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May 26, 2015


Go, Look: Lottie Pencheon

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Ryan Sands at Youth In Decline shares details on Frontier #8, featuring the work of Anna Defloria. Looks great.

image* I'm not sure that I'd seen the cover for Rosalie Lightning, Tom Hart's sure-to-be-heartbreaking memoir, before this article.

* the great Tom Gauld announced he'll be doing comics for the magazine New Scientist. More Tom Gauld in the world is a great thing, and I'm a sucker for science jokes.

* this column tends to be for material that is going to come out at some future date, but I totaly missed word that Rotland Press did a tabloid of articles about the Charlie Hebdo matter, proceeds benefiting the CBLDF.

* Stan Lee's graphic memoir has an October release date.

* there's a lovely-sounding conference today in NYC concerned with French comics publishers putting more work into the hands of North American audiences. I know this has been a big concern of theirs, and that their ministry of culture has even spent some money in this direction. The model of course is the success Japan had turning its comics industry into an international export of note.

* here's an article about forthcoming comics works from Metropolitan, including a book about Edward Snowden by Ted Rall.

* pretty sure I recommended or will recommend this Evan Dorkin essay in a "random story update" at some point this week, but it's worth pointing out there's some information here about the next Beasts Of Burden one-short, or at least the potential for one.

* finally, Nate Powell talks about his forthcoming collection of early works, You Don't Say. Powell's work has been scattered about a bit, and it took him a while to find market traction that such a big seems like a very good idea. It should be interesting to see how well IDW does with the book.

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Arundel Mills, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 12
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: All Romances #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's a thoughtful analysis of the failed Archie kickstarter. Personal note: I swear I wasn't being intentionally mean or hateful when I suggested that Archie maybe find another line of work. My belief was that they had the resources necessary to publish those comics, relative to the standard risk that a dozen or so comics publishers take every day. To claim that they didn't and to have reward levels that relied on the goodwill they've built, that seemed like an occasion for stronger than usual language.

image* Abraham Riesman talks to Geof Darrow.

* the Montreal Gazette covers the D&Q publishing transfer story. Funny anecdote in there about Tom Devlin's love for Frank Miller.

* the Justice League Of America does better with big action than most comics in part because there's no real need to character-build with characters that are holding down like five comics each. I still don't feel anything for these versions of the characters, and I'm pretty easy to bring on board in a basic sense. I have a feeling these post-Convergence stories might be a big deal for setting a new baseline with their Superman character.

* the way Gary Tyrrell writes about his batting percentage with receiving promised kickstarter rewards and incentives here is a reminder that many people go into those exchanges expecting to win some and lose some.

* speaking of DC characters, I haven't understood Lex Luthor since his guest-spot in that one Swamp Thing invades Gotham City story.

* I don't care what anyone says, I'm still taking Fortunato's.

* there's a nice, complimentary TCAF report here at Experiments In Manga. One of the things that TCAF has been able to do since about five years is present multiple tracks of enjoyment for readers that are very different than that enjoyed by other con attendees. It's really advance-class stuff, but you can go there being an old-time alt-head, a new webcomics person, a manga fan, or a kids-comics fan and have an entire weekend's worth of experiences. It's a big reason it's a model show.

* finally, why does Wonder Woman block bullets with her bracelets?
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Raina Telgemeier!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Dave Roman!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Nick Bertozzi!

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Happy 48th Birthday, James Kochalka!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Marc Arsenault!

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May 25, 2015


Go, Look: The Highgate County Fancy Chicken Show

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Go, Look: Toilet Comics

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Captain Marvel Jr. #2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Van Jensen talks to Brian K. Vaughan.

* not comics: Sammy Harkham has a Joan Of Arc print for sale from the front page of What Things Do.

* here's a piece detailing the cartoons on the office wall of Mad Men character Peggy Olson.

* so apparently I've been on Twitter since 2009. This is me over there. I can't remember if I had a previous account before the one that stuck the way I've had them with other services. I don't think so. I wasn't an early adopter there at all. Twitter is weird in that it's become for many comics people a one-thread curated message board called "comics." It's certainly had a significant effect on how I approach doing my job, and I don't think to positive effect. I do appreciate its reach and I sure like making dumb jokes.

* Lisa Hanawalt draws Bojack Horseman.

* this was sent to me by two family members and I'm not sure I would have seen it otherwise. I love any time a mainstream publication provides a lengthy explanation of a simple cartoon.

* Rob Clough on various comics. Brian Cronin on Jem And The Holograms #3.

* finally, Jaime Hernandez draws Lee J. Cobb.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Sal Velluto!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Stan Sakai!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Ken Avidor!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Barry Windsor-Smith!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Marc Hempel!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Terry Nantier!

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