Comics Lowdown | Alan Moore script on eBay

Plus: New graphic novels by the Mayor of Montreal and rapper Rico Nasty

Auction Watch: An unpublished Alan Moore script is being auctioned off on eBay. The 35-page script was written circa 1997 for a Wildstorm one-shot, Gen13 Annual: The Coming of the Collector!, which was never completed or published.

Scott Dunbier, who is auctioning off the script, acquired it when he was an editor at Wildstorm. Proceeds from the auction, which has Moore’s blessing, will benefit inker Bob Wiacek, who is suffering from vision problems that prevent him from working.

You can also donate directly to Wiacek via this GoFundMe project.

Graphic Novel News: Rapper Rico Nasty has announced she will publish a comic, Nightmare Vacay, as a companion piece to her debut studio album of the same name. The graphic novel, which Nasty co-created with Jarrett Williams, is a sci-fi fantasy in which her spaceship crashes, and she and her friends must fight androids. It will be published by Z2 Comics in January 2021. Also in the works from Z2: Elvis: The Graphic Novel.

Editorial Cartoons: Political cartoonist Jake Fuller says the Gainesville Sun dropped him as a freelancer because of events beyond his control. Fuller says that a county commissioner complained that the cartoon (above) was in bad taste because of a recent double homicide and domestic violence, but he turned in the cartoon several days before the double homicide took place. “Like how am I supposed to know? I did it four, almost five days ahead of time,” he said, adding “And in my defense, the imagery has been used countless times in editorial cartooning.” In a statement responding to the allegations, the newspaper pointed out that Fuller had not been an employee of the paper for some time but was working on a freelance basis. “His cartoon that ran Sunday caused us to reevaluate that arrangement, but it was not the sole reason that we decided to stop publishing his cartoons,” the statement said, without further details.

Legal: People Magazine reports that “New Yorker Cartoonist” Daniel P. Shanahan has been arrested on a single charge of possession of child pornography; although Shanahan has been publishing cartoons in the New Yorker since the 1990s, his last cartoon appeared there in February 2020.

Interviews

Drawing of Valerie Plante and Delphie Côté-Lacroix, by Delphie Côté-Lacroix
Drawing of Mayor Valerie Plante and Delphie Côté-Lacroix, by Delphie Côté-Lacroix

Hometown Hero: The Montreal Gazette has a nice interview with Mayor Valerie Plante, whose graphic novel about her first campaign has just been published by Drawn and Quarterly. Plante’s collaborator on the project was artist Delphie Côté-Lacroix.

Drawing and Writing: Adrian Tomine discusses his latest graphic novel, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, on Wisconsin Public Radio. Tomine notes that he simplified his style considerably for the new book, after spending seven years working on his previous graphic novel, Killing and Dying.

Manga Update: Dallas Middaugh talks about the digital manga service Mangamo in a video interview recorded live with Anime News Network’s Rebecca Silverman.

Podcast Alert: Kevin Budnik is the featured guest on Idle Curiosities. Mike Curato, creator of Flamer, guests on The Yarn.

Reviews and Commentary

At TCJ, Robert Kirby calls Michel Rabagliati’s Paul at Home “a masterclass in comics storytelling.”

Amy Walker reviews Paris 2119, by the French creator Zep.

At the New York Times, Grace Lin looks at Tales of the Halfling King, by David Bowles and Charlene Bowles, the first of 10 planned graphic novels based on David Bowles’ Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico.

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