§ Via Rich Johnston, a heartbreaking story with photos of a man’s life’s work left out in the rain on the street. Angoulême co-founder Claude Moliterni died last year, and apparently his possessions were given to a used book dealer who took the good stuff and left the rest out on the garbage. Sickening.
§ Chris Butcher is liveblogging the December 2009 Previews:
p57 I still can’t believe they killed The Punisher and replaced him with Frankenstein. But hey, sales are up. Not quite as high as when they killed The Punisher and turned him into an angel with holy weaponry, drawn by Pat Lee, but, you know. Up.
§ TIm O’Shea spotlights Indy Comic Book Week, the skip week event for the ADVENTUROUS:
As you may have heard, Diamond’s not shipping comics this week. Hopefully you may have also heard that some independent creators banded together to help fill the void this week with Indy Comic Book Week (ICBW). As defined at the website: “Diamond Comic Distributors announced they will not ship any new comics for the last week of December. This company is the primary distributor of comic books in North America. What some would call a sad week without our favorite mainstream titles, we are calling an opportunity. This vacancy allows independent and small press comic book creators to claim this week as their own.
§ R. Fiore looks back on 30 years of comics with a Funnybook Roulette that was obviously meant for print rather than online since it is so well written:
A peculiarity of this revolution in content is that, unlike in other art forms, the weight of talent is on the commercial rather than fine-art side. It is as if Vladimir Nabokov approached his subject matter with the verbal resources of C.S. Forester, and vice versa. An art comic can have an impact beyond the experience of comics it provides because of its deeper subject matter, whereas a comic with trivial subject matter can provide a deeper experience of comics.
The new TCJ.com continues to be an embarrassingly badly organized website with excellent content.
§ Tom Spurgeons’s one-critic/one-symbolic-book series of interviews continues with Jeet Heer On Louis Riel. Previously:
Sean T. Collins on Blankets
Frank Santoro on Multiforce
Bart Beaty on Persepolis
Kristy Valenti on So Many Splendid Sundays
Shaenon Garrity on Achewood
Christopher Allen on Powers
David P. Welsh on MW
Robert Clough on ACME Novelty Library
§ Henry Chamberlain interviews Chris Ureta Casos, the buyer for Comics Dungeon in Seattle, on the year in comics.
§ Holiday bonus: How The Warlord got his tiny little costume.