Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

JoyceJoyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. Her books include the national bestsellers “We Were the Mulvaneys” and “Blonde” (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers “The Falls” (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and “The Gravedigger’s Daughter.” Her essay collection “Soul at the White Heat” is new from Ecco Press this fall.

 

Admission is free.

Cave Canem Presents: New Works

Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House
58 West 10th Street

Internship Alert! Valiant Entertainment Spring 2016 Interns

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“VALIANT Seeks Enterprising Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 Interns For Publishing InternshipCome see if YOU have what it takes to be a publishing intern for Valiant Comics – publisher of titles including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot Reborn, Ninjak, Rai, and many more! As a Valiant intern you will assist the Valiant staff in the production and publishing of Valiant comic books right here at Valiant HQ! Among your many important responsibilities as a publishing intern in the thick of Valiant’s publishing division you will…

  • Learn EXACTLY what goes into creating a Valiant comic book
  • Assist in the marketing of our exciting comic book line
  • Perform social media tasks such as Twitter and Facebook and communicate with the Valiant’s vigilant fan base
  • Take part and assist in each step of the production of Valiant comic books
  • Assist in the production of comics alongside the Valiant editorial team
  • Prepare and process files for Valiant Entertainment’s stable of writers and artists
  • Receive and handle artwork and files from Valiant creators
  • Assist in the creation of and write copy for Valiant Comics
  • Assist the Publisher and Executive Editor with any and all office duties
  • Assist with spreadsheets and business and sales analysis

Valiant interns should be driven and hardworking with the ability to work both independently and in a creatively collaborative environment. All Valiant interns must have written confirmation that they will be receiving course credit from their college or university to be eligible for the Valiant Entertainment internship. All majors may apply, although proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Photoshop is a plus. All interns must be able to work at least two days a week out of Valiant’s New York City offices.

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com

If you are a Pace MS in Publishing student and interested in this position, please email Prof. Jdenning@pace.edu

 

Internship Alert: Kodansha Comics

Intern Wanted
Fall Paid Editorial Internships

We’re recruiting paid editorial interns for the fall. See below for the requirements, and submit your resumes and cover letters to 
kodanshacomics@randomhouse.com!

Kodansha Comics Editorial Intern
Penguin Random House Publisher Services is seeking two part-time paid interns for fall 2015 to work as part of our Kodansha Comics team in New York City. The interns will perform diverse tasks spanning editorial, production, and marketing, giving them a chance to become familiar with every aspect of how an American manga publisher operates. As one of their primary roles will involve proofreading, the interns will need to be extremely detail-oriented, and prior experience with writing, editing, proofreading, or translation is preferred.
Responsibilities and duties
  • Proofreading manga, ads, and other materials prior to publication
  • Assisting the production manager or director of publishing with data entry and checking related to production and sales
  • Other tasks depending on individual strengths and skills
  • Hours are flexible and can be tailored to fit your schedule, up to 14 hours per week.
Requirements
  • Familiarity with manga or comics
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Candidates will be required to pass a brief proofreading test.
  • Prior experience as a writer, proofreader, copy editor, or fact checker strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of or interest in the Japanese language is an advantage, but not required.
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Illustrator is an advantage, but not required.

Note: After applying through Kodansha, former Pace Publishing graduate Noelle Webster has offered to speak on behalf of any Pace students. Email her at n-webster@kodansha-usa.com

Link of the Week: comiXology

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There’s a lot of talk about how the digitization of media has changed the book industry– specifically in discovery, reading, and recommendation. Graphic novels and comics are part of the wider book industry, but are capable of standing on their own; digitization has changed this portion of the industry too, and one of the ways that this change is evident is the existence of comiXology, which is “a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before” (source). It offers the widest range of comics across more than 75 publishers. Recently, Dark Horse joined forces with comiXology with the digital release of more than 800 of its titles.

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Dark Horse’s addition to comiXology not only broadens the audience that will use the platform, but also expands the influence that a platform can have on a single sector of the industry. It was announced on July 6th that France’s Delcourt Group will partner with comiXology to produce English versions of over 151 titles. David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology, is confident that the content in these French comics and graphic novels will appeal to audiences. Not only is this partnership new, it’s also the beginning of a marketing campaign to “raise the profile of French comics in North America” (source).

 

 

Internship at Papercutz

Papercutz Graphic Novels is looking for a summer Editorial & Marketing Intern. Candidates should have an interest in comic book publishing with a strong background in writing and proofreading. This is a dual department internship. Duties would include assisting the editorial department with production and proofing tasks on new books as well as working with the Marketing Director to develop and execute marketing campaigns.

Requirements:
-This internship is unpaid. You must be able to receive college or graduate school credit.
-Must be available 10-12 hours a week (2-3 days) to come into the Papercutz office in Manhattan. 8 week internship.
-Able to show experience in writing and editing.
-Some social media and marketing experience.
-A strong interest in publishing, specifically in comics.

Preferred applicants will have at least basic experience with Adobe Acrobat, InDesign and Photoshop.

About Papercutz:
Papercutz is dedicated to publishing great graphic novels for all ages. Popular with reluctant readers and gifted readers alike, Papercutz graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens include a wide range of genres, including humor, action adventure, mystery, horror, and favorite characters. Papercutz is proud to be the only publisher exclusively dedicated to children’s graphic novels. We work every day to introduce young readers to the imaginative wonders waiting to be discovered in comics.

Applications are due May 20th. If you are interested in applying, please email Professor Denning.

Around Town: Books and Magazine Events in NYC

May 4

Reaching the Reluctant Reader

Author Sue Stauffacher and English teacher Andrew Hendricks are hosting an event at the New York Public Library (42nd and 5th Ave., Manhattan) on the issue of reaching young adult readers. How do you get teens to read? They will be discussing the comic Wireman,a tool developed to engage middle and high school aged students.  This event is free and starts at 1:00 pm.

May 7

David Mazzucchelli

Comic superstar David Mazzucchelli (Batman, Asterious Polyp) will be and McNally Jackson Booksellers (52 Prince Street, Manhattan) to discuss his forays into style and design. Along with French cartoonist, Blutch, they will be discussing the differences between American and European contemporary comics, and how to match design with subject. This event is Free! It begins at 7:00 pm.

May 8

Ugo Rondinone

At the New School’s Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street, Manhattan) there is an event honoring artist Ugo Rondinone- a multimedia practitioner. Sculpture, paint, and photography are among some of his mediums. He will be giving a talk on his work and the nature of public art. This event is $10.00 and begins at 6:30 pm.

A Kimchi Conversation

This free event at the New York Public Library (5th Avenue and 42nd St., Manhattan) sounds like a culinary delight! Authors Lauryn Chun and Ben Ryder Howe will be talking about Korean cookbooks and culture, in particular Lauryn’s new book The Kimchi Cookbook.There will be live cooking demonstrations. Register for this free event online. This event begins at 6:00 pm.

May 28- June 30

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park will be performing The Comedy of Errors, a hilarious story of twins, switched identities, and general mayhem. This marks the first time in 20 years the troupe has taken on this particular play. Shakespeare in the Park is free! But you must get tickets ahead of time: check here for their distribution policies. These plays take place on the west side of Central Park, between 79thand 80th streets. Shows begin at 8:00 pm.

Publisher’s Weekly: Webcast on Digital Comics

Hosted by PW’s Calvin Reid, this webcast panel will look at the comics and graphic novel market focusing on three topics: the rise of comic and graphic novel sales in both traditional bookstores and comic specialty shops; how the growing impact of digital comics is sending consumers into stores and how digital comics are helping the sales of print comics; the launch of new digital comics imprints and the growing popularity of Kids Comics, indie female creators and webcomics. Register here. 

Link of the Week: Professor Denning’s Trip to DC Comics

This past week, Tom Di Mascio, the Director of Supply Chain Management at DC Comics and a Professor in the MS in Publishing program (and also a former student of mine), graciously gave my three middle-school children  (and my husband who could not resist coming along) a tour of DC Comic’s  New York offices.   We were all excited to see where Superman, Batman and Catwoman (to name only a few), comic book characters were created and brought to life.

When we arrived at 1700 Broadway, we met Tom in the lobby where we found Clark Kent and Batman also waiting.

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In some ways, the halls of the office is like a museum; filled with really cool art — covers from early comic books,  a giant hook rug wall hanging of  Alfred E. Neuman, the fictional mascot and cover boy of MAD Magazine  and giant paintings of Superman.

One really great part of our visit was when Tom walked us through the process of making a comic book by using the 5 huge paintings that lined the lobby wall of the 7th floor ( Picture 3).  It was so interesting to learn about all of the people involved in the process and to hear what they each did—who knew that you could be an “inker” as a job!

We met a lot of really interesting people; the MAD Editors, a lawyer with a really cool office filled with action figures and toys and of course we got to see Tom’s office which, given his title, is a dream come true for any kid or comic book fan.  We also had a chance to see the Library where the librarian showed us some of the collection and told some great stories about what was there.  We even got to hold a copy of a few first editions.  It was a fascinating day for us we learned a lot about DC Comics and comic book publishing in general.

According to Prof. Di Mascio, for anyone interested in publishing,

What is so cool about DC is that we are very active in: traditional publishing (Random House is our distributor); specialty (Diamond Comics is our distributor); subscription sales; newsstand sales; electronic books; collectibles (movie replicas, action figures, and statues)…  We’ve got it all  AND we save the universe from destruction every day.”

We had a great day-Thank you!  Be sure to check out the DC Comics website.  The blog is a good read.

 

Faculty in the Spotlight – April 2012

Pace University Adjunct Professor of Publishing, Paul Levitz, entered the comics industry in 1971 as Editor/Publisher of The Comic Reader, the first mass-circulation fanzine devoted to comics news.  He continued to publish TCR for three years, winning two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine.  He received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award in 2002, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award in 2008, and the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro (the trade association of comic shop retailers) in 2010.  Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Professor Levitz is primarily known for his work for DC Comics, where he has written most of their classic characters including the Justice Society, Superman in both comics and the newspaper strip, and acclaimed runs on The Legion of Super-Heroes.  Readers of The Buyers’ Guide voted his Legion: The Great Darkness Saga one of the 20 best comic stories of the last century, and visitors to the site comicbookresources.com selected the same story as #11 of the Top 100 Comic Book Stories of All Time.  DC Comics has issued a new hardcover edition of Legion: The Great Darkness Saga in 2010, which made the New York Times’ Graphic Books BestSeller List, as did his recent Legion of Super-Heroes: The Choice.

Cumulatively, Professor Levitz has written over 300 stories with sales of over 25 million copies and translations into over 20 languages.  As a DC staffer from 1973, Levitz was an Assistant Editor, the company’s youngest editor ever, and in a series of business capacities, became Executive Vice President & Publisher in 1989 and then served as President & Publisher from 2002-2009.  He continues as a Contributing Editor, but is now concentrating on his writing.

His current writing projects include Taschen’s 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking, published for the 2010 holiday season.  This book won the comics industry’s Oscar, the Eisner Award, as well as the United Kingdom’s prestigious Eagle Award and Germany’s Peng Award.

During the Fall 2012 semester, Prof. Levitz will be teaching PUB 615, Comics & Graphic Novels.  During the Spring 2013 semester he will be teaching a new course, PUB 619, The Future of Publishing: Transmedia, and he hopes to see many of the Pace M.S. in Publishing students in one or both of these classes.

In the piece below, Professor Levitz shares a few of his thoughts on the skills publishing professionals need in an era where media is rapidly changing and converging.

If you told me when I first sat down at an Assistant Editor’s desk that I’d be trading in my typewriter, rubber cement and rubdown Letraset for a computer more powerful than the multi-million one that filled the publishing company’s basement, I would have accused you of escaping from one of the science fiction comics I wrote.  So I hesitate to predict what technologies the current Pace Publishing students will end up commanding.  But I am convinced that the core competencies of managing creative people and processes will remain vital to our society, and as media change and converge, the need for publishing skills will continue.  With that in mind, the new PUB 619, The Future of Publishing: Transmedia, was shaped to give students an overview of how to think about managing content as it travels across different forms.

Part of the joy of my years running DC Comics was looking at my calendar, and seeing my day move from discussions with writers and artists to directors, animators, video game creators, television showrunners, and even people experimenting in media forms that didn’t really exist (yet).  It’s an experience that will be shared by more people in the future, as media collide, converge, and become increasingly reliant on each other.  With numberless channels to choose from, and all of our centuries of creativity becoming available in the cloud, brands and curators become more important, not less, and many future guides through this confusing time may come from our halls.

So let’s look backward, and examine how and why Baum’s OZ lived on in forms as varied as THE WIZ and WICKED, and whether losing Kansas helped its survival; consider the commonalities of POKEMON, Harry Potter, and…oh…perhaps the ADDAMS FAMILY, to deduce the qualities that enable properties to prosper across media; talk about our roles working with talent in the varied structures that unique forms demand; and imagine together what the future might be like.

There’s got to be a certain pleasure in a class where the instructor comes in admitting he not only doesn’t know all the answers, he’s not sure what the questions are going to be, right?”

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz

Paul Levitz is a comic fan (The Comic Reader), editor (Batman, among many titles), writer (Legion of Super-Heroes, including four NY Times Best Sellers), executive (30 years at DC, ending as President & Publisher), historian (75 Years of DC Comics: The Art Of Modern Myth-Making and educator (including teaching a course on “The American Graphic Novel” at Columbia and Princeton, as well as “Transmedia & The Future of Publishing” in Pace’s M.S. in Publishing Program). He won two consecutive annual Comic Art Fan Awards for Best Fanzine, received Comic-con International’s Inkpot Award, the prestigious Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award, and the Comics Industry Appreciation Award from ComicsPro. His Taschen book won the Eisner Award, the Eagle Award and Munich’s Peng Pris, and his most recent book explores the birth of the graphic novel in Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel. Levitz also serves on the board of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Boom! Studios.

The Pace Publishing Blog featured Levitz in the “Faculty in the Spotlight” series in February 2013 and another Spotlight article in April 2012.