Monthly Archive for August, 2007

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Missive from Berlin

Sorry for the apathy here, this last week and-a-half or so. All that will change. Right now, I just gotta get back from Germany where I’ve been spending a little time, first in Hamburg, now in Berlin. There’s a lot of good stuff here, some of which I’ll try to post on these next few days, once I’m actually at a machine that’ll allow me to upload images and such. Hang in there – we’ve also got a bunch of other good shit coming up.

The Big Crossover

beaty_unpop.jpgAs a long-time reader and fan of Bart Beaty’s Comics Journal column, “Euro-Comics for Beginners”, today continued as “Conversational Euro-Comics” at Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter, I have been looking forward to Beaty’s book on the new wave of European comics since I first heard he was working on it, several years ago. Now it is here, it is called Unpopular Culture – Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s, and it does not disappoint, though it raises a number of interesting and somewhat problematic questions.

Only a few, if any, people besides Beaty could have written this panoramic survey of the development of the comics medium in Europe over the last decade-and-a-half. As someone who has followed the scene with great interest, and even published on it – and also experienced Beaty in the flesh on several occasions – I can whole-heartedly vouch for his commitment, knowledge and critical acumen in this area.
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Arrivederci, Maestro

The clip above is taken from L’Eclisse (1962), showing the place where the lovers (Alain Delon and Monica Vitti) are supposed to meet – but alas, they don’t, and thus the camera has to film something else. 100% Antonioni, don’t fight it – feel it.

Michelangelo Antonioni 1912-2007 RIP