All seven members of the Angouleme grand jury have signed a letter criticizing the "cruelty and vulgarity" of the fake prizes presented at the festival's awards ceremony.
Cartoonist and educator Matt Madden interviewed French cartoonist Blutch about the recent Picturebox American translation of "So Long, Silver Screen," a celebration of Blutch's love of film.
Mastering Comics, the second comic-creating textbook by Artbabe and La Perdida creator Jessica Abel and 99 Ways To Tell A Story's Matt Madden, finally hit shelves last month, offering a remarkably thorough (and remarkably enjoyable, as well) lesson in what it takes to not only make a comic, but get it in front of readers, as well. It's no surprise that it's so wonderful; their previous collaborative effort, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, was similarly informative and entertaining to comic creators and the more generally curious alike, and the two have taught at New York's School of Visual Arts for the past few years. I had a brief chat with the two about the release of the book, and what it takes to "Master" comics.
CBR spoke with cartoonists Jessica Abel and Matt Madden about editing "The Best American Comics" series, why the list is so important, and why superheroes so rarely make the list.