It seems that comics stuff — illustrations and reviews and previews — are EVERYwhere now. The usual places and the UNusual places. For instance, we don’t remember Time Out New York running comics previews before, but here’s a nice preview of R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics, forthcoming from D&Q. (One such comic above.) The piece excerpted involves Mary Worth nosing her way into Macbeth’s business as he plots to kill the king and…oh, you just have to read it.
A more usual place for comics is the Village Voice — but not in the comics section, as you know if you’ve been reading this blog lately. Despite the dearth of weekly comics, there is still a cartoon presence. Ward Sutton has a comic about the new Star Trek movie (above), and does the cover. (Don’t worry, we didn’t spoil the joke — the whole thing is funny.) Sutton also sent us a link to his cartoon in The New Yorker. (Shannon Wheeler has also been spotted in the pages of The New Yorker lately, along with regular contributors like Chris Ware, Michael Kupperman and Adrian Tomine. Chris Mautner has more.)
Sutton ALSO has a piece on Star Trek in The Huffington Post, which brings us to our NEXT unlikely spot for comics — the Huffington Post! On Tuesday, cartoonist Bob Fingerman had an essay about his upcoming FROM THE ASHES, which we previewed only a few days ago:
So, memoirs. Memoirs in prose. Memoirs in graphic form. During the run-up to the 2008 election I was filled with guarded optimism and deep-rooted pessimism. As I alternated between pondering our potential collective fate and figuring out what my next project would be, a phrase popped into my head: “speculative memoir.” Why be limited, I thought, to recounting what’s already happened? Granted, true depictions of actual real life aren’t necessary in doing a memoir (James Frey, J.T. LeRoy and Margaret B. Jones, anyone?), but how liberating would it be to create a memoir of events yet to happen?
Good for Bob on the exposure — because we’re often told that The Huffington Post is the future of journalism…except that in a piece on a comic book, they couldn’t even run ONE PIECE OF ART? Come on now, people. You are the FUTURE. Don’t take a page from OLD MEDIA’S playbook. It’s all about the picture. Unless The Huffington Post is trying to be the place that is all about…not the picture? Hm.
As for more traditional previews, ICv2 has a preview of Jason’s LOW MOON, so you know it’s awesome, and Flog has a list of all kinds of LOW MOON goodies. Plenty to keep you busy on a Friday afternoon.