Pun TK

It's Tuesday, which means it's Joe McCulloch on the Week in Comics day. This time, his normal painstaking previews of the best-sounding comics of the week are being supplemented with a painstaking report on most everything he bought at last weekend's SPX.

Like Dan, I felt that this was one of the best SPX's I've attended. The guest list and panel programming was incredibly strong, the attendance seemed never to wane (but it never felt overcrowded), and a lot of people who don't normally come out came out. Tom Spurgeon was there, and has his traditional post-con report up here. If I remember correctly, he said he hadn't been to SPX in over a decade. This was a good year to come back.

Heidi MacDonald has a more business-oriented report up at Publishers Weekly. Special guest/Crockett Johnson biographer Philip Nel talks about his experience on a Barnaby panel here. And many more SPX reports are sure to come. If you want the full package, I'd keep checking in on the SPX Tumblr page, which shows no signs of slowing down yet. Probably the only part of the whole weekend that didn't quite work came in the form of super-corny presentation banter during the Ignatz award ceremony, but that's maybe unavoidable. All in all, a great time.

Elsewhere on the internet:

—Paul Gravett explores the comics connections of the great filmmaker Federico Fellini, with a particular emphasis on his collaborations with Milo Manara.
—The New Statesman runs a long interview with Grant Morrison on his apparent departure from superhero comics, in which Morrison explains why he doesn't actually think Batman's gay, and how he's not a sellout for being honored by the queen, along with an assist from reporter Laura Sneddon, who helpfully explains for him why people are wrong not only to judge Morrison for his association with DC's business practices (probably fair), but also for Morrison's own "pragmatic" statements on DC's treatment of Siegel & Shuster. That part I'm not really following. (There also seems to be a buried reference to a semi-regular contributor, but I'll let you find that for yourself.)

—Allan Holtz profiles pioneering female cartoonist Ethel Hays.

—Humor in America has a solid review of Gabrielle Bell's new collection, The Voyeurs.

—Bobsy Mindless has all the Avengers vs X-Men analysis you need.

—And Forbidden Planet has videos displaying the jazz side of Harvey Pekar.

3 Responses to Pun TK

  1. Don Druid says:

    You wrote the book, Grant. You wrote the damn book! You don’t have to defend it, you can say it’s water under the bridge, but if you’re going to repudiate everything you wrote in it a year later because you don’t want to put in the effort, why should anyone read it or respect it or believe that it’s anything but a commercial exercise in cynicism? How is your book better than barbecue to the rest of us if it isn’t to you?

  2. my favourite part of that interview: the interviewer suggesting that it’s a middle-class fantasy to expect a millionaire to take some kind of action in solidarity for his impoverished and exploited predecessors. Me and my bourgeois-scum-chums are always going on strike for Bolivian miners and what have you — solidarity forever, my well-to-do comrades!

    (never mind that no one had ever given any thought to Morrison’s vis-a-vis Siegel/Shuster until he made several very callous public remarks about them)

  3. Don Druid says:

    I do want to say that if Morrison had just explained that he had done some work and changed his mind and laid it all out like that, he would get nothing but respect from me.

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