Friday Runaround – Moving Away From 9/11

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The Economist looks at ballet-dancing graphic novel, Polina.

Mr Vivès conveys emotions with the lightest of touches. He uses the narrative gaps afforded by the graphic-novel form to great effect as readers are left to imagine the events left undrawn and the words left unsaid. When Polina rings to make up with a boyfriend she has left behind, a single, un-narrated scene tells all: he sits shirtless, phone in hand, another girl occupying his bed nearby.


Calvin And Hobbes' Bill Watterson talks cartooning ahead of a big exhibition of his work in Ohio and his choice of the institution holding the collection of his work.

The library helps counteract the art world's condescension to the "low art" of cartoons, and it protects work that would otherwise be scattered or lost. In making original work available for anyone to study, it also gives us access to our own history. You know, if you're a painter, it's simply taken for granted that you'll spend a lot of time in museums studying great paintings, but if you're a cartoonist, it used to be very hard to see an original cartoon drawing. When you see an original "Steve Canyon" daily strip—they're gigantic—it's an entirely different experience than seeing a newspaper or book reproduction.  There is much to appreciate and learn about this wonderful art.


Vulture covers the remarkably fun Ms Marvel comic and talks to writer G Willow Wilson.

Well, I think if we had written Ms. Marvel ten years ago, Kamala's religion would probably have to be an even bigger part of the conversation than it is today, because closer to 9/11, there was a lot more scrutiny placed on the actions of everyday American Muslims. But today, now that there's a bit of distance — particularly for the younger generation, for whom 9/11 happened when they were small children — there's a greater desire to see more well-rounded stories. Being a Muslim is really only one part of her overall arc, her overall journey.



Co-creator Stan Lee is promoting Free Comic Book Day



After much controversy over who had it, why they had it, what was agreed, why it was being sold, and what should happen with it, the original comic book artwork to the Superman/JFK story by Al Plastino, has been handed to the JFK Library, as promised in the pages of the book.

Artist Al Plastino believed that was what had happened but then discovered the pages up for auction.

Plastino Charles says the auction house would not identify the private owner of the comic. Days before a hearing at the New York Supreme Court, DC Entertainment bought the comic back and donated it to the president's library. Plastino Charles calls Thursday's opening bittersweet.

"The good part is that it's actually going to be on display in the library," she said. "The bad part is my dad passed away before he could see it happen."

Al Plastino died on November 25. He drew Superman comics for 20 years.

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Comic book writer Vince White inspires kids to spark their imagination with his comic book hero Will Powers and other comic book characters.

"Just imagine all you see are five or six city blocks your entire childhood life," said White, 41. "You never dream of flying in the clouds, you don't think of other planets, you never ponder science or what an atom looks like. And these are all things you'll find in comic books. These are all things you'll find that an average super hero will do.''

Thanks to Macey Lavoie for the assist.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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