FEATURES

Strictly Business (Flanders’ Last Links)

I suppose you're all wondering why I've gathered you here today. Unfortunately, this will be the final time you get your links from me, Good Ol' Ryan Flanders. I'm newly involved with a long-term endeavor that can't overlap with This Week's Links

Before we link — AND LO SHALL WE LINK — I 'd like to bestow massive gratitude and glory upon my editor, Tucker Stone, for asking me write this feature, and for trusting and encouraging me throughout my tenure. Thanks to Gary Groth for giving the thumbs-up in the first place, and to Eric Reynolds and RJ Casey for warm welcomes. Thanks to cartoonist Tim Hamilton, who always took time to share a link to the Links on Twitter.

Thanks to all the cartoonists, comic writers, comic artists, comic journalists, comic bloggers, comics interviewers, comics podcasters and comics video-makers for providing actual items to link to. I mean, right? You know? Otherwise you'd have been clicking through to stories on junk food trends and woolly mammoth cloning.

Speaking of you, thanks to all of YOU who read, commented, played along, had a laugh or a groan with me week by week. I hope you found a new comic or creator that you've come to love; I hope I helped a few comics makers generate some dollars along the way. 

Stay well. You never know what's coming next in life. 

Cmon, let's link.

 

• There are a number of notable convention cancellations and postponements as a result of nationwide attempts to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus in America. These include, as of this writing, Seattle's Emerald City Comic Con, Anaheim's WonderCon and Boston's Ace Comic Con Northeast, NYC's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, and Kansas City's Planet Comicon.

 

• However, comic luminaries are offering at-home alternatives to in-person shows, including Jen Vaughn's Very Very Shopping Network, C. Spike Trotman's Pajama Con and Oni Press' pop-up shop, which is even selling items that would have been convention exclusives.

 

• Similarly, cartoonist and prominent MAD artist Tom Richmond is taking his con appearances "virtual." You can get sketches, caricatures, prints, and all that stuff you'd normally find at his table at his site.

 

The Beat provided Part 1 of "Tips for Staying Healthy at Comic Cons" written by THE perfect person to do so: cartoonist Kriota Willberg.

 

• Golden Age comic artist Allen Bellman has died and is remembered at ComicsDC.

 

Here's a comic from Noah Van Sciver, tongue-in-cheekily about Noah Van Sciver. I think it's new. It's definitely good.

 

• And here's a new Boulet comic!!!

 

Jordan Crane has a new, hand-made, lovely-looking little book. Check it out below and get it here.

 

• At Yesterday's Papers, Rick Marschall remembered popular operatic tenor — and semi-professional cartoonist — Enrico Caruso.

 

TCJ posted a new "Retail Therapy" entry (one of my favorite columns on the site), spending some time at beloved Pittsburgh shop The Copacetic Comics Company.

 

• Did someone say Pittsburgh? P-Town's own Ed Piskor showed us his "First 1,000 Crappy Pages" — a charming overview of the comics he drew as a kid and fledgling cartoonist — this week on Cartoonist Kayfabe. (Let's hope Jim Rugg does one next.)

 

• Malaka Gharib created another coronavirus-centered comic for NPR, this one about her attempt to follow proper hygiene techniques to the letter.

 

• It wouldn't be a final Flanders feature without some Josh Mecouch:

 

•••••
INTERVIEWS ON THE PRECIPICE

TCJ
Cartoonist Nick Maandag by Tucker Stone
Silver Sprocket publisher Avi Ehrlich by Alex Dueben

The Beat
Writer Benjamin Percy by Hussein Wasiti
Writer-artist Tyler Boss by Matt O'Keefe

Virtual Memories with Gil Roth
Cartoonist Ben Katchor

Solrad
Cartoonist Emma Hunsinger by Emil Wilson

Word Balloon with John Siuntres
Comic book artist Jerry Ordway

Make It Then Tell Everybody with Dan Berry
Cartoonist Ben Passmore

Smash Pages
Artist Eva Cabrera by Alex Dueben

ICV2
• Writer-artist Todd McFarlane by Milton Griepp, Part 1 and Part 2

Newsarama
DC Publisher/comic book artist Jim Lee by Chris Arrant

•••••

 

• 120 years ago this week, Frederick Burr Opper's Happy Hooligan debuted.

 

• Women Write about Comics' Alenka Figa heaped some highly-deserved praise on publisher PEOW Studios.

 

• The student newspaper that helped launch the careers of Jeff Kinney, Frank Cho, and Aaron McGruder is ending its print edition.

 

• The new issue of the Spanish edition of Vogue has a comic on its cover! The art is by Jandro Gonzalez.

 

Brett Parson is selling originals. I'm a fan of this fella:

 

•••••
REVIEWS AT THE ELEVENTH HOUR

TCJ
Paco Roca’s The House by Paul Karasik
Tess Smith-Roberts' Missed Connection by Tegan O'Neil

The Beat
Marion Fayolle's The Tenderness of Stones by Phillippe Leblanc
Mark Russell, Richard Pace and Leonard Kirk's Second Coming: Volume One by John Seven
Mita Ori's Our Dining Table by Morgana Santilli
Rob Davis' The Book of Forks by John Seven
Hugo Pratt's Corto Maltese: The Ballad of the Salty Sea by John Seven

Solrad
Disa Wallander's Becoming Horses by Alex Hoffman
John Hankiewicz’s Education by Rob Clough

PopMatters
Yeon-Sik Hong's Umma's Table by Chris Gavaler

Multiversity
Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston's Decorum #1 by Gregory Ellner

Polygon
Al Ewing et al's. The Immortal Hulk (like, just the whole series, all of it) by Oliver Sava

Broken Frontier
Max de Radiguès’ Stig & Tilde: Leader of the Pack by Andy Oliver

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse
John Pham’s J&K
Moa Romanova’s Goblin Girl

•••••

 

• All-time great Darick Robertson is working on something new but won't tell us what:

 

• Tomer Hanuka has this week's cover of The New Yorker.

 

• Writer Tim Seeley is the new Editor-in-Chief of Heavy Metal, according to Bleeding Cool.

 

Solrad posted a new comic by Ibrahim R. Ineke.

 

• Jeopardy! certainly had comics on the brain this week.

 

The Uncanny X-Men #206 was the first "real" comic I bought, the first one that really meant something to me. I found it on a Shop Rite spinner rack. Turns out that was 34 years ago this week. Kismet:

 

What a thrill this has been! 

Like all things, this one's for Spaghetti — and also for you:

FILED UNDER:

8 Responses to Strictly Business (Flanders’ Last Links)

  1. james says:

    NOOO! These weekly link posts have been an absolute joy. Whatever recipe you were using to put these together, it fit my tastes perfectly. I will miss these greatly!

  2. New Fan says:

    I just stumbled across your column today. Quite entertaining! I very much look forward to reading more in the future.

  3. Brad Brooks says:

    Aww, no Ryan, say it ain’t so! Good luck with the future endeavour, but you’ll be very missed round here…

  4. Your weekly round-up will be missed! And thank you for once including a link to my first-ever attempt at comics commentary. It felt like a credible vote of confidence.

  5. Jared Fletcher says:

    Dammit, Flanders! This was such a great way to recap the week in comics with a curator of impeccable taste and wonderful choices in the bounty of links provided. I looked forward to it each week and, as with everything else these days, I had this impending sense that it was too good to last. That we can’t have or don’t deserve bright things like this anymore. Thank you for your efforts in sifting through the bullshit-choked stream of the internet and panhandle out some comics gold for the rest of us. This will all be missed.

  6. john says:

    dude this was ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY and fanta needs to get someone to do it one way or another in the future.

    what is your new project?

  7. Robert Lamb says:

    Great job, Ryan – you’ll be missed!

  8. joseph says:

    Bring back Deppey!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *