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I hope to write up a con report for the NY Anime Fest tonight...but for now I'll just quote from the the big project announcement:

Marvel Entertainment and Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, announced today plans to publish two new manga series based on Marvel Entertainment's highly popular X-Men series.

yaytime @ 2007-12-07T10:17:00

New York Anime Festival!

Avatar : The Last Airbender - Comics & Magazines
Friday December 7th at 4 PM-5 PM
Hosted by Nickelodeon Magazine editor, Dave Roman.
Featuring Avatar magazine contributors Alison Wilgus and Tina Lam.

Anime Panel Room (1A06)

The Comics Bakery will have a table in Artist Alley!

New York Anime Fest

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming New York Anime Festival! in two weeks!

The Comics Bakery will have a table in Artist Alley with our usual buffet of comic related goodies.

And I'll be appearing on two panels:

Avatar : The Last Airbender - Comics & Magazines
Friday December 7th at 4 PM-5 PM
Hosted by Nickelodeon Magazine editor, Dave Roman.
Featuring Avatar magazine contributors Alison Wilgus and Tina Lam.

What's old is new!

In an effort to make the beginning of Astronaut Elementary more consistent with the current pages, I've completely redrawn the welcome/intro chapter, expanding it from 2 to 5 pages.
When I originally did the intro, I tried to cram as much onto a page as possible. But now I see the value of having breath room! So hopefully it will be less of an intimidating to new readers.

SPX

SPX in Bethesda, MD. SPX 2007 will be held at the Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center. Click here for directions.

Details on the scheduled programming here. Speakers include: London-based cartoonist Nick Abadzis; Israeli cartoonist Rutu Modan; Gilbert Hernandez; Chris Staros and Brett Warnock (Top Shelf Productions); and a panel on comics and animated cartoons with Kim Deitch, Roger Langridge, Tom Neely and Jeff Smith. Lots more actually including a panel on "comics criticism" on Saturday.

FLEEN notes that webcomickers will include Box Brown, Nick Gurewitch, Bernie Hou, Jeph Jacques, James Kochalka, Carla Speed McNeil, Dave Roman, Joe Sayers, Raina Telgemeier, Colleen Venable, Chris Yates, David Malki!, and Blank Labellers Guigar, Kellett, Straub, Tayler, and Willis.

MoCCA Has Big Exhibit on Webcomics

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) is proud to announce its upcoming exhibit: Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics, set to open on Sept. 13.

"Infinite Canvas: The Art of Webcomics” brings comics from the web page to the MoCCA stage. The exhibit explores three aspects of online comics: the unique format and design of webcomics, their appeal to niche audiences, and the transitions between web and print comics.

Curator Jennifer Babcock, who also draws the syndicated webcomic C’est La Vie, explains that webcomics are free of the space constraints and editorial censorship to which printed comics are often subjected. Webcomics also provide an outlet for a greater diversity of creators and audiences, she says, resulting in numerous niche-specific features.

This exhibit incorporates original artwork, prints of finished art, and digital displays. Featured in the exhibit will be the immensely popular Penny Arcade, PhD, Sluggy Freelance, User Friendly, Diesel Sweeties, Mom’s Cancer, Finder, Supernatural Law, Something Positive, Scary Go Round, Young Bottoms in Love, Narbonic, Goats, and “My Obsession with Chess” by Scott McCloud, among many others.

MoCCA

The MoCCA Art Festival in New York is this weekend.

Guests include Matt Forsythe, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Hope Larson, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos, Andy Runton, the Dumbrella and Out of Picture
gangs… and many more!

Full Story Highlights: All Ages Webcomics

While there is certainly a wealth of all-ages material out there, remarkably little of it is in the form of short stories or completed series.

It seems all-ages webcomics tend even more toward the infinitely-ongoing format than webcomics in general do.

Platinum Studios Update

Some interesting coverage of Platinum Studios as of late starting with PW Comics Week's general overview of Platinum circa mid 2007:

These comics are part of the company's overall plan to put characters into as many media as possible. In addition to its film and TV projects, Platinum has a mobile-device division; an apparel company called Number Zero Ltd., which sells reversible T-shirts; a comics news site, Broken Frontier; an online store; and Web comics site DrunkDuck.com. It also hosts the Comic Book Challenge, a talent contest held at Comic-Con International in San Diego for comics creators, now in its second year.

In addition, the Beat has a short bit about Platinum publishing some of it's "library" of comic material on Drunkduck as webcomics; apparently a Dave Roman-penned never-published comic for Platinum is now appearing as Alien Circus at Drunkduck.com without crediting Roman or the other creators. Obviously work-for-hire material (which Alien Circus is) is the property of the copyright owner (which isn't the creators by definition in a work-for-hire situation) but it's not good manners and I'd say not good business sense as well to not credit the creators. Not good manners because it costs Platinum nothing to credit Roman and others who worked on the comic and so Platinum is needlessly creating bad blood with these and other creators. Not good business sense because Dave Roman is a budding star in comics and while there's never a guarantee of success in any creative business (triply so in comics) Roman has a very commercially appealing sensibility and I wouldn't be shocked if he created a story and/or characters that might be successfully translated to television or film. There's just no reason to strip the credit of any creator but it seems even more foolish when the creator's name in question has some odds of actually becoming commercially valuable.

UPDATE: Dave Roman and Luke Weber are now credited on Alien Circus.

PREviews: Astronaut Elementary, Lunchbox and Zip Li'l Bit

Jon Morris offers reviews of three all ages-friendly webcomics: Astronaut Elementary by Dave Roman, Lunchbox by Ovi Nedelcu, and Zip and Li'l Bit by Trade Loeffer.