Take a Trip to the Museum With Cartoonists John Porcellino & Gabrielle Bell.
Check out zco.mx, a curated not-for-profit comic-sharing website for self-publishing cartoonists and their readers. The site brings cartoonists together to build and share an audience, and readers can contribute money directly to cartoonists for works they enjoy. zco.mx offers a platform where self-publishing cartoonists can make their material available to readers with a simple-to-use user interface and where books can be uploaded within minutes. There are a few familiar names there.
The Real Janelle (Ms. Blarg if you’re nasty) has a new website.
The Believer Mag is back with a new issue and they have some deep archives online, including the 40 classic “Comics” sections, edited by Alvin Buenaventura and featuring not likely to be seen otherwise work from the last decade plus of some of the greatest working cartoonists. Go spend some time with that if you can.
Listening to a range of stuff this week… not too much actually new. But there is this Booker T and the MGs covers joint by the great J-Zone. The 7″ record sold out in less than a week, but you can still listen on Bandcamp.
We like Iain Sinclair
The Bezango Washington film is now available on IndieFlix. There’s a trailer. Cartoonists are involved. It looks pretty darned cool.
The must read of the week (or maybe last week, or both) for a lot of people was “The only good online fandom left is Dune” on The Outline by Sean T. Collins. As it says in the sub-head “As corporations take control of nerd culture, science fiction’s most esoteric epic remains gloriously untamed.”
Our featured image this week is by the great Jack Kirby, courtesy of his grandson Jeremy. Kirby’s war comics were in many ways his most directly autobiographical. His experiences in the army in Europe hung heavy over all the work he created after. You can see this most clearly in his respect for people of all backgrounds in his comics. He got diverse long before most people even thought about that type of representation.