1/02/2010

More NonSense: 2D and Plastic Girlfriends

DAR! A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary Erika Moen and the end of DAR! A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary

What if Galactus was like climate change?

Gravity Wells: Another schematic strip by xkcd.

Ben Caldwell art blog.

Government comics.

Comics

Timothy Hodler on Art Spiegelman's book In The Shadow Of No Towers. The latest in a series of The Comics Reporter Holiday Interviews. All are worth checking out.
It is fascinating to me how much "alternative" comic-book artists have avoided the politics and history of the Bush era. It's a far cry from the underground days. I don't know whether that's good or bad, but it's understandable, as it's hard to make political art that is actually art. But I remember when Zap #15 came out, which included a Gilbert Shelton Wonder Warthog story that took on contemporary American politics. It wasn't really a particularly good strip, actually, but it still felt like something of an indictment of the timidity of so many current younger cartoonists. Then again, the culture has changed, and as I said above, I don't believe that artists have a responsibility to take on these things unless they feel the calling. It still seems remarkable that so few do feel the calling.
Alan Moore the alpha geek.

Jason Thompson on the rise and fall of the meido craze.

Bill Randall on the rise of manga in the West.

Gerry Alanguilan looks back at 2009.

The Internet

Plastic and 2d girlfriends meme Even though I spent Christmas with my family, I could have also spent it with my 2D And Plastic Girlfriends like a good otaku.

Nate Silver claims the Internet is underrated.

Will the studios please increase their online distribution?

Animation

Dan Kois picks Spirited Away as one of their films of the decade. And another critic uses Hayao Miyazaki to beat up Pixar. Pathetic really.

Geek Toys

John Siracusa poors some cold reality and analyzes the Apple Tablet rumors.

World

Dana White declares the UFC will rule the world by 2020. MWA-HA-HA-HA-HA! Dream on Dana.