§ Karen Green walks you through an exhibit of comics arts she curated at Columbia University’s Butler Library, including the above:
How fabulous is that? A twelfth-century illumination from a manuscript known as the Hortus deliciarum (“the garden of delights”), depicting Hell with the Antichrist cradled on the lap of a chained, enthroned Satan in a perfect inversion of Madonna and Child iconography.
§ John Porcellino’s King Cat is now distributing some excellent comics and minis.
§ The Cool Kidz reach 2009…the future awaits.
§ Tim O’Neil is counting down his comics of the decade.
§ In reference to the recent complaints over the lack of kids comics, Sean Kleefeld points out there are actually quite a few, it’s just that the “comics media” doesn’t pay much attention to them:
This kind of thing, I suppose, points to why comic fans still bring up the “why aren’t there comics for kids” argument. It’s a silly discussion precisely because there ARE a lot of comics aimed at younger folks being produced. But the comics community on the whole seems to be willfully ignoring them. No, they don’t show up in the same format as they did back in the 1950s, nor are they published by the same publishers. But they are out there and available in ample supply if people would just look beyond Marvel and DC. Kids’ comics is NOT the same as a kind of cutely drawn Batman.
§ A report on Neil Gaiman at UCLA.
§ David Brothers on Milestone Forever.
§ How on earth did we miss linking to Shaenon K. Garrity’s archaeological dig at Wizard from July 1995 — so much we had forgotten:
I wish I could say I’d forgotten that there was, in those dark days, a Richie Rich movie starring Macaulay Caulkin, or that anyone was excited about it, but a couple of years ago the Cartoon Art Museum did a Harvey Comics show, and I discovered that those Harvey fans have not forgotten. Also, I discovered that there are Harvey Comics fans.
The other comics-to-film adaptations celebrated in the article include Judge Dredd, Casper, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, The Mask, and (oh dear) Tank Girl. I guess The Mask wasn’t too bad? Readers are also told to look forward to James Cameron’s Spider-Man, Chris Columbus’s Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk produced by Gale Ann Hurd, who finally got it made in 2008. It’s funny because predictions are wrong!
§ A newspaper interview with Eric Wight on his ‘Frankie Pickle’ series.
§ Likewise, a newspaper interview with Brian DiStefano, owner of Upstate Comics
§ And Graphic Novel Reporter gabs with artist Kazu Kibuishi.
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.