Thursday Morning Runaround – From Patricia Highsmith To Chip Zdarsky To Mark Millar

highsmithThe New York Times reviews a biography of Strangers On A Train.The Talented Mr Ripley writer, Patricia Highsmith, and tells us;

This biography also delves into Highsmith's secretive career as a writer of superhero comics and into the connection between those stories' identity switches and her sophisticated later crisscross plot schemes.

Indepth intrigue on Golden Arrow, Spy Smasher and Captain Midnight? One for the Christmas list I think

McClelland & Stewart have acquired Canadian English rights to National Post graphic columnist Steve Murray (better known as Chip Zdarsky)'s graphic novel on the history of Canada, tentatively titled The True North: Graphic Tales of Canada.

Zenescope have sold the option on their Piper comics, readapting the Pied Piper Of Hamlin with tits, to Persistent Entertainment and Pantry Films. The movie will be produced by Dan Keston and Matthew Rhodes of both companies and is currently out to writers.

And MTV have Patton Oswald bringing on a sequel to his previous comments against Watchmen haters.

Wired wants you to read comics out loud to your kids.

My six-year-old likes for me to read comics aloud to him–especially if he's talked his mother into buying one that's slightly too old for him. That way, if I silently edit the language, he knows exactly what the inappropriate parts are–which, of course, he promptly commits to memory!

And The Guardian looks at a Tokyo district, Akihabara, where cosplaying is just an everyday part of life.

Galbraith is a PhD candidate in information studies specialising in otaku ("geek") culture at Sophia University in Tokyo. He gives tours of Akiba dressed in an orange bodysuit and prickly yellow hairpiece – the outfit of Goku, protagonist of the Dragon Ball anime series. After Asuka's sordid adventure, and the far more troubling massacre that occurred in June last year, Galbraith wants to help dispel Akiba's reputation as a den of perversion and iniquity.

Oh and Mark Millar and Steve McNiven's Nemesis? It's going to be a $2.99 book

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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