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Go out with you? Why not... Do I like to dance? Of course! Take a walk along the beach tonight? I'd love to. But don't try to touch me. Don't try to touch me. Because that will never happen again. "Past, Present and Future"-The Shangri-Las

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Months Late, Dollars Short

A bit behind the times, but here's a few pix from The Charlotte Heroescon.

It's Kevin Huizenga, of Or Else and Ganges comics! His blend of Cheeveresque suburban mythologising and Nintendorobic monster faceoffs has made him one of the rising stars of my generation... okay, my brother's generation of cartoonists. Here you can see him drawing me a sketch. Thanks, Kevin!

Here I am with Tom Spurgeon, the Comics Reporter. Ever since he was editor of The Comics Journal he's been shaping my sense of how to grapple with art in a personal, even-keeled but incisive fashion.

Jaime Hernandez, one of the greatest living cartoonists, period! If you're not familiar with Jaime, go find the Love & Rockets comic book and get acquainted with his and his brothers' cast of characters. He was a joy to speak with; we discussed his roots in punk culture and how that shaped his DIY approach to comic storytelling. He answered my question about how he views Strangers in Paradise, a popular comic that I regard as little more that a tepid emo pastiche of Jaime's work (He sees the resemblance, acknowledges that SiP creator Terry Moore denies imitating Jaime, and shrugs). And...

he drew us a picture of Maggie, his main character!

And here's how I felt about that.

Photos courtesy of Laurie.

1 comment:

FLT3 said...

WHAT!!! NO MR.MAGOO? By George, I'm going to fire off a strongly worded letter to someone! WHERE THE DEVIL IS MY WRITING PAPER?

(I will not try to visually replicate the distinctive Jim Backus mumble, but rest assured that said irascible and unintelligible mutter of displeasure is duly verbalized.)