§ MSN profiles First Second’s Mark Siegel:
He started out in the art department of a children’s book publisher while writing picture books on the side. Along the way an idea began to percolate, fueled by the thriving European and Asian markets for graphic novels. Siegel suspected that the United States was ready for a high-end comic book imprint specifically tailored to the American market. “MacMillan came to me,” says Siegel of the publishing company that houses First Second. “I thought they wanted me to illustrate a book for them. Instead they offered me my own imprint.”
§ Electric Ant interviews manga-popularizing pioneer Frederik Schodt at length and with very small type. We plan to settle down with a hot beverage to read the whole thing when we have a moment, and so should you.
§ Pictures from the KRAMERS ERGOT signing at Desert Island in BKNY. Looks like it was a lively day. We hear Desert Island sold more than 50 copies of the book, which is a nice number, esp. dollar-wise.
§ A biting riposte to the whole “indie comics fans are snobs” debate raging for the 9,476th time ever,
§ Tucker Stone’s The Best Comics of 2008, Part 1 of 2 demonstrates the wide range of notable material that was available this year via catholic tastes and a nice critical eye.
§ Yet ANOTHER “Best of” list from Indy Comic News readers, and the picks aren’t particularly focused or anything, but, once again, it’s a very wide-ranging list.
§ We should note that Dick Hyacinth is rounding up all the “Best of” lists, or at least the ones that matter.