Indie Comics Digest – The Carter Family comics project nears completion, Marjane Satrapi summons The Sigh
– by Eric Buckler (@ericblucker)
– Seattle cartoonist David Lasky and writer Frank Young will finally have enough money to finish work on their comic novel about Virginia folk group, The Carter Family. Don’t Forget This Song tells the story of how the country/bluegrass musicians came together and became a band that would influence American music for generations. The original idea and story for this larger book appeared in Kramers Ergot 4, Sammy Harkham’s alt-comics anthology, as a short story that won’t appear in the larger volume, which Abrams will publish next year. Check out the cartoonists’ Carter Family Kickstarter campaign for a great video and more information.
– Over at Warren Ellis‘ blog, there are several entries called “Three Panels Open”. The comics writer called for artists to submit three-panel comics and he has posted the ones that he likes. There are some amazing entries, this one being my favorite. Forbidden Planet compiles some of the better ones here.
– Talented Canadian cartoonist Seth will be honored by The International Festival of Authors with the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize at a ceremony on Oct 29. The award is for the cartoonist/illustrator’s body of work in both comics and the larger book publishing world. Seth’s own books include The G.N.B. Double C and the Palookaville books. Created in 1984 to highlight luminaries in the Canadian literature world, The Harbourfront has honored many authors including Dennis Lee, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje. For a blurb from Seth and more details, check out the Sequential blog.
– Laura Miller interviewed Hark! A Vagrant cartoonist Kate Beaton on salon.com on Wednesday. Beaton relates how she got into her craft and what some of her inspirations are in the way of the prominent historical figures she ruthlessly jabs. Near the end of the interview, Beaton talks at length about women in comics.
– Acclaimed cartoonist Marjane Satrapi recently released The Sigh. The graphic novel is about Rose, a wealthy merchant’s daughter who summons “The Sigh”, a magical being who gets her a coveted seed at a price she may not have expected. Already released in France and Britain, the novel will be published in North America by Archaia in November. Satrapi received major acclaim for documenting her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in her book Persepolis, a black-and-white comic that birthed a Cannes Prix Du Jury-winning animated film of the same name. Visit the Archaia website for more information.