Dover to publish a new edition of Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master: The Art of Alfredo Alcala

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The other day I mentioned how Dover Books is bringing back a bunch of out of print graphic novels including Puma Blues and A Sailor’s Story.

Well, you can add one more book to that list.

I’m thrilled to be able to announce that Dover is reprinting a new edition of Secret Teachings of a Comic Book Master: The Art of Alfredo Alcala by myself and Philip Yeh

NYCC ’14: Insight Editions offers turtles, assassins and lots more

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Insight Editions is a non-fiction publisher who put out a lot of excellent reference books on a variety of nerdish topics and they’ll be at NYCC this year with a bunch of debuting books—and a 30% off special. Their booth number is #1869 and here’s the line-up and signings:

Sales of print books decrease by age group

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Well, this will come as little to no surprise to anyone but….the group of people who buy the most print books are the oldest and the fewest, the youngest according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics. In 2013, consumers spent an average of $29.20 on books not purchased through book clubs. Among different age groups, […]

Graphic novelist opens French bookstore in NYC’s French Embassy

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Via PW, word that Antonin Baudry, who wrote the GN Weapons of Mass Diplomacy and happens to be the the cultural counselor of the French Embassy is opening Albertine, a French language bookstore in the building that houses the French consulate in New York, a historic building located across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art designed by the great Stanford White, with the embassy’s cultural services division at 972 Fifth Avenue, across the street from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The store will house “14,000 volumes of fiction, nonfiction, art, graphic novels, and children’s books in both English translation and French.”

The Secret to Superhuman Strength: Alison Bechdel’s next graphic novel will be about fitness

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Fresh off winning a MacArthur Genius grant, and a months-0ong residency at an Umbrian castle, Alison Bechdel has also announced the subject of her next graphic novel. The Secret to Superhuman Strength will be published in 2017 by Houghton Mifflin. Having explored the psyches of her father in Fun Home and her mother in Are you My Mother, Bechdel turns her laser sight on her self:

Alan Moore has finished first draft of 1 million+ word novel, ‘Jerusalem’

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Post by Alan Moore. According to the FB post from his daughter, Leah, Alan Moore has finished the first draft of his long gestating novel. Jerusalem, which he’s been talking about for years and years. It’s billed as the history of a small patch of Moore’ native Northhampton, with characters coming and going from history, […]

Brooklyn Book Festival has huge lineup of comics events

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Just as soon as you recover from SPX, you’ll be drinking in the comcis events at the Brooklyn Book Festival, the annual literary love-in which will be held Sunday, September 21st this year. Not only is there a full slate of comics panels, with Brandon Graham, John Porcellino, MariNaomi, Mike Dawson and MANY MORE, but there will be a signings, a screening and parties galore. You can check out the totally excellent (I will steal their theme) Tumblr jsut for BBF comics and graphic novels, but here is the whole schedule for posterity:

Must Read: Gene Luen Yang on the importance of diversity

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Okay this isn’t “The Comics Diversity Times” but, issues of diversity and identity seem to be the most pressing ones these days. And so to cleanse the palette, here’s a transcript of Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the 2014 National Book Festival this weekend. With American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints and now The Shadow Hero, Yang has become one of the best selling and most important graphic novelists and he’s also one of those heroes I was alluding to earlier, standing up for people who don’t have as big a voice.

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is out today

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How do you follow up a phenomenon like Scott Pilgrim? Well, you take some time off and then come back with a beautifully realized standalone graphic novel that tells a story about..starting over. That’s Bryan Lee OMalley’s Seconds, which hits today.

Banned Books Week spotlights Comics this year

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Every year the Banned Books Week National Committee announces a theme, and for 2014 its comics and graphic novels. The announcement comes in the wake of Bone being named as one of the top ten most banned books of 2013, the growing number of challenges to Fun Home and general “They hate us!”-ness usually aimed […]

A 320 page version of Richard McGuire’s Here is coming this fall

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Richard McGuire’s Here is a comics story originally published in RAW Magazine that used the comics form to dizzying effect, jumping from the dawn of time to the end of time using one specific location. It’s been anthologized many times, but but Random House is giving us all the HEre we could want with this […]

For some, BookCon was…crap

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Although my take on the first BookCon was positive, it was definitely crowded and unorganized, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that some people had a total crap time: BookCon was horrible.  It was the worst bookish experience of my life.  Maybe that’s not saying much because my bookish experiences have been […]

BookCon showed that readers still love books and authors

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So BookCon was, like the very first New York Comic-Con, a raging success that caught everyone by surprise. It may be surprising that so many thought the idea of putting some of the world’s most loved authors in front of an audience would be a questionable venture, but whatever the doubts, it worked. Ticket sales […]

“But where are the conservative mangas and graphic novels?”

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A graphic novel is dropping this week called The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression . It’s a 320 page history of The Great Depression, adapted from Amity Shlaes book, drawn by Paul Rivoche. Shlaes is a conservative historian and pundit, and to promote the book she has a piece […]

Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? is a hit

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One of the top graphic novels of the first half of 2014 is surely Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir; the long time New Yorker mainstay has penned her FIRST (amazing) graphic novel and it’s a true classic even though the subject matter sounds grim. The book follows Chat’s experiences with her aging and increasingly vulnerable parents, a sad topic but a part of the human experience that a lot of us are going to have to deal with from one side or another some day. This being Chast it’s also full of laughs, as she limns her eccentric sometimes annoying parents in rich comic detail. Anxiety and love mingle, as they do in real life.

Charles Burns completes his Nitnit trilogy with Sugar Skull and here’s the cover

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The third volume of Charles Burns’ great Nitnit trilogy is finally coming out in December! It’s called and it completes the story from The Hive and X’ed out about the varying levels of reality among a man who has overdosed, a weird world of worms where a reverse Tintin named Nitnit is finding his way, and angsty drama that will be familiar to readers of Black Hole.