§ The Emerald City Comic-Con was apparently quite busy, if you go by this article in the Seattle Times. Our operatives on the scene also report that Saturday was bustling. So…comics continue to buck the general economic trends.
§ Bob Morton at Bookslut interviews living legend Jules Feiffer:
If you were starting out today do you know where you would have ended up?
I don’t have a clue, but I would have ended up somewhere. Young people have access to lots of forms that never existed before, as you know certainly better than I. There might not be any money in there, but there wasn’t any money when I started out either. I didn’t get paid for my work in the Voice for the first eight years of its publication. And only when Playboy came around and put me on a monthly account did I make any money. And that was $500 a month, which you can’t live on really. But that was the first money I ever made as a cartoonist.
§ Via the new and very blogrollable Living Between Wednesdays: Archie Andrews…you DIDN’T!
§ Spurge rounds up the kinds of cool books you can buy secondhand, like B. Kliban.
As the new guard of independent creators such as Peter Bagge, Dan Clowes and Chris Ware came into their own, the Journal was tracking their progress every step of the way, pointing out obscure gems and overrated lumps of waste.
And despite an already high level in quality, the interviews around this time reached a whole new level. They grew from lengthy, in-depth looks at careers in comics into monoliths of information that drilled down to the most esoteric of details, while also giving wide swaths of data about the history of the medium.
§ Brit Webcomicker Adam Cadwell has a late but lengthy report on the recent English indie comics show, The Thing, complete with lots and lots of candy and cakes and treats…also lot of comic reviews.