Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
* Philippe LeBlanc on LIBBY’S DAD by Elenor Davis only scratches the surface of this amazingly compact and profound work of art.
* RJ Casey unpacks PERFECT HAIR by Tommi Parrish, “a book that may not make you happy to be alive, but sure will make you glad you’re a comic reader.“
* Andy Oliver reviews Alex Potts’ UNDERPANTS, a collection of his short stories that “acts as a telling showcase for this most under-rated of comics practitioners.”
* Kevin Bramer on Simon Moreton’s WHAT HAPPENED and “the fog of older memories“.
* Rob Clough highlights some more releases in the MINI-KUS! line from Mikkel Sommer, Theo Ellsworth, and Lai Tat Tat Wing.
* Scott Cederlund reviews ROLLING BLACKOUTS by Sarah Glidden, which is also reviewed by JOHN SEVEN over on The Beat. This is one of those books that lives up to the hype and serves as a “must-read” for anyone interested in the possibilities of comics journalism.
* Rebecca Fulleylove on Belfast-based illustrator Stephen Maurice Graham’s MICHAEL, “which portrays the adventures of a ‘man with no concept of how to live as an adult’“.
* Women Write About Comics introduces a new Comics Academe contributor, TIFFANY BABB, who writes about “how she tackles the common academic dilemma of how to study comics when your institutional program does not have a comics studies program.
* Over on the COMICS WORKBOOK BLOG, Sally Ingraham has a great post on comics by Ulli Lust, Mai-Li Bernard, Laila Milevski, and the CW Roller Derby League, a Standing Rock and Resist! check-in, plus new stuff from Carol Tyler and Vanesa R. Del Rey.
* Magdalene Visaggio’s WHY THE NEW SINCERITY HAS FOREVER CHANGED COMICS has the subtitle: The Anti-Ironic Sunshine Rebellion is Shifting the Face of Sequential Art and there you go.
* Finally, STOP EVERYTHING you are doing RIGHT NOW and read this conversation between Nick Hanover and Kim O’Connor titled COMICS SHOULD BE DECENT: A DISCOURSE ABOUT DISCOURSE. This is the kind of conversation more and more people NEED to be engaged in when they talk about comics. Sure, it’s brutal and pretty fucking depressing, but, in the end, I really appreciated the fact that Hanover tried to pull out the positive in the end and, as someone who hangs out with young people all day as a High School Teacher, I absolutely agree with him.
* Robin McConnell interviews ANYA DAVIDSON about her new books, Band For Life and Lovers In The Garden.
* Alex Dueben interviews AIMEE DE JONGH about her debut full-length book Return of the Honey Buzzard.
* Zack Soto and Mike Dawson talk to TOM KACZYNSKI from Uncivilized Books for Study Group’s Podcast, Process Party, in which they talk about Tom’s early work, his move into publishing, and ODOD books.
* Speaking of ODOD books, there’s still time to get in on their KICKSTARTER, which is something you should really do if you are at all interested in seeing some great comics geared towards younger readers be available.
* The Poop Office … ummm … Office has a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
* Ben Sales talks about his experience at the first JEWISH COMIC CON, a comics convention hosted in a small synagogue in Brooklyn.
* Kate Moon’s comic for The Nib, WHY IS THE GREAT BARRIER REEF DYING, is a heartbreaking and revelatory call to action.
* Alenka Figa writes about the CHICAGO PUBLISHER’S RESOURCE CENTER, which acts as “a space for self-publishers to build community, offer educational opportunities, and access resources that lend themselves to self-publishing.”
* Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ARE ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT.
* Jacob Siegel’s THE ALT-RIGHT’S JEWISH GODFATHER.
* Maureen Herman and Katie Schwartz break it all down for us in their IF TRUMP HAS A PERSONALITY DISORDER IT MAY BE THE “WHAT” IN THE COLLECTIVE “WTF?“.
* Imran Siddiquee’s HOW TO MAKE WHITE MOVIES.
* Patti Mulligan’s 5 WAYS TO BE A SILENT TRUMP PROTESTOR.
* Yair Rosenberg lets us know that WE BUILT A BOT THAT TROLLS TWITTER’S WORST ANTI-SEMITIC TROLLS.
* Om Malik’s SILICON VALLEY HAS AN EMPATHY VACUUM.