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Linda Medley is back at work on ‘Castle Waiting’ … and more!

12 witches fcFans of Linda Medley’s Castle Waiting have had to be very patient, as there was a four-year gap between the release of the first volume in 2006 and the second in 2010. Last year, three more chapters were released as single issues that finished the story of volume 2, and Fantagraphics published the work anew as a “definitive edition.”

This week, the Fantagraphics blog updated Medley fans with news that she’s back at work on Castle Waiting, drawing storyboards for the third volume — although the publisher can’t say yet in what format the new story will be released.

And there’s more: Medley has also dusted off an unfinished project, Twelve Witches, a Castle Waiting spinoff for younger readers. As she explained in this 1999 interview, it’s based on the characters in her first comic The Curse of Brambly Hedge, which was originally published with the support of a Xeric grant. (Another interesting tidbit from that interview: Medley was a penciler for Justice League of America and Doom Patrol, both very different from her current work.)

Fantagraphics has posted some penciled pages from Twelve Witches on its Tumblr.

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Comics A.M. | A changing landscape for women in comics?

The Adventures of Superhero Girl

Comics | A Los Angeles Times article about women in comics concludes that “women in comics” really isn’t a topic for discussion any more; the number of women creators and editorial staff in the Marvel/DC world is slowly increasing, but outside the superhero realm the question is entirely irrelevant. It’s a good read anyway, because of the many quotes from interesting indie creators. “Teenage boys aren’t the only people with money, and unfortunately I think the mainstream comics juggernaut has just been focusing on this little section of readership for a long time,” Sarah Oleksyk says. “There’s this gigantic range of stories being told in indie comics — biographies, nonfiction, every sort of thing. So if you don’t want to read something about crime-fighting superheroes, you have 10,000 other subjects to choose, and most of those are independently published.”[Hero Complex]

Publishing| Drawn and Quarterly will publish Art Spiegelman’s CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps in spring 2013. [ICv2]

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Xeric Foundation announces final grant winners

The Xeric Foundation, the nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird, has announced its final grant recipients:

• Laurianne Uy, Polterguys
• Max Badger, Oak
• Arwen Donahue, Old Man Gloom
• Marnie Galloway, In the Sounds and Seas: Vol. 1
• Olivia Horvath, Tiny Bangs
• Aidan Koch, The Blonde Woman
• John Malta, The Professor and the Paperboy
• Hazel Newelvant, Ci Vediamo
• Shih-Mu Dino Pi, Dear Beloved Stranger
• Liz Plourde and Randy Michaels, How I Made the World
• Benjamin Seto, Usagi Jane and the Skullbunnies
• Darin Shuler, Castle Wood
• Caitlin Skaalrud, Sea Change: A Choose-Your-Own-Way Story
• Bernard Stiegler, The Reptile Mind
• Laura Terry, Overboard
• Elaine M. Will, Look Straight Ahead
• M Young, Wild Child

A combined $74,510 was awarded to help creators publish their comics. Laird announced in July 2011 that he was ending the self-publishing grants because changes in technology now allow creators to release their work online. The organization has awarded more than $2.5 million since 1992.


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