importation, importuning

Just in time for everybody to not give up on my ever updating before you start your post-Google Reader transfer process!

Before I get started in earnest, a bit of entertainment: here’s the lecture I gave at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle on April 20 of this year–“Keep It Short, Stupid!” It’s a 5-minute talk about the art of incredibly short songs, in the course of which I play 20 songs in their entirety and discuss them at some length. Well, not a lot of length.

Okay, so here’s what I’ve published since, ulp, almost three months ago:

*MTV Hive columns! On Petula Clark’s career, Todd Rundgren’s productions, the odd history of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” the Diplo discography, the late George Jones, Margaret Thatcher and punk self-parody, the links between the soundtracks of The Great Gatsby and Less Than Zero, Mark E. Smith’s collaborations outside the Fall, songs that Daft Punk has sampled, John Zorn’s Masada projects, songs called “Do It Again” from Gershwin to Camera Obscura, Black Sabbath’s origins in the “Brum Beat” scene, and Primal Scream and the C86 generation.

*In the New York Times, reviews of graphic novels by Lucy Knisley, Ulli Lust, Jeremy A. Bastian, Michael DeForge and Lisa Hanawalt.

*Reviews in the Washington Post of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Sleeper Omnibus, Audrey Niffenegger’s Raven Girl, and Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon.

*A review, in The Forward, of Ben Katchor’s Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories.

*A little appreciation of “The Oxygen Board” at Dredd Alert.

*A piece for Red Bull Music Academy’s paper about the relationship between New York’s music and comics scenes in the 1990s.

*In Print magazine, a profile of comics colorist Dave Stewart. (Not online, unfortunately.)

*Conversations with Evan Narcisse and Graeme McMillan at Kotaku about X-Men and The Massive and The Private Eye.

I also got to give a couple more lectures, which aren’t YouTubed (although I might have to put together a video or two myself): one (by way of introducing Annalee Newitz’s talk about Scatter, Adapt and Remember talk at Powell’s) on images of the end of the world in comic books, another (for the International Comic Arts Forum) on romance comics’ great late-’60s/early-’70s moment.

But I am probably most excited of all about my forthcoming project with the remarkable Ulises Farinas, Judge Dredd: City of Courts, a miniseries coming from IDW sometime this winter. And here’s the cover of the first one: