YEOWWWW I got a crick in my neck. It's this long muscle pull from medulla to scapula and every time I think it's gone it sneaks back in. Must be from whipping my head around after hearing all this exciting comics news I'm about to link you to...
• IDW and The Smithsonian (yes, THE Smithsonian) are teaming up to produce educational graphic-comic-novel-books, focusing on history, science, culture and all that good stuff.
• Vox took a look at the popularity and importance of teenage Muslim super-hero Ms. Marvel, and how the character's unique yet relatable story is a model for diversity in mainstream comics and comics-inspired media.
• Cartoonist Kayfabe spent a good 73+ minutes flipping through the Original Art: Daniel Clowes Studio Edition, and they caught it all on video. If you have a big enough screen, it'll be like having the real book in front of you! (Of course, we both know you're going to watch it at thumbnail size on your phone.)
• Kazoo Magazine is publishing the graphic novel anthology Noisemakers: 25 Women Who Raised Their Voices & Changed the World, with a draw-dropping lineup of comics talent signed on.
• Connor Willumsen made a very impressive, kinda longish, quite Willumsem-y comic for The New York Times. It's about privacy and surveillance and the information we casually hand over. It's really great.
• There will be an east coast memorial for Tom Spurgeon in NYC in late January. Info here.
• Here's Australian cartoonist Eleri Harris with statistical details about the fires devastating her country:
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• John Stanley's Little Lulu: Working Girl by Rachel Cooke
Los Angeles Review of Books
• Chris Ware's Rusty Brown by Gerry Canavan
• Hirata Hiroshi's Bloody Stumps Samurai by Greg Hunter
• Gabrielle Bell's My Dog Ivy by Hillary Brown
• Pat Mills, Kevin O’Neill, Jesus Redondo, and Bryan Talbot's Nemesis the Warlock: The Early Heresies by Tom Shapira
Women Write about Comics
• Catherine Meurisse's The Great Outdoors by Louis Skye
• Patrick Kyle's The Death of the Master by John Seven
• Ken Reid’s World-Wide Weirdies by Andy Oliver
• The new comics journalism and criticism site Solrad has launched.
• Peow has launched a new anthology series, Ex.Mag, featuring a dang fine array of comics creators in its pages. The first three issues have been successfully Kickstarted, and you can get in now.
• Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee are dropping a SURPRISE graphic novel on a (previously un-)suspecting public in late April; it's a prelude to their monthly series debuting shortly thereafter.
• At Polygon: how DC and Marvel handle politics differently, particularly in our current state of partisan incivility.
• Youth in Decline is debuting new Frontier books at Secret Headquarters in LA next Friday. What a lineup!
THE INTERVIEWIST COOKBOOK
The Virtual Memories Show
• Cartoonist (and Flanders Favorite™) Emily Flake
NPR's All Things Considered
• Writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Jim Rugg on the return of The Plain Janes
• Artists Ben Caldwell and Michael Cho — together!
• Lynda Barry by Allegra Frank
• YA graphic novelist Jen Wang
Speech Bubble podcast
• Artist Fiona Smyth
• A number of comics were nominated for the 2020 GLAAD Media Awards.
• Listen: it's happening whether we want it to or not. BOOM! is publishing a graphic novel adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's anti-war novel Slaughterhouse Five. There's a preview on Broken Frontier, and it seems like they might be doing something interesting and unexpected with the material.
• From Los Angeles Review of Books: "The De-Colonization of Miles Morales."
• There's a new, 23-minute video interview with Robert Crumb, produced by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark.
• Syfy Wire asked some big comic book writers about their big 2020 comic books.
• How the, what the...it's the end of Ask Shagg!
Hope you don't catch my crick! See you next time.