Awards | Thai cartoonist Jakraphan Huaypetch has won the top prize in the third International Manga Award, the “Nobel Prize of manga” contest sponsored by the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Huaypetch’s basketball comic Super Dunker follows a boy from a small island who by chance meets an NBA player and learns how to slam-dunk a basketball. Runners-up included artists from Brazil, China, France, South Korea, Sweden and the United States. [Kyodo News, Anime News Network]
Passings | Don Addis, a former editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times and creator of the syndicated comic Bent Offerings, died Nov. 29 of lung cancer. He was 74. [St. Petersburg Times]
Internet | The new Comics Journal website has gone live, more or less, with contributions by the likes of Anne Ishii, J.T. Dockery, Donald Phelps, Marc Sobel, Gavin Lees and Noah Berlatsky. [The Comics Journal]
Comic strips | Michael Cavna wonders, given the dire state of the industry, how long it will be before a major newspaper dumps its comics section. [Comic Riffs]
Awards | Submissions are being accepted for 2010 Glyph Comics Awards, which “recognize the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.” [press release]
Sales charts | The New York Times finally updates its Graphic Books bestseller list, whose top spots remain unchanged: The Book of Genesis Illustrated, Logicomix and Vampire Knight, Vol. 8, continue to lead their respective categories. [The New York Times]
Retailing | Christopher Butcher winds up his liveblogging of his monthly Previews order. [Comics212]
Comics | John Shelton Lawrence and Danny Fingeroth consider what makes a superhero “philosophically speaking.” [Philosophy Now]
Comics | Contributors at Good Comics for Kids discuss “Books That Don’t Exist (as far as we know), But We’d Love to Receive as Gifts.” I wholeheartedly endorse the call for a full-length Delilah Dirk graphic novel by Tony Cliff. [Good Comics for Kids]
Process | Dean Haspiel breaks down the creation of his cover for the second American Splendor collection. [Graphic NYC]
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