Sunday, September 4, 2016

ICYMI -- Small Press Comics Criticism and Whatnot for 8/29/16 to 9/4/16

Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.

COMICS CRITICISM

* Robert Kirby on Jon Allen's OHIO IS FOR SALE which is a "funny animal" comic for mature readers who's "cast seems to function at a sort of baseline ennui. Rather than suffering extreme highs and lows, they muddle through their lives disaffectedly, viewing themselves as helpless cogs in the Wheel of Life." 

* Shawn Starr on Michael DeForge's REGARDING QUICKSAND, which "while it exists on the surface as an experiment between the two planes that comics exist on, words and images, a fairly well-trodden idea, it brings those ideas around again to a discussion of a character's understanding of the seen and unseen." 

* Andy Oliver reviews Josh Hicks' GLORIOUS WRESTLING ALLIANCE and calls it "fond fun"

* John Seven reviews Benjamin Frisch's THE FUN FAMILY which seems to have taken him by surprise, in a good way.

WHATNOT

* Alex Dueben interviews TED MCKEEVER about his life in comics and his recent decision to walk away from them. 

* Over on Loser City, Dan Hill talks to SANDRA LANZ and LAURA GRAVES 

* Also on Loser City, the COMICS TWITTER BINGO CARD

* Heidi MacDonald weighs in on the whole THE COMICS INDUSTRY IS IN ITS DEATH THROES twitter war, which contains my favorite line, "Comics are almost certainly in a golden era right now ... if you don't care about Marvel and DC" -- something I've been saying over and over and over and over again.

* DINK, the Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo, has announced that for the second iteration of the show, they are moving to the recently restored McNichols Civic Center Building in Downtown Denver. The show is scheduled for April 8th and 9th.

* If you are looking for a refreshing bit of comics-related writing, you should read Ray Sonne's enthusiastic report of her experience at FLAME CON


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