October 21, 2012

NO HOMOSEXUALS

Today I was at a church-sponsored paintball field with most of my family, and the man running things pointed out in no uncertain terms during his safety/rules talk: "No homosexuals," and I didn’t say anything. Not a peep.

September 23, 2012

SOME THOUGHTS ON RICHARD THOMPSON

I feel very, very conflicted about writing about Richard Thompson, whose strip Cul de Sac ends today. Richard has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the last few years, and can’t keep up with the demands of a daily strip, even with help. I love Richard, both his body of work and him as a person…

September 21, 2012

SOME THOUGHTS ON SPX AND CONVENTIONEERING

Last weekend I exhibited at the Small Press Expo, one of the premier independent comics shows in North America. Just to give you some background. I was set up with Koyama Press, debuting my new book Diary Comics 4, as well as Small Drawings. Here’s a banner ad I did for the show, part of a series of 4 by Koyama artists, the others by Michael Deforge, John Martz, and Julia Wertz.

September 06, 2012

REVIEW :: Barack Hussein Obama

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA is a challenging and idiosyncratic book that describes its subject from a great, absurd, and comic distance. It’s closer to the kind of associative resonance of poetry than what you would expect of a book called BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, released just weeks before [the real] Obama’s attempt at a second term in office. It has very little to do with actual reality, and weirdly seems more real than it has any right to be.

July 12, 2012

HIS CHUCK CLOSE PROBLEM

I’m not an intellectual properties or copyright lawyer. I’m not well-versed in the dogma of appropriation versus reinterpretation vs derivation vs plagiarization. It all seems fairly subjective though, doesn’t it? I’d say for me that it’s something that comes down to value — does the philosophical blur of "is this right?" add a certain crackle to things?

June 27, 2012

HEROESCON 2012 :: The Power, The Glory, The Jaime

SO last weekend I was a guest of Heroes Convention 2012, widely described as the best mainstream comics show anywhere. I think a lot of people might stipulate that it’s the best regional show, and that’s fair. But for my money there’s nothing I want from a mainstream comics convention that Heroes doesn’t provide, short of actually being an indie comics convention. Oh and while we’re at it, featuring all my friends as guests, and being renamed "DharbinCon."

June 05, 2012

RECENT PODCASTS OF DELIGHT

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and every few months I run dry, having listened to all the episodes I have access to, or just getting bored with what I’ve been listening to. I generally prefer longer podcasts, just because my brain needs some depth to really get going —

May 23, 2012

IN DEFENSE/OFFENSE OF/TO SCOTT KURTZ

So the other day Scott Kurtz posted an essay about why it’s wrong for people to think Jack Kirby should receive more credit for The Avengers, and his estate receive some remuneration from the great success of the film adaptation. Go read that post really quick, it’s not very long.

Then the next day…

February 15, 2012

REVIEW PROJECT :: The Bechtler Birthday Book

So on January 23 (can you tell I’m already behind on reviewing things?) my girlfriend and I went to a lecture at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, part of their "Modern Mondays" series of events. The lecture was on the Hans Bechtler "Birthday Book", a collection of pieces commissioned from a number of artists as gifts for patron and collector Hans Bechtler in 1964.

January 29, 2012

REVIEW PROJECT :: Cass McCombs, Bachelor

I think I said everything I have to say about that Cass McCombs album—which, to be clear, is very pleasant. It’s a little unfair to judge something based on how amazing one small part of it is in relation to the whole. Just because I wish ALL of it had been that amazing—unfortunately I’m not Ruler of the Universe and everything I say isn’t law (yet).

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