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.”

2014 Shuster Award Winners—with audio

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The 2014 Joe Shuster Awards, honoring the best in Canadian comics, were handed out on Saturday and here are the winners. For more information on the legacy award winners, please check out the Shuster Awards home page. In addition, Jammin’ Jamie Covillerecorded the ceremony and has more photos and a list of the winners handily formatted. Thank you Jamie!

World Comics: Lagos Comicon Turns Three

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The comics scene in Nigeria has been thriving since the 1980s, but has yet to burst into the mainstream. There are tastes of what may soon emerge as youth in Nigeria fully embrace the internet—check out this sci-fi short on YouTube here, which includes an animated spaceship—but comics are still an emerging industry. On Friday, the third annual Lagos Comic Con will launch in the commercial capital of 20 million people. I corresponded with comics creator and co-founder Ayodele Elegba about the event, where we wrote about attractions, popular comics, Ebola, and cosplay.

Broken legs, death threats and fatwas: the trials and tribulations of THE 99 

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By Naif Al-Mutawa [Reprinted from The National. An Arabic version is located here. We first met. Naif Al-Mutawa several years ago, and followed the story of The 99 and Teshkeel Comics, as he attempted to offer modern, constructive role models for youth in the Arabic world. At a time when the world seemed to be in a hopeless […]

Infographic: the evolution of digital comics in the US

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This infographic is also an ad for WEBTOONS, a portal short serialized digital comics that are native on mobile platforms. The site is run by NAVER, the Google of South Korea. Despite the proprietary nature there is still some interesting info on the graph including projected worldwide size of the digital comics market…no idea where that came from, but webtoons are an established entertainment format in South Korea, seemingly more than in the US.

Small Press Spotlight: Breakdown Press and Mutiny Bay

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When TCJ.com co-editor and former PictureBox publisher Dan Nadel goes on a rampage ANYTHING can happen but he had a pretty good one today, about cutting edge comics: Here’s a report on the new London comics festival, Safari, hosted by my candidate for most-promising young publishing house, Breakdown Press. What makes an exciting young comic […]

Comic Con India teams with ReedPop

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According to a forwarded email, ReedPOP, the event company that throws New York Comic Con, C2E2, PAX and many other popular fan events, has expanded its international reach by teaming with Comic Con India, which launched three years ago and now throws shows in Mumbia, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi. (The Bangalore show is the weekend […]

Mishra and Shakeen win CRNI’s 2014 Courage in Editorial Cartooning award

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Michael Cavna has details on the winners of this year’s Award for Courage in Editorial Cartooning presented by the Cartoonists Rights Network International. The award is presented to “a cartoonist in great danger who has demonstrated exceptional courage in the exercise of free-speech rights under extraordinary circumstances.” The winners this year are Kanika Mishra from […]

Dungeon Fun sweeps Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance Awards — and read the winner for free!

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The 2014 SICBA Awards were handed out on Saturday at the Glasgow Comic Con. The awards honor the best in Scottish comics, and Dungeon Fun by Neil Slorance and Colin Bell swept all four categories. To celebrate the win, the creators have made the first issue free to read making it a win for everyone. […]

Jiro Taniguchi to attend Angoulême 2015

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According to a French press release, and Google translate, manga master Jiro Taniguchi will be one of the main guests for the 42nd Festival du Angoulême in January and will have the first major European exhibition of his work there. Taniguchi is the author of such highly regarded series as The Walking Man, A Distant […]

Paris Comics Expo changes artists’ sketching policy

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[A shot from the Indie tent at Angoulême] It is generally accepted among those who have been to both that European comics festivals are superior to US comic-cons in the respect paid to artists, the quality of exhibits, the treatment of guests and the fact that some take place in ancient castles. All the FB […]

On the scene: MCM Belfast Comic Con and cosplay photos

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by Angeline B. Adams and Remco van Straten 7th June 2014, King’s Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland Typical Belfast: it was raining, and the bus was late. Bedraggled youths in comic book shirts and young families with superhero-onesied kids crammed themselves into the bus shelter. When the bus finally departed it was chased by a colourful […]

2014 Joe Shuster Award Nominees announced

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Honouring the best in Canadian comics from a broader portfolio than the Edgar Wright Awards, the The 2014 Joe Shuster Award nominees are up. Winners will be chosen by a jury and presented at an event to be named later. The nominees themselves cover a wide spectrum and seem to be of the “let’s honor […]

Magnetic Press announces DOOMBOY by Tony Sandoval…and here’s a preview

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Magnetic Press continues its mission to bring a bunch of great looking French comics to the US with announcement they’ll b publishing Tony Sandoval’s DOOMBOY, an official selection at the 2012 Festival d’Angouleme and winner of the “Coup de Coeur” Youth Jury prize. Magnatic’s first ever English edition will be out in September. The story […]

Quick TCAF 2014 thoughts

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While waiting for my Porter Airlines flight at Billy Batson Airport, I thought I’d dash off a thought or two. • It was an amazing show, with creators from more countries than ever before — 21 according to director Chris Butcher. Attendance was up, books were flying off the tables—85 copies of Andre the Giant […]

2014 Doug Wright Award winners

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“I’m not sure what Doug Wright would make of today’s comics,” said admin Brad McKay, as the awards got underway. But Wright would have been appreciative, we all feel. Winners in Bold! Best Book: • Palookaville #21 by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly) • Paul Joins the Scouts by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press) • Science Fiction […]