Derf announces new graphic novel for 2015: Trashed

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Over at his blog, Derf Backderf, author of My Friend Dahmer, has announced his next book: a 288-page GN based on his Trashed webcomic. Abrams will publish it in Fall 2015. Trashed concerns the comedic adventures of a bunch of garbage collectors. SOLD! My Friend Dahmer—about Derf’s high school friendship with the future serial killer—has […]

ZEN PENCILS collection coming from Andrews McMeel in 2014

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Over the objections of Abhay Khosla, ZEN PENCILS, the webcomic that turns famous essays and quotes into comics, is being turned into a book, artist Gavin Aung Than has announced: Many of you have wanted this and I can now finally reveal that I’VE SIGNED A BOOK DEAL!!! Yes, I’m very excited to say there […]

SECONDS cover revealed

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As we’ve been telling you, SECONDS, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s first graphic novel since Scott Pilgrim, is coming and yesterday the cover and some art was revealed. Could we be any more excited? No not really. SECONDS goes on sale in July.

Retailer roundtable: Are graphic novels a “sh*tty* business model?

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A few weeks ago, retailer and CBR columnist Brian Hibbs commented on the Fantagraphics Kickstarter campaign, but along the way gave a few sharp-toed kicks to the ribs of graphic novels in general. Hibbs has never been a huge supporter of the economic model of the OGN, but this was his strongest salvo yet: Original […]

O’Malley’s SECONDS is nearly done

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go seconds go seconds pic.twitter.com/dOQju928Xf — Bryan Lee O'Malley (@radiomaru) December 8, 2013 When I'm done lettering Seconds I'll probably not take any more lettering jobs because none will be as good as Seconds — Dustin Harbin (@dustinharbin) December 9, 2013 This Seconds comic of @radiomaru's is killing me. My only solace is the hope that […]

Wow, there are a lot of good comics coming out

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Tom Spurgeon is running a listing of 2013 comics that deserve more attention, and there are a lot of them. And they are all so distinct and good. Check it out to see what you’ve been missing. I mean, did you really know there was an Alain Passard (owner and chef at the three-star French […]

Separated at Birth: Superheroes! and The Silver Age of Comic Book Art

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The three-hour PBS mini series Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle aired last night, and because I’m a dumbass I forgot to watch it or DVR it, but it’s out on DVD so I’ll check it out when I’m less brain dead. The reviews and tweets were good, anyway. The series also had a spin-off book […]

Miami Book Fair International features Paul Pope poster

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No one is quite sure how the Miami Book Fair International—held in a city known for its wild and crazy lifestyle—got to be the biggest book festival in the US, but…it’s true and probably has something to do with the tireless and hard-working staff that puts the event together, and the great authors who show […]

Comics Art, a new book by Paul Gravett

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Well, speaking of wandering around the comics landscape, if there’s one tour guide who seems to know what he’s talking about, Paul Gravett is among the most intelligent and accessible comics critics and historians out there. His "1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die actually about 1001 comics you may want to read, his […]

Brooklyn Book Festival spotlights graphic novels with Tomine, Feiffer, Modan, more

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Fall’s Brooklyn Book Festival, to be held September 22nd this year, has evolved into the biggest public book event in NYC—authors range from Edwidge Danticat to Chuck Klosterman—and each year it features a pretty extensive graphic novel presence as well. This year is no exception, with a full slate of panels which you can see in the link. Cartonist guests thi syear include Adrian Tomine, Jules Feiffer, Rutu Modan, Francoise Mouly, Audrey Niffenegger, Paul Pope, Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman, and Gene Yang.

Online graphic novel price war underway

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ICv2 reports on Overstock.com’s price war with Amazon. Basically the online retailer is matching Amazon’s deep discounts on books—despite losing money on these discounts—in an effort to become more of an alternative to Amazon.

That Cancer Vixen movie now has Julie Delpy attached to script

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CANCER VIXEN is a very important graphic novel. When it came out in 2006, it earned what must have been the biggest advance ever for a graphic novel, $250,000. The book, by cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto, was a witty and heartfelt account of the author’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, and it did okay […]

Neil the Horse to be reprinted by Hermes Press

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For several dozen people out there, this will be the biggest news of the year. Katherine Collin’s Neil The Horse is going to be reprinted by Hermes Press later this year! Originally published in the 80s by Aardvark-Vanaheim and later Renegade Press—although it had enjoyed an earlier life as a series of comic strips dating […]

Nice art: Scott C. does Bob Dylan

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In September the great Scott C. (Great Showdowns) has a kids book he illustrated coming out written by Bob Dylan. Yeah that Bob Dylan. It’s adorable. The title of the book is “If Dogs Run Free.” Buy it on Amazon: If Dogs Run Free .

INTERVIEW: Matt D. Wilson’s Second Guide for World Domination

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With the launch of The Supervillain Field Manual this month, Matt D. Wilson has now provided the world with two sets of notes for supervillains looking to take over the world, conquer any hero who gets in the way, and earn the respect of a petrified general public. The book, written through the voice of […]

On the Scene: Indie Publisher Confronts Amazon Exec at Litquake’s digi.lit Conference

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by Bob Calhoun The mood was tense in the fourth floor conference room of the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco on Saturday—especially for a panel with the dry title of “The Future of Publishing,” but this was far from your usually dry panel. At one end of a folding table sat Charlie Winton, CEO […]