§ Johanna has more commentary on ICv2’s Most Powerful People in manga list, including spots 11-20:

# Robin Brenner, Young Adwult Library Services Association
# Jim Chadwick, Editor in Chief, CMX
# Liza Coppola, Senior VP of Marketing, Viz Media
# Jason DeAngelis, Founder, Seven Seas Entertainment
# Rika Inouye, Senior Director of Licensing, Viz Media
# John Ledford, CEO, ADV Films (with the blurb “Although ADV’s launch of its manga line involved thrusting too many titles into a crowded market, the company still controls a number of great licenses and remains a player.â€? Which reads to me as wishful thinking)
# Kuo-Yu Liang, VP Sales & Marketing, Diamond Book Distributors
# Michael Martens, VP Special Markets, Dark Horse
# Charles Solomon, Journalist (�the leading commentator on manga (and anime) in the mainstream media�)
# David Wise, Editor in Chief, Go Comi

§ Mark Evanier reports on the debut of “The Sergio” and has pictures of Jack Davis AND the REAL Sergio.

§ Scott Kurtz and Mike Krahulik collaborate; world axis shifts?

§ An early play by Brian K. Vaughan will be performed in Chicago he reports at his news blog. He quotes the organizer:

DROP will be performed on October 26th, 27th, and 28th at 8:00 PM in the Francis X. Kinahan Theater at the University of Chicago.

5706 S University Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Admission price is $6.

“Now wait!” you might say, “that’s a lot of money for a twenty-minute show!” Well, yes. Yes, it is. But there are three other shows going on: Strindberg One on One (“Pariah” and “The Stronger”), Edward Albee’s “Zoo Story”, and an adapted version of Ray Bradbury’s “The Wonderful Death of Dudley Stone”. DROP is simply going up first, so people can duck out afterwards if they’re just there for the BKV love.


§ One more SPX link, a photo which proves either that:

a) if you order a “crib” instead of a cot you will get…a crib


b) Indie cartoonists really are babies.

§ In case you’re wondering with this…”Nar-oo-toe” business is all about, Blogcritics has a review understandable by all:

Reading his adventures in graphic novel format, it didn’t take me long to discover the character’s appeal.

The series opens in an undefined period within a well-to-do village called Konohagakune. There, we meet our hero as he’s vandalizing the Rushmore-like mountain faces of the village’s four champions. “You don’t have what it takes to do something this low!” he taunts the outraged villagers, and it’s quickly established that orphaned Naruto is the local scapegoat (colloquialisms courtesy of onetime Marvel writer Mary Jo Duffy), the kind of kid who primarily seeks attention by either making mischief or by loudly bragging about himself.

§ Meanwhile, Salon on “How the World Works” :

But what really caught my eye was a clip from the animated series Naruto set to the soundtrack of a hip-hop song from an Asian American Berkeley duo called Magnetic North. The graphic novel series Naruto is a huge seller in the United States, a fact that is driven home for me every time I wake my son up for breakfast and his first conscious act is to pick up his latest installment and start reading. A Berkeley Asian-American duo providing the soundtrack to a Naruto video is just too close to my home territory to ignore. It’s like they’re rehearsing in my attic.

§ The New York Sun has a lengthy and interesting obit for Hilda Terry,