Creators | Cartoonist Roz Chast talks about her memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? landing on the 2014 longlist for 2014 National Book Award. It’s the first time a graphic novel has been nominated in that category, and Chast is the only woman on this year’s list. When The Wall Street Journal noted that, between this nomination and Alison Bechdel’s MacArthur “genius grant,” “it’s a good day to be a female cartoonist,” Chast replied, “I totally agree. Actually my first thought was just it’s good for cartoons, for the graphic form.” [Speakeasy]
Creators | Alex de Campi talks about her pioneering digital comic Valentine, widely regarded as the first long-form comic to make extensive use of digital techniques. She doesn’t think the medium has come too far since then: “We’re all still in the shallow end, congratulating each other for getting our feet wet. There’s been no significant innovation since us. The DC and Marvel stuff is still based on half-page increments so it can go to print. The Madefire stuff I have seen (not a lot, maybe it’s gotten better) is just embarrassing motion comics. It pisses me off because there is so much more to be done. And I want to do it. But it would take an investor, or a very daring multi-media entertainment company. And big entertainment companies are many things, but daring is not one of them.” [Digital Spy]
Creators | ROBOT 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco interviews Gilbert Hernandez about his latest release, Bumperhead. [Las Vegas Weekly]
Comics | Sign language interpreter Lydia L. Callis rounds up some comics featuring deaf superheroes, including a recent Hawkeye storyline and the British comic Signs and Voices. [The Huffington Post]
Creators | In a video interview, Ben Katchor talks about the antecedents of comics, and why he prefers short-form comics to full-length graphic novels. [Los Angeles Review of Books]
Creators | MariNaomi guests on the Books and Authors podcast to talk about her new graphic novel, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories. [Books and Authors]
Creators | Karl Christian Krumpholz tells tales of Denver’s Colfax Avenue, which Playboy once called “the wickedest street in America,” in his webcomic 30 Miles of Crazy!, which has now been collected in print. [Westword]
Academia | Michael Cavna interviews Dr. Sheena C. Howard, co-editor of Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, which won this year’s Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work. [Comic Riffs]
Libraries | The Spauldings, Maryland, public library received a gift of 334 graphic novels from Small Press Expo as part of its Graphic Novel Gift Program; they library celebrated by holding a Graphic Novel MiniCon of its own. [The Gazette]
Education | Cleveland ninth-grade teacher Ashley Harrington talks about the popularity of comics, including the Miles Morales Spider-Man comic, among her students; she is running a GoFundMe campaign to buy sets of comics for her classroom. [Cleveland Scene]
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