I think Usagi Yojimbo is gone.
Bone took two years off to work on development for The Movie, but is now back. Read all about it.
As for "what's good": yes to Chris Ware, yes to Eightball (Clowes' theoretical swimming pool full of money notwithstanding), I'm partial to the (wussy) Optic Nerve, too. Any work by Jim Woodring or Julie Doucet. There's a handful of truly superb minicomics out there, from Carrie McNinch's Assassin and the Whiner to Abel Brekhus' Big Questions to John Porcellino's King-Cat Comics to Nathan Thrailkill's Gray Noise to any of Jeff Levine's work... I'm sure there are reviews and contact information for these minicomics out there on the web *ahem* somewhere...
And when I talk "comics boom," I suppose I mean the boom in the number (and profitability) of the retail stores out there, which seems to have begun with the thriving indie culture in the early 80s (Cerebus, Turtles, etc.), which was then kept alive through the various other booms DHartung mentions above, and which seemed to officially come to an end in the mid-90s with Marvel's bankruptcy and the consolidation and collapse of much of the distribution system (which I'm hazy on, as I wasn't reading many comics then).posted by jbushnell at 7:06 AM on June 9, 2000
The best Clowes is the collected Ghost World. Also good, I'm realizing now, is the collected From Hell. Dave Sim (of Cerebus) is the one who raised the question of whether serial form is the best way to read a long, complex story. Since then, when things have been appearing in serial form, I tend to wait it out and just buy the collected versions. I did it with From Hell, I did it with Ghost World, and I'm now doing it with Cerebus.
Ware's Jimmy Corrigan is coming out as a collection, too, from a big publisher (HarperCollins?), it'll be good to read that way. Before this final issue came out I sat down and read all the previous ones from start to finish and it resonated so much more totally as a *story*.posted by jbushnell at 10:39 AM on June 9, 2000
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