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Thursday, December 23, 2010 |
( 12/23/2010 06:31:00 AM ) Bill S.
AU REVOIR, DIRK: Couldn’t let the week go by without briefly commenting on the news that Dirk Deppey, former editor and longtime blogger for The Comics Journal, has been laid off. His essential blog of comics news and occasionally trenchant opinion, Journalista, had its last entry posted Wednesday. It will be missed.
Though I haven’t been as active a participant or a reader in the comics blogosphere as I used to be, I always made a point to read Journalista as a part of my a.m. wakeup routine. Dirk had an international perspective on the comics scene that suited my growing appreciation of comics art beyond mainstream American comic shop fare, and he always could be counted on to link to provocative comics-related writing. In his occasional forays into personal or political writing, he came across as a no-bullshit guy. Once describing himself as an old-fashioned “Goldwater conservative,” he wasn’t afraid to take that perspective to places that would make more contemporary conservatives nervous.
He also, during his stint as the editor of the print version of The Comics Journal, briefly brought me back to writing for that mag, helping me in expanding my then-still-new explorations into manga at the time. Big moves, life changes and a shot-loose capacity for time management kept me from continuing to write for the print mag after Dirk left, but I’m grateful for his giving me the opportunity to once more write for TCJ.
When we first moved to Southeast Arizona from the Midwest, Tucson resident Dirk sent a comment to this blog inviting me to lunch at a great Mexican restaurant in his neighborhood. Three years later, and we haven’t made it into the city long enough to take him up on the invite yet. One of these days, I keep deceptively telling myself – provided Dirk’s next job doesn’t take him out of his home state . . .