The picks of the week from around the web.

  • The New York Times: Frank Rich turns in a brilliant column on the perceived constituency and chances of election of John McCain in this autumn’s presidential election. As usual, a thought-provoking corrective to the steady media drone about the Democratic primaries.
  • More on the 50’s comics clampdown and its figurehead psychiatrist Frederic Wertham from cartoonist Steve Bisette and writer Bob Levin. Both serve up interesting counterarguments to Bart Beaty’s defense of Wertham (as linked to last week).
  • The monotypes of Gustave Verbeek. Check out this 1916 article on the prints of the Japan-born Dutch fine artist and cartoonist. Oh, and here are some comic strips.