Today, Joe McCulloch brings us word of the latest comics, and somewhat troublingly continues his ingenuous focus on the work of Sammy Harkham favorite Tim Vigil. (Well, the folks at D&Q will be happy.)
The lobrow yu(c)ks continue in Brandon Soderberg’s review of Pat Aulisio’s Bowman 2016, a loose riff on/rip-off of/sequel to 2001. An excerpt:
Bowman 2016 has a warts-and-all approach to science fiction that recalls films like Alien or Silent Running as much as the heady, sophisticated Kubrick classic. The Bowman series’ brilliance comes from the way that Aulisio attacks 2001 like an adoring slavish fan of the originals, and a snarky jokester, who deflates the whole thing with Porky’s-esque dick jokes and gritty, autobio comics emotion.
—The animation historian Michael Barrier reviews a new Thomas Andrae & Carsten Laqua book on Walt Kelly.
—Chris Mautner remembers Matt Groening’s Life in Hell.
—Tim O’Shea interviews Mike Dawson about Troop 142 (and Mike explains why he had to stop producing podcasts for this site).
—Michael Shelley’s WFMU program this past Saturday included a brief interview with Mark Newgarden about Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy. (It starts at about an hour-and-a-half in, if you don’t feel like listening to the music.)
—Famed convention reporter (and cartoonist) Brian Ralph has photos and stories from the just-past Heroes Con in Charlotte.
—And Kramers Ergot contributor Shary Boyle was chosen to represent Canada in next year’s Venice Biennale.