If You Come Back, I’ll Be the First to Shake Your Hand (This Week’s Links)

Greetings, friends. October is in full decay. I had butternut squash for lunch and a cinnamon stick in my evening cocktail. Let's get cozy!


• I hope this isn't the first time you're reading this, as you should be following it on the old socials, but there's a new comic from The Perry Bible Fellowship, and it slaps knees and punches guts, needing a mere two panels:



• The Harvey Awards were handed out! Here are the winners, at Harvey co-sponsor The Beat.


• Next Monday, October 14th, New Yorker cartoonist (and Flanders Favorite™) Emily Flake will be having a little soiree at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn to celebrate her new book That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug. Come by and we can uncomfortably shake hands in the spirit of the evening.


• Rochester Institute of Technology is going to have a new facility: The Joe Kubert Library of Comics & Popular Art.


• And in other people-being-honored news, Chris Butcher of Toronto Comic Arts Festival fame is becoming a Knight of the Arts or some such thing in France!!!


• Have you taken a gander at Luke Healy's Cartoonist Diary here on The Comics Journal? Well, why on earth not? Go on, then!


• Mike Lynch remembers New Yorker cartoonist Dana Fradon, who died last month.


• Archie has partnered with the It Gets Better Project in creating new comics strips supporting National Coming Out Day.


• Some exciting publishing news (with a hat tip to Frank Santoro): it's been announced that Dan Nadel is writing what appears to be a very authorized biography of none other than Robert Crumb. As Dan posted on IG:


Intercontinental Interviews!
• Neo-Nancy's Olivia Jaimes at Slate

• Artist Stacey Lee The Drawl video podcast

• Cartoonist Brad Perri ("Pirate Mike") at the Blockhead podcast

• Writer-artist Dan Jurgens on the Syfy Wire podcast

• Illustrator and comics-maker Kate Lacour on The Virtual Memories podcast

• Artist Bryan Hitch on the Word Balloon podcast

• Comics-makin' Michael DeForge on Hazlitt

• Tons of new talks up at The Beat: super-hero artist Aaron Kuder, Blacksad co-creator Juan Díaz Canales, cartoonist Andrea Shockling, webcomicker Hannah Templer, writer Joshua Williamson and newly-minted Harvey winner Ngozi Uzaku

• Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz on The Converation podcast

• Paul Toomey, discussing his new book Screwball!, right here on The Journal!



Back to business:

• Liza Donnelly writes for The New Yorker about what it felt like becoming a cartoonist for The New Yorker.

• Speaking of Screwball!, Mr. Toomey shares some rare "Boody" Rogers strips over at The Library of American Comics


• Two interesting cartoon-driven features ran on TCJ this week: Andrew White's 2017 zine exploring Kevin Huizenga's Ganges and Ben Passmore's piece about Ryan Holmberg and Ronald Wimberly's recent talk about Japanese print maker Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


Women Write about Comics launched a new column, "Cover Girl," analyzing comics covers featuring women. This week: Vengeance of Vampirella #1.


• Drew Friedman talks about his process for drawing a more reserved-than-usual Trump for his latest book.


The Daily Cartoonist checked out the first and last Far Side panels, from 1980 and 1995 respectively.


• Interesting bit at Publishers Weekly about American comic publishers going after European books.


• Whenever there is a new Boulet comic, you can bet your baguette I'll be linking to it.


Revelatory Reviews!
• Here at TCJ, we got the goods on Cathy G. Johnson's Jeremiah, the Dan Nadel and Frank Santoro-edited Return to Romance and Léo Quievreux's The Immersion Program

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse on some recent Josh Bayer comics: one here and the other allll the way over here

The Beat on Erin Williams' Commute

PopMatters on Gina Siciliano's The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

Newsarama on Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch's The Batman's Grave #1

Women Write about Comics on Julie Birmant and Clement Oubreie's Isadora and The Nib's print issues

Multiversity Comics on Keiler Roberts' Rat Time and the end of that whole new X-Men hootenanny



For this week's final thought, I leave you with the most recent episode of Brecht Vandenbroucke's Kawasuraki Park. I'm not sure I'm clever enough to fully know what's going on here, but like all things Vandebroucke, I like it all the same.

And that circle of running dinosaurs kinda looks cozy, in its way.