Katsuhiro Otomo’s poster for 2016 Angoulême festival revealed

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When Japanese cartoonist/animator Katsuhiro Otomo won the Grand Prix at this year’s Angoulême comics fest, he became the first manga artist to win the prize—the win followed several years of controversy regarding the festival’s failure to recognize more international cartoonists. And unlike the 2014 winner Bill Watterson, who was at the event in spirit only, […]

Spring Preview: Conundrum Press announces 20th anniversary anthology, Roher GN and Valium collection

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Canada’s Conundrum Press, publisher of such fine graphic novels as Photobooth, the works of Joe Ollman and much more, is rolling out its spring list over on their blog. Since the company will be 20 years old in 2016, they’s announced an anniversary anthology, as well as a book by up and coming CCS grad […]

TO DO: Talk and signing The Art of Alfredo Alcala – Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master tomorrow at JHU

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Tomorrow night from 6-8 I’ll be doing my first book signing in 20 years! And it’s for the same book! Dover has rereleased The Art of Alfredo Alcala – Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master in a handsome and affordable new edition. And I’ll be singing it tomorrow, 10/21 at JHU Comics. JHU Comic […]

INTERVIEW: Jessica Abel on Intersection of Comics and Radio and the Limitations of Art

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by Alex Dueben Jessica Abel has produced a unique body of work in comics that ranges from two collections of her award winning comic series Artbabe (Soundtrack and Mirror, Window), the acclaimed graphic novel La Perdita, to co-writing the graphic novel Life Sucks and producing two textbooks with her husband Matt Madden which build on […]

NYCC ’15: Dark Horse gets Mœbius catalog — please don’t recolor it

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Among comics reprints there are few holy grails left. We’ve finally got Miracleman (and no one cares) we’re getting Master of Kung Fu, and now, perhaps the last great library. Via Dark Horse media partner Bleeding Cool comes word that DH has gained the rights to put out a “lavish series of hardcover volumes” reprinting “the library of Mœbius.” Terse but cherce. One imagines it will be similar to the Milo Manara library being reprinted currently.

Finnish website sells art to aid the Red Cross

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The other day we posted a heartbreaking strip called “What a Wonderful World” by Zep featuring Titeuf, the Bart Simpson of France, in a storyline that echoes the refugee crisis now affecting Europe. Thousands of families are fleeing war torn areas—predominantly Syria—and trying to find asylum in various European countries, leading to a humanitarian and […]

Titeuf, France’s most popular comics character, confronts Europe’s refugee crisis

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In the French speaking world, a character known as Titeuf is as well known as Bart Simpson or Dennis the Menace here. He’s a mischievous 8-year-old with a huge cowlick, created by the Swiss cartoonist Zep. Instantly recognizable in Europe, Titeuf is not as well known here — something about his adventures and humor not […]

French women cartoonists launch a website “against comics sexism”

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A new French language website called BD Egalite (more or less “comics equality”) has launched to address rampant sexism in the French comics market. The charter has been posted in English with a few calls for action including this:  Given that « masculine comics » have never been narrowly defined or limited, it is degrading for […]

SPX adds international guests: Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke

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Although this year’s Small Press Expo’s theme is “Cartoonists of the 21st Century,” they are allowing cartoonists older than 30 to be guests as well. Just announced, the international slate, which consists of Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks and Brecht Vandenbroucke —with more to come. And peep the Gemma Correll drawn poster above. This will be […]