2013 Joe Shuster Award nominees announced

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More Canadian cartooning awards? Yes indeed. The ninth annual Joe Shuster Awards, honoring Canadian comics in multiple categories, have just been announced and it goes from Yannick Paquette to Michael DeForge and back again. Nominees were selected this spring from lists of creators of original works published and distributed during the previous year in English […]

Review: s! 13 Life is Live (and love. and a bitch. and multifaceted. and so forth.)

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s!13 Life is Live kus! komiksi As someone who prefers to get stuck into a good long comic, where the opportunity to connect and associate with characters and invest in a world is greater, I was never much of reader of anthologies, providing as they do short strips or stories and often being jarringly inconsistent in terms […]

Film adaptation of Julie Maroh’s Blue is the Warmest Color wins Palme d’Or

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The Cannes FIlm Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and the winner of the Palme ‘dOr—the grand prize for all the films at the fest— was Blue is the Warmest Color, an adaptation of Julie Maroh’s graphic novel Le Bleu est Une Couleur Chaude. It’s the first comic book movie to win the top prize, […]

Today: The International Comic Arts Forum in Portland, OR kicks off

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One of a number of impressive comics events this weekend, the annual The International Comic Arts Forum kicks off today in Portland, OR and runs until Saturday. Primarily a scholarly conference where papers on various aspects of comics around the world are presented, this year’s event will also feature locals such as Brian Michael Bendis, […]

A very brief guide to TCAF 2013

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This weekend it’s the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013, with the actual event to be held May 11-12 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street in Toronto. Normally I would be listing debuts and parties and whatnot, but the TCAF site already has just about every shred of info you will need.

Jailed Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee updates

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As you may recall. last month Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee was arrested during a protest at Abdel Moneim Riyad Square in Cairo. El Shafee was freed after four days, but his arrest is a reminder of the difficulties with free speech and other basic civil liberties going on in Egypt right now.

Snowpiercer: International Featurette Released

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We’ve finally got our first footage from the upcoming sci-fi flick, along with some nice behind the scenes action: Chris Evans gets angry, John Hurt looks wise, Tilda Swinton looks like a BAMF.

Introducing… Our New Superhero, Englishman!

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Well then. Yesterday – St George’s Day in the UK – saw the announcement of a brand new superhero, soon to grace our digital comic shelves: Englishman. Apparently, not a spoof!

Nga Pakiwaituhi: New Zealand Comics and Graphic Novels with Dylan Horrocks

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Dylan Horrocks, the godfather of New Zealand cartooning, talks about the contemporary scene and the art exhibit he recently curated.

Egyptian cartoonist Magdy El Shafee arrested, still held in jail

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In a chilling reminder of the obstacles free speech still faces around the world, Egyptian political cartoonist Magdy El Shafee was arrested on Friday, and despite many reports that he was freed, the latest news is that he is still being held. El Shafee is a contributor to World War 3 Illustrated, and they reported on his arrest:

Preview: Baltic Comics Magazine s!13 Life is Live

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  You can tell we’re getting into the comics spring/summer stride as highly desirable books begin hitting the shelves in rapid tandem. Last week saw my postman deliver Nobrow 8, the end of the month sees the launch of the inaugural and very promising looking Tiny Pencil, and in a fortnight ‘s time we get the release […]

Snowpiercer: The Most Overlooked Comics Film of 2013?

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While much of the comics and film press has been focusing on various men of metal (iron, steel and adamantium respectively) alongside promising sequels and the lovely Thor, one comic film is being a tad overlooked. Starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer, this looks set […]

RIP: Fred

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French cartoonist Frédéric Aristidè who worked under the name Fred has died at age 82. Winner of the 1980 Grand Prix at Angoulême, Fred was best known for Philémon, a long running fantasy strip about a youth who falls through a well to a magical world, accompanied by his loyal donkey. Fred co-created the satirical […]

TCAF announces new guests, new features

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Speaking of TCAF, announcements are coming thick and fast. More guests \have been announced since last we checked in, including Rutu Modan, Lisa Hanawalt, and C.F., Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Boulet, Jarrett Krosoczka, Frederik Peeters, Patrick McEown , Lauren Barnett, Dennis Lo, Patrick Alexander, T Edward Bak, Ulli Lust, and the Australian Caravan of Comics: Bruce Mutard, Mirranda Burton, Scarlette Baccini, Marijka Gooding, Patrick Alexander, Gregory Mackay and Dan Hayward. As the travelled the furthest crew, you can help pay for their trip via this IndieGogo campaign.

2013 Doug Wright Award Nominees Announced; Chartier is Giant of the North

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The Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning have just announced their 2013 finalists. Presented in three categories, the awards recognize the best in Canadian comics, with a uniquely local flavor.

Webcomic Alert: “I have the right”

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Pakistani school girl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to go to school to get an education. Zen Pencils has a fine webcomic about her struggle called MALALA YOUSAFZAI: I have the right.