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• Tim Holder offers an initial critique of the upcoming Art of Jaime Hernandez book, which results in a flurry of great comments from book designers, critics and the editor of said book. Easily one of the most informative and insightful comments threads in months, if not years. (Also: L&R fan Marc Sobel offers his thoughts.)
• Along the same lines, Jeet Heer offers an old review of Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz.
• Marc Singer talks about why he included Maus in his comics class, and how his students reacted to it.
• Responding to an earlier essay by Jeet Heer (there he is again) on cartoonists’ mid-life crises, Gary Groth offers his own thoughts and posts an essay he’d written on the topic several years ago. (part one, part two, and part three).
• The Hooded Utilitarian recently wrapped up a lengthy roundtable discussion on Likewise, with author Ariel Schrag chiming in at the end. You can read the whole thing by going here.
• Charles Hatfield reports on a recent exhibit featuring R. Crumb’s Genesis adaptation.
• Likewise, Diana Tamblyn reports on a recent show of Seth’s work in Ontario.
• Ken Parille breaks down a page from a Casper story so you don’t have to.
• Sara Boslaugh reviews Copper by Kazu Kibuishi.
• Paul Gravett looks at the work of Baron Storey.
• Bill Sherman calls the Lewis Trondheim’s third entry in his Little Nothings series “thoughtful and amusing.”
• Finally, Richard Bruton says Jason Shiga’s Meanwhile is “almost guaranteed to engross and entertain anyone who picks it up.”