COMICS LINKS: Happy Birthday, Jack Kirby!
The New York Times notes what would have been Jack Kirby’s 90th birthday. (And, in honor of that, a random odd Kirby drawing is our illustration today – a stamp with a Kirby Silver Surfer.)
The Beat digs into Marvel’s sales figures for the month of July.
Blogcritics interviews Mike Carey about his first novel The Devil You Know.
Kaplan is publishing graphic novels with deliberately difficult words (including definitions), reports Bloomberg. I can’t fault the idea, but I suspect teenagers aren’t looking to learn vocabulary words from their pleasure reading.
Wizard interviews Mike Mignola about the Hellboy 2 movie.
Publishers Weekly talked to Kyle Baker about his new series Special Forces.
Comics Reporter covers the recent episode of Anthony Bourdain’s TV show No Reservations set in Cleveland, in which Harvey Pekar played a large part.
Panel and Pixel has a collection of stories about how not to break into comics.
San Francisco Bay Guardian talks to Kyle Baker.
Kevin Melrose at Newsarama lists what looks like everything coming out this week. (If you buy all of it, I bet Steve Geppi will come and personally thank you.)
Eddie Campbell reviews Clare Briggs’s Oh Skin-nay! The Days of Real Sport.
Wizard reviews Tangent Comics Volume One and The Complete Bite Club.
Blogcritics reviews Good As Lilly by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm.
The Boston Globe reviews Gilbert Hernandez’s Human Diastrophism.
Augie De Blieck, Jr. of Comic Book Resources reviews two recent Fantastic Four comics, one of which he loved and one of which he didn’t.
Comic Book Bin reviews XXX Scumbag Party by Johnny Ryan.
Punked Noodle reviews Osamu Tezuka’s Ode to Kirihito.
Eye on Comics digs up a copy of X-Men #121 at a flea market.
At The Savage Critics, Graeme MacMillan reviews Batman #668 and others.
The News & Observer points out that the SF/Fantasy/Horror section contains all of the kinds of fiction, with all of the things that any readers might like, that other kinds of fiction have. (Plus dragons, vampires, and robots, of course.) [via Neth Space]
Reporting from Japan (presumably for the Worldcon): K.J. Bishop. (And look for more as the week goes on.)
Matthew Cheney declared Tuesday to be Christopher Barzak Day, and kept track of all of the festivities.
Reviews of SF/Fantasy
The Agony Column reviews Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology, edited by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel.
The Agony Column also reviews Dark Delicacies II: Fear, edited by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb.
Monsters and Critics reviews Douglas Clegg’s The Queen of Wolves.
SciFi Weekly reviews Gardner Dozois’s classic novel Strangers.
SFReviews.net looks at three of Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” novels:
SF Signal reviews Mike Resnick’s Ivory.
Bookgasm reviews Nathalie Mallet’s The Princes of the Golden Cage.
Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review is also happy with The Princes of the Golden Cage.
The Book Swede reviews Charles Stross’s The Jennifer Morgue.
The Agony Column looks at The Best of Robert E. Howard, Vol. 1: Crimson Shadows.
SciFi Weekly reviews Matthew Jarpe’s Radio Freefall.
SFFWorld reviews Gary Wassner’s Gemquest: The Revenge of the Elves.
Book Fetish reviews Joey W. Hill’s The Vampire Queen’s Servant.
Book Fetish also reviews Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Ravens of Avalon by Diana L. Paxson.
Interviews with various people
SciFi Wire talks to Margo Lanagan about her new collection Red Spikes.
SFF World interviews Scott Lynch.
Jefff VanderMeer of The Amazon Blog talks to Matt Ruff about his Bad Monkeys.
The Agony Column has a podcast interview with Seana Graham, a literary and weird fiction short story writer.
SciFi Wire interviews Nathalie Mallet about her first novel, The Princes of the Golden Cage.
Publishers Weekly reports on the lifetime achievement award given to Charles N. Brown, Publisher of Locus, at the recent Writers of the Future ceremonies.
You knew it would come to this, someday…the Bible is being translated into LOLcats. [via Frank Wu]
[some random stuff via Journalista!]