September 8, 2017

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I Miss The Old-School Comic Squabbles
(Weekend Pattering for Friday, Sept 8th, 2018)

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Previously on Panel Patter

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I don't think we'll ever get tired of singing the praises of Francesco Francavilla around here. 

This and That


*** Little Red and Big Bad (The Paris Review)-- I somehow missed that Gabrielle Bell was doing the true biography of Little Red Riding Hood as a comic for The Paris Review.  


*** Dark Horse announces Hellboy Omnibus editions with new Mike Mignola covers (Entertainment Weekly)--  EW has news that Dark Horse is going to be republishing Hellboy as a series of four Omnibus volumes and will be publishing Mike Mignola's Hellboy series in chronological order.  That actually has me debating double/triple dipping on this series but I'm concerned about what version of DH's omnibuses these will be?  Will these be the slightly-larger-than-digest-size omnibuses (omnibii?) that they've repackages so much old-school independent comics in or will these be at least full size (if not slightly larger) format books?
Fortunately for such fans, Dark Horse’s new Omnibus editions will collect the Hellboy saga in chronological order. The main story is now split into four big volumes (Seed of Destruction, Strange Places, The Wild Hunt, and Hellboy In Hell) with two additional volumes covering The Complete Short Stories. Best of all, these volumes all come with brand-new Mignola artwork for covers. The first volumes will be available in summer 2018, with the remainder to follow in the following fall and winter.

Your Moment of old school TCJ

*** Yoe Books: A Disservice to Comics History (The Comics Journal)--  So RJ Casey went after Craig Yoe and the books he produces in classic The Comics Journal Style.  Gary Groth and Kim Thompson must be proud of Casey.
All of these choices are unintentionally comical, sure, but they point to something deeper and depressing. With all these goofy, throwaway intentions comes contempt for the creators. Comics are art—that battle has been fought and won—but Yoe fumbles with this idea as much as he does with a high-res scanner. He has published books (albeit lesser works) by the upper echelon of cartoonists. People like Dick Briefer, Steve Ditko, and Frank Frazetta deserve the appreciation they’ve rightly garnered, but when published by Yoe Books, they are always second on the call sheet. That’s because Craig Yoe values the collector over the artist. For him, the wistful idea of a rolled-up comic book stuffed into the pocket of his dungarees trumps the tangible fact that these cartoonists unceremoniously toiled away years of their lives to create all this “dumb fun.”
I honestly don't know if Casey's criticisms of Yoe's books are accurate or not because I really haven't read much of what Yoe has repackaged.  I guess I can see a bit of Casey's concerns about Yoe's books but Casey's writing feels more full of emotion than reason.  It's vitriolic but I don't know if it really makes the argument that way.

But this is a post that's worth wading into the comments for because some of the commenters provide more evidence of possibly shady business dealings-- nothing that seems illegal but just kind of morally iffy.  Again, I don't have any idea what's the truth here and what's just fiction but there's some stuff about Yoe that I would like to see followed up on one way or another.

And that tweet above is just Yoe trolling Fantagraphics, isn't it?

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