SDCC ’15 Interview: Mariko Tamaki talks about “This One Summer”

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By Nick Eskey Mariko Tamaki is a Canadian born artist of mixed Japanese and Jewish descent. In school she studied literature and writing, later on publishing the book “Cover Me,” as well as graphic novels “Skim” and “Emiko Superstar.”  Her recent work is another graphic novel entitled “This One Summer.” Jillian Tamaki, Mariko’s cousin, did […]

Interview: Jennifer Crute Opens Up in Jennifer’s Journal

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By Nick Eskey Jennifer Crute is a native New York City artist, turned comic creator. She began her love for making art at an early age, surrounded by other creative people such as her mother and brother. Jennifer spent years drawing and painting, and later graphic design. From some prompting from friends, she found herself […]

Z2 expands with fall GN line, including Abaddon, Pawn Shop and Ashes

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Z2 Comics just made news last week with a new line of periodicals, and here’s their fall graphic novel line, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. The slate includes a collection of Koren Shadmi’s awesome webcomic THE ABADDON, as well as a new edition of Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnent, and print editions of two […]

Congrats to Raina Telgemeier for three straight years on the NYT Bestseller list

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This news arrived via an email ad blast in my inbox, but it doesn’t change the import of it: Raina Telgemeier’s Smile has been on the New York Times bestseller list for three straight years, and she also recently achieved a rare top four sweep of the spots with Smile, Sisters, Drama and the reissued colorized Babysitter’s Club.

First Second Announces Pashima, a YA Bildungsroman that Seeks to Change the Way You See India

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Today, cartoonist Nidhi Chanani announced that her first graphic novel, Pashima, has been picked up by First Second to be released in 2017.  Pashima is the story of a Indian-American girl named Priyanka Das who lives in Orange County and seeks to reconnect with her mother’s Indian roots.  She finds a pashima shawl that whisks […]

Great French Comics I Want To Read In English!

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Recently, right before BookExpo America commenced, the French Embassy sponsored an invitation-only symposium on French comics, the American market, and how both can benefit from the other. Heidi has already posted statistics and video from the event, so I’ll just post a smattering of bandes dessinées which were featured at the event.  If  I can a public edition […]

This One Summer wins Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize and some other award winners

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Graphic novels have a lot more prizes than they once did, including literary awards that help validate the medium. Awards season is well upon us, and I’ve been way behind in noting some of the most important.

New Dan Clowes “SF love story” Patience due in 2016

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Fantagraphics has been teasing something new from Daniel Clowes for a few weeks and now and here’s the official word: Patience, a new 180-page graphic novel from Clowes is coming in March 2016. It’s described as “an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story.” Certainly the art seems like a technicolor throwback to some of Clowes earlier genre-influenced work, as well as The Death Ray.

Protect Your Privacy From Ultron With Terms Of Service Graphic Novella

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By Victor Van Scoit In the Marvel Universe Ultron is an artificial intelligence robot fixated on world domination. Ultron may only be a work of fiction but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned with the data gathering robots that exist in our world today. As a graphic novella, Terms Of Service: Understanding Our Role […]

Fun Home the musical gets 12 Tony Award nominations

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The Tony Awards nominations are out today, honoring the best on Broadway, and Fun Home tied for most nominations with 12 (An American in Paris also got 12.) The musical, based on the Alison Bechdel graphic novel, was nominated for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), […]

Batman in Dior

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Girl in Dior has been getting great press worldwide for its depiction of one of the most influential premiere collections in fashion history, but there are a couple of classic superhero connections as well.

A day of remembrance with Operation Nemesis, Dan Panosian and Harry Bogosian

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Some anniversaries are painful to remember, and so is today’s: the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. A while ago we told you about a graphic novel about this event, OPERATION NEMESIS: A Story of Genocide & Revenge. The book is out now and in memoriam of those who lost their lives, here’s two illustrations from the book, one by Dan Panosian above and one by Harry Bogosian, below, a student of Paul Pope.

How Diverse is the Dewey Decimal Classification When It Comes to Comics? You’d Be Surprised What One Librarian Discovered!

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How diverse are graphic novels?  Not in themes, or character representation, but in actual non-fiction subjects? Is there a graphic novel about hot air ballooning?  How about the architectural history of bathrooms?  Or maybe you’d prefer an autobiographical history of Benihana?  Or maybe a history of Andorra? Those exist, and more.  I spent seven years (on […]

WonderCon ’15: Exhibition Hall Highlights

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By Nick Eskey Known for being the fan favorite of major conventions, with its relaxed nature and lines, WonderCon has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. For this last WonderCon, I was a little underwhelmed with the pick of panel selections, so I decided to spend more time on the sales floor […]

Fantagraphics teases a new Daniel Clowes graphic novel

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Coming in March 2016. Five years in the making. pic.twitter.com/oChHUyKbQm — Fantagraphics Books (@fantagraphics) April 6, 2015 It’s been way too long since we’ve heard from Dan Clowes, Shia LaBeouf aside, but the pile of what appears to be artwork in the above tweet suggests he hasn’t been idle. Clowes’ last work was Wilson, which […]

Los Angeles Times Book Prize graphic novel nominees announced

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Awards season is barreling along now. And here are the nominees for the LA Times Book Prizes, which added a graphic novel category several years back. It’s a prestigious literary prize, and the winners over the years—Duncan the Wonder Dog, Finder, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life among them—have definitely lived up to the billing. This year’s five books chosen include what I would almost call the usual suspects for 2014: