On the site today: Matt Seneca on C.F.'s Sediment.

And online... Tim is too modest to mention this, but luckily I am not: Lauren Weinstein's wonderful comics about pregnancy and motherhood were recently profiled on This is really insightful and touching work -- check it out. No good transition here, but an interview with Jim Woodring is always a good thing, and here's one over at The Believer. In less "fun" linkage news, Tom Spurgeon has a sensible take on the recent kerfuffle around piracy, comics and consumer attitudes. Eric Stephenson of Image Comics, also chimes in on sales and stores and such things. And finally, we scamper down the rabbit hole into super hero stuff for a second: Publishers Weekly has a new super hero-focused column by Matt White.

As an aside, the other day, out of nowhere, I received Katz, which appears to be a compete republication of Maus (in French) only with all the mice heads replaced by cat heads. I assume it's the same dialogue because the whole project is too lazy for it not to be. In any case, as a conceptual prank it's incredibly lame (I mean, everything from the appropriation to the switcheroo. I get it. It's just dumb) and that's kind of it. Not much more to say beyond that, since it's so transparent. I suspect the historical politics of it were of less interest to the author than the prankish, look-what-I-can-do aspect, but either way it's pretty gross. I'm all for giving the canon the occasional punch on the arm, but this is just silly. There's an ISBN (2-930356-84-7) and a web site. Otherwise it's anonymous.

4 Responses to F-f-f-f-f-Fear!

  1. adamb says:

    maybe that Katz book was done by whoever did that fake Paper Rad book several years back?

  2. Dear sir,
    In your article, you seem to fully agree with your chronicler Dan Nadel and to ignore the entire polemic that started from the publication of Katz, showing, at least, the coherence and relevance of the questions it asks.
    If Mr Dan Nadel has, of course, the right to dislike that detournement, or even to think it is irrelevant and lazy (prank, lame, stupid…), I think you should also consider other opinions and reactions, that are quite many (also on the web). I would agree, of course, to answer your questions about that statement, if you will.
    Yours sincerely,

    xavier löwenthal
    La Cinquième Couche, éditions

  3. Dan Nadel says:

    Hi Xavier,
    The Comics Reporter is a separate web site, so I’m not sure how to respond to your posts, since I don’t think they are addressed to this web site. My own view is basically that wholesale appropriation as a strategy is conceptually bankrupt. It has been for about 2 decades. Only in comics would anyone find such an approach “novel”. The issues it supposedly raises about its subject, Maus, are neither new nor even interesting — these things were loudly debated in the 1980s and, indeed, further discussed by the author himself in MetaMaus. Katz is simply sophomoric. If others feel differently then great, but I suggest a closer look at the last 3 decades of visual and literary culture. Start with Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince, then read a bunch of writing about Maus from TCJ (Pekar, Fiore, et al) then come back and tell me again how Katz is important.

    There’s a ton of debate about the legality of appropriation and the commerce around it. Anyone interested would do well to read up on the recent lawsuits around Richard Prince and Jeff Koons.

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