Mid-term toons: There was an election this past Tuesday, and you know what that means, right? Well yeah, some people who were holding public office are not going to be holding it much longer, and some people who weren’t holding public office will be holding public office soon. Also, various ballot issues either passed or didn’t. But more importantly, the nation’s political cartoonist all had something exciting to draw about. Alan Gardner at The Daily Cartoonist has a round-up of some exiciting goings on (like David Horsey and Clay Jones’ impressive marathons), R.C. Harvey surveys political cartoons dealing with the election results at The Comics Journal and, as always, Daryl Cagle’s Political Cartoonists Index is a good place to go to perform your own surveys of political cartoons by topic.
Sometimes the Google News feed robot gives me the weirdest articles: “Karima Keyek, an 18-year-old belly dancer, has claimed that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 74, owns a marble statue in the shape of Superman with his own face in place of Clark Kent’s.”
Amazon calls it a year: Here are Amazon’s editors top ten comics and graphic novels for 2010. Drawn and Quarterly was the publisher with the most books on the list with three, followed by DC with two. The Abrams ComicsArts-published The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death topped the list. The “customer’s favorites” top ten list consists entirely of comics that were adapted into movies (Scott Pilgrim Vol. 6, Kick-Ass), were just adapted into TV shows (Walking Dead Vols. 11 and 12), were TV shows adapted into comics (Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 Vol. 6) or adaptations of novels (Twilight: The Graphic Novel Vol. 1, The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel, Troublemaker, The Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead). The only comic on the list without a tie to a different form of media is Blackest Night…which prominently features Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Who will be featured in the upcoming Green Lantern movie. I don’t know what this means exactly, but it sure means something.
“Virtually every cartoonist of the era was racist to some degree but their racism came through in different styles”: At Comics Comics, Jeet Heer returns to Greg Sadowski’s collection of first generation, Golden Age superhero comics, Supermen!, and has some interesting observations about the particular types of racism certain giants of the field evince in their work there.