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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Comics in the News - Week of September 12

More Rare Comics to be Auctioned
September 17, 2004
Wichita, Kansas
The article highlights details of the second and final auction of vintage comics from the estate of the late Robert Ford of Wichita. The first auction brought in $130,000, and the second auction is speculated to bring in $250,000. The comics were found in pristine shape under a bed by auctioneers preparing for a household auction.
Read the rest of the story from The Wichita Eagle.

Is Tragedy Off-Limits if Satire Helps Heal?
September 17, 2004
The Christian Science Monitor
Art Spiegelman’s new book In the Shadow of the Towers has garnered much attention from the mainstream media. This op-ed piece by Abe Novick on satire in the face of tragedy and Spiegelman’s book is especially interesting.
Read the rest of the story from The Christian Science Monitor.

Peter Parker Becomes an Indian
September 16, 2004
Mumbai, India
A very nice interview with Jeevan Kang, the creator of the new Indian Spiderman. Kang talks about how he went about recreating Spiderman, the new look, and the motivation for such a reinvention.
Read the rest of the story from rediff.com (an Indian-interest news online news
source).

Comic Book Appeals to Kids of All Ages
September 16, 2004
Somerville, Massachusetts
An interview with Jef Czekaj on his new book from Top Shelf—Grandpa and Julie: Shark Hunters.
Read the rest of the story from the Somerville Journal.

HeroClix: Chess Meets Comic Books
September 15, 2004
Seattle, Washington
This article talks about the game HeroClix and interviews local gamers about their hobby.
Read the rest of the story from The Seattle Times.

Saved By the Beagle
September 15, 2004
Seattle, Washington
An extensive article that explores the history of Fantagraphics Publishing -- its struggles and successes -- especially securing the rights to publish the Charlie Brown anthologies and, in turn, their existence for years to come.
Read the rest of the story from the Seattle Weekly.

Comics Brew: An Exhibition of International Comic Art
September 14, 2004
Durban, South Africa
Coverage of an international comic art festival that is “an initiative to showcase, develop and establish comic strip drawing in Southern Africa.” The tour will stop in Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. Artists hail from a variety of African and European countries.
Read the rest of the story from absolutearts.com.

Miami Book Fair’s Poster Unveiled
September 12, 2004
Miami, Florida
This year the Miami Book Fair will spotlight graphic novels. The book fair’s official poster was created by Chip Kidd and the first book selection is Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return by Marjane Satrapi. This book is the first graphic novel to be recommended by a national reading initiative.
Read the rest of the story from The Miami Herald. Free registration required.

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