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Good News?

At least, no news regarding Jess Fink’s latest run-in with an appropriator. Meanwhile, it’s really nice out today in New York City, so let’s wrap this sumbitch up quickly and get on to the weekend.

  • Ten years of Narbonic (okay, six years of original strips, into the fourth year of director’s cut replay) deserves a bit of celebration. If you order the anniversary print now, you’ll most likely have it back from the framers in time for the actual day (31 July).
  • Speaking of anniversaries, Jimbo Hillin would have you remember that Wireheads has crossed the four year mark, which is a not-inconsiderable achievement:

    What started out as a shout-out on the ridiculous notion (and people) about doing visual effects for a living, has evolved into (what else?) a comic about people doing the best they can to get by in awful situations, with egos the size of Kansas and terrible deadlines. Doing my best to be working on the fourth book of comics to be ready for Comic-Con.

    I met Jimbo last year at SDCC, and he’s one of the nicest, most down-to-earth people I’ve ever encountered. If you aren’t familiar with Wireheads, I’d say it’s time for an archive crawl.

  • Nice review of Gunnerkrigg Court‘s second volume over at The AV Club today; they’ve quite rightly acknowledged that creator Tom Siddell is a master of world-building. It may take a dozen or more books to merely clear up all the implied story background that he’s given us so far, and in that time he’ll undoubtedly provide many more for us to wonder about. Even nicer is the recent news that Siddell will be at SDCC this year, which I believe marks his first appearance on North American shores.
  • Finally, a bit of rationality across the bows of the non-rational, courtesy of a brilliant bit of investigative cartooning: the story of how the vicious lie that vaccination = autism started. As you’ll learn, it wasn’t a mistake or misinterpretation of science that has led so many people to deny their children the immunizations that could have easily saved their lives. If you ever wondered how easy it was to start a moral panic (and the hideous costs that others will pay as result), here’s your answers.
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