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Out of a Catalog

Today on the site, Rob Clough weighs in on Tom Neely’s self-published art-book/graphic-novel hybrid, The Wolf.

Today off the site, you can read the following:

—For the Financial Times, D’arcy Doran profiles Drawn & Quarterly, with an emphasis on the renaissance it’s gone through over the last four years.

—Chris Arrant catches the very welcome news that industry mainstay Bud Plant is back in business. Readers under thirty or so will never understand what the Bud Plant catalog used to mean.

—Another day, another Dan Clowes interview. Luckily, they’re almost always entertaining, even when they go over familiar ground. This time, Casey Burchby talks with Clowes about his new art book, his first museum exhibition, and current projects.

—Howard Chaykin gave a refreshingly blunt short interview to Comics Anonymous, saying things like the following: “Since [my '80s/'90s peak] I’ve done nothing that I’m ashamed of. I did plenty of work I’m ashamed of before that but nothing since. I did some shit stuff because I didn’t know what the fuck I was doing. Inadequacy is often its own reward. I did the Star Wars comic in the ’70s and if I’d have know It was going to be as big a hit I would have done a better job.”

—Today is interview day, I guess. Daniel Best has republished a super-entertaining 1975 talk with Jack Kirby. Sample quote: “World War II lent itself to good dramas. The whole thing could have been written by some hack out at Warner Brothers. It was a black and white issue with a villain who was so completely evil that it was just made to order. Anything you did in World War II was an act of nobility. If you hung Hitler or killed hundreds of Germans, you were on the side of the Angels. I once got a letter from a Nazi who told me to pick out any lamppost I wanted on Times Square because, when Hitler arrived, they’d hang me from it. It was typical of a genre of fans who have long since died out.”

—The latest Alan Moore interview for British television that’s been going around is now on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAfXSgRxQEc&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn95a3gGaW0&feature=relmfu

—And finally, Colin Smith puts a lot of thought into the best ways to hook the unconverted into superhero comics, and all I can wonder is why would you want to do that to people?


2 Responses to Out of a Catalog

  1. Adam Tyrrell says:

    RE: the 2nd Alan Moore video

    The pretension in the host’s voice when he responds to Moore (at 7 minutes, 10 seconds or about) is hilariously infuriating.

  2. Paul Slade says:

    Interesting to hear Moore put a word count on his upcoming Jerusalem novel too: 750,000 words.

    The three books of the Lord of the Rings trilogy total around 470,000 words, and fill 1,135 pages in the small print hardback I’ve just checked. That suggests Jerusalem’s planned single volume will weigh in at close to 2,000 pages. No wonder they’re talking about publishing it on tissue paper!

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