News & Things: Books, comic books, and fake books.

Megan Purdy

bv2I don’t have a Kickstarter pick for you guys this week. But what I do have is this nifty link.

Brandon Graham and Emily Carroll did a Betty and Veronica comics jam. Whaaaaa. I’ve loved B&V since I was old enough to sneak a Double Digest into the shopping cart, and I continue to love them to this day–mostly unironically. To your right is one of Brandon’s pages. Emily’s are also quite cool.

They riffed on the classic story “Boo Hoo Deja Vu”–which I actually remember–where Betty and Veronica shop in a neighboring town, and meet their male counterparts, and it’s too much for them. Their minds blown. Oooeeoooeeoo.


  • DC Women Kicking Ass kicked off her weeklong celebration of Lois with this great interview with Larry Tye, author of Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero. We’re all excited to see what else she has up her sleeve.

Interviews and Editorials

  • What Does Kickstarter Failure Look Like?, Ian Miles Chong (Gamefront): Ian looks at five high-profile game Kickstarters that could have been a success, but weren’t. Understanding why crowdsourcing fails, I think, even more important than looking to high profile successes for inspiration, so this should be useful to anyone putting together their own Kickstarter.
  • Steve Urkel Glasses, Suspenders & Social Awkwardness: What Makes Someone A Nerd?, J. Broadnax (Madame Noire): “Close your eyes and think of an image of your typical nerd. I mean it. Think of your stereotypical nerd that you have seen in every movie, photographed in every magazine, and described in every book. What image do you see? Is your nerd black? Chances are your image of a nerd is an undeveloped white man or boy, in outdated clothing and unfashionable glasses. I want you to try another experiment. Go to Google images and type the term “Nerd.” You may see a small sprinkle of us in there, but not that much.”

Your Read of the Week Forever

When Dickens met Dostoevsky, Eric Naiman (TLS): So you’re not a book nerd. Shut up. Read. Read. This is the greatest tale of sockpuppetry and professional jealousy that I’ve read in years. It should be a novel. A movie. Something. I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice it to say that convincing scholars that Dickens and Dostoevsky met (impossible, btw) was only a tiny part of a much larger scheme that spanned numerous literary journals, both real and imagined, and much of one poor soul’s academic career.

It’s a long read, but the greatest long read you’ll find this week, I promise you.

Megan Purdy

Megan Purdy

Publisher of all this. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.