Cross Hatch Dispatch 4/8/2007 (Fish Tail Edition)

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Friday evening turns into the weekend, and pretty soon, it’ll be Monday! Before that happens, I offer you this monster-sized second half to this week’s Cross Hatch Dispatch…

  • In the letters section of the recently released Optic Nerve #11, a reader challenged Adrian Tomine to writing a compelling comic book tale about beekeeping. For starters, Tomine may have some competition to deal with from the countless addicting Japanese manga stories that revolve around subjects as mundane and singular as sushi-making, bread-baking or the board game Go. Taiyo Matsumoto‘s reportedly offbeat and hilarious manga Ping Pong (see today’s featured picture) is no exception, though I’ve only watched the movie adaptation that was finally released in the U.S. last week. But Matsumoto’s wonderful contribution to the world of manga, and the subsequent movie adaptations, hardly end at Ping Pong. Matsumoto receives a much deserved “public service announcement” from Comic212’s Christopher Butcher. Among Matsumoto’s best known work is his cult manga Black and White (the Los Angeles Times has a write up about its movie adaptation, Tekkon Kinkreet). From the movie adaptation trailer, it seems to have something to with screaming homeless boys rampaging and flying though a vast, decaying, amusment park-like cityworld. If that description doesn’t quite do it for you, here’s the the Youtube clip. Butcher also informs us that Viz is getting ready to re-release the Black and White mangas re-titled as Tekkon Concrete.
  • Here in the world of blogging we take pride in our short memories, but it’s definitely appreciated when people make the effort to set us straight. Jacob Covey at Fantagraphics reminds us that if you’re curious about Rhymes With Lust, it might be a good time to root around for a back issue of the Comics Journal‘s 30th Anniversary issue, which reprinted the comic in its entirety prior to Darkhorse‘s release.
  • Remember those after-school math club sessions when you spent most of your time gazing dreamily at the ultra-brainy math boy (or girl) thoroughly engrossed in some mathematical problem that was way beyond the limited stretches of your own preteen-addle mind, but you knew for sure had something to do with the universe? No? Heh, guess it was just me then. (via Fabrica)
  • While I jokingly brought up audio-comic books in a recent conversation, there apparently really is such a thing. The BBC hosts a “cult” website on comics, which, among its deep treasure chest of what I’m assuming are British-grown comics, boasts an entire section called “audio comics.” These are not audio files of a poor intern carefully describing the measurements and contours of superman’s biceps. Audio comics here refers to a traditional radio play featuring the overly-exaggerated voices and sound effects that you have always heard, downloaded straight from your head.
  • In case you missed it the first time, here is the comic artist take on the exquisite corpse concept, featuring contributions by Ivan Brunetti, Jeffrey Brown, Johnny Ryan, Sammy Harkham, and anyone else who is anybody in the world of comics. It appears to be a notebook that gets passed around to various comic conventions, so hopefully it’ll have some future contributions.
  • The second best thing to comic books are the magazines that love them. C’est Bon is a English language comic book magazine, based in Europe. Brett Warnock at Top Shelf‘s blog calls the magazine’s latest anthology output “one of the best anthologies i’ve come across that effectively blends a decidedly sophisticated European aesthetic with a North American strut. Kudos to editor Mattias Elftorp and staff on a delicious comics feast.”
  • As if working overtime on this comics blog wasn’t enough, the Daily Cross Hatch‘s Brian Heater spreads his love of comics into his day job. In this post on Appscout, Heater points to some quality strips that are keeping the bar high on the worlds of webcomics.
  • The Hollywood Reporter informs us that one of Edward Gorey‘s best known books, The Doubtful Guest, about a furry tennis-shoe wearing house guest, is now getting the Hollywood treatment. Gorey himself may never have done anything in comics, but there is no question about the appreciation that the comics world has for his work. An interesting non-comics related tidbit from the recent article–“He also was a successful set and costume designer, earning a Tony for his Broadway production of ‘Edward Gorey’s Dracula.'”
  • From listening to James Kochalka‘s Podcast #1, you get the impression that the guy loves to giggle. The podcast is not so much about comics as it is about “comics creator with rock band”—in between the laughing fits, you’ll get treated to some new music, one of which is composed on the fly, from his band, James Kochalka Supestar.

— Elizabeth Chou