Toss ‘n’ Turn

Today we have Sean Michael Robinson's lengthy interview with David Lasky, the veteran alternative comics artist who just put out his debut graphic novel, The Carter Family (which he created in collaboration with Frank Young). Lasky discusses many things, from his plans to write comics about bread delivery to his multiple attempts to do justice to James Joyce in comics form. He also talks a little about why it took him so long to put out a full-length book:

When it’s a minicomic you can take certain risks and there’s no danger. It’s a low-budget operation. But when it becomes a book some publisher is putting up a lot of money and then it’s out there in bookstores and libraries and it’s representing alternative comics to the world. And if it’s not a very good book, I cringe. “Oh, why did they put that out?” I’m not saying that my peers put out a lot of bad books. I think there’s a lot of great books. But if I put out a book I want it to be my best thing possible. So I have had publishers express interest, but ... partly I wasn’t ready, partly I felt they were maybe just overeager, or maybe were gonna put out something that wasn’t my best material.


—Adrian Tomine's been on a roll lately, media-wise (and here on the blog), but it's all good stuff. He talked again to The New Yorker about how he creates cover images for the magazine, and I missed earlier this great episode of Too Much Information, which features a very good audio interview with Tomine about surviving superstorms. (It also features another guest telling an incredible (in both senses of the word) story about the teenaged Mitt Romney meeting Guy Debord in Paris, 1968.)

—I said I was done reading BCGF reports, and that's mostly true, but I'd be remiss not to mention at least two more, from Robert Boyd and Rina Ayuyang, two supersmart comics people who had very different experiences.

—I am also going to steal Tom Spurgeon's link to a story I unfortunately missed myself last week, to Tablet's article about Paul Reinman. Read it.

—Finally, is it necessary for someone here at to address the recent cosplay "controversy?" I hope not, because it's really obvious who the cretins are in that back-and-forth, and I don't feel like dealing with it. You don't see a lot of cosplay related to the kinds of comics we mostly cover, anyway, though the way things to go with The Young People™, I'm sure that will change sooner than I expect. There will probably be a lot of "sexy" Tux Dog outfits at the BCGF of 2020.

7 Responses to Toss ‘n’ Turn

  1. Kristy Valenti says:

    Frank Thorne and Wendy Pini: never forget.

  2. Inkstuds says:

    Diana Schutz – Wonder Woman.

  3. Jeet Heer says:

    Um, is that Romney/Guy Dubord story for real? When listening to it, I wasn’t sure if it was genuine or an Onion-esque spoof. Is Benjamin Walker around to answer this question?

  4. Tim Hodler says:

    I’m guessing it’s not real (hence the “incredible”) but I would love to be told I’m wrong.

  5. Wane Franklin Roman says:

    “Finally, is it necessary for someone here at to address the recent cosplay “controversy?” I hope not, because it’s really obvious who the cretins are in that back-and-forth, and I don’t feel like dealing with it.”

    Then maybe you and Nadel both should stop “addressing” these sort of topics in your daily updates. On the other hand, it’s obvious you do want to “deal with” the subjects, and have done so, frequently, by the mere disdainful tone of chummy dismissal you two always bring to the table. It’s rote fanboyish behavior, and embarrassing.

  6. Tim Hodler says:

    Geez. If it’s chummily dismissive to show disdain for misogynist dirtbags like these morons, then I don’t much mind having that kind of chum. I’m going to be charitable and assume I’m wrong here about just what is making you feel red in the face.

  7. Boutros Boutros Ghali says:

    Kudos to Wane Franklin Roman for fearlessly prosecuting the snide, superior, cliquish, clubhouse atmosphere perpetuated around here by the hit-and-run, dismissive comments of those arch-fanboys Nadel and Hodler, and for sounding so much like Robert Stanley Martin.

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