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The Manual for Civilization: a curation of books for our future

The Long Now Foundation has scrambled up the the idea of a reading list. Instead of the typical what we’re reading now list. Or, our favorite summer reads list. They’ve asked us to imagine reading beyond our lifetimes by posing the question: What Books Would You Choose to Restart Civilization? With the the goal of: […]

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Four Panel Friday: Aaron Linton’s Found Object Comics

Aaron Linton? A mystery. His website is simple. A two page nav – Images and Contact. No “about me”. No “start here”. I dig. No Twitter. No Facebook. Not even instagram. I dig even more. Only a collection of stunning images assembled with mixed materials. His art is like stop motion animation on pause. Have […]

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Four Panel Friday: Brian Roppel’s Force of Habit

Brian Roppel’s comics are action packed. His panels explode with movement. Looking at his art brings back the same delight I got watching Nicktoons as a kid. Based in Toronto, Brian works in multiple mediums – comics, illustration, and animation. Check out his back catalog here. From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to […]

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Four Panel Friday: Mark Connery’s A Tragedy

Mark Connery‘s Rudy has a long history. Rudy’s been appearing in mini-comics since the early 90s. Mark’s comics are punk. His distribution is punk. His publisher – 2dcloud is punk. As this 2014 Comics Journal review by Robert Kirby describes: Connery, a Torontonian, has been producing his minis and comics himself, distributing them through the […]

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Podcasted: Alan Jacobs and Brett McKay on How to Get More Pleasure and Fulfillment Out of Your Reading.

If you don’t want a guilt trip on reading more than Alan Jacobs is for you. Few people speak as eloquently on reading as Alan Jacobs. Few people are less judgmental hoity-toity arses speaking on reading as Alan Jacobs. So when Brett McKay recently interviewed Alan on how reading should bring pleasure and fulfillment to […]

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Four Panel Friday: Stormy Weather

One of the best parts of doing Four Panel Friday each week is discovering new cartoonists. Today, Erik Nebel steps to the drafting table. He’s currently at work “on a bunch of comics projects”. What will he conjure up? From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids By: Ivan Brunetti

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Four Panel Friday: The Magician

Davide Bart Salvemini is an Italian cartoonist based in Bologna. He describes his style as Psicheledelico. The clouds shifting positions and changing shapes between panels helps indicate time passing. With only four panels, each line needs to move the story forward. From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids By: Ivan […]

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Four Panel Friday (on Saturday): Little Buddies

Up this week is cartoonist Alex Schubert. Alex’s strips were regularly featured in Vice. Here Alex demonstrates how simple shapes, spread across four panels, can tell a story. From: Comics: Easy as ABC! The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids By: Ivan Brunetti

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Podcasted: Tyler Cowen’s Conversation with Adam Tooze

The entire conversation will expand your mind, but I wanted to capture Adam’s suggestions for being a productive writer: COWEN: You’ve written an enormous amount. Just this last week you had a major piece come out in the Guardian, one in London Review of Books. Your books are very long. What is your most unusual […]

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