Welcome to the webbed and wired edition of R&R, aristotle. We’ll be doing the same sort of song and dance here as we do in print: reviewing the latest comics and cartoon-related books and ranting about trends and abuses and unfathomable foolishnesses. Each installment will stay here for about four weeks, with a new one coming in just about every other week or so. If you don’t have the time to ponder every punctuation mark in this deathless prose and merely want to see what might be there that would interest you, we suggest you scroll down the page looking for the bold-face type that heralds the notables who reside herein this week. So here we go with Opus 428 and a reprise of Opus 428a:
Opus 428 (April 30/May17, 2022). It isn’t often that two giants in any medium die within a week of each other, but it happened this month when Neal Adams died and then George Perez died a week later. We celebrate their lives and achievements, and, as usual, we also review recent comicbooks and editoons and several books (including two reprinting EC works by Elder and Wood) and offer a way to prevent mass murders.
In order to assist you in wading through all this plethora, we’re listing Opus 428's contents below so you can pick and choose which items you want to spend time on. An asterisk* marks the longest items. Here’s what’s here, by department, in order, beginning with the news of the day—:
NOUS R US
CORRECTIONS FIRST; THEN—
Cartoonist on U.S. Postage Stamp
National Cartoonists Day Again
Ted Rall on the Supremes’ Leak
Sack Sacks Sack
An Evening Out with Grammy
FUNNYBOOK FAN FARE
Monkey Meat (again)
The Mock in Democracy
*A Selection of the Month’s Editorial Cartoons
—with a Brief Sprinkle of Gag Cartoons
NEWSPAPER COMICS PAGE VIGIL
The Bump and Grind of Daily Stripping
ACCRETION OF INTENTION DEPARTMENT
Somewhat Older Books In Need of Good Reviews, Namely—:
Obsessed with Marvel: Test Your Knowledge of the Marvel Universe
RANCID RAVES GALLERY
PEEVES & PRATFALLS
TV Commercials Are Disgustingly Taking Over
Short Reviews and Proclamations of Coming Attractions, To Wit—:
The Million Year Picnic and Other Stories
Illustrated by Will Elder with John Severin
Atom Bomb and Other Stories
Illustrated by Wallace Wood
Long Reviews, Critiques & Crotchets
*The Place To Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News
By Roger Mudd
ONE OF MY FAVORITE CARTOONS
And How It Came To Be
LONG FORM PAGINATED CARTOON STRIPS
Called Graphic Novels for the Sake of Status
By Jason Lutes
Another Favorite Cartoon of Mine
PREVENTING MASS MURDERS
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
If Not of A Lifetime
“Goddamn it, you’ve got to be kind.”—Kurt Vonnegut
Our Motto: It takes all kinds. Live and let live.
Wear glasses if you need ’em.
But it’s hard to live by this axiom in the Age of Tea Baggers,
so we’ve added another motto:
Seven days without comics makes one weak.
(You can’t have too many mottos.)
And in the same spirit, here’s—:
Chatter matters, so let’s keep talking about comics.
“If we can imagine a better world, then we can make a better world.”
And our customary reminder: when you get to the $ubscriber/Associate Section (perusal of which is restricted to paid subscribers), don’t forget to activate the “Bathroom Button” by clicking on the “print friendly version” so you can print off a copy of just this installment for reading later, at your leisure while enthroned. Without further adieu, then, here we go—:
NOUS R US
Some of All the News That Gives Us Fits
AND: NOTED IN PASSING—A CORRECTION!!!
In Opus 427a, we published the following advisory:
Watch CNN to Keep Up-to-date on the Latest Commercials.
CNN spends more time airing commercials than it does reporting the news. I’ve timed it: the usual relationship is an average of 23 minutes of commercials for every 2 minutes of news.
And here is the same notice, with the correction made (it’s two-to-three minutes, as you can see):
CNN spends more time airing commercials than it does reporting the news. I’ve timed it: the usual relationship is an average of 2-3 minutes of commercials for every 2 minutes of news.
Watching Jake Tapper a few minutes ago, the commercial I came in on took at least 4 minutes; and so did the ensuing news segment. Even. But I came in on the commercials already I progress; they’d probably been going for a minute or so before I tuned in.
Probably naive of me, but shouldn’t we get at least twice the news? Eight minutes of news vs. four minutes of commercials?
That sounds adult.
But the people that own the tv networks have another agenda. And we all know what that $tands for.
Still, I like the implication of the typo in the first version of this note. It dramatizes the inequity.
CARTOONIST ON STAMP
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