Glen Weldon http://nwpr.org en Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day http://nwpr.org/post/cyborgs-simpsons-and-ticks-all-about-free-comic-book-day Here's the drill: This Saturday, May 3<sup>rd</sup>, is Free Comic Book Day. Walk into a comics shop (you can find the one nearest you at <a href="http://www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator">www.freecomicbookday.com/storelocator</a>), and they will hand you some free comics.<p>Not <em>any</em> comics in the store, mind you, but a selection of comics specifically produced for Free Comic Book Day, which is now an annual event. There are a whopping 57 such books this year – some of them samplers, with excerpts from various titles, while others reprint the first chapters of ongoing series. Fri, 02 May 2014 16:22:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 45301 at http://nwpr.org Cyborgs, Simpsons And Ticks: All About Free Comic Book Day Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth' http://nwpr.org/post/moving-fables-gods-men-love-and-monsters-early-earth Despite its title, British writer and illustrator Isabel Greenberg's <em>The Encyclopedia of Early Earth</em> is not mere history, with its assiduous accounting of dusty facts, but is instead a compendium of funny, sad and surprisingly moving fables from the pre-history of a world that exists only in Greenberg's febrile imagination — one that bristles with capricious gods, feckless shamans, daring quests and, of course, doomed love.<p>We meet a man of the frozen "Nord" as he falls in love with a South Pole woman, only to find that some mysterious force prevents them from ever coming into physi Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:56:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 38161 at http://nwpr.org Moving Fables Of Gods, Men, Love And Monsters In 'Early Earth' A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day http://nwpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-final-day <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>Saturday, 7:08 a.m. PT:</strong> After several minutes of technical glitches, I am taping an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's <em>Weekend Edition Sunday</em>. I can't consult the notes I've made to prep for our talk, as the demands of NPR-quality audio means I'm holding the hotel phone up to my right ear with one hand, and my cellphone up to my left ear with the other. Sat, 27 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31625 at http://nwpr.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Final Day A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards http://nwpr.org/post/comic-con-diary-eisner-awards <em>Monkey See contributor/longtime nerd Glen Weldon recently attended San Diego Comic-Con. He kept a diary during one of the largest media events in the world.</em><p><strong>8:28 p.m.:</strong> Jennifer and Matthew Holm are an adorable brother-sister team. They are standing at a podium less than 6 feet away from me and thanking their publisher, because their charming book, <em>Babymouse for President</em>, has just won the Eisner for Best Publication for Early Readers.<p>They are beaming, humbled, happy. I, too, am happy for them. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:04:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31469 at http://nwpr.org A Comic-Con Diary: The Eisner Awards Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius' http://nwpr.org/post/theoretical-physicist-seeks-concrete-answers-genius Ted is a theoretical physicist facing a slew of resolutely concrete problems. His son is racing headlong into puberty. His daughter's prodigious intellect causes her to stand out at school — the very last thing the girl wants. His elderly father-in-law isn't remembering much, these days, save for the fact that he hates Ted's guts. His wife is sick and getting sicker, just as his employer, a prominent think tank, threatens to fire him for lack of productivity. To keep his job, and its health care coverage, Ted needs an idea.<p>But ideas don't come easy anymore. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 31127 at http://nwpr.org Theoretical Physicist Seeks Concrete Answers In 'Genius' A Tale Of The Estranged And The Just Plain Strange In 'New School' http://nwpr.org/post/tale-estranged-and-just-plain-strange-new-school Dash Shaw is a graphic novelist and animator whose previous books, including <em>Bottomless Belly Button</em> and <em>Bodyworld</em>, seethe with dark, mischievous intent. He sets out to unsettle, using the unique tools the comics medium provides to expose discomfiting truths about relationships both familial and romantic. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 30600 at http://nwpr.org A Tale Of The Estranged And The Just Plain Strange In 'New School' Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide' http://nwpr.org/post/globetrotting-cartoonist-heads-home-users-guide It looks like a last-minute gift, like one of those tiny tomes that live near the register on the counter of your favorite bookstore, hoping to catch the attention (or at least the impulse) of shoppers in the check-out line. Given its digest-sized dimensions and jokey title, you'd be forgiven for assuming <em>A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting</em> is a hastily assembled collection of cornball homilies, like those miniature books about dads, grads and golf that double as greeting cards this time of year. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 30120 at http://nwpr.org Globetrotting Cartoonist Heads Home In 'User's Guide' Women Find More Than They Bargained For In 'The Property' http://nwpr.org/post/women-find-more-they-bargained-property Israeli graphic novelist Rutu Modan's deceptively clear and simple line work — she can conjure a face in two dots and a single, expressive pen stroke — is a deliberate artistic choice. Narratively, Modan's work (including the acclaimed <em>Exit Wounds</em> and<em> </em>her<em> Jamilti and Other Stories</em>) lives in the realm of the indistinct, the undefined and the hotly disputed. In her books, conflicts between family members, lovers and nations all occur in the context of Jewish cultural history. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 29952 at http://nwpr.org Women Find More Than They Bargained For In 'The Property' Graphic-Novel Gumshoe Rounds Up Unusual Suspects http://nwpr.org/post/graphic-novel-gumshoe-rounds-unusual-suspects Matt Kindt is a storyteller so fully in control of his gifts that his graphic novels — <em>3 Story</em>, <em>Revolver</em> and others — read like quietly compelling arguments for the comics medium's narrative potential.<p>With his latest, the multilayered and slyly existential <em>Red Handed</em>, he assembles a mystery story that only comics could capture, filled with puzzles and set pieces that depend entirely on the interplay of word and image. Wed, 08 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 27199 at http://nwpr.org Graphic-Novel Gumshoe Rounds Up Unusual Suspects Niffenegger Lets Fly With An Adult Fairy Tale In 'Raven Girl' http://nwpr.org/post/niffenegger-lets-fly-adult-fairy-tale-raven-girl In <em>The Time Traveler's Wife,</em> Audrey Niffenegger married her gently wry sensibility to a classic science-fiction conceit, and the result became a literary sensation — as much a tried-and-true staple of book-club culture as cheap malbec.<p>Now, with <em>Raven Girl,</em> Niffenegger sets out to create a new fairy tale bearing the form's alchemical mix of light with dark, wish fulfillment with foreboding, bright fantasy with flat-out creepiness. Thu, 02 May 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Glen Weldon 26950 at http://nwpr.org Niffenegger Lets Fly With An Adult Fairy Tale In 'Raven Girl'