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As Jog noted in his column this week, the final issue of Neonomicon just came out, so now I have to figure out whether or not it’s worth resurrecting the Comics Comics Comic-Book Club one more time, possibly in mutated form. Those of you who were reading along, stay tuned — I’ll figure something out.

Now, to the links:

Multiple birds killed with one stone in this brief review. A model of the short form.

Richard O’Connor digs up an old George Plimpton introduction to a Bill Plympton collection.

I suppose now that we’ve made the move to the Journal, I no longer am obligated to bring to your attention all news on Steve Gerber. But old habits die hard. Here’s a Scott Edelman interview with the writer. The audio’s a little poor, unfortunately, but Gerber is a good talker.

Carol Tyler is more charming when she gets purist about comics terminology than John Byrne is. Big claim, I know,

Speaking of Byrne, Roberto Batuel at the Comics Grid offers a short and perhaps slightly too reverential take on the infamous blank pages of Alpha Flight issue 6.

Normally I like to leave comic-book movie news to Dapper Dan, but just this once: the producers of the new live-action adaptation of Akira are reportedly hoping to cast white actors as the main characters (and change the location from “Neo Tokyo” to “New Manhattan”). Some are complaining, but they are probably forgetting how well Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla came out.

You’re probably seen word going around about the shirts Daniel Clowes designed for Stüssy. (Interview here.) They’re beautiful, as were the ones the Hernandez Bros did a while back, but I have to wonder: Am I the only one who would have trouble wearing a shirt with a Stüssy logo that big? I guess I’m just getting old.

For the Utne Reader, Joe Sacco goes to New Jersey.


6 Responses to Potpourri

  1. oldjohnnynoeyes says:

    In regards to the various shirts Stussy has put out featuring comics artists, Fantagraphics should get back to making t-shirts! I've been trying to find a Love and Rockets or Hate shirt forever. People would buy them!

  2. patrick ford says:

    Just noticing in the Archive viewer that at the time of TCJ #39 the magazine had a paid circulation of 9000.

    Now we know how Fantagraphics survived all these years. Gary socked away millions in the 70′s and has been coasting ever since.

  3. benjaminmarra says:

    I'm down for another salvo of Comics Comics Comic-Book Club devoted to Neonomicon. I was very apprehensive about the fourth issue of the series, worried that it wouldn't or couldn't deliver or tie up the loose ends. But I felt satisfied after finishing it. I'd like to see Moore return to the world he created for The Courtyard and Neonomicon. But I doubt there will be a follow-up somehow.

  4. Chris K says:

    I think Gary has talked about this a couple of times in interviews. He’s mentioned that TCJ survived in the shaky early days because Phil Seuling and Bud Plant each agreed to purchase a particularly large amount of the print run, probably more than they could reasonably expect to sell at the retail level. I think that’s probably the source of the surprisingly high number.

  5. patford says:

    It occurs to me that it would be difficult to overprint TCJ #301.
    That issue is destined to be in demand for many years. Libraries will order it, Art galleries will sell it, Professors will assign it, every current and future Crumb fan will want it.
    I'm not saying it will sell tons of copies right out of the gate, but it will be a staple pretty much forever.
    If only there were some way to remove Cerebus from the issue.

  6. ChanceFiveash says:

    "but they are probably forgetting how well Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla came out."

    FAIL!

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