Painted beehive panels are a folk art thing in Slovenia. Because cartoonists draw things in panels, and then sit on panels to talk about them, a group of Slovenian cartoonists produced this anthology inspired by the beehive panel format.
Another recent Kōji Kumeta project is Studio Pulp about the place where B-list and C-list manga characters go to work. Kumeta's draftsmanship knocks me out. He should do the Ikea assembly instructions.
Kate Beaton posted this photo of herself in the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, beside Riva Lehrer's portrait of Alison Bechdel. If I read this right she is receiving the power to do a book about her own mom.
The Common Man was the signature character of Indian political cartoonist R. K. Laxman, who was born on this date in 1921 and died last year. The top three bronzes are in Mumbai, the bottom one is in Pune. Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4.
I've been pining for Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei ever since it ended. But if you remember the figure of the harried manga artist who sometimes appeared in it, usually as the punchline, you'll realize that Kōji Kumeta can never stop working, and he must have been cranking out something new in weekly installments. And he has. Kakushigoto is about a harried manga artist named Goto Kakushi who has a deep-seated neurotic desire to hide the truth of his profession from his daughter. The art, the comic pacing, and satirical tone are very Zetsubou-Sensei-like, and it's hard not to see the Class 2-F high school students in little Hime's school friends and Kakushi's assistants. A Kumetan satire on the manga industry? Okay!
The Battle of the Somme began 100 years ago today. About a million soldiers were killed before it was done. Different countries have taken different leasons from it. In Canada we resolved that we would never again take orders from British officers, though we did, and do. Ulstermen took the opposite leason: Britain could now never abandon Northern Ireland. Philippe Delestre makes a point about the purpose of the European Union. We tend to think of the EU in terms of its relationship with outside threats, but at its most fundamental level it's there to protect European youth from European politicians.