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Women in Comics & Sarah Lightman

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A one day conference, ‘Women in Comics’ will take place on the 25th October 2009. With its unique collection of 20th Century Women’s Art, The New Hall Art Collection provides the perfect venue for a gathering of practitioners, academics, curators and enthusiasts. Women comic artists will speak about their work, and broader discussion will include the representation of women in comics. The event will run as part of The Cambridge Festival of Ideas week and is supported by The University of Glasgow.

Speakers include; Dominique Goblet and Paul Gravett, Woodrow Phoenix and Corinne Pearlman, Kate Evans, Dr Mel Gibson, Sarah McIntyre, Dr Ann Miller, Asia Alfasi and many more. For more details see


Sarah Lightman will also be exhibiting ‘In Memoriam’, diary drawings from her on-going autobiographical graphic novel in The New Hall Exhibition Space, 19th October- 14th November 2009.


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September 11, 2009 at 8:15 am

Nostalgia & Comics needs you!

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Richard Cowdry (of Bedsit Journal fame) writes about Birmingham’s Nostalgia & Comics and their push for more small press submissions.

This is great news, as decent shops that are welcoming to, and actually engaging with small press and indy creators are not only rare, but can have a hugely beneficial effect on the scene and artform. One word of encouragement, one extra comic sold, can make all the difference to someone who is just testing the waters… or to seasoned self-publishers for that matter.

I was in Nostalgia & Comics just the other day and picked up a bunch of cool new books, and a very pleasant experience it was too.

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September 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Posted in Buy This, Comics, News, Zines

Alan Moore on Marvelman

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Alan Moore shares his thoughts on the possible Marvelman book.

I decided that while I’m very happy for this book to get published—because that means money will finally go to Marvelman’s creator, Mick Anglo, and to his wife. Mick is very, very old, and his wife, I believe, is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The actual Marvelman story is such a grim and ugly one that I would probably rather that the work was published without my name on it, and that all of the money went to Mick. The decision about my name was largely based upon my history with Marvel—my desire to really have nothing to do with them, and my increasing desire to have nothing to do with the American comics industry.

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September 7, 2009 at 6:25 am

Posted in Comics, Interview, News

Tokyopop lose Kodansha licences

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Tokyopop announce;

“The Japanese publisher Kodansha, from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits,Love HinaSamurai Deeper KyoRave MasterInitial D,KindaichiLifeGetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new mangavolumes.”

Precocious Curmudgeon has a more complete list of affected titles.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Manga, News, Recession

Comics aren’t literature apparently.

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The Cool Kids Table has a brief post on the recognition of comics as literature by a conservative thinktank co-founded by Lynne Cheney.


Above – a page from Tales Designed to Thrizzle by Michael Kupperman.

Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Posted in Articles, Comics, News

Cartoonist not fired

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Although this may not appear to be news at first glance, a Pulitzer winning editorial cartoonist keeping his job is indeed big news in this particular economic climate.

It appeared initially that Matt Davies, cartoonist for the Journal News, had been included in the newsroom’s 25% staffing cut, but the Journal reversed its decision.

Matt told Alan Gardner of The Daily Cartoonist;

I am not going anywhere. My paper looked down the cold and terrible barrel of not having an editorial cartoonist on staff and just couldn’t do it. The paper’s readers owe a big thanks to my editor Henry Freeman who quietly worked to ensure that my position was revived and ultimately kept alive during a particularly bruising round of downsizing in our newsroom. The clear message is that no matter how small a newspaper payroll needs to be in order for a paper to turn a profit, a decent staff cartoonist who connects with the audience is a smart part of that profit strategy. While I am of course personally relieved, my thoughts are with my talented and venerated colleagues who didn’t survive the cuts this week.

Nicaraguan cartoonist Pedro Molina put it quite nicely when he said in the comments;

I’m sorry for Matt, one of the finest cartoonist working today, but I feel more sorry for the newspaper industry, once again trying to save their golden eggs by killing the goose that lays them.

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September 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Posted in Comics, News, Recession

The Disney/Marvel relationship

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Here is some informed speculation that goes beyond the ‘Spiderman with mouse ears’ chatter that seems to be about at the moment. Head over to ICV2 to read up on the implications for movies, television, retail, licensing, games, theme parks, live entertainment, conventions and, uh, oh yeah! Comics!

It’d be naive to assume that the merger is more about a creative strengthening than making money, but this is starting to feel to me like finding more ways to saturate more media more completely with characters (not comics, don’t confuse the two). My worry is that this saturation is going to get pretty old pretty quickly. I’d like to echo the sentiments of ICV2;

Let’s hope Disney on Ice is one of the divisions where they look for Marvel synergies last.

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September 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

Posted in Comics, News