|The Glenn Beck Diaper Mask|
|Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under misc||20 Oct 2009 9:09 AM|
Courtesy Ethan Persoff. Happy Halloween!
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Paul McCartney on "illegitimate" artforms, in discussing the forthcoming Beatles Rock Band: "Rock 'n' roll, or the Beatles, started as just sort of hillbilly music, just a passing phase, but now it's revered as an art form because so much has been done in it. Same with comics, and I think same with video games." From the New York Times. What graphic novels do you think Paul McCartney reads?!?
Our pals at Forbidden Planet NYC have launched a very nice new website that alt comix fans will enjoy, whether to scope out everything available from Fantagraphics, or to check out what just might be the most extensive zine/minicomic collection on the web since USS Catastrophe "downsized". Jason Miles and I checked out FP on our trip to BEA in June and the small press section, curated by Austin English, was truly non pareil.
Every year during the baseball season, when the All-Star teams are announced, some beat writer will put together a team of non All-Stars that could potentially rival the quality of the actual All-Stars. To that end, here's my non-Eisner Nominee Fanta Heavy Hitter starting line-up for 2009, with their non-nominated 2008 books in paretheses:
Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets: New Stories #1)
Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets: New Stories #1)
Steve Ditko (or Blake Bell, for Strange & Stranger)
Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed to Thrizzle #4)
Bob Levin (Most Outrageous)
E.C. Segar (Popeye V. 3)
Tim Lane (Abandoned Cars)
Daniel Clowes (Ghost World: Special Edition)
Charles M. Schulz (Complete Peanuts)
Johnny Ryan (Angry Youth Comics #14)
I stumbled across a copy of Jeff Levine's old Destroy All Comics zine from 1996 and was re-reading a classic interview with Drawn & Quarterly Publisher Chris Oliveros, which contained the following exchange that was interesting to me insofar as it underscored just how much has changed in the world of comics in a little over a decade:
Q: Do you think it's possible that there could be more work in the future where the artist could sit and draw for two years, and release the entire story, or do you think just the way the industry is set up, and with history on the side of the periodical nature of comics...
Oliveros: I think the periodical approach is a good thing. In order for comics to be released in book form, where an author would take two or three or five years to complete this novel, the medium would have to attain this sort of popularity you have in general fiction, where you have fifty or a hundred thousand readers, and your best-sellers have five hundred thousand readers, where because you have this guaranteed income, you can get this advance from a publisher of, I don't know fifty or one hundred thousand dollars, and then you can afford to work on just your own project for a couple years. That obviously will never come to be in comics, so I think, for better or worse we're left with this set-up we have here, where the work is gradually being serialized, which in turn allows the author to collect a royalty on those issues. Without that, comics just wouldn't exist. Whether you like it or not, it allows these works to exist, and it allows the author to make some kind of living while the story is being produced.
Mind you, I would have agreed entirely with Oliveros at the time. And in a lot of ways, I think it still underscores a fundamental challenge facing publishers vis a vis the increasing inevitability of graphic novels supplanting periodicals as the chosen format.
... I've ever read to a Fantagraphics submission:
My name is [*], and I'm a long haul truck driver. I gave college a try several years ago, and when I started, I bought me a laptop computer.
The whole letter is almost as good, and I can't help but read it in Sam Elliott's voice.
* Name omitted to protect the innocent
This weekend I visited my parents in California, and this is the house directly across the street from them. According to my father, "That goddamn eyesore's been there for over a year." No further explanation was provided.