08/01/2017

Aaron Cockle here today with Jackie Kirby; Printed Matter; Romance Comics; What the World Wants (And How to Pay For It)

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Jackie Kirby, from ‘Meter, Geometry and Comic Form’

Meter, Geometry and Comic Form
Featured on CW this week is Jackie Kirby’s work looking at verse and the grid:

In an initial attempt at translating verse form to comic form let us equate syllables with panels, and spreads with lines. Each row of panels will represent a metrical foot. Stress is produced relationally, and in comics one can use size, color, density, and a myriad of other visual techniques to “stress” a panel. The actual size of each panel per “foot” or row is up to your own discretion but I prefer to use a more qualitative than quantitative approach to my “comics scansion.”

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Something Unusual is Happening Was Happening
The experimental comics exhibit at Printed Matter recently ended. The show was co-curated by Leslie Lasiter and Cory Siegler.

Maren Karlson

Lale Westvind

Edie Fake

Lala Albert

Char Esme

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‘Almost always there were tears—buckets and buckets of beautifully rendered tears.’
Kelly Faircloth at Jezebel on The Tear-Stained, Forgotten World of Comic Books for Teenage Girls.

Today, the genre is probably most familiar through the work of famed pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. (Though one artist who drew them, Everett Raymond Kinstler, was dismissive to [David] Hadju: “No comics publisher would have hired Lichtenstein—he wasn’t good enough. Romance comics dealt with a range of emotions, some of them quite subtle and sophisticated, and they called for real storytelling ability.”) When they’re remembered outside of the world of dedicated comics fandom, it’s largely as a curious, campy footnote to the story of the caped crusaders who are such a prominent feature of our blockbuster summers and Decembers.

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What the World Wants
This infographic has been kicking around since at least the late 1990’s, but it looks like it’s been updated. Via Buckminster Fuller‘s World Game Institute and the Global Energy Network Institute.

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A Cosmic Journey – 8-1-2017 – by Cameron Arthur

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Suzy and Cecil – 8-1-2017 – Sally Ingraham

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