Talking Comics

Gary Panter’s mind-numbingly beautiful cover of Raw #3.

Over at the Inkstuds radio program, I spend an nearly an hour yakking about comics with Tom Spurgeon (of The Comics Reporter website) and Dan Nadel (publisher and impresario at PictureBox Inc , editor of the excellent book Art Out of Time). 

 Major topics covered: 

Which comics look better on the museum wall and which work better on the printed page; fine art versus mechanical reproduction; Gary Panter versus Ernie Bushmiller. 

The achievement of Gary Groth and The Comics Journal. 

Criticism and timing: why Edmund Wilson was lucky to be a literary critic in the wake of The Waste Land and Ulysses, Pauline Kael equally fortunate to be a movie reviewer during the salad days of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese. 

What Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez learned from Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. 

Comics as a phoenix art form: constantly dying, constantly being reborn. (I muffed this though and didn’t use the great word “palingenetic” on the public airwaves). 

Living with a fictional character for decades, until they accumulate the weight of reality; Maggie Chascarrillo compared to Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom. 

Tom Spurgeon made the case for Joe Sacco’s Palestine, argued for an un-ironic appreciation of Fletcher Hanks and compared superhero comics to musicals. Dan Nadel enthused over Jesse Marsh and Omega the Unknown.  

For the truly masochistic there is also an earlier Inkstuds program  where I talk about George Herriman and Krazy Kat.

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