Manga | Hayao Miyazaki’s samurai manga will be serialized in the Japanese magazine Model Graphix, but progress is reportedly slow: Miyazaki, the director of classic animated films including My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, has completed just three pages. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Veteran Archie artist Stan Goldberg, who most recently has been drawing Nancy Drew graphic novels for Papercutz, was in a serious car accident recently, along with his wife Pauline. Tom Spurgeon suggests you send them a car. [The Comics Reporter]
Conventions | Cleveland’s small-press comics convention Genghis Con is this weekend, with a guest list that includes Derf Backderf (My Friend Dahmer) and Mike Sangiacomo (Tales of the Starlight Drive-In). [The Plain Dealer]
Creators | In a video interview, Vivek Tivary talks about his new graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, which tells the story of Beatles manager Brian Epstein. [International Business Times]
Creators | Gene Luen Yang talks to Sonny Liew, who will be the artist for his next graphic novel The Shadow Hero. [First Second Books]
Creators | Writer and photographer Seth Kushner interviews artist Nick Bertozzi, who recently illustrated an episode of Kushner’s webcomic Schmuck, about his style and storytelling techniques. [13th Dimension]
Political cartoons | Cartoonist Tom Englehardt recalls a moment of exquisitely bad timing: the political cartoon he drew for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, showing President John F. Kennedy trapped in a gunfight between two Texas cowboys, which appeared in the newspaper on Nov. 22, 1963. Shortly after the first round of papers had gone out to the newsstands, the news came through that the president had been shot, and the newspaper immediately sent the trucks back out to retrieve every copy of the paper. They mostly succeeded, although they did get one phone call from a reader who said “I don’t know how you people know this stuff in advance.” [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
Political cartoons | Pinar Tremblay takes a look at the scene for political and editorial cartoonists in Turkey, where the fear of legal action by the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan acts as a form of prior restraint; one editor says, “We have lengthy talks with attorneys before we finalize any publication. We want to make a point without ending up with a court case, which is difficult because caricature on its own means ‘sarcasm; It is counter-art.” [Al Monitor]
Political Cartoons | Several Indian organizations are calling on the national cricket team to boycott next month’s South Africa tour to protest a cartoon by the South African cartoonist Zapiro. The cartoon criticizes the South African cricket organization as greedy and corrupt and uses an image of the Hindu god Ganesha to represent it. [India Times]
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