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26 posts from April 2006

April 24, 2006


Diary of an author, waiting. part 15.

"It is strange... that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." -- Elizabeth Taylor

The author checks his calendar. only nine days till his book, The Fate of the Artist comes out. Meanwhile, he reads an interview with his editor at  www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/resources/interviews/4610    and makes sure Siegel is saying nice things about him.


April 21, 2006


Diary of an author, waiting. Part 14

How much of human life is lost in waiting. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The author draws a picture of himself twiddling his thumbs while waiting for his book, The Fate of the Artist, to come out. it occurs to him that until he tried to draw it, he had never really considered before what that actually means, to twiddle one's thumbs.


You can find early reviews of the book in these blogs http://joglikescomics.blogspot.com/2006/04/eddie-campbell-end.html (april 4) and http://macguffinalley.blogspot.com/ (april 14)

Guest blogger: JOANN SFAR

And one more, black & white and untranslated from Joann Sfar -- early glimpses of KLEZMER, book 2. The first volume comes out this fall from :01.


April 20, 2006

Guest blogger: JOANN SFAR

untranslated, uncolored, another excerpt from KLEZMER volume 2, by Joann Sfar!


April 19, 2006

This doodle's for Tanya


I'm almost done reading Terrence Real's I DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT, Overcoming The Secret Legacy of Male Depression . . . Surprising where inspiration finds you sometimes, isn't it?

Real's book is filled with fascinating insights about the human psyche. I've been reading it on the train with a yellow highlighter in hand, and I keep thinking about you authors out there: this is invaluable if you're writing male characters with any depth.


From the 'Nothing Diaries' of Lewis Trondheim:


April 18, 2006

Alexis Siegel on Translating Comics

As First Second gets born this Spring (May 2nd, at your favorite bookstore), we hope to define ourselves by the care and attention that goes into the making of the books.

One aspect that goes mostly unmentioned is translation, but for the foreign titles we offer it's totally crucial. I've been dismayed over the years to see sometimes brilliant titles receive slipshod, clunky translations -- which are bound to turn off American readers and reviewers. I know this is dear to the hearts of publishers like Kim Thompson at Fantagraphics and Chris Oliveros at Drawn & Quarterly.

Anyway, :01 translator extraordinaire Alexis Siegel (and my brother) gave a very interesting interview at Comic World News on the subject of translating comics.


More from the "Nothing Diaries," of Lewis Trondheim. Click to enlarge!


April 17, 2006

Guest Blogger: NICK ABADZIS

This is a drawing of my favourite life model, Laura. I managed to capture her splendid sturdiness. She's just great to draw.


April 14, 2006

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, The Bard

Another must-have picture book, all in wordless panels: a wild tale set in and around the Globe theater -- hey Booksellers, Librarians, Homemakers, Collectors, here's another treasure to help raise the next generation of graphic novel readers!

From Roaring Brook Press/Neal Porter books:


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