§ Frank Santoro continues his interview with Ben Katchor
§ SFGate looks at the Monsters of Webcomics show at Cartoon Art Museum, which certainly does sound kinda epoch-defining:
Just as the underground comix movement liberated cartoonists to express alternative viewpoints and cover controversial subjects not found in the traditional comic strips of mainstream newspapers, the Internet provides Webcomic cartoonists an avenue to do the same and flourish. It also gives them the ability to publish their unedited work immediately and potentially reach millions of readers.
“Slow Wave” by Jesse Reklaw can be seen in the “Monsters …This strip by Nicholas Gurewitch is among those featured … View Larger Images
The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition, “Monsters of Webcomics,” explores this cultural phenomenon. It features nine comics – from four-panel comic strips to full-length graphic novels – by artists Kate Beaton, Phil and Kaja Foglio, Dorothy Gambrell, Nicholas Gurewitch, Jenn Manley Lee, Dylan Meconis, Chris Onstad, Jesse Reklaw and Spike, along with cartoonist-created tutorials.
§ Johanna Draper Carlson looks at Bizenghast, the long running OEL manga, now reaching its sixth volume.
Even though I’ve never read earlier volumes in the series, I figured the longevity deserved recognition, so I’d check it out. And I can see why Bizenghast has found an audience: M. Alice LeGrow has created an involving fantasy world that reuses classic elements with plenty of features the teen audience will find appealing.
§ Frequent Beat poster Christopher Moonlight interviews Alex Ross’s manager, Sal Abbinanti, on the subject of the controversy of Ross’s use of photos.
§ Spekaing of blogging vacations, Whitney Matheson was away last week, and got a bunch of guest bloggers, several of whom were familiar faces or had some tpoical thigns to say:
• Tasha Chemplavil looks at Dsney’s first black Princess.
• Zack Smith looks at weird ’80s kids movies
• Justin Aclin looks at ’80s toys
• Matt Bogdanow asks “What if your favorite ‘Lost’ characters were superheroes?”
• And Alex Segura looks at Comics websites you should bookmark immediately