Scholastic is kind enough to include me on its mailing list — given the dearth of reviewed books this year I’m not sure how long that will last. Their holiday card features a beautiful Kazu Kibuishi drawing of Christmas with Harry Potter:
Best wishes to everyone for the new year — I find it hard to believe we’re moving from 2013 to 2014 (these still sound like science fiction years to my 20th century born ears) but there it is.
I backed STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary which was funded on Kickstarter in late 2011. Mostly because Dave Kellett, creator of Sheldon, is part of the team making it. A couple of years later and they are just about ready to launch it into the world. The updates on the project have been great, I’ve gotten to see many of the steps they’ve taken on the road to pulling everything together. The project has shared a lot of things with backers of the project already and it looks really, really good. You can see the trailer at the film’s website here.
Part of their release strategy is to schedule “event” screenings in cities (apparently called “four walling”) with a panel and presentations around the screening itself. ”We” (as in people with more pull) should try to do that for the DC area, either the Small Press Expo next year in Bethesda, MD or maybe there’s another event that would work.
I’m glad I stuck with Hijinks Ensue. The less schticky, more character driven strips of recent vintage are really good and just an approach that resonates much more with me. This one is a great example of layering in some clever pop culture references in a way that still builds the relationship between the characters.