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Nary A Bang Nor Whimper; DINETTE SET, We Hardly Knew Ye

4/12/2015
Julie Larson’s cult favorite single panel comic strip Dinette Set has folded, closing without so much as a whimper, much less a bang on  Nov. 29.
di150117Larson began the strip in 1990 as Suburban Torture, and appeared in several alternate press weeklies including the L.A. Reader.  In 1997 she began syndicating the strip to mainstream newspapers under the title Dinette Set and featuring slightly toned down (i.e., less frightening looking) versions of her characters.di150427While many readers loved her sharp skewering of modern day Babbits, the strip never found a widespread audience, and after 25 years Ms Larson has opted to close up shop.di151003It is a pity, and she will be missed by those who noticed.
For you late comers to the party,
the Dinette Set archives are still up
at GoComics.com, tho for how much
longer no one can tell.
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Nous Avons Tous Eté Là, Mon Ami

26/11/2015

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Vous pouvez trouver plus d’ Boulet ici.

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Charles Bukowski On His Liver

12/11/2015

Charles Bukowski I write as a function

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Boulet Reveals The Secret

29/05/2015

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The truth is:  It takes lots and lots of very hard work…

…and we are lucky bastards.

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Thanx to
Tom Spurgeon’s
The Comics Reporter
for the tip off.

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Deadlines…

15/04/2015

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…they’re like that.

Go check out Wendy Doodle
Wendy Sullivan-Green ‘s
incredible art blog!

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“La Chasse au Major” by Moebius

4/04/2015

La Chasse au Major by Moebius

What were you expecting for Easter, hmmm?  A rubber biscuit?

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An Eccentric Ensemble Of Easter Symbology

31/03/2015

a wiggle o’
the bunny ears
to Percy Trout

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Roy Doty (1922 – 2015)

18/03/2015

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I’ve posted before on Roy Doty, and so it saddens me to report his death via Tom Spurgeon’s The Comics Reporter.

I have nothing to add to the enthusiasm I’ve shown for his work in the past.  He was a marvelous cartoonist, accomplishing more with simple clean lines that most artists can do with all the fancy filigrees they can throw on the page.  He said of himself “What could be nicer? I sit and draw funny pictures and people send me money.

There’s a term “the jazz musicians’ musician” meaning an artist of exceptional talent and ability who is just so good at what they do that the uninitiated don’t recognize or fully appreciate it, but those who are trying to make their own mark in the field realize what genius they possess.

Roy Doty was a cartoonists’ cartoonist.

RIP
ROY

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“Poet And King” by Charles Buxton Going

23/01/2015

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Poet And King by Charles Buxton Going

art by Władysław Benda 

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KING KIRBY: a play by Fred Van Lente & Crystal Skillman

6/01/2015

“The Midtown Comics Podcast has teamed up the husband and wife team of comic book writer Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skillman to present their play, King Kirby. King Kirby was performed for a live audience this summer, but now it’s presented to you in audio format for the first time for free!”

Jack Kirby is my nameBrief review based on my personal knowledge of Jack:

Hits several (but not all) keynotes in Jack’s long and illustrious career as well as several (but again, far from all) of the most prominent abuses shoveled on him directly and indirectly by the comics industry.  Based on my first hand experience with them, gives an adequate but not altogether thorough idea of what Jack and Roz were like, and what Stan Lee is like; I wouldn’t say this is a grievous fault since it’s hard to sum up the wonderful complexity of any human being in just an hour’s time, much less four people (Joe Simon is the 4th major role in the piece; I have no first hand knowledge of him).

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The actors cast in the roles (Steven Rattazi and Amy Lee Pearsall) remind me of Jack and Roz as opposed to sounding like Jack and Roz, but they’re fine performers and their interpretations of Jack and Roz’ personalities are nice tributes to their memories (Nat Cassidy as Stan Lee comes much closer, but that’s because there is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to sound bytes by Stan).

The complexities of the various business deals and legal conflicts that marked both Jack’s personal career and the comics industry as a whole are streamlined but at least presented with enough detail to make the issues understandable to audiences unfamiliar with them.

In short:  I really, really enjoyed this and recommend it highly to everyone.

Jack Kirby and his creations

Thanx to Midtown Comics for staging and recording this live reading of comic book writer Fred Van Lente and playwright Crystal Skillman’s play:  When in Manhattan go visit Midtown Comics — it’s a helluva great store!

And a special thanx to Tom Spurgeon’s
The Comics Reporter for the tip off.

And yeah, I know some people are going to say the Spider-Man depicted here is Steve Ditko’s design; nonetheless, Jack took the first swing at designing the character and passed the job on to Ditko because he was so busy with other books.

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