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What Are You Reading?

Scalped

Scalped

With the school year ending and summer arriving faster than you know it, now’s the time to update your summer reading list — and there’s no better place to find some good stuff to read than right here in our weekly What Are You Reading? column. This week our guests are Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the creative team behind The Sixth Gun, published by Oni Press. You’ll be seeing a lot of Cullen and Brian over the next few weeks here at Robot 6, so here’s the perfect opportunity to find out what comics they’re into.

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Comics College: Lewis Trondheim

Sequence from 'Mister O'

Sequence from 'Mister O'

Comics College is a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the comics medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work.

Today we’ll be crossing the Atlantic to take a look at the one of the most prolific cartoonists of the past 30 years, either in Europe or America, Lewis Trondheim.

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SDCC ’09 | Random news and notes

Lewis Trondheim

Lewis Trondheim

Here are a few items of interest I managed to glean from various places on the Interwebs:

• Lewis Trondheim will be doing a 16-page comic for the iPhone that will be available in 18 languages. Not to be outdone, Stan Lee is releasing Stripperella for the iPhone too.

• Stripper’s Guide blogger Allan Holtz announced that his “Guide to U.S. Newspaper Comic Strips and Cartoon Panels” is now under contract to be published by University of Michigan Press. “The book is a compendium of the vital statistics about comic strip and panel series that have appeared in American newspapers.”

• Also according to Spurgeon: AdHouse will be working on an art book with Rafael Grampa, though it might not see the light of day until 2011 due to Grampa’s busy schedule.

• BOOM! will be releasing a hardcover version of Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Can a complete Carl Barks collection be too far away?

Del Rey is going to publish a graphic novel version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Um, yay?

SDCC | Friday’s programming schedule

Comic-Con

Comic-Con

Friday’s programming schedule for the San Diego Comic-Con is up; you can check out right here. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights …

  • Friday at the San Diego Comic-Con is Star Wars day, with seven panels themed around the space epic. It includes the “Lucasfilm: Star Wars Spectacular” panel, which will be aired on G4.
  • The Brave & the Bold episode “Mayhem of the Music Meister” featuring the voice of Neil Patrick Harris, will be shown at the con. Harris isn’t listed as being at the panel, but hey, it’s San Diego — anything can happen.
  • Warner Bros. will show off footage from a number of upcoming movies, including Jonah Hex.
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Someone’s seen ‘Over the Top’ too many times

Trondheim and Reumann square off

Trondheim and Reumann square off

Here’s a project I’d love to see American cartoonists try their hand at. A group of well-known French cartoonists, like Lewis Trondheim, Guy Delisle, Killoffer, Dupuy & Bebarian and more, put together this great arm-wrestling comics jam pitting themselves against each other in a March Madness style race to victory. Perhaps we could do a WWE version?

Robot reviews: These stories are totally true

American Elf Book Three

American Elf Book Three

Ah, the autobiographical comic. Is there a genre more maligned and misunderstood. Apart from superhero comics I mean.

It’s a genre that tends to get lumped together as “too much of the same thing,” a criticism I really don’t agree with. Two recent autobiographical diary comics — Little Nothings: The Prisoner Syndrome by Lewis Trondheim and American Elf Book Three by James Kochalka —  for example are very similar in execution and style (both are diary comics) but very different in what they reveal and the ways they present themselves to the reader.

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