BEA 2013: From Kibuishi to Mattotti

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Running around the Book Expo America today. Things that happened. I missed the unveiling of Kazu Kibuishi’s new cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The remaining five new covers will be revealed over the summer. I’m sentimental about Mary Gran Pré, but Kazu’s covers are very nice. As I walked in I […]

Vader’s Little Princess is the #1 graphic novel this week

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Awfully unsurprising: Jeffrey Brown’s Vader’s LIttle Princess, a cute follow-up to Vader and Son, which imagines every iconic image in the original trilogy from the viewpoint of the father of a teenaged (or younger) girl—that dad being Darth Vader. It gives even the well worn tropes a fresh, human feeling and to the shock of no one…it’s selling like hotcakes:

Babymouse creators have new comics anthology in the works: Funny Pages: Recess

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Babymouse masterminds Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm have signed up to editFunny Pages: Recess!, a comics anthology of stories about recess aimed at younger readers. Random House will publish it in July, 2014. Jarrett J. Krosoczka will co-edit and the book is said to pay tribute to classic Sunday comics. Contributors lined up include […]

E.B. Hudspeth’s The Resurrectionist is PFA (that’s pretty freaking amazing)

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The Resurrectionist by Eric “E.B.” Hudspeth is one of those visual/verbal blend books that will have a lot of people talking when it comes out. It will also have people talking because it’s an utterly incredible sui generis tale of a mad scientist, deformity, and mythical beasts, a tale told in prose and in incredibly detailed and creepy anatomical charts of mythical beasts known and unknown.

The FUN HOME musical is coming to the Public Theater this fall

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We’ve been following the development a musical based on Alison Bechdel’s classic comics memoir Fun Home for a while, and nowNew York’s prestigious Public Theater has announced its fall schedule and the show will have it’s world premiere in October. A lot less drama than Spider-Man, eh? Here’s the logline: World Premiere Musical FUN HOME […]

INTERVIEW: Larry Hama is a Historian of Horror in THE STRANGER

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Sitting down to describe Larry Hama’s career it a pretty overwhelming task. Do you talk about his start in comics at the age of 16, his service in Vietnam, his work as a penciller in comics, or his tremendous writing output, spanning decades? Add to that the fact that this all creates a composite portrait […]

Preorder Astronaut Academy and get a sketch

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Call this the easy peasy version of a Kickstarter reward: Preorder a copy of Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy Re-Entry from bookstore WORD! and you’ll get a free sketch. From now till May 9th, I will sign, personalize, and draw in every copy (of either book 1 or 2) ordered through WORD, you’ll get a free […]

DCU and Vertigo collection schedule: Deluxe Invisibles, DMZ, DC One MIllion and Planetary Omnibuses, etc.

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DC has released its graphic novel schedule into February 2014, and it’s a huge list of 147 books. The whole list is below, with Vertigo first and then the DCU.

March Mayhem at Stately Beat Manor!

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Once again, it’s that time of year again!  Sports geeks speculate who will make the Big Dance, who got snubbed, and who will be the Cinderella Team this year.  Billions of dollars are wagered on the outcomes, as casual fans contemplate the 68 teams and fill out numerous brackets. It’s not uncommon among comics fans […]

Persepolis still not being taught to seventh graders in Chicago; students stage sit in this morning

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As we suspected when the news broke, the removal of Persepolis from the seventh grade curriculum at a Chicago high school turned in to a minor media circus pretty quickly, with school officials saying different things all over the place. If you missed all the confusion, the Chicago Tribune
has the authoritative round up and Claire Kirch covers it for PW. Basically it emerged that the book was not being removed from school libraries or all schools, but it is being removed from the 7-10 grade curriculum where it is is currently being taught. The person who seems to have decided that is at the very top: Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennnet who wrote

All you need to know about digital book sales, Amazon bestsellers, and making money from selling books

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Three pretty interesting posts on book sales and Amazon which, if you triangulate them, give you a good look at where the publishing business stands this Monday morning as Winter turns into Spring 2013:

You don’t know who Walter Biggins is but he’s fantastic and now it’s too late

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Confession: I did not know the name of the editor of the University Press of Mississippi’s excellent line of books about comics—spanning scholarly works on Chris Ware, Alan Moore, Osamu Tezuka and everyone in between—but his name is Walter Biggins and now he’s leaving. But luckily Jeet Heer, who wrote several books for the line, catches up with him first —hopefully USM’s strong comics list will continue:

Persepolis removed from Chicago schools amidst confusion; protest scheduled

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Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, a stunning coming of age story considered a classic by many, has been ordered removed from Chicago’s Lane Technical High School for reasons that remain unclear.

The lurid, obsessive novels of Mike Baron

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Mike Baron is best known as the co-creator of Nexus and Badger, two of the signature comics series of the indie 80s. While the ups and downs of his nexus co-conspirator Steve Rude have been pretty well documented, what about Baron? We hear he’s got a revamp of the Badger simmering at the resurrected First Comics. But he’s also staying incredibly busy turning out novels by the bushel. In fact he has turned out three in recent months, with appropriately pulpy covers. Yes they are e-books, but no feverish novel about a spook called in to discover why the world’s leaders are spontaneously combusting is complete without a pulpy cover!

INTERVIEW: R.M. Peaslee and R.G. Weiner Deconstruct Spider-Man in WEB-SPINNING HEROICS

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Spider-Man is hands down one of the most popular characters ever to leap from the pages of Marvel Comics, and is even a strong contender for one of the most popular comic characters produced by any comics publisher. He’s also displayed a particular trademark flexibility in successfully taking to the silver screen and flourishing through […]

Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey Treasury is coming in November

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Instant want: Fantagraphics will be collecting Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey stories in a treasury edition. The books originally came out from Dark Horse but are joining Millionaie’s Maakie’s collections at FBI.