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  • Ivan Kocmarek gives a great quick look at Canadian comics artist Jack Tremblay’s work from the 1940s through the mid-70s. The resemblance of his work to 80s DIY underground black-and-white comics (work from
  • Check out more about the “Canadian Whites” comics,[1] which were low quality (in terms of print quality; see the misaligned printing above) because the WWII era brought about a trade embargo in Canada for certain items. The Canadian library system has a really thorough exploration of Canadian Whites:

Government intervention in the [Canadian] economy broadened with the introduction of the War Exchange Conservation Act. […] It was primarily designed to conserve American dollars by restricting the importation of non-essential goods. Among the items banned were fiction periodicals, a category that encompassed pulps and other newsstand magazines, including comic books. The government had inadvertently laid the groundwork for a Canadian comics industry.

  • Buzzfeed (yeah, yeah) actually put up a well-written and -researched feature: “60 Comics Everyone Should Read.” The list is super thorough and has some great related reading suggestions under each of the authors’ picks. Well done, Summer Anne Burton. While you’re on the site check out “53 Pieces of Evidence that Prove Amanda Bynes’ Legs Are Forks” and “Do You Remember Those 3 Seconds In the ’90s When Vitamin C Was Famous?”

[1] Called so because the comics were frequently printed with a black-and-white interior. I thought it was a white supremacist group at first.

(I think it’s kind of hilarious that the name of this section hasn’t changed, but such is life. It shall remain “Here Are Some Cool Things.”)

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Matt Oppenheim and Bill Turpin

  • Yesterday, May 30, I stopped by the Adam Baumgold Gallery on the East Side for the opening to a show of portraits by Charles Burns. Burns (whose work Black Hole is so awesome that I couldn’t muster up the cojones to say hi in an otherwise empty room) is the cover illustrator for the Believer magazine, which is what the images in the gallery show were made for. You can check out pretty detailed images of Burns’ portraits on the gallery’s site, or in person in NYC through July 26. Also check out the Believer if you haven’t before–I worked for a bit helping out with archiving the magazine’s articles and now you get to do what I did and procrastinate by reading said articles. FULL ONES. Yeah. That’s right.

 

  • If you look over at the portrait site above you’ll see a few pages from Black Hole at the bottom. The images are before-and-afters of characters in the book who catch a disfiguring STD. But why imagine what these gnarly kids would look like in real life when you can have realistic prosthetics show you? Thanks to photographer Matt Oppenheim and prosthetic artist (“prosthetiartist,” I’ve decided) Bill Turpin for saving us the trouble.

 

  • A ghostwriter over at CBC’s book section (CBC has a book section? …CBC has a book section that cares about comics?) did interviews with Canuck creators Chester Brown, Jillian Tamaki, and Seth. They’re good interviews, for a Canadian. (Sorry, I had to. Nothing personal, entire country of people.)

 

  • To redeem myself after that one, here’s a bunch of audio recordings of panels at this year’s Toronto Comics Arts Festival taken by Jamie Colville. There are photos too, which just go to prove that all of the cool kids are in this business and that you should be, too.

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  • Thomas Morrison put up a writeup about Art Spiegelman’s work to deconstruct the comics form. A deconstruction of deconstruction.
  • On that note, here’s an article from 2010 about the same work by Spiegelman.
  • Here’s some collaborative work from a collection featuring R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Charles Burns, Peter Poplasky and Aline Kominsky-Crumb. NSFW, natch, since Crumb worked on it.
  • It’s comic magazine Mome‘s fifth anniversary and here’s an interview with the magazine’s editor Eric Reynolds by Sean Collins.
  • If you have a short attention span or just want something simple to guide you in the direction of good comics, check out this “Graphic Novels that Break the Mold” Pinterest… group… thing.

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Pat Shannon