Passings | Illustrator Geneviève Castrée, whose debut graphic novel “Susceptible” was published in 2013 by Drawn & Quarterly, passed away Saturday from pancreatic cancer. She was 35. “She was truly driven to work and stay living right up to the last minute, insisting on getting up and going to work in her studio way beyond when many would have surrendered to rest,” Castrée’s husband, musician/songwriter Phil Elverum, wrote on her GoFundMe page. “Last night and this morning she declined quickly and receded into her own eyes as her body vetoed her wishes, her lungs filling with fluid. She died at home with me and her parents holding her, hopefully having reached some last minute peace.” Castrée was diagnosed with cancer in May 2015, just four months after giving birth to their daughter. [GoFundMe]
Creators | I talked to Hope Larson about her new children’s graphic novel, “Compass South,” which is the first in a planned series. [Good Comics for Kids]
Creators | Malaysian cartoonist Lat, creator of “Kampung Boy,” is still working, although his comics no longer appear in newspapers. His first cartoon was published when he was just 13, and he says his father was the first one to encourage him to draw: “I remember that during my childhood, he would take us to the circus and when we got home, he would ask me to draw the animals that performed at the circus. That was how my interest in drawing started. [The Star]
Awards | Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers, who collaborate under the name Metaphrog, have won the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2016 for Best Visual Artist. This is particularly notable as it doesn’t seem to be a comics-exclusive category. Tangentially, Marrs and Chalmers were among those interviewed for an article in the Scottish Herald about how EU nationals are reacting to the Brexit vote; Marrs is a French citizen but has lived in Scotland for 22 years. [Comics Reporter]
Comics | Geoffrey Wood Patterson II of Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, California, explains some common comics terms to newcomers. [Santa Monica Daily Press]
Libraries | Kevin Schulz does an on-the-scene report from the Friends of the San Francisco Library’s 25 Cent Comic Book Sale. The shoppers ranged from kids to adult fans to serious collectors, and the comics, which came from donations and comic shops that have closed or donated their overstock, were not sorted at all, adding an air of serendipity to the event. [SFGate]
Retailing | Shawn Hilton, owner of the Kokomo, Indiana, store Comics Cube, offers a scholarship every year to students at Taylor High School who belong to the school’s graphic novel club. There’s only one other requirement: Like Peter Parker, the student must not have an athletic scholarship. Hilton has been working with the graphic novel club for several years, attending meetings and offering the featured books at a discount, and he has been donating comics to another school in town to help raise interest there. [Kokomo Tribune]
Retailing | “The main theme of my store is I want to make you feel like you’re in some kind of comic book. Some kind of story,” says Feon Cooper, who has just opened Shoreline Comics in Long Beach, California. The former EMT has been reading comics since he was 11 and saw an opportunity when space became available in a local mall. [Press-Telegram]
Museums | Alan Russell pays a visit to the Cartoon Museum in London. [Down the Tubes]
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