If you're not a bookseller or librarian, skip this post, but the new issue of Booklist is the annual spotlight on graphic fiction, and there's some very useful stuff for those building a core collection of GNs. The issue includes an interview with James Sturm, an "honor roll of female pioneers" in comics, and a look back at a lifetime reading "the Funnies" courtesy columnist Michael Cart. There are a number of top 10 lists, reviews, etc. as well.
This has nothing to do with Ray's phenomenal work, which I greatly covet and admire, but looking at Etsy, I am struck by how 'crafting' has seemingly become the new D.I.Y. medium of choice. I wonder if it's because all the zinesters of the '80s and '90s are now in their 30s and 40s and knitting onesies instead of xeroxing Gen X (or L) manifestos? I'm not sure what to make of it. I do like pretty things, but can only get so excited when in boutique potholder form. I'll shut up now, I'm treading on very thin ice with many of my dear friends and coworkers. Not to mention my wife. Did I mention that Jacob Covey hates Manga? He really does. He told me he would rather read a potholder. What's up with that?
UPDATE: I am just being a smart-ass. I don't really mean any of this.
"Dutch-born, London-based TOBIAS TAK is one of the most gifted tap soloists, following extensive training with some of the greatest names in 20th-century American jazz tap history (Pepsi Bethel etc). He has worked with Wayne Sleep, Gregory Hines, The Nicholas Brothers, Paco Pena, Jools Holland, Humphrey Lyttleton, JazzXchange, Zoots & Spangles, Bullies Ballerinas, Bryan Ferry, Angela Rippon etc etc."
He's also a wholly unique and talented cartoonist. Here's a page from his HOTWIRE 2 story:
Seattle residents can look forward to some public art by Ellen Forney. Sez Ellen:
I'll be doing the public art for the Sound Transit tunnel from the west entrance by SCCC under Broadway, to the station. Yay! I'm not sure what art I'm going to do yet (Big Fuckin' Hands or naked ladies might not pass through the committee processes) but I'll come up with something with my signature feel-good flair. (Here is a "sample of my public work," courtesy of Photoshop.)