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The First Post excerpts Stickleback, a ”vivid mix of Conan Doyle and Lovecraft” [h/t Andrew Stevens] + Comics Reporter on the Ignatz Awards 2008 + du9 interview Kevin Huizenga: ”There used to be a magazine named Destroy All Comics that I read when I was a teenager, and it would mention old strips from time to time, and that got me interested. In college I bought the Smithsonian Book of Newspaper Strips, and that was very inspiring. Also, I was lucky enough to live near a library that had a good collection of books that reprinted older comics, but I didn’t really begin reading those books until I was in college. 
Unlike some cartoonists I know, I don’t scour E-bay for old newspaper clippings or travel to flea markets or anything like that. I’m not very obsessive when it comes to collecting.” + Huizenga’s Amazing Facts [via Journalista!] + The LA Times review the Jonathan Ames/Dean Haspiel collaboration The Alcoholic: The book is brilliantly executed with a boldly scabby story that is both demoralizing and relevatory and, amazingly, deeply funny at times. The Alcoholic gives us a tortured soul who is bottled up in more ways than one, but that humor and a truly wicked honesty keep the pages turning. + Dennis, no longer a Menace: “The comic has certainly changed over the years. For example, every strip used to end with the rogue of the piece being punished in some way – usually a smack across the head or a slipper across the bottom. This sort of corporal punishment became outdated and eventually it was phased out.” + Two interviews with T. Alixopulos: ”Even for radically different subject matter, you’ll see the same storytelling tricks. You’re still speaking the same language, even if you’re telling a totally different story. There’s definitely a language of comics, and a certain vocabulary that people use. Some people try to deconstruct it, or subvert it in some way, or create their own, or make comics that are more difficult to read. Some people use it as the elements of storytelling that are established.” + The Times profile Osamu Tezuka + Rod McKie on mini comics + Chester Brown, Libertarian politician: Seth told me that, after he heard I was into this, that something died within him.” + The Holy Consumption collective (Paul Hornschemeier, Jeffreey Brown, Anders Nlsen, John Hankiewicz) is no more + The world’s oldest comics + The Hooded Ulitarian asks, is Kim Deitch great or awful? [via C/R] + The C/R interview Sublife’s John Pham: ”I read a bunch of books, interviewed some people. Drove around and took pictures. I interviewed some friends who were coke users, as well as a Southerner who was raised as a segregationist. I read a bunch of books about White Supremacists and their ilk. The story is set in Los Angeles so just living here can be seen as equal parts research and inspiration.” + Zak Sally on DFW: ”for what it’s worth, i’m going to join in the chorus; the loss of David Foster Wallace is a terribly sad thing. i remember when Infinite Jest was making a sort of insane amount of waves for a “literary” novel clocking in at over a thousand pages; it seemed like it, and DFW, were everywhere. Wallace was being touted as “the new Pynchon” and the “voice of a generation” and all the pictures i saw of him looked like he was a grunge rocker. a grunge rocker with a PHd.”

First posted: Monday, September 22nd, 2008.

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