Stately Beat Manor is humming with projects, activities and cat yak and we are way behind on pointing you to many interesting things that may prove to be the butterfly stamp of some future world. So don ‘t miss out!
§ Feisty Canadian dollar briefly catches up with US buck. While to us this just means more expensive Timmy Horton’s, to Don MacPherson, there is much more to it; fluctuating currency levels means that Marvel and DC should examine their prices more often:
Cover prices on many Marvel comics released this week were $2.99 US/$3.75; DC, $2.99 US/$3.65. Marvel’s Canadian price is a little more than 25 per higher than the American one. DC’s is about 22 per cent higher. As I type this, one U.S. greenback is worth $1.01 Cdn.
Canadian comics retailer Calum Johnston, owner of Strange Adventures in Halifax, N.S., said the currency difference doesn’t impact his price that much since he and his staff always take it into account.
“So long as the retailer is buying the comics or books based upon the U.S. price, the pre-printed Canadian price is no worry. We just charge the going rate. Currently most Marvel and DC stuff is $3.25,” he said. “Most of the TPBs have to be stickered with the correct exchange; it’s just too time consuming to sticker every comic.”
§ Tintin Pantoja proposes a GLOBAL MANGA MANIFESTO
point one: The term ‘manga’ refers in general to sequential art, in particular to sequential art first published in Japan, henceforth referred to as ‘Japanese manga’.
point two: Japanese manga ecompasses a near-infinite range of styles, formats, themes, stories, and idioms. Many of these recurring styles have influenced artists outside of Japan.
Six more points in the link.
Inuit artist/cartoonist Alooktook Ipellie is remembered; Ipellie died of a heart attack on the 8th. Above: Self portrait: inverse Ten Commandments.”
§The Boston Glpobe profile 10-year-old cartooner Alexa Kitchen:
“When I was 2 or 3, I started drawing,” says Alexa, who’s now 10 and a professional with a white-hot career. She just published her second book, and she’s earned acclaim from the likes of R. Crumb (“incredible”) and the late Will Eisner (“marvelous”) as well as two nominations for industrywide awards. She never stops: She draws two or three hours a day, every day.
Long-limbed with sleek dark hair, Alexa folds herself up like a pretzel in an easy chair between her parents in the family’s living room in this woodsy Pioneer Valley town. Original comics, penned that morning, lie strewn over the coffee table.