Give in to nostalgia. I have, and I’m happier for it. Today I finished reading The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes, and tomorrow I’ll begin its follow-up, The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes…if I can wait. These comics are as funny and gorgeous today as I remember them being in my childhood, and apparently I’m not the only one whose mind lingers on the comic strip. A recent documentary, Dear Mr. Watterson, is many a fan’s love letter to cartoonist Bill Watterson and his art.
“I hope that the international community will be moved by the detail, the amount, the long duration, the great suffering and the many tears that have existed in North Korea to act on the crimes against humanity. [...] We can’t say we didn’t know.“
–Judge Michael Donald Kirby
(1) “Report of the commission of inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea“
(2) The Orphan Master’s Son, a Pulitzer-winning novel by Adam Johnson
Yesterday Marvel Comics released the first issue in a new series, Ms. Marvel. The title has been widely publicized, such as in The Boston Globe, for its use of a Pakistani-American, Muslim lead character, the first mainstream comic to do so, but having read the premier I can happily report that the comic isn’t only breaking new ground–it also holds its ground thanks to smart dialogue à la Joss Whedon (penned by G. Willow Wilson, author of Air) and lively, packed panels (art by Adrian Alphona, best known for Runaways). My only beef is that issue #2 doesn’t hit stands till late March! It’s cruel of Marvel to make us wait!
I like the idea of trailers for books, like trailers promote movies, but most book trailers I’ve seen are essentially CGI renditions of the books’ covers. Not true of the trailer for B. J. Novak’s One More Thing.
I’m more excited for Babadook than any upcoming blockbusters, but the Australian film, about a haunted pop-up book, has just played Sundance and doesn’t yet have a distributor. The below trailer will have to suffice for now.