The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Times Literary Supplement: Shakespeare (Unfound(ed)? Katherine Duncan Jones offers a strongly argued dismissal of the recently publicised alleged portrait of Shakespeare.
  • London Review of Books: “Is it Art?” Great article on video games as art by John Lanchester.
  • François Ayroles: Nouveaux moments clés de l’histoire de la Bande Dessinée Brilliant, and hilarious, illustrations of a number of key moments in both North American and French comics of the last couple of decades. (Thanks, Dirk).
  • Savage Critics: “The Politics of Smurfing”. Joe McCulloh on what is arguably the best of the Smurf stories, the classic King Smurf — or Le Schtroumpfissime — by Peyo and Yvan Delporte. Read this especially if you are unaware of the Smurf comics and how great they are.
  • Daily Crosshatch: MOMEntum address by Eric Reynolds. This is a bit old, but what the heck, it’s good: the head of marketing and publicity at Fantagraphics and co-editor of the Mome anthology offers his considerable insights on the development of the market for alternative comics.

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