Tr!ckster and Criterion team for Kurosawa benefit at San Diego Comic-Con

Since last we reported on Tr!ckster, the creator-driven pop-up/art gallery/store/wine bar that will be running all through Comic-Con, a lot has happened. We’ll be spotlighting some of it in a future post, but right this minute they have just announced a special event for Friday, July 22nd: a benefit for the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund featuring an art gallery tribute to the films of Akira Kurosawa.

Games of Thrones: The comic gets Alex Ross covers

If you were wondering when a Game of Thrones comic book would show up, it’s been in the works for quite a while from Bantam Books and Dynamite The first issue is due in September. Daniel Abraham writes, Tommy Patterson draws, and Alex Ross and Mike S. Miller will provide the covers.

Martin had a previous comics encounter when the Dabel Brothers adapted his Hedge Knight Books.

Center for Cartoon Studies awarded $255,000 community development grant for Inky Solomon Center

CCS, the much-admired cartooning school that has turned White River Junction, VT into a comics mecca, has been awarded $255,000 in community grant money to develop the Inky Solomon Center. Named for CCS’s “legendary” founder, The Inky Solomon Center will be a modern facility aimed at helping CCS alums create and develop projects.