My friend Chip Zdarsky has moved from comics creation for the direct market to comics creation for the masses, as he chronicles his unique experiences in sequential format for The National Post (it is a newspaper, in Canada). This time Mr. Zdarsky joins The Post’s star reporter Ben Kaplan and heads to a nudist resort. Yes, that’s right, it’s Chip Zdarsky’s Nudist Resort Funnies. Both the comic and accompanying article are well worth a read.

Nude Dudes: Comic Strip VersionNewspaper Article Version

Meanwhile, Time Magazine is running an article on the guilty pleasures of famous authors. #1? Why it’s Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz talking about his love of Naoki Urasawa’s MONSTER:

“Urasawa is a national treasure in Japan, and if you ain’t afraid of picture books, you’ll see why.” – Junot Diaz,

Maybe there’s some hope that adult manga fiction will cross over into the mainstream after all, eh?

- Christopher

6 Comments on “Some things to go and read: Nudity, Guilt.”

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  1. Chip Zdarsky says:

    I’ll never stop loving the direct market.

  2. matthew says:

    Odd coincidence: After reading your comments about superhero-comic fans not reading manga, I decided to go out and try some*. I picked up Vol. 1 of Monster from my local library last night. So far I’ve really enjoyed it.

    *I have been reading Batman: Death Mask, and have Gantz Vol. 1 on order from my LCS but I still don’t consider myself a manga reader yet.

  3. Chris says:

    Is “Steve Murray” your mass-market name Chip?

  4. Chip Zdarsky says:

    Hey Chris!
    I do all of my cartooning non-fiction work under “Steve Murray,” my fiction comics as “Chip Zdarsky,” my dope beats as “MC Champagne,” and my financial advice as “Todd Diamond.”
    All of the Above

  5. Journalista - the news weblog of The Comics Journal » Blog Archive » July 9, 2008: Poor boy causing trouble says:

    [...] [Comics] Cartoonist Chip Zdarsky (working as “Steve Murray”) and writer Ben Kaplan recently went to an Ontario nudist resort. Here’s Zdarsky’s comics on the experience, and here’s Kaplan’s story. (Above: Breaking the ice, in this sequence from the strip, ©2008 Chip Zdarsky. Links via Christopher Butcher.) [...]

  6. Pulitzer winner hearts Shogakukan winner « Precocious Curmudgeon says:

    [...] Pulitzer winner hearts Shogakukan winner Filed under: Linkblogging, Prose, Viz — davidpwelsh @ 6:34 pm I spotted this via Christopher Butcher, and I wanted to mention it for a couple of reasons. One, it’s nice to see a Pulitzer Prize winner, Junot Diaz, speak so highly about a comic I really like, Naoki Urasawa’s Monster (Viz), at Time’s web site. (It’s not really surprising, because his book, The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is as stepped in geek culture as it is in the political history of the Dominican Republic. I mean, he compares Rafael Trujillo to Darkseid.) [...]

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