Coming Attractions: May 2011

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This month marks the tenth Free Comic Book Day. The first debuted during the perfect storm of Spider-Man and Book Expo America New York. Ten years later, we see a plethora of movies based on well-known and obscure comic books, as well as numerous books aimed at young readers. (Of the 37 comics being offered during Free Comic Book Day, at least 21 of 37 are kid-friendly.) Ten years ago, comics were still a sideline medium, garnering some press. Today, there are bestseller lists, and book publishers such as Rizzoli, Abrams, and Random House have joined the burgeoning market dominated by DC, Marvel, and others.

I don’t know what was offered back in May 2002. I do remember DC Comics announcing All-Star Batman at Book Expo, but the other titles featured in the first ever Graphic Novel Pavilion are a haze. Perhaps I’ll do a look back. Meanwhile…

Sunday Reading: Shaun Tan profile

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Illustrator/animator/visual storyteller Shaun Tan gets profiled in the Sunday NY Times Magazine, the traditional anointing of a major creative figure.