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1. Congrats to Janna O’Shea and Michael Zagari!

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While people were not watching Wrestlemania or Game of Thrones yesterday, some were getting married, including popular comics folks Janna O’Shea and Michael Zagari, whose nuptials even made the NY Times. The duo was forged in the crucible of New York comic book socializing, and tempered in a move to the West Coast to work for Disney. They remain adorable.

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2. My New Home on the Web

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I’m thrilled to have launched my new website this week. Please click over and check out the fun, including …

A page dedicated to my new picture book, Handle with Care;

Teacher Resource pages for Handle with Care;

A page dedicated to my upcoming Scientists in the Field title, Beetle Busters;

My very own bookstore!

As happy as I am about the new digs, it is bittersweet leaving this blog behind. My new site has room for all the things I do here, though, and simplifying my online presence makes good sense. I’ll leave this blog here as I transition some of its content over, but I’ll not be posting anything new.

So, my friends, thanks for reading. And please do come on over and visit me at http://www.loreeburns.com!


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3. What’s Your Book About?

PubSmartI have a post up at PubSmart today. In case you haven’t heard, PubSmart is a new writers’ conference debuting this April in Charleston, SC, with the goal of bringing together self publishing, traditional, small press and hybrid. PubSmart is about introducing new models that lead to smart decisions about how to seize opportunities in today’s transformed book marketplace. I’m thrilled to be on the faculty of this terrific new conference! Keynote speakers are Hugh Howey and Jane Friedman, and the faculty includes heavy hitters from all walks of today’s expanded publishing world.Learn more on the PubSmartCon website.
 
Here’s a preview of my post:
 

What’s Your Book About?

 
Everyone attends conference for their own reasons—to learn, to network, to get a break from home. One of the primary advantages of a conference is the opportunity to talk to people, including fellow writers and others in the industry. Naturally, one thing you’ll want to talk about is your work, whether you’re in a formal pitch session or just hanging out having drinks. But talking about our work is sometimes challenging! So here are seven tips for discussing your book(s) effectively.
 
1. Be prepared. You never know when you’re going to come across someone who will ask, “So what’s your book about?” Mealtimes, hallway chatting, elevator rides, and designated pitch sessions. Prepare ahead of time so you’ll never be caught stammering, “Well, it’s um… it’s kind of an… uh…”
 
2. While preparing, remember that you’re going to be talking to someone. There are differences between verbal and written pitches. Your speaking voice is different from your writing voice. Make sure you don’t prepare something that sounds too “canned” i.e. written.
 
Click HERE to read the complete post.
 
→And don’t forget our special Facebook event today! Books for writers specially priced at 99 cents, plus all-day chats happening with the authors of these books. Click here for more info.

 

 

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4. A Facebook + Amazon Event for Writers

Tomorrow (Friday 2/28) I’m participating in a fun online event in which authors of 16 e-books specifically for writers are discounting their books to 99 cents, and will be hanging out on a special Facebook page to chat and answer questions from writers. The graphic below shows all the books available, and each one is individually clickable.

This is a great opportunity to expand your library of writer resources (dirt cheap!) and get some questions answered. The authors involved will be on Facebook at different times. I’ll be there 3 to 6pm EST.

Click HERE to join the Facebook event, and then on Friday you can show up, hang out, chat, ask questions and enjoy talking books with your colleagues in the business!

Each of these books is going to be 99 cents for Friday only, and then return to their regular prices.

Join us!



 

 

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5. Register Now for KIDLITCON!

Here at the Cybils organization, we are big fans of the Kidlitosphere Conference (aka KidLitCon). KidLitCon is an annual conference for children's and young adult book bloggers (though anyone is welcome). KidLitCon is a much smaller conference than, say ALA or BEA. There are usually a few bookish giveaways, and a book exchange, but the focus of KidLitCon is not to be a swag-fest. The focus of KidLitCon is to give those of us who blog about children's books, sitting in front of our computers at home, a chance to meet, face-to-face.

KidLitCon includes conference sessions about topics like:

  • Diversity in Kid Lit: Nurture More, Blog More, Get More 
  • Critical Reviews & Why They Matter
  • Blogger Burnout: Suggestions for Getting Your Groove Back
  • Blogging the Middle Grade Books
  • and more... see this year's full schedule

KidLitCon is a great place to go to get reenergized about blogging, and to learn ways to take your blog to the next level. But the real reason to attend KidLitCon is to meet friends that you have up to now only known online. Many of the Cybils organizers have only met one another face-to-face at various KidLitCon sessions over the years, and we so value those opportunities. We highly, highly recommend that you try to get yourself to KidLitCon sometime, if at all possible. KidLitCon rotates across the country from year to year, to make it easier for people to attend at least once. 

This year, KidLitCon will be taking place in Austin, TX on November 8th (pre-con) and November 9th (the main event). The keynote speaker is the fabulous Cynthia Leitich Smith, YA author and blogger at Cynsations. The deadline for registration was just extended to November 1st. More details are in the handy flyer below: 

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You can see a list of some of the people who are registered for KidLitCon 2013 here. And you can register yourself here. The registration fee, which includes Saturday lunch, is only $65. Particularly for those of you who are within driving distance of Austin, this is tough to beat.

Register now for KidLitCon 2013! We hope to see you there. We can talk about all of the amazing books nominated for this year's Cybils. 

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6. Happy Birthday, Sheila!

It's Sheila Ruth's birthday today, so leave your well wishes in the comments. This contest wouldn't get off the ground every year without Sheila's hard work and dedication. Without her fabulous database, her publishing contacts, her work ethic and literary mojo, this would just be another cool blog about books that got updated once in a while.

So tell her how much you appreciate her!

Cheers,

Anne Levy, Absentee Editor

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7. Jason Lutes’ new project: games influencing comics

BY JEN VAUGHN – For anyone who has ever performed any improv, there is a simple rule: ‘Say Yes.’ Say yes to a situation when presented to you because your fellow troupe member has a story line. You can add even more “yes and…” The same rule applies to a game called Fiasco, which calls itself the ‘make your own Coen brothers film’ game. You create a story without props with high stakes, characters with high ambition and low impulse control AND with a traditional story structure. The first time I played was with Comics Journal editor and gaming partner Kristy Valenti and the heat was oppressive, adding to our Western setting. Center for Cartoon Studies professor and cartoonist (most notably for BERLIN), Jason Lutes, has taken the narrative he created with five CCS graduates and turned it into a 72 page full-color comic book called BINGO BABY.

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The creators include five CCS graduates Donna Almendrala, Bill BedardJoseph Lambert, Amelia Onorato, and Denis St. John and Jason Lutes is their whip-cracking editor. It’ll be interesting to see this story that was created rather on the fly by creative storytellers and then coaxed into comic book page submission. Each of these young cartoonists are drawn to rich stories, no matter what genre or style.  Based on the video, they draw a lot from the quiet mountain town of White River Junction, full of its share of characters from the meth addicts to the Vietnam War veterans to the bougie retirees to the dueling bingo venues crammed with hardcore players. You can do the ol’ Kickstarter pre-order now for only $10.

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Lutes is known at the school for his board game nights. Wish there was a reward that included Lutes coming to YOUR board game night and teaching you a thing or two about wheat or stone trades. Rewards include the book itself, a shirt, hell—some original Lutes artwork!

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Jen Vaughn is a Seattle-based cartoonist and marketing manager at Fantagraphics. CAVEAT: she’s played board games with all these creators and they are magnificent bastards.

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8. MoCCA announces more guests

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Well, not so much guests as awesome people who will be there. Among the ones we’d like to call attention to, the French genius Boulet, graphic memoirist Miriam Katin (who is having her book release party in NYC tonight), animator/illustrator Peter de Seve and the all-around great Michael Kupperman. But you know, really everyone on this list is swell.

The MoCCA Festival will be held April 6-7th at the Lexington Armory in NYC.

Gabrielle Bell
Heather Benjamin 
Boulet, AdHouse Books 
Signe Baumane 
Darryl Cunnningham, Abrams Books 
Rob Davis, Self Made Hero
Kim Deitch, Fantagraphics
Glyn Dillon, SelfMadeHero 
Jules Feiffer  
Bob Fingerman  
Drew Friedman, Fantagraphics
Bill Griffith, Guest of Honor
Zach Hazard  
JAKe, SelfMadeHero
Miriam Katin, Drawn and Quarterly  
Lucy Knisley, First Second Books
Annie Koyama
Nora Krug
Peter Kuper
Michael Kupperman, Fantagraphics
Stan Mack, NBM Publishing
Dan Nadel  
George O’Connor, First Second Books
Bill Plympton 
James Romberger, Fantagraphics
Arnold Roth
Greg Ruth, Allen Spiegel Fine Arts
J.J. Sedelmaier
Robert Sellers, SelfMadeHero 
Peter de Seve
Dash Shaw, Fantagraphics
Jillian Tamaki, Guest of Honor
Adrian Tomine, Drawn and Quarterly
Lance Tooks, NBM Publishing
Joy and Noelle Vaccese
Marguerite Van Cook, Fantagraphics
Mickey Z 

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9. ECCC: Monkeybrain Announce Free Comic: Frost

A quick update from Emerald City Comic Con, a convention which you can only access by jumping into your nearest hot air balloon and flying directly into a cyclone. Monkeybrain’s Allison Baker is at the convention this weekend, and on Friday announced the immediate release of a new comic from the company, available now on ComiXology – for free. Free comics, you guys! Live the dream.

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Called Frost, the comic is written by Brandon Jerwa and Eric S. Trautmann, drawn by Giovanni Timpano, coloured by Andrea Celestini and lettered by Simon Bowland. Here’s the solicitation for the issue:

Meet FROST. His name is spoken in whispers from deep within the American intelligence community–a cypher, a walking secret, and the ultimate weapon against global terror. In the far-flung fields of battle against America’s enemies–a world where those who would protect us from harm must often trade in violence, deception and betrayal–there are those who strike a deadly balance between order and chaos. In this struggle, information and secrecy are as lethal as the gun, and where the ultimate practitioners of the military arts engage the enemy in the shadows…

Free comic, everybody! Available through this link.

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10. Pak and Lee on New “Batman/Superman” Title

TweetThis comic was a no-brainer and rumored for some time, but DC has finally announced their new Batman/Superman comic, titled Batman/Superman.  (World’s Finest is now Worlds’ Finest with Huntress and Power Girl and moving the apostrophe would probably cause mass confusion, so we back to a more literal title for the book.)  The real surprise here is the creative [...]

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11. Readers, Get Ready...

Don't forget to tune in tomorrow morning (or tonight, depending on how you look at it), February 14, at 12:01 a.m. PST for the announcement of this year's 2012 Cybil Award winners! We'll be announcing this past year's best of the best as selected by the Round 2 judging panels, although of course we couldn't have done it without all 100+ of our hardworking blogging volunteers.

That's 12:01 on February 14th, right here at Cybils.com--Valentine's Day for some, announcement day for those of us keeping tabs on the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. See you soon!

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12. Citizen Scientists news

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The past few months have brought some nice accolades for CITIZEN SCIENTISTS, each of which makes me proud and very, very grateful. Thank you to the teachers, librarians, scientists, reviewers and children’s book lovers who make these awards happen …

  • It was awarded an AAAS/SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books (Hands-On Science category). You can read more about this award and all the 2013 finalists here.
  • The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named it an Orbis Pictus honor book. You can read about the Orbis Pictus winner, the Orbis Pictus honor books, and more NCTE Recommended titles here.
  • The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) included it on their list of Outstanding Trade Books for Students K-12. Access the complete list here.
  • The New York Public Library included it on their 2013 list of 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing. You can see that complete list here.

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13. Glyph Comic Awards entry deadline nears: January 31

Johanna Draper Carlson wrote to remind us that the entry deadline for the Glyph Comic Awards is January 31. The Glyph Comic Awards recognize the best comics made by, for, and about people of color. Carlson is one of the judges this year. Entry guidelines:

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14. Arthur Magazine is back with Rick Veitch cover

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AUGHTS NOSTALGIA. Arthur Magazine was a FREE culture magazine that defined a lot of the early internet/alternative culture of the early century, before the internet drove it out of business by supplanting the advertising model that made free newspaper a thing. However, Arthur magazine is back after four years with issue #33, now with a cheap $5 cover price. And what a cover! It’s by Roarin’ Rick Veitch who is interviewed within. A launch party will be held 1/3 at Floating World in Portland.

WHO: Arthur #33
WHAT: Magazine release party and art exhibit
WHEN: Thursday, January 3, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.

And here’s the inside deets:
GIANT-SIZED Broadsheet newspaper
Sixteen gigantic 15″ x 22.75″ pages (8 color, 8 b/w)
This issue’s contents include…

Dream a Deeper Dream: A how-to conversation with cartoonist ROARIN’ RICK VEITCH by Jay Babcock. Plus “Cartographer of the American Dreamtime,” an appreciation of Rick Veitch and his work by Alan Moore.

JACK ROSE: the definitive, career-spanning interview with this late great America guitarist, conducted by Brian Rademaekers just months before his death three years ago. Plus: Jack Rose discography compiled by Byron Coley, and an illustration of a classic Jack pose by Plastic Crimewave.

Stewart Voegtlin on WAYLON JENNINGS’ dark dream, with an illustration by Beaver

Columnist DAVE REEVES on bath salts and border guards, with an illustration by Arik Roper

Massive reviewage of underground culture by Bull Tongue columnists BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE

Columnist NANCE KLEHM on new modes of exchange—and homemade smokes, with an illustration by Kira Mardikes

Cartoonist GABBY SCHULZ explores our interstate nightmare

The Center for Applied Magick on “The Magic(k) of Money” — and how YOU can win $1000 for planning a BANK ROBBERY!
and the proverbial much much more

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15. MoCCA Fest 2013 announces steering committee, new projects

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Last summer, the Musuem of Comics and Cartoon Art in NYC lost their physical space and transferred their assets to the Society of Illustrators. Although the SoI is a well-regarded institution, there was a lot of private concern over the MoCCA fest and how it would proceed. Details of the first SOI run show have just been released, and it sounds like things are coming together pretty well, under SOI’s Anelle Miller with a steering committee including industry-aware folks including Karen Green, Paul Levitz, Charles Brownstein, Tucker Stone and the Secret Acres duo of Leon Avelino and Barry Matthews. Several new programs are planned, including a program book, awards, art exhibits and a cafe.

MoCCA 2013 takes place April 6-7 at the Lexington Armory. PR below.

The Society of Illustrators is proud to increase the visibility of comics as a major component of its storied institutional mission by hosting the MoCCA Arts Festival on the weekend of April 6 – 7, 2013 at the 69th Regiment Armory in Manhattan. Beginning in 2013, the MoCCA Arts Festival will be one of the Society’s signature public programs, with the mission of honoring the artists who are advancing the landscape of comics and illustration via a world-class festival emphasizing their achievements.

Anelle Miller, Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators, says, “It is a great privilege to welcome the incredibly dynamic creative community that exhibits at the MoCCA Arts Festival to the Society’s rich heritage. For more than a century, our mission has been to promote the art of illustration, and to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures and education. We are elated to host the MoCCA Arts Festival as a key component of that mission, and to honor its artists with the high caliber of exhibitions and recognition that are the Society’s trademark.”

In addition to continuing the Festival’s tradition of hosting an exhibit hall spotlighting comics’ leading edge creators, the MoCCA Arts Festival will now include a variety of new programs directly benefiting the artist and audience communities attending the shows, including:

• Juried awards recognizing the best work at the Festival with medal winners being honored with an exhibit at the Society’s headquarters, and finalists’ work archived in Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library;
• A lavishly produced, large format souvenir journal that showcases the work of exhibiting artists;
• Discount entries for exhibiting artists in the Society’s Annual competition;
• Curated programming emphasizing the artistic achievements of the Festival’s creative community;
• An exhibition gallery of original comic and cartoon art curated by the Society’s professional staff;
• An onsite café featuring a full bar and menu as well as a lounge for networking.

The 2013 MoCCA Arts Festival is hosted by the Society of Illustrators, under the guidance of a Steering Committee that includes: Anelle Miller, Kate Feirtag, and Katie Blocher from the Society, as well as Leon Avelino (Secret Acres), Charles Brownstein (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Karen Green (Columbia University), William Hatzichristos (CollectorZoo), Paul Levitz (Writer/ Educator), Barry Matthews (Secret Acres), and Tucker Stone (Bergen Street Comics).

In the weeks to come, the Society will release more details about the 2013 Festival, including naming guests of honor, featured guests, the Festival jury, and much more.

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16. New on the Scene: BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE

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Yet ANOTHER band of creators teaming up and kickin’ it to Kickstarter! Tis time its Alex Grecian, Jeremy Haun, B. Clay Moore and Seth Peck who are putting together a showcase anthology called BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE.

BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE is a 200-page collection of comic book stories, prose and artwork, created by writers Grecian, Haun, Moore and Peck, along with a host of collaborators. The book, which is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign that began on Monday, December 10th, debuts five original comic book concepts in full-length stories, as well as full page illustrations by some of the greatest talent in comics, inspired by the main concepts.

The Kickstarter campaign will run from December 10, 2012 until January 10, 2013. BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE is scheduled to debut at Heroes Convention in Charlotte in June of next year.

The five main stories in BAD KARMA VOLUME ONE are:

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MIDDLETON, by Alex Grecian and Phil Hester;

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CHAOS AGENT, by Jeremy Haun and Mike Tisserand;

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OLD DOG, by B. Clay Moore and Christopher Mitten;

HELLBENT, by Seth Peck and Tigh Walker; and

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THE NINTH LIFE OF SOLOMON GUNN, written by Grecian, Haun, Moore and Peck, with art by Haun. The book’s cover has been designed by acclaimed writer, artist and designer Jonathan Hickman.

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17. Cybils Panelist Update: YA SFF Blog

We love it when our Cybils panelists post about what it's like to volunteer as a judge. A couple of weeks ago, we linked to a post by Round 1 YA Fiction panelist William Polking about what it's really like behind the scenes. This week, we've got a post from YA Fantasy and Sci-Fi blog's Aurora Celeste about how being a Round 1 judge is different from Round 2--having been in both of those roles, all I can say is boy, howdy. As Aurora puts it in her post, free books are only fun for a while...

Go check it out!

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18. Gail Simone is ‘no longer the writer’ for Batgirl

Gail Simone has explained today on Twitter that, as of this week, she will no longer be the writer for DC’s Batgirl series.

 

Simone came onto the series as part of the New 52, controversially giving the Barbara Gordon character back the ability to walk, and putting her back in the cloak. The series has had solid sales since the launch.

This means that Simone, one of the more prominent and popular DC writers, now only has one other announced project left with DC at present, which will be a story in the upcoming Time Warp anthology from Vertigo.

While her DC work may now be concluding, Simone still has the successfully-funded Kickstarter project Leaving Megalopolis coming out next year, along with I’m sure a range of other projects.

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19. Tomorrow is the Last Day to Nominate!

You've only got today and tomorrow if you want to nominate a Cybils title as a member of the public--please check out our official nominations post for all the information and links you need. There will be a short period of time after public nominations close while we process nominations from publishers and authors, after which the real work begins! 

For now, though, if you haven't nominated yet, go do it soon, and keep checking the Cybils blog for occasional updates along with great reviews from our volunteer judges.

Oh, and thanks for your participation--we wouldn't have a Cybils without everyone's enthusiasm and willingness to share their favorite books each year!

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20. 2012 Nominations Are Closed

Thanks for joining us and nominating your favorite books for the 2012 Cybils! We've got hundreds of nominees that we're still sorting through behind the scenes, and our hardworking Round 1 panelists have already gotten started reading and evaluating.

If you're worried about having nominated a book in the wrong category -- fear not. We'll figure out where it's supposed to go. As long as it was nominated by midnight last night and otherwise meets our eligibility requirements, it's a go.

ATTN: PUBLISHERS--the publisher submission window is October 16-26. You'll be hearing from Sheila Ruth, our publisher liaison, by the end of the week if you are in our contact database. If you haven't received any email from us yet this year, you are probably not in our database; please email Sheila at sruth@wandsandworlds.com to be added.

And, everyone, please keep visiting our blog this season for reviews of nominated titles (our first review was posted yesterday), updates on the contest, and other goodies.

--Sarah Stevenson, blog editor

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21. Cybils Updates

Cybils sends our best wishes to those of you (and those of us!) who were inundated by Hurricane Sandy over the past several days. We hope you all stayed warm, safe, and dry. Due to the wild weather, we're a little bit behind in making our contacts with publishers (many of whom have offices in the disaster zone), but we're getting back on track and keeping on keepin' on.

Some of our panelists are, in fact, moving ahead at light speed--we found a post by one of our Round 1 judges in YA Fiction, Kellie Tilton of The Re-Shelf, saying she's already reached the quarter-century mark: 25 books read out of 147 eligible titles. And she compares it to walking into an uncurated art museum:

Serving as a panelist on Cybils is like going into a Museum of Random and In No Order Paintings, trying to compare works of art even though they are vastly different and not always in a pleasing order that will benefit all pieces and you are forced to rely on your fellow docents (aka panelists) to help you make sense of the chaos. Amazing, awesome chaos. But chaos, nonetheless.

I highly recommend reading her full post--if you're wondering what it's like behind the scenes at Cybils, you'll get a good idea, and if you're already involved with Cybils, you'll definitely be nodding your head in recognition and agreement!

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22. Radio 4 Gather Stunning Voice-Cast for Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’

Well, this is certainly one of the most British things I’ve ever heard. Please whistle the theme tune to The Archers while you read this article.

Yesterday Neil Gaiman announced on his blog that BBC Radio 4 have gathered a stunning collection of actors to record a radio adaptation of his story Neverwhere, which was first seen on television in the 1990s. Co-written by Lenny Henry, the story was sort-of simultaneously adapted into a novel by Gaiman, which was subsequently rewritten and adapted into radio plays and, well, all sorts of stuff happened with it, really.

This adaptation for radio, however, has managed to gather an incredible line-up of actors – several of whom sent this message across to Gaiman, which he shared earlier:

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Which sight excites you most? Manly David Harewood? Game of Throne’s Natalie Dormer? James McAvoy? Giles from Buffy? Benedict Crumpetpatch? Hold on tight, because this photo only skims the surface of an utterly incredible cast.

Also appearing will be Andrew Sachs, Sophie Okonedo, Christopher Lee, Don Gilet, Johnny Vegas, Bernard Cribbins, Lucy Cohu and Romola Garai. And that’s still not all! Gaiman also teases that there will be a few other secret cameos and appearances tucked in amongst everything else. Zoinks.

Scheduled for release as a 6-episode series in 2013, Neverwhere will be produced by Dirk Maggs. Okay, you can stop whistling now.

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23. The Holidays Are Coming--Shop Cybils!

Psst! Hey! You! Have you been checking out our book review posts? Or our nominations lists? You might notice that every book has a link to Amazon. Because we're an Amazon affiliate, every purchase you make through a Cybils link means we get a dribble of cash to use for our prizes and other materials (like flyers and bookmarks).

And we mean EVERY purchase. That's right--you don't have to just buy a Cybils-nominated title. You can click through from one of our posts and then buy a iPad or a jacuzzi or a private island. The bigger the purchase, the more of a commission we get. So please, please consider doing some of your Amazon holiday shopping after clicking one of our links! Or, you can give US a holiday gift and click that donate button at the top of the right-hand sidebar. The Cybils thanks you--you help keep us going!

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24. Marvel crash three dimensions into ‘X-Termination’ with Pak, Liu and Lapham

Marvel have revealed what their ‘X-Termination’ teaser image is all about: a crossover storyline between X-Treme X-Men, Astonishing X-Men, and Age of Apocalypse. Spinning around the fact that there are currently a series of different Wolverines being used right now (along with a couple of Nightcrawlers) the story will be a cross-dimensional adventure between the three books. There will be an opening and closing one-shot, with each series crossing over for one issue, for a total story in five parts.

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CBR have interviewed Marjorie Liu about her side of the story in Astonishing X-Men, which will be drawn by Matteo Buffagani. The essence of the story will revolve around Age of Apocalypse’s Nightcrawler – last seen on the run in the current arc of Uncanny X-Force – attempting to get back to his homeworld, now he’s killed the men who betrayed him. With the ‘regular’ Wolverine on her team, it looks like things will be getting very personal for the team-members of Astonishing X-Men. Also, Gambit will be reunited with Sage, which is secretly the most exciting thing about this part of the story.

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Newsarama spoke with David Lapham about his side of the story in Age of Apocalypse, which the article suggests will be drawn by Roberto De La Torre. In this interview, we get a little more of a look into how the teams will mingle together, as well as the structure of the story. Lapham will write an ‘Alpha’ issue starting things in March – as is standard for Age of Apocalypse-based storylines – to set up the crossover, before ending with an Omega issue in April. There’s no details here about what it’ll be like when Sage meets up with Jean Grey, although early speculation suggests that it’ll be one of the most exciting things about this story.

Nobody seems to have interviewed Greg Pak yet. Poor old Greg Pak.

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25. More Holiday Shopping Hints

Many, many of our bloggers provide lists of favorite books for your holiday shopping enjoyment, but in my opinion none is quite so much fun as MotherReader (and FPB category chair) Pam Coughlan's annual Ways to Give a Book list.

This year, she's put up an updated list of 150 Ways to Give a Book with book recommendations paired with related gift ideas - like Ladybug Girl with wings and antenna - and all with links for easy purchase. There are also ways to wrap a book, ideas for related outings, and gifts for book-loving adults from Etsy. It is really, really cool and helps support the MotherReader website.

Of course, don't forget that every book we post to the Cybils site--whether it's in a review or simply on the list of nominations--also links to Amazon, where every purchase made post-click means a dribble of money into the Cybils fund. So please consider your blogging friends when it comes time to do your holiday shopping!

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