This week brought mondo-fantastic news: Brendan Burford was named Comics Editor at King Features Syndicate. Brendan has worked with the late, great Jay Kennedy for the past 7 years and has an incredibly deep love for comics. Brendan especially likes old skool comics and i’ll be interested how that might influence his future choices. Brendan edits and publishes a beautiful, compelling small press publication, Syncopated Comics. Syncopated, “the comics reportage anthology” features Brendan’s own wonderful comics and the likes of Drawn.ca’s talented John Martz.
In researching the chapter of images of people reading comics for the soon-available Arf Forum book I unearthed this childhood photo of Brendan. It captures Brendan’s dad helping the young Brendan with his homework. Brendan’s Old Man seems to be saying, “If Brendan doesn’t pay attention and master this Math he’ll NEVER have a future career!”
— C. Yoe (in the funny papers)