Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Comic Round-Up: November 18, 2015

Interview: Anthony Bourdain on His Ultra-Violent New Graphic Novel

Interview: Dylan Horrocks on Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen, a semi-autobiographicalish comic that deals with the nature of and relationship between creativity and depression, kicking things off with a chapter titled “Anhedonia,” an inability to experience pleasure that arises from melancholy states.

Interview: Gary Sohmers, organizer of Northeast Comic Con, explains why he does it: "As nerds, we have a different mindset — you know you are a nerd if someone is bullying you. But this convention is a safe and fun environment and a creative opportunity to explore our interests."

Interview: Hope Nicholson discusses the anthology Moonshot, which collects work by 28 Native American creators, and how comics can push back against stereotypes and racism.

Interview: Rob Pereyda, CEO of the U.S. arm of the streaming anime service Viewster, talks about his company’s take on the subscription merchandise package, Omakase.

Interview: Robert Triptow talks about his graphic novel Class Photo, which has its origins in an old class picture he found under a pile of trash.  Class Photo is his first full-length graphic novel — and the first to be sold by a bookstore in his home town of Salt Lake City.

Interview: Zainab Akhtar interviews Natalie Riess, whose Space Battle Lunchtime is the first comic to be selected by Oni Press from its open submissions.

News: Japan’s Cultural Affairs Agency is considering revising Japan’s copyright laws to fall into line with those of other members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The changes may mean lengthening the amount of time a work remains under copyright, from 50 years after the creator’s death to 70 years, which would affect some materials that are now in the public domain and allowing the government to prosecute copyright violations without a complaint from the copyright holder. The concern is that doing so might affect the creation of fan comics, or doujinshi, based on copyrighted franchises. Currently, the world's largest comic convention, Comiket, is a doujinshi con, but new laws could crush the culture that has brought so many of us into manga fandoms.

News: Japanese police have arrested three men on copyright violation charges, alleging they scanned and uploaded a chapter of One Piece from Weekly Shonen Jump to mangapanda, an English-language scanlation site. Police also arrested an employee of a delivery company who allegedly got his hands on a copy of the magazine at some point on its way from the printer to the newsstands and handed it over to the scanners. All four men are denying any wrongdoing.

News: Viz launches online Naruto store with Generator

Reviews: Andy Browers on FoxTrot. Sean Gaffney on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Vol. 1. Sarah Horrocks on Terror Assaulter: OMWOT. Rob Kirby on Lovers Only.

Comic Book Hideout illustrates that comics are for everyone

The Guardian examines manga's use as the preferred medium for difficult and controversial topics in Japan, from the Hiroshima bombings to the Syrian refugees.

Here's one of those article about how valuable comics are at auction. It's the usual anecdotal evidence, but what's interesting is that it makes mention of Harley Quinn comics in particular.

James Whitbrook discusses eight similar X-Men storylines. One problem with having characters around for so many issues is that their narratives begin to repeat.

The new issue of Charlie Hebdo is out, with a cover that comments on the Paris attacks: “They have weapons. Fuck them. We have champagne!”

Randy Duncan, David Stoddard and Michael Ray Taylor, all professors at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, have collaborated on a textbook titled Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction, which they plan to use in the nonfiction comics class they teach at the university.

Rex Dexter of Mars, Interplanetary Adventurer-Dick Briefer 1941

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