The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

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: 

August 28, 2017
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A Cocoon Over There!

‘A Cocoon Over There!’ is a lovely cartoon about going back to school by Argentinian cartoonist Liniers for the New York Times Book Review: Liniers has a new kids book out this fall from Toon Books called Goodnight, Planet.

June 13, 2017
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The Appointment

Tom Gauld takes a look at editing process for The Guardian.  Tom’s recent comic ‘Editor’s Letter’ for the New York Times Magazine‘s ‘New York Stories‘ comic strip issue is also great:  Tom illustrated a story by Andy Newman called View Finder, … Continue reading

May 16, 2017
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Poets with Cellphones

Stephen Collins for The Guardian. 

May 3, 2017
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Put Your Faith in Comics

At The New Yorker, Jia Tolentino profiles G. Willow Wilson, the writer behind Ms. Marvel, a superhero who is (in her current incarnation) a teenage Muslim from Jersey City: The première of “Ms. Marvel” sold more copies digitally than it did in print—a company first. Marvel doesn’t … Continue reading

April 13, 2017
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Dystopia

Tom Gauld for The Guardian.

March 31, 2017
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Talking Coffee

I related to Twisted Doodles comics about talking coffee a little too much… 

March 20, 2017
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Will You Help Us Destroy the Evil Galactic Empire?

Tom Gauld for The Guardian. (I’m working on my sardonically witty literary novel as we speak.)

March 15, 2017
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Will Eisner Centenary

On the centenary of his birth, The Society of Illustrators in New York is celebrating the life of cartoonist Will Eisner with an exhibition of his work, including original artwork from his graphic novels A Contract with God (1978) and Life on Another Planet (1983), … Continue reading

March 4, 2017
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40 Years of 2000AD

The Guardian looks back on 40 years of British weekly SF comic 2000AD: Forty years ago on 26 February, something extraordinary happened to British comics. Newsagents’ shelves were suddenly stuffed with a brand new title, its masthead garish red and yellow, with … Continue reading

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