The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

May 3, 2017
by Dan
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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

January 11, 2013
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Flavorwire asked a number of prominent designers — including Coralie Bickford-Smith, John Gall, Peter Mendelsund and Barbara deWilde —  to choose their favourite book covers designs from the previous year. I feel a slight tinge of regret that the cover … Continue reading

December 7, 2012
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

Down the River — An interview with Sean Howe, author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, at The Phoenix: Marvel is this narrative tapestry that all of these people have worked on and passed on. It’s sort of like television … Continue reading

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