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November 23, 2014

FFF Results Post #401 -- Howard, The Lists

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Things About Howard The Duck That Can Be Organized Into A Cohesive List." This is how they responded.



Tom Spurgeon

1. Val Mayerik
2. Frank Brunner
3. Gene Colan
4. Juan Bobillo
5. Joe Quinones

* Five Artists Affiliated With The Howard The Duck Character



Oliver Ristau

1. Comic Book
2. Magazine
3. Newspaper comic strip
4. Trade Paperback
5. Hardcover

* Five publishing formats which featured stories of Howard the Duck.



Sean Kleefeld

1. Daydreamers #1
2. Generation X #20
3. Spider-Man Team-Up #5
4. Marvel Team-Up #96
5. Howard the Duck: The Movie #1

* Five Comics Howard The Duck Appeared In But Shouldn't Have



John Platt

1. Comic book
2. Comic strip
3. Treasury
4. Magazine
5. Omnibus

* Five formats of Howard the Duck publications



Tim Hayes

1. The concept of a write-in candidate.
2. The correct use of the word bong.
3. Who Anita Bryant is.
4. That Gene Colan's art was scrumptious in black and white.
5. The existence of The Comics Journal via issue 41

* Things I learned about America via Howard the Duck from more than three thousand miles away.



Justin Crouse

1. Sun Myung Moon
2. Lester Bangs
3. Anita Bryant
4. Justin Timberlake
5. Oprah Winfrey

* five public figures satirized by Steve Gerber in Howard the Duck.



Tom Bondurant

1. A barbarian (issue #1, January 1976)
2. A human (issue #19, Dec. 1977)
3. A rat (2002 miniseries)
4. Sorcerer Supreme (Marvel Treasury Edition #12, 1976)
5. Iron Duck (issues #30-31, March-May 1979)

* Five alternate identities assumed by Howard the Duck



Rob Salkowitz

1. (Adventures into) Fear
2. Giant-Size Man-Thing
3. Howard the Duck
4. Marvel Treasury Edition
5. Howard the Duck Magazine

* comics in which HTD appeared.



Buzz Dixon

1. Turnip
2. Cow
3. Cookie
4. An egg
5. A glove

* Edible items featured on Howard The Duck covers



Sean Rogers

1. A timely focal point for conversations about work-for-hire contracts
2. A long-moribund corporate property
3. Stewart the Rat
4. Destroyer Duck
5. A disquieting husk

* Five things that Howard the Duck became after Steve Gerber and Marvel had their falling out



Dave Knott

* Colour comic book
* Newspaper comic strip
* Live action film
* Black-and-white comic magazine
* Video game

* Five media in which Howard The Duck starred in a namesake title

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November 22, 2014

The Comics Reporter Video Parade

The Art Of Richard Thompson

Two Promotional Videos From The Great Publisher Canicola

Jim Borgman In 2007 Talking About His Creative Process

Profile Of Harry Bliss

Zunar: Cartoonists Are Not Criminals

Never Posted This: Stan Lee's New Heroes Sketch From Key & Peele
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from November 15 to November 21, 2014:

1. The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was detained and questioned by police about his new book, which they investigating under three different criminal charges.

2. Jillian Tamaki wins the Governor General's Award for her work on This One Summer, throwing a spotlight on both that awards program lack of interest in graphic novels for older readers (it's actually in the rules that these works are disqualified from consideration) and the difficulty with splitting creators with overlapping duties from consideration when it comes to making comics. Hopefully, this can be resolved.

3. ICAF, Short Run and Thought Bubble all ending last weekend throws a spotlight on the crush of shows throughout the calendar year. There's one weekend in April 2015 that has four prominent or at least well-known shows.

Winner Of The Week

Losers Of The Week
The Authories Bothering Zunar

Quote Of The Week
"[Johnny Hart] and his fabulous wife, Bobby, had bought a beautiful estate in Binghamton. He had a wonderful home and he built this gorgeous studio next to it, all on his property. One day, Bobby noticed that these sightseeing buses were pulling up to [the] entrance of their home, and people were getting out and taking pictures. She told Johnny that this was happening on a regular basis. Johnny thought it would be a good idea to pass out little signed copies of B.C. and Wizard of Id to give to these sightseers. So Johnny made up the cartoons and signed them and Bobby cooked cookies.

"So the next day, a sightseeing bus pulled up. ... Bobby would pass out the cookies and cartoons, tell them a little about [Hart's strips] and thanked them for coming. The people seemed very appreciative but a little puzzled and asked, 'What's B.C. and Wizard of Id?'

"What Bobby and Johnny later found out was that the hill they bought was the same hill [where] Joseph Smith [the founder of Mormonism] had received his golden plates that eventually became the Book of Mormon, And people still come today."-- Mike Peters
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If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jason Turner!

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Happy 64th Birthday, David Wenzel!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Roy Thomas!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Ron Randall!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Terry Gilliam!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Ethan Persoff!

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November 21, 2014

Go, Look: Radio Wire

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Forthcoming Extra: Billy Ireland Announces KFS Exhibit, Opening


The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum has announced its big 100 Years Of King Features Syndicate show. Some of you are probably hugely tired of me taking this rhetorical tack by now, but holy crap, we live in an astounding age for comics shows and exhibitions where this kind of thing can be put out there without widespread commentary. That's a line-up for that one-day of free events to match most comics shows, and the exhibit itself is the kind of thing that would have melted minds 10-20 years ago.
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Go, Look: Howard The Duck Original Art, All Eras

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Bundled Extra: Chip Zdarsky And Joe Quinones On Howard The Duck ran the announcement. Chip Zdarsky's a funny man, and very much on the upswing profile-wise because of his artistic contributions to Sex Criminals. Joe Quinones is about as talented as they come, too.

Will it be good? I don't know. A lot of that depends on how you view projects like this one. If you think of Howard The Duck as a Steve Gerber character exclusively, I can't imagine any other version will do. If you don't, there's every possibility this one will work, but will have to see: tendency to boil things down so they can be sold to Hollywood aside, comics are about execution rather than concept, and that extends to creative partnerships.

This project is also another sign of how rich in IP resources Marvel is right now, where you can pull a character out of limbo after decades of not having a successful comic book and it's this good of a character.
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Go, Look: Alexis Beauclair

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Go, Read: Michael Cavna At Comic Riffs On Top GNs Of 2014


Comic Riffs, the comics column over at Washington Post usually does two lists: one superhero-centric and one graphic novel (and mostly not superhero-centric). It doesn't look like the latter is ready to go, so I present all by its lonesome Michael Cavna's top graphic novels choices in their entirety.

His selections were:

* Bumperhead, Gilbert Hernandez (D+Q)
* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* Hip Hop Family Tree Book Two (1981-1983), Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
* How To Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* Saga: Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan And Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
* Sisters, Raina Telgemeier (Graphix)
* The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vols. 1-2, Neil Gaiman And P. Craig Russell (Harper Collins)
* The Harlem Hellfighters, Max Books And Caanan White (Broadway Books)
* The Shadow Hero, Gene Luen Yang And Sonny Liew (First Second)
* This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki And Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

That's an interesting list, although one with which I'd have very little overlap were I to make one of my own. Still, it's a testament to how much good work there is out there right now that all of these different lists can be made.
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Go, Look: Bernie Wrightson Early-'70s DC Comics Title Pages

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By Request Extra: The Folks Behind The Funnies


I want as many documentaries about comics as possible if only because of the raw footage and the ability of libraries around the country to host and archive them. I wish we had a similar wave in the late 1970s and got down all the great 1940s-era cartoonists, too. The Folks Behind The Funnies looks well-staffed. It also seems focused on strip cartoonists, but we need more work in that area just as much as we do in all the other areas.
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Go, Look: Manning

some ugly, upsetting imagery there
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Collective Memory: Short Run 2014


Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Short Run, held November 15 at the Washington Hall in Seattle.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people


* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City
* Physical Location

Blog Entries
* Elliott Bay Books Blog
* Girl Named Hello

* Kelton Sears' GIF Comic For Seattle Weekly

News Stories And Columns
* Seattle Globalist
* Seattle News
* Seattle Times
* Seattle Weekly

* suxdonut

* Short Run Promotional Video




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Go, Look: Images From The Superman #400 Gallery

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