Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Long Winter" + End-of-the-Year Review Lists

Protip: do not, under any circumstances attempt to reenact this scenario at home, say, with a cat. At least in the interest of promoting a more harmonious equilibrium within the confines of the cabin studio. Just sayin'...

Finish out the year and the post by sharing a few annual end-of-the-year lists which have some astounding talent listed on them: one of the things that I really love so much about cartooning (aside from the obvious vested interest in creating them) is the range of expressions and experiences that can be had by reading any number of contemporary comics.

As posted above, good news on the Library of Congress appointing cartoonist Gene Luen Yang as our ambassador: great selection as well, and give a listen to the 5-minute interview with him on the PRI site here. The Comics Journal has a standout roster of twenty samples from the past year of publication, and Kristian Wilson over at Bustle has another outstanding selection in "25 Graphic Novels Written by Women: A Guide for Beginners." Both lists, besides sending me back to the local bookstore to shore up my own collection in the studio, also exemplify how much comics, like art, music, reading... always has something for everyone... and anyone.

"Exhibit A' for ignorance & misogyny

Update: And yet there's still so much work left to be done. I've written extensively before about the state of the industry from the perspective as a creator, a fan and an educator, and it sometime progress on issues such as sexism seems to be three steps forward/two steps back. At a grand event on the scale of the Angoul√™me International Comics Festival it's inexcusable, and it's about time the organizers of the prestigious gathering (and others no doubt) take notice and begin the inexorable change of evolving into contemporary society, one that reflects their readers. The argument offered by officials is particularly lame: "the Festival cannot remake the history of comics" - I would beg to differ as I have done this in my own personal history... not by going back in time, but through changing my actions each and every day, which has a cumulative, retrospective result in effectively changing history. Or, as would happen in this instance, herstory. Not to mention "It’s risky for any festival to ignore 50% of the population when it comes to its greatest prize."

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