Monday, May 26, 2008  
Comics vs The Real World

:: Posted by BK @ 5/26/2008 12:01:00 a.m.
This Sequential contributor has been only sporadically online over the past week or so, an example of the real world winning out over comics (although while offline om the so-called real world I did manage somehow to buy and sell comics, talk to cartoonists and comics critics, and even read some comics). Thus, some of the following news tidbits may be a bit stale (but guaranteed 100% nutritious for the brain matter).

  • Real World: This news item is the perfect example of what has come to be called "not comics" --the only tangential relation to comics is that is was forwarded by ex-comics publisher David Widgington. Anyway, readers of Sequential may want to follow this story, about Canadian mining giant Barrick-Gold slapping Montreal publisher Editions Ecosociete with a nuisance lawsuit in an attempt to block publication of a book critical of corporate practices in Africa (the book links Barrick Gold Corp. to the alleged 1996 deaths of miners in Tanzania). The publication of the book, Noir Canada: Pillage, corruption et criminalite en Afrique, was delayed after the $6 million (!) lawsuit appeared, but the publisher is fighting back with a solidarity campaign and responses from the Canadian Labour Congress and press coverage.

  • Publishing: Stuart Immonen has just released CENTIFOLIA, an art book collecting sketches, strips, and finished art. I saw a copy in my local shop today and it is a handsome package.
  • Retailing: Ben Benedict talks to Brahm Wiseman of London, Ont.'s Heroes on the occasion of its grand re-opening this past Saturday.
  • Conventions: Andrew Nguyen posts the first report from this past weekend's Anime North event in in Toronto.

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