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December 7, 2007

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the writer and critic David P. Welsh analyzes the latest Great Graphic Novels for Teens so you don't have to. Okay, more like so I don't have to.

* something called The New York Anime Festival debuts this weekend, which will included a lot of attention paid to manga. With Reed Exhibitions running the show, The Beat, Publishers Weekly and next week's PWCW should have major reportage on any announcements and who goes to dinner with whom. There should also be reporting on the ICv2 Conference on Anime and Manga preceding the show from those sources and itself.

From what I've been able to read early this morning, the news seeping out seems to be on two fronts. On the one hand, there is Milton Griepp's presentation of a market report on manga's continued if slower growth in 2006 and (likely) 2007. On the other comes some panel drama based on two people from completely different sides of the manga and manga-related industries disagreeing about the nature of the present moment in terms of business opportunities. I don't get that latter one: why would these two people be expected to agree on anything? Why should we care that they obviously disagree? Besides, the view that Japan hasn't produced any cross-merchandising hits to match those from the mid-'90s is several years old. I don't get it. At any rate, you can read about both of those incidents fueling news stories here.

* the twenty-three year old cartoonist Jason Chatfield will take over the Ginger Meggs strip from the late James Kemsley.

* this profile of Pakistani cartoonist Nigar Nazar is interesting for her various, admirable achievements, but it also mentions something I find compelling, that many Middle Eastern and Asian cartoonists have a presence on television.

* a cartoonist not Zapiro has won a cartooning contest in Africa. Actually, the contest and program preceding it sound pretty cool.
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