Meanwhile at NYAF…Attendance up 16 percent

We’re hearing that the New York Anime Fest was a big hit. Lance Fensterman, who runs the show, reports: Saturday was by far the most insanely busy day in the history of the New York Anime Fest. Unbelievable numbers of people. But even with the crowds, we managed to count them all and this year’s […]

SPX quick links

We’re too tuckered out for a long post for now, but here are a few tidbits to tide you over: § Some photos by Scott Edelman and his con report. § Johanna Draper Carlson’s con report. § Tom Neely nicely captured the culture clash between a fancy ministry charity on Saturday and a beauty pageant […]

2009 Ignatz Award winners

New host Liz Baillie charmed the audience with haiku, and happy winners danced with their bricks through the legendary chocolate fountain* at the always festive Ignatz Award ceremony. Winners below: Outstanding New Talent: Colleen Frakes for Woman King. Outstanding Online Comic: Cayetano Garza for Year of the Rat. Outstanding Mini-Comic: by Lisa Hanawalt for Stay […]

2009 Shuster Award winners

The 2009 Joe Shuster Awards, honoring the finest in Canadian comics, were presented last night at the University of Toronto’s Innis Town Hall. The winners are: Artist David Finch – Ultimatum #1-2 (Marvel Comics) Cartoonist Dave Sim – Glamourpuss #1-4, Judenhaas (Aardvark-Vanaheim) Colourist François Lapierre – “Gédéon et la bête du lac” Contes et légendes […]

Good morning, SPX!

After a rocky start, our SPX journey got into gear yesterday, as The Beat, Jah Furry, Brian Heater and Josh Neufeld set off, after a brief detour to drop FMB off at the airport. Despite such setbacks as a strange bug biting The Beat, faulty GPS leading us on an eerie tour of Elizabeth, NJ […]

Amazon reconsiders the O”Connor case — artists recognized

It seems that the Amazon Artist Fail matter we reported the other day has led to the entire situation being reexamined. You’ll recall that cartoonist George O’Connor was thwarted in his attempt to list the books he drew on his Amazon Author page. However, there seems to have been a happy ending. O’Connor writes: It […]

People just like it better that way

(tip of the hat to the always-right Kurt Busiek who posted this on his Facebook page.)

SPX Fast Facts

The Small Press Expo kicks off tomorrow. Official info Here’s Comicsgirl’s excellent (and much needed) dining guide. And her also excellent Survival Guide. Brian Heater has a guide to some of the new comics debuting. Also excellent, Chris Mautner’s guide at Robot 6. Rob Clough also has a guide. Quick publisher links: Drawn and Quarterly […]


The awesomeness is off the hook.

The Seth Parade Float

Seth — yes, THAT Seth — has designed a parade float of the Wine King for the Niagara Arts Centre. Can we somehow get this into the Tournament of Roses parade? The petition begins NOW. Via D&Q.

Blog Fail

Due to circumstances beyond our control, NJ Transit and allergies, we won’t be able to do the SPX Debuts like we usually do. Deepest apologies to everyone who sent us stuff, and we’ll try to make up for it somehow. We will, however, be at SPX this weekend, moderating the Jeffrey Brown panel at some […]

And one more: Tonight — Josh Neufeld at Bergen Street Comics

Events- Bergen Street Comics:

Tonight to do: Ken Dahl and MONSTERS at Desert Island

More info here.

Yaoi Press publisher indicted

Yamila Abraham, the publisher of Yaoi Press and a frequently quoted manga industry observer, has been indicted on seven counts of mail fraud, one count of misbranding a drug, one count of introducing goods into domestic commerce by means of false statement and criminal forfeiture for selling “Snurf.” The drug was billed as an “herbal […]

Carl Jung liked words AND pictures

This long article in the NY Times Magazine talks about Carl Jung’s mysterious Red Book, a journal he worked on for years which contained his most profound ideas but which has never been published — until now. This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last […]

Tonight to do: Bobs Sikoryak and Blechman

Two great cartoonists, two great books: R.O. Blechman and R. Sikoryak are two multifaceted artists who have achieved international acclaim in the fields of animation, illustration and cartooning. Their literary comics have been featured in The New Yorker, RAW and Humbug, among others. Talking Lines collects a decade’s worth of Blechman’s comics, including The Juggler of Our Lady(1953), which was the […]