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Comics A.M. | Fantagraphics’ first Pogo collection finally goes to press

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Comics A.M. | Fantagraphics’ first <i>Pogo</i> collection finally goes to press

Publishing | Mark Evanier, who is providing editorial assistance on Fantagraphics’ long-awaited Walt Kelly Pogo collections, notes that the first volume has gone to print. “My friend, the lovely Carolyn Kelly, lovingly supervised the loving restoration of her lovely father’s lovely strip and she also did the lovely design of this lovely book and its lovely dust jacket and the lovely imprints under that lovely dust jacket. Sure sounds like a labor of love to me. Not that the contents need any help but the strips are supplemented by a foreword from writer (and friend o’ Walt’s) Jimmy Breslin and essays/annotations by Steve Thompson, R.C. Harvey and myself. If I were you, I’d read all that text stuff after I read the strips themselves about eleven times.” [News from Me]

Comics | Todd Allen runs through some of the “actual changes” to the DC titles come September, noting the eight new (or fairly new, or returning after being absent) writers, plus four who have been “poached” from Vertigo. [Indignant Online]

Comics | Martin Wisse takes The Atlantic to task for publishing an “utterly dull and middlebrow” list of 10 nonfiction graphic novels they called “masterpieces.” He notes that when commenters call out the author for not listing any works by Joe Sacco, she responds that she “chickened out” on including Footnotes in Gaza because “the topic is so polarizing.” Tom Spurgeon has commentary as well, noting, “It’s galling that an author can admit to not including something for publication because they were afraid of Internet reprisals and not be automatically fired and/or laughed out of town.” [Wis[s]e Words, The Comics Reporter]

Manga | Former manga editor and adapter Lianne Sentar casts a critical eye on Tired of Waiting for Love, the first manga localized by an amateur translator for the Digital Manga Guild. [Sleep Is For the Weak]

Passings | French cartoonist Jean Tabary, co-creator of the Iznogoud series, passed away late last week at the age of 81. [The Comics Reporter]

Art | Dana Jennings looks at five recent comic art books, including James Jean’s Rebus and IDW’s Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor. [The New York Times]

Manga | Alvin Lu, senior vice president and general manager of Viz Media, sits down with ICv2 for a two-part interview about the state of the manga market, the effect of the Border’s bankruptcy, and the future of digital manga. [ICv2: Part 1, Part 2]

Creators | Eva Volin continues her series of video interviews with comics creators with a talk with Ryan Sias, who contributed to the Flight anthology and creator of the new kids’ comic Zoe and Robot: Let’s Pretend. [Good Comics for Kids]

Creators | Francoise Mouly’s commencement address to students at the Center for Cartoon Studies traces her own odyssey from her first night in New York City (spent locked in a room at the YMCA) to her current career as publisher of TOON Books and art editor of the New Yorker, ending with the command “Here, now, is your diploma. Think of it as a map and go get lost.” [CCS Visiting Artist Blog]

Review | The market is flooded with vintage Archie anthologies, but Sean Gaffney checks out the recession-friendly (400+ pages for $9.99) The Best of Archie Comics, and finds it very satisfying. [A Case Suitable for Treatment]

Webcomics | Johanna Draper Carlson lists the webcomics she discovered at last weekend’s Baltimore Comic Con. [Comics Worth Reading]

Conventions | Caleb Goellner calls out the panels that may be of interest to comic fans at this weekend’s gaming convention PAX. [ComicsAlliance]

Comic strips | Jon Carroll pens an appreciation of Walt Kelly’s Pogo, a newspaper strip that has fallen into undeserved obscurity. [SFGate]

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