Frank Santoro is back this week with a column about Pittsburgh real estate and crowdfunding.
The rite of passage which is moving to a big city and "slumming it" is something we all have heard of or experienced. I did it. I moved to the big city thinking I'd never go back home to Pittsburgh. I never understood why the locals in the Tenderloin of SF or in NYC's Little Italy talked to me the way they talked to me. I was too dumb and young and naive to understand that I was just passing through and they knew it. That rite of passage was important to me because I realized that I didn't belong there. Trouble was, I didn't really belong here at home either. I'd moved away and so no one knew my face and I was treated like locals here treat the transient university population: we ignore them. It wasn't until people on my street saw me with my Mom that they put it together who I was and that I was back. It might sound corny, but it's like my Godfather said, "I had to go travel around for awhile to realize that where I liked it best was right here. But I didn't know it 'til I didn't have it."
And we also have the seventh episode of Greg Hunter's Comic Book Decalogue podcast. This time, he talks to Inés Estrada talks about Amanda Vähämäki, Crumb, and Bryan Lee O'Malley, and then gives a short preview of 2016 in comics.
The three finalists for the controversial Angoulême Grand Prix have been announced: Alan Moore, Hermann, and Claire Wendling. As Bart Beaty notes, both Moore and Hermann have previously said they will decline the award if they happen to win.