News Roundup

First off is a listicle from Thrillist about how to be a better Beer Geek. At the core it’s basically the same bit of advice repeated nine time, “Don’t be a dick” This is done by not forcing your knowledge about beer on people, or telling them that what they are drinking sucks.  If they ask you about beer sure you can inform them about it but use simple language no one really cares how you know about beer or what beers they should or shouldn’t be drinking.

This is an interesting article about Comic Books, apparently in California at Crafton Hills College, a Community College, has a course on comic books and a student was shocked about the required reading in the class.  Tara Schultz had expected the course to be like Batman, Superman, The X-Men and Spider-man but included in the list of required reading was Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1, by Brian Vaughan (Vertigo, 2003); The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House, by Neil Gaiman (1990, DC Comics); and Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, 2004). These four she found were “pornography” and she along with her parents wanted them removed from the course. The request was refused. The Comic Book has come a long was since the 1930s when Batman and Superman first appeared. Fun Home is the critically acclaimed graphic novel which later became a hit Broadway Musical about Alison Bechdel’s life, Persepolis is another autobiographical graphic novel about growing up during the Iranian Revolution.  Y: The Last Man is a sci-fi comic about the future where every man on earth dies but one, and Sandman: The Doll House is a collection of the 8(9)-16 issues of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman.

Lastly is a Stephen Colbert interview/profile in the latest GQ. Take a gander at it and catch up with Stephen before the Late Show begin September 8th.


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