Scott McCloud was at NYU and I missed it.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY COMICS WEEK has a nice little report about it here, with an excerpt which naturally caught my eye:
Despite the current popularity and media attention given to comics—"we've moved up the food chain and pretty much infiltrated every major media outlet"—McCloud still warned of a possible "backlash" against the current media enthusiasm for comics. He referred to the recent online criticism of the nomination of Gene Yang's American Born Chinese for a National Book Award. "That's the shot across the bow," McCloud observed. "It won't be the last."
But McCloud predicted that the comics medium would continue to evolve rapidly. He said that the influx of manga into the American market, the rise of conventional graphic novels and the growth of Web comics would each have major impact on the "changing landscape" of comics. And with all three influences operating at once, McCloud said, there is "no telling what comics will look like in 15 years."
Here are Gene and Theresa Yang, just after the National Book Awards, in Times Square...
Young starry-eyed comics artists now aspire to the glitz and glamour of the graphic novelist life...! They give up steady jobs in animation and videogames, and come to publishing seeking fame and fortune.
Um... Well it seemed that way for a night, didn't it?
Here are a few more photos, all courtesy of Theresa Yang (thanks, Theresa!)
Above, Gene signing lots and lots of books at the Donnell Branch of the NY Public Library, one of the surrounding events that day.
Mark, Gene and Lark with three of the NBA judges, left to right: Patricia McKissack, Margaret Bechard, and Linda Sue Park
Gene, Theresa and Gene's mother and father, who flew up from San Francisco for the event.
Gene thanks and congratulates the winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, M.T. Anderson.
Blogs may not be sushi, but in neither case does anyone want yesterday's all-you-can-eat two dollar special...
Oh well, sorry it hasn't been freshest dailies or doodles served here lately -- but not for lack of things happening! I really do need to reclaim some blogging time in my days. Or get someone to help. Or both.
Eddie Campbell -- in a recent entry, I left a bad link, which is now corrected. There's a very cool interview of the vanishing autobiographer at http://www.fasterthanlight.org/podcast/20061122.mp3
And if you haven't heard from other more timely bloggers, Eddie has his own blog now and it's already juicy with anecdotes from the home front, the studio, and some of the latest epic, tragic 'making-of' behind FROM HELL, which may even put to shame Coppola's woes on APOCALYPSE NOW.
Good one to visit and revisit, by the looks of it.
Others have posted about this, but it's too good to pass up on Doodles & Dailies Two excellent Australian podcasts that should add to the ongoing conversation about FATE OF THE ARTIST!
This first one is a ten minute review, and a very intelligent one, by playwright Polash Larsen for a daytime national radio program called the Book Show (oct 30)
The second is a fifteen minute interview with Eddie -- great fun -- for a Western Australia radio show titled Faster than Light.
Apparently they recorded over half an hour with the intention of boiling it down to half that, but they liked it enough to run the whole lot as a two parter. above is part 1 with presumably another to follow soon.
Well it was glamorous!
The National Book Awards, the NY literati equivalent of the Oscars was held in Times Square last night, complete with bowties, a hilarious Fran Leibowitz, and enough of the highest writing talent to make even editors feel starstruck. Although I was rooting for Gene Yang, sincere congratulations to this year's winner in the Young People's Literature Category!
"The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party," by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick Press) took the award home — but he started his acceptance speech with . . . American Born Chinese!
Here's what today's Washington Post reports:
In his acceptance speech, Anderson made a point of noting that Gene Luen Yang's "American Born Chinese" was the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award. "There is a lot of dithering in the blogosphere," he said, about whether graphic novels are worthy. This can now be laid to rest.
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Before the ceremony, which was held at Manhattan's Marriott Marquis Hotel, writers and publishing folk drank and mingled.
Yang said he thinks we're "in the middle of a renaissance for the graphic novel" -- finally seeing "an entire body of work" in the form that aspires to be literature.
And today's L.A Times :
The award for young people's literature went to M.T. Anderson for "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party," the tale of a slave in revolutionary Boston, published by Candlewick Press. In accepting, Anderson praised the nominating panel for including for the first time in the National Book Awards' 57-year history a work of graphic fiction, Oakland comic artist Gene Luen Yang's "American Born Chinese."
"I am just really glad we are leading the charge," he said of the nomination of a story told through its artwork as much as its words.
Speaking before the awards ceremony, Yang described his nomination as a step forward for all graphic artists. "It is a recognition of work done over the last 10 years," he said.
"Art Spiegelman once made a promise that comics could be literature," he said. "I think this shows we're getting there."
For Yang, literature is a night job. He teaches computer science at a high school in Oakland, comes home for "family time" between 6 and 9 p.m. — his wife teaches fourth grade — then finally sits down to his art.
"How much I do depends on the night," he said. "I've gone all the way till 1. But sometimes I'm too tired after an hour."
His nominated work, "American Born Chinese," is about a Chinese American boy who moves from San Francisco's Chinatown to the suburbs.
INFORMATION ABOUT JOANN'S CONTINUING U.S. APPEARANCES IN PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO and MIAMI
*** PHILADELPHIA ***
Thursday, November 9th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (please arrive 6:30)
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Reception with Klezmer musicians followed by a presentation and book signing.
Sponsored by Bindlestiff Books, UPenn’s Jewish Studies Colloquium, Youngish & Yiddish and two area synagogues
Hillel’s Steinhardt Hall
Locust Walk at 39th Street
*** CHICAGO ***
Friday, November 10th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at
3244 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
Sunday November 12th
AUTHOR TALK, Q&A and BOOK SIGNING
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
BARNES & NOBLE
1441 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Tuesday, November 14th
AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA
BARNES & NOBLE
AUTHOR TALK & BOOK SIGNING
5604 Bay Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
Wednesday November 15th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2026 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Saturday, November 18th
Talk & Signing
MIAMI BOOK FESTIVAL
Miami Dade College
300 Northeast Second Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Sunday, November 19th
10:00 am – Noon
TEMPLE BETH TORAH
9101 NW 57th Street
Tamarack, FL 33351
The 2006 Sfar tour is off to a marvelous start. Audiences large and small around Manhattan have been thrilled to hear from the creator of THE RABBI'S CAT, VAMPIRE LOVES, KLEZMER and countless other gems. It's been a delight to watch his characters appear live at his talks, as he reveals the way some of them are different masks of the same voice. In the picture above, Joann demonstrated how his beloved grandfather is also incarnated in Ferdinand the Vampire, reappears as the rabbi's iconoclastic cat, and eventually takes the traits of Yaacov the young Klezmer musician who fled the Yeshiva.
Sfar has been signing and signing and signing . . . even on occasion a book by Will Eisner!
(all photos are by kind courtesy of Nicolas Gitton)