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DC has starts a “Ask CMX” page. Getting a little more down with the otaku is always good.

Dear CMX
I’ve heard that CMX is releasing EMMA manga. When does it come out, and will it stay faithful to the anime?
- Anna Y., Simi Valley, CA

Dear Anna,
EMMA volume 1 will indeed be out in stores this September. The anime is actually based on this manga, so it will be very faithful! Thanks!
-CMX

The New York Sun looks at this weekend’s Dark Shadows convention..

200608280349 News round up•We seem to remember covering this story a while ago, but a semi-autobiographical comic is aimed at slowing the suicide rate among Canadian aboriginals (which would be Native Americans to us.)

Suicide within the Aboriginal community is not just a distant concept for Native comic book illustrator Tania Willard.

“The story I tell is a true story told through a child’s eyes. An older cousin of mine, who I idolized when I was younger, killed himself,” says the British Columbia-based Aboriginal.

Willard is part of an initiative started by the Vancouver Coastal Health and the Healthy Aboriginal Network. Willard produced a comic book aimed at Aboriginal youth called Standing Together. One of the stories she wrote and illustrated was based on her personal experience with suicide.


(The above image is form an unrelated project by Willard.)

•Meanwhile, in England, they’re using comics to introduce a new generation of readers to the Brontë’s:

IT is a turbulent tale of love, hate, revenge and tragedy. A classic Victorian novel set on bleak Yorkshire Moors.
But now one of the greatest works of English literature has been given a radical makeover by a local writer and an artist, who have transformed the story into a comic book novel.
Emily Brontë’s original Wuthering Heights was scorned by critics when it was first released but the passage of time often shows critics to be wrong.
Next month commentators will be able to cast a critical eye on a modernised version when it is released as part of the Radical Brontës Festival, to be held in Bradford.
The book, adapted by Yorkshire-based poet and playwright Adam Strickson and illustrated by Siku, one of the country’s leading graphic artists, who has worked for Marvel comics and 2000AD, was commissioned by the festival.

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