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Rob Clough's latest High-Low column finds him exploring the relatively new publisher, Centrala:

Centrala is an interesting new publishing concern that's part and parcel of the growing expansion of Baltic and Eastern European comics into English-speaking markets. Indeed, even though most of its artists are Polish, Centrala itself has an office in London and publishes books in both Polish and English. It's also a key player in Ligatura, the annual art-comics festival in Poland. This edition of High-Low will survey Centrala's early and recent output, which ranges from all-ages material to autobio to stuff that's far stranger. While there's a provincial quality to many of these books, they also frequently hit notes that will be familiar to fans of American and other European art comics.

Meanwhile, elsewhere:

—Reviews & Commentary. Rob's had a busy week in general, putting up two posts on his own blog about student work from Duke University, and the latest Jacques Tardi Jean-Patrick Manchette adaptation, Run Like Crazy, Run Like Hell.

Bart Beaty is also having a busy week. The Walrus has published an excerpt from his latest book, Twelve-Cent Archie. It's titled "Betty Cooper Is a Psychopath". He has also published another long post on his new group project, What Were Comics?, looking at an unusual paneling choice in an old issue of Jungle Stories.

Ken White has issues with Garry Trudeau's recent speech on satire and Charlie Hebdo.

I almost never link to articles about superhero movies or TV shows, but Jeet Heer's talking about the anti-gentrification subtext of Daredevil at The New Republic, and I miss the days when he was a more regular presence on this site.

Those of you who do Facebook might be interested in this discussion started by Stephen Bissette about cartoonists who feel excluded by conventions.

—Interviews & Profiles. Sean Nelson at The Stranger has a nice talk with Daniel Clowes on the 25th anniversary of Eightball, and the upcoming publication of its complete collection.

Paul Mavrides guests on Inkstuds.

Zainab Akhtar has asked Jesse Moynihan to give a guided photographic tour of his bookshelves.


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