Creators | Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco interviews Danica Novgorodoff about The Undertaking of Lily Chen, her graphic novel about a young man who sets out to find a female corpse to be buried with his dead brother—and winds up with a woman who is very much alive. [Good Comics for Kids]
Creators | Audrey Niffenegger, author of the prose novel The Time Traveler’s Wife and the graphic novel The Night Bookmobile, describes how she collaborated with Eddie Campbell to make a comic for special comics issue of The Guardian’s Weekend magazine. [The Guardian]
Creators | Lesbian cartoonist Molly Alice Hoy discusses the LGBTQ comics scene, her experience of having a same-sex relationship while attending a conservative Christian college, and her comics, which deal with her anxieties about body image and coming out to her family: “It was never my aim to make a political statement (politics stress me out!) but as a queer person, my identity routinely gets politicized in the current culture, so that naturally comes out when I’m writing about my own experience. Mostly, I just draw comics as a way to make myself laugh at situations that might not otherwise be that funny.” [Los Angeles Post-Examiner]
Creators | Here’s a creator with a very limited audience but an enviable work ethic: High school English teacher Brad Fennessy draws a cartoon on the whiteboard of the school photocopy room every morning. That’s every morning: He hasn’t missed a school day in four years, which means he has created more than 700 cartoons. [Plan It Northwest]
Graphic novels | Penguin’s InkLit graphic novel imprint will publish Thomas Sniegowski’s The Raven Child. Sniegowski is an author of comics and young adult novels, and he has written several Buffy comics and graphic novels as well as Bone: Quest for the Spark, a novel that ties in to Jeff Smith’s Bone. [ICv2]
Graphic novels | Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh is one of a group of creators working on the graphic novel IDP: 2043, a story about a future Scotland struggling with the effects of rising sea levels; “IDP” stands for “internally displaced person.” The book is a collaborative work with chapters by Mary Talbot, Pat Mills and others. [The Guardian]
Manga | Tsugumi Ohba, the writer of Death Note and Bakuman, is working on a new manga: It’s a one-shot story that will appear in a special issue of a Japanese magazine, and the illustrator won’t be his previous collaborator, Takeshi Obata, but the artist Robico, who is the creator of the shoujo manga My Little Monster (recently released in North America by Kodansha Comics). [RocketNews 24]
Retailing | Lots of local comic shop profiles are starting to pop up as Free Comic Book Day approaches; this one looks at the comics retail scene in Muncie, Indiana, which includes Alter Ego, the store co-owned by Mark Waid. [The Star Press]
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