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ANDREW’S LINKS: Bikini Jeans

ANDREW’S LINKS: Bikini Jeans

To start the week out on a pleasant note for about half of you – check out bikini jeans. [via Pat Cadigan]

Comics Links

The UK SF Book News Network talked to John Higgins, artist on a graphic novel adaptation of the old splatter-horror movie The Hills Have Eyes.

Estoreal reports on representing the Jack Kirby Museum at New York’s HOWL Festival in Tomkins Square Park.

The Baltimore Sun talks to Steven Parke, who uses a photo-manipulation style to create graphic novels.

A New York Times article on reality TV wandered off into graphic novel-land, talking about a book called The Homeless Channel.

Comics Reporter interviews Chris Brandt.

Comics Reviews

Library Journal’s current graphic novel reviews start out with the fourth volume of Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba&! (whose first volume recently confused me), and goes on to review a bunch of other things as well.

The Indypendent reviews a graphic novel called Fat Free.

Brad Curran of Comics Should Be Good reviews recent comics, kicking off with Batman #668.

Curran, still at CSBG, also pokes his head into the world of Marvel’s all-ages comics.

At The Savage Critics, two critics unleash tag-team havoc on today’s comics:

Newsarama asks a bunch of comics critics why they don’t talk about the art. (When I don’t, personally, it’s usually because I simply forgot to mention it, or because there wasn’t anything interesting to say.)

Over on my personal blog, I went nuts with a overly long comparison of two art-comics anthologies from last year: Best American Comics 2006 and An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories.


COMICS LINKS: Times Gets It Late

COMICS LINKS: Times Gets It Late

Comics Links

The New York Times declares that Britain is finally embracing the graphic novel. Well, good for them!

Inside Pulse apparently has a story about comics, but some kind of SQL error is preventing me from actually reading it. Perhaps simply knowing it exists will give some readers a tiny bit of pleasure.

Publishers Weekly Comics Week interviews Gravitation creator Maki Murakami.

PWCW also talked to Ioannis Mentzas about the upcoming English-language publication of Osamu Tezuka’s massive MW.

Comic Book Resources interviews Y: The Last Man editor Will Dennis about the upcoming end of that series.

The Beat tries to figure out what graphic novels have been selling the best this year.

Comics Should Be Good has a long, impressively detailed (even, one might say, nitpicky) list of character names used, in one form or another, by both Marvel and DC. Study it and win bar bets next year at San Diego!

Comics Reviews

Jeff VanderMeer’s new ComicBookSlut column at Bookslut looks at Gipi’s Notes for a War Story, Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, and more.

The New York Sun reviews a new biography of Ronald Reagan in comics form.

Comics Reporter reviews the new issue of Gabrielle Bell’s Lucky.

Another Comics Reporter review (by another hand): Greffier by Joann Sfar.

At The Savage Critics, Graeme McMillan reviews Amazons Attack #6 and other things.

Newsarama picks their favorite books of the week.


COMICS LINKS: Inferior Five Edition

COMICS LINKS: Inferior Five Edition

Comics Links

Hipster Dad thinks that there should be an Inferior Five collection.

Comic Book Resources talks to Christos Gage.

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog presents more evidence that Bob Kanigher was a mad genius.

Greg Burgas of Comics Should Be Good reviews this week’s comics, starting with Batman Annual #26.

Brian Cronin of CSBG reviews the unpublished graphic novel Division Shadow.

Living Between Wednesdaysweekly reviews start with Countdown to Adventure #1.

The Daily Cross Hatch interviews Peter Kuper about his new book Stop Forgetting to Remember.

Comics Reviews

Fantasy Book Critic reviews The Nightmare Factory, a graphic novel based on four stories from the collection of the same name by Thomas Ligotti.

Wizard reviews the covers of three recent comics.

Blogcritics reviews Good As Lilly by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm.

Panels and Pixels has a manga review roundup.

The Daily Cross Hatch reviews the first collection of “Perry Bible Fellowship” strips by Nicholas Gurewitch, The Trial of Colonel Sweeto.

The Savage Critics reviews:



COMICS LINKS: Monday Again

COMICS LINKS: Monday Again

No links came with obvious top-of-the-post illustrations today, so, instead, let’s focus on the Monday-ness of today, and think demotivation.

Comics Links

Comic Book Resources looks at webcartoonists at Wizard World Chicago.

Wizard talks to Avatar Press artist Jacen Burroughs.

Comic Book Resources interviews Hugh Sterbakov, writer of Freshmen.

CBR also chats with artist Adrian Alphona, soon to take over Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane.

Comics Reporter interviews Comic-Con Director of Marketing and Public Relations David Glanzer.

Newsarama has the second half of an interview with Douglas Wolk, author of Reading Comics.

The New York Times’s Paper Cuts blog interviews cartoonist Dan Clowes.

Comics Reviews

The Joplin Independent reviews Modern Masters, Vol. 7: John Byrne.

Blogcritics reviews The Architect by Mike Baron and Andie Tong.

Comics Reporter reviews Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow.

Brian Cronin at Comics Should Be Good reviews Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #23.

Living Between Wednesdays reviews this weeks’ comics, starting with The Immortal Iron Fist #8.

Graeme McMillan of The Savage Critics reviews Battlestar Galactica: Season Zero #1.


COMIC LINKS: Astro Boy Goes West!

COMIC LINKS: Astro Boy Goes West!

Comics Links

Toon Zone asks Philip Brophy to explain to them how wonderful Osamu Tezuka is, in connection with an exhibition of Tezuka’s work now in San Francisco.

The Beat has a whole load of Toronto Comic Arts Festival photos.

The International Herald Tribune looks at the recent increase in graphic novel publishing in the UK.

The Seattle Times takes a look at DC Comics’s new Minx line.

Scott Shaw! explains how, once upon a time, Archie met the Punisher. (It was the ‘90s – that kind of thing happened a lot.)

Comics Reviews

Comics Reporter reviews World War Hulk #3 and Booster Gold #1.

Boston Now reviews the graphic novel Re-Gifters by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew, and Marc Hempel.

SF/Fantasy Links

Paul McAuley explains why he writes short stories (and it’s certainly not the money).

Edward Champion is not happy – at great length – with Adam Gopnik’s recent profile of Philip K. Dick in the New Yorker.

Tor Books will be podcasting from Worldcon, with commentary from Tom Doherty and Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

John Klima lists some of the major SF/Fantasy short-fiction outlets (for ease in supporting them).


Ambush Bug Lives!

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]


Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet. We’re Hunting Fanboys.

Be Vewwy Vewwy Quiet. We’re Hunting Fanboys.

USA Today stalks the elusive Fanboy.

Locus Online lists new paperback editions of SF/Fantasy books that they saw in June.

Matthew Cheney thinks about the latest eruption of the what-is-SF-and-what-isn’t discussion.

A highly scientific investigation into the age-old struggle between pirates and ninjas. [via Chris Roberson]

tSF Diplomat  thinks hard about online book reviewing and book-blogging.

Biology in Science Fiction rounds up recent interesting news stories about bioscience.

Mundane SF hates astrophysics.


Tons of F&SF Stuff

Tons of F&SF Stuff

Jennifer Fallon loves Wile E. Coyote, and doesn’t care who knows it. (She also lists Chuck Jones’s very interesting rules for Roadrunner cartoons, which show just how much of a brilliant formal exercise those shorts were.)

But Wouldn’t It Be Cool? lists nine reasons that he reads SF.

The Philadelphia Inquirer uses the Harry Potter hook to look at Christian fantasy. (The Washington Post has a similar story today as well.)

Nine MSN News promotes the Australian writer John Flanagan and his series for young readers, “Ranger’s Apprentice.”

Tech Digest asks and answers: what is steampunk?

SF Signal has posted the final lists for their Harry Potter Outreach Program, designed to drag Potter readers (kicking and screaming, if necessary) over to the SF/Fantasy shelves and get them to read more stuff that they’ll like.

Adventures in SciFi Publishing’s 27th podcast features an interview with Sarah Beth Durst, author of the new young-readers novel Into the Wild. (And some other things, like another installment of “Ask an Author” with Tobias Buckell.)


Science-Fictional-Type Links & Things

Science-Fictional-Type Links & Things

Fantasy Book Critic reviews Warren Ellis’s first novel, Crooked Little Vein.

BestSF has reviewed a few magazines this week:

Don D’Amassa’s Critical Mass has new reviews on the Science Fiction page, including Blake Nelson’s young adult novel They Came From Below, Robert Charles Wilson’s Axis, and Charles Stross’s Halting State.

D’Amassa’s Fantasy page also has new reviews: Steph Swainston’s The Modern World, Charles Stross’s The Merchants’ War, and others.

And D’Amassa’s Horror page has new reviews as well: Scott Thomas’s Over the Darkening Fields, the new Tales from the Crypt #1, and more.

Nader Elhefnawy, at Tangent, goes off on a dumb Christopher Hitchens quote from Atlantic Monthly to the effect that SF has a “dearth of sex.”

Elhefnawy also had an essay at Tangent about Michael Moorcock and censorship.

The Space Review has published a transcript of the talk, and the following question and answer session, given by NASA Administrator Mike Griffin at the recent Heinlein Centennial.

The Contra Costa Times has an article on the huge science fiction collection at the University of California-Riverside.

Ben Bova’s regular column in the Naples News is devoted to talking about his own Campbell Award-winning novel Titan, Campbell himself, and science fiction in general.

The Salt Lake Tribune looks at the interesting phenomenon of Christian fantasy novels.

Neth Space is annoyed that so many titles begin with the word “the.”

SF Scope reports on editor and author Gardner Dozois’s recent quintuple bypass heart surgery. Details are few, but it sounds like he’s recovering pretty well – I certainly hope so, and send him all best wishes. (In happier Dozois news, he recently turned in a new original anthology, tentatively entitled Galactic Empires, to Rome Quezada of the SF Book Club, and I’m sure that book will be another winner.)

Cory Doctorow has another one of his periodic essays at Locus Online this week, all about different kinds of visions of the future.

The soul-searching about reviewing on blogs continues unabated into a second week, as Larry of the OF Blog of the Fallen explains why he reviews.

Similarly, Patrick, of Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, has a long post about reviewing, book giveaways, and blogging.



Links & News & Interviews & Cats

Links & News & Interviews & Cats

Time magazine, which manages to get so much wrong so much of the time, oddly is very accurate and interesting on the subject of LOLcats. [via The Beat]

Not science fiction, but only because it didn’t happen: the British military is denying sending giant, man-eating badgers to terrify the citizen of the Iraqi city of Basra.

The New York Times’s PaperCuts blog looks at the cover of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

David Louis Edelman, at DeepGenre, ponders The End of Science Fiction.

Paranormal romance writer Sherrilyn Kenyon is now listed in Cambridge Who’s Who, and sent out a press release to tout that.

The Readercon brain trust compiled the semi-official canon of Slipstream writing. Great! Now we can go back to arguing about what “slipstream” actually means…

If you happen to be in Luxembourg (and I can’t tell you how often I’ve found myself in Luxembourg without thinking about it), you might want to pop your head into the Tomorrow Now exhibition at the Mudam Luxembuorg, which “explores the relationship between design and science fiction.”

I’d expected something really weird from the Montgomery Advertiser’s reference to “Faulkner’s Narnia” — just think about that for a moment, if you will – but it turns out that Faulkner University is putting on a stage adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe as Narnia. Still, the idea of a Prince Caspian/As I Lay Dying mash-up is still out there for the taking…