Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
* Alex Hoffman reviews STARSEEDS by Charles Glaubitz, whose “defining characteristic … is its ability to mix genre with the metaphysical, and in doing so, it generates an otherworldliness that is strange and compelling.”
* Ray Sonne reviews R. Sikoryak’s TERMS AND CONDITIONS of which she says, “Unless already invested in comics history or law, you will not find the reading experience smooth.”
* Rob Clough takes a look at a number of mini-comics from BEN PASSMORE.
* Andy Oliver reviews THE PALACE OF CHAMPIONS, the new hardcover collection of Henriette Valium, aka Patrick Henley, one of the most important French-Canadian cartoonists of all time. The book is huge, 9 x 14, “a size that is essential in order to capture the astonishingly intricate illustrative style of this creator.”
* Bleeding Heart Press, the publishing arm of Women Write About Comics, has put out a CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for its literary zine, Secrets of the Goat People.
* The Queers and Comics Travel Fund is raising money to support creators who could not otherwise attend and present at the Queers and Comics Conference being held in San Francisco on April 14-15. Some great rewards for donating!
* AUTOPTIC 2017 will be held in 2018 instead. I’ll see you there.
* Danny Sullivan‘s WHAT FOUCAULT CAN TEACH US ABOUT THE SCHISMATIC GROWTH OF COMICON CULTURE.
* Sam Ombiri writes about the idea of INFLUENCES.
* David Frick‘s INSIDE LOU REED’S REVELATORY NEW PUBLIC ARCHIVE in which Laurie Anderson and archivist Don Flemming talk about Lou’s papers and recordings that have recently been donated to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center
* Bari Weiss‘ A TEST FOR THE ANTI-TRUMP MOVEMENT has, as a subheading, “Do Jews Have To Make Common Cause With People Who Want To Kill Them?”