The Cross Hatch Dispatch 7/27/09

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[Above, Ziggy patiently waits. Below, the Dispatch easily frustrates.]

  • Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away) will be speaking at the Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, July 28th at 7:30 PM. Tickets are sold out, but you can show up early to cross your fingers and wait in the standby line.
  • In honor of “Cat and Girl” turning ten years old, cartoonist Dorothy Gambrell has gone through the archives and left comments on all the comics from the first year. In her words, “some comments are explanatory, some are just stupid, and at least one is a full born essay.”
  • Connecticon approaches! It’s the weekend of July 31-August 2, Hartford. Last summer’s event pulled in over 6,000 guests, making it “New England’s largest pop culture event of the summer.”
  • Tom Wilson, creator of “Ziggy” will be signing and discussing his new memoir in Cincinnati, OH, this Tuesday, August 4th, at 7:00 PM. The book’s called “Zig-Zagging: Loving Madly, Losing Badly…How Ziggy Saved My Life.” If that doesn’t peak your interest, nothing will.
  • Jeff Smith and “Bone” are in Toronto this Saturday, August 8th, 2:00 PM at Indigo Books. The bookstore has the event listed as a “kids” event, but we know better.
  • Have you heard of the Trubble Club? They’re a group of cartoonists based in Chicago who meet regularly to drink beer, shoot pool, and draw jam comics. Their member list includes the likes of Lucy Knisley, Lilli Carré, Craig Thompson, and Jeffrey Brown. Some of their comics are now available for sale, but you can also see beautiful samples online.
  • Cartoonist Couple You Should Know About: Mitch Clem and Nation of Amanda are two talented cartoonists living in San Antonio, TX. Clem’s journal comic, “My Stupid Life,” follows their daily lives with grace, humor, and talent.
  • Der-Shing Helmer majored in biology, and has hopes of one day becoming a high school teacher. However, her absurd skill at drawing comics might call for a change of plans. “The Meek,” her currently-updating webcomic, is a good example of that.
  • - Athena Currier