I like Michael Chabon. I've got almost all of his books, maybe all, most of them signed. Kavelier & Clay, except for a gratuitous homosexual rape scene, is one of the best novels about comics you'll ever find. I've even got a complete run of the spin-off Escapist comic books.
But the Times must like him better. They've run three stories on him in two days:
Tim Kreider, whose cartoons appeared in the Baltimore City Paper until the beginning of this year, has been blogging for the NY Times. Here's links to 3 of the 4 articles (I linked to the 4th some weeks ago). The first story begins "Fourteen years ago I was stabbed in the throat."
Reprieve By Tim Kreider New York Times' Happy Days blog June 2, 2009
Fourteen years ago, cartoonist and author Tim Kreider was stabbed in the throat. He survived, and after his "unsuccessful murder," he wrote in a blog post for the New York Times, he wasn't unhappy for an entire year.
Kreider talks about how getting a second chance has altered his perspective on life.
James Flora is largely forgotten these days, except for Fantagraphics' fine book about him. Here's a couple of drawings from the NY Times Magazine on April 11, 1965 - the day I was born - that I found on the back of a clipped article.
My, isn't it funny how the article is still topical today?
The Post started running the Doonesbury Flashback (ie repeat) strips where they laid off Rick Redfern and then stopped last week, and then restarted them. I didn't really think this was a story since they'd already run the strips about the Post firing Rick Redfern closer to the time that they actually laid people off. However, since the Paper of Record has noted it, we will too - see "Washington Post Corrects a Goof on Doonesbury," By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, New York Times March 2, 2009.
Good luck finding a hard copy, but Canadian cartoonist Seth illustrated five poems about the Presidential election for the New York Times' editorial page. Fortunately they actually put them on the web this time - and a one, and a two, and a three, and a four, and a five.
Yesterday, Sarah Wheaton had an article on a Treasure Chest comic featuring a black president. The story's been kicking around a while - Catholic University even put out a press release linked to here earlier about owning the issue. See "Foreshadowing a Political First," By Sarah Wheaton, New York Times November 4, 2008.
Boy, the world has gotten to be a strange, yet better, place - "From Spider-Man to Ayn Rand," By DOUGLAS WOLK, New York Times August 17, 2008 reviews the book STRANGE AND STRANGER: The World of Steve Ditko, By Blake Bell, Illustrated. 216 pp. Fantagraphics Books. $39.99.