Thursday

Is Bill Cosby coming back?

The word going around Hollywood is that Bill Cosby is looking to return to television. It's been 30 years since the Cosby Show debuted, and I'll be honest, like a lot of people I never did watch his last show, the sitcom Cosby, which ran for a number of years. But it has to be said that Cosby is a legend. I mean there aren't many people who are as talented and funny a comedian as he is - I mean he's clearly one of if not the best living comedians in the world. Plus you're talking about a man who's starred in two huge tv shows in two different decades - I Spy in the sixties and The Cosby Show in the eighties. Plus there were a few less successful projects like Cosby which ran for 4 or 5 seasons, another sitcom in the seventies which ran for a couple years. There was The Cosby Mysteries - which I liked - starring him, Rita Moreno, James Naughton, Mos Def. There's The Electric Company, which he appeared in. There's Fat Albert. He was one of the producers of A Different World. There's movies like Uptown Saturday Night.

So plenty of people I'm sure are all ready to write the show off, but I think it could be great. A thoughtful and emotional comedy about a multi-generational family. A great showcase for some funny people. If it gets on the air, I'll watch it.

http://www.deadline.com/2014/01/bill-cosby-nbc-return-tv-series-star/

Congrats to Lilli Carre

I was thrilled to see that Lilli Carre has been awarded the graphic novel residency by the Columbus Museum of Art and the James Thurber House. I interviewed Carre a little back about her book, Heads or Tails, a great collection of short work. She's a talented cartoonist, designer, illustrator, animator - and is more than adept but a great talent in working in multiple fields. It's great to see her get this kind of attention.

http://new.pitchengine.com/pitches/b1ce2576-1ded-4bbe-a2e5-b1238e7a3065

Jim Woodring gets frank about Fran

I love Jim Woodring's work and his new book Fran is no exception. I'd never interviewed him before this, but was thrilled to get the chance to talk about his new book and his work more generally in a conversation that ranged from autism to Edward Munch to keeping a sketchbook to the joy of painting.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=50365

J. Bone reveals The Saviors

I've been a fan of artist J. Bone for years and recently he's been doing some of his best work. He's just finished The Rocketeer/The Spirit miniseries from IDW, the third Rocketeer comic he's worked on. He also has a new series launching at Image Comics. The Saviors is written by James Robinson (Starman) and drawn by Bone. The ongoing series involves an alien invasion and opens in a small town and is something different than he's done before, which he said was part of the point.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49798

20 Thoughts about The Wes Anderson Collection

Critic Matt Zoller Seitz has written one of the best film books of the year - and honestly a fantastic book that in various ways will serve as a model for people writing about filmmakers for years to come. The Wes Anderson Collection is a great look at one of today's great young filmmakers. I didn't get the answers to all my questions, and after reading the book, I can't help but think that I'm more critical of many aspects of Anderson's work than Seitz is, but it's hard to fault the book. Beautiful, intense and almost exhausting. It's not a book to read in one sitting.

http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2013/12/26/20-thoughts-about-the-wes-anderson-collection/

Black is the Color for Julia Gfrorer

Julia Gfrorer is a great young cartoonist - perhaps even annoyingly young and annoyingly talented. Her new book is Black is the Color, which is an incredible, dark and beautiful tale about a group of sailors on a doomed voyage, a pack of mermaids, a ghost, and much more. It's haunting and beautifully drawn.

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49750

Sam Henderson and the Eternal Struggle of Man vs Bear in "Scene But Not Heard"

Sam Henderson is funny. He's worked on the tv show Spongebob Squarepants, he's the cartoonist behind the long running series Magic Whistle and he was a regular contributor to the late Nickelodeon Magazine. At Nick, he drew a regular feature, Scene But Not Heard, which has now been collected into a book published by Top Shelf. The strip has two characters, "man" and "bear" though as Henderson explained, he never really thought of the one character as a bear and otherwise, there were no rules for the strip. It's a great comic and it was great to talk with Henderson

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=49804