§ The Angoulême comics festival — the greatest comics event in the world — is kicking off — English-speaking guests include Joe Sacco, Ivan Brunetti and Dash Shaw — and Bart Beaty has a preview of all the events which will have you jumping on the next plane to attend. His rundown gives some idea of the way in which comics completely take over the town, a refined state that San Diego is nowhere near achieving.
§ And yet we totally missed the news that Philadelphia is turning into Persepolis.
§ Zac Efron feels the road to manhood is via starring in a Brian Bendis story as he signs a deal to star in FIRE, adapted from the BMB graphic novel which he wrote and drew.
§ A lot of people have been alarmed by a lettering error in BATMAN & ROBIN #7. It is sad that time pressures make for such sloppy editing, but in looking at the panel in question, the artists drew the characters in the wrong order anyway. Where were the correct balloons going to go?