Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

("Pearls Before Swine" © 2005 Stephan Pastis)
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Entries in comics (3)


Peter Bagge on Detroit

I saw this cartoon strip by Peter Bagge in Reason magazine a couple of weeks ago and was disappointed to see that it wasn't available online.

That's changed, however. Maybe the magazine wanted to give the print edition some time to sell some copies before giving the content away for free online. Smart move.

I was a huge fan of Bagge's Hate in the mid-to-late 90s, going back to comics but finding new forms of art and storytelling radically different from the superheroes I grew up following. This was like alternative music on the page, even if Bagge was telling slice-of-life stories. 

In recent years, Bagge has moved to using his cartooning for journalism. Given his bold, opinionated style and sharp observational eye for culture, it's been a great career move for him.

Bagge doing a story about Detroit brings worlds colliding together for me. There's nothing in here that people who live in or around Detroit don't already know. But it's an enlightening feature on what's become of the city and how politicians and citizens are trying to redevelop the region.

Unfortunately, as so often happens, bureaucracy and self-interests present obstacles to any attempts at progress. 


The Hugh Jackman School of Acting

I saw this comic in the latest issue of New York magazine yesterday, and had to post a clip from it.  It's about Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig starring in a production of A Steady Rain on Broadway.  The two of them play Chicago cops.

How might each of them approach the material?  Well...

You can read the whole comic here, if you don't find your way to a newsstand this week.  And here's a link to the production's official site, if you want to catch some Wolverine and James Bond stage action.

Now if Jackman ever played a Bond villain, we'd really have something...


Rat's Guide to Avoiding Disappointment

There are several things I've lost track of over the past few months due to baseball season (watching movies and TV shows, reading books, kissing girls), but what I've really fallen behind on is reading my favorite comic strips each day. A recent "Pearls Before Swine" reminded me that I need to get back on that. Otherwise, I miss out on gems like this.

("Pearls Before Swine" © 2009 Stephan Pastis)

Thank you, Stephan Pastis, for perfectly capturing my current outlook on life with mere pen, ink, and paper. (Along with whatever you use to color the strips.) This is beautiful.

If I could pass this strip out to everyone I know, I'd do it. Posting it here accomplishes the same purpose, I suppose. (You can read the complete strip here. I had to crop out a panel for space purposes.)

Have a good day!