Good morning. Tucker and Abhay and Joe McCulloch are here to discuss Marvel, old comics, at least one web comic, and something about Daredevil. Here’s a bit on Tezuka:
Do people who make contemporary comics read this guy? (This has nothing to do with that “make Morrison read Powr Mastrs” meme from a few irritating interviews back.) Or is Tezuka like Fugazi sort of became, an example that people are more comfortable envying than imitating. It’s not that Message to Adolf is some mind-blistering perfect thing–although it is very, very good in parts–but that it, like so many other Tezukian examples, does so much. There are so many different sorts of things covered within, not just the long string of genre mash-ups and contemporary movie references that predate today’s culture, but visual weirdness, moments where the guy fills the page with intricate, breath-caught-in-chest cartooning, drunken pages full of detail and line, pages where you start to wonder if he had something to prove or just plenty of extra time or maybe, and this is my preference, he just got lost in the build phase and woke up hours into going too far.
Mark Siegel closes out his diary. Thank you, Mark.
And, well, we closed down the Dave Sim/Fantagraphics thread, but Dave was still writing, so here’s his latest response.
-H.M. Bateman was really a wonderfully genteel and skilled cartoonist. Funny, too.
-Hey, Gabrielle Bell is on tour.
-Sean Howe has a Dave Sim response of his own.
-Brecht Evens designed a mural-comic in Antwerp.
Have a good weekend.