The Cross Hatch Dispatch 5/6/09

Categories:  The Cross Hatch Dispatch

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[Above, Suzzane Kleid & Joan Reilly get girl power. Below, the Dispatch spices up your life.]

  • The Big Feminist BUT (get it??) is a new anthology of graphic narratives centered around the feminist notion – edited by Suzanne Kleid, Joan Reilly and Shannon O’Leary, and featuring contributions by Jeffrey Brown, Ayun Hallida, Julia Wertz, Dean Haspiel and many awesome others.
  • The National Post has some great preview coverage on the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) continuing with in-depth interviews with the likes of Jason KeifferFlorrent RuppertEric KimTom Neely and Mariko Tamaki.
  • On May 8 in Toronto, the York Quay Centre hosts the exhibition “Graphic Novels: The Creation of Art and Narrative” in honor of the TCAF, with an opening reception chock full o’ cartoon greats: Jeff Lemire, Kagan McLeod, Doug Wright, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, and more.
  • The Beat has a preview of IDW’s and Bob Fingerman’s post-apocalyptic autobio comic, From the Ashes, due out next week.
  • Psst! Ghost World’s Daniel Clowes has a new, so-far untitled project in the works, and shares a slideshow sneak-peek of his sketches with The New Yorker.
  • Starting on May 10 and for thirteen Sundays, ACT-I-VATE.com will present THE IRAQ WAR STORIES ANTHOLOGY, edited by Nick Bertozzi, as a way for his School of Visual Arts Comic Book Storytelling Workshop students to graphically adapt true stories to “give the reader a sense of how the War has effected individuals, both American and Iraqi.”
  • In other webcomix news, the 28th installment of SMITH Magazine’s true life webcomix anthology NEXT-DOOR NEIGHBOR is up, featuring NDN Contest winner Michele Carlo and artist Rick Parker for “Night of the Black Chrysanthemum.”
  • Comic book artist Josh Medors is fighting a losing battle with a rare form of cancer, and has a series of friend-hosted auctions dedicated to assist him with the payment of his burgeoning medical bills.
  • Public radio show The Sound of Young America visits the Bridgetown Comedy Festival and interviews Brian Michael Bendis on The Sound of Young America.
  • Who the heck is Mr. Stuffins, and why is he on Twitter?

–Adri Cowan