Archive for Cheryl Morgan

Amazon Awards Grant to Shared Worlds Writing Camp

Via Jeff VanderMeer we learn that Amazon.com has awarded a $15,000 grant to Shared Worlds, the SF&F writing camp for teenagers. Jeff has the full press release on his website.

Yoshinobu Nishizaki 1934-2010

Anime creator Yoshinobu Nishizaki died today. Jonathan Clements has an obituary at his personal blog.

Issue #3

This is issue #3 of Salon Futura. In this issue we have:
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Better Living Through Software

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Cheryl Morgan finds recent science fiction releases share a common interest in the man-machine interface.
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The Salon: Is Fantasy Gendered?

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This month in The Salon we discuss whether some fantasy literature is deliberately targeted at readers of a particular gender. The guests are Glenda Larke, an Australian fantasy writer, Lou Anders, an editor, and Tim Pratt, who writes urban fantasy as T.A. Pratt.
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Interview: Seanan McGuire

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Cheryl Morgan talks to Seanan McGuire in a hotel room in Melbourne, Australia.
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Interview: Colin Harvey

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Cheryl Morgan talks to Colin Harvey at his home near Bath in England.
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Editorial: November 2010

This issue is coming together in a bit of a rush because I have half of my brain concentrating on BristolCon. We have the Dark Spires launch taking place there, and I’m on a couple of panels. Hopefully there will not have been too many typos.
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New Journal to Study Comics & Graphic Novels

Via Joe Gordon at FPI we learn about the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. Published by Routledge, with a planned two issues a year, the Journal intends:

to become a central platform for the academic debates around comics, comic strips, graphic novels and all forms of sequential art in terms of history and theory and to welcome and encourage new and groundbreaking approaches to the field.

The first issue is available free online here. The published papers include one by Paul Gravett titled “From Iky Mo to Lord Horror: representations of Jews in British comics.” Other papers cover the sexual identity of superheroes, comics as cultural resistance, the absence of black supervillains and nationalism.

The next issue will be on the subject of “Gender and Superheroes”. We are pleased to see that the call for papers lists Superheroes!: Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films by Roz Kaveney as potential research material. We suspect that Jonathan Clements may have written relevant material as well.

Editorial Chair-Swapping

It appears to be all go with editors these days. Not long ago we reported a change at the helm of Fantasy Magazine. Now two more publications have announced changes in editor.

Damien Broderick has stepped down as fiction editor of Cosmos, an Australian popular science magazine, and has been replaced by Cat Sparks.

And at Strange Horizons Susan Marie Groppi celebrated her World Fantasy Award win by retiring. Niall Harrison takes over as Editor-in-Chief, while Abigail Nussbaum moves into Niall’s seat as Senior Reviews Editor.

Takeshi Shudō 1949-2010

Takeshi Shudō, a scriptwriter on some of the best-known anime of modern times, including Pokémon: The First Movie, died last week. Jonathan Clements has a full obituary on his personal blog.