Today’s Hot Comics Links
Suspension of Disbelief (which I haven’t seen updated much lately, so I hope it’s back) looks at Spirit #5, and that old bad-plotting standby, beating a guy until he signs a contract/confession/whatever.
Think the San Diego Comic-Con is big? It’s only the third largest comics gathering in the world – and number one is Japan’s Comiket, held twice a year in Tokyo. This past weekend, about 550,000 people were there.
Forbidden Planet International reports on graphic novels at the recent Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Publishers Weekly reports on the recent land-rush business in movie rights for graphic novels.
Newsarama rounds up and comments on a bunch of stories about DC comics’s Zuda project.
Canada’s National Post reports on the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
The Chicago Tribune talks to Douglas Wolk about whether comics are getting any respect.
The LA Times has noticed that some comics have been “slabbed” by CGC. Once again, the mainstream press runs about a decade behind events in the comics world…
Graeme McMillan of The Savage Critics admits that he’s a latecomer to Ultimate Spider-Man, but he likes #112.
Comics Reporter reviews an anthology comic from a few years back, Reactor Girl #6.
Jeff VanderMeer’s Evil Monkey returns for a second burst of creative writing advice.
Bob Eggleton has posted a cover he did for a Gene Wolfe story, which shows a spaceman, two asteroids, and a gas giant. (I’m intrigued – that’s a little out of Wolfe’s usual area.)
Reviews of SF/Fantasy
SFReviews.net reviews Naomi Novik’s fourth “Temeraire” novel, Empire of Ivory.
SFReviews.net also looks back at Robert A. Heinlein’s classic Stranger in a Strange Land…and is not impressed.
Jeff VanderMeer remembers the 1983 novel Smile on the Void by Stuart Gordon.
SF Diplomat reviews Charles Stross’s Halting State.
Visions of Paradise reviews Eric Brown’s new novel Helix.
Interviews with various people
Fantasybookspot interviews David Bilsborough.
Comic Book Resources interviews Jonah Hex writer Justin Gray.
The Agony Column has an audio interview with Gavin Grant, Kelly Link, and Karen Joy Fowler about Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.
The Daily Cross Hatch talks to Ivan Brunetti about the Nancy gig that almost happened.
Editor Teresa Nielsen Hayden has been lurking on eBay to find interesting descriptions of never-worn bridal gowns.
The Rejecter thinks about rising auctorial standards of beauty, and if that’s a good thing.
Lou Romano posts a whole bunch of Powerpuff Girls thumbnail art that he did in 1999-2000.
Coyote Wild announces that their Summer issue went up on the web…a month ago.
Strange Horizons’s usual Monday update includes a new story by Joanne Merriam, an update on Susan U. Linville’s “SF and Fantasy in the New Millennium” article, and more.
Jason Stoddard has released his entire novel Winning Mars – an expansion of a novella of the same name from Interzone #196 – under a Creative Commons license.
[some links via Journalista!]