Friday, October 22, 2010

Links! Horror, Hunger Games, More

I don't get how people do this blogging thing.  It seems as though I always have to choose between reading comics and blogging about them.  That doesn't seem right, does it?  Anyway, here are some links to folks who seem to have a better handle on this whole Internet thing...

*I really liked this interview with Johnny Ryan at The Comics Journal site, on the subject of his excellent horror comic Prison Pit, one of my current faves.

*Dig this comics adaptation of YA novel The Hunger Games by Faith Erin Hicks.

*Although he was not in attendance, Tom Spurgeon provides the best post-game analysis of New York  Comic Con I've come across.  If you only read one NYCC report, etc.

*Moviefone counts down the 20 Most Iconic Horror Scenes of All Time, and provides video clips.  A pretty good list so far, I thought.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Links! Peanuts, Mome, more

Yes, it's time for another link roundup here at Articulate Nerd.  I want to try and alternate these posts with posts featuring original content, but most of my free time lately has been spent reading David Foster Wallace's excellent (and, like, really, really long) novel Infinite Jest.  Now that I'm finished reading that formidable tome, I should have more time to read and review comics.  I hope.  I also haven't had time to read most of the pieces I'm linking to here, but don't let that stop you!

*First up, a couple of links related to Fantagraphics' quarterly anthology, Mome, which is celebrating it's fifth anniversary.  That's the subject of this interview with Mome editor Eric Reynolds at Robot 6.  Also worthy of your attention is Rob Clough's review of Mome vol. 19 for The Comics Journal.  Seems like Rob liked this newest issue as much as I did.  That D.J. Bryant story was the star of the show for me, but almost every contribution to this volume knocked it out of the park, and Clough does a great job examining each story.

*I'm really looking forward to reading this interview with Charles Schulz's widow, Jean, about the future of the Peanuts franchise.  Ditto this article on upcoming plans for Peanuts merchandising, which I'm guessing may cover some of the same subjects as the interview.

*Here's a good one for the weeks leading up to Halloween.  The great Richard Sala is posting portraits of various nefarious looking characters in a blogging project he is calling "Unmasked." (via The Comics Reporter)

*Jog used to post long pieces of comics criticism on a regular basis, and now does so only occasionally.  He remains the best he is at what he does, so this long essay re: Alan Moore's Neonomicon #2 is certainly worth noting.

*Sean Collins (who is also responsible for the Eric Reynolds interview linked above) is blogging his way through Los. Bros. Hernandez's comics masterpiece Love and Rockets this month, and supplements that ambitious project with this previously posted interview with the superhumanly talented cartoonists.

*Holy crap, Josh Simmons comic Cockbone is online! (Um, NSFW)  I've wanted to read this for quite some time.  Simmons also has work in the new issue of Mome.  It's all coming back to Mome this week, which is why I've chosen to illustrate this post with Simmons' cover to the new volume.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


I'm going to try and post a little roundup of links to cool or noteworthy stuff every week.  Here are some goodies I stumbled across in the past week or so....

*Over at Comics Comics, Dan Nadel has been posting excerpts from "Right Thing the Wrong Way: The Story of Highwater Books," a catalogue for an exhibition opening October 1st at Fourth Wall Project in Boston.  Highwater was a terrific and important arts-comics publisher, and this sounds like it would be a great show.  Here are the first two excerpts, with more on the way, presumably.

*Bob Levin is one of the greatest writers about comics around, so you won't want to miss his essay on underground cartoonist Greg Irons.

*My boyfriend has a new blog!  Teen-sy Little Book Blog examines young adult literature.  Maybe start with this post about author Christopher Pike, a good example of the kind of writing David does very well.  David also has a comics blog, Comics-and-More, that you should all be following.

*Publishing news: I am a great fan of the 1960s Batman tv show, and I think it would be great to have a comprehensive book that would be kind of a complete guide to the series, with interviews and lots of photographs and images from the series.  This isn't that, but it could be sort of interesting, and it gives me an excuse to post a picture of Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, sporting one of my favorite superhero costumes ever.  Really, that costume is gorgeous.