§ Must read: The second part of Matthias Wivel’s report on the troubles at L’Association covers the embarrassing strike earlier this yer and other unpleasant matters. A great piece.
§ Seth is interviewed over at CBR and gives a status report on CLYDE FANS:
God knows. “Clyde” has been a long project. Probably I should have finished it long ago rather than letting things like the “New York Times” strip or a million other such projects get in the way. It will be finished. In fact, that’s what I am working on right now. But it’s still a year or two from completion. I have no excuses. I feel bad about it, though. I want to finish it. I’m sure when it is finally done, it will be a disappointment to people. I can hear the complaints already, that it was a waste of a decade or more!
No! Worth the wait!
§ Alison Bechdel’s great FUN HOME is being turned into a stage musical by Obie-award winning playright Lisa Kron and Tony-nominated composer Jeanine Tesori.
§ MIX is in the rearview mirror, but Chris PItzer and Julie Wertzhave such warm, fun-filled con reports that you’ll want to read them anyway. Above, Wertz’s photo of the Hoarders — candidate but thrillingly printing press-equipped offices at Zak Sally’s La Mano Press.
§ Johanna catches a missing credit in an Obama bio comic.
§ Speaking of Obama, he was playing with Legos the other day. Not adult Legos, but the original kind for chubby little fingers. Remember this?
§ Matthew Seneca scores an interview with Yuichi Yokoyamaauthor of a series of extremely abstract yet extremely powerful manga published in the US by PictureBox. Yokoyama-san’s answer are rather brief, but still illuminating:
CA: I know you worked as a painter before you began doing comics. What made you want to try a different art form?
Yokoyama: I started making comics because consecutive scenes of cartoons allowed me to put more frequency and detailed “information” and “time” in cartoons than one painting.
§ In addition to running First Second and drawing the webcomic SAILOR TWAIN, Mark Siegel also found time to illustrate a children’s book? HOW DOES HE DO IT?
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.