Professor Crocodile

Mike Dawson returns with a new episode of TCJ Talkies, in which he and Zack Soto discuss Mark Waid and Alex Ross's Kingdom Come.

Meanwhile, elsewhere:

—News. Mad writer Tom Koch has passed away. Paul Levitz remembers Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer. BK Munn has an obituary for Canadian Dell artist Mel Crawford.

Malaysian satirist Zunar will reportedly face sedition charges tomorrow.

—Audio/Video. There's a lot of new comics-related podcasts out there. Drew Friedman just appeared on WTF. Ed Luce is on Inkstuds. (Robin McConnell of Inkstuds just launched a Patreon site, by the way.) Josh Bayer is a guest on Comics for Grownups.

Comics Studies Society has just posted a video of a lecture Bart Beaty gave earlier this year, "Qui Est Charlie Hebdo?"

—Reviews & Commentary. Jonathan Guyer at Nieman Reports takes a long look at the world of political cartooning and how it has dealt with various recent events.

Scott Cederlund reviews the newest Love & Rockets.

Bart Croonenborghs reviews the Christin & Balez Robert Moses book.

—Interviews & Profiles. ComicsDC has posted a new excerpt from The Art of Richard Thompson, featuring a conversation between Thompson and Bill Watterson.

JT Dockery talks to Gary Panter about Philip K Dick.

Tom Spurgeon talks to Jen Vaughn, who's leaving Fantagraphics to go freelance.

Brigid Alverson talks to Spike Trotman about making money out of comics (which she knows how to do).

Canadian Art interviews Wendy creator Walter Scott.

CBR talks to Don Rosa about Carl Barks and Donald Duck.

The Philly Voice profiles several local female cartoonists.

—Misc. Secret Acres has their first con report of the year, from RIPE.

This Vox list of 50 comic books that explain comic books is only good if you're trying to explain comics to an monolingual American who is a little freaked out by comics that don't feature superheroes (and if you don't read the captions).

CBR finished posting the results of their poll on the 50 best female comic book writers and artists. It too is very superhero-centric, as you'd expect considering the CBR readership. Also, I understand why they split it into writer and artist categories, but I think that led to some skewed results. If Carol Tyler can't crack the top 50, the list is bunk.

Paste has their own list of women who changed the comics industry.

I don't understand this Nudes Reading Minicomics Tumblr. [UPDATED TO ADD: Jinx.]

7 Responses to Professor Crocodile

  1. Danny Ceballos says:

    quote of the day (from Saint Gary Panter): “To me an artist is anyone trying to be an artist, secretly, publicly or accidentally in any medium.”

  2. simon hanselmann says:

    nudes reading minicomics is the best review site on the internet RN. TCJ could learn a lot from it…

  3. Tim Hodler says:

    I may not have given it enough attention. Subject for Further Research.

  4. Tim Hodler says:

    Eh. Some good comics picked for coverage, but I’m not getting much out of the commentary. Maybe I haven’t read the right reviews yet.

  5. Tony says:

    More like prudishly censored nudes reading minicomics.

  6. Briany Najar says:

    Ugh. That Vox article is awful. Not even because its focus is so provincial. It’s just very bad writing:

    “We’re often told not to judge books by their covers. Yet if you think about it, judging a book by its cover is exactly what comic books ask you to do. ”

    Um… Non-comic book covers are also used to engage interest.

    “Will Eisner’s The Spirit isn’t technically a comic. It began as a newspaper supplement, a way for broadsheets to get in on the comic book explosion. ”

    Oh, shut up. Not ‘technically’ a comic. ‘Technically’.

    “The Sandman paved the way for more fantastic titles at Vertigo and was one of the most influential in terms of shaping what the modern age of comics would look like.”

    Yeah? Are we talking about actual comics or ‘comics’ as an abstraction (again), a set of logistics.

    “Clowes is better-known to mainstream folks as the man who wrote the 2001 film Ghost World, but that story, as well as Art School Confidential, both lived on in his 1989 comic book Eightball.”

    One of many errors. The stories that preceded the films ‘lived on’ in what sense? (You can still read them – but you can also still watch the films.) Gibberish. maybe it’s assumed that those stories are still running. I wonder what creative team is working on them now.

    “Love & Rockets doesn’t read like a conventional comic. There are no punchlines or smirky panels. The action is subtle. And the art is efficient — there aren’t whirlpools of ink swirling in Jaime’s panels. ”

    Eh? Jaime’s comics aren’t conventional? And cos of… what? So, conventional comics are full of punchlines n smirking and “whirlpools of ink” now? Hadn’t noticed, guess the comics I read must be unconventional – probably not even ‘comics’, ‘technically.

    Oh man, it goes on. I’m not looking at it any more.
    Here’s a guide to help you understand a medium. It’s written by someone who is largely ignorant of that medium, including the instances of it that are included in the article. This article takes up space on a server that is powered by electricity, and so on.

    Thanks for that link. Now, at least, I’ll appreciate better the next thing I read that has any care taken over it at all.

  7. Tim Schmitt says:

    You guys … its the future of comics criticism, get with it

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