One for the Books

Today on the site:

Tucker Stone rolls in with his weekly bundle of comics.

Gabrielle Gamboa wraps up her week-long diary for us with a photo & drawing narrative combo. I've enjoyed having Gabby's beautiful watercolor work grace our site.


This will, I'm sure, be sussed out in the coming days, but the Siegel family lost a major ruling in the Superman litigation.

Oldster corner: Vintage Swedish posters for Hollywood films. And some fine work by John Held Jr., who is always better than I remember him. Sometimes in my foggy brain I think "oh, the flapper stuff", but then I see something and it's sharp and he worked with such range. Nice examination of a Kirby/Fantastic Four sequence here.

In more current biz, Tom Spurgeon interviewed Mark Waid. And Nick Gazin does a best-to-worst round-up. I like a "Best of" list that proclaims itself the best "Best of" list. And it's really a good list.

I am, like a few other people I know, excited for the return of Girls. And here's Lena Dunham's ideal bookshelf, complete with Doucet (underrated choice) and Clowes, as every bookshelf should be. I'll always have a soft spot for her work since she featured Multiforce in Tiny Furniture. What can I say.

One Response to One for the Books

  1. Briany Najar says:

    I really like what I’ve seen of John Held Jr. That severe, kind of interruptedly geometric visual lingo of his is distinctive and stimulating. And, there’s something urbane yet alien going on, a knowingness combined with some weird sense of displacement. The languid flappers seem strung out, physically strained even while their elan remains buoyant.
    He reminds me of Mike McMahon sometimes, which helps me when I’m trying to assemble a completely ersatz and fanciful history of McMahon’s influences and predecessors. If Kafka can bring into being his own lineage of precedence, then so can Mike McMahon, says I.

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