Wednesday, March 06, 2002

Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, and other cartoonists of note converged recently at the Philadelphia Free Library to discuss the state of the art:

To the question, "What is the future of independent publishing," the panel was surprisingly upbeat. "I think it will exist in one form or another," Charles Burns said. Though he didn't think the commercial prospects were very good, "people will keep on buying as long as you put stuff out there." [Art] Spiegelman likewise felt it was "relatively promising in its own weird way. As publishing itself becomes this totally marginalized activity, there's room for us marginal types in it."

Your intrepid editor will be walking 8 miles to beat Multiple Sclerosis:

Possibly 10, and on a Saturday morning no less - I'll be walking with the D.C. Special Libraries Assocation team in the year's MS Walk, and am trying to raise between $200 - $300. If any of you out there could be so kind as to kick in a few bucks, I'll be both touched and in your debt (i.e. I'll buy you a beer if we ever run in to one another at a conference. Provided that I succeed in weaseling my way into the profession, that is.) If you'd like to contribute drop me a line. Thanks.

The American Museum of Natural History Congo Expedition, May 1909 - November 1915

In 1909, a decade after Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness first depicted the mysteries and agonies of the area, Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo. They knew they were launching an extraordinary adventure, but they could not have imagined what those years would hold. By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens representing one of the most comprehensive African collections of the day.

This is the first offering of the AMNH Research Library's Digital Library Project. Thanks to Fred Stoss for the heads up.