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Registo às notas de Bill Kartalopoulos, editor-in-chief das "American Best Comics", em conversa com Kim Deitch, Drew Friedman, Glenn Head, John Holmstrom, Mark Newgarden e Art Spiegelman a propósito do "book-length love letter to Weirdo" de Jon B. Cooke a Crumb e cia, "an anthology that remains worth talking about today".

Do topo desses galardões Kartalopoulos enuncia-nos as bases de uma boa antologia - editores querem prestar atenção:

The essential meaning of any comic is not located in any individual panel, but in their juxtaposition and in the accumulated meanings that emerge between and among them. The same might be said of an anthology: no single contributor entirely defines an anthology project. Rather, its overall character emerges from the juxtaposition and accumulation of individual comics by many different artists. The interplay of subjective voices is precisely what a well-edited anthology construct.
in "Getting Weirdo at the Society of Illustrators" 19 jun 2019

Vozes subjectivas, a nossa deixa.

Primeira e mais particular a este espaço, aquilo dos três e o próprio autor destaca as diferentes triangulações onde tropeçamos ao tema. Foram 1) três editores na Weirdo (Crumb, Peter Bagge, Aline Kominsky-Crumb), esta é regulamente comparada de um grupo de 2) três revistas (a anti-RAW do Art Spiegelman e Françoise Mouly, mais primitiva que uma Humbug do Harvey Kurtzman), e finalmente, 3) "RAW and Weirdo were both weird DNA mutants splitting off of Arcade ["an underground-era anthology magazine Spiegelman co-edited with Bill Griffith" ] in different directions". Estas triangulações tornam-se recursivas a outros projectos, como quando falam da Snake Eyes, "more lowbrow than RAW, more polished than Weirdo". Para efeitos de brevidade ficaremos por aqui, esta foi, afinal, uma década prolifera em antologias que entraram à História. Além da Weirdo e RAW, da anterior Snake Eyes de Glenn Head e Kaz, lembram-nos a Bad News de Mark Newgarden & Paul Karasik, Comical Funnies do Peter Bagge e John Holmstrom (o mesmo da Punk), World War 3 Illustrated de Seth Tobocman e Peter Kuper.

That was a decade of anthologies

E de lembranças, uma última a recordar os nice folks que nos leem. A editora não lhe acharia piada, mas vamos imaginar que, contra filosofias da página impressa, a coisa acontecia:

Spiegelman recalled one conversation with Crumb: “He said his first impulse when he was doing Weirdo, was he wanted to do a phone-book-sized magazine… and the idea was to not reject anything. And I thought that would be such a fantastic magazine. Talk about something that would age well! To have anything that came over the transom would get published, and it would be like a two, three, four-hundred page magazine, whatever it took… I’m sure Last Gasp didn’t subscribe to that as a publishing philosophy. But that would have been an amazing magazine. Now it’s been replaced by the internet.
in "Getting Weirdo at the Society of Illustrators" 19 jun 2019

São os dinossauros dos 60'-comix-underground que o dizem. Mas hey, que sabem eles? A própria internet está a caminho de ser replaced por outra coisa, para os 20'-comix-underground vamos ter que escavar um piso abaixo se quisermos deixar algum book-length love letters à posteridade.

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