Happy Friday! Sally here with another amazing group of cartoonists and comics scholars – joining me today are Lucy Caswell, Mickey Z, Dominique Goblet, Jillian Fleck, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Gabriella Tito, Caitlin Rose Boyle, and many more. I invite YOU to join me as well in celebrating a special anniversary!
The Lucy Caswell Research Award is roaring to life! The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is partnering with the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation to create an endowment that will provide funding for comics scholars to travel to Columbus, OH, and conduct research at the BICLM. The Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation issued a challenge – if the BICLM and Ohio State University Libraries can raise $35, 000, they will match that amount, generating $70, 000 for comics scholars. During the “Buckey Love” campaign over the last week, the Libraries raised $11, 061 which is a tremendous start to the project!
The Award is named after the great Lucy Shelton Caswell, Professor Emerita at Ohio State University and founding curator of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.
“Prior to her retirement, her scholarly work and teaching focused on the history of newspaper comic strips and the history of American editorial cartoons. She has curated more than seventy-five cartoon-related exhibits and is the author of several articles and books, the most recent being the revised edition of Billy Ireland. Caswell is co-editor of The Ohio State University Press Studies in Cartoons and Comics series. She also serves as the vice president of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, the annual citywide celebration of cartoon art.“
It’s hard to actually put into words the importance of Lucy in the comics community, and this award is just one of many ways that her influence will continue to impact the coming generations.
In Mickey Z‘s recent interview with Frank Santoro about risography (HERE on The Comics Journal) she mentioned that she was experimenting with online comics. I immediately went on a hunt for them, and found the (mostly) daily comic that she has been publishing on Instagram for awhile – Space Academy 123 (the latest episode is pictured above)! It is a hilarious story about “space school” that I insist you go and read NOW.
Once you’re in the Mickey Z mood check out her RAV collection from Youth and Decline – HERE. She is a cartoonist to keep on your radar – she’s always making terrific work and doing interesting collaborations while holding up her corner of the comics community tent in Providence, RI!
Paste Magazine has a review of Dominique Goblet‘s Pretending is Lying (translated by Sophie Yanow).
“In many ways, the book is a mess. The narrative is scattered and patchy, and the characters are often frustrating. On the other hand, it holds an immediate power. Goblet conveys her messy childhood, her difficult relationships with her parents and her lasting problems from her upbringing. The mess is the point, even if it can feel smothering. If pretending is lying (something one character says to another in the heat of anger), these pages avoid deception by being as raw and direct as Goblet can render them. Characters also lie to one another (or to themselves) throughout. It’s complicated. Life is complicated. There’s no clear, overarching storyline because forcing experience into a narrative is a kind of lying.” – Hillary Brown
This is the latest release from New York Review Comics, an fairly new imprint that has already published a bunch of really neat comics, including some of my favorite books from last year – the reissue of Mark Beyer’s Agony, the collection of Glen Baxter’s wild single-panel gag strips, and Pushwagner’s Soft City. I’m excited to see what else they put out, and will definitely be taking some time with Dominique Goblet’s Pretending is Lying soon.
Read the whole Paste review HERE.
Rob Clough recently reviewed Jillian Fleck‘s Lake Jehovah.
“Jillian Fleck’s debut book Lake Jehovah is the sort that an artist with a lot to say tends to throw at the world; there are multiple levels of meaning, metaphor and symbol in the comic that take a long time to unpack, along with a complex visual playbook that riffs on all sorts of formal tricks like the use of the grid and repeating visual motifs. Fortunately for the reader, Fleck was up to the task that she set for herself in telling a story of multiple apocalypses, mysterious illnesses, horny demons and talking animals, and a remarkable balance of the absurd and the deadly serious. Along the way, there’s a serious examination of the value of poetry, the utility of language in general and a restless exploration of gender and sexuality, It’s done with a humane and sympathetic take on all of the characters, no matter their experiences.“
Read the rest HERE! Get a copy of the book from Conundrum Press. Jillian is an alum of the Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers and a member of the Comics Workbook Roller Derby League.
Vanesa R. Del Rey‘s artwork launched Marvel’s Scarlet Witch back in 2015, and then the series continued with collaborations between writer James Robinson and a number of other artists. Keeping things mixed up like this was always the intent of the series. Now, Vanesa returns with issue #15 – out on February 22nd 2017! There’s an interview with her over on Marvel News and some preview pages of her inks for the story – check it out HERE.
Women Who Write About Comics is expanding their reach through a publishing project – their new imprint, Bleating Heart Press, will be releasing Secrets of the Goat People #1: Voice (above) in late March 2017.
“In this inaugural double issue, you’ll find 40+ pages of original comics, illustrations, and prose from 17 international creators. Learn about the power of silence, how a superhero finds her inner strength, the strength of goat women, and what it means for these creators’ voices to be heard.“
This website is a great resource for comics news and reviews – take a minute to explore it. Recent posts include this roundup of mini reviews of work by Anya Davidson, Eleanor Davis, and more – HERE.
The A.V. Club offers up a review of Marvel’s new series The Unstoppable Wasp:
“Written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Elsa Charretier and colorist Megan Wilson, The Unstoppable Wasp is a book full of good intentions: It focuses on bringing girls into the male-dominated STEM field (including backmatter interviews with real-life female STEM professionals), features a cast of characters from different ethnic backgrounds, and prioritizes fun and compassion in its storytelling. The artwork from Charretier and Wilson is dynamic, expressive, and bright, with imaginative layouts and detailed linework, particularly when it comes to the messy science lab environments. Charretier has quickly risen through the ranks of comic artist with her animated, effervescent style, and she’s the perfect artist to handle a story about a joyful new superhero.” – Oliver Sava
Sounds pretty good, right? The reviewer makes a point of noting, however, that this is yet another series where a female hero is being written by a man.
“That’s not to say that every book about a female superhero should have a woman writing it, but the overall message of The Unstoppable Wasp makes it difficult to ignore the lack of female creators in superhero comics while most of Marvel’s superheroine titles are written by men.” – Oliver Sava
This is followed by a hefty list of Marvel stories with female leads that are being written by men. At least the rest of the creative team for The Unstoppable Wasp are women – check out more work by Elsa Charretier and Megan Wilson!
The A.V. Club piece can be read in full HERE – and among the four comics reviews is a nice write up about Lady Castle, so bonus!
From the Comics Workbook TV archives – Frank met up with Caitlin Rose Boyle around the time the first issue of Jonsey was released. Check out more of Caitlin’s work HERE. We’re up to issue #10 of Jonsey now – read about Jonsey’s recent adventures as an activist HERE.
It’s my Comics Workbook Daily News 1 Year Anniversary! I’ve been with you on 50 of the past 52 Fridays and shone my face plenty of other days too. It has been tremendously satisfying to keep an eye on the comics scene and share what I think is interesting and important with this community. Thanks for hanging out with me and the rest of the CW News team for a year and more – we look forward to continuing to provide quality content and commentary for many years to come.
For the record, here’s my first Friday Daily News post!
- Julia Wertz‘s The Infinite Wait and Other Stories is reviewed on Fantasy Literature.
- Reminder to check out Fiona Smyth‘s weekly strip – CHEEZ. Last I checked there were 499 drawings posted there!
- Emma Lawson reviews Jessica Campbell‘s Hot or Not: 20th Century Male Artists over on Comics Alliance. One of my favorite comics from last year.
- The Argentinian women’s comics collective Chicks on Comics has released a fanzine – you can view it on Issuu – HERE. It includes work by 150 women from around the world.
- A reviewer on Forbes believes that Emil Ferris‘ My Favorite Things Are Monsters is about to transform graphic literature – find out how HERE.
- The Comics Journal has the first long form interview with Emil Ferris EVER – check out Part 1.
- Jessica Abel blogs about working smarter, not harder, even in your creative life. She is also offering a “live-journal” experience to subscribers who wish to follow her current project – writing and publishing a book about creative focus in 3 months. Check it out.
- Can we talk about the fact that Jillian Tamaki, creator of SuperMutant Magic Academy, and co-author of This One Summer, also makes the most incredible quilts (pictured below)?! In my mind there is a strong connection between quilting and comics. See more of her work HERE.
Announcing the Spring Semester of thee Santoro Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers!
The course starts March 7th 2017. Apply by February 26th to get 100 bux off! The course is 8 weeks long – payment plans are available.
– 3 figure drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards
– 3 landscape drawings done on blank 3 x 5 index cards
– 3 still life drawings done on blank 3 x 5 cards
– draw in a contour line style –think Matisse – no under-drawing
– draw directly in ink
– just send small jpgs of images – dont post to your blog pls
– send specific url links to any comics work you have done. If you haven’t done comics before that is not a problem.
Email santoroschoolATgmail to apply! More details HERE.
Blinkers – 2-17-2017 – by Jack Brougham
Suzy and Cecil – 2-17-2017 – by Gabriella Tito
Joanie and Jordie – 2-17-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio