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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Link 'em up Baby!

For a rare treat, check out German comic artist Dirk Schwieger’s blog/illustrated journal. Dirk is currently living in Tokyo, and the premise of the journal is that readers give Dirk an “assignment” – an experience he should take, a place he should visit, etc. – and he completes the assignment, then creates a comic documenting his experience. His journal entries are really amazing – great art and well-told “story” in just four small pages, and he provides some really interesting insights into Japanese culture to boot. All signs point to bookmark.

“The Comics Interpreter” is back, this time in podcast form – available on the TCI site and on iTunes. I listened to pretty much all of the episode (a whopping 55 minutes!), and while it’s a little rambley (it is a podcast after all), it’s worth a listen.

Oh how I wish I could be in Toronto next weekend. On May 27 at 8 p.m. at Rocco’s Plum Tomato, a release party will be unleashed for “Scott Pilgrim 3: Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness” (by Bryan Lee O’Malley) AND the comic-strip collection “Dinosaur Comics” (by Ryan North). The free event looks deliciously fun – check out more at The Beguiling’s website. Also Scott Pilgrim-related, if you haven’t read any of the Scott Pilgrim books yet, or you weren’t able to snag a copy of the Free Comic Book Day Edition “Free Scott Pilgrim,” Newsarama has the entire comic up on their site for free. Excellent.

Speaking of cool things happening in Canada (we were, weren’t we?), if you are around Vancouver and have $3 burning a hole in your pocket, check out the Vancouver Comicon on June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special guests this time around include Cameron Stewart (Seaguy, Catwoman), Takeshi Miyazawa (Runaways, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane), Dave McCaig (The Batman Strikes!), Fred Grisolm (Hate Song), and many others.

And speaking of next weekend, the little fan-girl that lives deep inside me can’t wait for “X-Men: The Last Stand” to come out. It looks like a good mix of comic-book action, nods to fans, special effects, hot chicks, and yes, cheese. *Sigh* And thus, here’s my shot of the day. Mommy, why is the smurf so angry?

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