GlitchWatch: Amazing Fantasy Omnibus. RRP £55.99. Amazon discount price. £39.19. Play.com who think it’s actually at £12.99 book, £8.49 free delivery. It will cost more for them to post it. Play have now amended the listing. Shame.
LostWatch: I thought I was immune to yesterday’s list of exclusive Bobble Heads appearing at San Diego. Until I saw Benjamin Linus Bobble Head from Entertainment Earth.
BrazilWatch: As part of E4’s Udderbelly promotion at the South Bank Centre, London, Jamie McKelvie is interviewing Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá tonight. Tickets can still be bought here.
ConWatch: Heidi MacDonald puts it all together and asks if San Diego will leave… San Diego.
“I can’t even imagine Comic-Con moving,” says cartoonist Larry Marder, author of Beanworld. “But if it chooses to do so, like all change in the comics industry, I suppose it will be greeted with grief: denial, panic, anger, delirium, depression, and finally acceptance.”
CensorWatch: Playwrights talk about the acceptance and understanding of censorship.
Yet as Rapp rapturously recalled the story of his own brush with censorship — his graphic novel, The Buffalo Tree, was literally ripped out of the hands of students in Muhlenberg, PA — the playwright neither fumed nor ranted, neither screamed nor fulminated with purple-faced indignation. Rapp’s contribution to the conversation was the most meaningful because as he described how The Buffalo Tree ran afoul of the morality police in Muhlenberg (he more dramatized the experience in the play The Metal Children), he carefully explained how he came to understand the “other side” as well.
MiddleEastWatch: How the Emirates fell for manga and all sorts of Japanorama.
Japanese Manga novels have a huge following among Emirati youth, with whole library sections at local colleges dedicated to the genre. Our very own Qais Sadeeqi became the first ever Emirati recipient of the prestigious Zayed Book Award for Gold Ring, a classic Arabic graphic novel with illustrations by none other than the Japanese Manga guru, Akera Hemikaw.
IndiaWatch: Graphic novel Delhi Calm is set during the dark days of The Emergency on India, a state of emegency imposed upon the billion-strong population in the seventies that is still incredibly controversial, following a band trying to play music and find their voice during that time. Profile here.