Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Heidi MacDonald and D&Q beat me to the punch, but just in case you missed the news, I thought I’d let you know that this week’s issue of The New Yorker magazine is sporting four swell covers by Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine and Ivan Brunetti. Supposedly when you arrange the four covers together in a certain way, a super-secret picture forms. Alright, I’ll spoil it: It’s a picture of Eustace Tilly. It must be one of those “Magic Eye” type images though, because I’ve been staring at the bloody things for hours on end, and all I’m getting is a headache.
The Drawn and Quarterly blog announced yesterday that the Optic Nerve cartoonist and his wife, Sarah Brennan, recently welcomed into the world a baby girl, Nora Emiko Tomine. We here at Robot 6 say congratulations to the new parents and wish them the best of luck.
Yeah, I think the subject line says it all. (via D&Q blog)
Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading. We had a bit of a scare this week at WAYR Central, as our planned special guest fell through at the last minute due to a lack of proper communication on my part and a sudden illness on his. Quickly becoming panic-striken, I turned to the person I always turn to in such matters — my wife, Evelyn, who handed me a paper bag to breathe into and said she’d fill in this one time as long as I promised never to ask her to do something like this again.
So without further ado, let me present our very special all-nepotism edition of WAYR! Click on the link to find out what delightful comics we’re currently reading …
CR Blog’s Simon Creasey has a nice little Q&A with Adrian Tomine, who discusses working as a full-time artist, the evolution of his drawing style, and permitting criticism on the Optic Nerve letters page:
SC: One of the biggest criticisms of your work on the letters page is from ardent fans bemoaning how long it takes you to produce the next installment of a story. Are you a slow worker or just lazy?
AT: Yeah, I’m just a lazy bum who almost never does any work. Just kidding! I think the people who complain about my pace were raised on the type of comics that are made on a production line, so they’re trained to expect that monthly fix. I honestly work as hard and as fast as I can without sacrificing quality, but there’s always some kind of interruption, such as interviews like this!
More at the link, including the “best advice” Tomine has received about film adaptations.
I wasn’t planning on posting a bunch of Angloume-related stuff — especially at this late date — but I just have to call attention to Alvin Buenaventura’s amazing flickr set of photos taken before and during the European festival. By the way, from the left that’s Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine and Buenaventura in the photo above. That’s probably the most impressive collection of talent ever precariously balanced on a rock wall in the history of mankind. (via)