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Doctors and comics and podcasts! December 13, 2011

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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Two of the missing old-school Doctor Who episodes have been found! It’s like an early Christmas present.

A four-part discussion with Terry Pratchett and Dr. Jacqueline Simpson on folklore.

Daily Show writer Jo Miller talks to Darbi Worley and TDS co-creator Lizz Winnstead talk about being a “comedy writer and known possessor of a vagina.” This came out shortly after the infamous Jezebel article, and I’m surprised it didn’t make the rounds at the time. It goes into more detail about the inner workings of TDS, in general and as they relate to gender and sexism, than pretty much anything else I’ve seen since. And it’s certainly the longest discussion from people who can bring the authority of their own experiences to the table.

Video of Kaoru Mori doing sketches, including Emma and Amiru (Otoyomegatari). I marvel at this woman’s ability to pick up a marker and just go. No sketching, no guidelines, just perfectly proportioned curves with every stroke. Watching the characters take shape is just beautiful.

A massive collection of vintage comics! From the 1900s through about the ’40s (so beware occasional racist caricatures). I recognized a few from various anthologies I’ve bought; the rest are new, ranging from banal to gorgeous to clever to just plain weird.

Some highlights: Betsy Bouncer and Her Doll is brutally bizarre. Lucy And Sophie Say Goodbye has only one joke, but could just as easily have been titled Lucy And Sophie Make Out. Dear Little Katy is unnervingly chibi-esque slapstick. There’s only a tiny slice of Flapper Fanny; the cute sisterly dynamics make me want a whole lot more.

“Pretty Girl” strips: Betty, Carrie.

Ella Cinders, a charming jazz-era soap opera that starts as a modernized (for its day) Cinderella story and takes on a life of its own. I tore through the entirety of what was there, full of the sort of ups-and-downs and melodrama that Little Orphan Annie perfected; the strip continued for several decades after.

I’m still reading through these, and will link more good ones as I find them!

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