Aaron Cockle today with Tom Kemp Comics; RNC & DNC; The Heidi/Carrie Continuum; Dennis Cooper v. Google; SPACE ROPE; Art that is good, certainly not boring; New Rowhouse Auction Items


Midden Feeder
CW’s Featured Comic this week is by Tom Kemp from 2015, made for that year’s Safari Festival in London.

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Comics and U.S. Politics in the 21st Century
In addition to The Nib’s excellent coverage of this past week’s Republican National Convention, Katie Fricas was on assignment for The Guardian.


The Nib will be in Philadelphia this week covering the Democratic National Convention. Please check in with them should you require updates from the enduring, shambolic shit-show that is national party politics in these United States.



Cartoonist, teacher, national treasure, and recent Eisner Hall of Fame winner Lynda Barry has a piece in the New York Times Book Review about young adult reading.



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Dennis Cooper Non-update Update
The New Yorker writes about the recent removal of Dennis Cooper’s work from the Google platform. Juan posted about this last week, and nothing has changed in the month since Cooper’s work was removed without notice.

Via Jennifer Krasinski at the NYer:

Either way, Cooper’s ordeal is a chilling reminder that those of us who use the Internet to house our creative work do so at the mercy of the platforms who host us. In its general terms of service Google states, “We believe that you own your data and preserving your access to such data is important,” and “If we discontinue a Service, where reasonably possible, we will give you reasonable advance notice and a chance to get information out of that Service.” But it also includes a sweeping disclaimer: “We don’t make any commitments about the content within the services, the specific functions of the services, or their reliability, availability, or ability to meet your needs.”



Casey Bohn’s Space Rope
Charles Forsman‘s Oily Comics has released Space Rope: Mars & Venus, by Casey Bohn. ‘Three stories of the mysterious Space Rope from outer space.’ It reprints the original mini-comic from 2011, and includes 2 new stories.


Some (optional) assignments from John Baldessari’s California Institute of the Arts class from 1970

They probably didn’t know that Baldessari was questioning art itself and in the middle of a crisis. That year he had taken all his previous painted work from 1953 – 1966 and cremated it at a San Diego mortuary. He turned from painting to photography. And he expected his students to rethink everything they thought they knew.



Rowhouse Auction Update: July 24-30
New private auction up at auction.comicsworkbook.com. Lots of old and new comics for you to take home. Email Frank Santoro at santoroschoolATgmail for a password, if you don’t already have one. If you already have a password, it is the same from last week. All funds go to helping keep the lights on and further developing the school.


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