§ First off, in the Massive Achievements Dept., Kelly Thompson has put together a massive, massive list of women who makes comics. Everyone stand up and applaud.
§ Everyone wants to go to Japan, right? But everyone is scared because it’s all in Japanese, right? Luckily, Abby Denson has created the Cool Japan Guide which is what it sounds like in mostly comics form with all kinds of cool things to find and do in Japan. There’s a companion tumblr. The book is out next month and kicks off with a signing at the Kinokuniya book store on Saturday March 14th 2pm at the Kinokuniya bookstore in NYC.
§ Here’s a brief news report on writer/photographer Seth Kushner who is miraculously in remission from leukemia that he was told that he would definitely die at least twice. Thinking about Seth’s miracle always make me feel good.
§ The Ghastly awards were presented for horror comics and Terry Moore won several of them.
Singh spoke to a group of Millsaps students on Sunday night, asking them to write on cards the words that came to their minds when they looked at him. “Foreign, Indian, intellectual, interesting, different, religious, devout,” they read. “I’ve almost never had anyone say, ‘American,’ ” Singh said. “We have this symbolic association of a permanent beard as being not America. That’s part of the reason I do what I do.”
§ Malaysian cartoonist Zunar is in the news again, as he is almost every week. this time his book launch was disrupted by the authorities, who view him with suspicion because of his opposition to the ruling regime.
Zunar, whose full name is Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, said he was told by police officials that he would require a permit to continue with the launch, held at Brickfields in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, today. “I don’t need a permit for this, this is a private place. I will proceed to sell my books because this is my right, why do you need a permit for a book publication? “It is ridiculous to have 20 police personnel interfere in this event. This book is not even banned, I don’t even know what offence I have committed,” Zunar said at the event.
§ Simon Hanselmann gets the interview treatment at Darling Sleeper and has some sound suggestions on getting exposure for your work:
crazy publicity stunts. fake weddings. real weddings. try to cultivate a bad boy/girl (or both at once) public image. get into beefs with artists you don’t like. orchestrate additional fake beefs. go on expensive cross country tours with people who work for adventure time. also: make readable work that is both funny and sad at the same time. try to avoid: being boring.
§ Chris Sims takes on DC’s Hypertime, a late 90s concept that enabled anal retentive fans and editors to exist without going insane in a world where stories did not always follow continuity.
§ Finally, colorist Nathan Fairbairn has the most complete discussion of The Dress that ever was or ever will be. Although I should note that over the weekend I was having dinner with a friend who is a fashion art director and when I brought up the Dress she scoffed “It was underexposed! It was a bad photo!” and then moved right on.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.