In All the Answers, Michael Kupperman tells the story of the strange childhood of his father, a brilliant professor who in his youth starred on a hugely popular wartime radio show called Quiz Kids. It’s an engrossing and emotional personal history in which Kupperman discovers more about his reticent father on the Internet than through living with him.
From Lawrence Ware’s “Black Panther and the Revenge of the Black Nerds,” where he talks about what the release of a blockbuster adaptation of the Black Panther comic series means:
Now I know that to be a black nerd is by no means anomalous; there are millions of people who look like me and grew up loving comic books. Yet despite our numbers, we were underground for a long time. But now, there appears to be a widening cultural appreciation for what black people have always known: There are many ways to be black in America. The 44th president helped.
Barack Obama meant a lot to black nerds. Jordan Peele, the director of “Get Out,” told NPR back in 2012, “Up until Obama, it was basically Urkel and the black guy from ‘Revenge of the Nerds.’” President Obama showed us that to be black and nerdy could actually be an expression of black cool, what the author Rebecca Walker who compiled a series of essays on that topic, defines as audacity, resistance and authenticity in the face of white supremacy.
Every year, the good folks at Publishers Weekly ask all of us lucky writers who review comics for them to put our votes in for what we thought were the best books of the year. The results came out this week in their Annual Graphic Novel Critics Poll.
The winner was Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing is Monsters. Some of the runners-up were:
- Everything is Flammable by Gabrielle Bell
- The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
- My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi
In 1949, DC Comics created this Superman art for textbook covers distributed to public schools by the National Social Welfare Agency which presented the simple yet beautiful reminder that, Hey kids, racism is un-American.
- “Donald Trump” as literary critic.
- So how come coffee shops have to look the same everywhere in the world?
- Coming soon: new Love and Rockets comics!
- Marlon Brando to Jared Leto: Is Method acting really just more macho nonsense?
- Apple move into the utility business.
- Two years of airstrikes on ISIS cost about $12 million per day.
- How come people in Arkansas and Kentucky are healthier than Texans?
- Is that it for the election? Already?
- Also: Setting the stage now to claim that the election won’t be legitimate.
- Even Jill Stein and Gary Johnson have more support from black voters than Donald Trump.
- Study finds that 1 in 10 Muslim doctors have had a patient refuse their care because of their religion.
- Yet another reason why every politician should stay far, far away from Henry Kissinger.
- Print and read: The introduction to Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America – “The idea persists that America is a moderate nation and most Americans are moderates. That is a myth.”
Roaring into theaters in the wake of Batman vs. Superman and before the summer movie season really gets going, the latest Marvel launching pad for yet more movies and series, Captain America: Civil War opens everywhere this week.
My review is at PopMatters:
When Shakespeare wrote about the quality of mercy in The Merchant of Venice, chances are he wasn’t thinking about perpetually quipping guys in shiny suits slamming each other into walls…
Here’s the trailer: