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Roz Chast’s memoir shortlisted for National Book Award

chast-cant we talkRoz Chast’s acclaimed memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is among the five nonfiction finalists for the 2014 National Book Award, announced this morning by the National Book Foundation. It’s the first graphic novel to be nominated in one of the adult categories.

The first memoir from the longtime New Yorker cartoonist, the bestseller centers on Chast’s efforts to care for her aging parents in their final years.

The other nonfiction finalists are: Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes; John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh; Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China; and Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence. The winner will be announced Nov. 19 during a ceremony hosted by author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket.

In 2006, Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award when it was recognized in the Young People’s Literature division. His Boxers & Saints was shortlisted last year in the same category.

Also the author of Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006, Chast illustrated Steve Martin’s bestselling children’s book The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z.

‘Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham?’

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John Green is the author of such bestselling young-adult novels as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, a prolific vlogger and, it turns out, a vocal opponent of the Dark Knight.

In a recent video, titled simply “I Kind of Hate Batman,” Green makes it clear this isn’t simply a preference for, oh, say Spider-Man. No, he has serious issues with the very essence of the Caped Crusader.

“Batman is just a rich guy with an affinity for bats who’s playing out his insane fantasy of single-handedly ridding Gotham of crime,” he says. “How is that heroic? [...] Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham? I mean, in the Batman universe, crime is caused by 1.) evil people who just want to see the world burn, and 2.) stupid people who follow the evil but charismatic cat-persons/Joker/Penguin — God, the villains in Batman are terrible!”

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‘Magic’ collector unwraps $27,000 card, proceeds to lose mind

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The sum total of my knowledge about Magic: The Gathering begins and ends with this: An Alpha Black Lotus card sold last year on eBay for $27,302, because they’re super-rare. Luckily, that’s all you need to know to appreciate this video of a collector unwrapping an old alpha starter deck — among the first produced — to discover a Black Lotus, and then proceed to completely lose his mind.

We only see the collector’s fastidiously gloved hands, but I like to imagine him (somewhere after the 8:00 mark) bouncing around the room, Daffy Duck-style, as he exclaims, “That’s a freaking Black Lotus,” “Holy God” and “That shouldn’t happen.”

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Deadmau5 responds to Disney, reveals fallout of trademark fight

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When we last left Deadmau5, the world-famous DJ/producer was publicly accusing Disney of copyright infringement in retaliation for the entertainment giant’s effort to block the trademark for his signature “mau5head” logo. At 171 pages, the company’s notice of opposition was certainly thorough, but that’s nothing compared to the DJ’s formal response.

Hollywood Esq. reports that on Monday, Deadmau5 filed more than 1,000 pages — when you take exhibits into account — with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, addressing not only the drier issues of whether his logo might be confused with Disney’s famed mouse ears, but also some considerably more interesting matters.

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NYCC | Yen Press announces ‘Prison School,’ ‘Emma’ & more

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Yen Press announced at New York Comic Con a late of new licenses that includes Prison School, adaptations of the light novels Chaika, The Coffin Princess and Trinity Seven, and a new project from Svetlana Chmakova.

The Hachette Book Group imprint will also reissue Kaoru Mori’s Emma — previously released as part of DC Comics’ CMX line — in a series of five hardcover omnibus editions.

A full list of the announcements, and their descriptions, can be found below.

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‘Walking Dead’ tackles weed and Prince in Bad Lip Reading video

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Although the second part of Bad Lip Reading’s sendup of The Walking Dead Season 4 doesn’t contain a breakout hit like “Carl Poppa,” which is likely burning up Billboard’s rap chart at this very moment, it does include a few gems, including Rick and Daryl’s dispute about the glue police, Tyreese’s song for Carol, Rick and Carl’s heartwarming drug talk, and Hershel’s apparent love for Prince (because, really, who doesn’t like Prince?).

However, if that still leaves you yearning for more of the “La Jiggy Jar Jar Doo,” you’re in luck: BLP has put together a lyric video from “Carl Poppa.” You can watch both below.

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Harlan Ellison recovering in hospital following stroke

harlan-ellisonSci-fi legend Harlan Ellison has been hospitalized following a stroke late last week that left him paralyzed on his right side. However, according to multiple sources — including Patton Oswalt, Clifford Meth and Mark Evanier — the 80-year-old author remains as sharp, and as sharp-tongued, as ever.

Ellison’s wife Susan broke the news Sunday on his website in a brief announcement that’s been followed by updates and reassurances there and elsewhere from friends who’ve spoken to or visited with him.

“I was with him the day before yesterday when the specialist who checks verbal and memory impact was there, and it was like an SNL skit,” screenwriter Josh Olson wrote Sunday evening. “She’s checking for slurring and loss of memory, and he’s being quintessential Harlan — talking a mile a minute, and throwing out more obscure references per minute than anyone can possibly keep up with. (He did, at one point, forget the name of an actor with a wooden leg who played a supporting part on one of his favorite radio shows back in the forties, but last time I talked to him, he couldn’t remember the name of the key grip on Passage to Marseilles, so it’s probably safe to say that’s nothing to worry about. ) I can’t say he’s fine, because he’s had a stroke … but he’s as well as well can be under the circumstances, and had all of the nurses laughing. And he complained a lot. So, you know … Harlan.”

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NYCC | ‘The Witcher’ returns to Dark Horse with ‘Fox Children’

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A year after confirming the first comic series based on The Witcher, Dark Horse and CD Projekt RED announced at New York Comic Con that the video game’s legendary monster hunter Geralt is back for a sequel.

Writer Paul Tobin and artist Joe Querio will return for The Witcher: Fox Children, in will which Geralt boards “a ship of fools, renegades and criminals, where some passengers are more dangerous than others, but one is hiding a hideous secret!”

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Aspen Comics acquires Big Dog Ink library, launches imprint

ShahrazadAspen Comics has announced a deal to acquire the exclusive publishing rights for Big Dog Ink’s library of properties, which includes The Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, Shahrazad and Penny For Your Soul.

Under the terms of the agreement, the five-year-old Big Dog Ink will become an imprint of Aspen, with owners Tom and Kim Hutchison at the helm. The plan calls for a reprint release of BDI’s catalog, beginning in the spring with the re-release of Shahrazad, the fantasy adventure starring the legendary Persian queen and storyteller from One Thousand and One Nights.

“We are thrilled to be able to team up with Tom, Kim and Big Dog Ink to introduce their original and exciting titles to our fans, and welcome their own fans to our house as well,” Aspen Vice President/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez said in a statement. “They have really built something special at BDI, and their passion for creating exceptional new titles is something we knew would make for a perfect fit here at Aspen Comics. Their creative vision will continue forward, and based off the early plans we have in place, I am certain BDI fans can expect more of the same high quality storytelling in addition to some exciting new ideas coming your way.”

Read the full press release below:

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James Jean art inspires Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sculptures

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Eagle-eyed attendees at New York Comic Con may have been lucky enough to see prototypes of Good Smile Company’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sculptures, based on the work of Eisner Award-winning artist James Jean.

The four sculptures, which can be combined into a larger diorama, is the result of a collaboration between Jean and Good Smile President Takanori Aki, who asked his friend to create an image reminiscent of the comic-book version of the Turtles.

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NYCC | Vertical Inc. launches Vertical Comics imprint

harsh mistress of the cityVertical Inc. has announced the launch of Vertical Comics, an imprint dedicated to manga and anime-related books, leaving the publisher’s primary line to focus on contemporary Japanese prose works in crime fiction, fantasy and sci-fi.

According to Publishers Weekly, beginning in the fall, the new imprint will publish 20 new manga titles over the next year, with plans to expand to 30 t0 40 manga and anime-oriented works.

The New York-based company also announced at New York Comic Con that, following the release next summer of the Attack on Titan – Before the Fall: Kyklo light novel prequel, it will publish Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City, written by Ryo Kawakami, with illustrations by Range Murata. Yes, Range Murata.

Vertical also confirmed the release of the manga Prophecy, Vol. 1, by Tetsuya Tsutsui in November and My Neighbor Seki by Takuma Morishige in January, the anthology Dream Fossil: The Complete Collection of Satoshi Kon in summer 2015, and A Sky Longing for Memories: The Art of Makoto Shinkai in May.

NYCC | ‘Walking Dead’ game’s Clem scores her own action figure

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Clementine, the pint-sized hero of the Walking Dead video game, is getting her own action figure, it was revealed Sunday during the Telltale Games panel at New York Comic Con. The figure, from McFarlane Toys, Skybound Entertainment and Telltale, will come in two versions — clean and blood-splattered. Each variety comes with with backpack, pistol and hammer.

Introduced in the game’s first season as a secondary character, 11-year-old Clem becomes the playable protagonist in Season 2. According to Skybound, “she is probably the figure we get asked to make the most often.”

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NYCC | IDW Limited to release Marvel Artist Select series

idw limitedCapping a string of joint announcements that included collections of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip and more Marvel Artist’s Editions, IDW Publishing and Marvel revealed they’re partnering on a series of deluxe, limited-edition books.

Produced by IDW Limited, the Marvel Artist Select series will showcase stories hand-picked by the featured artist, packed in overized tray cases containing such extras as signed plates and original artwork. Each volume will focus on one Marvel character, beginning with Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, and many of the creators most closely associated with the superheroes.

“To be able to create limited-edition versions of the comic books we grew up on is a dream come true,” IDW President Greg Goldstein said in a statement. “This line is going to be something special. We plan on going to great lengths to create the kind of books that will be the absolute treasure of any fan’s collection. We’re going to work with the biggest names, and make sure we deliver an absolutely top-notch line of books.”

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NYCC attracts a reported 151,000, surpassing San Diego

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New York Comic Con is now the largest pop-culture convention in North America, with producer ReedPOP reporting it sold tickets for this weekend’s event to 151,000 unique individuals.

Comic-Con International has been forced to cap attendance at about 130,000 due to the capacity San Diego Convention Center, leading organizers to turn to nearby hotels and Petco Park for additional space. New York Comic Con last year strained the limits of the Javitz Center with 133,000 attendees. However, ReedPOP Global Senior Vice President Lance Fensterman told ICv2.com that by expanding Thursday to a full day this year, organizers were able to sell another day’s worth of tickets.

This year’s figure doesn’t include the inaugural New York Super Week, the weeklong series of 110 events held at 25 venues across New York City, Fensterman said.

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NYCC | ‘Star Wars Rebels’ ‘cowboy Jedi’ lands Marvel comic

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Marvel will expand its forthcoming Star Wars line in April with Star Wars — Kanan: The Last Padawan, an ongoing comic that ties in to Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Announced today during the “Cup o’ Joe” panel at New York Comic Con, the series will be written by animation veteran Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice), an executive producer for Rebels‘ first season, and illustrated by Pepe Larraz (The Mighty Thor).

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