The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 7, 2018
by Dan
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The Nine Rs

Grant Snider for the New York Times. (Oh, and Grant has a book out too)

April 30, 2018
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Living with a Genius

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

April 23, 2018
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Find Your Place in the Market

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

April 10, 2018
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The Archaeology of the Book Tower

Well, this is a little close to home isn’t it? Tom Gauld for The Guardian.  On a related note, Tom’s musical cover for April 16 edition of The New Yorker is lovely.  

April 9, 2018
by Dan
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Grown Men Reading Nancy

Writing for the New York Review Books, Dash Shaw reviews How To Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden:  Today, comics are studied in colleges and reviewed in prominent magazines, but they … Continue reading

February 21, 2018
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Questions from the Audience

  By Tom Gauld for The Guardian, of course. This has happened at pretty much every event I’ve ever attended at a book festival. 

December 27, 2017
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The Ghost of Future Book Sales

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. Tom’s latest collection of cartoons, Baking With Kafka, is in stores now. 

November 8, 2017
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Memoir, Chapter 1

Oh, Batman. (Zachary Kanin for The New Yorker). 

September 29, 2017
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It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged…

Tom’s new book, Baking with Kafka, is now available in the UK from Canongate Books, and in the US and Canada from D+Q next month.

September 21, 2017
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No Offense!

Argentinian cartoonist Liniers celebrating Steven King’s birthday today: (I think it roughly translates as “I’m reading a scary book. ‘It’ by Stephen King… It’s about a clown monster with pointed teeth that appears to a chil… No offense!”)

September 15, 2017
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Jeet Heer on Jack Kirby

At the New Republic, Jeet Heer looks back at the work of Jack Kirby, the cartoonist who shaped the Marvel Universe and remade popular culture:  The superhero stories Kirby created or inspired have dominated American comic books for nearly 75 … Continue reading

September 5, 2017
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At Least She’s Reading

Another back to school appropriate comic, this time by J.A.K. (AKA Jason Adam Katzenstein) for The New Yorker: 

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