Annie Goetzinger, Grande Dame of French Comics, passes away…suddenly.

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I’m in shock. She looked in perfect health with many more productive years ahead of her, but the author of Girl in Dior, one of our bestsellers and an exquisite triumph for her, is no longer with us…

She was one of the pioneer women in comics in France well-known ever since the seventies. Her work was always  elegant, even when she did more erotic work which she did not shy away from. In person, she emanated that same sense of style and elegance.

We still have a book by her on our schedule, I guess her last, on an inspiration for her: Colette, the woman writer who refused to be subservient to men and was an impish rebel. I think she may have recognized herself in Colette. This is coming in August next year.

Annie Goetzinger will be greatly missed. But the oeuvre she leaves behind is amazing and an inspiration.

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The Munoz gallery opening

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It was a pleasure to meet Jose Munoz, artist of our striking Billie Holiday book, and world-famed Argentine comic artist, at the Scott Eder Gallery where he opened the exhibit of his originals for sale Friday evening. I obviously had him sign and do a drawing in my copy as seen here. The opening went well. Went with Papercutz editor-in-chief Jim Salicrup and discovered some of Jersey City in so doing, including a Little India you have to go through to get there. On our way back we couldn’t resist one of the tempting restaurants…

Recommend you see the show, open through middle of January, his art is amazing and there are numerous books of his to purchase.

NYTimes still ghettoizes comics and graphic novels

While we’re very happy our sister co. Papercutz and its SuperGenius imprint got The Wendy Project into a GN roundup in the NYT Book Review this Sunday, I was shocked to still see NOT ONE graphic novel makes the 100 notable list for 2017 in that same issue.

And its editor-in-chief professes to be a fan. So what? When all you do is a once in a blue moon ’round-up’ for graphic novels, rarely it seems covering in full reviews any. Or did I miss anything?

Meantime, the Washington Post has Michael Cavna regularly talking about them, reviewing them, same can be said for other newspapers. Although I will say there are a number of important ones out there that are just as clueless in how to get a younger audience interested in their publications as comics and pop culture coverage would appeal to them.

Oh yes, George Gustines gets to do the occasional news piece… every few months (!).

Lack of depth in coverage of graphic novels is just, well, infuriating, knowing the great work from all over the world being published in our medium.

[revised 12/4 seeing a couple GNs did appear in the Children’s list].

Pedrosa at the Albertine bookstore

Great event yesterday evening at the French Cultural Services with Cyril Pedrosa discussing Equinoxes with Bill Kartalopoulos and comparing artist notes with Gabrielle Bell.

This opened up Cyril’s tour in NYC and DC. Next: after a few appearances at the Parsons School and Ben Katchor’s class and then at MICA, the art school in Baltimore, he’s a special guest of SPX Saturday and guest of the Brooklyn Book Fair Sunday! See more here.

Here’s a few photos:

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As you can see, it’s beautiful space in a classic mansion on 5th ave…

See you at SPX or BBF this weekend?