GET YOUR SWAG ON: Jamie Noguchi is going to be remembered in history not for his amazing art on Erf World but for Puppy Cow! Seriously – count me in the slightly disturbed camp when I see this Doctor Moreauvian mix of cute and cow. Read this interview with him all about the cow-puppy plush toy he's selling after a successful kickstarter drive. Intrigued? Buy your own plushy hybrid here.
DEAD TREES WALKING: I was looking through the First Second publisher catalog for 2011 again and there's a lot of good stuff coming. Beyond Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost, there's a collection of Ben Hatke's Zita The Spacegirl, MK Reed's Americus (illustrated by Jonathan Hill), Sara Varon's Bake Sale, Level Up from Gene Luen Yang, a collection of Zahra's Paradise by Amir and Khalil…. there's also another edition of Derik Kirk Kim's Same Difference. There's also a huge anthology of comics by all kinds of people you'll recognize called Nursery Rhyme Comics. I'm not even mentioning everything here – it's just the ones that struck me first as ones I want to read. Also don't miss our review of Dave Roman's Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity today.
GOOGLE IT: Google celebrated Roger Hargreaves 76th birthday yesterday with special logos incorporating Hargreaves' childrens characters. My friend down the street had those books when we were kids and I always enjoyed their simple drawings and humor.
Month of Webcomics: Brian Cronin over at the Comics Should Be Good blog is spotlighting webcomics this month. So far he's written about MAX OVERACTS, THE LINE, AMERICAN BARBARIAN, REGISTERED WEAPON, EVENTY-SEVEN, MOON FREIGHT 3, BIRTH OF VENUS, and 99 REASONS TO WIN. If you want him to spotlight your comic, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALL HAIL SHAENON: TCJ has Shaenon Garrity writing a column for them again — this time she says her focus is on webcomics. A nice summation of here and now on TCJ's approach to webcomics; plus Garrity's take on TCJ's possible coverage of the Covenant of Abraham is spot on.
Team United Kingdom, Bloody F'ing Yeah! Blank Slate Books' planned collaborative graphic novel Nelson looks interesting – even promising. Scheduled for publication this fall, it's billed as 50 artists (including John Allison!) tellng the story of Nel Baker from her birth to the present day.