I know what you’re thinking—actually, scratch that. I know I think I know what you’re thinking: “What’s this? Linkarama on a Tuesday morning? I thought Caleb only linkblogged on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays…what gives?” Well, as you may have noticed, Blog@ was down Sunday night and Monday morning due to, um, witchcraft, I think the official cause was. Yes, definitely witchcraft. So here are some links I would have posted yesterday, were it not for the curses and evil spells cast upon us.
“Graphic novelist creates tales of hot spots”: Despite the completely vague and meaningless headline, this Associated Press article on Joe Sacco’s latest book, Footnotes in Gaza, is a pretty fascinating read, focusing on not only Sacco and his work, but the way it’s received.
“Each is a spot on impersonation, with dialogue that, like the book itself, honors both classic literature and cartoonists, revealing something fresh in each”: Chicago Tribune writer Christopher Borrelli offers some advice on giving works of great literature as Christmas gifts, and comes up with three pretty great graphic novel/comics collections. The above quote is referring to R. Sikoryak’s Masterpiece Comics, which really is a perfect gift for anyone into literature, comics or comics and literature. The article was published on December 19 though…not many shopping days left until Christmas!
And speaking of Christmas…: Here are some fun links to holiday posts I’ve stolen from other, better link-bloggers (Hedi MacDonald and Dirk Deppey, to be precise). First, here’s Mike Mignola’s depiction of the fourth most famous Christmas ghost, here is a two-part Disney duck Christmas comic, and here is a characteristically kick-ass Marvel Family comic from the ’70s.
But what about Batman: Battle for the Cowl: Commissioner Gordon #1 and Amazing Spider-Man Presents: Anti-Venom—New Ways to Die #1?: Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle ran a list of their 100 favorite fiction and non-fiction titles from 2009, and three comics works were included among all the prose—Logicomix, Book of Genesis Illustrated and Asterios Polyp. It’s nice to see comics being considered as book-books, whether they’re technically a different medium or not (They’re still books as objects, after all).
Say what you will about Blackest Night, but it has been a great boon to the comics blogosphere: Need proof? Well, you have been reading Bull the little stuffed bull’s adventures with the various rings, right? If not, you’ve got some catching up to do.