The west coast of the U.S. is entirely engulfed in smoke due to rampant wildfires, the coronavirus is sweeping through school and universities, and one of comics’ most beloved festivals went fully online. Here are some of the things we enjoyed as distractions, along with the news.
First of all: massive congratulations to all the of 2020 Ignatz winners! We are so excited to celebrate these much-deserved awards to some of our favorite cartoonists, and even a few friends! Rumor has it that the Zoom chocolate fountain was a hit.
Anne Helen Petersen’s newsletter strikes again with a gripping report and first-hand accounts from the University of Michigan strike, which has expanded past the unionized graduate student workers to include (not unionized) resident hall and campus workers.
POME fave Wendy Xu wrote a comic review of a non-fiction prose book about fungi for Catapult, and it is just an absolute breath of fresh (mossy, humid, breathable) air.
We got a Dune trailer last week, which meant Dune opinions online! Whether you liked it or not, we found ourselves entranced by an altogether different sci-fi teaser: the colorful trailer for Yohance, an African space opera that looks absolutely gorgeous.
In the world of stones and sorcery here on our own planet, friend of POME Lysa Penrose has made some absolutely bewitching pendants, and is putting them up for sale later this week! If you’ve got some spare money to throw around, you’ll want to mark your calendar for this one.
The comics and witchy world have both been absolutely abuzz with the release of Yoshi Yoshitani’s Tarot of the Divine and accompanying book, Beneath the Moon. In this interview, Yoshi talks about the long and difficult process of matching folklore, legends, and intergenerational stories to the archetypes of tarot, a process full of care, insight, and learning.
If you’re looking for a new podcast to dive into, Rissi Palmer’s Color Me Country, a new Apple Music radio show about the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx histories of country music, is an absolute must-subscribe.
Take deep breath and hang tight for the rest of the week, POMEs!