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April 14, 2014

L. A. Times Prizes to Gene Yang and Ulli Lust

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The L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Friday night. Gene Yang was the winner in the YA category for BOXERS AND SAINTS. Ulli Lust won in the Graphic Novel/Comics category for TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
April 10, 2014

BIG News Today: Amazon.com to Acquire comiXology

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Got news today that Amazon is acquiring comixology, " the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before."
Here’s an admission: I don’t know much about manga beyond The Last Airbender wherea twelve-year-old boy is fighting to bring about world peace,and Sailor Moon, the story of a young girl who battles evil in a Catholic school uniform.  That’s got to be wrong. Teenagers must wear sailor suits to school in Japan? Anyway, at the anime-heavy Kraken Con held on Sunday, April 6 there were a whole lotta Sailor Moons giggling through the halls of the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California.
Luanne Rice is the author of thirty-one novels including twenty-two consecutive New York Times bestsellers. Over the weekend she attended the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) Festival. Here, she shares how she was introduced to graphic novels and how the medium has given her insight into “new story-telling possibilities.”   
Thien Pham, author of Sumo and illustrator for the critically acclaimed Level Up, was one of the guest speakers at the fourth annual O’Keefe Prize for Graphic Literature held by Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, on Thursday, March 13.
Free Comic Book Day returns to a comic book store near you this May 3 (as always, the first Saturday in May). That's the day when anyone can visit a comic shop and pick up a free book from all the top publishers in the business. For more information on the event, which is celebrated with huge events and signings at many shops, visit the website.
March 18, 2014

Make Beliefs Comix Releases a Free App

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Our friend Bill Zimmerman at Make Beliefs Comix sent us this news, which we're happy to share with you here:    
March 18, 2014

Get Ready for MoCCA Fest

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If you're in the New York City area, make sure you're planning to attend MoCCA Art Fest on April 5 and 6 at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. This is about the best value in all of NYC: Admission is just $5 each day!
The good folks at the Society of Illustrators have announced that they will be putting on the first annual Comic and Cartoon Art Week from April 1 - 6, all leading up to MoCCA Fest. They'll be marking this new event with lectures, screenings, book launches, and a festival, all in New York City. For more information, visit their website, and scroll below for a calendar of events.   
There’s nothing more exciting than a maternity ward waiting room on Father’s Day…unless, of course, it’s a brand-spanking-new comic convention. On Sunday, February 16, in Concord, California, when people should be out having breakfast at the local coffee shop, they instead lined up to make their way into the Concord Hilton. Just past the Bay Area Ghostbusters ambulance and into the glass-lined hallway that looked out onto an atrium filled with cosplayers, comic book fans, and memorabilia collectors, convention goers waited to get their hands stamped.