Afternoon Bites: Literary Soccer, Gene Luen Yang’s Historical Graphic Novels, Gary Panter, and More

“Panter’s famous ratty line provides a restless urgency to scenes of kinetic city life, but his immense talent in these early strips is in suggesting atmospheric detail through linework that, like the terrain it depicts, is a blend of multiple sources.” Nicole Rudick reviewed Gary Panter’s Dal Tokyo for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

We’re really enjoying this Paris Review series on soccer in Montenegro. And while we’re looking at terrific writing on soccer, we should also mention Tom Mitchell’s piece for The Classical on being a supporter of Sheffield Wednesday.

Gene Luen Yang’s pair of graphic novels on the Boxer Rebellion sound incredibly promising.

Also in comics commentary: David Weigel and Graeme McMillan have differing takes on recent work based on characters created by Rob Liefeld.

At HTML Giant, A.D. Jameson revisits John Bellairs’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls.

“When I was learning how to write, I would always read the same two pieces of advice: think about your audience; find your voice. Those are deceptively difficult instructions. Eventually I had to just think about my friends and how I would talk to them.” Brooklyn artist Jeff Stark talked with Bad at Sports.

Notes from Wednesday’s Lisa Cohen/Kate Zambreno conversation at Community Bookstore.

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