I Can’t Wear My Hat in Here? (This Week’s Links)

Too many questions, and the answers are never not surprising. Prepare yourselves: these links come with a heaping side of punctuation.


• Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata have returned to their Death Note manga for a one-shot story you can read for free (!!!) at publisher Viz's site.


• Cartoonists Seth and Yoshiharu Tsuge were both recognized with special awards at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.


• At The Beat, Heidi MacDonald has more on the Angoulême festival, including a visit from the French president and some data-backed perspective on how the French value the comics art form.


• After 26 years (!), cartoonist Mike Diana is no longer a wanted man in Florida.


Here's a preview of the next print edition of The Comics Journal, an excerpt from editor R.J. Casey's discussion with Rebecca Kirby and HTML Flowers regarding making comics about chronic illness.


• In unfortunately related news, veteran comic book inker Dexter Vines has been diagnosed with blood cancer. There is a GoFundMe to help with his treatment costs.


• This past week TCJ focused on the much-lauded Connor Willumsen book Bradley of Him, publishing an interview with Willumsen by George Elkind,  a review of the book by Matt Seneca, and a consideration of the story through the prism of white male privilege by Brian Nicholson.


• Dinesh Shamdasani, late of Valiant Comics, is launching an "experimental" new publishing venture named "Bad Idea." It will only publish print, monthly comics that will be sold at a small number of retailers. Multiversity Comics has an interview with the Bad Idea honchos.


The Washington Post profiles Elizabeth Montague, the first black woman cartoonist to be published in The New Yorker.


Walter Simonson, going harder than a beta ray:


• At The Guardian, writer Joe Hill talks about the burgeoning horror trend in popular culture, notably in comics.


• It's the FanFaire comic con at the Art & Design High School in NYC this weekend; guests include alumni Neal Adams, David Mazzucchelli and Klaus Janson.


• At The New Yorker, cartoonist David Sipress writes about how it felt having one of his drawings "appropriated" (read: stolen) by another artist.


• John Roshell, one of the Comicraft letterers, has left the company (!) to form his own.


• A bunch of original art is going up for auction, including work by Hal Foster, Floyd Gottfredson, E.C. Segar and more.


• This is pretty fascinating: Cartoonist Kayfabe compares the page-by-page differences between the same G.I. Joe story drawn by two different people — Marshall Rogers and Todd McFarlane. Both versions wound up being published for reasons you will discover in the video. (Also on Kayfabe: flipping through the Calvin & Hobbes "Artist's Editions"  and Yoshihiro Tatsumi's Black Blizzard — a 120-page book the artist drew in less than a month.)


• Supplementing the G.I. Joe video, CK posted this Alex Toth page (below left) that was also for some insane reason scuttled and redrawn by another artist before initial publication (???):




Jaime Hernandez, discussing creative decisions in his book Tonta, interviewed by Frederick Luis Aldama

Louisiana Channel, from the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb, on stage on video (!!!)

Speech Bubble podcast
Cartoonist Kat Verhoeven by Aaron Broverman

Smash Pages
Cartoonist Malaka Gharib by Alex Dueben

John Siuntres' Word Balloon podcast
Artist Johnnie Christmas
Writer Tom King discussing the upcoming Strange Adventures comic
Artist Evan "Doc" Shaner, also talking Strange

The Beat
GOGOR creator Ken Garing by Matt O'Keefe
Artist Michael Allred by Joe Gruenwald

Off-Panel podcast
Cartoonist Gene Luen Yang by David Harper


• Once, there were "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" cocktail napkins (!!!!!):



• DC's hotly-anticipated Adam Strange-starring Strange Adventures comic (see creator interviews above) has been switched to the "Black Label" imprint, meaning it's now intended for readers over 17.


• The Comics Professional Retail Organization has announced its 2020 Comics Industry Award nominees.


• Derf Backderf and his new book, Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, are profiled at Publisher's Weekly.


The Guardian profiles cartoonist Isabel Greenberg and her new graphic novel about  Charlotte Brontë.


• Michael DeForge will be on a mini-tour of Canada and America to celebrate his new book, Familiar Face.


• Comics had another big year in 2019 on Kickstarter, growing in both dollars and number of successfully-funded projects.


• The latest word from Kate Beaton [who I guess is making a graphic novel(?!?!?)]:


Aimée de Jongh's Taxi! Stories from the Back Seat by Craig Fischer
Jeff Lemire's Frogcatchers by Irene Velentzas
Donny Cates and Tradd Moore's Silver Surfer: Black by Martyn Pedler

The Guardian
Tian Veasna's Year of the Rabbit by Rachel Cooke

Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey's Adler #1 (as in Irene Adler, of Sherlock Holmes fame) by Gregory Ellner

Women Write about Comics
Another take on Adler #1, reviewed by Louis Skye, who notes that all of the creators of this female-driven story are men
Normal, edited by Niyati Joshi, reviewed by Alenka Figa

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse
Natalie Dupille’s In Spite Of Ourselves by Ryan Carey

The Beat
Andrew Lorenzi's Multo by John Seven
Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore’s BTTM FDRS by Philippe Leblanc
Laura Knetzger's Bug Boys by Avery Kaplan

Broken Frontier
Carol Isaacs' The Wolf of Baghdad: Memoir of a Lost Homeland by Andy Oliver
Sherwin Tjia’s Plummet by Andy O.
Ben Passmore's Sports is Hell by Moe Abbas

Michael DeForge's Stunt by Alex Hoffman
Debbie Fong's Wild by Daniel Elkin

Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks' Astronauts by Gary Tyrell
Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann's Go With The Flow by Gary

Panel Patter
John Porcellino’s King-Cat Comics and Stories #79 by Scott Cederlund

Here's a video by ComicTropes to end our time together but to start your weekend off with a bang  — right (???) or wrong (???), that's up to you to decide. It's called "Vince Colletta: The Inker Who Ruined Jack Kirby's Art."

See you in half a fortnight!