News & Things: Woman writers, woman artists, woman gamers

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It’s time once again to speak of news and other things. Today it’s all fine art, fine literature, fine video games, and lots of ladies.

Kickstarter of the Week

It’s time we talked about Ever, Jane: The Virtual World of Jane Austen. Simply put, it’s a Jane Austen MMORPG; as one commentator put it, The Sims online, but with more chamber pots. What can I say about it, except note that you’ll be playing “gossip quests”? Watch their fundraising video and decide for yourself.

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So far, the campaign has raised $24k of its $100k goal, and has 26 days yet, until it’s do or die time. Rewards range from in-development access to the game, to subscriptions, to, for all you big spenders, a hand knit shawl and a town named in your honour.

News

It’s Thor Week on Sequart!

The online comics journal is celebrating the release of Thor: The Dark World with a week of Thor-related posts. It began with a… let’s call it unfavourable review of the new film.

This Group Wants to Build a Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC

A new Indiegogo campaign seeks to raise $160k by December 11th, in order to do a proof of concept type thing. The actual museum would be up and running by 2017. But that will take a whole OTHER campaign.

Start-Up to Offer Didion E-Books

The new Zola Books plans to sucker you in with some newish (new to us, probably, as these works were previously unavailable in digital formats) Joan Didion, and then sell all sorts of other e-books to you. But not only do they want to sell to you, they want to build a book-focused social network too. Can they make a dent in Goodreads’ dominance of booktalk? Probably not. But kudos for trying something different.

Designer of Bayeux Tapestry, ‘first known British comic strip,’ identified?

Medievalist Howard B. Clarke  has identified the abbot of Canterbury’s St. Augustine monastery as the author/designer of the work.

Commentary

How to Write YA When You Don’t Read YA

After years of writing about the daily miseries of “real life” Kait Heacock decided she needed a new challenge: she would write a YA novel! Herein lie her tips on how to write YA when you haven’t been a lifelong student of the genre.

Paula Modersohn-Becker: Modern Painting’s Missing Piece

This forgotten (in North America) painter was a contemporary of Picasso and Matisse. John Colapinto talked to Diane Radycki, author of a new book on Modersohn-Becker, Paula Modersohn-Becker: The First Modern Woman Artist.

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Resources

Comics Experience has a library of professional comic book scripts

Read scripts by Brian Michael Bendis, Grant Morrison, and more. Possibly a good resource for baby writers, trying to find the sweet spot between overbearing and uncommunicative. (Hint: it depends on the artist you’re working with!)

Comics For Kids

Zainab Akhtar of Comics & Cola and The Beat has put together a great list of comics for kids.

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