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Bookmarketology

Here’s a blog that may be of interest to many of you. It is called Bookmarketology, and it is run by Darren Turpin who is the Digital Marketing Manager for Little, Brown Book Group (UK). The purpose of the blog is to give practical advice on online promotion and marketing for published authors. Darren has been around the industry for a long time and knows his stuff.

Roberson To Write Superman

Author and publisher Chris Roberson has announced on Twitter that he will be writing for DC’s Superman comic. With Paul Cornell already in charge of Action Comics, and about to get a stint on Batman and Robin, the science fiction community is starting to get serious traction in the comics world.

Roberson is no stranger to comics. He is already scripting Cinderella (a Fables spin-off) for Vertigo and Dust to Dust, a prequel to Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep, for Boom! Studios.

Update: Yes, we forgot iZombie (also from Vertigo), which is a really wonderful comic.

Atwood on the BBC

Today the BBC’s Woman’s Hour programme included a lengthy interview with Margaret Atwood about her novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, which was published 25 years ago. Presenter Jenni Murray and guest critic Alex Clark discuss the novel with Atwood, and examine its relevance in a world increasingly plagued by religious fundamentalism.

Of interest to our readers will be the fact that Clark very clearly describes the book as “science fiction”. Rather than dispute this, Atwood acknowledges that she was working in a tradition whose founding texts included Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984, which by inference are presumably also science fiction.

The programme is available here via the BBC iPlayer. The interview with Atwood takes up the first 20 minutes or so of the show.

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.

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.

The Portal Opens

The Portal is an online review magazine specializing in short fiction from all around the world. The first issue has just gone live, and as well as a collection of interesting reviews it has articles about the science fiction and fantasy scenes in Bolivia, France and Denmark. You can read it here.

The Aether Age Is Coming

Hadley Rille, a US-based small press, is celebrating its fifth birthday by launching a new concept anthology, The Aether Age: Helios. The book imagines the industrialization of the ancient world (circa 600-100 BCE). It is edited by Christopher Fletcher and Brandon H. Bell and is now available for pre-order. Further information is available from the book’s website.

Introducing Dark Fiction Magazine

The already fairly crowded market for free online fiction magazines is to see a new entrant launching at midnight on October 31st. Concentrating on horror and dark fantasy, Dark Fiction will be entirely podcast. The magazine is based in the UK and edited by Sharon Ring and Del Lakin Smith. Further details are available from the magazine’s website.