Comics Lowdown: Olivia Jaimes to appear at CXC

Plus: Kazu Kibuishi, Katie Green, Zunar and more!

Olivia Jaimes, the pseudonymous artist who has revitalized the comic strip Nancy, will be a guest at the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus comics festival in Columbus, Ohio, next weekend. There has been considerable speculation about Jaimes’s real identity, and CXC will be asking the 40 or so lucky attendees at her panel to check their phones at the door to protect her privacy.

What a difference a regime change makes! Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar is riding high, now that the sedition charges against him have been dismissed and the travel ban lifted.

Rosie Knight of Nerdist reviews six digital comics apps, which is five more than most people are aware of.

The Reveal radio show and podcast takes a look at the alt-right movement in comics, including interviews with Vox Day and Chuck Dixon.

Interviews

I talked to Kazu Kibuishi about his long-running middle-grade graphic novel series Amulet; volume 8 is out on September 25, and he’s working on the ninth (and final) volume, which, he promises, will include a giant ambulance.

On the PW KidsCast podcast, Katie Green discusses her graphic memoir Lighter Than My Shadow, which details her struggles with an eating disorder and sexual abuse by her therapist.

Recommended Reading

Henry Barajas explains why he is making a comic about his great-grandfather, an activist who formed a coalition of Mexican, American, Yaqui, and Others (M.A.Y.O.) to improve living and working conditions for members of the Yaqui tribe in the Tucson, Arizona, area. He’s crowdfunding the first volume of La Voz De M.A.Y.O. Tata Rambo, on Kickstarter now, and it looks amazing.

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