I'm very tired, and really quite hungry. Have you read the new Liz Phair book? Let's retire to our separate dens, each read every other chapter, then reconvene and discuss over brunch. I promise I won't fall asleep with my eyebrows in the lox again!
• The big comics business news this week is that Kevin Feige, mastermind of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is now in charge of the Marvel comic books, too. This is clearly a big step, having a Hollywood person directly take over the publishing reins. I looked around to see how far this news went outside of the "industry" — the only really mainstream outlet who picked it up was CNN.com, and their story seemed to be a pickup from Deadline, so here it all is on Deadline.
• There is a sizable and impressive profile of the great Kim Deitch, written by Bill Kartalopoulos, ready for you to read at The Paris Review.
• Cambridgians and surrounding New Englandites! It's gonna be MICE this weekend!
• A few stops south on the Amtrak Northeast corridor will find you at Baltimore Comic Con, also making noise on Saturday and Sunday.
• We are now, finally, in the midst of the Lynda Barry/Chris Ware book tour. Will they appear at a place near where you are? The answer lies within this link.
• The Federal Reserve is using comic books to "educate people on financial literacy while appealing to a younger audience."
• Kendra Wells came through with my favorite comic of the week, shared on The Nib's site and Instagram. I've never even played this game:
Interviews for yous
• Eleanor Davis spoke about her new book The Hard Tomorrow on CBC Radio (I think you can only listen to this in Canada, so congrats to all you maple farmers up north.)
• Part 1 of Cliff Chiang on The Drawl
• Kate Charlesworth at Broken Frontier
• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — NOT a typo — on the Word Balloon podcast, talking about his Mycroft Holmes graphic novel and his personal history with and love of comics
• Connor Willumsen profiled at Now Toronto
• Brian K. Vaughn on the Off-Panel podcast
• Mike Carey at Newsarama
• Alabaster Pizzo at TCJ
• Simon Hanselmann at Sequential State
• Head over and read an intriguing and thoughtful piece on The Beat about inclusiveness at the big comic cons, particularly in Artist Alley.
• A View to a Shill Dept: I make no secret of my appreciation for Matt Bors, and thus have no qualms about linking directly to the pre-order for the second book collection of his insightful and tragically funny comics.
• The Cul de Sac blog unearthed some rare Richard Thompson illustrations for a 1996 National Geographic book.
• Big-time writer Jason Aaron has started a newsletter, and it begins with this.
• The New York Times ran a lot of words about the book called Watchmen and the impending television program called Watchmen. My guess is there is not much new there for readers of this site but I felt you should be aware nonetheless.
• Jeff Smith's Bone is finally making the jump from page to (small) screen.
• Fieldmouse Press is crowdfunding its 2020 publishing season.
• Dana Fradon, who created over 1,400 New Yorker cartoons, died earlier this month, and was remembered at Multiversity.
Reviews pour vous
• Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks's Pumpkinheads by Caitlin Rosberg at The A.V. Club
• Eleanor Davis's The Hard Tomorrow by Chris Gavaler at PopMatters
• And Brigid Alverson at Publishers Weekly, on The Hard Tomorrow
• Annnnnnd John Seven at The Beat, also reviewing Eleanor's outstanding new book
• Simon Hanselmann's Bad Gateway by Alex Hoffamn at Sequential State
• Emmanuel Lepage's Springtime In Chernobyl by John Seven at The Beat
• At TCJ: Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore's BTTM FDRS by Austin Price, Luke Pearson's Hilda and the Mountain King by Hillary Brown, Tiitu Takalo's Me, Mikko, and Annikki by Leonard Pierce, Moto Haigo's The Poe Clan, Vol. 1 by Helen Chazan and Peter Kuper's Heart of Darkness by Robert Elder
• Abhay Khosla quietly released a Best of the Decade comics list. (Movies too!)
• The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is putting a whollllle bunch of U.S. President-focused artwork by Drew Friedman up on its walls.
• Remember when Jack Kirby, Jim Lee, Sergio Aragonés and Marc Silvestri all appeared on a Bob Newhart sitcom?
• Liana Finck revealed to The Times how she does what she does.
• Memories of Charles Addams, from someone who knew him late in life.
• Wanna go to Comics Camp? Wanna go to Alaska! You can have your cake!
• I don't care about James Bond, but I do like Jim Cheung, so I let the good outweigh when I got to see this triptych of covers for an upcoming 007 series:
And that's the week! Tip your server, and send Liz Phair a card or something so she knows how much you appreciate her work.