Creators | Shaenon Garrity chronicles Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s recent return to the public eye. While Watterson stopped drawing the strip in 1995, he recently provided a painting for the Team Cul De Sac charity, did an interview and created a poster for the documentary Stripped, and contributed as a guest artist to Stephan Pastis’ Pearls Before Swine comic strip. [Paste Magazine]
Comics | Some bonus Calvin and Hobbes content: Adam Weinstein looks at the history of those “peeing Calvin” decals, with a short road trip into the “praying Calvin” variant. [Gawker]
Creators | Marc Sobel interviews Ganges creator Kevin Huizenga. [The Comics Journal]
Creators | Sam Eggleston, himself an independent comics creator, writes about the Michigan comics scene and talks to a couple of creators. (Sam is too modest to mention his own comics in the article, but you can find more information on his website.) [Second Wave]
Creators | Artist Afua Richardson talks about her life as a comics artist and being black and female in a field that’s dominated by white men. “What I think ends up happening is a lot of aspiring black creators often make these kind of cliché comics. They make comics about the hood or about Egypt and they don’t push the perimeters of what being black can be defined as. Perhaps they think that because there’s not a lot of black protagonists, people should support them, regardless of the quality of their work… Beyond popular belief, Black people are not a niche market. The concepts, the stories, the things that blacks as a whole have contributed to humanity go beyond hip-hop and the streets.” [Black Enterprise]
Creators | Mariko Kato has a brief interview with Kazuto Tatsuta, creator of 1F: The Labor Diary of Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant: “I wanted to show what the media doesn’t report, like the workers’ expressions and how they lounge around in the resting area.”[Wired]
Retailing | Daniel Dalton’s pictorial on beautiful bookstores of London includes two comics shops, Forbidden Planet and Gosh! Comics. [Buzzfeed]
Conventions | Brian Fies, creator of Mom’s Cancer, files a photo-filled con report on the Baltimore Comics and Medicine conference. [The Fies Files]
Exhibits | Belgium celebrates the 50th anniversary of Turkish immigration with a display of French and Belgian comics that feature Turkish characters. [Daily Sabah]
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