Hundreds of fans --- mostly in their 20s --- gathered to hear Junot Diaz (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of DROWN, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO, and THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER) interviewed by Publishers Weekly and PW Comics editor Calvin Reid on Friday night in New York City. The gorgeous United Palace in Washington Heights hosted the event, which was sponsored by community bookshop Word Up.
The bat signal shines against the orange pillar of the Golden Gate Bridge as Gotham City’s villains traveled west to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting City by the Bay. Thankfully, in the far reaches of Siskiyou County, the message was received, calling forth Batkid from his secret lair in Tulelake. For this pint-size superhero, fighting crime alongside Batman is a dream come true.
For those of us who haven’t been too impressed with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. --- and, let’s face it, this is quite a lot of us, unfortunately --- some really great news came down the pike today. As reported on Deadline movie- and TV-streaming giant Netflix announced a huge deal with Marvel/Disney today in which four (four!) new shows will be coming to Netflix in 2015.
Two great organizations are teaming up in New York City this weekend, which is lucky news for you if you’re in the area and you’re a fan of creators like Jeff Smith, Paul Pope, Patrick McDonnell, Liza Donnelly, Michael Maslin, and Larry Marder.
This year's New York Comic Con was held October 10–13, 2013. Four days of geeking out, shopping, and hanging with friends, colleagues, and hundreds of photographers of all skill levels. Four days of costuming, interviews, panels, and screening. Celebrities, professionals, and artists all meeting with fans of all ages, types, and passions.
The venerable Miami Book Fair continues to spread the word about great comics and graphic novels. See below for important news about the comics-related programming coming this year.
October 23, 2013
As the idea of what a graphic novel can be continues to expand, so does the belief that they are no longer simply means of entertainment.
Upon my arrival at New York Comic Con, I was struck with a sense of awe. It was clear to me that the world of my youth was no more. I had no plans, no supplies nothing but… my trusty red gel pen and a fresh Dark Knight notebook. For the first time, my life had meaning. I would bear witness to this strange new world.
San Francisco’s Alternative Press Expo (APE) celebrated its twentieth anniversary on October 12 and 13. APE is different from most cons in that it shines a light on self-publishers and alternative creators so they don’t have “to compete with major publishers or movie studios.”
I was thrilled to see this spotlight on teen-services librarians in the Boston Globe. For one thing, it gives them some much deserved accolades for the work they do; and for two, it mentions friend of the site Robin Brenner, who has often written for GNR. Robin was one of the first graphic-novel-loving librarians I met when I first started editing GNR and also one of the most enthusiastic. Her love for the format is contagious.