Even though there are still two full months left, Publishers Weekly has presented its Top Titles of 2009 already, and there's a graphic work on the list! David Small's Stitches takes its place alongside such literary luminaries as Richard Holmes' The Age of Wonder, Neil Sheehan's A Fiery Place in a Cold War, and Matthew B. Crawford's Shop Class as Soulcraft.
Several comics-industry professionals (and good friends to GNR) have banded together to form the nonprofit group Reading With Pictures. They're just starting out and they need your help. As a nonprofit, they're eligible to win a $10,000 grant from IdeaBlob.com. All they have to do is win the online contest, which is where you come in: They need people to register on the site and vote for them so they can win.John Hogan
The Miami Book Fair is coming next month, and it's going to be filled with some great graphic-novel-related content. And GNR is going to be a part of it! GNR is presenting a very informative panel called "The School of Comics and Graphic Novels" on Friday, November 13, and if you're in the area, you're going to want to check it out.John Hogan
The Harvey Awards were held last night, and it looks like it was quite a star-studded event! I wish I could have attended, but alas... However, I was so happy to hear that Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten won Best Original Graphic Album last night. Robinson's book, about a late-30s guy who gets hypnotized to quit smoking and then suddenly finds himself transported back to high school (which is when he started smoking), is one of my recent favorites.John Hogan
This is not much of a surprise, but San Diego Comic-Con is already close to sold out, so if you're planning to go but haven't bought a ticket...well, buy it already. Preview Night is already gone, so if you haven't gotten in on that yet, you're out of luck. But four-day passes without it are still being sold.John Hogan
My first job after college was as a copy editor, and even now, I manage to supplement my income with some copyediting jobs here and there. That’s the first full-disclosure part, and here’s the second: I by no means claim that this site is error-free. People make mistakes all the time, be they silly, embarrassing, or even unnoticeable (and sometimes those “mistakes” are not really errors at all—style decisions and differences in opinions can account for a lot of things that catch people’s eyes.John Hogan
Sorry if this blog sometimes seems New York-centric. It's definitely not the intention, and if other events around the country are happening, feel free to let me know and I'll do my best to share it with our readers. But in the meantime, here's something exciting for those on the East Coast: a party marking the release of the English-language version of the graphic novel Poem Strip by Dino Buzzati, a retelling of the mythical story of Orpheus and Eurydice.John Hogan