News, Views and Oddities, where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
Disa Wallander has a new free comic available at Isssu, called It’s alright, we’re alive. There’s a few other of her works on there you may want to peruse while you’re at it.
I finally got around to watching Hope Larson’s debut short film, Bitter Orange, and it’s rather good-you can watch it here.
I love these mixed media works by Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata: sculptures positioned in front of graphic paintings. Apart from the stunning colours, it’s amazing, how, when photographed in tight, they almost look like animation stills.
Bryan Lee O’Malley on the lack of POC representation in Scott Pilgrim. Genuinely refreshing to hear such issues discussed so honestly and openly, particularly O’Malley’s acknowledgement of his initial lack of awareness and subsequent evolving perspectives. I would really encourage anybody to read the whole thing in full (despite the choice paragraphs quoted below)- it’s not very long.
I am mixed (white + korean) and grew up being told that race didn’t matter — that race was kinda over. As with many things you’re told as a kid, it took me many years to realize that it wasn’t really true… It was kinda wishful thinking on the part of my parents, who were in a mixed relationship. I mean, I wish it was true, we all wish it was true, but it’s not true.
Honestly, when i saw the Scott Pilgrim movie it was kind of appalling to see just how white it was — to not even really see myself represented on the screen… At least in the comic they were just cartoons. You can project yourself into a simple drawing of a person so easily; race seems to matter less (look at the global popularity of manga, where everyone is ostensibly Japanese).
Ivan Brunetti illustrates the New Yorker with a box-garden cover and talks about his own green-fingered efforts:
“My family is Italian, obsessed with having the absolute freshest ingredients, so you have to have a garden. I wanted to erect a box garden in my backyard, so I had to draw it first. There is this cartoonist idea that if you draw it, it will happen. But many plants, like the Swiss chard, just did not work out. The only thing I’ve been able to grow is your basic herbs like basil and rosemary, but a dog probably could have figured that one out.”
One of my favourite illustrators and children’s books writer, Mo Willems gives a pretty funny interview. Looking forward to picking up his book, which collects 20 years of doodles,sketches and more, when I get paid next.
You HAVE to read this comic- don’t be fooled by the cutsey style or the odd format, and do prepare to have your heart broken a little.
D’Israeli and Rob Williams have a new creator-owned comic in the works, titled Ordinary. There’s a rule that we all at least look at everything D’Israeli does, that applies here.
Youth in Decline announce two new titles: Rav by Mickey Zacchilli and Sanckies by Nick Sumida.
Sophia Foster Dimino’s amazingly intricate Antique’s Roadshow comic- named not after the TV show, but a zine of ‘queer curios’ curated by Alison Dubois.
I think this was really cool: Brandon Graham going through some old 1986 National Gepgraphics and discovering some Moebius photo-reference inspiration. More at the link.