The Cross Hatch Dispatch 10.18.09

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[Above, Dean Haspiel tortures Zach Galifianakis. Below, drilling for Dispatch.]

  • Comic Book Literacy is a new independent documentary film that “showcases the utilization of comic books to promote literacy and education.” The film’s trailer is now available online.
  • The Center for Cartoon Studies is holding a portfolio day, and it’s less than a month away! R.S.V.P. to confirm that you’ll be there on Saturday, November 14, 10:00-1:00. You can show your portfolio for an admissions review, learn more about the program and courses, meet faculty and students, tour the campus, and just wander around White River Junction.
  • Randall Munroe has released his first book, xkcd: Volume Zero. He was recently interviewed about it by the Comics Alliance.
  • HBO’s Bored to Death features Zach Galifianakis as Brooklyn cartoonist Ray Hueston. Real-life cartoonist Dean Haspiel provides the artwork for the fictional character. HBO has created a page featuring Haspiel’s work, which will be updated as the show progresses.
  • Ben Katchor will be at the Brooklyn Public Library on Thursday, October 29, 7:00 PM for “Nature’s Weakness: An Evening of Picture-Stories and Songs.” The event is free and open to the public.
  • Michel Fiffe’s latest comic, ZEGAS recently made its online debut on ACT-I-VATE, with new installments every Wednesday. It made its print debut as well, in the A-I-V Primer collection, released on October 14. The artwork is real cool.
  • In April 2010, the comic book series The Losers (by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock), will hit the big screen! To celebrate, Vertigo is releasing Volumes 1 and 2 in a single 304-page volume this January.
  • On Sunday, October 25, Bob Fingerman will be appearing on the panel “Apocalyptic Inspiration: Doomsday in Comics.” The event is part of the 2009 Doomsday Film Festival, which explores “our collective obsession with the Apocalypse in film, art, and culture.”
  • Issue #4 of Marc Guggenheim’s Resurrection features the introduction of President Bill Clinton. This isn’t a one-shot thing: the 42nd President of the United State is to become a full-time cast member.

–Athena Currier