§ An interview with Gary Panter? Whoopie! It’s by Matt Seneca? Double whoopies all the way!
PANTER: Each medium has its characteristics, and I try to address those strengths or weaknesses in the medium; and also, to join the conversation of the medium. I’m interested in the conversation of art history, especially as this pertains to my lifetime or the twentieth century, and where I project that it might go. That’s one of the games that modern art plays: where does it go, and what does it affect by trying to go? And so, usually in fine art, you’re making a kind of pregnant or puzzling object, or some object that has presence and which calls to people, hopefully. It arrests them for a second and various things happen, whereas in a comic, I want people lying in bed reading it. I want people lying in bed and reading it, and you forget you’re reading it, and you go in the story, and you’re like, “Whoa! What happened?” And you either remember it or you don’t. Especially with this new comic, because I’ve done experimental stuff that doesn’t allow you to do that at all. You have to struggle the whole time. But this next comic is trying to be seductive in a conventional sense.
§ Along the same lines, at the prize-winning end of his book tour, Seth sums up the Graphic Novel Moment
“It’s a pretty clear sign that graphic novels or comic books have actually reached a point where they can be judged on their content rather than on their media,” the 49-year-old told the Toronto Star from New York City.
§ Despite some grumbling about the Mid-Ohio Con, overall it seems to have been a very successful show. Tony Isabella loved it!
Wizard World did an outstanding job. I watched their staff handle several problems in swift satisfying manner the afternoon before the show and several times during the show. I confess I was one of those problems – a revised floor plan had my Artist Alley table so far back in the hall that I was barely in the convention – but they resolved the situation efficiently. I thanked them then for their kind consideration and I thank them again here.
§ Matt Tauber didn’t like the crowd and coined the term “future disappointees” for people standing in a line which they will not get to the end of, but overall he had a swell time too.
§ Is Frank Miller’s HOLY TERROR an Islamophobic publication? The matter is getting aired:
“We are witnessing a growing industry of information and fear-mongering, and this work fits in the centre … It’s unfortunate that Islamophobia is becoming mainstream,” said Nihad Awad, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Washington-based Muslim civil-rights group. He described the work as “shameful”. In a post on his website dated September 23, Miller unapologetically defended Holy Terror as a piece of “naked propaganda”, but propaganda in a “virtuous” sense.
§ Oddities of the past. Boing Boing reports on how Frank Frazetta drew Tarzan getting very excited in the presence of two hot jungle girls. But Frazetta quelled the excitement.
Alex wanted it. Frank said that he would have to remove the penis. Alex agreed. I was thoroughly despondent sitting there watching this scenario play out before my eyes. “My God, Frank, you can’t take out that penis. It will ruin the piece.” I said it calmly and quietly while Alex was looking at other potential acquisitions. Frank simply said: “I can draw another one.” I’ve heard this before and it never happened. Alex was willing to pay 45K for the piece.
Speaking of Frazetta AND Eddie Campbell, again, Campbell has been blogging up a storm about Romance Comics, and in this one he talks about Frazetta’s romance comics. So far, no penis removal.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.