Working it Out

Hello again. Here's the run down:

* Tom Spurgeon has a great round-up of thirteen tributes to Bill Blackbeard. I second his recommendation to race over to read Dylan Williams' fantastic post, which contains the longest interview with Blackbeard ever published.

* So Gary Panter (with Chris Byrne) has curated an exhibition on Zap opening on May 12 in NYC. I've seen the original pages selected: it's a killer show. Great generational combo.

* Kim Thompson takes us inside an adventure in translating. Also: Joost Swarte book back on schedule.

* Here's an incredibly enjoyable con report over at The Mindless Ones. Frank and Jog: Meet your British counterparts.

* Via Top Shelf, the much-talked-about French graphic novel by Ludovic Debeurme, Lucille, has a preview up at Pen American Center.

* At HiLobrow: A selected series of posts by Adam McGovern on various aspects of pop culture, including some comics of interest.

* A random note: I know this is conflict of interest and blah blah, but damn the new Hate Annual 9 is good. Bagge knows his characters so well, and he never goes for the easy gag. Just great suburban American comedy. Also, if I had some dough, I'd race over to Scott Eder's site and buy some originals by Bagge. There are some killer pages on there.

On the site today:

The second installment of Richard Gehr's Know Your New Yorker Cartoonists, featuring Gahan Wilson! Ol' man Gehr is on a roll with these, having just completed a great interview with Roz Chast. Stay tuned for his monthly dispatches.

And coming up tomorrow: Matt Seneca contributes a great interview with Shaky Kane and David Hine on the occasion of their newly released book, Bulletproof Coffin. It's fantastic to see Kane, in particular, getting some attention from the general comics universe. Just five years ago Frank Santoro was a lone voice in the wilderness talking about his work, and it was some effort to track him down for a Comics Comics cover feature. Always a deeply idiosyncratic artist, Kane seemed, well, maybe lost to history or something -- his work residing primarily in back issues of Deadline and a handful of small press British comics. Anyhow, sounds like we're going to get to see some more, so that's a good thing.

3 Responses to Working it Out

  1. patford says:

    Anyone have knowledge of how close to completion some of Bill's manuscripts were?
    The Comic Strip history, and the Herriman biography in particular?

  2. Jeet Heer says:

    Parts of The Endless Art appeared in the magazine The Riverside Quarterly, and were reused for the intro to the Comic Strip Century. I don't think the Herriman biography got far although Blackbeard of course wrote a lot about Herriman in the intros for various books and in a strong essay for Nemo magazine.

  3. patford says:

    Interesting, I had thought the Herriman biography was complete, it not fully edited.
    What about "The Endless Art?" Any idea how much of it there is?
    Bill wasn't the only person who was "rescuing" bound volumes from the LOC.
    As described to me by newspaperman Robert K. Jones when it was first discovered the LOC was throwing bound volumes in the trash dumpster a small group of area fans began raiding the dumpsters. When the LOC became aware of this they agreed to give the volumes to fans (Bob never mentioned incorporating himself), and when they saw there was considerable interest arrangements were made for the interested parties to place bids on the individual runs. Bob told me the group of fans dealt with this by colluding with one another so as to keep the bid prices low.
    Bob certainly never had anything like the number of volumes accumulated by Bill, but he did have a long early 1900's run of the New York Herald which is how I acquired my own runs of Nemo, and Mr. Twee Deedle.
    Bob also had a good sized run of a special edition of the Chicago Tribune printed for libraries. That special library edition was printed on rag paper which remains snow white today. The rag paper wasn't very absorbent though, and as a result the reproduction of the strips is inferior to newsprint editions.

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