Layoffs at Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics, known for such works as Hellboy and Usagi Yojimbo as well as Star Wars and Buffy comics, has laid off at least seven members of their staff in the past week. Editors Shawna Gore, Tim Ervin and Dave Land are confirmed to have been laid off as was sales assistant Max Sato. More details available here.

Dash Shaw, Daniel Clowes and Jim Woodring Live in LA

Acclaimed comics creators Daniel Clowes, Jim Woodring and Daniel Clowes will appear together in a panel entitled “World in Frame: The Graphic Novel” at the LA Times Festival of Books on Saturday at 1:30 on April 30 on the USC Campus in Los Angeles. Tickets can be ordered for a $1 service charge starting on April 24 though the Festival of Books website. More information is available there.

Neil Gaiman Reading in NYC

Bestselling author and creator of the Sandman series Neil Gaiman will be reading some of his short stories live at Symphony Space in New York City as part of their Selected Shorts series of readings on April 27 at 7 p.m. Online tickets are already sold out, but Symphony Space will be offering standing room tickets at the box office on the day of the event. More details are available on the Symphony Space website here.

Texas Library Wins Graphic Novel Giveaway Worth $20,000

Diamond Book Distributors, The Graphic Novel Reporter, the furniture company Brodart and at least sixteen different comics publishers teamed up to create a custom graphic novel collection to give away at the Texas Library Association's annual conference last week. Librarian Eduardo Zapeda and the Weslaco Public Library were announced as the lucky winner. The collection contains over 700 books, all of which will soon go into circulation, complete with the shelves to keep them on.

Full Moon Free Online

The anime based on Viz's popular shoujo manga Full Moon, will be available to view free online on, beginning with episodes 1-5, with an additional two added each Friday. This advertising-based model will allow a wide audience of young fans to view the anime legally at no cost.

This Week @ Good Comics For Kids

This week School Library Journal’s blog Good Comics for Kids covered Tokyopop closing, what the GC4K bloggers were reading this week, the 4/13 listing of comics suitable for all ages and had a Kill Shakespeare link post.

This Week @ The Beat

This week at PWCW editor Heidi MacDonald’s blog The Beat, she covered 2011 cartoon Pulitzer winner, the February Indie month-to-month sales numbers, Sarah Glidden's new comic The Waiting Room free online, and the first shots of the Batman stage show.