From a Point Between Rage & Serenity

Good morning, boys and girls. I'm filling in for Dapper Dan this morning, as he's busy prepping a review of the latest superhero movie extravaganza. I guess he's doing to do this all summer...

Today on the site, Chris Mautner interviews Leslie Stein, the young cartoonist behind the recently released Eye of the Majestic Creature.

In other news, I don't think I can bear to read or write any more about the DC renumbering/digital announcement, but it's probably worth noting that Dark Horse has released a few details of their new digital strategy, which is clearly intended to appear more direct-market-friendly.

Other than that, there are a lot of artist interviews and profiles this week.

First, a Gary Panter video interview with French Vogue! contributor Matthias Wivel has posted a 2004 Louis Riel-era interview with Chester Brown, which has never previously appeared in English.

There are two recent Ivan Brunetti pieces going around, one an excellent profile from the Chicago Tribune, the other an audio interview with someone named "Mr. Media."

I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but Tom Spurgeon posted a long, sure-to-be-worthwhile conversation with Ed Brubaker on Sunday.

Also, in big news that didn't make as much of a splash as I would have expected (maybe some magic spell fogged the public consciousness): The real life alter ego of Doctor Strange was revealed last week.

Finally, the 2011 Reuben Award winners were announced this weekend. Congratulations to diarist Joyce Farmer for winning the graphic novel award. Alan Gardner rounds up info on the event here.

4 Responses to From a Point Between Rage & Serenity

  1. patrick ford says:

    When do you guys plan on getting around to coverage of the “book of the year?”
    Well, everyone has their own internal “comics Oscars” and mine was awarded to Ben Katchor for The Cardboard Valise.
    The books been out for some time and I’ve seen almost no mention of it. Is everyone waiting for the digital edition?

  2. Jeet Heer says:

    The Journal has already reviewed “The Cardboard Valise”:

    I have a long review-essay on Katchor that will appear in another publication in early July, which will also deal with the book.

    But, yes, “The Cardboard Valise” is a also a strong contender for the Book of the Year title, although I think “Paying For It” is perhaps a notch better. But with artists of this calibre, its hard to really pick.

  3. Bob Andelman says:

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for linking to the Mr. Media interview with Ivan Brunetti.

    We also do video interviews, such as this one with Xenozoic Tales creator Mark Schultz: .

    Or this one with Buddy Scalera on his book, “CreatingComics”:

    And here’s a link to the Mr. Media interview with Gary Groth and Kim Thompson that might strike closer to home: .

    And, to familiarize yourself a little more with the site, check out these directories of comic book-related interviews and comic strip-related interviews from the past five years.

    Best wishes,

    Bob Andelman

  4. Sammy says:

    Jesus Christ that’s a lot of fucking stupid links

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