Oh my goodness it's a busy day here.

We have Frank Santoro with an abbreviated column. Then on to Shaenon Garrity with a full column of web comic capsule reviews, and then Dominic Umile with a review of Look Straight Ahead:

The Canadian comics writer and artist began putting rough concepts together for a webcomic before she was awarded one of the last self-publishing grants from the Xeric Foundation, which has since shifted from bestowing grants upon the comics community to a strict diet of charity donations. In her now-print story, Will follows seventeen year-old budding artist Jeremy Knowles through the halls of his high school, where he battles a swiftly deepening identity crisis, hallucinations, and the detrimental sense of ignorance of his mental illness that awaits him at every turn. Owing to the struggles that Will has experienced since she was a kid, the wealth of hurt in Look Straight Ahead gathers like a storm in the frames dominated by Knowles’s shouting, frustrated father and in his dealings with typical schoolyard bullies. “It’s bad enough that everyone I go to school with hates me and wants to kill me,” Jeremy explains when finally ushered to a medical facility. His serial defeats, under the great weight of a disorder, are palpable and heartbreaking while Will’s pens dazzle.

Phew. What else is out there?

The Fantagraphics Kickstarter as covered by The New York Times and some commentary on it from Tom Spurgeon.

Sean T. Collins on a page from a comic by Leah Wishnia.

A nice think piece on digital lending and Charles Burns.

Thoughts on Alan Moore from his biographer, Lance Parkin.

Here's a good list for any purpose -- this one for what to look for at the upcoming Short Run Festival in Seattle.

Incidents in the Night reviewed in The Washington Post.

Finally, a bit about The Brownies.



4 Responses to Vacation?

  1. R. Fiore says:

    If something appears on a blog of The New York Times and not in the newspaper The New York Times then it hasn’t been covered by The New York Times, it has been covered by a New York Times blog.

  2. steven samuels says:

    From Tom Spurgeon – <q cite="I don't know that I can figure out exactly how the group of Kim Thompson delayed and cancelled books has a significant effect on the bottom line given that most of them were likely marginally profitable at best."


    <q cite="I hope — and to a certain extent except for the public nature of this plea this is none of our business — that they will entertain idea of structural reform or changes in the way they do things in order to ensure that they are doing everything to do what they do in the most cost-efficient way possible"

    and finally-
    <q cite="I am worried as a fan of this company that there may be more systemic work to do…. ….I'm not sure that I see a similar positive series of developments coming Fantagraphics' way after this particular infusion of money."

  3. Bob Ralph says:

    It sounds like Seattle’s Scarecrow video may finally go under shortly, as well. Curious why they haven’t started a kickstarter thing themselves… or asked Tarantino (reportedly an admirer) to help as he did with the New Beverly in LA. Really, someone like Groening should have the decency to step up and cover this for FBI, it’s pocket change for him.

    Any possibility you’d start publishing porn again? Bring it on.

  4. steven samuels says:

    They’re still publishing the occasional manga porn. I don’t know. Porn might be a lost cause, financial-wise. If there’s any comics genre besides the obvious one that’s been so assidously pirated.

    Given how downright horrible the Netflix streaming experience can be, one would think indie video stores would still have more than a fighting chance. Maybe DVDs will have to endure several years in the wilderness so to speak until they make a comeback. Maybe when Netflix (God forbid) lets loose its DVD catalog.

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