A personal diary keeping people abreast of what I am working on writing-wise.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Whoa. This morning I wake up and I suddenly feel like an internet sensation.

First, the big news is that the Young Adult Library Services Association picked both volumes of Love the Way You Love to be on their 2009 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. This is very cool. Love your librarians, people! They even put one of my favorite current manga series, Sand Chronicles, on their top 10, so they know their stuff.

The ridiculously good Usagi Yojimbo Volume 22: Tomoe's Story by Stan Sakai also made the list. Some may recall I edited Usagi once upon a time, and that comic's current editor and my first boss in the industry, Diana Schutz, was fittingly the first person to drop me a note to let me know the list was out today.

I also have copies of both collections that I can sell direct if anyone wants them signed, etc.

The Nostalgia for Infinity blog also reviewed Love the Way You Love's first three issues this morning.

"...this series hits a lot of notes that resonate with me. Many of its characters are musicians, there are plenty of references to contemporary bands, and music is an integral part of the narrative… and the other face of the narrative is love. Music… relationships...love...I’m there!"

For the record, both Marc and I really like Scott Pilgrim, but it's the fact that it's the default Oni book that everyone gets compared to that gets a little tiresome, and I'm sure Bryan Lee O'Malley gets a bit tired of it, too. I know the totally different and totally awesome Wet Moon has even gotten the "It's no Scott Pilgrim" dismissal, that's how often it comes up. Of course, no one minds being compared to a good book in a positive way. :)

Finally, special thanks to Trevor Dodge at Male Hipster Leering for linking to my Newsarama interview and saying such blushable things about myself and Joëlle.

Current Soundtrack: Franz Ferdinand, Tonight:Franz Ferdinand


Maryanne said...

Yay yay, yay yay yay!

Robin B. said...

It's great to see reactions to the list (I was this year's Great Graphic Novels for Teens Chair). I'm so glad you feel you're in great company. Obviously we did too. :)

Jamie S. Rich said...

Many thanks to you, Robin.

I think you guys picked a ton of new titles. Skim and Umbrella Academy were both on my top 10 of the year. I also liked Emiko Superstar a lot--though, if you haven't checked out another Minx title, Token by Alisa Kwitney and Joëlle Jones, you really should. Early candidate for 2010?

David said...

Congratulations! Well deserved.