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The weekend goes by WAY too quick… sigh. While this has nothing to do with comics, it does have to do with politics. I got to meet Mayor Cory Booker while walking around the monuments in DC yesterday. Booker is the closest thing we have to a super hero politician, responding to requests on Twitter and infamously shoveling snow during a storm a few years back. Really nice guy.

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Bleeding Cool – The Comic Book Deficit Of Vietnam An interesting article.


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Bleeding Cool – A Game For Swallows

BlogCritics – Adelard

Bleeding Cool – Fairest #11

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It’s new comic book day, what’s everyone getting?

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Comics Alliance – Magnetic ‘Superman’s Underwear’ Advertised as Penis Enlarger and STD Cure in MalaysiaGood to know this is out there.

IGN – More New 52 Change-UpsMore changes…..

Comicvine – Should Creators Have More Rights Over Their Characters?Interesting read.

DC Women Kicking Ass – Former DC Comics editor Janelle Asselin on women, comics and marketingGood article from someone on the inside.

CBLDF – Vietnam Censorship Fuels Interest in Banned Comics – Interesting.

Fantagraphic Books – Paul Hornschemeier Awarded Ohio Residency! – Paul is a great guy, so congrats!

GamePolitics – Angry Birds Maker: Piracy Isn’t a Bad Thing – Gutsy to say and fuels my argument.
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ComicBook.com – One Model Nation

L.A. Weekly – Tina’s Mouth

MTV Geek – Winter Soldier #1

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It’s a new week and the news for the weekend trickled up a bit.  But, while you were out seeing X-Men: First Class this weekend, here’s the news you might have missed.

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Vietnamnet Bridge – Hanoi through comic booksA short article about a comic book festival in Vietnam that has some really nice art.

The Jerusalem Post – People of the (comic) bookA solid article detailing Jewish contributions to the graphic medium.

Kotaku – Sunday ComicsKotaku brings the week’s best web comics.

Post Flashpoint:

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Details On Teen Titans #1

Bleeding Cool – DC Relaunch: Greg Capullo’s Cover To Batman #1

Con Coverage:

MTV Geek – HeroesCon 2011: Artist Peter Krause Talks To Us About Leaving Irredeemable

The Beat – HeroesCon Frolic — Fri-Sat

Vietnam Cries “Think About the Children”

Coat of arms of Vietnam

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“Think About the Children” is usually cried out here in the United States when some political hopeful wants to score points with Soccer Moms.  Well, it looks like we’ve shipped that line of BS over to Vietnam.  According to Viet Nam News educators and parents are concerned that the most popular books for children contain too much violence and adult content.

Japanese and Chinese comic books are popular with children and often depict guns, swords and adult affairs.

Bui Chi Vinh a popular children’s book writer said:

Violent and sexy comics can affect children because they are young and naive.

Studies have never definitively linked entertainment and violence.  But Vinh takes the correct route in saying that this is a challenge for Vietnamese authors and artists to create more appealing material for children.

Vietnam Uses Comics to Educate Children

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To help Vietnamese children learn about southern Vietnamese history, Kim Dong Publisher has put together a series of comic books called Hao kiet dat Phuong Nam (southern heroes).  The series features characters tied to the area since the 16th centurywhen the Lord Nguyen Hoang began extending the country’s territory southward.

The company has produced ten books so far focusing on Truong Dinh, Thien Ho Duong, Nguyen Hue, Nguyen Trung Truc, Bui Thi Xuan, Nguyen Tri Phuong, Mac Cuu, Thu Khoa Huan, Nguyen Van Thoai and Nguyen Dinh Chieu and plans a total of twenty issues.

Author Hoai Anh is in charge of writing duties, while Artist Nguyen Dong Hai is responsible for the books’ illustrations.  The series focus on the most exciting details of each figure in an attempt to hook children and keep them interested.

The hope is that the series of comics will improve the knowledge of the countries history among the youth of the nation.

Choice Quotes

Guerillas #1

But he fought… he killed… and he came home with medals. All in all, I think it was a good experience for him.

Air #1

…there is too much at stake for idealism. You may try to deny it, but here in the skies, you are on the frontline of a war. And good people need your help.