§ Steve Duin updates S. Clay Wilson’s health. Although he’s responding to medication for his pneumonia, the extent of his brain injury is not yet known. UPDATE: An email is circulating among Wilson’s friends stating that he is stable, but not responsive.
Bonus: This blog post is in Spanish, but has some fine examples of Wilson’s art. NSFW as if we had to tell you. Above, a SMALL DETAIL from GRIST #12.
§ Comicon.com and The Pulse have a brand new look!
§ Kristy Valenti goes to APE and reports on panels:
Ware said that, for him, cartooning was always about content, rather than form. He’s trying to make it clear on the page how we see things, and that comics are a way of finding that mechanism. He described his comics as not a “style,” but a way of seeing. However, he worried that his use of the first person functioned as a filtration. Ware also doesn’t think of what he does as “drawing,” but rather as a weird form of symbolism. (He later clarified that his sketchbooks were “from life,” but that his comics were “from the brain.”)
§ Colleen Doran is seeking information:
I need professional cartoonists to participate in reviewing data and pricing charts for the comics industry for the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. Full time, working professionals in comic books only.
We must have accurate industry standards and practices for the latest Handbook. If you have done just a couple of gigs or self publish, I appreciate your willingness to help. However, I really need people who can give the Handbook perspective and accurate data. An industry track record is essential.
More in the link.
§ Van Jensen makes a startling confession:
So, it’s time to make an admission. I don’t collect sketches. I don’t want sketches in the books I buy. And I don’t understand the obsession in comics culture with sketches. It’s the same thing as getting a famous person’s autograph or having an athlete sign a ball or sports card. It’s a way of showing you had close contact with someone of note and commemorating that event (either that or proving you’re an eagle-eyed eBay shopper). You can show it off to your friends and say, “Look, I waited in line for 4 hours at Wizard World and totally asked Lee Bermejo to sketch a banjo-playing monkey riding Krypto the superdog!”