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September 22, 2010

Behind the Scenes with Jackie Estrada

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Jackie Estrada has been a staple in the comics industry for decades now. If you’ve attended the annual Eisner Awards ceremony at San Diego Comic-Con, you’ve witnessed her running the show as its administrator (she’s also done more behind-the-scenes work for the show, such as creating the Artists’ Alley). She’s worked as an editor of several comics and books about comics, and she’s a cofounder (along with her husband, author Batton Lash) of Exhibit A Press. With such an impressive résumé, Estrada was someone we wanted to find out a little more about. So we did!
This past week, Oni Press celebrated a big number for their megaselling Scott Pilgrim series: one million copies in print. That's a remarkable accomplishment for Bryan Lee O'Malley's little series about a guy who has to fight off his potential new girlfriend's deadly exes. Since the series has been translated into 13 languages over the globe and was the subject of a major motion picture recently, it shows how pervasive this book has been. Congratulations to Bryan and Oni on their success!
Last week, Fantragraphics made the cool announcement that it would be publishing William S. Burroughs' last work (and only graphic novel), Ah Pook Is Here. Written by Burroughs and drawn by artist Malcolm McNeill, the work was first published in 1970 under the name The Unspeakable Mr. Hart as a comic strip in the British magazine Cyclops. It was envisioned as a strip whose images would combine, one by one, into a 120-page long foldout (something that was unprecedented at the time, causing most publishers to decline printing it).
The one and only Neil Gaiman takes an animated turn in an upcoming episode of PBS's popular kids' series Arthur. On October 25, Gaiman will play himself in an episode that centers on one of the characters on the show looking for inspiration to create her own comic.
By John C. Weaver, Ph.D., English teacher at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania I stood in the middle of a dizzying steady-cam spin, a swirl of bodies and primary colors assaulting my senses. Two Deadpools raced through my sightline, followed by a tall, skinny Superman. I had to leave, to get out of the heaving mass of humanity before it consumed me. Flailing and lurching toward the exit, I pushed past a member of the Borg Collective and burst into the lobby, only to find Catwoman posing for photographers.
September 1, 2010

Behind the Scenes: Todd Kent

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Todd Kent is a writer and filmmaker from Dallas whose latest project is the documentary Comic Book Literacy. The film explores how comics are utilized in the classroom and features interviews with several creators and comics readers discussing how comics promote a love of reading. Here, Todd talks about his love of comics.