Thursday, January 22, 2009  
Newsflashes

:: Posted by BK @ 1/22/2009 02:03:00 AM
Let's check in with a few of our comix news departments, shall we?

The Hills Have Eyes Dept: Not really a comics story, but this profile of Will LeRoy, a former editorial cartoonist from Halifax who now runs one of the most popular Canadian news aggregators is interesting for what it reveals about the changing face of news, print journalism, and national politics.

Get yer Ya Yas Out Dept: Should young adult graphic novels be shelved with prose fiction in libraries and bookstores? This interesting blog post discusses how books by Cecil Castelucci or Mariko and Jillian Tamaki might circulate better if the were not shelved with graphic novels.

International Floppies Dept: The well-regarded (by me, anyway --yes, Sequential readers, I have enjoyed at least one high concept Big-2 superhero project of the last decade) cult favourite Seaguy, the subject of a one-shot mini/graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Toronto's Cameron Stewart, returns in a new book this April.

Tripping Up Evil Dept: Faith Erin Hicks takes a flying leap at superhero comics and purse snatchers.

Behind the Dumpster Dept: Ottawa cartoonist and MAD magazine contributor Tom Fowler is interviewed at the Shuster blog. He talks about a comic book he is illustrating for DC/Wildstorm, Mysterious the Unfathomable, written by Jeff Parker. The first issue came out January 21.

Diamond in the Ruff Dept: Retailer Chris Butcher pipes up about the new order minimum Diamond Distributors have imposed on publishers, which many see as bad news for smaller publishers (ie, not Marvel, DC, and maybe Image and Dark Horse). It certainly looks grim. Great books from publishers like Oni and PictureBox would never make it to most comic shops because most initial orders for these books are in the hundreds or low thousands.

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