§ Jim Woodring is selling some new art at his IVORY TOWER ART OUTLET.

§ Very nice Ed Brubaker profile (not INTERVIEW) At the Seattle Times.

§ Greta, the 12-year-old comics reading whiz blogger is now conducting interviews at THE PULSE. First up: Craig Thompson:

THE PULSE: How do you think the book would have been different if all the characters were people?

THOMPSON: Namely, it wouldn’t have been as “cute”, and the cuteness is part of the charm, I suppose. A whimsical funny animal story with dark and lonely undertones.

I’ll confess it’s strange when dogs are dogs and turtles are anthropomorphic in the same world though… That’s always been troubling to me, and yet I went and did it myself.

§ Jamie Coville has all sorts of coverage of the Toronto HobbyStar Fan Expo, Dragon*Con and an interview with Ethan van Sciver.

§ Chris Mautner’s full length interview with Scott McCloud.

§ Older male virgins are a hot demographic in Japan, Mainichi Daily reports:

Once shunned for being dweebish or simply grotesque, older male virgins are being sought out in Japan in the belief that they’re more creative than their sexually experienced peers, according to Shukan Asahi (10/13).

TV shows like “Densha Otoko” and “Kekkon Dekinai Otoko” have become huge hits by celebrating stories about men who are hopeless around women.

“The 40-Year-Old Virgin” has just hit Japanese movie theaters, but has already proved successful enough to inspire the creation of a Virgin Film Festival featuring flicks all about men’s struggles with lifelong enforced chastity.

More in link, including manga treatments of the topic.