Political Cartoons | Cartoonist Rick Friday is enjoying his newfound fame—and considering a proposal from Farm News to bring him back as their editorial cartoonist. Farm News fired Friday, a freelancer, because of a cartoon that noted the large salaries of several CEOS of big agriculture companies. “Today I was instructed by (the publisher) that we will no longer take a cartoon from you. The last one, ‘Profit,’ has caused a (storm) here that I do not understand. In the eyes of some, big ag cannot be criticized or poked fun at. The cartoon resulted in one seed dealer canceling his advertising with Farm News,” Friday’s editor wrote in an e-mail. The story attracted national attention, and while he is considering returning to Farm News, Friday has also been motivated to move in a new direction, drawing cartoons that are not about farm life. [Des Moines Register]
Graphic Novels | March, Rep. John Lewis’s graphic memoir of the Civil Rights Movement, will be part of the social studies curriculum in the New York City public schools—the largest school system in the country. A lesson plan based on the book is one of the options available to eighth-grade teachers using the “Passport to Social Studies” curriculum. [Blavity]
Publishing | George Gene Gustines writes about the BOOM! Studios imprint Boom Box, home to Lumberjanes, Giant Days, and the new series The Backstagers, by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh. Boom Box comics, says Gustines, “tell personal stories with a sprinkle of glee.” [New York Times]
Creators | Kate Beaton talks about her recent move back to the tiny town of Mabou, Nova Scotia, and reveals that she is working on a book about Fort McMurray, the town in the Alberta oil sands region that has been largely destroyed by fire. Beaton worked in Fort McMurray for two years, and she later made a webcomic, Ducks, about her experiences there. She also discusses her new children’s book, King Baby, due out from Scholastic this fall: “The baby narrates it, and is like, ‘I’m here, rejoice! Do this for me! Do that for me!'” she says [Vice]
Creators | Marinaomi talks about her graphic memoirs, including her new book, Turning Japanese, which debuted at TCAF. [The Millions]
Creators | Paul Up North will be the last Paul book from Quebecois creator Michel Rabagliati, at least for a while; after eight semi-autobiographical graphic novels about the character, Rabagliati finds that recent changes in his own life, including his divorce, are making it painful for him to continue mining this vein. He’s planning on moving in a different direction, with a longer, more serious, less wordy graphic novel with a middle-aged man, rather than a youth, as the main character. [Quill & Quire]
Creators | The Japanese artist Rokudenashiko, who was a guest at this past weekend’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival, talks about facing criminal obscenity charges because of her work, which involves 3D scans of her vulva. She was found guilty of one charge last week. Her graphic novel What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy, published by Koyama Press, debuted at TCAF. [CBC]
Creators | At just 15, the UK artist Zoom Rockman has been publishing his own comic, The Zoom, for eight years; he has won numerous awards and now draws a comic about his character Skanky Pigeon for The Beano; [Haaretz]
Awards | Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada talks about everything that goes into organizing the awards each year. [An Englishman in San Diego]
Awards | The winners of this year’s Kodansha Awards have been announced: The soccer manga DAYS was the winner in the shonen category; Kiss Him, Not Me took top honors in shoujo; and the medical drama Kōnodori won the prize in the general manga category. [Crunchyroll]
Retailing | Lisa Granshaw talks to several members of The Valkyries, the association of women who work in comics shops. [Blastr]
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