Ambush Bug Lives!
The official Comics Should Be Good “Reason to Love Comics” for Monday was my man Keith Giffen. (“My man” in the sense that I agree that he’s totally awesome, not that I’ve ever met the guy.) And once again, I must demand Ambush Bug trade paperbacks to make the world the kind of place it should be.
The Irish Independent looks at the graphic novel adaptation of the first of Eoin Colfer’s “Artemis Fowl” books.
Comic Book Resources talks to Neil Gaiman via the magic of video.
Comic Book Resources has also drunk the DC Kool-Aid and is trying to convince us that we ever cared about Booster Gold. Sorry, it’s not working…
The Beat has San Diego photos, with commentary – your money quote: “Nothing is sadder than a Superman with a droopy vinyl crotch.”
Elliot S! Maggin, author of the greatest Superman novel ever (sorry, Tom De Haven, it’s Miracle Monday), is running for Congress. Hey, if Gopher could make it in, I think he’s got a good chance. [via The Beat]
Sci Fi Weekly interviews Neil Gaiman, reviews Elizabeth Bear’s Undertow, and sets John Clute to wind up Jay Lake’s Mainspring.
The Golden Duck Awards, for excellence in science fiction for children, were presented at TuckerCon, this year’s NASFiC, over the weekend. The winners were:
- Picture Book: Night of the Homework Zombies by Scott Nickel, illustrated by Steve Harpster
- Middle Grades: Apers by Mike Jansen and Barbara Day Zincola
- Young Adult: Rash by Pete Hautman
- Special Award: Write Your Own Science Fiction Story by Tish Farrel
[via SF Scope]
Also at TuckerCon, also via SF Scope: First Fandom also gave out awards – the Hall of Fame went to Algis Budrys, and the Sam Moskowitz Archive Award was presented posthumously to Don Daily.
SF Signal does a huge, story-by-story review of the equally huge The Year’s Best Science Fiction, 24th Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois.
The winners of this year’s Mythopoeic Awards, as announced at Mythcon are:
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Patricia A. McKillip’s Solstice Wood
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature: Catherine Fisher’s Corbenic
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies: Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond’s The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies: G. Roland Murphy’s Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram’s Parzival
[via Locus Online]
Speaking of Locus Online, they also list the new books they’ve seen in the last days in July.
William Gibson’s new novel Spook Country is reviewed by the LA Times, the Seattle Times, and Time magazine. Oh, and the Seattle Times also interviewed Gibson.
For Bookslut, it’s still Comic-Con Friday.
To my fellow editors: everyone read about it in the Times, and now all of your authors are blowing deadlines because they’re obsessively reloading Sales Rank Express. I feel your pain. Really, I do.
The Millions has uncovered a scheme in which Temple University students pay (and receive college credit for) to participate in what is essentially market research for publishers about potential bestsellers. My first thought: college-age literature students are so far from the target audience for bestsellers that I have no idea what these publishers could hope to learn.
Publishers Weekly’s fiction reviews for this week include longish sections for both SF/Fantasy/Horror and Comics.
Victoria Strauss of Writer Beware! reveals the deep dark secret of writers’ incomes.
Comics Should Be Good is giving away comics…but has a long quiz to pick the winner.
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