“Spider-Man spins web at Gov Isle”: The New York Post’s Rich Calder has a short blog article about the real-world setting of Spider-Man’s most recent adventure, and talks to writer Fred Van Lente about the two-part “Keemia’s Castle” story in Amazing Spider-Man #615 and #616. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer two issues of ASM; thanks to artist Javier Pulido’s work, those are some gorgeously drawn comics.
“From Dutch to Drawings”: Saturday’s New York Times ran a rather extensive profile on the work of Charles T. Gehring, who has spent the last 35 years translating 17th-century records and documents pertaining the colony of New Netherland, which would eventually become New York. His work has inspired several authors and artists, including George O’Connor, creator of the graphic novel Journey Into Mohawk Country. The paper has a slideshow of art and commentary from O’Connor up as well.
N is for Nate Powell: This Arkansas Times recap of 2009 is formatted as the year in review, A to Z. Swallow Me Whole cartoonist Nate Powell gets the N paragraph.
“What a strange year for comics”: American-Statesman staffer Joe Gross offers his top 13-to-17 comics of 2009 (he groups four super-comics together under one heading), kicking off his list by noting some of the big changes (Disney buying Marvel) and strange trends that characterized the year in comics.
The last comic book character I would have expected to see a Christmas ornament of: I mean, I know it’s homemade and all, but still.