On the site:

Chris Mautner goes there. I thought about going there, but wasn't brave enough. Chris was brave. Oh, what? No, I'm just talking about the first month of 52. That's where Chris went. What did you think I was talking about?

Sean T. Collins, another hardy soul, went somewhere else, somewhere only Ben Marra could take him, with this review of Gangsta Rap Posse #2.


-Frank Santoro's cartoon correspondence course begins next week. Deadline to enroll is this Friday. You need this in your life.

-While my head is in Pittsburgh (even if FS is not), I gotta link to the second installment of Ed Piskor's web comic. It's gooood.

-Here's a NSFW Playboy cover by Michael Deforge. Er, sorta.

-Kim Thompson sends us links dept:

-Looks like Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese is making a long awaited comeback to these shores. Now we can only hope it's not colorized and it's well translated and lettered. Please. Rizzoli, which occasionally dips into comics, is the house, so we shall see. No word on if this is a series or not.

-Marjane Satrapi and Persepolis co-director Vincent Paronnaud have a new movie coming out based on Chicken with Plums. This time it includes live action. Why, there's already a review! (via KT)

-TCJ contributor dept:

-Congrats to the aforementioned Sean T. Collins on his work for the annotated Game of Thrones. Sounds like his dream project come true.

-Matt Seneca has a whole host of links over on his blog, including one about an abandoned blog of Frank's (I think Tim and I were supposed to post, too, but we never did). The name was chosen for reasons related to other subjects in Matt's very post. It's easy math.

Weird dept:

So everyone's already read about that check used to buy Superman. It's being auctioned off next year. In my fantasies Alan Moore buys it, turns his camera on, performs a magical rite on it, sets it aflame, and then posts the clip to youtube, resulting in some kind of metaphysical tidal wave that... I dunno. Use your imagination. But! Other precious items are being auctioned off this year, worth mentioning just for the pix. Like Jerry Siegel's typewriter, his favorite tie (the grimmest "favorite tie" I've ever seen), and, of course, some locks of his hair. The entire description is worth your time. The auction house notes, in what I hope is a jokey aside:

Many collectors have speculated that Kirby's hair might be worth more, but we disagree. With genetic technology heading in the direction it is, one day you could make your very own Jerry Siegel clone.

And, yes, here's the hair, grabbed from Comic Connect:

Oh, comics. Comics comics comics. When will you ever learn?

8 Responses to Plumbing

  1. DerikB says:

    At $25 for a non-oversized paperback, it sure seems like that Corto Maltese book will be in color. Else… damn they are overcharging. A year ago I would’ve been excited to see the series return to English, but I recently read a whole bunch of the French edition and… meh. Pratt has a lovely style, but the stories get pretty repetitive and never seem to reach any depth.

  2. Kim Thompson says:

    Since the book is 256 pages, I don’t know if $25.00 would be necessarily unreasonable for a black-and-white book, even at that size. (As compared to a sixty-dollar Pratt/Manara book, even larger, color, and hardcover?) My understanding is that Pratt’s heirs have been insisting on color versions in all editions for a while now, but this year Casterman, in France, started re-releasing all the CM’s in black-and-white in specific “noir et blanc” editions, so apparently that stranglehold has relaxed. Then again, I fear the commercial “color is better” mentality may prevail.

    The color isn’t bad, by the way. It’s not a travesty or anything. If you were gonna color CORTO it’s probably the best coloring you’re gonna get. It just isn’t needed.

    I love CORTO MALTESE and would unhesitatingly place Pratt as the greatest Italian cartoonist ever and one of the top two European “realistic” (sorta)-slash-adventure cartoonists — really, it’s him and Giraud and then everybody else — but it is one of those series where, at least in my experience, you will reach your fill after a while and have enough of the wandering stories replete with wry, fatalistic dialogue bouncing off femmes fatales and scoundrels, set against minimalistic, evocative backgrounds with clever bits of genuine history woven in.

  3. Thanks, Dan! It was indeed a pretty great project.

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  5. Matthias Wivel says:

    I disagree. The early (often short) stories are clever and intelligent and the later long ones I find wonderfully evocative of adventure *as an idea* — Pratt anchors his Hemingwayesque aspiration to be free of responsibility in difficult, mostly subconsciously resonant concerns. Uh, that probably doesn’t make much sense — I’ve previously tried to articulate the same thing.

    Anyway, the colored versions, though supervised by Pratt, are clearly inferior to the black and white, original versions.

  6. Matthias Wivel says:

    That was for Derik, by the way :)

  7. DerikB says:

    I guess I’m just not that interested in adventure as an idea. I do agree that he doesn’t end up telling conventional adventure stories, I just found that I’m not that interested in them as a whole, the entertainment value starting running thin pretty quickly.

  8. Speaking of Jerry Siegel-related auctions, yesterday I saw that Heritage is offering a complete unpublished Superman story from 1944, see here for more:

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