Comics College is a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the comics medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work.
Today we’ll be crossing the Atlantic to take a look at the one of the most prolific cartoonists of the past 30 years, either in Europe or America, Lewis Trondheim.
Here are a few items of interest I managed to glean from various places on the Interwebs:
• Stripper’s Guide blogger Allan Holtz announced that his “Guide to U.S. Newspaper Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels” is now under contract to be published by University of Michigan Press. “The book is a compendium of the vital statistics about comic strip and panel series that have appeared in American newspapers.”
• Also according to Spurgeon: AdHouse will be working on an art book with Rafael Grampa, though it might not see the light of day until 2011 due to Grampa’s busy schedule.
• BOOM! will be releasing a hardcover version of Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Can a complete Carl Barks collection be too far away?
• Del Rey is going to publish a graphic novel version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Um, yay?
Friday’s programming schedule for the San Diego Comic-Con is up; you can check out right here. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights …
- Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con is Star Wars day, with seven panels themed around the space epic. It includes the “Lucasfilm: Star Wars Spectacular” panel, which will be aired on G4.
- The Brave & the Bold episode “Mayhem of the Music Meister” featuring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, will be shown at the con. Harris isn’t listed as being at the panel, but hey, it’s San Diego — anything can happen.
- Warner Bros. will show off footage from a number of upcoming movies, including Jonah Hex.
Here’s a project I’d love to see American cartoonists try their hand at. A group of well-known French cartoonists, like Lewis Trondheim, Guy Delisle, Killoffer, Dupuy & Bebarian and more, put together this great arm-wrestling comics jam pitting themselves against each other in a March Madness style race to victory. Perhaps we could do a WWE version?
Ah, the autobiographical comic. Is there a genre more maligned and misunderstood. Apart from superhero comics I mean.
It’s a genre that tends to get lumped together as “too much of the same thing,” a criticism I really don’t agree with. Two recent autobiographical diary comics — Little Nothings: The Prisoner Syndrome by Lewis Trondheim and American Elf Book Three by James Kochalka – for example are very similar in execution and style (both are diary comics) but very different in what they reveal and the ways they present themselves to the reader.