Guy DeLisle’s Pyongyang film adpatation scrapped after Interview disaster

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In case you missed it, Sony Pictures has been forced to cancel the theatrical release of The Interview after hackers have released a catastrophic trove of private emails and scripts, and threatened to bomb theaters showing the film—and theater owners began saying they wouldn’t carry it. The film follows a pair of bumbling journalists sent to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un, and apparently, Supreme Leader did not like this plot line.

The repercussions of this Hollywood disaster will be felt for years to come, but one piece of collateral damage was a planned adaptation of Pyongyang, Guy DeLisle’s graphic novel about his two months spent in the North Korean capital working on an animation project. New Regency has pulled the plug on the project which was to have starred Steve Carrell and be directed by Gore Verbinski from a Steve Conrad script. However the log line for the movie bears little resemblance to the book that I read:

Attention world: Gilbert Hernandez’s BUMPERHEAD previewed

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How has it escaped the notice of the world for a week that Drawn and Quarterly announced that Gilbert Hernandez’s Bumperhead will debut at San Diego this year? And a cover and preview were released? For shame, comics industry, for shame. Would you ignore the new David Lynch movie? Gilbert Hernandez is our David Lynch. […]

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Drawn and Quarterly’s Black Friday 40% off sale

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You heard me, D&Q, one of the all tme great comics publishers, is having a 40% off sale just in time for BLck Friday. And they already HAD Thanksgiving in Canada! * Yes, any item! This sale includes books, comics, posters, and more. And, since all our 2013 titles are now in warehouses in the […]

Reviews: Comics from Comic Art Brooklyn and beyond

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  Here for your perusal, I examine a pile of worthy comics and graphic novelish books that I have found in my travels to Brooklyn; from a few book release parties at Bergen Street Comics, The Brooklyn Book Festival and most recently, Desert Island owner Gabe Fowler’s brand spanking new Comic Arts Brooklyn festival. ______________________________________________________________ […]

You won’t believe this Chester Brown Louis Riel cartoon

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A tiny snippt of a lost project that would have animated Chester Brown’s great graphic novel of Canadian history.

Gilbert Hernandez wins PEN Center honor, will publish Bumperhead through D&Q

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Gilbert “Beto” Hernandez’s status as One Of Our Greatest Living Cartoonists got yet more validation today when it was announced that he’s the recipient of The Pen Center USA’s 2013 Graphic Literature award for Outstanding Body of Work. The Pen Center Awards are given out each year to deserving authors in multiple categories, and as the name suggests, it honors a notable body of work.

Cartoonists on Tour: Gilbert Hernandez

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Few cartoonists can hope to have as great a year as Gilbert Hernandez is having, with two upcoming releases of majestic power: JULIO’S DAY and MARBLE SEASON. And you’ll be able to meet the man and get them signed at the following stops: Monday April 15th, 5:30 pm 101 Mattin Center, Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, […]

24 Hours of Women’s Cartooning: Sarah Glidden

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My first experience with Sarah Glidden’s work was via her debut, How To Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less (published by, of all people, DC Vertigo!). That book saw Glidden take the ‘Birthright Tour,’ an Israeli government funded initiative  traversing through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada and other places, where she constantly finds a conflict between […]

A new Seth book is coming!

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Palookaville #21 is on its way, and while the looong running CLyde Fans serial is on hold, Seth digs into his own life story in the cheerfully titled “Nothing Lasts.” Seth may be gloomy but he’s also one of our all-time favorite cartoonists, we’ll race to pick this up.

To do: Geneviève Castrée tour kicks off tonight

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  Geneviève Castrée’s tour kicks off TONIGHT in Los Angeles.  Cartoonists going on tour is a sure sign that winter is peeling away and Spring Con Season is soon upon us!

Guy Delisle’s Pyongyang in production with Gore Verbinski attached

It seems that Hollywood studios are now so desperate for material that they are turning to smart, nuanced graphic novels with intelligence and insight for material. To wit: New Regency has optioned PYONGYANG, the first in French-Canadian cartoonist Guy Delisle’s acclaimed series of travelogues/social commentary. The book concerns his sojourn in North Korea while working on […]

Here are those Adrian Tomine tour dates

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Comin to a town near you with NEW YORK DRAWINGS. Excellent.

Coming Attractions: Winter 2013: Macmillan, and Friends

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___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Macmillan is one of the “Big Six” book publishers.  In addition to their own imprints, such as First Second, they also distribute a variety of other publishers, such as Seven Seas, Drawn + Quarterly, and Papercutz. What follows are books scheduled for the first third of 2013.  All information [aside from my bracketed […]

Coming Attractions: Book Expo America: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012!

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Once a year, booksellers, librarians, and assorted biblios assemble at Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America. 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the graphic novel pavilion at BEA, and while many graphic novel publishers are absent, there are many more “mainstream” publishers offering an amazing multitude of titles, genres, subjects, and audiences!

This year, John Hogan of Graphic Novel Reporter hosts The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012! panel, where a team of five diverse individuals recommend a variety of graphic novels due to be published in 2012! Last year’s selections got lots of press and accolades, and quite a few of the titles below seem to be just as interesting and intriguing!

Lisa Hanawalt joins D&Q lineup with MY DIRTY DUMB EYES

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The very very funny Lisa Hanawalt has joined D&Q’s cartoonist lineup; they’ll publish a collectino of her works called MY DIRTY DUMB EYES in Spring 2013. The book will collect her various comics for Vanity Fair, The Hairpin, and so on. You will laugh and laugh.

Free Comic Book Day 2012: Reviews!

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I read (almost) every Free Comic Book Day title, and let you know what’s the best!