Ivan Brunetti nearly became the new cartoonist for Nancy in 1994 – and Mike Lynch has posted the thirteen-page magazine article from 1999 where Brunetti explains the whole thing.
Forbidden Planet International has a story about Orbit’s recent announcement that they are teaming up with other elements of the far-flung Hachette media empire to launch a new manga line, the Yen Press, in the US and UK.
Either the Star-Tribune or the Journal-News (both names are on the page, various places) talked to Neil Gaiman about that Stardust movie.
Publishers Weekly talks with George R.R. Martin about the graphic adaptations of his “Song of Ice and Fire” novellas.
John Mayo of Comic Book Resources attempts to explain how everything sold in June, and what it all means.
The Beat is having flashbacks to Thursday at Comic-Con. (My flashbacks are usually to the Boer War, but I understand what she’s going through.)
Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good reviews a bunch of graphic novels.
The Onion’s A.V. Club interviews Bill Willingham, writer of Fables.
Book Fetish reviews Mike Carey’s first novel, The Devil You Know.
The Agony Column gets off its literary high horse long enough to take a look at Star Wars: Death Star by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry.
News of the Obvious Department: Monsters & Critics have perpetrated the headline “New novel gets bad review.” Coming soon: Pope Is Catholic, Bear Shits in Woods.
This is International Blog Against Racism Week; among those putting a SFnal spin on that topic are:
- Larry of OF Blog of the Fallen, who is partially Native American
- Justine Larbalestier is all over the place, with alots of additional links
- Martha Wells talks about the cover of her novel Wheel of the Infinite, whose heroine is dark-skinned
OF Blog of the Fallen interviews Sarah Monette, author of Melusine.
Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist interviews Daniel Abraham, author of A Shadow in Summer.
And, in a fit of synchronicity, SciFi Weekly reviews Abraham’s second novel, A Betrayal in Winter – which is a sequel to A Shadow in Summer.
Jane Espenson writes in The New Republic about The Secret to Selling Sci-Fi. (Hint: break out your Joseph Campbell once again.)
Stephenie Meyer talks to Amazon about her third vampire YA novel, Eclipse.
Daniel Handler, the man sometimes known as Lemony Snicket, is the writer of this week’s New York Times column “Living With Music,” about a writer’s current favorite songs.
Now here’s a business model I like – an Australian bookstore chain, Angus & Robertson, has demanded cash payments from many smaller publishers and distributors because “our supplier agreements fall below our requirements in terms of profit earned.” They should try that out on customers, don’t you think? “I’m sorry, Mr. Smith, you’re leaving the store without buying anything, and that falls below our requirements in terms of profit earned. Please spend at least A$50, or we won’t let you leave.”
Mark Evanier has posted on his blog News from ME a report by actor/writer/director Frank Buxton on the out-of-town tryout of the new musical by Mel Brooks, Young Frankenstein. (And remember to pronounce that “Frahnk-en-steen.”)
John Scalzi, professional movie critic as well as SF writer, estimates the chances of the Stardust movie (from Neil Gaiman’s novel) at the US box office.
John C. Wright is scathing on the subject of books that he couldn’t finish.