“What makes the blank eyes so appealing?”: That’s the question Dash Shaw tackles at Comics Comics, in a post about masked heroes with pupil-less, white eyes. Make sure you check out the comments section too, where Jacob Covey also weighs in regarding whether Ninja Turtles work better with or without pupils.
I really like the cover of Nick Patten’s Unreachable Beasts: Rich Kreiner, who has read the insides as well, likes the whole thing, according to his review of it at The Comics Journal.
“Each of them, even the bad ones, meant something to him”: This surprisingly touching feature story on professor and comics collector Jose Alaniz donating his comics to a university has been linked to hither and yon, and with good reason—giving up your collection is something most serial comics readers have contemplated, if not gone through themselves. My plan is to just keep adding comics and longboxes until build a giant midden to live in. Archaeologists will pull my skeleton from it many years in the future.
“The more I think about it, the more I think that digital comics is something that could move comics culture from an inclusive subculture to a general part of culture”: David Brothers contemplates how digital distribution might effect the Wednesday Crowd, the direct market and comics as pop culture. This might not be a popular opinion to express here, since I bet most of us are part of that Wednesday Crowd and the direct market, but I think both account for a pretty small fraction of the folks who actually read comics or are interested in reading comics, so I don’t know that I agree with Brothers’ conclusion, but to answer his question, “No David, you are not totally insane.”
It’s always cool to see a first-generation comics creator getting their due: The New York Times profiles Jerry Robinson about one of his most endurign creations, Batman’s archenemy The Joker. Unfortunately, you’ll now have to register to read it, as the New York Times are jerks.