When Dan isn't deliberately provoking everyone in the reading audience with dumb and/or pointlessly offensive arguments (I prefer his smart & pointedly offensive ones), he can perpetrate some pretty good comics talk. Today he's got a nice short and sweet interview with Ron Regé, Jr., regarding his recent self-published Diana, an underground reimagining of early Wonder Woman. Here's Regé:
In my exploration of the misfits and freaks of history that comprised much of The Cartoon Utopia, I had originally wanted to include the Marstons, as the whole bondage/plural marriage/lie detector aspect of their story was something I hadn't heard of until recently. It changed my whole outlook on her as modern character.
Elsewhere on the comics internet:
—Reviews & Commentary. The great Ray Davis writes about M.K. Brown (and Ed Bluestone). Sean Kleefeld questions the conventional wisdom that size prevents modern comic strip artists from making interesting visuals. Rob Clough reviews a slew of books. So does Abhay Khosla. Sean T. Collins wonders if comics has a "Netflix effect." We should all listen to Julia Gfrörer.
—Funnies. The Guardian just published a large special edition including comics from novelists A.M. Homes, Gillian Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Michael Faber, and Dave Egger created in collaboration with cartoonists Frazer Irving, Dave Gibbons, Roger Langridge, and Christian Ward.
—Interviews. Xavier Guilbert interviews Tom Gauld. The Ink Panthers talk Mike Dawson's Angie Bongiolatti. Make It Then Tell Somebody interviews Box Brown. Sophie Yanow was interviewed at The Comics Reporter. Publishers Weekly talked to Keith Knight.
—Sales & Spending Opportunities. AdHouse is having a big sale this month, as
is was Dark Horse Digital. Josh Bayer is in the last week of his Suspect Device 4 Kickstarter. Dave Sim has launched another Kickstarter of his own, I think? (I couldn't quite follow that one.)
—News. In possibly the first sign of Amazon-related changes, comiXology announces changes to their iOS and Android apps. JK Parkin at Robot 6 has some analysis. Jim Woodring's Fran won the Lynd Ward prize. Al Jaffee, Ed Sorel, and Alex Raymond are new members of the Society of Illustrators' Hall of Fame. Zak Sally has started a new school. Jane Asselin writes about her recent experiences at XOJane.
—Misc. They apparently do Moomin differently in Japan. Alan Moore, writer of open letters. Slate ponders Rube Goldberg.