Wow. Gene Yang’s AMERICAN BORN CHINESE, published by First Second, has scored a National Book Award nomination in the YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE category. These awards are extremely prestigious — a win for Yang would be almost as earth-shaking as Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer for Maus. Just to be a finalist is a huge accomplishment for Yang […]

SPX: Veitch and Abraxas

We know you’re used to us fawning over Rick Veitch here, but one of the things we’re most excited about at SPX is Veitch’s first convention appearance in five years (!) and the debut of the first ever collected edition of ABRAXAS AND THE EARTHMAN. This twisted and disturbing serial first ran in EPIC magazine […]

SPX: fun

We hear there will be no softball game at SPX this year. We don’t know why this is. Several people have given us vague explanations, but we haven’t bothered to track down the searing inside story. We also hear that a trip to a pool hall is being proposed as the alternate Sunday afternoon activity. […]

SPX: Fantagraphics signing schedule

Fantagraphics Books has posted their SPX signing sched. Make sure to click the link for Saturday. FRIDAY 2:00 – 3:00 SIGNING: Kevin Huizenga & Craig Yoe 3:00 – 4:00 PANEL: “Jules Feiffer Q&A” 3:00 – 4:00 SIGNING: Ivan Brunetti & Matthias Lehmann 4:00 – 6:00 SIGNING: Jules Feiffer & Tony Millionaire 6:00 – 7:00 SIGNING: […]

SPX looms

SPX kicks off on Friday, with a new venue but a continuation of the popular format of bookselling on Friday and Saturday, the Ignatzes on Saturday night and a small press summit with panels on Sunday morning with a picnic to follow. In brutal honesty, the buzz on this year’s SPX is fairly low level. […]

Crisis on Infinite Good or Wednesdays

Do you want it good, or do you want it Wednesday? We’re not entirely qualified to comment on this, since our knowledge of DC continuity post-Crisis I is spotty at best, but here goes: One of the big issues in the recent Marvel Civil War controversy was the eternal “Good or Wednesday debate. Editor Tom […]

Today’s Jeff Smith quote

Via B o n e v i l l e: Another interesting thing to note: in Germany, the black & white manga version of BONE is for younger readers, and the color version is for adults; while in the US it is the complete opposite. Scholastic’s color editions are aimed mostly to kids,

Stardust site, Gaiman vs Brazil

A coupla Neil Gaiman notes. The teaser site for the STARDUST movie is live. In addition, Bookslut has an unusually fun interview with the author: Have you ever shut down an event, where there was a curfew? …The worst one ever was in Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2001. Brazilians are lovely people. But they […]

Meanwhile, on the East Coast…the Quills

Our Scream Awards viewing was interrupted by attending a real live event, the Quill Awards, honoring the best in books via voting by the reading public. To say it was slightly more erudite than the Scream Awards would be like saying Scarlett Johansson is comely. People quoted Melville and his initial sales figures. The event […]