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Manga | Kodansha Comics will publish a “Master’s Edition” of Hiro Mashima’s fantasy-adventure manga Fairy Tail, collecting the first five volumes in a deluxe oversize format, similar to its Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition. Priced at $39.99, the first volume will go on sale in October. [Kodansha Comics]
Political cartoons | Christiane Gruber looks at Muslim cartoonists who are critiquing ISIS: “Over the past year, cartoonists across the Middle East have critiqued ISIS with equal amounts of ferocity and fearlessness. From Jordan to Iran, they frequently lambast ISIS — referring to it through its acronym Daesh, which is related to the pejorative Arabic term meaning ‘to tread under foot’ — as destructive of Islam and the world’s cultural heritage, as the growling lapdog of various superpowers, as the ultimate devil and grim reaper of Iraq and as an Oscar-winning sensation obsessed with bloody forms of self-promotion.” [Newsweek]
Graphic novels | April was a slow month for new graphic novel releases, so the BookScan Top 20 had plenty of room for some backlist titles. The Walking Dead dominated, of course, but the 10th volume of Sailor Moon was there for a second month and actually moved up a notch. And the first volume of Saga came in at No. 12, perhaps because people were curious as to what all the fuss is about. [ICv2]
Editorial cartoons | Nick Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, has responded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s criticism of Jack Ohman’s cartoon with a cartoon of his own. [Comic Riffs]
Conventions | Jeff Smith, Brian Wood, Sean Murphy and Raina Telgemeier are the headline guests at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland on May 19. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]
The Portland Press Herald previews the Maine Comics Arts Festival, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Admission is $5. Guests include Jeff Lemire, Brian Wood, Skottie Young, Cat Garza, Mike Lynch, Christopher Mills, Jay Piscopo, Joe Quinones, Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier.
On Saturday the Portland Public Library will play host to free panels and workshops from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highlights include a featured-guest discussion with Lemire, Wood and Young, readings by Telgemeier and Roman from their all-ages graphic novels Smile and Astronaut Elementary, and a presentation about graphic novels for librarians and educators by John Shableski of Diamond Comic Distributors. See the full schedule here.