Comics notebook

Seth's beautiful new book, George Sprott
Seth's beautiful new book, George Sprott

The subset of Sans Everything readers who are interested in comics will want to read the following articles:

1. Patrick West on the politics of Herge (which West argues were Catholic conservative rather than fascist). A quote:

Posterity has not been kind to Hergé. In many ways, his life resembles that of P G Wodehouse. Both authors were unfairly accused of being Nazi collaborators (Hergé having written for the Belgian Le Soir newspaper in the 1940s when it was a sanctioned organ of the German occupying administration); both their works suggested an unconscious misogynistic mindset: Wodehouse’s world was one in which the only female characters were airheaded or manipulative girlfriends, or the aunts Dahlia (bossy) and Agatha (terrifying); Hergé’s only real female character was the monstrous pest, Bianca Castafiore, based on Maria Callas. And both Hergé’s and Wodehouse’s tales centred on two asexual characters, one of whom was phlegmatic and rational, the other spirited and tempestuous: Tintin and Haddock, Jeeves and Wooster.

2. Robert Fulford, Canadian institution, on George Sprott by Seth, a Canadian-institution-in-the-making.

3. Me on Nabokov and comics — don’t miss the comment at the bottom of the post by the great Nabokov scholar Brian Boyd.

4. Me on the historical context that produced The Comics Journal.

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