24 Hours of International Comics: Britain and Sandman Overture

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“Sandman Overture” By Nick Eskey Okay, perhaps not a British comic, but seeing as “Sandman” was written by a British man, and is in English, its good enough for me. Outside of the comic spectrum, Neil Gaiman has published a number of best-selling books such as “American Gods” (one of my personal favorites), “Coraline” and […]

24 Hours of International Comics: Fabien Vehlmann, the Alan Moore of France

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Best known in the US for writing Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann is a superstar writer in France, working on some of the best known characters while winning numerous awards, and even writing the occasional movie. Here’s a brief look at some of his work available in English.

UN announces “Gender Equality: Picture It!” comics competition for Europe

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Diversity is taking over the world! The UN Women, a department aimed at gender quality around the world, the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre) is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The competition is only open to European cartoonists between the ages of 18-28 […]

ReedPOP launches in China with Shanghai Comic Con

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Yesterday we learned that New Jersey is getting a comic-con…and so is China! ReedPOP is launching the Shanghai Comic Convention which will be held in just two months, May 16 and 17th at the Shanghai Convention & Exhibition Center of International Sourcing.

Area man selling old comics to finance wife’s breast augmentation surgery

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Makes sense, right? Ebay user hugelyimpressive is auctioning off some rare Golden Age comics he came across is order to fund his wife’s boob job. Although enough has been raised for a modest enhancement, they are seeking DD size additions so keep bidding. The post includes a FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions Q: Is this for […]

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/9/15: Secrets of the Manga Industry Revealed

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§ Deb Aoki is the Charles Dickens of Storify, You may know her from that other one we mentioned recently, but she also put together an epic compilation on manga translation based on her being a judge at the Manga Translation Battle in Tokyo. ONce again, if you are interested in manga at all this […]

Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club and “the toxic ever present white gaze.”

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There’s no question but that in American culture the predominant view is one that is rich, white, male, straight and Christian. And while “The male gaze” is pretty well known, we’re getting to learn about the “white gaze” as well. Have you ever wondered what it looks like? Now we know. Except it’s from peace loving New Zealand AND America.

Interview: JP Ahonen on drawing bears, Sing no Evil and the Finnish comics scene

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Finnish cartoonist JP Ahonen made a splash last year with his energetic graphic novel Sing No Evil (co-written by KP Alare), about a rock band that has to struggle not only with rival musicians but a supernatural invasion of their home town. Originally published in Finland, Abrams brought out the English edition. Here he talks about making the book, sequel plans and what comics are like in his native land.

TCAF announces first guests, more details for 2015 show

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TCAF, the Toronto Comic Arts Festival will be held May 9-10th this year, with a whole week of events, art exhibits, screenings. Special programming events include the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, and Comics Vs. Games 4. IN other words, it jam packed with stuff to see and do. As for programming the first spotlight has been announced: Drawn & Quarterly’s 25th anniversary, which is certain to bring out some top notch sessions.

Angoulême’s attendance is probably smaller than thought

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Well, this is a bit of a wounder. I alluded in an earlier post on the Angoulême comics festival that the attendance was being disputed, and in a
must read wrap-up of the 2015 festival Matthias Wivel covers everything and has a much more knowledgable breakdown of the dispute. In the past it has been a tenet of faith that 200,000 people attend the festival, which fills an entire medieval style town on a hill. This number has been cited as a reminder of how the French love their comics, how robust the European comics scene is, and in general how Angoulême is heaven on earth for comics lovers. While all of that remains true, it now seems that festival organizers may have been inflating the attendance a tad and it’s more like…15,000-20,000.

Titan Announces The Best of British Comics

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Titan has socialed up the above image and some information:

Word Without Borders publishes 9th annual Graphic Novels issue

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The annual graphic novel issues of Words without Borders, an online international literary magazine, is out, and it has a great line-up, which you can see by clicking through. I’ve post a few preview images at the bottom of the post.

Riad Sattouf’s “The Arab of the Future” wins top honor at Angoulême festival prizes

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The winners are in. and Riad Sattouf won the top prize for Album of the Year, for his L’Arabe du Futur (The Arab of the Future) which will be published in the US this fall by Holt. As might be expected from the title, the book deals directly with the matter of the day, and I expect it will get a lot of attention. Sattouf is well known in France for his cutting social humor, and is also a prize winning film director. Here’s the rest of the winners with my rough translations of the prize names from the official site—the only American prize was Chris Ware’s Building Stories for the Jury Prize.

Meanwhile in Angoulême: Charlie Hebdo gets special prize; Comixology coverage and just how big is it?

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A round-up of news from the FIBD in Angoulême, with a sale from Comixology, live reports on bomb sniffing dogs, a prize for LES ROYAUMES DU NORD, continued controversy over Sodastream, and questions over just how many people actually attend the festival.

Katsuhiro Otomo wins Grand Prix at Angoulême

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In what is not a shock but is a break with tradition, Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of Akira and Domu, has been awarded the Grand Prix at the 42nd annual Festival d’Angoulême which is taking place as we speak.

Otomo beat out beloved Belgian cartoonist Hermann (the safe choice) and Alan Moore, who probably would have just chucked it into his garden and forgotten about.

Je suis Jane Austen

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By Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson

If I had my druthers I would mostly live in a Jane Austen world. I say mostly because of course it would be necessary to be wealthy and male, from a proper upper class family with good social standing and white goes without saying. I prefer gentility, good manners and pleasant behavior. I don’t like crass, vulgar, adolescent immature anything. So what am I doing in the world of comics?