments first. I don’t leave blank pages at the end of my books so people can scrawl comments like “you suck” – so why do it at the end of my weekly posts? You guys are welcome to debate the topic elsewhere – like here. Thanks! Over and out.

  11. James says:

    I didn’t mean to say that I knew what Frank’s motivation was. I AM shocked, shocked that people might scroll right to comments without reading the pieces.

  12. TimR says:

    James- Aren’t you being hypocritical commenting here, when we know comments are just a source of “devastation”? :)

    And I didn’t mean literally no one was familiar with H, I was just saying by comparison to Frazetta who is very well-known.

  13. TimR says:

    I don’t have a problem with the general policy if that’s your preference, my thought was just to relax the rules on certain occasions when the topic might warrant it. In this case it seems like the sort of thing that a lot of people might have strong opinions about, or even interesting information to share that those of us interested in Frazetta and his influences could benefit from.

    It’s not convenient to discuss the topic here, for several reasons that I’d think would be obvious but I can point them out if you or anyone is really unclear on what they might be.

  14. Frank Santoro says:

    I hear you. Thanks for the feedback.

  15. idleprimate says:

    I’d be shocked that anyone skipped the article to read comments. you’d have no context.

    When I read comment threads it usually seems apparent that a lot of commenters haven’t followed the thread but just been eager to have their say (repeating things already said, asking questions already answered, etc.)

    On this site, the comment threads are usually a great supplement to the article because thoughtful discussion goes on and generally includes other creators and journalists.

  16. Frank Santoro says:

    Yah, but for example – I can see all the comments on the sidebar – maybe just the beginning of the comment -BEFORE I read any article on this blog. It’s just the age we live in… and my solution may not be ideal but it is the one I am most comfortable with.

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