59 days until Free Comic Book Day!

As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world are giving away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.
Free Comic Book Day will take place Saturday, May 3, 2003, the day after the X2 movie premieres and about a month before Hulk premieres, when interest among the general public should be at its highest.

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4 Finalists Named for Cartoonist of the Year

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.


Doug Marlette Does it Again

For those fed up with the whole Florida State Library fiasco, this cartoon from Doug Marlette may help soften the blow.


Ted Rall sees better use of LOC

SomeOne sent in a Link To Yesterdays Ted Rall Comic, in which he suggests some might have kooky ideas on what to do with The Library Of Congress.


A Cartoonist's Web Site Campaigns for More Academic Study of the Comics

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,

"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."


Graphic Novels Gain Popularity with American Teenagers

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.\"


Flash Animation brings new meaning to Escapist Literature

Web animator Diego MacLean shows us how far a book can take us in Livro.


Comic Book Store Manager Sentenced to 6 Months in Jail

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.


Libraries becoming new niche for comics fans

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.\"


Frazz buyzz bookzz

In this week\'s story line, the title janitor of the comic strip Frazz buys some new books for the library at the elementary school where he works.

I\'m sure I can\'t be the only one who thinks Frazz looks like a grown-up Calvin.



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