§ Headline of the day: Corrections officer also a cartoonist
§ Dutch comics coloring analysed (Thanks JP!)
§ The First Second Spring 08 catalog is up. Left, DRAWING WORDS & WRITING PICTURES Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by JESSICA ABEL & MATT MADDEN.
At the APA, I discovered that one of the things people are working on is comics. There was an entire panel devoted to comics, and the response to the organizers’ call for papers was so overwhelming that they’re planning a book. George Kovacs of the University of Toronto and Professor C.W. “Toph” Marshall of the University of British Columbia collaborated on this panel with the APA Outreach Committee, whose goal is to bring in attendees from outside the classicists’ world. Marshall, himself one of the panelists, is a scholar of ancient Greek performance and stagecraft, who studies how an audience approaches a text.
The comic book pamphlet developed as an independent literary form in the 1930s and early 1940s and has become a favorite of adolescent readers and cult devotees ever since. Recently, it has entered into a process of transformation, moving from a species of pulp fiction on the margins of children’s literature to a subsection of mainstream writing, one the late Will Eisner famously termed the graphic novel. This transformation has been noted in such literary venues as the New York Times and the New Yorker, as well as in an increasing number of university classrooms and bookstore aisles. Nevertheless, criticism on the graphic novel remains insular and diffuse. The interpretive response to the graphic novel remains to be written.
§ The Onion presents a surprisingly wide list of 20 pop-cultural obsessions even geekier than Monty Python. Stalwarts such as Rocky Horror and Star Trek are joined by fantasy sports leagues!