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.

Darryl Ayo asks: Do you like comics?

Cartoonist Darryl Ayo reminds us not to get too jaded, and a comics image gallery that would make anyone sit up and take notice.

Adam Sandler wins legal battle against comic book

A comics writer who sued Adam Sandler, his production company, Judd Apatow and Sony Pictures has had his case dismissed after a judge found that using a hair dryer as a weapon was not infrangible

Tell us what webcomics you’re reading!

We’ve been reprimanded by our readers for not spotlighting enough webcomics here so SCHOOL us. DROP SOME KNOWLEDGE ON US. Webcomics creators — post away! Readers — tell us what’s working! Share!

Fun new Captain America spot to sell many, many Cherry Coolatas

Dunkin Donuts and Captain America are teaming up for a plastic cup. And also a remarkably red slushee called a Cherry Coolata.

This charming, imaginative spot for the drink — and the movie — may just sell more tickets to CAPTAIN AMERICA than the regular trailers.

Captain America opens July 22nd nationwide.

Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane and Japanese Music Star Yoshiki

How many times can one man pact? Stan Lee is pushing the boundaries of human endurance with, interestingly, a story which involves “forces beyond comprehension.” This time he’s bringing along Todd McFarlane and the duo are teaming with Japanese musical/chat show star Yoshiki for a projects called Blood Red Dragon. Details of the project will be announced at, where else, San Diego.

While we’re not familiar with Yoshiki’s career, based on the photos we found, it appears that Lee and McFarlane may be embarking on their first yaoi project. Which would be fantastic.

The Wimpy Kid — a $500 million franchise

Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series get profiled revealing that is has now joined such publishing behemoths as Twilight and Stieg Larsson – indeed only the late Swedish author beat Kinney as best selling author in the US last year. The piece expands a bit on how YA publishing is still strong as other genres fade:

Webcomic alert: Darryl Cunningham on Evolution

Daryl Cunningham has finished another of his excellent comics debunking unscience, this time on Evolution. Previous comics have covered such topics as global warming and autism “research.” A book collection of these comics will be out next year.

And there was great rejoicing!

Webcomic alert: Emily Carroll’s The Prince and the Sea”

Emily Carroll has delivered a new webcomicthis one another fairy tale based on a dream and inspired by the illustrations of Henry J. Ford.

And there was great rejoicing!

Newsy bits and notes: video games are art, etc.

Video Games can’t be banned, Jim Woodring is a visionary, Mark Millar thinks superhero movies are still okay and so on.

“Cosplay Massage”: Too dirty for family conventions

A licensed massage therapist/cosplayer named Amber is concerned by some Wizard shows where something called cosplay massage has been exhibiting, something she feels is unsuitable for a family convention. and it’s not just skimpy costumes. Its the element of fantasy entering into a therapeutic service.

Sexism is over!

Kate Beaton shows us how to celebrate with her Strong Female Characters®.

Crazy 8 Press publishing collective to publish David, Friedman, more

As the business is changing, creators are getting creative about the business and finding new revenue streams. One such venture is Crazy 8 Press. Six noted SF writers—Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein—are banding together to start their own online publishing cooperative and sell direct to readers. Books will be offered on a bimonthly basis to start, with greater frequency to come. Interested readers can sign up for the newsletter at the above link.

ALA news: Library wins $20,000 in graphic novels

LeVette Fuller from Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana is the lucky winner of more than $20,000 for here library in the Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway. The prize was announced at this weekends American LIbrary Association. A video was made of the winner, above. Nearly 1500 librarians entered the contest.

CCI: SD announced 2011 Film Festival lineup

The Comic-Con film festival has become an increasingly important part of the show, with a variety of premieres in the fiction and non-fictin categories. Of note are screenings of comics-related documentaries Superheroes, Comic Books Go to War, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, and To Romero With Love. Complete list follows:

Who is the JLA’s mystery tumbler woman?

The DC reveals continue apace. Over the weekend, a beverage glass manufacturer Facebooked an image of their San Diego exclusive: a JLA tumbler that seems to reveal all 15 members of the nü JLA
Identified thus far: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Deadman, Atom, Element Woman, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Hawkman, and Mera. Element Woman is a new Jim Lee designed character from Flashpoint. However, the identity of the 15th character, a seemingly blonde woman on the right, remains a mystery.