§ Get well soon Kazu Kibuishi! Truly one of the nicest people in comics.
§ Bill Watterson TALKS—along with Trudeau, Johnston and more—about their former editor Lee Salem, who is leaving his editorial job at the Universal syndicate for a more business-oriented one.
“In the strips Universal launched, the writing was paramount, and Lee had a great eye for lively writers and a real understanding of what makes a comic strip work,” Watterson tells Comic Riffs. LEE SALEM: After 38 years as part of Universal Uclick’s editorial department, the executive transitions from that side of the business. (CAVNA / The Washington Post ). “Lee has a smart sense of humor and he understands good comic timing,” Johnston tells us. “He can be funny and fun to be with, but he can also be a tough opponent if need be.” And Trudeau tells Comic Riffs: “I’ve depended on Lee’s friendship, guidance, protection and occasional interventions for decades, and I have no intention of giving all that up.”
§ David Alan Doane has relaunched Comic Book Galaxy as a daily link site. As oft-relaunched as the site has been, this is a good iteration of it.
Considering that I spent decades trying to pop my collar like Terry Downe, I would have to agree.
§ John Jakala updates his efforts to get comics for his kids to read:
ITEM! I’ve been searching for some all-ages superhero material to fill the void left behind by the cancellation of Batman: The Brave and The Bold, and so far it looks like the best replacement is… back issues of Batman: The Brave and The Bold. DC’s dedicated kids comic book app DC Nation is a great place to find all-ages material at fair prices. Most of the older comics are only $0.99, which feels cheap given the prices for other digital comics. So far the app has offerings from most of the Adventures-style books (except for Justice League Adventures or Justice League Unlimited). As for Batman: The Brave and The Bold, so far there are only 20 comics from the first volume on the DC Nation app, but Comixology has all 22 issues. The two issues missing from the DC Nation app are #8 and #20, which I’d been wanting to read since it features Batman teaming up with Big Barda to rescue Mister Miracle.
§ What is the LONGEST-RUNNING PANEL at the San Diego Comic-Con? THE ANSWER MAY SURPRISE YOU. Hint: Don’t be munching that Chick-fil-A while you attend.
§ Matt Madden runs down the TOC of this year’s Francoise Mouly-edited BEST AMERICAN COMICS, and it’s big on the usual suspects, but they are all so excellent—”The Love Bunglers” anyone?—that no one will complain.
§ Finally, Robert Mankoff rounds up a bunch of links on that Seinfeld episode about the New Yorker cartoonsand gets so into it that he creates a fumetti of the episode.
There’s also a post by cartoonist and screenwriter Bruce Eric Kaplan who wrote the episode in question. Kaplan also defends the cartoon shown below as funny, while I agree with a poster in the comments that it is badly executed:
The amount of lovingly executed action in the cartoon makes the punchline about lack of perspective hard to grasp. Plus the kid is hard to make out—I thought it was a little abstract New Yorker pooch at first.
I miss Tom Hart and “Shit the New Yorker Says.”
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.