In Praise of Yahoo Groups : Craig Thompson

Back when the web was young and social media were basically mailing lists, the Ephemerist was a Yahoo Group, with some 30 oddballs sharing comics-related scans and pictures from the most unlikely of places. And as Yahoo Groups are scheduled for a permanent move to that Walhalla that also houses Tripod, GeoCities and most of MySpace, I thought it might not be a bad idea to showcase some of the things we shared back then. 

In the early 2000s Nickelodeon magazine was a veritable haven for young and eager cartoonists, who were allowed almost free rein in between the more traditional comics features. A regular contributor to the magazine was Craig Thompson. Later Craig would shout for the sky with graphic novels like Blankets and Habibi, but here he did nifty formalistic tricks, and lovely parodies on the How Things Work type of features, like this one from June 2001.

For the completists among you, there’s more Yahoo Group recap in our backlog, with posts from May and August 2007 

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