January 27, 2017

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Damn Good Coffee-- (Weekend Pattering for January 27th)

Previously on Panel Patter

Cover of the Next Week



So, just how many series can Francesco Francavilla be working on?  Doing a Spirit story seems like a great fit for him but what the heck is up with Afterlife with Archie (feeling that one's more on the writer than the artist) and isn't he supposed to also be doing another Black Beetle series at some point?  

Oh, and quickly-- the Matt Wagner/Dan Schkade Spirit series of the last year or so was a lot of fun, too.  

Interviews


** Books: Joe Ollmann gives gonzo trailblazer William Seabrook his due (Montreal Gazette)-- The Montreal Gazette talks to Joe Ollmann about his new book The Abominable William Seabrook.
Ollman: I’m somewhat prone to hyperbole, but I’m also pretty insecure. Cartoonists tend to have a bit of an inferiority complex. I don’t mean to denigrate the form. Work of great depth and complexity has come out of the genre. I guess I only meant to impugn my own. And I don’t even think my own work is terrible per se; it just is never as fully realized on paper as it is in your head. My affinity with Seabrook is that we share a bit of that hard-drinking writer thing. I’ve outgrown it, but it killed him. More than his vices, I admire the man for his honesty in talking about them.


This and That



** STATE OF EMERGENCY (Pen America)-- Edited by Meg Lemke, Rob Kirby, and MariNoami has put together a collection of comics about the current climate in America.

Antonio Aiello writes:
Seemingly overnight, we stepped back decades of hard-fought progress on issues of racism, bigotry, homophobia, xenophobia, nationalism, and so much more. At this point, we are a nation so deeply divided, we can’t even agree on what is real or fake news. We are in a state of emergency.


** HOW TO REPORT THE TRUTH IN THE AGE OF TRUMP (Lit Hub)-- Lit Hub looks at Sarah Glidden's Rolling Blackouts (reviewed here) and puts it in a context about reporting in Trump's America.
Sarah Glidden’s Rolling Blackouts couldn’t be more timely: a defense of journalism in the form of an extended work of graphic nonfiction, or, in other words, a book that cannot help but blur the lines. “[T]rue objectivity,” Glidden insists in a brief note entitled “About This Book,” “is impossible in narrative journalism (and arguably in any kind of journalism).” Anyone who’s spent time thinking seriously about journalism is aware of the challenges Glidden illuminates. There is the subjectivity of perspective, the selectivity of detail, the reliability of sources, the availability (or scarcity) of outlets willing or able to reckon with and make accessible what George Orwell referred to as “unpleasant facts.” There is the question of when, or whether, to publish, of how to get the information out. To this list, let me add one other item: the unattainability, on both reportorial or existential terms, of what let’s call a “full truth.” Journalists are always scrambling in the dark, building stories by accretion, following one individual to another, parsing the connections, the through-lines. Journalists are always having to decide.


** The Feminist ABC's (The Nib)-- The Nib reprints Gemma Correll's The Feminist ABC's  from the Feminist Activity Book published by Seal Press.

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