The lot of the indie cartoonist as viewed through the 2014 Small Press Expo

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Even though it’s two weeks in the rearview mirror, a lot of worthy writing has been done about this year’s Small Press Expo. I’m sure devotees have read all the following, but given all the talk about what sells at conventions and the evolving comics market, this was an important show to think about. § […]

Preview: Subcultures: A Comics Anthology

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Comics anthologies are generally a good thing, but in my personal preferences, I like ones that are on a tightly focused topic better than “here are a lot of great comics by great people!” That’s just me, you can like what you want,. Thus I was intrigued when I heard about the upcoming Subcultures: A […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 1/17/14: People said things

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§ This appreciation of Cliff Sterrett’s great Polly and Her Pals says many of the right things: More than 50 years later, it’s difficult to explain why Cliff Sterrett’s magnificent creation never quite took flight. To be sure, “Polly” was way ahead of its time. Sterrett’s surrealistic, ­quasi-cubist artistic style was a unique fixture on […]

Webcomics alert: Whit Taylor on survival

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A lot of people have been linking toWhite Taylor’s comic about surviving a sexual assault. It’s tough reading and brave but a needed reminder about the real life pain that certain acts people blog and tweet about all day actually have. Taylor writes:

Another must read: Whit Taylor ‘On Being a Black Female “Indie” Cartoonist’

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There’s that social context for indie comics I was talking about a while ago. Following a twitter exchange, Ignatz nominee Whit Taylor expands on issues of race in indie comics circles: I feel slightly uncomfortable talking about my own experiences, because I don’t want to alienate or blame anyone. Indeed my work doesn’t appeal to […]