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Archives - June 2010

News came today that Golden Age illustrator Al Williamson had passed away. He was 79. Al was a great artist who drew iconic images of Flash Gordon in the 1960s and well beyond. He was also the artist behind the comic strip Secret Agent Corrigan, and, in the work of his that made the most profound impact on me, the Star Wars comic book that Marvel put out when I was a kid. Artists like him are rarer and rarer in comics these days, sad to say, but his work lives on brilliantly.
Teacher, Masconomet Regional High School Topsfield, Massachusetts
You may have read this news in Publishers Weekly already today: A coalition of Japanese and American publishers has been formed to deal with the growing (and rampant) problem of online manga distribution (commonly known as "scanlation"--scanning and translating manga works for online distribution). There are 36 Japanese publishers (all members of Japan's Digital Comic Association) joined by American companies Viz, Tokyopop, Square Enix, Vertical, the Tuttle-Mori Agency, and Yen Press.
June 2, 2010

Smile Wins in Boston!

Congratulations to Raina Telgemeier's Smile, which was just named a 2010 Boston Globe Horn Book Award Honor Book in the nonfiction category. I remember first meeting Raina back in December at the GNR holiday party, and I told her I couldn't wait to read her book. Once I did, I was in love with it and tried to share it with friends and acquaintances. I'm so glad to see she's gotten this distinction from the Boston Globe. The book really deserves it.
Peter Gutiérrez has been a jack of all trades when it comes to comics. You may know him as an Eisner-nominated writer, or you may know him as a consultant in education. Or you may know him because he’s written about comics for a variety of outlets, including School Library Journal, The New York Times, Rue Morgue, The ALAN Review, Scholastic's Scope magazine, ForeWord Reviews, and, of course, GraphicNovelReporter.