Testing 1, 2 3 (Weekend Pattering for July 14th, 2017)

Let's see if I can remember how to do this...

Previously on Panel Patter

Cover of the Next Week 

I have no idea what this Antarctic Press comic by David Hutchison actually is but if it's anything like the cover, I want to read it for any number of reasons, the least of which is seeing Kellyanne Conway showing up more in that ridiculous outfit in a Mad Max wasteland.  
The Great Emancipator, Time Lincoln, faces an all-new threat to existence - from within his homeland! Just when he thought it was safe to go back in time, he discovers part of reality has been replaced by Alternate Reality, where what was once fact is now a matter of alternate choice. Now the Travelers Team must defeat the mastermind, Final Trump, before he blows... the cosmic budget on a wall to keep his Alt-Reality safe!
I wonder if Honest Abe grunts as articulately as Tom Hardy does?


** Interview: Raina Telgemeier on ‘Drama’ (Good Comics For Kids)-- Brigid Alverson talks to one of the best-selling cartoonists working right now.
I feel like my response is just the general observation that a lot of people have had, that we apply heteronormative romance to babies. We pair up toddlers and say things like “They are going to get married someday,” and that’s unfair if we can’t also say the same for gay children. Sexuality is a part of your identity that doesn’t necessarily apply to what you are doing with other people when you are eight or nine years old, but it’s still a part of you. The identity and the actions are not necessarily one and the same, and if a chaste heterosexual kiss had happened in Drama no one would have batted an eye, but because it was two boys, suddenly I was “pushing my liberal agenda on people.” I don’t even have an agenda. My agenda is love and friendship. People will make of it what they will and I can’t let that sway the things I believe and the things I write about.

** BAM Interview: Marjorie Liu on Writing Comics, the Eisners, and Monstress (Books-A-Million)-- This interview with Marjorie Liu just reminds me that I've barely read any Monstress, something that I need to correct while it's still summer.  When asked about why she likes fantasy as a storytelling genre, Liu answers;
Fantasy is a great estrangement from very difficult ideas. For example, Maus is non-fiction, but by having cats and mice as the main actors, it adds just enough fantasy that those who might otherwise avoid a memoir about the holocaust could find themselves reading — and benefiting greatly — from it. And it’s not just readers who benefit from this estrangement, either. As a writer, there are some ideas that are still too difficult for me to approach directly. Creatively, I need to take a circuitous path to them, and fantasy is one way of doing that.

This and That

** The Complete Strange Growths: 1991-1997 (The Comics Journal)-- Rob Kirby reviews the new collection of Jenny Zervakis' comics from the 1990s.  
Strange Growths has been credited as a groundbreaking comics zine for its quietude, and focus on the quotidian—or, as Tom Hart’s back cover blurb aptly states, “on thought and mood.” It’s easy to see why John P. has acknowledged Zervakis as a major influence on his work, and fitting that he has published this collection. Zervakis’ comics record her experiences, memories and contemplations of the moment with an aesthetic that is personable yet detached, intelligent but fun-loving, and observant of small details while never losing focus on their larger significance, and never sinking into preciousness or sentimentality.

** Marvel Legacy’s latest variants- 60’s T-Shirt Art! (The Beat)-- Man, I couldn't care any less about Legacy.  That is, I couldn't care less until Marvel announced these variants.  And I don't even want the comics, I just want these t-shirts!!!
Continuing its celebration of the vast and expansive history of the Marvel Universe, Marvel is excited to announce the release of 1960’s T-SHIRT VARIANT COVERS for select Legacy titles this fall. A blast from Marvel’s past, these images feature your favorite heroes as they appeared in original 1960’s art from Marvel legends Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.

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