*+-The US State Department sponsored publication of the graphic novel, Two Legends of Uzbekistan, is an unusual experiment in soft power cultural diplomacy.
*+-With titles like The Walking Dead: Compendium One leading the way, sales of graphic novels in the USA are up 10% year-over-year in 2013.
*+-After years of struggle, Colombia’s independent comics and graphic novel scene is starting to flourish, with new publishers and a traveling comics festival.
*+-A graphic novel adaptation of the life of Gabriel García Márquez published by Rey+Naranjo in Bogota has brought new attention to Colombia’s graphic novel industry.
*+-Jihad, a Ukrainian graphic novel with a wild and unlikely publishing history, is, says Daniel Kalder, ‘the perfect secret post-Soviet graphic novel.’
*+-Citing Mexico’s tradition of pictorial storytelling and penchant for the surreal, publisher Editorial Resistencia makes the case that the graphic novel is the ideal format for Mexican readers.
*+-It’s rare in the West for graphic novels to win mainstream accolades and readership, but in Asia, it is the norm. In the US, isn’t it time for that to change?
*+-Printed graphic storytelling is an extension of all that has been performed for centuries across Asia, where often the word and the graphic symbol are one.
*+-Using Sean Howes’ biography of Marvel Comics as a prism, Daniel Kalder considers the fate of comics, a declining art that makes billions in merchandise and movies.
*+-How Zahra’s Paradise, a graphic novel about a protester who goes missing during the Iranian demonstrations of 2009, turned into a surprise global bestseller.