Critical Linking: October 10th, 2012

 

“I decided I needed to find a way to try to get some more money for college.” At 17 years old Crowthers decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and open a bookstore.

Trying to find something snarky to say about this. Failing.

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The most popular authors. Updated hourly.

Amazon’s new AuthorRank is about as useful as it sounds.

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Even if they do break even or if somehow every single person who watched the premiere of Dunham’s show “Girls” buys the book — all 872,000 of you out there according to Nielsen — is this any way to run a publishing company? Put aside the cultural impact question for a second. The whole approach seems short-sighted at best.

No one ever went broke mocking publishing companies.

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5:15-6:15 pm: Power and Sexuality in Comics. Cameron McKee (UC-Berkeley) argues that Tom of Finland’s subversion of heterosexual spaces in Kake constructs an iconic gay identity. Sam Cannon (UT-Austin) shows how the sequential artistry in Los Penitentes intersects with (homo) sexuality and political power. Evan Johnson (UT-Dallas) explores the sublimation of female power in the Marvel Universe. Moderator: Stanford Carpenter.

Only academia could make sex and comics sounds boring.

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