Sort of Tickles

Tuesday morning means it's Joe McCulloch morning, and he's got your Week in Comics right here. Joe also delivers something of a eulogy to Comics Alliance, the popular website that was apparently shut down by its parent company AOL over the weekend. Robot 6 ran the first report, and The Verge has a little more information over here. The reasons for the shutdown aren't clear yet, though CA-affiliated editors and writers have claimed via social media that the closure was not due to traffic or "performance." Comics Alliance was never my go-to site, and it seemed to have lost some momentum over recent years, but it undoubtedly featured some talented writers (some of whom are also occasional contributors to this site) and was very important to a certain kind of comics fan, still emotionally attached to the popular superhero properties of their adolescence, but beginning to question some of DC and Marvel's corporate decisions — the type of people who would invoke (and celebrate) the idea of "geek culture" in earnest. That's not my bag but it is a lot of other people's, so it's a shame to see the site end so abruptly and unceremoniously.

—Andy Webster at the New York Times Book Review becomes the latest writer to review the new Al Capp biography.

—Michael Cavna at the Washington Post talks to Ruben Bolling about the multi-cartoonist political ad he put together last week.

—I'm pretty sure we haven't yet linked to Frank Young and James Gill's comic-book image site, Panels to Ponder. The Facebook incarnation of it is more active.

—A Moment of Cerebus digs up an old speech Dave Sim gave in 1995 to SCAD consisting of advice to young cartoonists. I think he's wrong on the music thing.

—Not Comics: A 1938 rejection letter from Walt Disney to a young woman interested in becoming an animator. It's easy to discount this as ancient history, but it is actually in living memory for some.

7 Responses to Sort of Tickles

  1. ha ha Dave Sim can’t even give advice to cartoonists — or recall when he gave advice — without taking a shot at the homosexualist-feminist axis. What a rich inner life he must have.

    “Time for breakfast — what Andrea Dworkin would call a kind of rape.” (pours milk on cereal) “Me drinking this milk would be seen as a violation of the cow’s human rights (since feminists, of course, literally can see no distinction between people and animals, as witness their fondness for pets).”

  2. Iestyn says:

    Shame there are no comments on the ‘two questions about comics criticism’. That was a great article and could have raised some really interesting commentary.

    I would like to add a couple of thoughts to the list like – the experience of reading comics stories in bits and in non-linear order ad hw it affected your understanding.

    And the collecting impulse and its influence on story appreciation – how many comics that people don’t enjoy are bought because they’ve always bought those comic titles?

  3. Tim Hodler says:

    For both Ken Parille’s Grid column and Frank Santoro’s Riff Raff column, the absence of comments is at the authors’ requests. There’s always the Comics Journal Facebook page if you can’t resist:

  4. R. Fiore says:

    Sort of defeats the purpose of a provocative article, doesn’t it?

  5. Was the Parille article even mentioned on this blog anywhere? Is he trying to keep a really low profile? As R. said, with a provocative article, this seems rather self-defeating.

  6. Dan Nadel says:

    That was unintentional. The day it posted I missed blogging due to illness.

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