The Cross Hatch Dispatch Dipatch 3/17/09

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[Above, Bloom County delivers a mouthful. Below, just another Dispatch opus.]

  • IDW Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall has revealed the Dean Mullaney-designed cover for Bloom County: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1, due out in October. The first of this five-volume Bloom County Library will collect Berkeley Breathed’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1980s comic strip into several hardcover volumes.
  • Indie-comic royalty Gabrielle Bell and Ariel Schrag get happily stranded at Desert Island in Brooklyn, NY for a book release signing and slideshow on Friday, March 27 from 7 PM to 9PM. Bell will debut her new Drawn & Quarterly book, Cecil and Jordan in New York, while Schrag gives a sneak peek of her own promisingly-quirky  new book project.
  • Earlier this month newby webcomic platform creators, comicsXP, unveiled a brand-spankin’ new digital comic viewer/downloadable reader, offering a free test-drive for comic enthusiasts and originators both.
  • Gallery Nucleus and The Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles will showcase an exhibition of winning pieces from the prestigious multi-categorical illustration contest (including “Graphic Novels,” “Gallery,” “Book,” etc.), the Illustration West 47 Competition, opening with a reception in L.A. on March 28.
  • The Luna Brothers, of The Sword and Girls fame, have spearheaded a contest to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, in which fans can win signed Luna Bros. books and other swag to promote online $10+ donations to the charity.
  • Whether or not you liked Watchmen movie, “The Art of Watchmen” exhibit at MoCCA in NYC, showing until May 2, is a crowd-pleaser. The exhibit showcases the art and aspects from all facets of the Watchmen universe, from Dave Gibbon’s original character design sketches to arty stills from Snyder’s film. For even more MoCCA Watchmen goodness (sounds like a Starbucks drink, doesn’t it?), pop by on March 19th for “Watchmen in Context,” a lecture from comics historian Peter Sanders that will serve as a guided tour through all twelve issues of the original comic series.
  • Ballots have opened for the Comics Buyer’s Guide’s 27th annual Fan Awards, including nom nods in separate categories for Tom Brevoort, James Jean, and Geoff Johns, to name a few bigguns. Through March 31, you can cast your vote online at
  • Get schooled in sass at the brilliantly bizarre tassle-quakin’, booty-shakin’ figure-drawing event, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, founded by comic artiste Molly Crabapple. Class is back in session March 28th from 4 – 7 PM at The Slipper Room in NYC, this time paying a tribute to cupcakes.

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–Adri Cowan