Graphic novels | Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has sold through its second printing in Singapore and is heading into a third, just weeks after the country’s National Arts Council abruptly withdrew funding. The graphic novel traces the career of pioneering Singaporean cartoonist Charlie Chan Hock Chye through 60 years of the country’s history and includes satirical portrayals of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, and his rival Lim Chin Siong. An NAC official said it “potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy of the Government and its public institutions.” The graphic novel has already sold 2,500 copies, making it “the top-selling local fiction title so far this year.”
Retailing | Barnes & Noble, the largest book chain in the United States, has increased the amount of floor space devoted to graphic novels in its stores nationwide. [ICv2]
Creators | Writer Scott Snyder talks about his comic Wytches (the first collected edition is out this week), how artist Jock translated his ideas into visual form, and why he sees horror as a way to combat depression and anxiety: “Here, horror can be very healing and therapeutic while you deal with things like depression, when everything just feels like there’s absolutely no way out. Not just because the hero usually makes it out! Because even when they don’t make it out, you’re seeing people work through tremendous, tremendous doubt. And when you see other people, you don’t feel alone. In that way, even in the grimmest horror, you can find a connection and see other people thinking about some of the things that you worry [about], too.” [Vulture]
Graphic novels | Drawn and Quarterly announced it has acquired the reprint rights to four older titles: Blankets, by Craig Thompson, Was She Pretty? by Leanne Shapton, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, by Sarah Glidden, and Spaniel Rage, by Vanessa Davis. [Drawn and Quarterly]
Manga | Translator Amanda Haley discusses her work, which includes GTO: Paradise Lost and The Heroic Legend of Arslan (by Fullmetal Alchemist creator Hiromu Arakawa), and the comic site Book Walker, a Japanese ebook site that has some English content but is not well known at the moment. [Organization Anti-Social Geniuses]
Editorial cartoons | Michael Cavna rounds up some editorial cartoons on the topic of the Confederate flag. [Comic Riffs]
Cosplay | Micah Smith profiles cosplayer Cami Roebuck, whose family works together to create her costumes. [Jackson Free Press]
Exhibits | A new comics-themed exhibit is opening Saturday at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia. The show will feature original art by Bob Kane, Ernie Chan and Neil Adams from the museum’s Michael Reynolds Collection of American Popular Culture. [The Herald-Dispatch]
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