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Tried the first omnibus of Valerian & Laureline (titled simply Valerian to tie in with the film), consisting of the first 3 volumes. Gave up just over half way through. I could see the improvements by the third episode and that is where many say it really begins but at the time I just couldn't hack it. I didn't hate it or anything but things about the style and the panel arrangements made it a bit offputting for me.

Read the Tuomas guide and since his recommendation would require only a further 3 omnibuses, I think I'll buy those and try again later. This might be a bad idea to ignore all my warning signs but I'm just very intrigued by all this acclaim. I'm bad for buying comics in bulk and then realizing I just cant get very far with them. I try to block out my memory how much they cost.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 4 January 2019 19:06 (ten months ago) link

Yeah, sadly Valerian & Laureline is your textbook example of "gets better as it progresses". It started out as an adventure comic for kids, which is obvious with the first two books. The political allegory and social commentary doesn't really kick in until the 1970s. Looking at what's included in the omnibuses, vol. 2 is already way better than vol. 1, and vol. 3 has what I would argue are the three best books in the entire series. So if you still don't like it after reading vol. 3, there's no point in buying any of the later ones, it doesn't get any better than that.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 11:08 (ten months ago) link

And you absolutely should not buy vols 6 & 7, the diminishing quality of both the art and especially the writing is just sad. Vol 5 is borderline, IMO only one of the three books included in it ("The Living Weapons") is good, and you really don't need to follow the longer story arc beyond "The Wrath of Hypsis", which provides a decent enough finale for the series. The actual series finale ("Memories from the Futures") is just embarrassingly bad.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 11:14 (ten months ago) link

Haha, looks like even Cinebook realised "Memories from the Futures" is bad, because it's not included in the omnibuses, the final omnibus ends with the penultimate book. Though to be fair, the penultimate book was originally supposed to be the final book, until Mezieres and Christin decided to do one more victory lap.

Tuomas, Tuesday, 8 January 2019 11:19 (ten months ago) link

Love Tom King's stuff and Clay Mann's a good artist, I've been reading Heroes in Crisis.
Anyone read #4? It's weird that... well... there's some strangely contextualized sexualized female shots in this?
Maybe it's just me, but I'm talking about the full page Lois pin-up in the Superman shirt and panties saying "What do you want me to do?" to the reader and ESPECIALLY the Batgirl confession that has her pointing out her bullet wound in an almost fetishistic fashion.
If this were an everyday teen manga I probably wouldn't even notice it but it's really odd in such a serious story, isn't it?

Nhex, Friday, 11 January 2019 00:20 (ten months ago) link

I saw a few articles in the comic/pop-culture press reporting on that (one included the full Batgirl page as part of the discussion). A particular panel of Poison Ivy was also being discussed in the same context (I won't mention the specific content of the panel, as it's spoiler-y).

My "takeaway" was that I've seen more sexualized art in comics; but I've also seen, er, less sexualized art. It didn't look like something I'd want to read, anyway.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 11 January 2019 00:32 (ten months ago) link

(for other reasons, artwork aside... but I also didn't care for the art.)

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 11 January 2019 00:33 (ten months ago) link

I didn't completely see the furore about the Batgirl page - I didn't think it was any worse than the Poison Ivy or Black Canary ones - but the Lois page, which nowhere seems to making a big deal out of that I read, was just awful.

I've actually been nearly enjoying Heroes In Crisis at the plot level, but the execution is kind of off.

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Friday, 11 January 2019 10:21 (ten months ago) link

heroes in crisis feels a bit like a geoff johns joint tbh
which is to say, i'm not liking it

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 January 2019 12:23 (ten months ago) link

King's style has become too self-parodic and decompressed - like he's having his own "overindulgent mid-2000s Bendis" phase.

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 11 January 2019 15:20 (ten months ago) link

And I'm not sure having stabby psychopaths and Booster doing Robin Williams in Fisher King is really the greatest way of, er, "addressing mental health issues". (I mean, for comparison's sake, look how great Stan Lee - of all people! - is at portraying depression in FF 51.)

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 11 January 2019 15:25 (ten months ago) link


To quote Alan Moore: “None of you understand. I'm not locked up in here with YOU. You're locked up in here with ME.” 🤣

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2019

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 11 January 2019 17:32 (ten months ago) link

beat me to it

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 11 January 2019 18:34 (ten months ago) link

FWIW, Alan Moore said he was terrified that there were actually people out there who thought Rorschach was cool.

— Elitist Dentist-Goer (@agraybee) January 11, 2019

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:20 (ten months ago) link

I guess we're only allowed to cheekily quote sympathetic fictional characters now

Chuck_Tatum, Friday, 11 January 2019 19:26 (ten months ago) link

Given the critical faculties of a public that is probably convinced that AOC will be donning a swirly-twirly mask any day now, I guess so.

A Nugatory Excrescence (Old Lunch), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:37 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Bought a two issue serialization of Kaluta's Carson Of Venus. Why bother serializing a reprint over two issues? For the variant covers probably. I think serializing reprints in floppies is madness in general.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 25 January 2019 20:42 (nine months ago) link

I got a cut out hardcover of Annihilator by Grant Morrison and Frasier Irving last weekend. Irving's artwork is even better than the DC stuff he did with Morrison and some pages seem to be channeling some Bill Sienkiewicz during Elektra Assassin days. It's a fun read, pretty much Grant goes to Hollywood story and the multiverse reacts.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 20:36 (nine months ago) link

I also happen to be re-reading Valis by PKD and Annihilator has two items both the "download into the mind" and "the creator god was insane, which is why the universe is f-ed up" sentiments pretty much straight from the book. It was a very PKD synchronicity.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 20:37 (nine months ago) link

Irving's artwork is even better than the DC stuff he did with Morrison

disagree, the almost total absence of backgrounds especially makes panel-to-panel continuity a pain to try and infer

sans lep (sic), Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:19 (nine months ago) link

Irving's artwork is a bit different style, he seems to use a bunch more feathery detail work on everything. Some of the pages are also almost designed paintings with the text overlaid including the pages on the godworld and viewing the space station. Those were some of the pages that reminded me of Billy the Sink.

Can't remember if Irving colored his own artwork on the DC comics or not.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:40 (nine months ago) link

I thought it was pretty fun and would read a sequel, if ever made.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:41 (nine months ago) link

Need to track down the last 2 issues of Nameless, which I never got on my pull list. Did not see how that crazy story was going to wrap up in 2 issues at all, it seemed like it was setup to be a longer series to me on the first 4.

earlnash, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:43 (nine months ago) link

I lost patience with Nameless, the body horror stuff was a bit offputting. IMO GM is much stronger at showing the horror/weirdness in the quotidian that going full oogum-boogum-horror.

I kinda hate Irving's art, I'm afraid. Klarion was fine but everything since has Bachalo-levels of unintelligibility to me, and I don't like the way he draws faces.

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 28 January 2019 13:24 (nine months ago) link

*than going

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 28 January 2019 13:24 (nine months ago) link

I know this is not exactly the right thread for this - do we have a thread for superhero movies that don't have their own thread yet? - but the news that there's going to be a Birds of Prey movie with
* Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
* Jurney Smollett-Bell as Black Canary
* Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress
* Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya
has brightened my day a bit

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:25 (nine months ago) link

Formatting help you lieeeee

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:25 (nine months ago) link

i'll put money on that movie never materialising

maxwell’s silver hang suite (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:28 (nine months ago) link

You don't think they'll release the Birds of Prey movie they're shooting right now?

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:51 (nine months ago) link

It's the next The Day the Clown Cried.

See you later, I'm going to go take a look at this suicide robot. (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:58 (nine months ago) link

I knew that would happen once I heard about the subplot with Jared Leto in a concentration camp.

EZ Snappin, Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:59 (nine months ago) link

St Marks Place closing next month

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 31 January 2019 21:18 (nine months ago) link

Huh... I lived in NYC at one point, but don’t remember a comic shop on St. Marks.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Friday, 1 February 2019 05:11 (nine months ago) link

Seriously?!? That place was my store for like six years. It's very much what I think of when I think of a comic book shop.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 1 February 2019 05:13 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

so... if i want to give less money to amazon but my LCS is a dumpster fire (I've ordered about a dozen books this year through them that just never showed up) what's a good slightly more ethical source of comix

Nhex, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 06:35 (nine months ago) link

buying direct from the artists, or from What Things Do, or Wow Cool, or Spit And A Half (though I think he's reducing his operations?), or Emerald Comics Distro, or direct from publishers, or from comic shops that do mail order, or etc etc etc

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:04 (nine months ago) link

Try doing that from Australia and you'll be bankrupt in a day.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:20 (nine months ago) link

I pretty much used to use my tax return to clear off my comics-ordering bill for the year, before postage went completely insane 5-6 years ago.

buying Australian comics direct from the artists has pretty much been the only option in Sydney since Land Beyond Beyond closed 20-odd years ago

steven, soda jerk (sic), Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:29 (nine months ago) link

i looked at those but they're pretty specific to particular artists and labels
looking for more general stuff. maybe i'll just stick to midtowncomics

Nhex, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 05:52 (nine months ago) link

well you did just ask for more ethical sources of comics w/ no further guidelines! buying direct from the artists is usu. going to limit you to those artists’ comics, yeah

steven, soda jerk (sic), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:12 (nine months ago) link

closing entry on the ham fisher/al capp feud on TCJ comes with a solidly intriguing theory on the grit that caused the pearl:

Was surprised to find this on spotify btw:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 February 2019 20:34 (nine months ago) link

In December, Viz releases Junji Ito's adaptation of Osamu Dazai's No Longer Human. I had no idea he had done such a thing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 23 February 2019 21:59 (eight months ago) link

Gahan Wilson is suffering from advanced dementia and needs help. His wife of many decades passed away Saturday and as a result he is going to be discharged from the assisted living facility where they lived.

Speaking for myself, Wilson was the first invasion of my little mind by the Weird - my uncle gave my dad a copy of And Then We’ll Get Him for Xmas when I was 7 or 8 and I imbibed it utterly, terrified and transfixed by a world of bodily instability, disease and mutation which was also, apparently, funny??? God bless this man.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Monday, 4 March 2019 17:36 (eight months ago) link

that's hugely sad to hear

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 March 2019 19:53 (eight months ago) link

I'm reading Uncomfortably Happily by Yeon-sik Hong. Comics artist couple move from Seoul to the sticks and deal with career and money worries, the cold, transportation. The protagonist is an archetypal Indie Comics Dude in a way - self loathing, neurotic, frequently a dick to his wife. But despite that I'm finding the narrative likeable and engaging - also fascinated by the author's choice of doing frequent musical numbers, which surely is not what the medium of comics is best suited to.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 10:39 (eight months ago) link

that's an interesting book but soooooooooooooooo long.
but it's a biography so he's really gotta makes you feel their pain

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 00:54 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, it's super long. I got through most of it at one sitting because I was waiting for something, otherwise I dunno if I would have had the patience.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 11:01 (eight months ago) link

That Kirkman related Die!Die!Die! was not very good at all. I liked some of Chris Burhams earlier comics but man this one is gory as he!!. It's definitely trying to go over the top like something written by Garth Ennis, Millar or Hickman have done but with even less nuance.

earlnash, Saturday, 9 March 2019 18:02 (eight months ago) link

Also kinda weird that it came out through Image the same time as Gillen/Hans' Die (which I'm liking so far!)

Nhex, Saturday, 9 March 2019 18:37 (eight months ago) link

Kirkman is not very good at all

EZ Snappin, Saturday, 9 March 2019 19:01 (eight months ago) link

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Sunday, 20 October 2019 15:50 (one month ago) link

for fuck’s sake

expedited frictionless convergences (bizarro gazzara), Sunday, 20 October 2019 15:52 (one month ago) link

TBF I'm pretty sure most DC comics these days are written in the darkest hours of a blackout bender so I'm sure King (I think that's King) has no recollection of writing those words.

Go-Gurt Ops (Old Lunch), Sunday, 20 October 2019 17:21 (one month ago) link

Yup, it's King. I'm a big fan of his but the quality of his varies.... wildly.

Nhex, Sunday, 20 October 2019 17:29 (one month ago) link

it sure does lately, yes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:58 (one month ago) link

I'm guessing that one page is from Heroes in Crisis?

One thing I think that is different in some of these modern comics is that editorial kind of plans the general plot on some of those big crossover stories. And I think to try to make the plot fit, there ends up being some wacky stretches to tie the story together. This scene looks pretty much par for the course in stuff like JLA: Cry for Justice or that wacky Meltzer mini-series where the Atom's wife is a murderer.

The other type of big mini-series is where you take a story that might work as your usual series arc and then try to force it into some big crossover mini-series. I'd say the old DC Genesis series is like that one and that Daredevil Shadowland crossover was a couple of those type of series.

earlnash, Sunday, 20 October 2019 22:25 (one month ago) link

Heroes in Crisis actually is pretty bad on its own merits, but to be fair it didn't have a huge impact on the DCU and you didn't need to read the spinoffs to get it

By contrast, even though I'm reading Event Leviathan and Batman I'm totally confused about how this whole Year of the Villain thing shakes out (not even considering Doomsday Clock is finally about to end)

Every event is just ridiculous now. I mean the number of books Marvel put out for both War of the Realms and Absolute Carnage is insanely offputting, even for someone like me who alread buys 20-30 floppies a month

Nhex, Sunday, 20 October 2019 22:57 (one month ago) link

Just read the crossover miniseries, if there is one, and the main title it spun out of. Despite it not being the explain everything every issue era, they tend to summarize or duplicate the key points

It’s more irritating when a title gets diverted from a main plot via editorial mandate and you can’t be sure whether the regular story is just going to touch on the crossover junk or it’s a throwaway issue.

DC crossovers are maybe worse than the Marvel ones in that they feel the need to jack with every character’s status quo

mh, Monday, 21 October 2019 02:25 (one month ago) link

in my experience, the dead giveaway is when the issue that’s part of the crossover has a different writing/art team and the regulars are back the next issue post-crossover. just leave it on the shelf!

mh, Monday, 21 October 2019 02:26 (one month ago) link

i believe ty templeton ghosted the newhart comic art
marc silvestri is like twice jim lee's height

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 06:24 (four weeks ago) link

I watched that whole thing looking for some art that might be by Ty, you owe me ten minutes back

afaipk Ty had nothing to do with the TV show, and iirc most or all of the ghosted Newhart art was by Paul Power (although Ty was acting in Canadian sitcoms around this time?)*, who also appeared in the "bullpen" doing the same role on-camera

Ty wrote and cartooned and lettered one side of the tie-in flip-book comic series, a faux-1960s replica of the original Mad Dog comic Bob had done in the series. This is great, a cross between Mad parodies and the Batman TV show.

Evan Dorkin wrote, and various other people pencilled and inked and lettered, the other side, which was the faux-Image reboot of the comic that was being made in the present day of the TV series. Dorkin did not know that Ty was doing the other side, or that he was allowed to make it a parody, or be funny at all, so it is played straight and sucks total dog dick unless you have watched the TV show and understand why it is bad. (In the latter case, it only sucks 98.5% dog dick.)

* I caught him playing a priest in one episode of something, by chance, but no idea what. I rewound his scene on a VHS rental of Sea Of Love several times when my dad got it out, but was never convinced I was seeing him. Bob, though, I was regularly setting the VCR to record at 4am and then stopping it when I got up at 6. Absolutely not worth it, and until that youtube my recollection was that Kirby and Aragones appeared visiting the studio, with Evanier and others in tow.

(Evanier for sure wrote an episode about Fredric Wertham turning up to apologise for thinking comics were bad and having hauled Bob in front of the Kefauver hearings, though.)

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 07:36 (four weeks ago) link

sic, are you the Uatu of the comics industry or what

Go-Gurt Ops (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 12:07 (four weeks ago) link

sic you crazy bastard, i said nothing about ty being in that video; i said i believe he ghosted the comic art. likely at the credits; never heard of Paul Power. I have the same issues of Mad Dog you do apparently and yes they are great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 13:55 (four weeks ago) link

looking for some art that might be by Ty

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:31 (four weeks ago) link

can’t believe this disrespect to the author of The Rock Warrior in Skateman #1 who also storyboarded the reshoots of the last half hour of Predator

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:53 (four weeks ago) link

looking for some art that might be by Ty

right: thought that might be him in the credits
why you got to step to me like I'm not down with Skate Man (registered trade mark)?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 14:58 (four weeks ago) link

i like the phrase "Storyboarding Some Movie Called Predator," might delete later idk

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:00 (four weeks ago) link

turn in your I Like Ty The Guy fan club membership card imo

when I was a #teen in the ‘90s I thought Continuity colouring was lurid and weird and ugly. now, instead that panel makes me sigh for how the entire American assembly-line comics industry apparently took every wrong lesson from Adams that they could

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:10 (four weeks ago) link

I Like Ty the Guy! On Instagram even!

Those reading who are less familiar with Templeton's work should check out his excellent (and not updated since harlan ellison died) comic journal blog:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:27 (four weeks ago) link

I had to Google 'Uatu' , handing in my M.M.M.S. membership card :-(

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:35 (four weeks ago) link

"I can't believe you're in a position where you can't name a Watcher!"
"Well, Uatu."
"No, I can name several!"

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:36 (four weeks ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 27 October 2019 15:50 (three weeks ago) link

has anyone in the ol’ USA ever done a 2000ad/megazine paper subscription? cycled off of some other magazine subs and I am tempted to opt in for a year. how’s the shipping delay, condition of the comics when they arrive, etc?

mh, Monday, 28 October 2019 23:36 (three weeks ago) link

I've been following a cartoonist named Jordan Jeffries who does one-panel movie scenes on Instagram. He's pretty good. I think this gave me the inspiration to read Julia Wertz's memoir Drinking at the Movies, which was... sigh.

As a human being, I have some respect for anyone who does a memoir and exposes their warts to the world, and there are several funny jokes in this, but Christ, the quality of artwork is just so bad. If I were a more positive person, I would use this book as an example to young students to scream "YOU SEE? Anyone can be a professional cartoonist. Absolutely anyone, if this is possible." Instead of being astounded that someone can accomplish this when I see hundreds more talented individuals desperately selling their wares at NY ComicCon every year for crumbs. Or hell, even at the indie festivals.

Nhex, Monday, 4 November 2019 01:18 (two weeks ago) link

Julia Wertz is great!

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 November 2019 01:31 (two weeks ago) link

Tbf she’s gotten much better w the art

Οὖτις, Monday, 4 November 2019 01:32 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, wertz developed her art really really well and some of her earlier work does not reflect where she landed.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 November 2019 01:59 (two weeks ago) link

Got some cool back issues at the small local con we had here that my local shop hosted. Getting close on completing a couple of runs of stuff I have been working on for a few years. Got a good stack of various old Savage Sword of Conans for a buck or two each. Got a couple of old 70s Marvel monster reprints for a buck each too. First con I had been to for a few years. It was a pretty fun haul.

earlnash, Monday, 4 November 2019 02:33 (two weeks ago) link

Wertz has always (Fart Party started fifteen years ago!) been a great writer-in-pictures, pacing her gags and effectively communicating her characters through very basic conventions. She also would have probably been both better and more successful if she had more range and depth to her drawing.

She obviously doesn't think so, though: even after getting into the New Yorker and then a big hardcover book deal based on her detailed, representational drawings of buildings, she's now doing her gag cartoons for TNY as straight-up stick figures drawn with a pen.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:01 (two weeks ago) link


Nhex, Wednesday, 6 November 2019 01:04 (two weeks ago) link

I’ve been reading some of the current Sonic the Hedgehog IDW series with my son... it’s surprisingly dark for a kids’ book. The plot beats will be very familiar to anyone over the age of six (a ragtag band of heroes tries to save a populace from a spreading zombie infection; as the heroes themselves succumb and are transformed, one by one...) — but it’s done well, with solid dialogue and brisk plotting. The art is strong, too. There’s something compelling about these cute mutant-animal characters being placed in a straightforward action narrative, without irony or condescension. I guess there are whole genres like that, but I don’t usually encounter them.

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 November 2019 04:26 (one week ago) link

I'd say that's most Sonic games since Adventure; I hate what they did with those but ymmv.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 12 November 2019 13:30 (one week ago) link

RIP, Tom Spurgeon.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 14 November 2019 04:22 (one week ago) link



Ward Fowler, Thursday, 14 November 2019 07:00 (one week ago) link

A great writer, a long-time force for good in comics, and a lovely person.

now let's play big lunch take little lunch (sic), Thursday, 14 November 2019 09:45 (one week ago) link


valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 14 November 2019 12:11 (one week ago) link

btw Jon I read your ^^^ last night, then went to bed and you turned up as a "character" in the comic I read

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 08:59 (six days ago) link

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 November 2019 16:13 (six days ago) link

Spurgeon was a nice refreshing voice amid the rest.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 15 November 2019 18:56 (six days ago) link

Xpost sic was this a comic you read while dreaming or are you referring to the issue of Fatale where Tom H and I get iced?

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Friday, 15 November 2019 19:34 (six days ago) link

gonna need an issue number here

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 15 November 2019 19:35 (six days ago) link

was this a comic you read while dreaming or are you referring to the issue of Fatale where Tom H and I get iced?

neither! Rookie Moves by N0vember G4rcia

Spurgeon was a nice refreshing voice amid the rest.

gonna disagree with the implication I'm reading here: a major project of Tom's in his life and his work was to highlight and enhance the wide variety of interested, caring, and worthwhile voices that are talking about comics everywhere, all the time.

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 20:09 (six days ago) link

Perhaps I'm just remembering a specific time when I was mostly around Comics Journal associated circles but I got the impression that he was a lot mellower and less deep into feuds than everyone else. Not to say there weren't a lot of good people, because there was and that community was important to me but that's just how I remember his place in it.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 15 November 2019 20:18 (six days ago) link

Top of the head, if I try and think of writers that Tom brought into the Journal, it's mild-mannered Chris Mautner, Bart Beaty writing about untranslated European albums, Ray Mescallado getting a monthly superhero column, gentleman Gil Roth... (while the feud-free Spurge himself was adding a Melody-Maker-style two-page spread of opening snark to every issue, and writing things like Shit List! and The Butt-Eye Address by "David Peters")

Agree that he didn't hold or build personal feuds in public, but this was more a function of him seeing disagreement and argument as valuable in discussion of art and labour.

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 22:12 (six days ago) link

this gave me the inspiration to read Julia Wertz's memoir Drinking at the Movies, which was... sigh.

[...] there are several funny jokes in this, but Christ, the quality of artwork is just so bad.

I’ve never looked at old artwork and been like, this is fine. But luckily I’m also aware that it doesn’t actually matter at all.

— Julia Wertz (@Julia_Wertz) November 15, 2019

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 15 November 2019 23:07 (six days ago) link

that... is... some regression

Nhex, Saturday, 16 November 2019 17:29 (five days ago) link

You’re gonna plotz if you ever find out about James Thurber

insecurity bear (sic), Saturday, 16 November 2019 20:15 (five days ago) link

TCJ's Spurgeon obit is up

Brakhage, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 01:30 (two days ago) link

how mad Dean must have been to work in the same office as a fat person 20 years ago

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 02:09 (two days ago) link

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