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Comics ratings: So useful in theory, so complicated in real life. It certainly is handy that the publishers put that age rating on the back, but what does it mean? Who decides what a 13-year-old can see that a 12-year-old can't? And which 13-year-olds are they talking about, anyway?
I love this story: Comics artist David Sandlin, an instructor at the School of Visual Arts and a current New York Public Library Cullman Fellow, has been selected to do what many graffiti artists would kill for. His art is adorning several subway lines in New York City beginning this month and running through January. Right now, the art is visible from the F line, with hopefully more lines getting his art soon. The three pieces are united in theme, which is a nice touch. Click through to see all the art Sandlin has created for the project.
December 14, 2010

Mark Waid Goes Freelance

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Mark Waid, one of my favorite writers and the guy behind such bestselling works as Kingdom Come, 52, and Irredeemable, has been working as the Chief Creative Officer at Boom! Studios for the past three years. Last week, though, the company announced that Waid would be stepping down from that position in order to concentrate on freelance writing, which will still include Irredeemable, Incorruptible, and The Traveler (his new collaboration with Stan Lee). Good luck to Mark, and I look forward to keeping up with what you do next.
December 13, 2010

Walking Dead Is Golden

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Congrats to Walking Dead for earning a Golden Globe nomination! it's nice to seet that this show, which is earning record ratings, is recognized for its great talent.
As the president of Archie Comics, Mike Pellerito oversees a line with decades of history, nostalgia, and all-American prominence. It’s also a line that has recently seen updates that bring it firmly into the 21st century, from the marriage of Archie to the introduction of a gay character. We caught up with Mike to discuss what he sees going on in the industry and how Archie Comics can be a part of it.
Ryan Donovan is a senior librarian at the New York Public Library. He's reviewed youth fiction and graphic novel titles for Booklist and School Library Journal. He also presented on a panel entitled Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga for Adults at the New York Comic-Con 2010. A longtime comic fan, he often writes about comic books on his personal blog, Ryan, the Librarian.
Three years ago, comics and graphics novels first grabbed a significant presence at the Miami Book Fair International. I actually was at the meeting when Mitch Kaplan, one of the founders of the Fair and the owner of the fabulous bookstore Books & Books, asked John Shableski from Diamond Book Distributors to create programming and booth presence for comics creators and publishers. And oh, how the idea has grown since then. This year, there were more than 50 comics folks participating and there was a Comix Galaxy track of programming throughout the weekend, as well as a two-day School of Comics—which used to be one day.