§ It’s WEBCOMICS WEEK at Whitechapel, Warren Ellis’s message board, in which sometimes folks post links to their webcomics. Dear god, there are a lot of webcomics, and we have not time to read them all, but we did learn that Tom Scioli has a webcomic called AMERICAN BARBARIAN which we somehow missed before, which is horrible for us.
§ Speaking of Ellis, here’s an older list of 10 of his lesser-known comics which are well worth seeking out.
§ There used to be way more underdressed men in comics, and now they wear clothes. How sad.
§ David Brothers parses the words of Misty Knight and Luke Cage and finds one acceptable and one wanting.
§ With the success of The Walking Dead, it’s definitely time to look back on Robert Kirkman’s creator-owned manifesto.
§ Sean T. Collins has moved his blog to its own URL! Welcome seantcollins.com.
§ I think I forgot to link to Frank Santoro’s essay on the 9-panel grid.:
Adapting to changing layouts can be as tiresome as a fixed grid that goes on for pages and pages. A 6-panel grid that is “fixed” for the entirety of the story may be boring but it has the natural rhythm of two squares in tension (see this post for “two squares in tension” riff) . The nine-panel grid’s checkerboard look can be suffocating because it allows for more text and details. There are more panels but also the panels are tall – which accommodate word balloons at the top very well (see Ditko scans below). Yet in Watchmen, Gibbons does a great job of keeping it interesting. He balances the details with wider views but always manages to stay “on the grid”. There are lots of double page spreads with 9 panel grids on each side – but there are also lots of spreads with pages that have wide full tier cinemascope panels.
§ I know it’s pretty much been decided that Noah Berlatsky is a troll, and I shouldn’t fall for his attention bait, but this was still pretty funny:
As someone who appreciates your voice despite disagreeing with at least half your opinions, who delights in the fact that you’re the kind of guy who would try to skewer Watterson for nostalgia despite my love for Calvin and Hobbes, who thinks there probably is an important discussion to be had about the portrayal of women in Gilbert Hernandez comics, I feel compelled to say that lines like this:
“I haven’t actually read Poison River, but other pages Charles reproduces, and the bits I’ve seen of Hernandez’s other work (I believe I read Heartbreak Soup once upon a time)”
make you sound like a goddamn fool.
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.