The 2nd Saudi Arabia Comic Con. Marvel’s Black Panther to open the newly legalized Saudi cinema. Kalimat sets up a comics imprint. The Arab Renaissance embraces comics

The Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) is underway in Dubai, and the Arabic-language  children’s publishing house Kalimat is set to release the first of its graphic titles, Antara, part of  series first unveiled at the Sharjah IBF 2017 and again at the Paris book fair earlier this year. Among the star attractions at Read More …

As Netflix launches its first Arab content, and the Riyadh Book Fair and the Saudi Comic Con loom, is Saudi Arabia’s publishing industry worth $1.3 bn?

The president of the Saudi Publishers Association, Ahmed Al Hamdan, this week valued the Saudi Arabian publishing industry at 5 billion SAR ($1.3 billion), but just what that valuation entails remains unclear. In an exclusive interview with the Saudi business daily Al Eqtisadiah (The Economy), Al Hamdan said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “ranked #1 in Read More …

“Possibly the coolest shop in Islamabad.” As the Third Lahore Comic Con ends, Pakistan’s comics industry gathers pace

The Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore, Pakistan is probably not the kind of place you’d normally expect to see Harry Potter, Spiderman and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. But then again, Pakistan is probably not a country we associate with comics and science fiction at all. But things are changing, and Pakistan presents a Read More …

Comic Con India Cosplay Finals Today (Feb 24)

Cosplay, the art of dressing up in elaborate costumes of comic, anime and science fiction characters, is a major part of the comic publishing industry’s wider entertainment arena, and dates back to the very first World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939. Today the Comic Con India Cosplay Finals are live as this is Read More …

The Japan-Vietnam Festival is underway, with Manga comic books a star of the show

Development of the Vietnamese comic book market is high on the agenda at the Japan-Vietnam Festival this weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, reports VietnamNet. As well as displays by the Japan Manga Book Association, copyright issues will be discussed, and also ways for both Vietnamese and Japanese artists and authors to move the Vietnamese Read More …

A PS4 tournament and virtual reality cricket. The Dhaka Comic Con kicks off in Bangladesh

As a kid back in nineteen bow and arrow I spent much of my childhood reading comics, dreaming about writing comics and, in my early teens, writing to fellow comic-lovers around the world. And I do mean around the world. We only had snail-mail back then (a time when owning a pocket calculator was the Read More …

Myanmar’s golden age of comics revived for a day as another Myanmar comic makes a killing on Facebook

For a couple of hours this coming Saturday adults in Yangon, Myanmar (that’s Rangoon, Burma for those of us who learned geography last century) will be able to take a trip down memory lane in the company of some classic comics from Myanmar’s comic golden age. ‘Graffiti and Cartoon Story’ is a public display of Read More …

Marvel comics court China and Asia with eastern superheroes

Marvel’s new editor-in-chief is no stranger to controversy. Last year C.B. Cebulksi’s arrival in the US to take on the role (he had previously been working for Marvel in Shanghai as Marvel Asia VP) was overshadowed by revelations he had previously written comics under a Japanese pen-name. That wasn’t controversial in itself so much as Read More …

12 mind-blowing book events you probably never knew happened in 2017

Usually on alternate Sundays I review the latest Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson, but this time around it was a review of the past year and much of what is covered has been discussed in previous reviews here, so this week I’m doing my own TNPS-style review of the 2017 publishing year Read More …

While western publishing parties, global publishing goes from strength to strength

It may be Christmas where you are, and the publishing industry is sleeping off one hangover just in time for the next as the New Year celebrations begin, but elsewhere in the world it’s business as usual for publishing. The Saudi Jeddah Book Fair and the Singapore Bookfest may have wound up on 24 December Read More …

Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as Read More …

Days before the Jeddah Book Fair, Saudi Arabia legalises cinemas after 35 years of draconian arts suppression

This has been rumoured for some while, so not really a surprise – many new commercial developments have had cinemas built already, in anticipation of this move – but a very welcome sign that Saudi Arabia is finally leaving behind its more draconian laws and allowing the arts to, if not yet flourish, at least Read More …

Digital logic turned on its head once again. First Amazon start selling books in bricks and mortar stores. Now Netflix is publishing comics – in print

I’m a big fan of child actors and of strong child characters, and I used to be a big fan of comics,  so Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass was a made-in-heaven graphic novel and film, thanks to the wonderful Chloë Moretz’s portrayal of Hit Girl. Millar is one of the giants of twenty-first century comics – the Read More …

Brazil’s slavery history exposed in graphic novel format

In the dark history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade few can be unaware of the “golden triangle” of trade between Britain, West Africa and North America. Which makes Britain and the US the two largest African-slave-owning nations, right? Well, not quite. In fact Britain traded in, but did not in any meaningful way own slaves. Read More …

Out of Africa comes great fantasy, but a dark undercurrent of racism responds

With the current vogue for diversity in publishing comes, inevitably, cries of foul as author achievements are dismissed as concessions to ethnic origins and diversity quotas. One would think that award-winning Nigerian-American fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor (World Fantasy Award, Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, Children’s Africana Book Award, Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa) had established Read More …

Pakistan gets graphic to attract reluctant readers

Attracting reluctant readers to books is a worldwide problem for publishers. Comics and graphic novels are one way to bring more readers to books. That’s not their only benefit – comics and graphic novels can make you smarter in other ways, if this post on Geek and Sundry last year is to be believed. In Read More …

New York Comic Con sets new visitor record – 200,000

2017 saw the first ever comic con in Saudi Arabia. Sadly the organisers were hit by an unknown penalty for unknown “violations” and as yet there is no sign there will be another Saudi comic con in 2018. But fingers crossed. Meanwhile comic cons are exploding all over the globe. As reported here at TNPS, Read More …

Archie returns to India – for the Hyderabad Comic Con

With the focus on the New York Comic Con lately it’s easy to forget – if we even realised – that comic cons are a global phenomenon nowadays. With three days until the Hyderabad Comic Con kicks off (in India, for those who flunked geography at school) The New Publishing Standard will be doing its best Read More …

Marvel cancels two events at New York Comics Con

The 2017 Comics Con is underway in New York, but sadly an exciting schedule and some key announcements were overshadowed by real-life events, and two Marvel projects took a hit. But first a couple of good news items from the New York party. DC has announced the up and coming 1000th issue of Action Comics. Read More …