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,  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 modern 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 …