The Cross Hatch Dispatch 4/27/09

Categories:  The Cross Hatch Dispatch

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[Above, The Pryde of Tom Neely. Below, the Uncanny Dispatch.]

  • It was no April Fool’s joke: Issue #1 of Marvel’s Pride & Prejudice series hit stores this month.  You can still check out six preview pages for free online.
  • Matt Madden has blogged recently about some exciting SVA events coming up in Manhattan.
  • For this year’s upcoming Free Comic Book Day (May 2!), Wide Awake Press would like to announce a free comic download that “gathers fantastic stories about the world’s earliest civilizations, as told by the mighty sequential artisans of today.”    Check out some of this fantastical, mythological, magic and see what the fuss is about.
  • NEWS FLASH: Big Time Attic has found a flaw in Frank Miller’s The Spirit.  (Hold your laughter, please.)  This one actually has nothing to do with the movie, but instead with the special features.  When panning across one of Miller’s “influences,” supposedly a Jack Kirby panel, they instead pan over a drawing inked by Big Time Attic’s own Kevin and Zander Cannon.  (A lingering question: why was anyone watching the DVD extras to The Spirit???)
  • There are still a few days left to celebrate “Comics Month” (as the month of April has been officially declared by the Mayor of Portland, Oregon, Comics Capital of the World).  Let’s get sequential, yo!
  • The Dresden Comic Fest is coming up, on Saturday, May 16, from 10:00-5:00.  The city may once have been bombed to the ground, but apparently comics spring eternal.
  • Germany’s  “Comicstars-Contest” is holding a “casting call” for comic book characters.  The best one wins 10,000 euros!  Those who are not citizens of German-speaking countries cannot participate, but are free to gawk at the artist profiles.
  • Side B: The Music Lover’s Comic Anthology will be in stores June 3rd.  It features the work of many excellent music-loving cartoonists, and cover art by Lucy Knisley.  You can pre-order a copy now.
  • Coming up next week is “Full of Pryde,” a comics celebration/hemophilia benefit featuring over 70 artists, including Bryan Lee O’Malley, Jeffrey Brown, Tom Neely, Corey Lewis, and Zack Soto.  The event takes place Thursday, May 7, from 6:00-10:00 at Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon.

–Athena Currier