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Oh Boy

Back from vacation at last. Thanks to Dan for filling in for me. There are about a million online links I need to post while I’m catching up, so please bear with me while I get back to speed (and forgive me if I should have credited you for finding the link–in my attempts to catch up, I know I’ve accidentally lost track of a few sources.)

Joe McCulloch is here this morning, too, of course, with his regular roundup of the most interesting looking comics products being offered for sale this week.

Elsewhere:

1. Eddie Campbell writes about Craig Thompson’s long-awaited Habibi, and briefly responds to Nadim Damluji’s take on Thompson’s usage of Orientalist tropes. (We are preparing our own coverage of Habibi now, and should have something on the book up soon.)

2. The recent Boswell to Alan Moore’s Johnson, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, gets a revealing and lengthy interview out of Kevin O’Neill, mostly focused on his and Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series.

3. The art auctions to benefit Dylan Williams’s family continue at Profanity Hill and The Divine Invasion, with new material being added all the time.

4. Ruth Franklin at The New Republic reviews Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus, his new book/DVD-ROM.

5. Vanessa Davis drew a Yom Kippur strip for Tablet.

6. Presented without comment: Rob Liefeld gives advice on how to deal with “haters.”

7. Am I the only who didn’t know they were making a film version of Tatsumi’s Drifting Life?

8. HiloBrow’s Joshua Glenn hands off the entire new 52-title DC lineup to an 11-year-old named Max to review. At Grantland, an adult named Alex Pappademas attempts the same feat.

9. Bob Temuka appreciates the latest issue of Love and Rockets.

10. If you only read one of the many Maurice Sendak interviews I have linked to over the last few weeks, this is a good one to pick.


4 Responses to Oh Boy

  1. Peggy says:

    The animated film version of A DRIFTING LIFE debuted at Cannes this year.

  2. Paul Slade says:

    “There was one detail that I thought was fascinating … They didn’t explain much about Supergirl’s backstory … There’s a good scene at the end, but I can’t reveal what it is exactly …I would not recommend it to readers my age … I thought Robin was a little rude to his father … The costume-changing scenes didn’t seem completely appropriate for kids.”

    Those Max reviews sure don’t read like they were produced by an 11-year-old to me. Or, at least, not by one who wasn’t being substantially rewritten (and repeatedly prompted) by his father. That’s a shame, because a genuine 11-year-old’s unmediated views would have been interesting to hear on this particular subject..

    • Kane Lynch says:

      I recently did an auto-bio comic about the comic book I made when I was 11-12. I dug up the old issues and was stunned by the verbiage on the “re-cap” page I put at the beginning of each.

      It was awkwardly written (and not very good at recapping anything), but I would use turns of phrase that I’d picked up from other things I’d read such that it didn’t really read like something a kid wrote.

      Kids can surprise you!

      • Paul Slade says:

        It’s not just the language – though I’m still pretty skeptical about that – but also the pious sentiments expressed.

        How many 11-year-old boys do you know who fret about explicit sexual content in their comics or complain about excessive gore? Wouldn’t a genuine 11-year-old, left to express himself without any paternal prompting, be more likely to celebrate these elements rather than bemoan them?

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