Welcome back. Tucker Stone has granted himself a vacation, so you’ll have to live without his sweet, sweet kisses for another week. Instead we bring an interview with Bianca Stone by Alex Dueben. Stone occupied a niche in the small but growing area of poetry comics, which she explains as:
Sequential art that uses poetry as the text. But there are so many variations. Some examples are very abstract, some more traditional and more obvious they comic strips/graphic novel, with text that is clearly poetry (sometimes well-known published poetry). I use that term because it fits the best with what I’m doing. An artist named Dave Morris has been doing them for a long time, and actually published a book “Poetry Comics.” I was excited to find that, but it’s a much different thing than I was doing. I like how everyone who does it is very different. I use the term Poetry Comics for a much broader sense. I’m very interested in pushing against the limits of what a comic can be. There are so many aspects of the comic book, and the comic strip, that offers itself so readily to poetry. Things like panels, gutters, lettering; the conscious choices made regarding empty space on the page vs. the text; timing, line breaks, condensed language, etc. There’s so much to play with.
-Bart Beaty talks about his new book, Art vs. Comics. I’m betting on art.
-An unpublished 1970 interview with the late Joe Kubert.
-TCJ Diary all-star Pascal Girard is teaching a course about comics.
-A New Yorker post in which we learn things about the sacred origins of New Yorker cartoons from deep within the New Yorker.
-More cartoon secrets! This time about John Stanley’s comics within comics.
And the most horrible secret of all: The time Stan Lee got naked. Warning: This photo will fuck you up for life.