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Science Fiction/Fantasy News & Links, June 28th

Science Fiction/Fantasy News & Links, June 28th

Mad Magazine goes for the easy jokes with their “Rejected Star Wars Stamps.”

The UK’s own Guardian newspaper wonders why science fiction is more popular now on TV than it used to be, and blames 9/11.  Others have already pointed out that the Guardian seems to have forgotten the mid-90s surge of SF and Fantasy TV (Buffy, anyone? Babylon 5, perhaps?), but at least they’re saying nice things…

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist is running a contest to give away a few copies of Jay Lake’s new novel, Mainspring, set in a clockwork solar system. (That bizarre mental image you just got? Yes – it’s exactly like that.)

Did you know that ABEbooks.com (the noted conglomerator of used book retailers) has been running a contest for Harry Potter-related poetry? And that the entries, so far, are not nearly as horribly soul-destroying as you might expect?

James Maxey, author of the new novel Bitterwood, ruminates on how to create dragons.

Jonathan McCalmont has been to see “The Ugly Side of Fandom,” and reports back about what he has seen.

Hey, didja notice that the cover from last week’s New Yorker was by Pixar artist Lou Romano? Romano explains how he got the job, and what went into it, on his blog this week.

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Anime, manga awards awarded

Anime, manga awards awarded

The first American Anime Awards were handed out at the New Yorker hotel in (where else) New York last Saturday, and by popular demand (Sid Popular sent us an e-mail – and thanks to Steve Allen for that gag!), here are the winners:

Best Actor: Vic Mignogna (Fullmetal Alchemist, Macross)

Best Anime Theme Song: Rewrite (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Best Actress: Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG)

Best Comedy Anime: FLCL

Best Actor in a Comedy: Dave Wittenberg (Zatch Bell)

Best Anime Feature: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Best Actress in a Comedy: Debi Derryberry (Zatch Bell)

Best Short Series: FLCL

Best Cast: Fullmetal Alchemist

Best Long Series: Fullmetal Alchemist

Best DVD Package Design: Fullmetal Alchemist

Best Manga: Fruits Basket

The full list of nominees and more information.

Enough to make you gag

Hey New Yorkers!  Not doing anything tomorrow night, and frustrated because you can’t draw or sell gag cartoons?  Yeah, you know who you are.  Funny thing, Media Bistro at 494 Broadway has just the solution — a 3-hour intensive course (starting at 6:30 PM) on How to Draw and Sell Gag Cartoons, taught by John Donohue, whose cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker, Barron’s, Thompson’s Medical Economics, and other spots. 

If for no other reason, you should go to find out how and why editors are still purchasing tired 1950s stereotypes of henpecked husbands pursued by purse-wielding wives .