- Posted by Johanna on December 4, 2008 at 8:39 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Wow, this is unusual. NPR named five Best Graphic Novels of 2008, and I haven’t read a one of them in full. That hasn’t happened for a while, and it’s a great indicator of just how much wide-ranging material is now available.
Faith Erin Hicks is interviewed about her graphic novel out today, The War at Ellsmere. She talks about how her educational experience influenced her choice of a boarding school setting, and the interviewer points out how refreshing it is to see a book in which two girls struggle without it being over a boy.
Bad times for book business: Layoffs at big publishers. Why do we care? They all put out graphic novels. And newer product lines are usually in more danger in tough times. Even more scary, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt recently froze all acquisitions. (I like them. They publish Alison Bechdel and Posy Simmonds.)
Scott Christian Sava, in a CBR interview, says that IDW is “number three (right behind DC and Marvel) in the comics publishing”. I think Dark Horse and Image would argue with that. (Link via Brigid at Digital Strips, who calls Sava “one of the nicest guys in comics”. That’s only true if you don’t disagree with him on how great his books are.) Another interesting fact: Sava says he’s “put over $150,000 of my own money into” The Dreamland Chronicles and he’s “not even close to getting that back”. Where’d he get it? Animation work (a field he “never really liked”). Now that’s dedication to comics.
there is an aspect of the collector mentality that I think we can further appeal to, without resorting to the speculator market, and focusing on “Wow, look how much this book is worth!”. So you’ll be seeing some new publications from us over the next couple of years that will delve more into the collecting end of the hobby, as opposed to the history. They can go hand-in-hand if we present it correctly, and they’ll complement each other nicely.
That’s a lead-in to announcing a book about original art collecting called Grailpages, due in March. Also coming in May, Comic Book Podcast Companion, which “goes behind the scenes of ten of today’s top comic book podcasts, by interviewing the casts of Around Comics, iFanboy, Comic Geek Speak, and others that are leading the way.”