...While we're on the subject, while in the Bay area, I was told that the famed COMIX EXPERIENCE bookstore is owned by Brian Hibbs, who -- rumor has it -- is the inspiration for The Simpson's COMIC BOOK GUY. But you can't trust rumors, especially from knowledgeable comic book types.
Just got back from San Francisco. Every time I go there, I feel like I leave it too soon.
I was invited to join a panel of people from graphic novel publishing, which included editors from VIZ, Pantheon and First Second, as well as author/artists Jessica Abel, Matt Madden, and Derek Kirk Kim. We were faced off with another panel of major writers and developers from the videogame world, and the whole conference was centered on Visual Storytelling. This was sponsored by the San Francisco Academy of Art, and turned out to be most interesting.
More to come about that adventure in coming blog entries.
Before all that, we went to the legendary COMIC RELIEF bookstore in Berkeley. Now there's a bookstore to launch our 'favorite bookstores' category. It's a beauty, and stocked with thousands of the best graphic novels to be found.
That evening Matt Madden and Jessica Abel were signing books. Did you get your copy of Matt's 99 WAYS TO TELL A STORY?
What really goes on in the mightiest publishing corporations?
What dark conspiracies are spawned in their sinister board meetings, way up in the high floors of their skyscrapers?
What really goes on behind closed doors, among the power players who shape today's book market?
To answer these troublesome questions, every now and then we'll include some ACTUALLY HEARD moments from within the corporate publishing world! Yes, really heard! Some by me, and others reported by reliable sources, friends and friends of friends. No, seriously. Really heard. And the identities of the people mentioned shall be (ever so slightly) concealed.
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Oh, I've been waiting for this one, from DRAWN & QUARTERLY!
I can only agree when he says, about Blutch:
"So, what happens when one of the greatest living cartoonists (and if you don't think Blutch fits this bill you really, really need to read more Blutch) takes on the work of some of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz? "