Just a few things we meant to write about:
§ Do you know what product this superhero endorses? Colleen Doran does.
§ Rick Geary’s career provides a model for the cartoonist — from the underground to the New York Times to his own series of much praised books. Now, here’s a video interview with the man himself.
§ The shameful treatment that ESSEX COUNTY received in the Canada Reads contest continues to reverberate. Here’s a roundtable wih Chris Butcher, Jeet Heer, and Darwyn Cooke defending the comcis medium from this kind of snobbish dismissal. Seriously, would YOU want to argue against this three gentlemen?
Jeet: What made the Canada Reads discussion so dismaying though was that most of the jurors didn’t go after the book for its flaws or take sufficient note of its virtues; instead they preferred to dismiss it outright as a graphic novel. I’m wondering if part of the problem isn’t the format of Canada Reads itself. Based on Survivor, the show is competitive and adversarial, so there is a strong incentive to go after other people’s books by any means necessary fair or foul. Frequently on the show, any book that is a little out of the ordinary – not just a graphic novel but poetry or short stories – gets attacked for not being a regular novel.
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.