Grace Reading Series returns with cartooners

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The Grace Reading Series, a monthly multi media mix focusing on women writers, returns with a series of readings by cartoonists. The series kicks off October 4 at Mo Pitkins in NYC with Megan Kelso and Gabrielle Bell. Future readings include Allison Cole (Never Ending Summer) and Lauren Weinstein (Girl Stories) on November 1, and […]

TO DO, SF 9/20: Yang and Pien at Isotope

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Celebrate the release of AMERICAN BORN CHINESE: China Books, First Second Books, & the IsotopeLaunch What Might be the Best Book of 2006 Pardon us while we gush, but if you’ve seen the advance reviews you’ll know we’re not alone in our complete and total devotion to First Second Books’ American Born Chinese. Trust us, […]

Summit news: Whedon, DBPro, James Fenimore Cooper

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The paucity of news from Marvel over the last new months has been made up for at the Diamond Retail Summit taking place in Baltimore. Those present last night got a nice side order of dish with their crabcakes, as Marvel made a number of big announcements: • Joss Whedon and artist Michael Ryan are […]

9/11 COMIC OUTRAGE!!

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Are you in the mood for something salty? Because you’re going to have to take a grain or two with this one. A story emanating from WENN, the news service that takes out of context quotes and writes news stories about them, claims that a comic about 9/11 aimed at children has outraged Muslim groups. […]

Lisa Benson signs with WWG

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As Dirk put it, the headline says it all: Rare Occurrence: Female Editorial Cartoonist Signs With Major Syndicate: Lisa Benson’s editorial cartoons will be syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group (WWG) starting Oct. 16. She’ll join a small group of female editorial cartoonists with major syndicates — including Signe Wilkinson of The Philadelphia Daily […]

WB and Nokia pact for mobile content

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PR this morning on a pact between Warners and the mobile phone giant. . More to our point: At service launch, mobile subscribers in select European and Asian countries will be able to explore the dedicated Warner Bros. Entertainment channel and discover images, tones, games and video clips. The consumer offer brings together premium and […]

Get your name in a comics strip by Chris Ware

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As Neil Gaiman explains in his Journal, several authors are participating a benefit for the First Amendment Project: So I called Michael Chabon and told him about the cruise-ship-name auction and suggested that if we could mobilise a few writers and get them to take part in a character-name auction, we could raise the money […]

The Baltimore Fire Evacuation

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As we approached the Baltimore Convention Center on the morning of September 9, 2006, a story of human bravery and endurance was about to unfold which would hold a nation spellbound. We salute these heroes. [The Beat videoblogging sponsored by Samsung.]

STEADY BEAT preview

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Rivkah previews Volume 2 of STEADY BEAT her manga from Tokyopop.

New Kochalka video

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The second video from James Kochalka’s new album is out, and it delivers the timeless message “Wash Your A**.” Over on the TCJ message board (now with editing!) Kochalka revelas that the album, SPREAD YOUR EVIL WINGS, has had some success: The album debuts at #64 on the CMJ Top 150 college album charts this […]

The dawn of a new era

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We’ve been experimenting with our video blogging, and the next fruit of our labor is up now. We realize that we’re not very good at this—it is not truly our metier, as it were—but we are learning many things about communication and imagery and our attention span. So we’ll probably keep doing it for a […]