Awards | Noelle Stevenson’s fantasy comic Nimona has made the longlist for the National Book Awards in the Young People’s Literature category. It’s rare but not unprecedented for a graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award: Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese was the first, and his Boxers and Saints made the 2013 longlist. One of the creators of Lumberjanes, Stevenson launched Nimona in 2012 as a webcomic; the print edition was published in May by HarperCollins. [The New Yorker]
Museums | The Cartoon Art Museum held its last event in its Mission Street location on Thursday; the museum has to vacate that space due to a steep hike in the rent. “We knew that our rent was going to be untenable for a while now and our landlord has been very compromising for months, but we knew it wouldn’t last,” says executive director Summerlea Kashar. The museum’s holdings are going into storage for at least six months, and Kashar is doubtful the museum will be able to remain in San Francisco at all, given the skyrocketing rents, which are making it difficult for nonprofits to stay in the area. [The Guardian]
Manga | Viz Media’s Shonen Jump magazine will run a two-chapter prequel to Bakuman, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba’s tale of two young men trying to succeed as manga creators. The prequel tells the story of the two protagonists before they met. [Anime News Network]
Creators | With the release of her second book, Step Aside, Pops!, Kate Beaton talks about her time working in the Alberta oil sands, feminism, and her career as a cartoonist who came of age during the webcomics boom: “2007 and 2008 was a really good time to get online with your work, and to have it seen and read and gather an audience. We weren’t inundated in the same way with BuzzFeed and with Facebook and everything like that. The internet was smaller, in a way.” [The Guardian]
Creators | Warren Ellis talks about Dynamite Entertainment’s new James Bond series. [ICv2]
Creators | What’s the secret to happiness in old age? Be an otaku says Lone Wolf and Cub creator Kazuo Koike, who’s nearing 80. He seems to be using the term in its general sense as an enthusiast, not necessarily about anime and manga: “I’m always saying ‘I am the greatest otaku,’ but when you take a look around, senior citizens who are enjoying their lives are generally some sort of otaku. Truly, being an otaku until the end of your days is a wonderful thing. Live as an otaku, die as an otaku. It’s the greatest.” [RocketNews 24]
Creators | Artist Declan Shalvey talks about his work on Injection, which is written by Warren Ellis and colored by Jordie Bellaire. [Sktchd]
Creators | Zack Carlson interviewed Daniel Clowes in 1995; the interview was supposed to run in his zine Meatnog, but that issue never ran, so 20 years later, The Comics Journal has picked it up. [The Comics Journal]
Conventions | Artist Rudy Vasquez discusses the ethics of and issues around selling prints of other people’s characters or art at conventions. On the one hand, it’s easy and the demand is there; on the other hand, the seller often doesn’t own the rights to the content. [Rudy Vasquez Art]
Retailing | Jennifer Sangalang pays a visit to the newly opened Viera Comics in Brevard, Florida, which owner Peter Pappas hopes will become a gathering place for enthusiasts: “This will be an area where you can say, ‘Hey, did you read Batman 41 this week? What did you think of it?'” [Florida Today]
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