Friday, October 30, 2020
Fans Will Have to Look Harder to Find Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin This Year
WNYC's The Takeaway October 29, 2020
For the first time since it's debut in 1966, Charles Schulz's Peanuts gang Halloween special, "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will not air on network TV, rather on Apple's streaming service, APPLE TV Plus.
The tech company bought the rights to the Peanuts in 2018 and now controls all of Charlie Brown and Snoopy's content. "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is currently only accessible for paid subscribers, but Apple has announced that the special will be available to watch for free October 30th and November 1st.
Despite this, Peanut fans are angry the classic show will not be more accessible. A petition on Change.org, calling for Apple to air the special on network TV, has already reached over 170,000 signatures. And as more streaming services gain control over beloved content, many worry the stratification of our collective culture and who has access to it will continue to widen.
Alyssa Rosenberg, an opinion columnist covering culture at The Washington Post. Alyssa, joined The Takeaway to discuss what this could mean for the future of media.
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Thursday, October 29, 2020
After Backlash, Philip Guston Retrospective to Open in 2022
By Julia Jacobs
A version of this article appears in print on Oct. 29, 2020, Section C, Page 5 of the New York edition with the headline: After a Backlash, a Philip Guston Retrospective Will Open in 2022.
Comics // Perspective
Many of you reading this probably would have been, too
By Gemma Correll
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
October 28, 2020 2:00 PM (EDT)
P&P Live! John Gallagher | CAT CRUSADER
P&P Live! John Gallagher | CAT CRUSADER
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 2:00 PM (EDT)
Join us for a discussion with John Gallagher about the first book in his new series MAX MEOW: CAT CRUSADER.
Monday, October 26, 2020
Women's history shrine donates trove of artifacts to Library of Congress and National Park Service [in print as New home for women's history]
by Mike Rhode
There's a very minor thread linking all of these books - men kissing other men, although Dracula... you can't really call his assault "kissing."
Willie Nelson: A Graphic History by T.J. Kirsch with Jesse Lonergan, Jeremy Massie, Havard S. Johansen, Coskun Kuzgun, Jason Pittman, J. T. Yost, and Adam Walmsley, NBM. 7 ½ x10, 88pp., B&W, HC, $16.99; ISBN 9781681122625; ebook: $11.99, ISBN 9781681122632
NBM offered me a review copy, but I had already bought the book from my LCS. Their press relase says of this book, "Country music icon Willie Nelson
is recognized all over the world for his music, philanthropy, and
unmistakable look. Since he was a child in Hill County, Texas, he has
been writing and performing for adoring crowds. Though his mainstream
success did not come until later in his life, he has been determined to
take his unique sound and voice to the people even before he was a
household name. There have been tragedies, missteps, IRS troubles, good
times and bad along the way, but Willie continues to shine his positive outlook and project his humble voice out into the world."
My take is this is an enjoyable biography of the singer, and there was a lot of information I didn't know, in spite of growing up in the 1970s with a family that listened to country music. I had no idea for instance that Nelson was a successful songwriter after being a failed performer, and wrote "Crazy" for Patsy Cline and "Pretty Papers" for Roy Orbison. Or that he kissed both Charlie Pride and Faron Young at times. Nelson's chaotic family life, womanizing, songwriting, performing, and love of marijuana are all covered extensively. Biographical comics haven't really taken off here yet, especially not the way autobiographical ones have, but hope springs eternal for the publishing world. My impression is that this is an NBM original, but they list plenty of translated European biographical comics in the endpapers, and presumably this will be sold in the other direction too. Kirsch conveys plenty of story, although the 8 illustrators (including him) give the book an uneven feel. Each illustrator takes a chapter based on a time period, so the same person isn't illustrating young clean cut Willie and the 1980s Outlaw version. There's apparently no model sheet such as one would find in animation, about how he should be drawn, so his features vary quite a bit. Other famous musicians, such as Bob Dylan, unfortunately would be unrecognizable if not names. The artwork is competent, but not outstanding, and if you aren't put off by the switches in style, it works fine. I'd recommend this for people interested in knowing more, but not a lot more, about Nelson and country music.
Dracula, Motherf**ker by Alex de Campi (Author), Erica Henderson (Artist), Image Comics, 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.3 inches, 72pp., $17, 978-1534317000.
Image says about this, "Vienna, 1889: Dracula’s brides nail him to the bottom of his coffin. Los Angeles, 1974: an aging starlet decides to raise the stakes. Crime scene photographer Quincy Harker is the only man who knows it happened, but will anyone believe him before he gets his own chalk outline? And are Dracula’s three brides there to help him...or use him as bait? A pulpy, pulse-pounding graphic novel of California psych-horror from acclaimed creators ALEX DE CAMPI and ERICA HENDERSON."
Calvin Reid had such a great time interviewing the two creators for Publishers Weekly that I decided to pick this up, after being doubtful about the 'motherfucker' of the title (as there's some things I don't really ever need to see, and Dracula shagging his mother would be one of those). The title, and the story, actually hearken back to the exploitation days of the 1970s when there was a new Dracula movie ever other month (relatively) and horror comics magazines popping up to avoid the comics code. The story is a minor one that could easily have been in Heavy Metal or one of Warren's magazines at the time, but Henderson's art is tremendous and makes the book worth having a spine. The decision by the two creators (and de Campi does the lettering) to never show Dracula as a man is an interesting one and works well. There's two end pieces of text by each creator talking about aspects of her role in the book that are interesting, but they've also largely recapitulated those in the interview with Reid and others that I've seen online. I'd recommend this for 1970s exploitation, horror, and comics colorist fans. It's fun, and pretty (in a way).
BL Metamorphosis Vol. 1, by Kaori Tsurutani, Seven Seas, 146 pp., $13, 978-1645052951.
Described on Amazon as "In this heartwarming and critically acclaimed manga, an elderly woman and a high school girl develop a beautiful friendship through their shared passion for Boys' Love. Ichinoi, a seventy-five-year-old woman living a peaceful life, unwittingly buys a boys’ love manga one day, and is fascinated by what she finds inside. When she returns to the bookstore to buy the next volume, the high school girl working there―Urara, a seasoned BL fan―notices a budding fangirl when she sees one. When Urara offers to help Ichinoi explore this whole new world of fiction, the two dive into the BL fandom together, and form an unlikely friendship along the way."
So "boy's love" is a genre that literally didn't exist in the US before manga imports because it's basically romance comics for women (such as Jack Kirby and Joe Simon invented in the 1950s) except with good-looking young men as the protagonists. I picked this up from the new graphic novel rack at the LCS just because it looked interesting and possibly amusing. The two characters are lonely for different reasons and it's a nice look at their May-December friendship evolving through an unlikely common interest. As you can see from the cover art, the story is slow-paced, low key and therefore relaxing in these crazy days. I enjoyed it and have already ordered volume 2 to see how their attempt to go to an actual comics signing in Japan works out.
If you've sent me a review copy recently - I'm working on them! Coming up soon: Mary! by Grant & Li and Harmony by Reynes.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
From two cartoonists, twisted takes on life with Trump [in print as From two cartoonists, twisted takes on a surreal presidency]
Baltimore Comic Con LIVE | Friday | Hall A
Baltimore Comic Con LIVE | The Ringo Awards Show
More Linus, less lemon curd
Because 'Archie Trail' just doesn't have the same ring to it
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Marge Champion, dancer who brought Disney's Snow White to life, dies at 101 [in print as Dancer brought Snow White to life in Disney's 1937 animated movie].
Washington Post Oct. 23, 2020 p. B6
Friday, October 23, 2020
City researchers reflect on the diversity and complexity of comics for UK Black History Month
In November last year Linda had the opportunity to visit the Library of Congress's exhibition "Comic Art: 120 years of panels and pages"(LoC2019-2020) in Washington, D.C. For someone who had imbibed the traditional history and narratives of mass media comics, whether it be superheroes or cuddly animals, the LOC exhibition was more of a revelation than it should have been, as the mainstream narratives have, with exceptions, remained for the most part unchanged.