Highlighting some great small press comics criticism being published, as well as other random things that have caught my eye over the past week.
* David Fairbanks on M. Dean’s STRANGE MAGIC, a short work that feels “more expansive than its eight pages should be capable of, to linger in the mind.”
*Dominic Umile takes a long look at The New York Times Magazine COMICS ISSUE.
* Philippe LeBlanc reviews Zoe Taylor’s JOYRIDE, a book “about escaping, multiple types of escapes, whether from the personal, the social or the emotional.”
* Here’s Rob Clough looking at a number of books from one of my favorite new publishing ventures of the last few years, SILVER SPROCKET.
* Andy Oliver reviews A CUP OF TEA WILL SORT YOU OUT by Andy Poyiadgi, “a collection of tea-related cartoons masquerading as beverage-based advice and wisdom that positively revel in the absurd.”
* Addley Walker has a list of COMIC MAKERS AND ARTISTS HE FOLLOWS AND ENJOYS. It’s a pretty diverse and solid list.
* Jenny Robins reviews THE ADVENTURES OF TEAM POM VOLUME ONE: SQUID HAPPENS by Isabel Roxas.
* Alex Dueben interviews KEILER ROBERTS about her new book, Sunburning. Dueben also interviews NOAH VAN SCIVER about Fante Bukowski Two.
* Riki Robinson interviews MARINAOMI about “the progression of her art journey.”
* Ken Parille‘s LESLIE STEIN: A BRIEF APPRECIATION.
* Kim O’Connor‘s really well written ANOTHER FAKE CONVERSATION, which basically revolves around the premise: “There’s nothing immature about saying that something makes you feel upset. Nor is it anti-art to interrogate whether that feels earned.”
* Jessica Plummer‘s STOP EXPLAINING THE DIRECT MARKET TO ME.
* Is it time to start making lists? We are in SDCC media glut time. It’s the summer. It‘s going to be 100 degrees here today. I guess that’s what happens. Anyway, here’s 100 FAVORITE COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS from NPR Books.
* Jesse David Fox presents AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE SIMPSONS’ CLASSIC PLANET OF THE APES MUSICAL.