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Not news, not commentary (not exactly), all promotion. Check out this essay and video, The Bent Bullet, on the assassination of John F. Kennedy, by Eric Lensherr.

Kickstarter of the Week

Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales: Africa Edition is an interesting project. Editor Kel McDonald is looking for $20,000 to pay artists and ship books. The stories have already been completed and edited and the book is being assembled. All that remains is donors committing to funding its final stages. I like the preview art, and I like the concept of the book. It looks like a worthy project. My only issue here is that Kel and many of the artists involved aren’t of African descent. Of course non-Africans should be allowed to enjoy and share African folktales, buuuut. Yeah.

News

Want to die working on something you love? Penny Arcade has the job for you! Robert Khoo of PA posted this job ad on LinkedIn yesterday evening. He’s only looking for serious candidates, who can work four jobs for the price of one, and aren’t in it for the money. Sounds like the tech industry. Sounds like the arts industry. Oh well. (edit) But if my disdain isn’t coming across, here’s some more: this is an exploitative posting that demands overwork for below market rates, in the name of “doin it for what you love.” If you want to dead end your career without even shares to show for it, please do apply.

Young Adult Readers “Prefer Printed to Ebooks

The Guardian reports on a new survey that reveals 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer paper to ebooks. “The top-rated reasons for preferring physical to digital products were: ‘I like to hold the product’ (51%), ‘I am not restricted to a particular device’ (20%), ‘I can easily share it’ (10%), ‘I like the packaging’ (9%), and ‘I can sell it when used’ (6%).” What would the numbers look like for graphic novel and comics readers?

How the Visual Language of Comics Could Have Its Roots In the Ice Age

In his new book, The Visual Language of Comics, University of California psychologist, Neil Cohn, argues that comics have their own grammar and syntax and that its roots are in ice age visual storytelling.

Commentary

The Big Picture Strikes Back

It’s another one of those End of Hollywood think-pieces, and this time the killer is television.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: What Marvel, DC and Hollywood Can Learn

With Catching Fire dominating the box office (Ender’s Game and Thor: The Dark World can only dream of returns like this) Russ Burlingame argues that Marvel and DC should be watching and learning from Lionsgate’s efforts.

Special Beat Investigation: Comics Critics Crisis!!!

Heidi MacDonald rounds up a sprawling Twitter confab on the state of serious comics criticism, in the Tumblr era.

Sexual Harassment Conversations, in Comic Form

Jim C. Hines weighs in on what we talk about, when we talk about convention harassment.

The Meaning and Impact of Marvel and DC Comics’ “House Styles” (or Lack Thereof)

“Thumb through DC Comics’ new releases this week and you’ll find the above image—a teaser for the upcoming Batman: Eternal weekly series—in the back pages of a good many of them (all the books I saw, in fact).I had to look up the artist who drew it. It’s Detective Comics artist Jason Fabok, but it could just as easily be Tony Daniel, David Finch, Guillem March, Ivan Reis, Adrian Syaf, or a handful of other current DC artists. Like it or not, this is, with a few exceptions, just how DC Comics look now.”

Resources

Brandeis is offering a free webinar on December 3rd: Careers in the Comic Book Industry.

And finally…

Fast Company counts down the 25 Most Beautiful Data Visualizations of 2013. My favourite? Charting Hitchcock’s Obsessions.

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Megan Purdy

Megan likes pie, space vampires, science, and the artwork of Gustav Klimt. She gives dubious advice on request.

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