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Editor & Publisher Says "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and three syndicated newspaper artists are finalists for the National Cartoonists Society's 57th Annual Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.
Nominees include "Rose is Rose" creator Pat Brady of United Feature Syndicate, "Luann" creator Greg Evans of United, and "Bizarro" creator Dan Piraro of King Features Syndicate. Groening also has newspaper ties -- his long-running TV show spawned a weekly comic currently distributed by Universal Press Syndicate, and he still does the "Life in Hell" comic for Acme Features Syndicate.
The winner will be announced May 24 during the annual Reuben weekend in San Francisco.
Jen Young posted This One from The Chronicle of Higher Education on James Sturm, author of the graphic novel The Golem's Mighty Swing and founder of the National Association of Comics Art Educators, and his new site, teachingcomics.org.
"Sculptors, writers, and printmakers can gravitate towards academic centers," he says. "They have a fertile environment to grow. I thought comics would benefit from that as well."
The Voice Of America has Another Story on how popular graphic novels have become with American teenagers. Comics and graphic novels do have their critics, who complain they\'re frivolous entertainment for small childrenand that teenagers should be encouraged to read more serious literature.
\"There\'s a lot of difference out there. And I really enjoy them, especially because so much of the text is dialogue. They\'re quick to read, and they\'re interesting the whole time, and that\'s nice because as a teenager I am busy, and it\'s nice to finish something.\"
Web animator Diego MacLean shows us how far a book can take us in Livro.
News From TX on a guy who was convicted by a jury in August 2000 of \"display of obscenity\" for selling Demon Beast Invasion #2 to an adult. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail, a year\'s probation, and a $4,000 fine.
They say the original conviction was surprising. The store in question handled its adult materials carefully, with three display areas: its general display area, an 18 and up section in the back of the store, and explicit adult materials kept in a box behind the counter. Store employees also required proof of age before selling adult materials to younger customers.
The Daily Herald Says libraries in all over the country are devoting more dollars and shelf space than ever before to comic books, both in their traditional monthly periodical format or, more often, in sturdier, book-length versions sometimes referred to as \"graphic novels.\"
\"It\'s the hot thing right now,\" said Shari Hetzke, secondary school services specialist for the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. \"For every graphic novel we have on the shelves, two or three are checked out.\"
Steve Fesenmaeir writes \"Gondwanaland - new comic series based on librarians Sandy Berman, Chris Dodge, and others
Ken Avidor, best known for his comicstrip Roadkill Bill, has recently started a new comic series based on leading alternative librarians Sanford Berman and Chris Dodge. The series is called \"Gondwanaland\" and is about three librarians who are trying to understand how shadowy dinosaurs control human beings.
If you want to see the cartoons, they are posted several weeks after they appear in papers around the country including Minnesota\'s Pulse weekly Here. Scroll to the bottom and as of now 11 are posted.
Avidor has compiled his Roadkill Bill series into a new book