“Schumacher doesn’t really seem to grasp what sets Eisner’s considerable output apart”: Charles Solomon reviews Michael Schumacher’s Will Eisner: A Dreamer’s Life in Comics for the LA Times. He didn’t like it much.
“So, now in Ireland’s darkest hour who can the Emerald Isle count on to save the day?”: Damien McCrossan’s article for BBC News meanders a bit, but the subject is interesting and fairly thoroughly covered. Where are all the Irish superheroes, he asks, ticking off various familiar names and eventually naming some emerging characters who could be part of the, um, Emerald Age of comics.
“For the occasional comics reader, the search for a satisfying graphic novel can be frustrating; it’s a market that still caters to aficionados”: At Salon, Laura Miller makes some recommendations of some high-quality comics for the graphic novel-curious. As one of those “aficionados” the market caters to, I second this list as a pretty strong one—maybe not the best nine books available or anything, but certainly nine quality works that are all likely to come up in conversations about graphic novels at mixed-company holiday parties.
Oh yeah, this war’s still on, isn’t it?: Perhaps the most damning criticism of President Barack Obama’s relative failure to magically undo all the ills of the “War on Terror” era of American history is the fact that David Rees’ Get Your War On comic, launched at the same time the Afghanistan war was launched, returns. It’s in New York magazine, where it can apparently be most easily read, but you can also view it online in a less-than-ideal format. Rees’ foul-mouthed, funny-because-it’s-unfortunately-true, clip-art driven strip isn’t for everyone, but, as a perusal of the complete collection or online archives proves, Rees was more right more often than just about anyone who had anything to say about America’s wars over the course of the last decade. It’s unfortunate that the subject matter is still around and thus GYWO can return, but if we have to be fighting many wars forever, then I’d rather there be more funny comics about it than less.
You know, I think I like these more than most 90′s X-Men art that Marvel published: Ben Morse shares the sketches of the X-Men that he did as an 11-year-old. They are awesome.
Golden Age Flash is hard core: Living Between Wednesdays‘ Johnathan shares a few panels of Jay Garrick being unbelievably violent and cruel to some thugs. That seems like an awfully Spectre-ish sort of punishment; I guess the JSA was a bad influence on Jay.
I thought they started doing that in the seventies?: “Should Comic Book Companies Bring Fanfic Writers Into the Fold?”