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Den of Geek – Ghost Rider, The Walking Dead, and creative ownership in comics - Pretty solid read.

io9 – How My Little Pony’s Lauren Faust will make you love Batgirl and Supergirl all over again - Will Brony’s follow?

USA Today – Rare comics collection could fetch $2M at auctionI doubt mine would bring in $200.

GeekWeek – GREEN ARROW TV Pilot Gets Green Light – But will it be any good?

GeekWeek – Snikt! THE WOLVERINE Gets a Release Date – But will it be any good?

The Mary Sue – Everybody Asked Kate Beaton How to Make it in Comics, Here’s Some of What She Said – A good read with some great advice.

Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant in stores; Tour; NPR; Time; Salon

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KATE BEATON’S HARK! A VAGRANT IN STORES NOW

NPR MORNING EDITION; BKLN BOOK FEST AT&T FAN WINNER; TIME.COM: SALON; IO9; INTERVIEW MAGAZINE; BOING BOING; & MORE

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR: SF, BOSTON, VANCOUVER, PORTLAND, LA, TORONTO, MONTREAL, HALIFAX, BROOKLYN

“This is that rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor.”–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Check out the book everyone is talking about!Time.com, NPR’s Morning Edition, Interview Magazine, io9, boingboing, Salon, NPR’s Monkey See

Catch Kate at one of her North American Appearances!

10/1 & 10/2 San Francisco, 10/15 Boston, 10/21 Vancouver, Portland 10/22, 10/23, Los Angeles, 10/29 & 10/30 Toronto, 11/1 Montreal, 11/2 Halifax, 11/16 Brooklyn, 12/3 Brooklyn

On Sunday, September 18th, Kate attended the Brooklyn Book Fair, where she signed and quickly sold through 100 books in two hours. This past week it was announced by the Borough President of Brooklyn, Marty Markowitz, that Kate had won the AT&T Fan Festival Prize. The prize included a $3500 donation to the literacy nonprofit of her choice, Kate donated the money to 826NYC. Photo: Twanda Washington of AT&T; First place winner Kate Beaton; Joan Kim of 826NYC; Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

On Tuesday, September 27th, the official release date of HARK! A VAGRANT, after accepting her award and doing stock signings around Manhattan & Brooklyn, Kate launched her book at Housing Works, with Desert Island. With over 200 people in attendance, she sold close to 200 books.

HARK! A VAGRANT takes readers on a romp through history and literature — with dignity for few and cookies for all — with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favourite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.

In just four years, Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks and irreverent punch lines. With 1.2 million monthly hits on her site – 500,000 of them unique– and comics appearing in Harpers Magazine, the National Post and The New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures filtered through a contemporary lens display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds. She has won the Doug Wright
Award, Harvey Award, and Ignatz Award.

Kate Beaton grew up in the Maritimes, specifically Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and anthropology at Mount Allison University. During her last two years in school, she contributed to the student newspaper, unexpectedly morphing her lifelong obsessions with literature, history, and drawing into very funny comics. In 2007, after prodding from friends, Beaton uploaded her first comics to her website, receiving acclaim that set her on the path to becoming one of the most successful and talked about new cartoonists of the past decade. She eventually self-published Never Learn Anything From History which sold 8000 units without distribution. Her comics have appeared in the New Yorker, Harpers, and the National Post.

Beaton’s website is www.harkavagrant.com.

8 x 8 1/2 inches, 160 pages, Black-and-white illustrations throughout, Hardcover, ISBN: 9781770460607, $19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

Comic Professionals Honor Peers at 2011 Harvey Awards

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Comic Professionals Honor Peers at 2011 Harvey Awards

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - September 1, 2011 - Comic professionals came together Saturday night, August 20, 2011 to honor their peers during the presentation of the 2011 Harvey Awards, sponsored by DC Comics, comiXology, Insight Studios, IDW, and Painted Visions Comics, Cards & Games. The banquette to honor those nominated and the winners in more than 20 categories was hosted by the Baltimore Comic-Con and Cards, Comics & Collectibles.Harvey Award Recipient Logo

Named in honor of Harvey Kurtzman, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the field of comics and is the only industry award both nominated and selected by comic professionals. First awarded in 1988, it is one of the industry’s oldest and most respected awards.

Scott Kurtz, who is best known for his webstrip, PvP, served as Master of Ceremonies for the third year in a row, bringing his great sense of humor and charisma to the stage.

Special thanks go to the sponsors who generously donated to the 2011 Harvey Gift Bags, including: Abrams Books; Adhouse Books; BOOM! Studios; DC Comics; IDW; Lasermach; Legendary Comics; Top Cow; and Popfun Merchandising.

This year’s winners include:

Best Letterer: John Workman, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best Colorist: Jose Villarrubia, Cuba: My Revolution, Vertigo/DC Comics

Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Doonesbury, Gary Trudeau, Universal Press Syndicate

Best Online Comics Work: Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton, http://harkvagrant.com/

Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Blacksad, Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, Dark Horse Comics

Best Inker: Mark Morales, Thor, Marvel Comics

Best New Series: American Vampire, Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafeal Albuquerque, Vertigo/DC Comics

Most Promising New Talent: Chris Samnee, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Special Award for Humor in Comics: Roger Langridge, The Muppet Show, BOOM! Studios

Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers: Tiny Titans, Art Baltazar and Franko Aureliana, DC Comics

Best Graphic Album Previously Published: Beasts of Burden, Even Dornkin and Jill Thompson

Best Anthology: Popgun #4, edited by DJ Kirkbride, Anthony Wu and Adam P. Knave, Image Comics

Best Domestic Reprint Project: Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer: Artists Edition, design by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola, Hellboy, Dark Horse Comics

Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation: The Art of Jaime Hernandez: The Secrets of Life and Death, Todd Hignite, Abrams ComicArts

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Dave Steven’s The Rocketeer: Artists Edition, design by Randall Dahlk and edited by Scott Dunbier, IDW

Best Original Graphic Album: Scott Pilgrim Volume 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Oni Press

Best Continuing or Limited Series: Love and Rockets: Volume 3, Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, Fantagraphics

Best Writer: Roger Langridge, Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Marvel Comics

Best Artist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW

Best Cartoonist: Darwyn Cooke, Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit, IDW

Best Single Issue or Story: Daytripper, Fabio Moon and Gabiel Ba, Vertigo/DC Comics

Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Hero Award: Mike Gold

Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Stan Lee

Paul McSpadden, Harvey Awards Administrator, was also honored with an award commemorating his 24 years of service.

The Baltimore Comic will host the Harvey Awards for the seventh year during the 13th annual show, taking place September 8-9, 2012.

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That’s right! Mark your calendars now for next year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we’ll see YOU in Baltimore!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Small Press Expo Announces the Ignatz Award Nominees for SPX 2011

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Small Press Expo Announces the Ignatz Award Nominees for SPX 2011

Bethesda, Maryland; August 18, 2011 - The Small Press Expo (SPX), the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce nominees for the fifteenth annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.

The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Rina Ayuyang, Mike Dawson, Kris Dresen, Theo Ellsworth, and John Porcellino, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

Additional information on the nominees and previews (as available) can be found at http://www.spxpo.com/ignatz-awards.

SPX will be held Saturday, September 10 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 11, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center  in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $10 for a single day and $15 for both days.

For further information on the Ignatz Awards, the nominees or to request an interview, please contact Warren Bernard at warren@spxpo.com.

For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit http://www.spxpo.com.

Outstanding Artist
Michael DeForge, Lose #3 (Koyama Press)
Edie Fake, Gaylord Phoenix (Secret Acres)
Renee French, H-Day (Picturebox)
Joseph Lambert, I Will Bite You (Secret Acres)
Carol Tyler, You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
Black Eye, edited by Ryan Standfest (Rotland Press)
Gay Genius, edited by Annie Murphy (Sparkplug)
I Will Bite You, Joseph Lambert (Secret Acres)
Make Me a Woman, Vanessa Davis (Drawn & Quarterly)
Three #1, edited by Robert Kirby (Rob Kirby Comics)

Outstanding Graphic Novel
Gaylord Phoenix, Edie Fake (Secret Acres)
The Heavy Hand, Chris Cilla (Sparkplug)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, Barry Deutsch (Amulet Books)
Special Exits, Joyce Farmer (Fantagraphics)
You’ll Never Know, Vol 2: Collateral Damage, Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)

Outstanding Story
“Blood of the Virgin,” Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
“Browntown,” Love and Rockets: New Stories No. 3, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
“LINT,” Acme Novelty Library #20, Chris Ware (Drawn & Quarterly)
“The most gripping mind-exploding triumphantly electric of our time,” Papercutter #15, Jonas Madden-Conner (Tugboat Press)
“Weekends Abroad,” Three #1, Eric Orner (Rob Kirby Comics)

Promising New Talent
Darryl Ayo Brathwaite, House of Twelve Monthly #3 (Comixology)
Tony Breed, Finn and Charlie are Hitched (www.hitchedcomic.com)
Jesse Jacobs, Even the Giants (AdHouse)
Jon McNaught, Birchfield Close (Nobrow)
Jesse Moynihan, Forming (Nobrow)

Outstanding Series
Crickets, Sammy Harkham
Dungeon Quest, Joe Daly (Fantagraphics)
Everything Dies, Box Brown (self-published)
Lose, Michael DeForge (Koyama Books)
Reich, Elijah Brubaker (Sparkplug Comic Books)

Outstanding Comic
Crickets #3, Sammy Harkham (self-published)
Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian (self-published)
Habitat #2, Dunja Jankovic (Sparkplug Comic Books)
Lose #3, Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
The Magic Hedge, Marian Runk (self-published)

Outstanding Mini-Comic
Ben Died of a Train, Box Brown (self-published)
Danger Country #1, Levon Jihanian (self-published)
Gaylord Phoenix #5, Edie Fake (self-published)
Morning Song, Laura Terry (self-published)
Trans-Utopia, Tom Kaczynski (Uncivilized Books)

Outstanding Online Comic
Alphabet Horror, Nate Marsh: www.alphabethorror.com
A Cartoonist’s Diary, Pascal Girard: www.tcj.com/author/pascal-girard/
Finn and Charlie are Hitched,Tony Breed: www.hitchedcomic.com
Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton: www.harkavagrant.com
Lucky, Gabrielle Bell: www.gabriellebell.com

D+Q at SDCC 2011: Beaton, Brown, Clowes, Ralph, Nilsen & More!!

Official Press Release

DRAWN & QUARTERLY AT SAN DIEGO COMICON JULY 20-24TH, BOOTH 1629

CONVENTION DEBUTS INCLUDE CLOWES’ S&N THE DEATH-RAY, BEATON’S S&N HARK! A VAGRANT, RALPH’S DAYBREAK & NILSEN’S BIG QUESTIONS

LIMITED NUMBER OF PRESS-POP’S DEATH-RAY DOLL ON SALE

CHESTER BROWN, BRIAN RALPH & ANDERS NILSEN SIGNING

If you are attending Comic-con Interntional in San Diego from July 20-24th, stop by Drawn & Quarterly Booth #1629 to see our three attending authors: Chester Brown (special guest, kind courtesy of the festival), Brian Ralph and Anders Nilsen (also a special guest). We will be debuting Ralph’s September Daybreak & Nilsen’s August Big Questions at the show, and have plenty of the year’s most talked about graphic novel, Paying For It, on hand. Chester will be signing every day, so if you have questions about the Gospels, Ed The Happy Clown, or anything else, come to booth #1629 and ask away. Anders & Brian will be signing every day, too

Oh and what else will be debuting at the show….Hmmmmm….just a signed and numbered debut of the October book Daniel ClowesThe Death-Ray!!!!! And to make this debut even more special, our kind friends at Press Pop are sending a handful of the The Death-Ray action figure for us to sell. Seriously people if you want either of these, get to booth 1629 ASAP! We will be releasing more Death-Ray news next week, so keep your eyes open!

And what else are we debuting? Only a signed and numbered debut of the September Kate Beaton book HARK! A VAGRANT !!!

Here is our signing and programming schedule!

Wednesday, July 20
Chester Brown signs

Thursday, July 21
12:00-3:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q booth 1629

1:00-5:00 Anders Nilse & Brian Ralph signing at D+Q booth 1629

3:30-4:30 True Stories— Chester Brown (Paying for It), Tom Devlin (creative director of D&Q),Peter Kuper (Stop Forgetting to Remember), Leland Myrick (Feynman), and Thomas LeBien (publisher of Hill & Wang’s Novel Graphics line) discuss the ins and outs of nonfiction graphic novel stories. What are the lines between truth and fiction when images are involved in a story? Moderated by Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics). Room 26AB

5:00-6:00 Epic Literary Adventures— Jeff Smith (RASL, Bone), Anders Nilsen (Big Questions), Brian Ralph (Daybreak & SCAD professor), and moderator Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly creative director) discuss the overlap between literary and fantasy, the science and art of creating an imaginary world, building a story that is serialized over several years, and carving a unique fantastical niche in an industry mostly known for either autobio or superhero. Room 9

5:00-7:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q booth 1629

Friday, July 22
11:00-1:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q booth 1629

12:00-3:00 Brian Ralph & Anders Nilsen signing at D+Q booth 1629

1:30-2:30 Spotlight on Chester Brown— Louis Riel, Yummy Fur, and Ed The Happy Clown cartoonist — and Comic-Con special guest — Chester Brown has been one of the most influential and acclaimed alternative cartoonists for the past 20 years. His 2011 graphic novel Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John is easily the most talked about book of the year and was praised in the New York Times. Join him on his panel as he performs his acclaimed slideshow, reading from his North American book tour for Paying for It. The slideshow will be followed by a Q&A. Ask anything you wanted to know about the most controversial book of the year. Room 8

4:00-7:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q booth 1629

5:00-7:00 Brian Ralph & Anders Nilsen signing at D+Q booth 1629

Saturday, July 23
11:00-2:00 Chester Brown signing at D+Q booth 1629

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Anders Nilsen— Comic-Con special guest Anders Nilsen debuts his magnum opus, the 800+-pageBig Questions, which he began self-publishing over 10 years ago and which quickly placed Nilsen at the forefront of alternative cartoonists. He is part of the Chicago comics collective The Holy Consumption with Jeffrey Brown, John Hankiewicz, and Paul Hornscheimer and was recently featured in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Join him as he presents a slideshow of his work from his haunting postmodern fable. Room 4

2:30-6:30 Anders Nilsen & Brian Ralph sign at D+Q booth 1629

2:30-3:30 The Art of the Graphic Novel— Andrew Farago (curator, Cartoon Art Museum) talks with graphic novelists Chester Brown (Paying for It), Seymour Chwast (Dante’s Divine Comedy), Eric Drooker (Blood Song), Joyce Farmer (Special Exits, A Memoir), Joëlle Jones (Troublemaker), Jason Shiga (Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not)), and Craig Thompson (Habibi) about their work in the genre that has elevated comics to mainstream bookstores all over the world. Room 24ABC

3:30-5:30 Chester Brown signing at D+Q booth 1629

5:30-6:30 Everyone’s Favorite Red Head, Little Orphan Annie— No, not Archie, but Annie! Famed cartoonist Chester Brown, Dean Mullaney (creative director, The Library of American Comics), Brian Doherty (senior editor of Reason magazine and author of Radicals for Capitalism), and Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly creative director) discuss the importance of the legendary comics strip Little Orphan Annie and the profound influence and life of the strip’s creator, cartoonist Harold Gray. Room

Sunday, July 24th
10:00-12:00 Brian Ralph signing at booth 1629

11:00-2:00 PM Chester Brown & Anders Nilsen signing at booth 1629

Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

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Alternative Press Expo (APE) Announces Special Guests for 2011

Beaton, Clowes, Thompson, Tomine, and Wheeler Headline the Indie Comics Show

San Francisco – Coming off its biggest year yet in 2010 with attendance topping 5,500, the Alternative Press Expo (APE), returns to San Francisco this fall at The Concourse Exhibition Center. The Expo, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, will again feature the expanded Exhibit Hall and additional programming tracks that debuted in 2010.

Five special guests have already signed on for the show: Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Daniel Clowes (Wilson, Mister Wonderful; courtesy Drawn & Quarterly), Craig Thompson (Blankets, Habibi), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve, Scenes from an Impending Marriage), and Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man, I Thought You Would Be Funnier).

“Interest in APE has never been higher as evidenced by our growing attendance and roster of exhibitors,” said David Glanzer, APE’s director of marketing and public relations. “This year’s terrific mix of special guests really helps us continue that momentum as one of the ‘must-see’ independent comics shows in the nation.”

APE showcases the best in alternative and small press comics, with an Exhibit Hall packed with cutting-edge creators featuring their comics, books, zines, original art, hand-made items, and much more. Further details on APE 2011, including a complete list of exhibitors and the full programming schedule, will be announced closer to the event.

About Alternative Press Expo:

Alternative Press Expo (APE), the country’s largest alternative and independent comics convention, is part of Comic-Con International (CCI), a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms. The organization achieves its mission primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to the San Francisco-based APE each fall, CCI organizes San Diego Comic-Con each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind) and San Francisco’s WonderCon each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/APExpo, Twitter.com/APExpo.

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