Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Cool World

What better way to celebrate a sunny Wednesday (it's the day that new comic books hit the shelves, you Philistine) than to pop over to Kirkus and read the new 2008 Graphic Spotlight. For my part, I got to interview some very cool purveyors of the graphic arts including Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy; Max Brooks, who gave us World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide; historian Todd DePastino, who has curated a terrific new collection of the WWII cartoons of Bill Mauldin; and Takashi Okazaki, the gifted manga artist whose twisted mind launched Afro Samurai. Oh, and Dean Koontz, talking about some bloke named Odd Thomas.

The rest of the special is well worth delving into, too. Other spotlights include interviews with Lynda Barry, Jeffrey Brown, Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Bryan K. Vaughan. And Method Man. Can't forget Method Man, man.

As a little treat before lunch, here's a little bigger look at the cover of The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks.

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