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dennismenance.jpgBen Myers celebrates 70 years of The Beano: “Thomson’s family business that gave us characters such as the proto-punk Dennis the Menace and riot grrl forerunner Minnie the Minx, two children whose entire lives are geared towards taking on the adult world (and therefore the establishment). Teachers, parents and policemen – no one is safe from their catapults, pranks and stink bombs. Then there are the anarchicBash Street Kids, who offer a cross section of your modern comprehensive school class, and whose teacher is as harassed, persecuted or intimidated as any teacher today. Many of their strips ended in a mass brawl. Such messages should be applauded. Children aren’t stupid. They know when they’re being patronised by the fluff of softer comics or literature.” + The Walrus talk to Seth [reviewed on 3:AM here]: “Cartoon storytelling is all about rhythm (much like poetry). A cartoonist has to be concerned with time and rhythm. It’s part of the job. It is the underlying drive of why and how you stack those little boxes up on a page to make the story move. I often think the most difficult part of coming to understand cartooning is figuring out how to pace the story.” [via Journalista] + The Daily Cross Hatch interview Nate Powell (whose Sounds of Your Name I loved): “I dreamed up Swallow Me Whole almost in its entirety in one night in October 2001.” + Phil Jupitus sees the world in four panels + Jamie Hewlett & Alan C Martin‘s The 16s, “where Tank Girl meets Snoopy “ + Comic Book Resources speak with Jason Lutes about Berlin: “I wanted to humanize German people. I wanted to have a counteraction of that great weight of villainy and evil that’s been placed on the German people, and somewhat deservedly. It’s such an easy way to objectify and distance yourself from something. The more you point your finger at something else, you aren’t going to recognize when you behave that way in some small way. I also knew the more I read that Berlin was the most progressive city on earth. There was freedom of thought and expression and ideas. They had more going on in art and science and philosophy. And then I was interested in the Weimar Republic as a political experiment. They bit off more than they could chew, but it was a pretty impressive attempt to forge a democracy out of the ashes. I just became fascinated in the story of why things went the way they did. World War II happened and all you hear about is the war itself. But I wanted to figure out why. That’s what interested me more.” + Tintin & his penis.

First posted: Sunday, August 24th, 2008.

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