§ CBR wraps up the McCloud 50 State Tour in an excellent piece:
The family then singled out a few places on their trip where they had particularly good experiences. “I really loved Alaska,” Scott McCloud said. Portland, Toronto and London numbered high on his list as well. “Also, let’s not leave out Savannah. Savannah is a real comics town now, because of Savannah College of Art and Design,” which famously offers a curriculum in sequential art.
McCloud said some of his favorite places were the towns that were more than just cookie-cutter slices of Americana. “There were certain places in America that don’t look like anywhere else,” McCloud explained. “Like West Liberty, West Virginia does not look like anywhere else. White River Junction, Vermont; these places aren’t generic, it’s not just that they have a Subway and a Wallmart and an Applebees, they just look like this unique place.”
§ Filip Vukcevic at Wizardwonders about the modern comic-con Via the Toronto Fan Expo:
Is there still room for comic books at a comic book convention? That’s what I was left wondering as the three-day media-palooza that was the 2007 Toronto Fan Expo died down. The once humble convention has grown to over 50,000 attendees. On the comics side, where once the con couldn’t even get one John Romita, this year it had both—and Greg Pak, and Frank Quitely, and Steve McNiven, and Paul Dini… the list goes on. While the venue, the guests and the dealers have changed, one thing hasn’t: It’s still the best place to be if you’re a comics fan in Toronto. The funnybooks, faded though their presence may be, are still the backbone of the event. Thank God.
The Reagan graphic biography lifts the ambition of the form to a new plane, and if the likeness of Reagan is sometimes woefully approximate and the drawing of other familiar characters, such as John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Mikhail Gorbachev, suggest only a vague acquaintance with reality, it is hard to fault the seriousness of the enterprise.
To ensure accuracy, the book is at times too wordy and strains to encapsulate the long career of the oldest politician ever to enter the White House in a limited number of frames, but never mind.