Sunday, December 03, 2006

Items of interest in the weekend's papers

The Sunday Post Book World has three comics bits. In their
best books of the year,
not one comic made it although under fiction we find - Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders, by Neil Gaiman (Morrow). Gaiman writes in different registers: comedy, satire, pastiche, deadpan, lyrical or whimsical, but almost invariably dark. -- Graham Joyce

Dennis Drabble did pick the new Popeye reprint
from Fantagraphics as one of the top 10 gift books though. And Michael Dirda gave a great review to Neil Gabler's new biography of Walt Disney.

And the Letters section is always fun, with this printed on Saturday - Drawing Disgust: The Post has achieved a new low. The Nov. 25 Drawing Board cartoon on the op-ed page concerning contraception and a presidential "withdrawal plan" was truly disgusting. Enough said. -- Nancy Copeland, Manassas
I'll have to hunt around a bit to see if I can find the 'truly disgusting' cartoon - The Drawing Board is the weekly reprint of 3-4 syndicated cartoons.

Webcomics snuck into an article on Wikipedia on Sunday - "Andrew Klein kept an eye on the drubbing given to an entry about "Cake Pony," a Web comic strip that he writes and illustrates with his girlfriend, Lauren Wong. The editors questioned the strip's notability and huffed that Klein had written the piece himself, a major strike against." For those wondering, Mr. Klein's entry did not survive.

Meanwhile over in the Times, Hellboy toys were described in "Star Wars action figures hit right note for season" by Joseph Szadkowski. The Express's Scott Rosenberg recommended the Superman Ultimate Collector's Edition" DVD set and "The Marvel Encyclopedia" on Friday, while the Examiner ran Afton Woodward's review of "The Animaniacs vol. 2" DVD. I didn't watch the show, but the conclusion, "Comparable only to the classics and unsurpassed in wit and intelligence, 'The Animaniacs' just might be the last great modern children's cartoon" is unsupportable to me. I think we're in a new golden age of television animation now.

In actual comic strips, "Prickly City" was drawn most of the week in manga style by Sarah White as Scott Stantis recovers from surgery. Saturday's Post had a couple of interesting strips - "Zippy" appears as though it might go autobiographical again - I find these to be among Griffith's most interesting strips. And Richard Thompson returned with a December calendar cartoon, although not online. In the Post's Sunday comics, one could find a few interesting bits. Today's "Mutts" was a loving tribute to Winsor McCay's "Little Nemo." And Berke Breathed's Opus skirted on the edge of the Danish Islam cartoon controversy. And the "Spider-Man Collectible Series vol. 16" distributed in Saturday's Examiner had a cover by Frenz and Milgrom which must have been done for a previous reprint since neither of them work for Marvel anymore.


Anonymous said...

Since Pooch Cafe has been cancelled by the Examiner I can;t bring myself to read comics. it's the best mainstream comic out there.

Mike said...

But you still can read Pooch Cafe in the free Express! That's the paper in the yellow box.