Since I’ve pretty much got no voice right now, this blogpost will be conveyed via the medium of interpretive dance.
No, let’s not. How about a visit to the Fleen Mailbag?
- Over the past couple of months, a number of readers have written talking about how they just discovered Lackadaisy. Is this the start of a groundswell? A well-orchestrated astroturf campaign? Or mere coincidence? Whichever, it’s a good read, with cute animals acting out a Jazz Era story of speakeasies and bootlegging, rendered in delicate sepia.
- Even if the comic in question weren’t worth reading (and it is), Tom Pappalardo’s Broken Lines is worth your examination because man! Look at the design of that page and those books. I couldn’t possibly tell you why, but the design visuals just hooked themselves into my brain and are making me say Preeeetty.
Possibility: the typography is similar to a lot that I saw at the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp, which is like the Louvre for type geeks. I spent a happy afternoon there drooling over Claude Garamond’s original punches and matricies, whose proportions and aesthetics I find reflected in the pages of Broken Lines. Plus, the comic itself has a cowboy and an astronaut on a roadtrip to adventure!
- Alert reader Andrew de Weerd wrote to point us towards an interesting project; a friend of his, a middle school teacher, has begun a diary webcomic of sort as a class project. I’ve held this story for a while, knowing that middle schoolers don’t always have the greatest tenacity with respect to ongoing projects, but Tales From Waltersland has done a decent job of updating two-three times a week for a month now.
It’s not the most polished work you’re going to find, but it’s interesting if only for the fact that such a project exists in the first place. This first iteration will probably be wrapping for summer break soon, but I’m interested to see how TFW might develop and improve across the course of an entire academic year. Tune in again at the end of summer, and we’ll find out together.
- From the pages of ACT-I-VATE, Rami Efal has published Never Forget, Never Forgive, a story of warfare, vengeance, and redemption in medieval Japan. What caught me wasn’t the description of the book, but the story of its inspiration:
NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGIVE were the common calls Rami Efal, the author and illustrator who is also a descendent of Holocaust survivors, heard while growing up in Israel. The infant author was puzzled: “Whom will one forgive if not one’s enemies?”
Ink-heavy, occasionally scratchy, shadow-laden style to the art; anybody that likes the work of Goseki Kojima is encouraged to look closely at this one.