To do: November — Comica

Paul Gravett has sent out an email with SOME of the amazing events for the month long Comica fest in the UK. The party kicks off tomorrow with an opening night hoedown, and then things unspool fats and furious — among those appearing Hannah Berry, Warren Ellis, Lenny Henry Richard McGuire and more to come!

To do 11/5: Carousel for kids

Chris Duffy
Sam Henderson
Tao Nyeu
Colleen AF Venable
and more!

To do 11/3: Lily Renee Wilheim and Trina Robbins at MoCCA

Two comics icons together — this is a real don’t miss event.

French satirical cartoon magazine firebombed after showing Mohammed

Only yesterday word that Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine, was planning to run a a special “Sharia issue” guest edited by the prophet Mohammed.

“What could possibly go wrong?” we were planning to write.

Judge rules Tintin in the Congo is not racist

Tintin isn’t racist. He’s just drawn that way. So ruled a Belgian judge yesterday in a long running attempt to get TINTIN IN THE CONGO, the second book in the popular series, banned on account of racism.

The book — like many of its era — uses typical racial “blackface” caricatures for the natives and portrays them as childish buffoons. Originally drawn in 1931, Tintin creator Hergé revised it in 1946 and redrew a few panels in 1975 — but only to tone down a scene where a rhino is stuffed with dynamite, not because of any racial overtones.

Nice art: Jillian Tamaki illustrates GOBLIN MARKET

Jillian Tamaki has illustrated another Folio Society limited edition book. This time it’s Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market & Selected Poems”. More gorgeous illustrations in the link.

Nicola Scott to draw three issues of SUPERMAN

Wow, the number of women working in the New 52 just jumped 33%…or something. We’re no good at percentages. Anyway, Nicola Scott will be filling in for Jesus Merino on Superman issues 3, 5 and 6 of the George Pérez written book, working from Pérez’s layouts.

It’s definitely a fill-in in many ways. Merino will be the regular penciller from isues 7 on, although Perez is leaving the books. And Scott is pencilling a JSA book, written by James Robinson, with an indeterminate launch date

SUPERMAN #3 goes on sale November 23.

Fantagraphics' Spring 2012 lineup is awesome

Fantagraphics Books has posted their releases for early 2012 and a link to their catalog to see for yourself, but here are some very tasty highlights:

Steve Rude is out of jail but you can stil help him — UPDATED

Well, you won’t need to help bail him out, but on his Facebook page, artist Steve Rude’s wife, Jaynellle reports that the artist was arrested over a dispute with neighbors.

Joe Giella artwork stolen

Golden/Silver age artist Joe Giella who worked for Fawcett in the Golden Age and inked things like Gil Kane’s Green Lantern in the Silver age, has had some artwork stolen. Jim Amash reports that “A certain person Joe Giella trusted apparently stole a few pieces of original comic art from his house, mostly likely on Sept. 7 and Oct. 13 of this year.  We want to get the word out so that anyone who may have already purchased this work or may be contacted about it will know it’s considered stolen property, and hopefully will help get Joe’s artwork back to him. A police report has been filed in the case, but spreading the word to the comics art community is absolutely vital.”

Kibbles 'n' Bits, 11/2/11

§ The CBLDF raised $82,000 in October — a bit short of their goal but still pretty good.