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Symbolia Magazine Launches More Graphic Journalism

This week saw the launch of Symbolia Magazine a new digital magazine bringing new and original graphic journalism to the world. The new app-based magazine of non-fiction comics journalism, edited by Erin Polgreen. The first issue is now available at iTunes or via PDF for non-tablet users. A 6-issue subscription is $11.99, but a preview issue is available. Contributors include:

  • Susie Cagle’s thoughtful exploration of California’s Salton Sea.
  • A look at life in Iraqi Kurdistan by Sarah Glidden.
  • Kat Fajardo and Audrey Quinn on evolution and a fish called “The White Man’s Office” in the Lower Congo River.
  • The bold history of Zambian Psychedelic Rock, by Chris A. Smith and Damien Scogin.
  • Andy Warner and Lauren Sommer tour the millions of microflora in our guts.

Publisher’s Weekly has a bit more details on how it all works.

Each issue of Symbolia will feature 3-5 stories and all contributors will be paid. Initial rates are $75 to $100 per page, “not the best rates,” Polgreen said, “but we’ll work to boost them once we get more exposure. Symbolia will be a vehicle that provides paid work to working cartoonists.” The journal will generate revenue initially from issue sales and annual subscriptions, but Polgreen said they are also looking to advertising and sponsored content from graphic publishers; memberships with added perks—Google Hangout interviews with contributors and workshops—as well as syndication, “we also collaborate with other organizations to share costs and further distribute the content.” Polgreen said she also intends to look at revenue share plan for contributors, “after we build a subscriber base.”

Graphic journalism as a whole is seeing a Renaissance now with amazing works being released weekly, fueled by the power of the internet. Some of my favorite graphic novels this year have been of this type.

Symbolia is also open for pitches, so head to their site and submit your best ideas.


CBLDF News: Cartoonist Arrested in Oakland & Books Banned In Arizona

Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested, Released During Weekend Occupy Oakland Protests

Last weekend, more than 400 people were taken in during a mass arrest in response to the latest Occupy Oakland protests. Cartoonist Susie Cagle, who was arrested during protests in November, was one of several credential journalists taken in during the mass arrest despite Oakland Police Department policy that members of the media never be targeted because of their status as journalists. This time, Cagle was released on site, when an officer recognized Cagle from her last arrest. Cagle was told that they were doing her a “favor” upon her release.

The Daily Cartoonist has a rundown of Cagle’s tweets during the arrest and release here. Cagle wrote an article for AlterNet a few days before the latest protests, outlining OPD’s new policies regarding protests. Gavin Aronsen with Mother Jones, another journalist arrested during the protests, details his experience — which seems to contravene the policy OPD laid out for Cagle — hereRead More…

Big Easy Turns Out Big Time For CBLDF!

Last week, the CBLDF launched the first Member Appreciation events of 2012 in New Orleans with a party at Crescent City Comics and a booth at Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, raising a total of $2,600 and meeting dozens of loyal supporters from all over the south. CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein looks back on the trip and the CBLDF supporters he met.  Read More…

CBLDF Condemns Arizona School Censorship

In response to an Arizona state law banning the teaching of ethnic studies courses, the Tucson Unified School District released a list of books that have been banned from the classroom. Popular textbooks, novels, and collections by revered Mexican American and Native American authors were among the titles removed from classrooms. CBLDF has joined a coalition of organizations — including the ACLU of Arizona, ABFFE, ALA’s Freedom to Read Coalition, and many more — in a joint statement decrying this censorship.  Read More…

Comics Should Be Good: Why Joining the CBLDF Matters

CBLDF Deputy Director Alex Cox and co-founder of the Comics Should Be Good blog at Comic Book Resources took a moment to explain why people should join the CBLDF on today’s CSBG blog. Head over to CBR to get the low down on CBLDF, comic book censorship, and how CBLDF protects your right to make, sell, buy, and read comics!

Vietnam Censorship Fuels Interest in Banned Comics

Early comic book censorship in the United States was fueled by fears many adults had over a burgeoning youth culture that they could not understand and that they perceived as violent. Even today, would-be censors continually — and incorrectly — argue that comic books and other media are bad for children, something that has yet to be proven by valid scientific study.

The fear of youth culture as a driver for censorship isn’t unique to the United States, as a recent AFP article over at The Raw Story makes clear. The article relates how the banning of books in Vietnam, in particular books and comics aimed at youth culture, has actually driven sales of the books rather than keeping them out of readers’ hands. Read More…

Around the Tubes

Tomorrow is new comic book day, what’s everyone picking up?

Around the Blogs:

Mashable – Julian Assange Records The Simpsons Guest Spot While Under House Arrest – A nice middle finger to the U.S.

CBLDF – Comics Should Be Good: Why Joining the CBLDF Matters – Support this organization!

IGN – Gaiman/McFarlane Lawsuit SettledPhew, cause I wasn’t sure if I could go another year.

CBLDF – CBLDF Joins National Organizations in Condemning Arizona School Censorship – Damn the man!

CBLDF – Cartoonist Susie Cagle Arrested, Released During Weekend Occupy Oakland Protests – I think that’s arrest number two.

Kotaku – 4Chan Used to Promote a Japanese Manga (Well, Sorta) – Pretty interesting.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Examiner – Aquaman #5

CBR – Transformers: Robots in Disguise #1

MTV Geek – Something Old, Something New: Advance Reviews of Image’s Savage Dragon, Invincible, and Alpha Girl

Newsarama – Best Shots Comic Reviews: AQUAMAN, X-MEN: LEGACY, More

Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here, yay!  Here’s the news to get you through the day and into the weekend.

Around the Blogs:

Stranger Comics – STRANGER GOES HOLLYWOODCongrats!

CBLDF – Diamond Helps CBLDF Raise Nearly $30,000 with Retailer Membership Drive – Please give this holiday season!

ICv2 – Avengers Movie HeroClixI really really really wish I had someone to play with.

The Mary Sue – Charges Dropped Against Occupy Oakland Journalist Susie CagleWill their be a counter lawsuit over unlawful detention?

Comics Alliance – Psychologist Uses Superhero Comics to Treat His PatientsInteresting…

Comicvine – Greg Rucka On How To Write A Strong Female CharacterSo, that’s two male writers discussing this….

Kotaku – These are the Vita’s Touch Controls for Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. They’re Optional.No idea how this game system will sell.

Kotaku – Batman’s Return to Arkham City is Triumphant, But ShortGood review of the game.

GQ – For God and Country: An Illustrated Account of the Raid on Osama bin LadenAn interesting read but a little too Call of Duty for me.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Comics Alliance – The Defenders #1

IGN – Hulk #45

CBR – O.M.A.C. #4

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 12/7/11

Creators Come Together to Occupy Comics

Inspired by the Occupy protests taking place not just in the U.S. but worldwide, a group of comic book creators have banded together to create Occupy Comics.  The project is the latest use of Kickstarter but with a twist.  The project will see it’s proceeds going directly to purchase items to support the Occupy movement.

All of the writers, artists, business executives, and the publisher are being paid to produce this book… and they ALL are donating 100% of their revenue (not profits, but ALL monies they receive) to the occupiers. They want to support the movement through the winter by providing warm clothes, heaters and bathrooms if possible, and other amenities. For a more detailed breakdown on how the money will flow from pledges to production of the book to the protesters, visit www.occupycomics.com and check out the blueprint.

The list of creators participating is impressive.  There’s some hot talent, great vets and numerous comic book creators heavily involved in the Occupy movement.  Here’s the beginning list of participants:

Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead)
Marc Andreyko (Manhunter)
Susie Cagle (Notes on Conflict, arrested at Occupy Oakland)
Kevin Colden (I Rule the Night, Grimm’s Fairy Tales)
Molly Crabapple (Dr. Sketchy’s)
Tyler Crook (Petrograd, B.P.R.D.)
J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League, Spider-Man, Imaginalis)
Joshua Dysart (Swamp Thing, The Unknown Soldier)
Zoetica Ebb (Biorequiem.com)
Joshua Hale Fialkov (I Vampire, Tumor)
Brea Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Zane Grant (We Will Bury You, Suicide Girls)
Joe Keatinge (Hell Yeah, Glory, Brutal)
Ales Kot (upcoming projects w/ Image Comics & DC Ent)
George Krstic (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Megas XLR)
Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn)
Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods)
Mark L. Miller (Luna, Nanny & Hank)
Caleb Monroe (Batman: Fearless, Hunter’s Fortune)
B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick, Superman Confidential)
Jerem Morrow (Drive-In Horrorshow, Kingdom Suicide)
Amancay Nahuelpan-Bustamante (Hijos de P)
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Batman: Gotham County Line)
Laurie Penny (Penny Red)
Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller)
Steve Rolston (Ghost Projekt, Queen & Country)
Riley Rossmo (Proof, Cowboy Ninja Viking)
Douglas Rushkoff (Testament, media theorist)
Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, Witchblade)
Simon Spurrier (2000 AD, X-Men: Curse of the Mutants)
Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Fell)
Ronald Wimberly (MF GRIMM: Sentences)

As I said, an impressive list.

The project seems to get the heart of the Occupy movement by using crowdsourcing to fund it but also it’s use of social media in a way speaks to the movement.  The Occupy movement is leaderless without structure, and Occupy Comics instead of having a “mouth piece” Twitter account, links to a search for their name to show the numerous others speaking about the project.

The project won’t see release until 2012, but the donations will occur this Fall.  The gifts are great and for me I’m at least doing the $10 for a digital copy of every comic they release.

Head to Kickstarter now to kick in some cash.

Around the Tubes

It’s Wednesday, so new comic book day!  What’s everyone getting?  While you ponder that, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

The Mary Sue – Introducing DC Comics License Plates (Yah!), Available Only In Australia (Boo!)Who do I need to lobby to make this happen in Virginia?

Comics Alliance – Cartoonist Susie Cagle on Her Tear Gassing and Arrest While Covering Occupy Oakland [Interview]Interesting stuff.

Bleeding Cool – Read Julie Taymor’s Lawsuit Against The Spider-Man Producers In Full – I could make jokes, but I spent most the year making fun of the musical itself.

GamePolitics – DCUO Continues Massive Growth as F2P Game – Maybe I’ll finally play?  But, congrats!

Around the Tubes

The week is chugging along and previews for this week’s releases are starting to role in.  And while you wait for all of that, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

The ComiChron – Records abound in October sales; reboot titles held sales levels – Talk to me four months from now, we’re still in a bubble.

The Mary Sue – Susie Cagle Gives Personal Account of Occupy Oakland Arrest And It’s Not PrettySuch shit on so many levels.

The Beat – iVerse gets $4 million in private equity funding for Comics+ – Um, congrats?

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – Ejen Chuang’s Awesome Cosplay Photos From Comikaze 2011

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Animal Man #3

Toonzone – Hellboy: House Of The Living Dead

CBR – O.M.A.C. #3

ICv2 – Psyren Vol. 1

Novel Society – Twilight Graphic Novel Volume 2

Around the Tubes

The weekend is here! That is all.  While you relax and enjoy yourself, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

ComiChron – Direct market dollar orders up double digits in October 2011 – I still think it’s a short term bubble.  Talk to me in six months.  But congrats to DC for getting that market share.

The Beat – Cartoonists and the law: Susie Cagle arrested, charged with misdemeanorDamn the man.

The Beat – Cartoonists and the law: Steve Rude updateInteresting….

MTV Geek – The 10 Most Awesome Political Candidates From ComicsI didn’t know a good chunk of these.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Mindtrick’d – Batman: Noel

IGN – Batman: Noel

ICv2 – The Complete Major Bummer Super Slacktacular!

CBR – Heart #1

CBR – New Mutants #33

SciFi Mafia – Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command

Graphic Journos Launches

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Journalists using graphic story telling is nothing new (think political cartoons), but it does seem like it’s becoming a hotter way of doing it.  With that being said Graphic Journos has launched bringing together a site to showcase some of the hottest journalists doing this sort of story telling.  According to Dan Archer (one of those involved) the site is a:

…a showcase/forum/sounding board for drawn journalistic pieces featuring a handful of up and coming journalists…

From the about on the website

We believe that this type of storytelling is an incredibly powerful and woefully untapped kind of communication worthy of broader recognition. As journalism struggles to find its way with new technology and economic constraints, we are adamant that things don’t need to be as they always have been. If there were ever a time for new narrative forms, now is it.

Readers are bombarded with more information than ever before, but art has a unique power to make those readers stop instead of flipping the page or clicking away. This kind of work is consistently popular, and yet it is all too rare. In the transition from print to the web, original art has been all but lost.

So, listen: that “Joe Sacco thing” isn’t a novel gimmick. Graphic reportage is a fast-growing medium that is being drawn to its full potential by an expanding range of talents with unique approaches and skill sets. We are just some of them.

We plan to use this space to promote not only our own work but also that of other talented visual communicators, as well as spread the good word of fact-based graphic narrative and help interested editors and creative directors to do this stuff right (and often!).

Taking part in the website are:

Dan Archer. Knight Fellow 2010-2011 at Stanford University. Published at Alternet, the Huffington Post and others.

Susie Cagle. Columbia Journalism School graduate and former words-only reporter. Published at the Awl, Campus Progress, the Rumpus, the Bay Citizen and others.

Sarah Glidden. Recently published the travelogue How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Vertigo. Published at Cartoon Movement.

Wendy MacNaughton. Recent winner of an Awesome Grant! (Yes, that’s really the name.) Published at Pop-Up Magazine, GOOD, The Rumpus, Longshot Magazine and others.

Jen Sorensen. Cartoonist of the beloved, long-running editorial strip Slowpoke. Published at the Oregonian, Bitch and others.

Congrats and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

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