Sunday, October 2, 2016

ICYMI -- Small Press Comics Criticism and Whatnot for 9/26/16 to 10/2/16

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

* Alex Hoffman on Gina Wynbrandt's SOMEONE PLEASE HAVE SEX WITH ME which "by being so absurd and also so forthright about the expression of her desire, confront the internalized misogyny of Western society that finds female desire or lust ugly/unattractive."

* Katie Skelly also reviews SOMEONE PLEASE HAVE SEX WITH ME and says, "While this book is deeply funny, the undercurrent of rage of someone who 'shouldn't even be around' as an undesirable is there, and I can't wait to see how it manifests next."

* Please do go read Claire Napier's beautiful review of Luke Healy's HOW TO SURVIVE IN THE NORTH.

* John Seven reviews Daryl Seitchik's EXITS which "takes a fairly obvious, well-worn bit of symbolism and manages to make the readers' familiarity with it into one of the work's strengths."

* Over on Mental Floss, Rich Barrett picks THE 14 MOST INTERESTING COMICS OF SEPTEMBER. Given the vagary of the implications of the term "interesting", I must agree that there are some "interesting" choices on this list.


WHATNOT 

* The new releases from kus! have landed. This slate of minis features four books by Michael DeForge, Ville Kallio, Daria Tessler, and Anna Sailamaa -- and they all look spectacular.

* RJ Casey interviews WARREN CRAGHEAD about his daily Donald Trump drawing project. 

* Andy Oliver interviews TILLIE WALDEN about her new webcomic, On A Sunbeam

* If you would rather listen than read, Sean Ford also interviews TILLIE WALDEN for Inkstuds. The echo on Walden's voice here is kind of amazing.

* Alex Dueben interviews ALEXIS DEACON about his new book from Nobrow Press, Geis.

* Ray Sonne is still talking about how great SPX was/is.

* Rob Clough also has a great overview/analysis of this year's SPX.

* Over on Loser City, Morgan Davis calls the new documentary, DANNY SAYS, about music biz legend Danny Fields, "cleverly executed and uniquely styled".

* Kayleigh Hughes writes about the year she edited erotic romance novels in her piece for Catapult, MY LIFE IN THE ROMANCE NOVEL INDUSTRY.

* Adam Kirsch's HEIDEGGER WAS REALLY A REAL NAZI.

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