Marvel to Publish ‘Star Wars’ Comics in 2015 – Marvel Comics, which released the first Star Wars comic book in 1977, has received the rights back to publish comic books and graphic novels for the franchise. What I think is interesting here is the reaction of Dark Horse (the licensee since 1991):
“‘It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever,’ he said. ‘For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond . . . In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.'”Rolling Stone Magazine
Online Retailer Zola Books Buys Bookish – Although I forgot Bookish even existed, this is an interesting acquisition, in part because apparently Zola hasn’t yet figured out what it’s going to do with the struggling site. Sadly, apparently 50% of the 22 employees of Bookish will be out of a job, and the site claims to draw 300,000 unique visitors a month in its current form. As for Zola:
“Zola promotes itself as a bookseller, recommendation engine and social networking site in one. It recently received a $5.1 million round of funding from private investors, and has offered its customers noteworthy exclusives, including the e-book version of Joan Didion’s “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.””New York Times
In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction – Qiu Xiaolong writes detective fiction set in Shangai, which poses all sorts of interesting problems, including the fact that some of the places he sets his books are actually gone and replaced by the time the book comes to market. He now lives in St. Louis, but he still owns a home in his native Shanghai, and his books reflect real-life events in the city, as well as the complexities of Shanghai itself.
“Enigma is Qiu’s eighth Inspector Chen novel. The books are set in his hometown of Shanghai, but few people here have ever read them. Because the plot of Enigma focuses so closely on corruption inside the Communist Party, Qiu says Chinese censors would never have accepted it.”NPR
It’s time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English – Given all of our book talk-talk about the deterioration of language skills in books, especially self-published books, here’s an essay that directly challenges the validity of so-called “standard English.” I am well aware of and receptive to pedagogical approaches to non-standard forms (Mina Shaughnessy’s Errors and Expectations is a sentimental favorite), but even I found this to be a pretty provocative piece.
“Non-standard English is linguistically the equal of the standard version – in fact, dialects tend to be more sophisticated grammatically than standard (as in the plural “youse” of many non-standard dialects where standard has just one confusing form). Yet standard continues – even now – to be prized as the “correct” form, and any deviation is considered to be wrong, lazy, corrupt or ignorant.”The Guardian
Macmillan Acquires Cookstr, with Schwalbe In Expanded Role – For those of you unfamiliar with Cookstr, it was created in 2008 by Katie Workman and Will Schwalbe, and it has apparently grown into a platform that draws as many as eight million unique visitors a month to its recipe site. I don’t know what Macmillan is doing in terms of a larger strategy, but I can’t help but be amused when John Sargent talks about engaging actual readers.
“In a statement, Macmillan CEO John Sargent calls Schwalbe “one of the great talents in publishing,” and that Cookstr will provide Macmillan cookbook authors with “a platform to reach recipe fans directly, and will give them new ways to grow their audience.””Publishers Weekly
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