The Cross Hatch Dispatch 3/25/09

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[Above, Austin English looks at the man in the mirror. Below, seven years of bad Dispatch luck.]

  • Edited by Mark Andrew Smith and D.J. Kirkbride (and co-created by Joe Keatinge), Image Comic’s Popgun Anthology brings brilliant comic artwork to the world. Brace yourself for Vol. 3, on sale April 8.
  • Dylan Williams of Sparkplug Comics opines with Robot6 about the stance of the comics industry and his own stake in the indie comics arena.
  • The interwebs has gifted us with a host of New England Comics Weekend recaps from Robot6’s Bobby Timony; writer/editor Rick Marshall and Bob Weiner’s digital soapbox, and Fleen’s Gary Tyrrell’s, to name a few.
  • gives you a fresh, funny (and sometimes, even inspirational) quote from a comic book each time you visit (or refresh).
  • Comic Con’s announced that submissions are now being accepted for the annual Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award. To qualify for the award, an artist must be a newcomer to the comic field, having had no professional work published prior to January 2004. More info.
  • Europe gets cartoon-y: Milano, Italy hosts European comics exhibition Cartoomics at the Fiera Milano, March 26-29;  Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone signs books at Forbidden Planet on Crampton Quay, from 6-7PM on March 27 in Dublin, Ireland; and Frazer Irving and David Hines will conduct a signing at Orbital Comics on Great newport Street, beginning at 3PM on March 28 in London, England.
  • They’re more than just kangaroos, koalas and shrimp-on-barbies; Melbourne, Australia hosts The Supanova Pop Culture Expo at the Melbourne Showgrounds on March 27-29.
  • Newsarama’s Russ Burlingame interviews Joe Dunn, creator of the film-themed nerd satire Joe Loves Crappy Movies.
  • Indie comic creator and I Saw You: Comics Inspired by Real-Life Missed Connections contributor, Austin English, offers a sneak peak on his blog at the upcoming Windy Corner #3.
  • The Black Cherry Bombshells‘ Philadelphia-based creators Johnny Zito and Tony Trovarello chat about their Zuda webcomic with Technically Philly.
  • Journalist Michael Crowley and artist Dan Goldman discuss their visually-enhanced chronicle of the 2008 Presidential Election, ‘08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail, in the LA Times.
  • As if Elvis Costello wasn’t cool enough, he’s enlisted quirky, vaudevillian Fantagraphics artist, Tony Millionaire, to design the cover art for his new record, Secret, Profane and Sugar Cane.
  • The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 4: Mr. Sixties! is back, ready for action, and available for pre-order. It’s a new softcover edition chock-full of goodies for the devoted Crumb fans. Fantagraphics has been so kind as to share with us a photo and video slideshow preview. In more Crumb linkage, turns out we’re actually going to get a full-length book out of Robert Crumb, which, excitingly enough, will be a 200+ page interpretation of the Book of Genesis.
  • The 297th issue of The Comics Journal is now out for preview and pre-order, and features art and interviews with the usual prolific cast of characters: Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois creator Mort Walker and French artist Emmanuel Guibert (Alan’s War), and a gallery of illustrations from caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson.
  • GraphicNYC’s Chris Irving chats with world-renown comics artist, Joe Kubert, at his very own School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.
  • “The Evil Issue” of Always Comix is out, and they want to celebrate with Evil Partying. This Saturday, March 28, at 8PM, join the creators Sarah Louise Wahrhaftig, Erin Griffin and Kyle Schmidt for their release shindig at the Padlock Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.

–Adri Cowan