FirstWatch: Gareth Brookes won the First Graphic Novel prize at the University of Sussex’ First Fictions Weekend meaning Myriad Editions (publisher of Woodrow Phoenix’ Rumble Strips) will publish it as a graphic novel next year. Judges included Bryan Talbot, Steve Bell, Ian Rankin and Hannah Berry.
MillerWatch: This is absolutely real. Brennan Neil’s Stick City,
ScotWatch: BBC Scotland finds the local women of comics.
[Tanya] Roberts said: “Many of my fellow comic artist/writers are switching to online publicity now, that is to say generating interest through webcomics without even printing hard copies anymore.
“It’s very difficult to get a creator project published in these hard times.
“No-one really feels confident to take a chance, and I don’t blame them, but creators are taking their own steps to self publish their stuff.”
[Vicky] Stonebridge’s artwork has also been influenced by issues such as climate change and increased use of renewable energy.
One of her graphic prints – which shows a young girl’s journey through a flooded Scotland – featured in an exhibition last November involving the University of Dundee.
The university offers a MLitt in Comics Studies, the only programme of its kind in the UK.
Cinebook books Cinebook publishes French and Belgian comic books and graphic novels in English
Called G’ie Me A Spark O’ Nature’s Fire, the exhibition was staged in the Scottish government’s European Union office in Brussels.
OccupyWatch: Susie Cagle, comics journalist on being arrested reporting on Occupy Oakland.
I said repeatedly that I wanted to speak to a sergeant or public information officer, and my arresting officer told me to “cooperate” many times. … After a call to the PIO, a sergeant released me “as a favor,” “using discretion” after about 45 minutes, and then I was escorted outside the perimeter, so I was unable to continue reporting on the arrests. The PIO acknowledged [Monday] that I should not have been arrested or escorted away, according to their crowd control and press handling policies or the operational instructions that PIO had written and distributed for the day.
I now have the extremely dubious honor of [being the] first professional journalist arrested more than once at an Occupy event.
ArchieWatch: Talking to Nancy Silberkeit.
Her lawyers suggest that Goldwater’s problem with her stem from her increasing discomfort at how internal finances and expense reports were being handled. They say that the harassment charges are merely a way to force her out and damage her reputation. During her time as co-CEO, Silberkleit says, she helped establish the brand among educators as a literacy tool, creating reading fairs throughout the country, and explored the possibility of bringing an Archie musical to Broadway (in court papers, Goldwater alleges that her literacy efforts cost $100,000 and brought in only $10,000. Silberkleit’s lawyers responded that such efforts were intended as a marketing tool, not a profit center).
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
So, you see, I have some strange sort of orbital relationship to WATCHMEN. I feel pretty honored to be working it. I’m looking forward to drawing all these characters. Yes, DOCTOR MANHATTAN is an unusual choice to assign me to, but I’m assured that DC has a plan! Maybe they believe that, since I’m well-associated with drawing female anatomy, I’m qualified to handle blue penises. Wait… that doesn’t sound right…
Alan Moore: My understanding is that when Watchmen is finished and DC have not used the characters for a year, they’re ours.
The logo in the upper left corner looks an awful lot like… a yellow version of the new DC logo. But wait — didn’t DC already show off a “Watchmen” variant of their new logo? Yes. Shouldn’t DC’s biggest announcement of 2012 showcase their logo and revamped corporate identity in the best possible light?
This is a comparison of the EC Archives as done by Gemstone Publishing and GC Press with Vault Of Horror Volumes 1 and 2.
The next time a bank robber uses a Batmobile as a getaway vehicle, the thief might not only be guilty of larceny but also copyright infringement. That’s because on Thursday, a federal judge in California ruled that the design of Batman’s famous car is copyrightable.
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