Elizabeth Heyman is a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey. “It’s for school! I swear!” I admit to using the excuse more than necessary in order to justify my occasional $50 hauls from the comic book store to my mother. However, it’s not as irrelevant as she may think it to be. During my time in high school I’ve used my background as an amateur comic geek as a platform for my development into an esteemed fan of all literature.
Eddie Deighton and Benjamin Shahrabani take us on a tour behind the operations of indie U.K. comics publisher Com.x, a little company responsible for some very big, and very good, graphic novels.
The 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes are honoring the best books of 2011. The awards will be handed out on Friday, April 20, 2012, as part of the annual Festival of Books. The ceremony will be open to the public and will take place at the Bovard Auditorium on the campus of USC. For more information, check out latimes.com/festivalofbooks.
Sorry this is too late for Valentine's Day, but here's a link to a site that celebrates the joy of Sandman in sugary, frosting-y goodness. That's Death, Dream, and Delirium featured in cupcake form, the perfect notion for any Sandman (and sugar) lover.
Over on PW's site, Heidi MacDonald does a nice interview with DC Comics' John Rood (executive vice president for sales, marketing, and business development) about their recent reader survey. Lots of interesting tidbits were revealed in the survey:
February 9, 2012
Author John Jackson Miller has turned his lifelong love of comics into a treasure trove of writing and creativity. Now, he’s doing what many have dreamed of: writing comics that continue to craft the legendary Star Wars universe. Here’s his take on what it’s like to hold a universe in his hands.
David Steinberger, CEO of Comixology, talks about his lifelong love for comics and what he enjoys reading (and collecting) now.
February 7, 2012
Teacher Maureen Bakis shows educators the valuable lessons she’s learned in her new book, The Graphic Novel Classroom.
All of us here at GNR are big fans of Jimmy Gownley, both in his Amelia books and in person (if you ever get a chance to see Jimmy on a panel at a comics convention or elsewhere...go; he's great). So it's sad to hear in this PW story that he's ending his Amelia Rules! series, but its awesome to learn he's putting his talents to work on something new.