I hope all of our United Statesian readers enjoyed their three-day weekends, and that our un-American readers understood why we were away. Today, we make it up to you with a strong entry from Joe McCulloch, detailing the Week in Comics' new releases, and exploring the connections between the Palme d'Or-winning lesbian graphic-novel adaptation Blue is the Warmest Color and the gay manga of Gengoroh Tagame.
—The Reuben Awards winners have been announced, with Rick Kirkman and Brian Crane taking top honors, and artists like Joann Sfar, Roz Chast, Brian Basset, Hilary Price, Jen Sorenson, Bernie Wrightson, and Chris Ware winning divisional prizes.
—Interviews. A longish talk with Shary Boyle at Hazlitt. Matt Madden's conversation with Blutch at CBR. And new TCJ reviewer/fan favorite Alex Dueben's talk with Lisa Hanawalt at the same site.
—The Guardian has published a small annotated selection of Posy Simmonds' sketchbook pages.
—Carol Lay has entered the crowdfunding ranks.
—Laura Sneddon writes in the New Statesman about the exploitation of comic-book creators.