§ The National Book Festival was this weekend, with several comics guests, some sponsored by SPX. YOu can probalby find out everything you want from mining the Twitter hashtag. But the Washington Post had a bunch of articles, including Lynda Barry’s The 20 stages of reading, which I tragically cannot embed.
§ It was also the BROOKLYN Book Festival, which had, as usual, am IMMENSE comics lineup, including Jeff Smith, Rutu Modan, Ulli Lust, Art Spiegelman, and more. You can check out some pictures at the comics tumblr, including the above.
§ Not to be left out, the NY Times ran a sort of weird motion comics called Tomato Can Blues, which was a convoluted true story about an MMA fighter. The comic was supposed to animate as you scrolled down the page but I could never get it to work. The art by Attila Futaki was nice though.
§ Investment site Motley Fool asks Could This Comic-Book Company Be the Next IPO Multibagger? Homina homina which company? Surprise, it’s comiXology!
So is comiXology jockeying for an IPO? “I would love to be significant enough to feel like we could do that,” CEO David Steinberger said in an interview. “That would mean that it’s working, that the market is getting bigger.”
A cagey answer, to be sure, and one that suggests years could pass before comiXology takes its try at becoming the next IPO multibagger. That’s probably Foolish considering how fast the market is changing. Just don’t expect the impatient investor-cum-fanboy in me to be happy about it.
§ When I posted this link on FB everyone went nuts, but here’s how to nap. And more on napping. I should note that after the last two weekends of shows (Baltimore and SPX) I could do nothing other than lie in a quiet, dark place and whimper, so yesterday I took a four-hour nap and it was the best four hours of my life.
§ Connor Willumsen, one of the most intriguing young cartoonsits out there, finished his year-long residency at the Center for Cartoon Studies and did an exit interview:
I don’t know if I am more integrated into the tradition of the craft or if I’m having some sort of reactionary inclination. Is there a difference? It’s complicated to define yourself with a tradition. There was something interesting happening when cartoonists of a wide variety would mingle. Technical discussions would often turn into sort of emotional debates about basic ideologies. There was a lot of questioning and provocation. The constant arguing seemed more academic in that way than my previous art school experiences. I remember that the Scott McCloud talks produced an intense anxiety in the room. Everyone had something to say and the antagonizing principle seemed to be whether or not you considered technological progress to necessarily be a good thing. We were all prefacing cautious condemnations with “Is there a fear that…” which seemed to really I mean, “I am afraid of.” It got really personal.
§ Here is one of those color process interviews which I love to link to.
§ If you still want to relive this year’s SPX this social media Storify will do it just fine.
§ Artist Guillem March finds a particularly egregious example of his work being plagiarized by Icelandic artist Erró, aka Guðmundur Guðmundsson. Erró has apparently been caught before by artists from Brian Bolland to John Byrne. I find it quite amusing that Erró is 81 years old, so he doesn’t have a long career ahead of him at any rate.
§ Christian Beranek and Kelci Crawford have a new webcomic called Validation Comic about a transgendered young woman. The art is a little rough, but it’s a sweet strip overall. Scott Lobdell also likes it.
§ Darryl Ayo on The Black Avengers.
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.