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Two unfairly maligned professions: prostitutes and cartoonists

Chester Brown has an amazing new book out called Paying For It, a challenging sexual memoir about romantic love and prostitution. I’d strongly encourage everyone to read it.

 
In the Globe and Mail, I write about the political and social implications of Brown’s book. See here. I hope to do a future essay that deals with Paying For It more as a remarkable work of art, rather than just a polemic. (more…)

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"Jim Shooter said what...?!?"

Photo: Jeet Heer
Caption: Gregory Gallant
Photo Subject: Bella Elinor Heer
Note: Alas, this joke will only make sense to those who have an encylopedic knowledge of the internal politics of Marvel Comics in the 1980s. But for a good background, see this great Gary Groth essay here.
 

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From Frank Miller's Dark Knight Strikes Again

 

Leave it to the excellent Douglas Wolk to remind us of one of the downsides to Osama bin Laden’s demise: that it renders moot Frank Miller’s planned Batman Versus bin Laden comic.  Although to be more accurate, Miller himself had second-thoughts about that idea and is still working on a superhero comic, sans Batman, about the “War on Terror.” Still, perhaps some other cartoonist can do an imaginary story where Batman dukes it out with Osama.

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