News, Views and Oddities, a fortnightly feature where we link to various bits and bobs which have grabbed our attention, encompassing comics, books, illustration, design and film. Clicking fingers at the ready.
To kick off with great art, as is tradition: this short STYROFOAM stop-motion film, created by Marilyn Myller is simply amazing (it's been shown at Sundance and various film festivals, picked up numerous awards, but it's the first time it's been available to watch online).
Fantagraphics have announced they'll be publishing Liz Suburbia's Sacred Heart; Brigid Alverson has the news and a n interview with Subrbia here.
David Walker writes briefly about his SDCC experience, and the existence and visibility of comic creators of colour.
Lizz Lunney is doing a One-a-Day comics series for August and she’s taking suggestions. You can participate via commenting on her blog, Facebook, or tweet, using the hashtag #oneaday.
The Retrofit books by Anne Emond, James Kochalka, and Box Brown are now available for pre-order; they'll be making their debut at SPX in September.
Artist Lucy Sparrow has created an art installation, The Cornershop, which replicates a grocery store... in felt. Sparrow has stitched and stuffed everything from shopping till, to biscuits to pregnancy tests in the soft fabric, and all the items are up for sale, too. You have to check this one out.
Comics you should read:
- I love this comic from Richie Pope- perfect.
- The New Yorker asks Bob Eckstein to walk around New York and draw his favourite bookstores.
- The Peanut Box on war and Palestine.
- Food comics are the best comics- this by Maddie Sharafian.
- New Kate Beaton comics here and here and here.
- Daniel So's Those Days Were Diamond.
- Ian M's old comic interview of Seth has found its way online.