Out and about

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Department of What Should’ve Been, Part #22,957: A test film for an anime adaptation of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo strip, directed by Whisper of the Heart’s Yoshifumi Kondo. Kondo’s one and only feature, written by Hayao Miyazaki, is among my favorite Studio Ghibli films. Kondo’s wry, subtle sensibility and concentration on the slow, domestic and quotidian had more in common with Ghibli’s other master Isao Takahata than with Miyazaki, but this two-minute clip shows off his skill with the fanciful as well. He was being groomed as the next great lead director in Ghibli’s stable when he died of an aneurysm at age 47. I guess we’ll have to make do with the strips themselves.

Speaking of all-ages comics and illustrated books, editor extraordinaire Francoise Mouly is on the move. The RAW co-founder and New Yorker art director has created Toon Books, a new line devoted to children’s comics. Over at Panels & Pixels, Chris Mautner has a loooooong interview with Mouly about the new venture. (On a related note, Jeet Heer argues convincingly that Mouly’s design and editorial influence have been seminal to the development of comics.)

It looks like Outer Life is back to posting on a semi-regular basis. Here’s two new essays on life in suburbia: “Ear Candy” and “To Serve and Deflect.” Go read them.

The filthiest advice columnist you can imagine writes a sweet, foulmouthed ode to his recently departed mother. It’s rare that Dan Savage can force a lump in my throat but he’s had a rough week.

Sunset Gun pays tribute to the recently departed Richard Widmark by reposting her review of Don’t Bother to Knock, starring Widmark and a young Marilyn Monroe. The Siren gets into obit mode, too, with thoughtful reflections on Jules Dassin and Charlton Heston.

Five Branch Tree surprises himself by liking a work of art by Damien Hirst.

Girish asks the pertinent question: why blog? His emphasis on the intertwining of teaching and learning is terrific, as is—always true for his blog; how does he do it?—the comments section.

That is all.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in RogerEbert.com, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (https://tinyletter.com/Walter_Biggins).
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