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The nice thing about the daily DORK comics–well other than how fortunate I am to be sharing this great work with all of you, seriously, thanks Evan–is that it serves as a visual reminder of how fucking lazy I’ve been about updating the blog. Aaaaaarrrrrggggh.
Ah well. In case you missed me and want to get a concentrated dose of me this afternoon, I’ll be on the radio.
Robin McConnell of the INKSTUDS podcast e-mailed me with an idea about doing a show based on retailing comics, and how small pressers and artists can work with retailers. It seemed like a neat idea and so I agreed! And it’s TONIGHT! Tune in to hear myself and Mr. Dustin Harbin of Heroes Aren’t Hard To Find / HeroesCon in North Carolina talk shop about retailing. I’m sure it’ll be more fun than it sounds. You can listen to us live starting at 5PM EST at http://www.citr.ca/, and the show will be archived later tonight at http://inkstuds.com/.
I have so much to write about too, but finding the time and inclination is a little tough right now. Here’s some of the stuff that’s been rattling around in my head, if you want discussion starters. Hopefully I’ll get to all of them shortly:
1. The graphic novel Stitches was nominated for a National Book Award. This is controversial because it was nominated in a children’s category, when it really should have been controversial because Stitches is a very bad graphic novel.
2. Kodansha Comics may be the single worst launch of a new company I’ve ever seen, right down to re-releasing the original censored version of Ghost In The Shell Dark Horse published 14 years ago, for 2 bucks more than Dark Horse charged AND on a crappier paper stock.
3. A friend of mine is going to Brussels next week and I’m incredibly jealous. I didn’t even know I wanted to go to Brussels until he told me about it. Look at this building, you can go in this building:
It is “The Atomium” and it is awesome. Picture stolen from http://equator.eftours.com/2009/06/focus-atomium.html. The Atomium website is here: http://www.atomium.be/Main.aspx?lang=en.
I have such a bug to travel right now. Air Canada’s got a seat sale right now, I can get to Japan for under a grand. :-/
Over at Comics Comics, they’ve printed an interview with Yoshihiro Tatsumi conducted at the 2009 Toronto Comic Arts Festival. It’s by one of our customers (and a freelance writer/interviewer) named Chris Randle, and it’s really good. Randle’s got a deeper interest in comics in general and Tatsumi’s work in particular than many interviewers I’ve read, and as such I think he manages to get a little more out of Tatsumi about his life and work.
Long story short, it’s a good one. Go check it out: http://comicscomicsmag.blogspot.com/2009/10/tatsumi-in-toronto.html