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Archive - Sep 20, 2010

Comix Talk for Monday, September 20, 2010

One Year of Guilded Age by Campbell, Kahn and Henderson

MILESTONES: A little late but it was Guilded Age's one year anniversary this month.  RESPECT!

CONVENTIONS: I went from a weekend of comics overload to a weekend of coaching girls soccer.  Just what are the differences there...  Anyhow still haven't finished my SPX/Intervention Report yet (but still planning on it) so here's other folks interesting comments:

CRAFT: I thought this post by Jeph where he showed how a QC strip worked with different fonts was interesting. If you go with digital font over hand-lettering you're presented with a huge set of options -- I can understand how you might want to change it up after 1500 strips.

INTERVIEWS: CBR has an interview with Shaenon Garrity, currently working on the daily comic Skin Horse.

REVIEWS: Johanna Draper Carlson reviews Gordon McAlpin's first print volume of Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show and Delos has a review of The Checkered Man.  I also posted a review of Joann Sfar's graphic novel adaptation of The Little Prince.

BATTLE OF BRITANNIA:  Kris Straub is apparently in England as we speak.  I have this half-formed Beatles = Half Pixel joke in my head; "hey which Half Pixel is Kris?" but maybe I'll leave the jokes to the properly caffeinated this morning.

The Little Prince Adapted by Joann Sfar

The Little Prince Adapted by Joann SfarJoann Sfar is a fantastic comic artist - he is well-known as part of the new wave of Franco-Belgian comics and was also the artist on the multi-volume all ages series Sardine in Outer Space. He has done a marvelous job of adapting the famous tale of The Little Prince to comics.  And let's be sure to hand out credit as well to Sarah Ardizzone who translated Sfar's adaptation into English. 

The tale of The Little Prince is fairly famous at this point. Author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote the story while in America during World War II. It was published in 1943,  the year before de Saint-Exupéry joined Free French forces and ultimately crashed over the Mediterranean on a reconnaissance mission during the war. It is one of the most popular books of the last century, translated in many languages.  It is often described as a philosophical tale but it is also clearly autobiographical in a sense.  Saint-Exupéry flew for many years, often working for national post services.  On December 30, 1935, he crashed in the Libyan Sahara desert.  Along with his navigator, Saint-Exupéry survived three days in the desert with extreme dehydration and hallucinations.  They were rescued on the fourth day by a Bedouin traveling by camel.  The Little Prince begins with a pilot crashed in the desert, needing to fix his plane and escape before succumbing to the heat and dehydration.