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What I’d Like To See

Today on the site we have new contributor Hazel Cills writing about Yumi Sakugawa’s I Think I’m In Friend Love With You.

The ways in which people express and compartmentalize their loneliness is comic artist Yumi Sakugawa’s thematic trademark. Her viral mini-comic I Think I’m In Friend Love With You, a neatly drawn love letter seemingly drafted especially for the world’s most introverted, is perhaps the work she’s most known for. But her latest, Never Forgets, is an exploration of a more abstract strain of alienation, the sort of bodily disconnect that forces a woman to efface herself to become a more admired, “true self.”

Ken Parille takes a look at some usual problems for new comics in 2014.

In this column, I typically look at cartoonists, artists, and comics that I like, focusing on those that do interesting things in unusual ways. This time, I examine five recent comics that didn’t work for me. I tackle a specific problem in each narrative that represents the comic’s larger troubles, as I see them. I conclude by recommending a few new books and answering the question, “Who is the best American-comics-influenced British writer?”

Elsewhere:

Monday is the deadline for the latest round of enrollment for Frank Santoro's Correspondence Course.

Jerry Beck has a fine book review round-up on recent publications by Barks, Rosa, Friedman and others.

Paul Gravett interviews Keiichi Tanaami, the Japanese psychedelic artist who has experienced a surprising resurgence over the last decade, and who I published in The Ganzfeld and Electrical Banana.

Hey, you can now get a gander at the Fantagraphics Complete Zap set. the astonishing comics aside, Patrick Rosenkranz's oral history is great. Is it expensive? Yes, yes it is. But you can also buy the comics for less than $20 if you want to go that route.

The Guinness World Records organization and proclaimed this man to have the world's largest comic book collection.


One Response to What I’d Like To See

  1. Tony says:

    Walter Simonson has responded to Ken Parille’s criticism of Ragnarok:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/waltsimonsonappreciationsociety/permalink/10152716213174793/?comment_id=10152716244259793&offset=0&total_comments=9

    Although I think you have to log in to facebook to see it.

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