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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Reading Comics

Posted by John Holbo on 07/02/08 at 11:44 AM

I’m organizing a book event for Doug Wolk’s Reading Comics [amazon], which is now out in paperback. The event will be nominally hosted here. I got to know Doug on the strength of mocking him with my masterful New Skrullicism post of yore. Then I read this great book of his, which only made me like him more. I posted about it here. Anyway, this post is mostly a heads-up that the event is going to happen round aboutish July 10. I’ve already got participants lined up, but several people are going to participate just by posting on their own blogs so you are welcome to show up in the usual ‘I’ve got a blog too’ way.

In other news: I’ve really been enjoying a lot of music by people named Finn. The two albums currently on heavy rotation are The Hold Steady’s Stay Positive (lead singer Craig Finn) and Liam Finn’s “I’ll Be Lightning”. A couple YouTube links: Liam Finn’s “Second Chance" and The Hold Steady’s “Little Hoodrat Friend" and “The Swish". But the one you really need to listen to and watch is “Stuck Between Stations". Bruce Springsteen wishes he was as awesome as vaguely Randy Newmanesque Craig Finn. Who is apparently starved for groupies. I’m not really eligible myself.


"Wolk” is “Cloud” in Dutch. Coincidence? Maybe. (Looking forward to the event, paranoia aside.)

Also, for your Finn-themed playlist, Tim and Neill Finn had a band named Split Enz (http://youtube.com/watch?v=1wCbB0uMlkA) before Crowded House bled the 70s out of them.

By Tikitu on 07/03/08 at 07:51 AM | Permanent link to this comment

"Wolke” is “cloud” in German! And there are thinking clouds on the dust jacket of Reading Comics! Awfully clever!

And I second Tikitu’s anticipation of the book event! So much so that I shall add another exclamation mark to this comment!

By on 07/03/08 at 08:08 AM | Permanent link to this comment

You might want to check out these philosophical comics by the Unillustrated Illustrator.

By Bill Benzon on 07/03/08 at 10:20 AM | Permanent link to this comment

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