§ The idea of a comic book on the front page of the New York Times Arts section would once have been unimaginable in comics circles, or at least something reserved for MAUS or WATCHMEN. But now it is for the worthy but under-seen UNKNOWN SOLDIER revival by writer Joshua Dysart which is getting this top-level coverage. The story explains the lengths to which Dysart went to research the tale, which is set in Uganda, a real-life world of long-term civil war, child soldiers and almost unimaginable savagery:
With his pitch accepted, Mr. Dysart visited the public library, pulled all the books he could find and combed the Internet. “There was a thin Wikipedia page,” he said.
Mr. Dysart decided that “if I was going to deal with the absolute worst aspect of these people’s lives, I was going to have to go there.” He visited Uganda in early 2007, months after a cease-fire was declared the previous summer. Mr. Dysart spent time with the Acholi and visited the cities of Kampala and Entebbe.
§ According to a recent podcast, CLERKS producer Scott Mosier and artist Jim Mahfood have sold an animated series to Disney. No more details yet.
§ A. David Lewis wants to know what you think of his new book, SOME NEW KIND OF SLAUGHTER. Really.
§ We didn’t get some of these, but you may like #3.
§ The audio of the recent Conversational Comics with Jessica Abel, Jason Little and Matthew Thurber is now online. The final one is this Saturday!
§ John Jackson Miller digs deeper into the question of what is Marvel Comics’ true birthday.
Comics back then were generally post-dated — like all magazines on newsstands, publishers didn’t want newsdealers pulling them off the shelves because they saw a cover date. Marvel was no different. But with Marvel #1, specifically, most copies actually have a black circle over the date, on the cover and inside, with November stamped on it. That suggests to me that they were probably really encroaching on the original October cover date — or, at least, they didn’t like the number of weeks left between the ship date and October.
§ Comics Comics has been on fire lately, and when we tell you there is a post entitled The Dark Vision of Carl Barks by Jeet Heer, you will race over, right? While Heer is correct in his textual analysis of Barks’ sometimes harsh stories of materialists, judging the man too much by interviews from the twilight of his life, after his wife had died and various business deals had gone sour, isn’t entirely fair.
§ Vanguard is…Vanguard? Apparently there are two Vanguards, and even after reading this press release, we have no idea which is which or even who put out the press release.
§ Laurel Maury reviews the GN version of Fahrenheit 451.