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The Weekly Debrief- May 10th, 2024

But until we meet again, read about the goings and comings in the comic journalism realm, a poetry comic by Hagai Palvesky and Danielle Taphenel, and some thoughts on Lynda Barry, Grant Morrison, and Neil Gaiman. And John Oliver.

The Weekly Debrief- May 10th, 2024
It once was cool. (Art by Mark Buckingham and Jordie Bellaire)

It’s week 2 of this soft-launch experiment. There may or may not be a post next week. We’ll have to see.

On Comics Journalism

At Popverse, one editor leaves as another one rises from the ranks. And it's time to say goodbye to another long-running comic site.

Farewell, Popverse - signed your deputy editor
A farewell letter to Popverse
Meet Popverse’s new editor, Graeme McMillan
Wait, what? Graeme McMillan is becoming a bigger part of Popverse
Multiversity Comics: May 2009-May 2024
The end is nigh for Multiversity Comics.

“After 15 years, this will be the final month that Multiversity Comics will be in active operations. This decision was not made lightly, and has been a result of months of conversations with our editorial team.”

For Your Eyes or Ears

John Oliver discusses the effort to ban books at public libraries and includes clips of Maia Kobabe talking about their great book Gender Queer.


The Funny Pages

New poetry comic, written by me and gorgeously drawn by (one of my faves). One of my favorite things I’ve written. It’s a love poem, after a manner of speaking.

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— Hagai Palevsky (he/him) ( May 4, 2024 at 12:24 PM


Dwellings Interview: Jay Stephens On New Oni Press Collection | Comic Book Club
Jay Stephens discusses the newest collection of Dwellings, his dark Harvey Comics riff, coming from Oni Press in this interview.
Thierry Joor (éditeur chez Delcourt) : « Non, il n’y a pas trop de (...) - ActuaBD
Thierry Joor est éditeur chez Delcourt. Il a été interloqué par la chronique qu’ActuaBD a pu faire de l’ouvrage « Quand la nuit tombe – Lisou » de Marion Achard et Toni Galmés dans laquelle, nous faisions le constat d’une inflation d’ouvrages (...)

Use your translation service of choice (I just use the built-in Safari translator) to read this interesting response from a publisher to a French website. "From the hat of this one, your journalist says "A beautiful album, delicately staged [...] but which has a taste of déjà vu... This "already-seen", I found it hard and unfair. And this is what we remember because the journalist ultimately does not say much about the content in the body of the article."- Thierry Joor

Interview: Matt Wagner chats about GRENDEL: DEVIL’S CRUCIBLE-DEFIANCE #1
Matt and Brennan Wagner are adding another tale to the Grendel mythos with Grendel: Devil’s Crucible-Defiance and we have the details

Reviews & Features

Neil Gaiman (
It’s interesting seeing the comics press going “Why isn’t there more talk of Miracleman: The Silver Age”? Meanwhile, we get the kind of review that those of us who made comics in the dawn times dreamed of as a kind of grail. Gift Link
What It Is – Lynda Barry’s Eisner Award-Winning Book is Now in Paperback, Still Impossible to Describe, But Incredibly Vital – Broken Frontier
Lynda Barry’s Eisner-winning book ‘What It Is’ returns in a new softcover edition, published by Drawn & Quarterly.

“To say that it is aimed at people who create, or those interested in creating something, is arguably to miss the point.”- Lindsay Pereira on What It Is.

Grant Morrison’s Manifesto for the X-Men Is a Fascinating Read
As Deadpool & Wolverine and X-Men ’97 alike draw inspiration from Grant Morrison’s work on New X-Men, it’s worth revisiting their pitch bible for the series.

“Beyond a feeling of contemporary cool that had defined the Claremont era of the franchise, mutant stories that still reflected these heroes less inwardly as superheroes, but people of the modern world, it was also important to them that X-Men felt less like a superhero comic, and more like a sci-fi epic, something that resonates in New X-Men’s eventual approach to things like the Sentinels or its grasp on the Shi’ar Empire, but also how it divided mutant culture as something distinct from humanity, on both a societal and evolutionary level.”.— James Whitbrook on Morrison’s X-Men manifesto.

Who reads Miracleman? and other thoughts on graphic novels
After 30 years, Neil Gaiman’s Miracleman is finally getting a collected edition, but the muted reaction says a lot about the current market.

“In 1982 dystopian superheroes who take over the world was a radical new approach. In 2024, that’s Tuesday, or whenever the new season of The Boys comes out.”-- Heidi MacDonald on the relative quiet around the return of Miracleman.

Current Mood

Always remember, kids.

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— Evan Dorkin ( May 4, 2024 at 5:42 AM