News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
Lucy Knisley’s Down the Who Hole
I find it really interesting when comics are used outisde of their tradtitional story telling purpose- for reviews, diaries, interviews etc. so I was pretty pleased to come across a few example (old and new) of this over the past fortnight, which I’ve gathered here. First up, from back in March, when Lucy Knisley finally decided to watch Doctor Who after being persuaded by her friend Nora.
At Length poses 5 cartoonists the question ‘ If you were hired by Classics Illustrated and told to choose a book—any book!—to adapt into a comic, what would it be? Why that book? What would it look like?’ Noah Van Sciver, Melissa Mendes, Kevin Cannon, Andrea Tsurumi and Pascal Girad respond in varied and interesting ways.
Shelf Awareness have Hope Larson draw comic answers to the following: ‘Book you most want to read again for the first time’, ‘Book you’re an evangelist for’, ‘Book you’ve faked reading’, ‘Favorite book when you were a child’ and ‘On your nightstand now’. Guess in which category Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead makes an appearance.
The ‘big’ comic news being bandied around by mainstream press at the moment is Clark Kent quitting his job at the Planet and taking his reporting services online, which I guess settles the argument about who the Planet’s star reporter is once and up until the next re-jig.
Brigid Alverson on CBR has a great summary of the highlights from the 2000 AD panel at the recent NYC Comic Con as Rebellion continue to push 2000 AD further to American readers; among the announcements: editor Matt Smith will write a Year One for the new IDW Dredd comics in the US and John Wagner returns to Dredd next year.
‘I became acutely aware that I had sort of done that thing that lots of privileged hetero cisgendered white dudes do. ‘I’m cool with women, and that’s enough.’ It’s not enough. It’s embarrassing to say, because we somehow have attached shame to learning and evolving our opinions, culturally, but I became aware that there was a deficiency of and to women in my work, and all I could do at that moment was take care of my side of the street.’
Matt Fraction discusses his evolving stance as a creator on the women in comics issue. More at the link.
Comics Alliance editor David Brothers eloquently responds to a question asking if and how faith informs his response and writing to books and works.
Kickstarter UK launches 31st October. Very interested to see if and what kind of projects this will bring- I think there’ll be a big difference between the kind of comic projects we see from the US and elsewhere. Mostly though, I really do hope we get to see some interesting ideas take flight.
Pages from White Clay by Thomas Herpich
Thomas Herpich (best known for Adventure Time) has a preview of his new book, White Clay, posted on his blog which looks quite simply amazing,
‘Sometimes, You Get Your Throat Cut While a Clown is Pulling Your Pants Down’- The Comics Journal manage to grab the elusive Josh Simmons for a chat. It is suspiciously normal.
Jess Nevins - well known to fans not least for some astonishingly detailed annotations to Moore and O’Neill’s reference rich Leaugue of Extraordinary Gentlemen (see here) -waxez lyrical on Japan’s forgotten history of early science fiction.
And to finish off, the ever excellent and on point Mr Tom Gauld: