The New York Times profiles cartoonist Corinne Rey, who was working in the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, the day that two masked gunmen massacred the staff; Rey, who uses the pseudonym Coco, was just leaving the offices of Charlie Hebdo when two masked gunmen arrived and forced her to unlock the door. Her new graphic novel, To Draw Again, recently published in France, depicts that moment and its aftermath. Rey is now the resident cartoonist at the newspaper Libération, the first woman to hold that post.
What if Lucy and Charlie Brown were grownups? Shortly after the launch of Peanuts, Charles Schulz put together another pitch for his syndicate, this one a strip featuring adults – a tough-as-nails boss and her meek underling.
As far as anyone knows, there are only seven “Hagemeyer strips,” as they are known, and three have never been shown in public before – until now. The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center recently acquired the three strips that were thought to be lost, and they will bring them together with the four other strips as part of their exhibit titled “Adults by Schulz.”
People: Immortal Studios has hired former DC Comics executive Hank Kanalz as head Of publishing.
Breaking Cat News: There are a couple of new cat comics in the works, including Periwinkle, a middle-grade graphic novel by Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford, who won both an Eisner and a Hugo award for La Guardia.
Lambda Awards: Two graphic novels were awarded Lammys, the Lambda Literary Awards: Mike Curato’s Flamer took the prize for LGBTQ Young Adult, and Bishakh Som’s Apsara Engine won the LGBTQ Comic award.
Interviews and Profiles
Hometown Hero: The Chicago Tribune profiles Keiler Roberts, interviewing her and several of her peers, including John Porcellino and Eleanor Davis.
At the New York Times, George Gene Gustines recommends eight graphic novels for Pride Month.
Andy Oliver reviews Sean Azzopardi’s The Sea Shepherd, a graphic “biography” of the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd and its founder, Paul Watson.
At The Guardian, Rachel Cooke reviews Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit, one of the Pride books recommended in the NYT.
At The Nib, Hazel Newlevant depicts the history of Queer resistance in Before Stonewall.