Despite the shortened timeframe, I managed to find more than enough links to spam you with. My bad. Today we’re talking Hello Kitty, Amy Reeder, and Orson Scott NO.
Kickstarter of the Week!
NNN, by Dan Kim, is part comic, part puzzle, all awesome.
Last year, NNN won an International Manga Awardfrom the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and Japan Cartoonists Association. Now, Dan is looking to do a print run, and bring his work to The Masses. Help him out!
Ok fine, with $24,010 pledged (his original goal was $6,000) the project is fully funded (and how!), but you’ve still got 22 days to get some swag for cash. For $250 you get an “elegant witch’s tea party” with the creator.
How many Kickstarters offer you magical high tea as a reward, huh?
Your Read of the Week
Everything in Amy Reeder’s Tumblr, but especially this post, in which you can see how she scripts comics, when she’s doing both the writing and art. Amy talks a lot about process, which is fantastic for non-artists like me, who are fascinated by the creation of art.
- The Alot Is Better Than You At Everything [WEBCOMIC], Hyperbole and a Half.
- Download Walter Kaufmann’s Lectures on Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Sartre & Modern Thought (1960), Dan Colman (Open Culture): hashtag awesome, OR, how to show up your philosonerd friends.
- Marvel wins again in January as Spider-Man and Fables top the charts, The Beat.
- Graphic novel sales jump 38% over January 2012, Brigid Alverson (Robot 6).
- Viz Media to release original Hello Kitty comics, Kevin Melrose (Robot 6): “The single-volume comic will feature a cover by Eisner-nominated artist Jacob Chabot, with interior art by Victoria Maderna, Ian McGinty and Chabot. That will be followed in the fall by the release of Here We Go!, a collection of stories about Hello Kitty’s world travels and the first volume in the main graphic novel series.”
- Macmillan, sole e-book publishing holdout, settles with Justice, Cyrus Farivar (Ars Technica): “As a result of today’s settlement, Macmillan has agreed to immediately allow retailers to lower the prices consumers pay for Macmillan’s e-books,” said Jamillia Ferris, chief of staff and counsel at the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, in a statement. “Just as consumers are already paying lower prices for the e-book versions of many of Hachette’s, HarperCollins’ and Simon & Schuster’s new releases and bestsellers, we expect the prices of many of Macmillan’s e-books will also decline.”
Orson Scott NO
- New Digital-First Superman Series to Feature Timm, Hitch, Samnee, Sprouse and More with Out-of-Continuity Adventures, Any Khouri (Comics Alliance).
- DC comics faces boycott over Superman writer who linked gay men and paedophilia, Alex Hern (The New Statesman).
- DC Comics under fire for hiring anti-gay writer to pen Superman, Dominic Rushe (Guardian).
- DC Comics: Drop Orson Scott Card!, All Out: Petition to have Orson Scott Card fired.
- The Scientific Method of the Mind: what Sherlock Holmes can teach us about decision-making [VIDEO], Maria Konnikova.
- Daniel Kahneman on Bias [PODCAST], Social Science Bites: “Thinking is hard, and most of the time we rely on simple psychological mechanisms that can lead us astray.”
- Could You Kill This Robot?, Robert T. Gonzalez (io9): “The relationship [between humans and machines] is profoundly social,” says Stanford researcher Clifford Nas.”
- Gender Dichotomy is a Fairy Tale We Have Been Telling Ourselves to Sleep at Night, Anika Torruella (Mary Sue): Hey, it’s always good to have science confirm these things.
- F-35’s Pilots Get Iron Man Targeting Upgrade, Jesus Diaz (Gizmodo): Well, sort of.
Interviews and Editorials
- Why Miles Morales is Important (A lesson in the Opposite of Privilege), Danny (biggestbaddestwolf).
- Shonda Rhimes: “Calling a show a ‘guilty pleasure’ — it’s like saying it’s a piece of crap”, Willa Paskin (Salon).
- Whispering sweet post-structuralist nothings, Benjamin Nugent (Salon).
- The Green Team V. The Movement And The Class Politics Of Superhero Comics, Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress).
- In Case You Had Any Doubts, Amy Adams Is Going To Be Amazing As Lois Lane [VIDEO], Jill Pantozzi (Mary Sue).
And finally, a pie chart: