Awards | Editor Justin Hall won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for best anthology for his No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, marking the first time a graphic novel has been honored in that category. Now in their 25th year, the Lambda Literary Awards recognize the best in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature. “”I’m thrilled that the Lambdas have made such a strong statement recognizing comics as a legitimate literary medium that has told powerful stories of LGBT lives, loves, and identities for the last four decades,” Hall said. “This is a validation of a tremendous amount of work, and of an artistic community that truly deserves its time in the spotlight!” [San Francisco Guardian]
Events | Calvin Reid writes the most comprehensive report yet on the comics scene at last week’s BookExpo America. [Publishers Weekly]
Creators | Peter Kuper talks about his newest work, Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City, as well as the comics class he taught at Harvard, his experience with publishing his books overseas, his thoughts on print vs. digital comics, and the perils of faux autobiographies. [Print]
Creators | Paul Gravett profiles manga-ka Junko Mizuno; his headline “Crazy in a Good Way” is a perfect summary of her work. [Paul Gravett]
Creators | Artist Jim Terry talks about his work on The Crow. [Chicago Now]
Creators | Adam Szymczak discusses the Kickstarter campaign he launched to fund publication of his first comic, Of What Kind. [The Marblehead Reporter]
Manga | Riyoko Ikeda is reviving her classic Rose of Versailles manga, a cross-dressing story set in the court of Marie Antoinette, for a one-shot in the girls’ manga magazine Margaret later this year. [Anime News Network]
Cities | RM Rhodes presents a comics lover’s guide to Brussels. [The Hooded Utilitarian]
Retailing | The Jackson, Michigan, comics shop Nostalgia Ink will close its doors after 29 years when owner Leonard Litteral retires in August. [MLive]
Reviews | David Ulin reviews Joe Ollmann’s new graphic novel Science Fiction. [Los Angeles Times]
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