Item: Robyn Fadden of profiles the touring graphic novel bike opera Le Cyc. The Guelph group rolled into Montreal on Saturday.

Item: On international news, Japanese superstar Rumiko Takahashi’s new series “Rin-ne” debuts in translation from U.S. publisher VIZ this week. Hey Canadians! Send us your press releases.

Item: Haida manga artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is profiled by the National Post on the occasion of the publication of his Red graphic novel. This is one of the bug books of the Fall (and of the year, really).

Item: Cartoonist Anton Blender created the comic strip “Zacky” for the Hanover Post when he was 12 years old. The strip ran for several years in the late-1980s and early-90s. Now 32, Blender has collected the strips in a complete edition, according to the paper.

Item: The Medicine Hat News is launching a new slate of comic strips, based on a reader survey that garnered over 500 responses.

Item: Seth news. Not sure if we linked to this before, but the CBC interview Seth did recently is on youtube and Mike Lynch has the link. The artist is on a Western Canada tour this week, with stops in Winnipef, Calgary and Vancouver.

Item: I think Ty Templeton is involved with this new Toronto comics school, Cartoonist Workshop.

Item: Robert Pincombe explains the connectiosn between chess-boxing and Enki Bilal, French cartoonist.