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January 25, 2015

OTBP: Another Face Comic

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Happy 77th Birthday, Leiji Matsumoto!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Alan David Doane!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Chris Marshall!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Turtel Onli!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Geoff Johns!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Elin Winkler!

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January 24, 2015

The Comics Reporter Video Parade

Test Footage From That Cerebus Film Thing I Know Nothing About

For Some Reason This Winsor McCay Footage Is Everywhere Again

Brian Walker's Billy Ireland Opening Tour

Art Spiegelman Talking To Ricky Jay

Shock Magazine #1

Sonja And The Wizard (I've Never Posted This, I Don't Think)
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from January 17 to January 23, 2015:

1. Milestone Media is poised for a relaunch.

2. Updates related to the Charlie Hebdo killings on January 7 include a museum show being canceled and the potential for the president of France to visit Angouleme.

3. The first mainstream media story about Comic-Con having to find a space after next year's show drops. At specific issue is the delay in promised convention center expansions.

Winners Of The Week
Bill Woggon and Marge

Loser Of The Week

Quote Of The Week
"What I discovered is that, while often more fun and interesting to be a part of, the smaller conventions don't pay enough of the bills to make sense doing. It was great meeting people and the folks who run these conventions are very hospitable and take great care of their guests, but at the end of the day it's time away from the studio and that only makes sense if the dollars roughly match up. Sad, but basic economics." -- Tom Richmond


the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Festivals Extra: FLUKE Pre-Registration This Morning At 10 AM ET

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OTBP: Style And Fashion Zine #1

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

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

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Happy 85th Birthday, John Romita Sr.!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Lorenzo Mattotti!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Ben Morse!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Steve Geppi!

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January 23, 2015

Go, Look: Is What It Is

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Dan Perkins Donates The Tom Tomorrow Collection To The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum


Another week, another significant acquisition by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, as cartoonist Dan Perkins announced today that the Columbus, Ohio-based research institution will receive the collection bearing his pen name. This includes "manuscripts, research materials and ephemera." Perkins is best known as the creator of This Modern World, is a past Herblock Prize winner, and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award For Excellence In Journalism twice (1998, 2003). In the linked-to press release, Perkins cited the museum's ability to both preserve the material and make it accessible to readers and scholars.

Perkins has made an an initial donation, and will add to it in the future. That first shipment is said to have included "tear-sheets of published cartoons and illustrations, interviews, articles..."

I know this is a significant pick-up for the Billy because of their renewed emphasis on getting historical documents and support to their already-massive collection of original art and published materials.
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Go, Look: Bruno Borges

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Eisner Awards Names Bill Woggon, Marge To Hall Of Fame; Announces Further HoF Nominees Slate


The Eisner Awards have announced this year's pair of judges awards choices for the Hall of Fame and a slate of 13 possiblities from which four more people can be announced. Going right into the Will Eisner Hall Of Fame are 1) Marjorie Henderson Buell (1904-1993), who worked as Marge and is best known for the creation of the Little Lulu gag panel in The Saturday Evening Post, and 2) Bill Woggon (1911-2003), the creator behind Katy Keene, perhaps best known for soliciting designs from fans.

The nominees, from which four may be voted on-line, are:

* Lynda Barry (1956)
* John Byrne (1950- )
* Chris Claremont (1950- )
* Howard Cruse (1944- )
* Kim Deitch (1944- )
* Matt Groening (1954- )
* Denis Kitchen (1946- )
* Frank Miller (1957- )
* Francoise Mouly (1955- )
* Paul S. Newman (1924-1999)
* Bob Powell (1916-1967)
* Lily Renée Peters Phillips (1925- )
* Frank Robbins (1917­-1994)

So we're starting to get right in the heart of the late-'70s generation for whom many people in my generation were the first group of active mainstream comic book stars. I'm also happy to see both Matt Groening and Lynda Barry on the list. It's hard to think that Miller, Byrne and Claremont won't go in given past voting tendencies, but these days, who knows?

Tons more information through that first link.
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Go, Look: More Ross Andru Amazing Spider-Man Splashes

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Festivals Extra: NYCC SE Announced For 2015

I'm glad that Zachary Clemented caught this over at The Beat because I sure didn't. New York Comic Con is going to host another edition of its more comics-focused show NYC: Special Edition, and has announced dates (early June) and a place (not the Javits).

The idea of a bigger convention or festival sponsoring a smaller, more focused show in a way that involves a component of comics they still want to have at the bigger show intrigues me a bit. I imagine there's also some general news there in that a show in New York could draw away from regional shows in May and June due to travel costs and concerns -- if you just need to do a show, you might do the local if there is one. Also, 2016 is freakishly stuffed with events in and around New York, a city that people used to say could never host a major con and for years hosted a single alt-comics event and some dealer-driven shows.
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Go, Look: Kyle T. Webster

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Go, Read: Alyssa Rosenberg On Women And Alcohol As Portrayed In Two Webcomics

Here. That's a kind of criticism you don't see used with comics, I think because for years and years comics had a very limited range of effects in the vast majority of what was published and paid attention to, so if you wanted to draw a connection between certain characters your choices were probably kung fu techniques and how many pockets they had on their costumes. That's a great benefit of diversity in genre and creator and approach and platform: more bases touched means more connections to be drawn.
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