David Ball

This just in from Burma…

With the “elections” safely in hand, apparently the ruling junta in Burma is feeling their oats. It will be interesting to see what happens with this story.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/world/asia/14myanmar.html?_r=1&hp

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Saturday, November 13th, 2010 David Ball Comments Off on This just in from Burma…

A sad coda to Fun Home

This sad news from Middleburg, PA, which is almost directly in between Carlisle and Beech Creek.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/09/AR2010110904656.html

Friday, November 12th, 2010 David Ball 1 Comment

An update from Burma

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/world/asia/08myanmar.html?_r=1&hp

Hardly a promising sign for the time being.

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Sunday, November 7th, 2010 David Ball Comments Off on An update from Burma

A follow-up to the Banksy Simpsons intro

The Simpsons intro I posted earlier by graffiti/rogue artist Banksy has received some pushback from the Korean animators it putatively depicts. This could turn into a very interesting story…

http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2027768,00.html?hpt=C2

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Saturday, October 30th, 2010 David Ball Comments Off on A follow-up to the Banksy Simpsons intro

Now on rush order to the library…

A companion volume to The Arrival titled Sketches from a Native Land: http://www.shauntan.net/books.html. Drool.

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Thursday, October 28th, 2010 David Ball 1 Comment

Simpsons, eviscerated

Just wow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DX1iplQQJTo

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 David Ball 1 Comment

In your spare time…

You can try to do this next time you’re procrastinating… this recently won an award for comics creation. Is this an animated comic or something else entirely?

Monday, September 13th, 2010 David Ball 5 Comments

Quran burning

If you haven’t been following this story, take a look… we’ll return to these themes when we talk about the Mohammed “cartoon crisis” after fall pause. All of this is taking place in my hometown of Gainesville, FL, and something tells me this story isn’t dead yet.

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 David Ball Comments Off on Quran burning

When I said comics critics didn’t always agree…

… I wasn’t joking. There’s been an extended debate about what constitutes good comics criticism here, here, and here hosted by The Comics Journal on the occasion of the publication of The Best American Comics Criticism. I particularly like this thread of the debate because I get a shout out 20 pages in on the comments thread. Why do you think the debate is this intense and passions run so hot? Is it something specific about comics as a medium?

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Saturday, September 4th, 2010 David Ball Comments Off on When I said comics critics didn’t always agree…

A.O. Scott’s obituary of the anime artist Satoshi Kon

Satoshi Kon was one of the foremost contemporary artists in anime, and you can view a trailer gallery as well as read A.O. Scott’s beautiful prose in the same place. It’s sad to think that such a powerful artist is gone at such an early age. Have you ever seen any of Kon’s films? If so, what did you think? Which film would you recommend a neophyte seeing first?

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Saturday, August 28th, 2010 David Ball 2 Comments