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Après Le Deluge

Yeah, not really any closer to easily working today. Here’s some things that I wanted to talk about yesterday.

  • Kinokofry is characterized by really large, painterly, whimsical — almost delicate — vertically-oriented strips with labor-intensive-looking art. Also, pastel bugs & mushroom folk. Rebecca Clements would do well to crank out more than one of these every couple weeks, so for her to have hit the fabled 100 updates mark is perhaps a teensy bit more of an accomplishment than for another strip (and that’s before we mention that Clements lives and draws in Melbourne, which puts her at a remove from many of her colleagues). Everybody feel good for Rebecca!
  • Speaking of webcomics à la antipodes, Ryan Armand’s Kiwis By Beat! (see, because Kiwis come from New Zealand and that’s near Australia and … never mind) store has something you want and/or need. It’s Great (volume one), the story of striving, excelling, beating up goons with a chair, and ramen. Highly recommended.
  • Raina Telgemeier continues to kick ass and take names with SMILE, which has just been named to the short list for this year’s Boston Globe/Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature; basically, it’s one of two runners-up to the winner of the nonfiction category in this esteemed and highly respected awards series (awarded annually since 1967). But the real news makes Telgemeier’s accomplishment all the more impressive:

    This is the first time a graphic novel has made it onto the list.

    Think of every graphic novel that’s been aimed at (or appropriate for) younger readers, ever, in the history of the medium; they didn’t get he recognition that’s been afforded to SMILE. My guess? It won’t be another 43 years before we see the second graphic novel honored, nor before it takes the top award. Well done, Ms Telgemeier.

  • Finally, break out the sewing machines and prosthetic limbs; free stuff for [p]re-enacting Dresden Codak comics.

Great to see you recognise & acknowledge all the work and the milestone that Rebecca Clements (Kinkofry) has reached.

But I do need to question your statement that she “lives and draws in Melbourne, which puts her at a remove from many of her colleagues”.
With so many fantastic web & print comic artists residing in Melbourne (and in Australia for that matter), I do not feel that your statement is totally accurate.

Perhaps you simply meant that Rebecca has created some strong friendships with other successful comic artists overseas?

And with tools like twitter, I do not know how much of a remove that actually creates these days.

I only raise this as I am witness to many Australian comic artists pining to be like the “real” comic creators overseas, rather than taking pride in their local/national colleagues as well.

I, for one, believe ALL comic artists need to be global in our thinking whilst still supporting and connecting with out local colleagues where possible.

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