Publishing | Belgium, birthplace of Tintin and the Smurfs, is beginning to see its government-funded efforts to revive the country’s once-thriving comics scene pay off, with small publishing houses, self-publishers and digital comics portals springing up. [Deutsche Welle]
Creators | Habibi creator Craig Thompson posts an account of his recent trip to Jordan, which coincided with the troubles in Libya. Disconcertingly, he learned that Habibi is banned there, but his experiences in the schools and studios he visited stand in stark contrast to what the rest of us were watching—and even what he experienced while traveling from place to place. (Craig also gives a shout-out to a couple who got engaged while waiting in line to see him at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC; the groom-to-be concealed the ring in a hollowed-out copy of Blankets.) [Craig Thompson]
Censorship | Rick Marshall checks out the CBLDF’s list of 19 comics and graphic novels that have been challenged in schools and libraries and discovers he has read 13 of them (and now he wants to read more). [Pop Candy]
Graphic novels | Torsten Adair takes a look at the graphic novels in Barnes & Noble’s top 1,000 sellers list. The top seller? Diary of a Wimpy Kid, at No. 9. [The Beat]
Creators | Another day, another interview with Hope Larson about her graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. In this one, Larson talks a bit about how she developed the visuals for the book: “I got Sears and Roebuck catalogs so I could look at the hair and the clothes and stuff from 1962, which is when the book came out. But it’s really only the first 100 pages or something that are in the real world.” And she based the main character’s home on L’Engle’s actual house. [Hero Complex]
Creators | Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley talks to Homestuck creator Andrew Hussie. [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Mark Siegel waxes a bit philosophical in this interview about his new book Sailor Twain, talking about the importance of mythology, the significance of steamships in the 19th century, and the theme of duality that he has woven through the story:”Captain Twain’s name is no accident (no relation to Mark Twain, as the captain grumbles when asked about that)… His birthday puts him under the sign of the Twins, and one of the side-effects of the mermaid’s song-for most of her victims-is a kind of splitting. 1887 was the year R.L. Stevenson’s Jekyll & Hyde came out in America… So yes, there’s a flashback to the Civil War at the heart of the story; there’s a Civil War in the outer world, and there’s a Civil War within, in the human battleground that we can become, when we are torn apart by opposing forces.” [Kotaku]
Creators | Mark Waid talks to Dean Haspiel about digital comics, his controversial Harvey Awards speech from two years ago, the Hulk relaunch, and more in a podcast recorded at Baltimore Comic-Con. [Trip City]
Creators | Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning talk about The Hypernaturals and why they are publishing it with BOOM! rather than one of the Big Two: “This is a story that simply couldn’t work in the Marvel Universe or the DC Universe. This isn’t a Legion or Guardians story that we’ve shifted sideways and repurposed. When you’re dealing with a character that has X-number of years of continuity and may well be appearing in several other titles as well, it places necessary constraint on what you can do with them and with the continuity they exists in. With Hypernaturals, there are no constraints on us: we’ve created these guys, we can just as easily destroy them. It gives the stories a genuine sense of tension and drama, because anyone of our characters may not make it to the end of an issue.” [Comics Alliance]
Creators | Writer Glen Brunswick and artist Whilce Portacio discuss their new sci-fi comic Non-Humans, which debuts today from Image. [USA Today]
Creators | James Davidge, the creator of The Driftwood Saga, talks about his most recent graphic novel (actually a collection of eight short stories), the dystopian My Modern Panic: “In each story I look at a different social issue or environmental concern. Using storytelling techniques that go between science fiction and even magic realism, I try to explore the issues. But some of the stories are also about the relationships of the characters, particularly the two prose stories.” [Calgary Herald]
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