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Comics A.M. | ‘Sherman’s Lagoon’ creator visits ocean floor

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Creators | Jim Toomey sets his comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon under the sea, and now he’s going to get a close-up look at underwater life: As the artist in residence on Alvin, a Navy deep-sea submersible vehicle, he will get an up-close look at undersea life in the Gulf of Mexico. “Only three people are able to go down on the sub at a time, so it’s a very coveted opportunity,” said Toomey, who will talk to his children’s class from aboard the submersible and has set the current Sherman’s Lagoon story in the Gulf so he can introduce the sea creatures he is seeing firsthand. [The Washington Post]

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Creators | Liza Donnelly talks to The New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, whose graphic novel about caring for her aging parents, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, is getting a lot of attention these days. [Forbes]

Creators | Jason Shiga has some thoughts on growing older as a cartoonist. “Although it would be nice, my 15 year body of work, my Ignatz and Eisner awards, and ultimately my name mean nothing to a new reader. If I’d gotten a degree from CCS, that piece of paper wouldn’t mean anything either. All that really matters, I feel, is what’s on the page. If it’s gripping and captivating, looks somewhat appealing then people will want to read it. Unlike other industries, I can’t just put in 30 years and ride it out. I have to prove myself on the page every single freakin’ day for the thin trickle of readers that come to my site (thank you by the way!)” [Shigabooks]

Comics | David Brothers writes about quitting the Big Two: “Wednesdays aren’t new comics days any more. I don’t read comics news sites when I can help it. I discover new comics via word of mouth or Tumblr. I unplugged in a way that let me maintain my decision instead of waffling and crumbling. I read other comics now, and the further I get from the Big Two, the easier it is to stay away. The less I indulge, the less I want it.” [4thletter!]

Wrecked Ship

Wrecked Ship

Comics | Zainab Akhtar looks at some new risographed comics from the Swedish publisher Peow Studio! [Comics and Cola]

Manga | Tom Gill looks at storytelling techniques in three manga by Garo contributor Yoshiharu Tsuge. [The Hooded Utilitarian]

Museums | Yoshito Watari and Kan Kashiwazaki look at the popularity of manga museums in Japan. [Asahi Shimbun]

Retailing | Retailer Brandon Schatz discusses his difficulty with ordering and promoting the works of Brian Wood since the writer was accused of (and apologized for) sexual harassment last fall. Schatz writes as someone who enjoys Wood’s writing but who’s uncomfortable with his actions. He feels that as a retailer he has a responsibility to his customers, but that can cut both ways, and his resolution is rather nuanced. [The Beat]

Events | Darth Vader was reading Mo Willem’s Don’t Let a Pigeon Drive the Bus to children at the Weber County Library’s Fantastic Con, a local, first-time convention that reflects the popularity of comics — and geek culture in general — among both the patrons and the staff at the Ogden, Utah, library. [Standard Examiner]

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I think it’s gotten kind of overblown. She seems to have accepted his apology and we shouldn’t condemn someone for trying to pick up someone in a stupid manner. Sure, he could have been a bit more suave and sensible about it but isn’t social awkwardness the calling card of many comic fans and geeks alike? Are we now going to bully Wood because of his awkward social behavior? Do two wrongs make a right?

If we attack socially awkward people for their actions, this industry would be gone in a day. Many fans of the art form have found fantasy and escape to help them deal with the bullying and rejection they’re experiencing in life and we have to deal with that in a more compassionate way.

I think we need a lot more women in comics for sure and we need to educate people on proper social behavior when it comes to dealing with the opposite sex. But we also need just a bit more tolerance for the socially anxious and a lot less for internet lynch mobs.

If we’re going to ignore great artists and writers because of their personalities or momentary lapses of judgement, we’ll be left with pedestrian and mediocre museums, libraries and comic book stores. Most great artists are assholes. Deal with it or stay out of art galleries.

I doubt most people would consider deliberate sexual harassment oft endemic to a community a “momentary lapse of judgement.”

It’s an extreme and quite frankly, an offensive stretch to try to spin Wood’s pattern of sexual aggression as “awkward behavior” and claim that people who don’t want to patronize his work or give him money as a result of what he’s done are “bullying” him. Oh, and to claim that hey, nerds are awkward, how can you persecute ONE OF US!?!?! is beyond ridiculous.

I think the guy’s a toad-like asshole and I don’t want him to have a red cent of my money. That’s my prerogative as a consumer.

“I’ve forgiven Brian years ago for the following story.”-Tess

Now that’s the sign of an intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate person. We need more forgiveness and less anger in this world. Please follow Tess’ fine example and cut the poor drunk some slack.

“Judge not. lest ye be judged.”

Who’s ready to throw out the first stone? Any perfect people in this thread without blemish, misadventure, regret or fault?

I didn’t think so…now, time to move on.

akkadiannumen

June 10, 2014 at 9:50 am

“Schatz writes as someone who enjoys Wood’s writing but who’s uncomfortable with his actions”

I despise people who can’t separate a person’s flaws from his talent.

You’re trying really hard to spin Wood’s constant pattern of sexual harassment as something benign that people are getting bent out of shape over because they’re irrational, Wallace. It’s not going so well for you.

By saying she’s forgiven him, Fowler means she’s personally gotten over it. If she thought it was acceptable behavior, she wouldn’t have come forward with the story at all in the first place, especially not in response to Brandon Graham calling him out as a fake feminist.

“Poor drunk”, give me a break. It’s fine if you like him, but it’s odious of you to try to defend him in this manner. It just looks bad, man.

I wish I was as perfect as you, Andy. But then I wouldn’t have a life.

I’m not perfect, and you don’t have to be perfect to object to Wood’s gross behavior.

What about that “constant pattern of sexual harassment”? Is that true or just a product of your fevered imagination? Where’s the evidence for such a serious allegation?

And thank God, in the real world, the big people forgive and move on. Haven’t you learned anything at all from Tess? Do you think you’re defending her honour? If she’s forgiven him, all your words are just philosophical mastubation to make yourself feel good and you really should do it in private.

She’s moved on with her life…I suggest you find one yourself and move along, too.

Anyway, you’re putting me to sleep here, kid. Go bother someone else.

Yeah, the evidence is all the women who have come out and said “Brian Wood harassed me at a convention”

I’m not defending anyone’s honor. I’m saying “I don’t want to read comics with his name on them” It’s hilariously awful that you’re invoking Fowler’s name as a smokescreen to make it seem like you being copacetic with his behavior is all about you being a big boy. It’s not.

“I despise people who can’t separate a person’s flaws from his talent.” I don’t think anyone can, particularly if you’re someone who has followed a writer for some length of time. In some way, you “get to know” them via their work, and you keep buying it in part to continue what is, one-sided and long-distance (and in the case of dead writers, the distance is of course temporal as well) though it may be, a relationship. This is particularly obvious in the case of autobiographical work, but all work is to some degree autobiographical.

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