Carnival of souls: The Best Comics Conference Ever, Guy Davis, Tom Neely, more

* Is this the best line-up of comics creators ever assembled? Appearing at the University of Chicago’s Comics: Philosophy & Practice conference: Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Ivan Brunetti, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Phoebe Gloeckner, Justin Green, Ben Katchor, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Francoise Mouly, Gary Panter, Joe Sacco, Seth, Art Spiegelman, Carol Tyler, and Chris Ware. You’re just the Hernandez Brothers away from running the table on the Greatest Living Cartoonists. Burns, Clowes, Gloeckner, and Ware are my personal pantheon even before you consider towering figures like Crumb, Spiegelman, Mouly, Sacco, Panter, and Katchor. Good god almighty. (Via Drawn & Quarterly.)

* So this explains Guy Davis’s abrupt, weirdly underaddressed-by-Dark-Horse departure from Mike Mignola and John Arcudi’s near-peerless B.P.R.D.: He’s working on the next Guillermo Del Toro film.

* Tom Spurgeon and David Brothers on Before Watchmen, the shame of comics.

* Tim O’Shea talks to Kevin Huizenga about Gloriana, his forthcoming hardcover re-release of what I consider to be one of the greatest comics ever made by anyone, ever. Huizenga’s a difficult interview, but Tim makes it work.

* Comics Grid’s Nicholas Labarre’s essay on Roy Thomas and Mike Mignola’s adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula is the most possessive-apostrophe-heavy link I’ve made in ages, but worth your time nonetheless. I remember the owner of my teen-years comic shop really giving that book the hard sell to me, to the point where I felt bullied into buying it. At the time I assumed he knew I was a big fan of the film and thus an easy mark for the tie-in, but now I wonder if he was simply trying to expose me to Mignola.

* Okay, Jillian Tamaki, now you’re just showing off.

* Tom Neely #1: Rob Clough review’s Neely’s fascinating The Wolf, one of the best comics of 2011.

* Tom Neely #2: My God, Neely’s parodies of various Kramers Ergot contributors (drawn in the style of KE regular Tom Gauld’s great-author comics) are unbelievably hilarious and mean, and I say that despite really liking the work of almost everyone lampooned thereby.

* Tom Neely #3: He’s drawing beautiful naked women again. PROCEED.

* OCCUPY BASIN CITY

* Did you know? Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval was the original model for Paul Pope’s character HR in THB. Once seen, it cannot be unseen.

* Fine writing by Matthew Perpetua about the enduring appeal of Kraftwerk.

* Fine writing by the Mindless Ones, Matt Zoller Seitz, and Deborah Lipp on recent Mad Men episodes.

* Related: Josh Wigler, host of the MTV News Watching the ‘Thrones’ video roundtables on Game of Thrones in which I participate, put together a pretty dizzying summary of all the geek-culture references and connections on last weekend’s Mad Men. I missed the Lost homage, myself.

* Watching this gameplay video from the old SNES sidescroller/sim hybrid ActRaiser, I suddenly understood Proust and his madeleines.

* Finally, I’m not a big gamer, I’m definitely not a big fighting gamer, and I don’t even own one of the systems for which such a game would be available, but boy oh boy do I want a Game of Thrones fighting game. (Via Topless Robot.)

2 Responses to Carnival of souls: The Best Comics Conference Ever, Guy Davis, Tom Neely, more

  1. 2 thoughts:

    Kraftwerk is pretty darn good and as a fan of the electronica I make sure to pay them mad respect as early practionerers of the form.

    Before Watchmen is looking just worse and worse as DC at first seemed tacky but now is having their creators say really stupid things about how there isn’t much controversy and everyone has come around to the idea–no we haven’t. Pulling stunts at a comic convention like having a “Mildly skeptical fan” come up and after showing him some art having him be all for the project just reeks of someone being a paid actor, and misses the point that even if Watchmen had some great design and art it was the story we all loved. Showing me some pretty drawings means nothing. Any fan can ask a talented artist to draw Dr. Manhattan or Nite Owl looking really stylish. It takes someone to make a story with them I want to read to get me excited…and I think Watchmen was nicely self-contained and unless Alan Moore wants to write some stuff for this I have zero interest. My rant is complete.

  2. Jim D. says:

    Hope is awesome. My best ever “celebrity interaction story”: my cousin Al is in Hope’s post-Mazzy Star band, The Warm Inventions, so I’ve hung out backstage where she played the delightful host and served me pizza on a paper plate (!). Afterwards Al and I went out for a pint with her songwriting partner and Warm Inventions drummer Colm O’Ciosoig who, apart from being a lovely guy, also happens to be the drummer in this band called My Bloody Valentine. My proximity to indie-cred coolness has been all downhill from there, I’m afraid.

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