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May 24, 2012

Shorties (Chip Kidd's Batman Graphic Novel, An Elephant 6 Documentary, and more)

io9 interviews Chip Kidd about his new graphic novel, Batman: Death By Design.

Watch a trailer for a forthcoming Elephant 6 documentary.

Bookworm interviews Hari Kunzru about his latest novel, Gods Without Men.

Comic Book Resources interviews Mat Johnson about his new graphic novel, Right State.

Your Vertigo work has been a mix of exploring history, race and politics, and you also write prose novels with many similar themes. Why do "Right State" as a graphic novel rather than a prose novel?

I explore similar types of ideas but usually in a dramatically different way. When I'm working on a graphic novel story, the story length is closer to a short story than a novel; the graphic novels that I'm doing, which are usually under a 150 pages, that's usually a longer short story. So one, it's just a matter of the size of the story. But even bigger than that is the question of whether it's a visual story -- if the story is largely internal, or if the story has the complexity that's harder to do just with visual storytelling then I would do it in a novel. With this you're following in the story just a couple of days and all the storytelling happen with movement, not conversation, not internal thoughts. So I thought it would look good! [Laughs] And there are other reasons too. Sometimes there's a type of complexity that works better in visuals than it does by naming it. Also the comic work I've been doing for Vertigo been more straight genre, like thriller or mystery. The work that I do in my novels is influenced by genre, but it tends to be a different type of story, different structure.

PopMatters lists the top 10 "overplayed songs you hate by artists you love."

The Barnes and Noble Review recommends five books for graduates.

The Nashville Scene profiles the band Plants and Animals.

They've always demonstrated a knack for finding the hooks and pop sensibility within their weirdness, but the nuance, breadth and oddness took time to sink in.

NPR lists the best summer cookbooks.

PopMatters defends rock radio.

The Treatment interviews Craig Thompson about his latest graphic novel, Habibi.

WNYC Soundcheck examines the parallels between music and foodie cultures.

Dan Clowes talks to Underwire about his career as a cartoonist.

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Vladimir Nabakov and old Hollywood movies, Clowes began writing his own texts to accompany the drawings. "I originally just wanted to be an artist," he said. "I was looking for a guy who could write the exact kind of stories I wanted to draw but I couldn't even explain to anybody what that was."

Spin lists the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

BorderlinePhD interviews Stacy Pershall about her memoir Loud in the House of Myself.

Sound of the City interviews Beth Ditto about the new Gossip album, A Joyful Noise.

25 brilliant and literary-inspired drinks.

NPR is streaming a recent live performance by Spiritualized.

The Georgia Straight profiles the band.

Stylist lists the top 50 cookbooks.

Win a copy of Amy Waldman's novel The Submission and a $100 Threadless gift certificate in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Amazon MP3 has 100 digital albums on sale for $5.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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