Little later than usual this month, but here goes your list of worthwhile internet time-sinks. Wait, is that an oxymoron?
In the future comics will be divided into the categories of pre- and post-Color Engineering.
- I bet this is the best comic you'll read today: Frank King's early masterpiece/Little Nemo ripoff, Bobby Make-Believe.
- When I wrote this I also reread the Comics Comics roundtable on Al Columbia's Pim & Francie, a book that only looks more and more prescient as time goes on. I think the revelation (contained on this Inkstuds interview, I think) that the destructed drawings in that book weren't an affected conceit -- ie, they weren't purposefully tarnished but simply reproduced as they looked after being left around the house, torn up, whatever -- makes that book even more interesting.
- George Elkind's best yet is also the best thing anyone's written the quietly perfect Boy's Club series. Also I totally sold him that copy of Memories.
- Ed Piskor's new webcomic is gonna be good.
- Nina Stone does a better job of explaining why I don't like to read Warren Ellis comics than I ever could.
- Moebius who? If you wanna talk sick cartoonists, let's talk Titian. Open the image files for these two paintings of Diana and Actaeon in separate tabs and go back and forth between them. Classic myth boiled down to two indelible sequenced images, the fundamental core of comics. Look at how well the pictures rhyme with one another, how simply and beautifully they illustrate comics' basic logic of action and reaction. God damn.
- Of all the many great moments in the history of comedy, my current favorite is "Bugs and Elmer: A Symbolic Discourse", curated by Bill Boichel of Copacetic Comics. Go here and get ready to pop a neck-vein laughing.
- Blaise Larmee gives a lecture at the Center for Cartoon Studies. His "evil clone" of my boy Adam McIlwee's Lust Brigade blog also yields up some new drawings. Check 'em out before they disappear. And speaking of whom, here's a Larmee interview that probably not a lot of you saw. It's really interesting.
- Tucker Stone. Via Tucker Stone.
- Also via Tucker: a video that made the rounds on twitter a second ago, but is well worth preserving for posterity. I showed it to my sister and she goes "this is too intense I think." This is what the DC relaunch should have been like, oh SHIIIIIIIIIT
- James Romberger's article on the violence in recent Neal Adams comics is one of those ones where you go "yeah, I know!" multiple times while thinking about a topic that's never even occurred to you before. Meaning: it's really good.
- The Frank Santoro blog you've never seen.
- Missed this one: the always erudite and engaging Sean Witzke interviewed by Eric Messinger. (Eric also talked to me a while back if you didn't catch that one.)
- My boyz hold it down in the belly of the beast. #soproud
- Finally, I don't care what you think: my comic AFFECTED is getting hot as fuck, so you better hop aboard before it goes bananas in November.