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April 30, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


A Sales Video Some Folks E-Mailed Me


Colleen Coover Making A Bandette Cover


An Interview With Eraklis Petmezas


Sir Alfred No. 3 Previewed


CBS Sacramento On Jack Ohman
 
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Not Comics: Keith Burns Exhibition Report

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

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

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If I Were In London (Ontario), I'd Go To This

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April 29, 2016


Go, Look: Raul Burgos Paredes On Fumetto 2016

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VT Thomas, RIP

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Go, Look: Kill Six Billion Demons

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Go, Look: The Faerie Well

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Go, Look: Juliabe Illlustration

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* I was happy to witness the speed with which the Skin Horse comic met its initial goal. There's still something about a webcomic reaching out to its readership for support and receiving it that's fundamentally appealing on so many levels.

* one nice thing when webcomics have a print iteration is that it allows for the work to be reconsidered by a different audience and different set of critics. This is a light feature, but the three first choices are webcomics turned into print comics. It'd be nice if we were as quick to include webcomics experiences in all of the articles, but we're not there yet.

* finally, our condolences to Gary Tyrrell and his family.
 
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If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Go, Read: RC Harvey Writes About Bill Holman

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Sword Art Online Vol. 7. John Seven on Renee.

* Saint Bryan profiles Colleen Frakes. Heidi MacDonald talks to Grant Morrison. Toussaint Egan talks to Paul Kirchner.

* not comics: March is optioned. I'm personally much more interested in a comics version of this story than an adaptation, but one of the goals of that project is to put that story in front of as many people as possible. There are not a lot of ways to do that without this kind of adaptation. Monetizing a project like this one is near-impossible, too, without this kind of move. I hope this iteration of the project is rewarding for the creators.

* Heidi MacDonald reports on a Frank Miller Dark Knight 3 cover that has angered people on-line. I like ugly, grotesque covers, but I'm not the audience for a DC comic book. I don't really know how DC approaches assignments like these, what they're thinking the reaction will be.

* finally, this is the first Simon Hanselmann comic I sent some friends to go read and my inbox won't shut up.
 
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April 28, 2016


Go, Look: Erin K Drew

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Bill Yates Strip And Gag Work

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Go, Look: Ronald Searle In Le Figaro Littéraire

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Go, Look: Marta Chudolinska

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* a report on New York's Kids' Comic Con on its tenth year.

* I'm sort of fascinated by micro-shows right now, like this one in Pickerington. There's a sort of "collapse of model" idea at work there. I can't imagine too many of these allow cartoonists to make a lot of money, so these are shows with reduced expectations from the outset. I also don't get a sense that many cities have a local-community feel to them beyond such shows.

* the great Space City war of 2016.

* I don't know if they've formally announced the TCAF panels yet, but I got a sneak peek during an administrative process and it's super-strong. TCAF provides a chance to see cartoonists speak in a variety of intimate settings. I'm still not sure I can go, but that's a key show for a big chunk of the industry now in every sense of the word with perhaps the most important being you can count on people being in the room that don't do a lot of shows anymore.

* Stan Lee may have one more year of Canadian cons in him.

* finally, everyone please convince Gabe Fowler to do CAB this year, thanks. That may be my only chance to run around New York this whole year. People in New York don't know how important visits to New York can be for those of us that don't live
 
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Go, Look: A Ken Barr Gallery

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Go, Look: Military Comics #13

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on BPRD: Hell On Earth Vol. 12.

* not comics: I'm going twitter-light this month and not posting at all if I can help it, but I hope the people that remain non-spiritually-crushed by the platform made fun of this hilarious Killing Joke trailer. That just seems silly.

* Benoit Crucifix talks to Adrian Tomine.

* the artist Brandon Graham's Instagram account seems very "source/what I did with source/source..." but that's not a bad way to organize a bunch of images.

* finally: sorry, Robin. Anyone bearing a childish nickname or with a y on the end of an otherwise respectable name gets the stinkeye from me. I make exception for college football coaches working below the Mason-Dixon line.
 
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April 27, 2016


Go, Look: Odin Cabal

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By Request Extra: Gene Colan Scholarship Set 2016 Goal

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If you didn't know, there's a scholarship of the late, mighty and wonderfully idiosyncratic mainstream comic book artist Gene Colan that goes to attendees of the Kubert School. Administrator Clifford Meth has set a modest goal for supplementary funds aimed at the next gift-giving opportunity: $1500. If you were a fan or otherwise feel inspired to pitch in and can afford to do so, that'd be a nice thing you could do.
 
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Will The Next Artist Reclamation Project Be Irv Spector?

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By Request Extra: Rosarium Publishing

I received a note that the diversity-driven publisher of books and comics Rosarium Publishing has an IndieGoGo campaign related to their next season, with stretch goals aimed at their back list. I thought that might be worth mentioning before next week's By Request regular column. I sometimes forget to cover IndieGoGo campaigns for a few weeks at a time.

My thanks to Kelly Alder for bringing it to my attention.
 
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Go, Look: Henry Guerra

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Cartoon Books Announces New Jeff Smith Bone Comic Book Material In BONE:CODA

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Cartoon Books announced today that they'll be publishing a new Jeff Smith comic featuring the Bone universe and characters. The story in BONE:CODA will follow the Bones as they try to make their way out of the valley where they had their adventures and back to Boneville. Also included in the publication will be a the content of the BONE Companion book written by Stephen Weiner and previously self-published by the writer.

I've seen about 20 pages of the comics narrative and they look like they came out of a time machine, more a lost issue of the long-running series than something added on after years of deliberation. If anything, the CODA work looks sharper than several sequences in Smith's career-making book, conveying some of the additional confidence Smith has built since BONE in certain aspects of drawing, like his landscape work.

Also included will be a kind of "from the studio" personal message from Smith to those readers who have followed the feature into numerous forms.

I believe the idea is to have it on sale at San Diego and then in various ways moving forward from there. Get in line at the convention center now.

Above is the back cover image.
 
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Not Comics: Three By Robert Williams

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Festivals Extra: Nominations For Russ Manning Award Now Open

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The submissions page is up for the 2016 Russ Manning Newcomer Award. That's a major comics award with a significant pedigree: this year's winner will be the 35th. The award is given out to during the Eisner Awards ceremony in at Comic-Con International. This year that's July 22.

The history and qualifications for the award can be found through the link.

Past winners include Eleanor Davis, Steve Rude, Dave Stevens, Cathy Malkasian and Eric Shanower.
 
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Go, Look: Hot Wheels Splash Pages

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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FEB161443 PANTHER HC $26.95
Brecht Evens' latest, which means a smart story, brilliant use of color and Evens' high-energy presence at one or two North American events this year. Seriously, if you haven't had the pleasure of looking at one of these books and you're in a comic book shop that has one, don't deny yourself.

imageMAR161305 BLACKBIRD GN $17.00
This is a Conundrum Press effort about a group of 'zinemakers in a world where hand-making publications is illegal. The throwaway stuff is the most fun here, like the search for copiers as they begin to blink out of production. It's also a sturdy, lengthy read at that price point, or at least my memory of it exceeds $17.

DEC150149 PLANETES OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $19.99
I'm glad they're re-doing some of the better-regarded series from the late '90s/early 2000s in different way: if that's the way keeping them in stock has to work, so be it. I cared less for this particular series than everyone I know, which just caused them to give me looks of disappointment for like three solid years there. I'm not sure why I had that reaction because certainly it's handsome and certainly its quotidian concept work appeals to me. One nice thing about a new edition is you can give an older work a second look.

DEC150126 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA LTD ED HC VOL 06 $79.99
DEC150125 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 06 $24.99
No matter how you collect them, you'll want some Stan Sakai at some point. It's great fun to immerse yourself in the drift and repeated cycles of the overall story, so you want enough pages to do that.

FEB160450 LIL ABNER THE COMPLETE DAILIES AND COLOR SUNDAYS VOL 08 $49.99
No great strip leaves me colder than Al Capp's masterpiece, but it's still a mighty work. At $50 I'd have to be super in-love, but I also think those are fair prices for those books. It's almost like the inability to just pick up that LOAC stuff willy-nilly give individual works you do collect a bigger place of honor on your shelves.

FEB160291 MICRONAUTS #1 $4.99
FEB160584 INJECTION #9 CVR A SHALVEY & BELLAIRE (MR) $2.99
FEB160585 INJECTION #9 CVR B SHALVEY & BELLAIRE (MR) $2.99
FEB160602 SAGA #36 (MR) $2.99
FEB160605 SEX #27 (MR) $3.99
AUG150541 SEX CRIMINALS #15 (MR) $3.50
MAY150568 VELVET #14 (MR) $3.50
FEB160869 DOCTOR STRANGE #7 $3.99
FEB160875 PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #5 $3.99
Strong Image week in the ol' comic-book comic section. I didn't know there was a new Micronauts coming -- actually I think I wrote about it, but it hasn't been front and center for me -- and while my nostalgia for all things is dull enough I'd only be compelled to look at a book from my childhood rather than make it an automatic purchase, that's still a lot more attention than I give most genre adventure. Shops get to sell their last Saga for a little while, and an issue of Sex Criminals, a book that feels like it's about to change course pretty soon. The latest issues of Sex, which has become more about the conflicts between characters and less a comment on 1980s comic book world-building, and Velvet, which I seem to enjoy alone of all my friends because no one will talk about it with me. Finally, there's good ol' Patsy Walker, finishing up a storyline.

DEC150502 SILLY SYMPHONIES HC VOL 01 COMP DISNEY CLASSICS $49.99
"Silly Symphonies" was at one point the franchise at animation studio Disney, and one of the spin-offs was a well-regarded comic strip feature, and one of the first not-film Disney creations, Bucky Bug. A lot of this depends on the execution but I have a feeling I'm getting every volume.

JAN160695 OCTOPUS PIE TP VOL 03 $14.99
All three of these collections thus far have been a next-to-bed companion for me in recent times. I'm not sure the timing of the on-line iteration makes a smooth transition into print, but it's super-fun to read sprawling soap opera; I wish more people did it.

JAN160925 CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 NEW PTG $125.00
This isn't Hitler-punching Cap but Crossbones-punching spy cap, from the Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting iteration that is several years in the rearview mirror itself now. Amazon.com tells me it's 25 issues. I got the first 25 issues of that run for $1 apiece, but I can vouch for these Omnibus editions as that seems to be the format of choice for my casual-reading former comics fans that have money now.

JAN161639 UKRAINIAN & RUSSIAN NOTEBOOKS LIFE & DEATH UNDER SOVIET RULE $28.00
Egad, like seven million pages of Igort, a new edition for English-language audiences combining two books in a way that makes your furrow your brow and count out the ampersands. I can't imagine this book being less than extremely intriguing. I sure hope there are more books coming that will surprise and delight me like this one's appearance has.

MAR161859 BLANC ET NOIR HC TAKESHI OBATA ILLUSTRATIONS $99.99
Takeshi Obata has always been an appealing artist, although I'm thinking it's Death Note where the comics-maker became an artist and designer worth of pulling material into a book collection. That's a steep price, but I can't imagine the audience for a wook like this is a mass one.

JAN161028 BARTKIRA NUCLEAR ED HC $19.99
The whole on-line blending of Simpsons imagery with scenes and panels from Akira barely gained my attention, so maybe I'll have better luck with the Floating World collection, which will apparently benefit charity.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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

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Go, Look: Who Dunnit?

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* go, look: Katie Skelly after Milo Manara.

image* Sean Gaffney on Black Bullet: The Destruction Of The World By Fire. Andy Oliver on Can I Borrow Your Toilet? Tom Murphy on Dept. H #1. Tim Hanley on Wonder Woman: Earth One. Tahneer Oksman on The Complete Wimmen's Comix.

* Claire Armitstead profiles Robert Crumb. The off-hand descriptives in these articles re: Aline are beginning to drive me nuts. Brett White talks to Cullen Bunn. Annie Mok talks to Julie Doucet. Frank Santoro profiles Simon Hanselmann.

* it's hard to believe the Comic-Con imposter story has stayed around this long as an item of interest, but it does reveal a kind of weird checklist of values and procedures where festivals and conventions are concerned.

* I must have really punted it on this week's By Request column, because I've missed four or five major projects, including a Kickstarter for a book from Seymour Chwast and a solid not-comics entry: Graham Annable doing some Grickle films through a Patreon.

* not comics: in terms of my personal take on the newspaper business, this is like the Empire complaining that Mordor has been sending soldiers their way. I don't know what happens if these two juggernauts get into it, but it won't be pretty.

* finally, I wasn't kidding. I really want us to talk about this derivative works of Bill Watterson obsession we seem to have.
 
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April 26, 2016


Dick Hodgins Jr., RIP

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Go, Look: Reilly Hadden

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Possible Movement In Atena Farghadani Case; Drastic Sentence Reduction Could Mean Imminent Release

Wire reports are picking up on word from cartoonist Atena Farghadani's lawyer Mohammad Moghimi communicated to the Associated Press and the Cartoonist Rights Network International that artist Atena Farghadani jailed for a string of reasons that started with the drawing of Iranian authority figures as animals, may be released soon. The construction is that the sentence will be reduced to 18 months, which is nearly time served.

This would be a wonderful thing for that skilled, brave artist to be released, having gone to jail for the kind of expression that should be fairly common in any nation with any interest at all in modernity. It also underlines how desperate and weird and authoritarian the original decision against Farghadani was, how unnecessary it was and how against the current thrust of history it stood. All those involved with Farghadani serving any jail time will hopefully move along from power sooner rather than later.
 
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Go, Look: William Stout Images Gallery

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Go, Look: Moebius Tagged At Brude's World

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Festivals Extra: Wizard World CEO Resigns; Shuffling At Top

I see three different stories on Wizard World CEO and President John Macaluso resigning: The Beat, Bleeding Cool, Newsarama. I don't know who was first so I'm linking to all of them. You should at least read the first two, and this analysis of his salary linked to by Bleeding Cool. Macaluso remains on the board. John Maata takes over Macaluso's positions, while someone named Paul Kessler takes over as board chairman. Macaluso has held his position since 2012.

I imagine the smart thing to do here is to link this news to recent money-losing performances by the company, after a profitable 2014 that some thought meant the convention-throwing business had turned a corner. I'm enough of a dissembling mess that I'm always divided on Wizard, basically in all its iterations. On the one hand: I think they actively do harmful things, or at least have a history of profiting by doing so. I also think they're gross, which isn't the kindest impulse for me to have. Turning the affection fans have for their various items of interest into a money-making machine that returns so much to its highest-ups in terms of salary strikes me as demeaning on a certain level. At the same time, there is genuine love being exploited here, willingly given over to Wizard World on the part of many fans. There are also so many scrambling to take part in comics that for many of them Wizard is somewhere between a natural fit in terms of its fans' joy for like-minded material and a make-the-best-of-it-you-can fit in terms of finding any way to get more people in front of your work. I'm also dubious that they serve a lot of markets not served by a convention of some sort, whose organizers have to make money before they take home 1/10 the money going to the person that gets to be Wizard head honcho. I won't be sad if they go away, even if that lack of empathy makes me a dick.
 
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OTBP: Subterranean Level 6XZ03188V

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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* most of the ROM comics I read as a kid were pretty brutally unexceptional, although as an adult I have a greater appreciation for some of the art that appeared in the series. A relaunch would seem to me no big deal, although I'm sure there are people that love the character ahead of all things. ROM's design is sleek and intriguing in the lack of facial features -- we should get some nice art out of it like this image at left.

* here's the most interesting publishing news story of the week from where I sit: Karl Stevens will assist Dave Sim
with some extra material to be folded into The Strange Death Of Alex Raymond, the forthcoming IDW book.

* both The Outhousers and Bleeding Cool last week twitter-tracked a hiatus announcement for the Image title Rat Queens. That title has had a dramatic publishing history. Writer Kurtis Wiebe parted ways with artist Roc Upchurch after the latter's domestic violence arrest, and then lost replacement artist Stjepan Sejic in 2015 due to health reasons. Tess Fowler became artist afterwards, with Tamra Bonvillain serving as colorist.

The series was apparently in mid-storyline at the time of its hiatus, which frequently leads to negative fan reaction from those who see the offering of serial issues as an agreement by the creator aimed at those that purchase the books that storylines will be concluded. I don't think a refined, official reason has yet been given for Wiebe's decision. With its cast of ribald female adventurers in a standard fantasy setting, Rat Queens found an audience that some extremely conservative market watchers might have suggested wasn't there.

* finally, here's a preview of the Donya Todd book with Avery Hill Publisher, Buttertubs.

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

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If I Were Near Juneau, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Sure-Fire Comics #3

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Unfollow #6.

* Moebius draws Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.

* this story about a Dutch couple keeping in contact via a comic book while in hiding from the Nazis is like they created a comics-related interest story in a laboratory.

* Abhay Khosla on the Eddie Berganza situation. It's about the culture.

* I'm not exactly sure where Dave Kellett is here -- it may be a California NCS meeting -- but I would certainly like to go to where it is.

* finally, a summary of a potentially failed comics-as-information campaign regarding western spies in China.
 
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April 25, 2016


By Request Extra: Jeremy Baum Commissions Sale

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Due to financial shortcoming, the cartoonist Jeremy Baum is taking on as much commissioned work as he can handle. He's a devoted artist and I'm sure will make the best drawing he can for you, and I have to imagine that his stand-alone visuals are as interesting as that element is within his comics. If you can help out, I think you'd be pleased with the result.
 
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Go, Look: Austin English Images Gallery

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Missed It: Jack Ohman Won The Pulitzer Last Week

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Jack Ohman of the Sacramento Bee won the editorial cartooning category in this year's Pulitzer Prizes, announced last week. Ohman was cited for "cartoons that convey wry, rueful perspectives through sophisticated style that combines bold line work with subtle colors and textures." That's a fanciful way of saying that Ohman is a cartoonist in full bloom, with a unique perspective and the ability to convey it in visually interesting terms. While you may not agree with everything he has to say -- I sure don't -- you never suspect Jack Ohman of cynically piecing together an opinion for rhetorical effect or using his skill drawing to avoid working something out in his own head. Covering editorial cartoons in the 2010 has become less like following a minor sport and more like covering a single, barnstorming team. Ohman is batting somewhere in the heart of that line-up, between the two and sixth positions. It's a solid, laudable choice.

While I somehow missed posting it here, I have been following the story. The runners up were Matt Davies and Steve Sack which means that for this year at least the Pulitzers stuck with traditional staff cartoonists. They've flirted with alt-types for years in that runner-up position and someone always suggests that someday soon they may try to rope in infographic-type presentation into the category. I liked Michael Cavna's report on one of the personal narrative aspects of this story, that Ohman moved from Oregon to the Bee to replace a close friend of his, the late Rex Babin (1962-2012). I'm also a big fan of congratulatory articles like this one. Winning a Pulitzer is a first sentence of your obituary level news story and should be treated as such -- although that sounds grim as hell when I put it that way, right? What I mean is that it's a big deal, and people in that industry recognize it and despite what I'm sure are a million complains about the program people tend to feel good for those who take home that hardware.

You can see Ohman's submission here.
 
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Go, Look: Bred Press

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This Year's NCS Cartoonist Of The Year Award Nominees: Barry, Pastis, Price, Ramirez, Tatulli

There was a lot going on with this month's announcement of the "Cartoonist Of The Year" nominees -- theirs came late from naming to publication so I feel a little less bad this is an additional two weeks late as well. For one thing there are five nominees instead of the traditional three. Two of those nominees are women: Lynda Barry and Hilary Price. Barry's nomination is the still pretty rare one for someone who works outside of the newspaper industry (at least she doesn't work there now), while Price is a more conventional nomination in that she's a syndicated cartoonist with several years of acclaim and sales success to her credit. It's still an exciting when a cartoonist makes that step into consideration. I would imagine many feel that having Price and Barry nominated in the same year rests with last year's Roz Chast win as a positive development in general given the awards program's male-dominated past and the idiocy of this year's Angouleme shrugged-shoulder Very Bad Look. A few manyl cite the nomination of cartoonists like winner Chast last year and Barry this year as important for the awards to continue finding exemplary cartoonists by drawing on more than two fields where they work. Another nominee is the very conservative political cartoonist and NCS division awards darling Michael Ramirez, whom some feel enjoys extended benefit as the best cartoonist fully engaged with a certain political view of the world -- this despite two Pulitzer Prizes. Mark Tatulli and Stephan Pastis are probably the most traditional nominees, but even then there's the potential for a story as it's beginning to look with this crowding of the nominees slate that one or both might have to wait longer than was once expected to take home this award.

The Reuben is one of the great awards in comics, despite the continuing confusion that comes from stressing that really only this division claims that award by that name and the rest are division awards. It's the problem all awards have that showcase an out-front award bigger than the rest of the show combined, but I wish there could be some more work on clearing that up for general consumption.

The awards banquet is the highlight of the NCS "Reuben Awards Weekend," traditionally held in late May in a different city every year out. This time it's Memphis.
 
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Go, Look: Fabulas Panicas

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* the GoFundMe campaign to provide assistance to Caanan Grall and his family has doubled up on its initial request. Grall is a webcomics creator who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. I'm sure any amount you'd care to give will be interested.

* artist and writer-about-comics Jesse Hamm has a skill set that seems well-suited to support via Patreon.

* Maryanne Rose Papke could use a white knight. Wes Molebash could also use a push.

* here are some of the Kickstarter campaigns that pop for me -- not that I'm the best curator of crowd-funding projects, but I do come cheap labor-wise when it comes to this site: a new Jess Fink book surged past its initial goal in a few days; I'm not sure I understand this Charlton-related crowdfunder in terms of what you're getting and actually funding, so be careful; that comic book convention survival guide stalled out a bit and could use a boost if that's something that interests you; this Rozi Hathaway project has already met its goal; and, finally, here's a rare non-publishing comics project that seems to have found some traction (a comics cafe in Gothenburg).

* finally, this Kickstarter campaign for She Changed Comics will likely end at six to seven times what was originally asked.
 
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If I Were Near Juneau, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Hopalong Cassidy

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Buzz Dixon on Mary Wept Over The Feet Of Jesus. Buzz is one of the comics industry's best-known members of the Christian faith.

* not comics: this kind of thing will always be terrible, and will always be.

* this post is in praise of a sequence in a brand-new comic book series Superman: American Alien but as an older man I read it not as a statement about canon but of one about the character's history, and expected an article about the character in the 1940s. The language used to talk about these properties can be really interesting, particularly in how their narrative realities are presented. Here's one that is more about history than canonical narrative, but Marvel has never done the full reboot thing.

* I don't know that I'd seen a photo of Mike Lynch before. Hi, Mike.

* another foundational blogger named Mike, Mike Sterling, has a post up about how social media has changed his life as a retailer. I hadn't given that any thought before now as I'm not even 100 percent clear how social media has changed my own job, so it's nice to hear those thoughts.

* it's nice to see that the Jessica Jones TV adaptation won a Peabody. I didn't always like the way the show's narrative was constructed, but there was a lot that was tremendously admirable in its acting and in the scene-to-scene writing.

* I can't really tell what going on here -- it seems to me they've added convention center square footage but connected to the football stadium rather than the building as it how exists.

* finally, Erica Henderson draws Dagger in a sweater.
 
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April 24, 2016


Festivals Extra: Ten Photos From SPACE 2016

Here are 12 photos my brother Whit Spurgeon took during the weekend of SPACE 2016: April 11-12. It was held in a performing arts center space on the north side of Columbus, Ohio.

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Here are people in the back room of the Laughing Ogre comics shop enjoying the food and drink made available for the Night Before party. SPACE is one of those shows that attracts a certain group of people who come year after year, so a great deal of this party was about people seeing old friends and catching up. The rest was meeting tired CCAD students who spent the week getting their work prepared including a bunch of prints in a handmade box that was to be a sales feature of the CCAD/Spitball table over the weekend.

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The front door. SPACE is seven minutes from my house in a performing arts center that easily holds everyone that wants a table. There were more food trucks this year, although the cold-ass weather kept one or two home on Saturday, maybe? I never checked. It looked good, though.

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Here's the show in its set-up stage, with all of these tables to eventually be claimed and used by eager comics-makers plying their wares. I was there to promote CXC, give away some doubles I had to eager comics readers, and to get people to sign up for the CXC mailing list. (Scroll down the page on that initial CXC link and please sign up yourself!) My table mate was our board member Rebecca Damsen. She was extremely prepared and eager to talk to people: basically she was everything I'm not, so thank God for that. I hadn't done a show behind a table since the 1995 San Diego Comic-Con. It's actually nice to have stuff to do.

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That's a nice bunch of t-shirts at affordable prices. I'm too big for t-shirts right now, but I did buy a piece of Matt Feazell art -- a jam-packed city-scape that was the line art for a collection of his newspaper strip -- and I have to say, owning it makes me very happy. I don't think I own any other pieces that I've bought, that's how rare it is for me to buy art. So it was a good weekend for me just on that level.

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There were a lot of geese around the place, I think because of a small body of water at next door's animal shelter. Loud, horrible animals.

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I'm not sure why this photo of a Tee-Jaye's is in there, but convention weekends will always remind me of cheap comfort food even as I'm old enough that my friends and I mostly go to fine to very fine restaurants now. SPACE is next to a road in Columbus called Morse that is stuffed with strip mall food of a very high order, and I hope everyone partook.

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This is the great Carol Tyler blowing everyone away with her presentation on her great book Soldier's Heart. I got to talk to Carol later that first day about her next book project, which sounds amazing. Everyone should give her writer's grants or whatever it takes for her to get the next book done in a way that is easier on Tyler than the full-scale assault that Soldier's Heart seemed to be.

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Nearly every exhibitor to whom I spoke said Sunday was better than Saturday. I don't have any pictures of Sunday, so here's another one of Saturday.

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Caitlin McGurk was on hand to throw her yearly Saturday night party, which consists of cartoonist readings and if it can be managed, some sort of music. McGurk was suffering from flu-like symptoms, but rallied like a champ and did her usual great job. I enjoyed some of the readings so much it has led me to reconsider the work of the cartoonists involved. It also struck me that no one read their comics 20 years ago (James Kochalka sang his, I guess) but it's an almost expected thing now.

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This was one of the Saturday evening readings, by Amy Coelho. She does comics about her kids, and folded them into her reading. Little kids shouting curse words with vigor as Mom looks on approvingly is always funny.

Although there was a lot more SPACE left at the point this photo was taken, it was the last one we took. I spent the second day talking up the show, same as the first, and meeting a lot of nice people. Sean Keefeld was there from Chicago! It's always nice to see another devoted writer about comics. Julian Dassai broke my heart by stopping by after the show was over to point out a dealer was selling rare French-language comics anthologies 20 feet from where I sat the previous couple of days. Next time I'll follow my own advice: canvas the entire room. That minor disappointment aside, I had a good time. Thanks to everyone I got to meet at this very nice show, double thanks to its organizer Bob Corby and I'll see you back on Columbus' north side for next year's SPACE 2017 preview, where we need to have a very serious talk about the Chicken 65 appetizer at Namaste.

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Festivals Extra: A Dozen Photos From PIX 2016

Here are 12 photos my brother Whit Spurgeon took during our sojourn to PIX 2016 on\ Saturday, April 2. It was in a semi-modern looking business-type building on the city's south side. Educational events were held in a nearby library basement.

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My brother and I decided to day trip from Columbus, Ohio to Pittsburgh for PIX 2016. Part of the reason we went was to spend a little bit in time in Pittsburgh itself. My brother had never been; I hadn't spent significant time there since 1991. We had a great time in the shopping/bazaar district near Wholey's Fish Market. Love that Midwestern architecture.

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Here are people buying fish from their fish market. Whenever I go into a great food market in a city not my own, I'm always jealous that there are people from whom that's just their local market. I really enjoyed the place.

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Here are some fish waiting to be cooked and eaten. This is a very artsy shot, and I like it, so it gets included. I'm not sure it adds much to our story.

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Here's the front room up twin halls leading to the expo space. This gentleman was very helpful. I did not see this lady inside the show.


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A big chunk of the show -- maybe two-thirds of it. Since this is the only one I'm including that allows you see buyers and artists, I'll mention that most of the artists to whom I spoke felt it was a bit slow. This picture features more people than I have working that room in my memory. See Derf there? And then there's a guy with his back turned to Derf's right. And then there's someone talking to that person one more person to the right. That's Rob Rogers, the local editorial cartoonist of skill and honor. It was nice to meet him.

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Derf, hard at work. I admire how Derf supports local and regional shows he'd like to see succeed: he does it in matter-of-fact fashion, and he does it directly, by showing up. I think that's a value that should definitely extend to everyone's local shows, unless you hate them or something (and maybe you do). Derf is jumping back and forth between Europe and Cleveland as Trashed is rolling out over there to great acclaim.


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This is Bill Boichel's multi-table set up, drawing on the eclectic material at his Copacetic Comics. Copacetic is one of five comic book store every alt- and art-comics fan should visit before they die. It might be one of three.

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And here's Boichel himself, a great angel of comics. I like how certain comics people look like film directors.

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My brother was highly amused that "pierogies" got an aisle shout out in the grocery store across the street. Mmmm... pierogies.

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Holy shit, it's Kaz! I was so stunned to finally meet Kaz everything I might have said to him shot out of my skull and splashed up against the far wall. I mumbled stupid shit at him until we both got quiet and I could slink away. This new book of his is funny, weird, likable and cool. I hope people don't sleep on it.

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On our way out of the city and back to Columbus through a hideous rain/hail storm, my brother and I stopped by a nearby library where Fran Santoro was doing his Comics Workbook classes. They brought in Bill Griffith as a guest lecturer, and he held forth at length to a mostly enraptured crowd that peppered him for specific questions on technique and tools. It was a lot of fun to see him speak in this mode, very different than the confessional appearances he made last year in support of his book Invisible Ink.

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A great joy for me at PIX 2016 was getting to hang out a little bit with Ed Piskor, who listened to Bill Griffith with the intensity of a fevered 19-year-old working on his first mini-comic. I got to look at a major side-project and shoot the shit with Piskor, whose Hip Hop Family Tree continues to sell big alt-comics numbers in a variety of formats. The comics world is better when Ed Piskor is doing well in it.

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Go, Look: Keith Knight's Comic About Prince's 1999 Album

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If I Were Near Juneau, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This

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April 23, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Bill Griffith On Harvey Kurtzman


Gene Yang Talking To Derek Kirk Kim


Katie Skelly Draws


Paul Conrad Holds Court


Club Med Show Featuring Cartoon Characters

 
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Go, Look: No Shame In Staying Alive

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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from April 16 to April 22, 2016:

1. Shelly Bond's departure from DC leads to the public outing of Eddie Berganza as a sexual harasser on DC's staff still in a prominent position.

2. Restructuring at Vertigo, with Shelly Bond's position eliminated. This ends a two-decade plus year career with the imprint.

3. Awards season steps into high gear with the naming of this year's Eisner nominees and this year's Doug Wright Awards nominees.

Winners Of The Week
All those nominees

Loser Of The Week
Berganza

Quote Of The Week
"Please ban plagiarizing print sellers like this from conventions. Thank you." -- Colleen Doran

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this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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

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If I Were Near Juneau, I'd Go To This

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April 22, 2016


Go, Look: Stanley Wany

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Go, Look: Vampire Moon

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Go, Look: Jim Starlin's Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 Color Guides

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Go, Look: Z Akhmetova

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Don't Forget The 2016 Doug Wright Nominees

News of the Doug Wright Awards nominees hit the Internet about 20 minutes before it was learned the cultural icon Prince died. I always feel a little bad when a story gets buried by a bigger story due to timing, so I hope you'll take a peek at that post.

I think the DWAs are one of our awards program that works. This is an interesting year for the surge of D+Q work in the "Best Book" category. There's also work and artists on that list to discover aside from their award-finalist status. I'm posting a couple of "go, looks" from cartoonists on that list with whom I'm barely familiar.

One would hope that our popular culture not take another hit on TCAF weekend when the Doug Wrights are announced, or really, not take another hit for several months. But the way 2016 has gone, I wouldn't bet on it.
 
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Go, Look: Ted Gudlat

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* the mostly-webcomics focused writer-about-comics Gary Tyrrell digs into this year's Eisner nominations.

* Sean Kleefeld notes that the record of number of women nominated for Eisner Awards this year is almost certainly due in great part to the fact that more webcomics were considered.

* it's hard to imagine what will be pulled from the 1995-2005 period regarding comics and animation-related-to-comics on-line as more and more opportunities to sift through that information start being employed. I don't even know if we know what that curation process will look like, or if it can be described as such.

* finally, the last post at the now-shuttered Comics & Cola, with reader commentary. Here's what it looks like Zainab Akhtar will be doing next that's comics-related.
 
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If I Were Near Juneau, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Doctor Fate #9.

* this is the link from one of this site's ads -- so boooo! -- but I like Paul Karasik's cartoon here.

* festivals extra: Tony Isabella has a grade-A rant here against sub-standard convention centers that really can't wait until next week's Festivals column. That's an interesting subject in general given how much public money gets pumped into these facilities and the key role they play in the wider tourism economies of these cities.

* by request extra: I would imagine Dave Kellett would put any money sent his way to good use.

* comicsgirl eulogizes central Virginia comics retailing fixture Dave Luebke.

* gotta love the idea of anyone drawing a comic strip where it just kind of comes into focus like this.

* go, girlfriend.

* finally, I just sort of like this image.
 
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April 21, 2016


Your 2016 Doug Wright Award Nominees

imageThe Doug Wright Awards For Canadian Cartooning has announced the finalists for its annual awards program, a featured event at TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival) held on its Saturday evening (this year May 14).

The Doug Wrights distinguish themselves from other popular comics awards program because they are made up of three categories -- all of which focus on Canadian cartooning. They are Best Book, which is self-explanatory; the Doug Wright Spotlight Award, also called "The Nipper" (by whom I'm not sure), which goes to a Canadian cartoonist deserving of wider recognition; and the Pigskin Peters award, which recognizes "experimental, unconventional, and avant-garde Canadian comics." There is also an entry into the Hall Of Fame, or as the awards program puts it, "the Giants of the North Canadian Cartoonist Hall of Fame."

This year's inductee is James Simpkins (1910-2004), the creator of Jasper the Bear.

The finalists as announced today are below. One thing that'a a bit difference is a big resurgence of finalists published by Drawn and Quarterly, whose presence had been surprisingly light at one or two of the recent programs.

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Best Book

* Dressing, Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)
* Melody, Sylvie Rancourt (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Palookaville #22, Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Step Aside, Pops!, Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Stroppy, Marc Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
* SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Doug Wright Spotlight Award (aka "The Nipper")

* Ted Gudlat for Funny Ha-Has (Roads Publishing)
* Dakota McFadzean for Don't Get Eaten By Anything (Conundrum Press)
* Rebecca Roher for Mom Body (The Nib)
* Sabrina Scott for Witchbody (Self-Published)
* Kat Verhoeven for Towerkind (Conundrum Press)

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Pigskin Peters Award

* Leather Vest by Michael Comeau
* New Comics #6-7 by Patrick Kyle
* Intelligent Sentient? by Luke Ramsey (Drawn & Quarterly)
* We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians by Tin Can Forest and Geoff Berner
* Agalma by Stanley Wany (Éditions Trip)

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Go, Look: Sally Cantirino

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Go, Look: An Old Man

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Go, Look: Sabers & Light

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OTBP: New Nonsense

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* hadn't heard about this: Robert Crumb's Art & Beauty, up on a gallery wall (or several). The commentary on a Crumb show from those outside of the direct comics sphere might prove interesting to track.

* Wizard takes another financial hit after briefly getting things in the black a couple of years back. This explains their desire to move into doing concerts at their venue: it fits their throw everything at the wall and see what sticks strategy. I know people like these shows, but it's hard for me to muster much sympathy that they're not able to execute a model for which they created cultural space.

* here's an article about IBM's involvement in Comic-Con's forthcoming subscription TV service. Speaking of Comic-Con, they keep naming Special Guests and good for them -- it's great to see so many creators get a nice weekend representing their work.

* here's what it takes to meet Stan Lee these days, at least with all the stuff thrown in. I'm reminded of Jerry Ford.

* between Tom Gauld and a few other guests like Guy Delisle, it's like Fumetto put on this year's show just for me. Too bad I got nowhere near the place.

* hey, FLUKE poster!

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Go, Look: Frank Miller Draws Batman

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Go, Look: Strangers On Satellite C

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Henry Chamberlain on The Nameless City. Jim Johnson on Divinity II #1. Tom Murphy on Modigliani. Frank Young on Dick Tracy. Annie Mok on Rules For Dating My Daughter.

* go, look: Cortette Maltese.

* Ruben Bolling profiles Mo Willems. That's two fun artists. Dave Richards talks to Al Ewing. Jonah Weiland talks to Bill Sienkiewicz.

* Charlotte Jansen uses this new Art & Beauty show to dig into Robert Crumb a bit.

* I thought this article about Superman was interesting in that it seems to assume a dominant mode of superhero storytelling is the only mode and thus its question becomes how the character fits into that. You can tell any kind of story you want with Superman.

* start here to access Sarah McIntyre on social media.

* finally, I liked this little commercial for the Ed Brubaker Image comics.
 
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April 20, 2016


Go, Follow: Kushkomikss On Instagram

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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DEC151326 KRAMERS ERGOT GN VOL 09 $45.00
There aren't many publishing efforts that get treated as an event, at least not outside some of the more cynical big-publisher efforts. One for the alt-comics world that might still apply is the latest issue of what has been one of the big anthologies of that culture in this century. I liked a lot of the work in the volume. KE is well into its second decade as a major of interest and introspection, enough so that I wonder how much longer the book maintains its more public a-list status despite driving force Sammy Harkham's young age and apparent commitment to being a comics lifer. My inbox indicates people are asking the same questions. I'll be delighted to see it every time one comes out until I'm dead or it is.

imageNOV158431 CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL DEADLY ED MAGAZINE SIZE (MR) $5.99
NOV158430 CRIMINAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL ED (MR) $4.99
DEC150074 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #140 MAIN CVR $3.50
FEB160017 DEPT H #1 $3.99
FEB161633 MADBALLS #1 $2.99
FEB160522 EAST OF WEST #25 CVR A DRAGOTTA $3.50
FEB160523 EAST OF WEST #25 CVR B HICKMAN $3.50
FEB160514 INVINCIBLE #127 $2.99
FEB160529 LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK #1 (MR) $3.99
FEB160859 HOWARD THE DUCK #6 $3.99
OCT150844 KARNAK #3 $3.99
FEB161217 LUMBERJANES #25 $4.99
The anniversary comic for Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Criminal series allows writer Brubaker to work at a deliberate pace -- something he does well. I'm not familiar with most of that series and I found the modest crime story here a lot of fun. Dark Horses gives us the latest issue of its Mignola-Verse, dozens upon dozens of comics into its run, and a brand-new Matt Kindt underwater science fiction comic. Jog's breakdown of the week says that issue of Madballs has a Dan Zettwoch comic in it; I'll check for sure. Twenty-five issues of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's American fantasy adventure series East Of West is worth noting. One reason I enjoy that comic is that it's fearless when it comes to sustaining tone. Invincible is one of the best half-dozen or so series on the market, or so indicates its Eisner nomination. I enjoy that comic but I don't think it's necessarily even on one of its better runs right now. I'm a sucker for a sourcebooks. I think this issue of Howard The Duck reintroduces the duck's longtime running partner/love-of-life Beverly Switzer. I've enjoyed Karnak so far but choose to see much of its tortured worldview and violence as funny rather than cool. Finally, a similar quarter-century issue-number achivement for the Lumberjanes.

FEB160251 ASTRO CITY #34 $3.99
JAN160347 ASTRO CITY LOVERS QUARREL TP $16.99
I'm happy that Astro City, a juggernaut of the 1990s, has a publisher that supports and appreciate the title in a way it has both a serial program and a serial trades one. That's terribly important for projects with a lot of creative life in them but that may have faded just past that juggernaut sales period.

JAN160450 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 07 JOHNNY BOO GOES LIKE THIS $9.99
James Kochalka back doing kids work of the kind he's made aggressively over the last several years. Rumor are we get more of the adult-oriented, mischevious Superstar in future projects, but this is by any measure a signature series for him now.

OCT150451 WALLY WOOD THUNDER AGENTS ARTIST ED PORTFOLIO ED $49.99
This is one of those high-quality image packages rather than something that provides a narrative in a slightly different format. It's hard to convince people now just how much portfolio-type single-images publication was a big part of comics during the 1970s headed into the 1980s. My first comics shop did a terrific business in them.

FEB161441 MURDER BY REMOTE CONTROL GN $12.95
This has to be one of the odder projects the selective reprints-heavy Dover line will ever take on, and up there with the Sam Glanzman and Michael Zulli projects in terms of something that's welcome to see back on stands. This is work by the writer Janwillem van de Wetering and artist/cartoonist Paul Kirchner. I think I purchased it for my mystery-obsessed, comics-fan father at one point, right off the stands of a bookstore.

DEC151492 BAD MACHINERY GN VOL 05 CASE OF FIRE INSIDE $19.99
John Allison scored a couple of Eisner nominations for writing work on the BOOM! project Giant Days, this is the latest book of the webcomics work through which people got to know Allison and were thus so happy yesterday to see him recognized. It's confusing to me why that recognition has been slow in coming.

FEB161490 MEGG & MOGG IN AMSTERDAM AND OTHER STORIES HC (MR) $19.99
Simon Hanselmann's latest... Hanselmann is a prolific cartoonist whose serial and one-shot work always seems to slightly outpace my ability to keep track of what he's up to, so I found work in this one I hadn't seen yet and you might, too.

NOV151648 FLASH GORDON DAILIES HC VOL 01 (MR) $39.99
I thought for a while the space serials might be the last sub-genre to resist the all-encompassing reprint movement of this decade and last, but this volume proves me wrong. If you're buying books for $40, nothing I say is going to convince you either way.

JAN161034 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #1 NEW PTG $3.50
JAN161035 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #2 NEW PTG $3.50
JAN161036 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #3 NEW PTG $3.50
JAN161037 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #4 NEW PTG $3.50
JAN161038 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #5 NEW PTG $3.50
JAN161039 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #6 NEW PTG $3.50
JAN161040 JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC #7 NEW PTG $3.50
Okay, sure. I'm not sure the reasons for this or the market involved, although I'm sure both exist. This is also one of those comics you could argue works best in this format and should always be available this way.

FEB162180 FEARLESS CARTOONISTS GUIDE TO LIFE HC $24.99
Comic-strip survivor Robb Armstrong tells it like it is. As I recall, he's been speaking in front of audience for the bulk of his comic career, so I'm sure this book is very well honed.

FEB161918 GODS LIE GN $12.95
The great joy of going to the comic book shop is getting to pick up work that looks interesting but may not be enough for you to remember it eight months later at a show or order it through the mail -- even when shipping is free. I will be in a local shop looking at this book's interiors by the weekend.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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

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Go, Look: Bjorn

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* CCS students set to graduate will hear a commencement address from Nate Powell. Nate, if you're reading, consider working on some pages while you give the commencement speech: scare the shit out of those kids.

image* Joe Gordon on Mary Wept Over The Feet Of Jesus. James Kaplan on Dept. H #1.

* J Jonah Jameson, insult comic.

* the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has added two first-year print runs of key Arab comics magazines: one from Egypt, one from Lebanon.

* Andrew Weiss on his comics habits in the 1990s, that most terrible of mainstream decades.

* bundled extra: I made a joke on twitter the other day about YouTube stars and their massive audience having comics made about them and then someone sent me this link. It make sense they'd try to do comics with these very popular video makers. I'm not immersed in that culture in a way I can tell you who's who, but they're coming. One thing that's always interesting when comics runs up against something with vastly greater numbers -- fans in the millions, not in the dozens -- is that it should allow us to recalibrate the entire industry and culture according to other values comics may have. It rarely happens.

* I guess just about any return to comics for good ol' Rom would be triumphant.

* finally: on sketchnoting.
 
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April 19, 2016


Go, Look: Dean Sudarsky

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Your 2016 Will Eisner Award Nominees

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The nominations for this year's Eisner Awards were announced earlier today. They are:

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Best Short Story

* Black Death in America, by Tom King and John Paul Leon, in Vertigo Quarterly: Black (Vertigo/DC)
* Hand Me Down, by Kristyna Baczynski, in 24 x 7 (Fanfare Presents)
* It's Going to Be Okay, by Matthew Inman, in The Oatmeal
* Killing and Dying, by Adrian Tomine, in Optic Nerve #14 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Lion and Mouse, by R. Sikoryak, in Fable Comics (First Second)

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Best Single Issue/One-Shot

* A Blanket of Butterflies, by Richard Van Camp and Scott B. Henderson (HighWater Press)
* I Love This Part, by Tillie Walden (Avery Hill)
* Mowgli's Mirror, by Olivier Schrauwen (Retrofit/Big Planet)
* Pope Hats #4, by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse)
* Silver Surfer #11: "Never After," by Dan Slott and Michael Allred (Marvel)

*****

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Best Continuing Series

* Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain)
* Giant Days, by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin (BOOM! Box)
* Invincible, by Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, and Cliff Rathburn (Image/Skybound)
* Silver Surfer, by Dan Slott and Michael Allred (Marvel)
* Southern Bastards, by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour (Image)

*****

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Best Limited Series

* Chrononauts, by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy (Image)
* The Fade Out, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
* Lady Killer, by Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich (Dark Horse)
* Minimum Wage: So Many Bad Decisions, by Bob Fingerman (Image)
* The Spire, by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely (BOOM! Studios)

*****

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Best New Series

* Bitch Planet, by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (Image)
* Harrow County, by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Dark Horse)
* Kaijumax, by Zander Cannon (Oni)
* Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
* Paper Girls, by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image)
* The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson (Marvel)

*****

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Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

* Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion, by Dominque Roques and Alexis Dormal (First Second)
* Little Robot, by Ben Hatke (First Second)
* The Only Child, by Guojing (Schwartz & Wade)
* SheHeWe, by Lee Nordling and Meritxell Bosch (Lerner Graphic Universe)
* Written and Drawn by Henrietta, by Liniers (TOON Books)

*****

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Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

* Baba Yaga's Assistant, by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll (Candlewick)
* Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War, by Jessica Dee Humphreys, Michel Chikwanine, and Claudia Devila (Kids Can Press)
* Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor, by Nathan Hale (Abrams Amulet)
* Over the Garden Wall, by Pat McHale and Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!)
* Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson (Dial Books)
* Sunny Side Up, by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm (Scholastic Graphix)

*****

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Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

* Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova (Yen Press)
* Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, by Don Brown (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
* March: Book Two, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW)
* Moose, by Max de Radiguès (Conundrum)
* Oyster War, by Ben Towle (Oni)
* SuperMutant Magic Academy, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

*****

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Best Humor Publication

* Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory, by Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, and Dave McElfatrick (BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box)
* Deep Dark Fears, by Fran Krause (Ten Speed Press)
* Sexcastle, by Kyle Starks (Image)
* Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, by Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly)
* UR, by Eric Haven (AdHouse)

*****

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Best Digital/Webcomic

* Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
* Fresh Romance, edited by Janelle Asselin (Rosy Press/comiXology)
* The Legend of Wonder Woman, by Renae De Liz (DC Digital)
* Lighten Up, by Ronald Wimberly (The Nib)
* These Memories Won't Last, by Stu Campbell (Self-Published)

*****

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Best Anthology

* Drawn & Quarterly, Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary, Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Eat More Comics: The Best of the Nib, edited by Matt Bors (The Nib)
* 24 x 7, edited by Dan Berry (Fanfare Presents)
* Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Vol. 3, edited by David Petersen (BOOM! Studios/Archaia)
* Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, edited by Shannon Watters (kaBOOM!)

*****

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Best Reality-Based Work

* The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978–1984, by Riad Sattouf (Metropolitan Books)
* Displacement: A Travelogue, by Lucy Knisley (Fantagraphics)
* Hip Hop Family Tree, Book 3: 1983–1984, by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
* Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair With A Famous Cartoonist, by Bill Griffith (Fantagraphics)
* March: Book Two, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW)
* The Story of My Tits, by Jennifer Hayden (Top Shelf/IDW)

*****

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Best Graphic Album -- New

* Long Walk to Valhalla, by Adam Smith and Matthew Fox (BOOM!/Archaia)
* Nanjing: The Burning City, by Ethan Young (Dark Horse)
* Ruins, by Peter Kuper (SelfMadeHero)
* Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen, by Dylan Horrocks (Fantagraphics)
* The Thrilling Adventures Of Lovelace And Babbage, by Sydney Padua (Pantheon)

*****

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Best Graphic Album -- Reprint

* Angry Youth Comix, by Johnny Ryan (Fantagraphics)
* Roses in December: A Story of Love and Alzheimer's, by Tom Batiuk and Chuck Ayers (Kent State University Press)
* The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal Omnibus by E. K. Weaver (Iron Circus Comics)
* Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson (Harper Teen)
* Soldier's Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father, by Carol Tyler (Fantagraphics)

*****

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Best Adaptation from Another Medium

* Captive of Friendly Cove: Based on the Secret Journals of John Jewitt, by Rebecca Goldfield, Mike Short, and Matt Dembicki (Fulcrum)
* City of Clowns, by Daniel Alarcón and Sheila Alvarado (Riverhead Books)
* Ghetto Klown, by John Leguizamo, Christa Cassano, and Shamus Beyale (Abrams ComicArts)
* Lafcadio Hearn's The Faceless Ghost and Other Macabre Tales from Japan, adapted by Sean Michael Wilson and Michiru Morikawa (Shambhala)
* Two Brothers, by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá (Dark Horse)

*****

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Best U.S. Edition of International Material

* Alpha... Directions, by Jens Harder (Knockabout/Fanfare)
* The Eternaut, by Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lòpez (Fantagraphics)
* A Glance Backward by Pierre Paquet and Tony Sandoval (Magnetic Press)
* The March of the Crabs, by Arthur de Pins (BOOM! Studios/Archaia)
* The Realist, by Asaf Hanuka (BOOM! Studios/Archaia)

*****

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Best U.S. Edition of International Material -- Asia

* Assassination Classroom Vols. 2–7, by Yusei Matsui (VIZ)
* A Bride's Story, by Kaoru Mori (Yen Press)
* Master Keaton Vols. 2–4, by Naoki Urasawa, Hokusei Katsushika, and Takashi Nagasaki (VIZ)
* Showa, 1953–1989: A History of Japan, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly)
* A Silent Voice, by Yoshitoki Oima (Kodansha)
* Sunny, by Taiyo Matsumoto (VIZ)

*****

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Best Archival Collection/Project -- Strips

* Beyond Mars, by Jack Williamson and Lee Elias, edited by Dean Mullaney (IDW/LOAC)
* Cartoons For Victory, by Warren Bernard (Fantagraphics)
* The Complete Funky Winkerbean, Vol. 4, by Tom Batiuk, edited by Mary Young (Black Squirrel Books)
* The Eternaut, designed by Tony Ong (Fantagraphics)
* Kremos: The Lost Art Of Niso Ramponi, Vols. 1-2, edited by Joseph P. Procopio (Picture This/Lost Art Books)
* White Boy in Skull Valley, by Garrett Price, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)

*****

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Best Archival Collection/Project -- Comic Books

* Frank Miller's Ronin Gallery Edition, edited by Bob Chapman (Graphitti Designs/DC)
* P. Craig Russell's Murder Mystery and Other Stories Gallery Edition, edited by Daniel Chabon (Dark Horse)
* The Puma Blues: The Complete Saga, by Stephen Murphy, Alan Moore, Michael Zulli, Stephen R. Bissette, and Dave Sim (Dover)
* Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: The Don Rosa Library Vols. 3–4, edited by David Gerstein (Fantagraphics)
* Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales, edited by Craig Yoe (IDW)

*****

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Best Writer

* Jason Aaron, Southern Bastards (Image), Men of Wrath (Marvel Icon), Doctor Strange, Star Wars, Thor (Marvel)
* John Allison, Giant Days (BOOM Studios!)
* Ed Brubaker, The Fade Out, Velvet, Criminal Special Edition (Image)
* Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image)
* G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel (Marvel)

*****

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Best Writer/Artist

* Bill Griffith, Invisible Ink: My Mother's Secret Love Affair With A Famous Cartoonist (Fantagraphics)
* Nathan Hale, Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor (Abrams)
* Sydney Padua, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace And Babbage (Pantheon)
* Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree Vol. 3 (Fantagraphics)
* Noah Van Sciver, Fante Bukowski, Saint Cole (Fantagraphics)

*****

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Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

* Michael Allred, Silver Surfer (Marvel); Art Ops (Vertigo/DC)
* Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls (Image)
* Erica Henderson, Jughead (Archie), Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Marvel)
* Joëlle Jones, Lady Killer (Dark Horse), Brides of Helheim (Oni)
* Nate Powell, March Book Two (Top Shelf/IDW)

*****

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Best Painter/Multimedia Artist

* Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Tiger and Love: The Fox (Magnetic Press)
* Colleen Coover, Bandette (Monkeybrain)
* Carita Lupattelli, Izuna (Humanoids)
* Dustin Nguyen, Descender (Image)
* Tony Sandoval, A Glance Backward (Magnetic Press)

*****

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Best Cover Artist

* David Aja, Hawkeye, Karnak, Scarlet Witch (Marvel)
* Rafael Albuquerque, Ei8ht (Dark Horse), Huck (Image)
* Amanda Conner, Harley Quinn (DC)
* Joëlle Jones, Lady Killer (Dark Horse), Brides of Helheim (Oni)
* Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree (Fantagraphics)

*****

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Best Coloring

* Laura Allred, Lady Killer (Dark Horse); Silver Surfer (Marvel); Art OPS (Vertigo/DC)
* Jordie Bellaire, The Autumnlands, Injection, Plutona, Pretty Deadly, The Surface, They're Not Like Us, Zero (Image); The X-Files (IDW); The Massive (Dark Horse); Magneto, Vision (Marvel)
* Elizabeth Breitweiser, The Fade Out, Criminal Magazine, Outcast, Velvet (Image)
* John Rauch, The Beauty (Image); Batman: Arkham Knight, Earth 2: Society (DC); Runaways (Marvel)
* Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, BPRD Hell on Earth, Fight Club 2, Frankenstein Underground, Hellboy in Hell, Hellboy and the BPRD, (Dark Horse); Sandman: Overture, Twilight Children (Vertigo/DC), Captain America: White (Marvel), Space Dumplins (Scholastic Graphix)

*****

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Best Lettering

* Derf Backderf, Trashed (Abrams)
* Steve Dutro, Blood-C, Midnight Society, Plants vs Zombies (Dark Horse)
* Lucy Knisley, Displacement (Fantagraphics)
* Troy Little, Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Top Shelf/IDW)
* Kevin McCloskey, We Dig Worms! (TOON Books)

*****

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Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

* Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
* Back Issue, edited by Michael Eury (TwoMorrows)
* Comic Riffs blog by Michael Cavna (Washington Post)
* Hogan's Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes (Hogan's Alley)
* Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)

*****

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Best Comics-Related Book

* Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America, by Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics)
* King of the Comics: One Hundred Years of King Features Syndicate, edited by Dean Mullaney (IDW/LOAC)
* Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts, by Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear (Abrams ComicArts)
* Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer, by Martha Fay (Abrams ComicArts)
* Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel, by Paul Levitz (Abrams ComicArts)

*****

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Best Academic/Scholarly Work

* The Blacker The Ink: Constructions Of Black Identity In Comics And Sequential Art, edited by Frances Gateward and John Jennings (Rutgers)
* Boys Love Manga And Beyond: History, Culture, And Community In Japan, edited by Mark McLelland et al. (University Press of Mississippi)
* Graphic Medicine Manifesto, by M. K. Czerwiec et al. (Penn State University Press)
* Superheroes On World Screens, edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (University Press of Mississippi)
* Unflattening, by Nick Sousanis (Harvard University Press)

*****

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Best Publication Design

* Beyond the Surface, designed by Nicolas André, Sam Arthur, Alex Spiro, and Camille Pichon (Nobrow)
* The Eternaut, designed by Tony Ong (Fantagraphics)
* Eventually Everything Connects, designed by Loris Lora, Sam Arthur, Alex Spiro, and Camille Pichon (Nobrow)
* King of the Comics: One Hundred Years Of King Features Syndicate, designed by Dean Mullaney (IDW/LOAC)
* Only What's Necessary: Charles M. Schulz And The Art of Peanuts, designed by Chip Kidd (Abrams ComicArts)
* Sandman Gallery Edition, designed by Graphitti Designs and Josh Beatman/Brainchild Studios (Graphitti Designs/DC)

*****
*****
 
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Go, Look: The Many Ghosts Of Dr. Graves Cover Images Gallery

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Go, Read: Paul Karasik Remembers William Hamilton

Paul Karasik remembers the recently deceased, one-time New Yorker mainstay in a blog post found here. One thing that's great about looking at classic New Yorker cartoons in terms of a greater understand of comics as a whole is that it was a venue that rewarded multiple modes of expression and put the spotlight on a form that relied on delicate interplay between text and picture. Thus a lot of the cartoons are master classes in that particular element of comics -- what some scholars still hold is comics' defining element.
 
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OTBP: John Wilcock, Vol. 1

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Úlcera from Czap Books, previewed. The creators are Puiupo and Adonis Pantazopoulos. That one looks very handsome.

image* that Tetris book from Box Brown has a UK publisher: SelfMadeHero.

* Johanna Draper Carlson notes there will be an eighth volume in the English translation of Vinland Saga. That would catch American readers up to Japanese readers.

* the only thing less trustworthy than projected-out Amazon.com listing is projected-out Amazon.com listings that encompass the December in any calendar, because a lot of loose project are shoved into December that don't really have a chance to come out. But as a general list of books that are being planned or were being planned, doing a search is a lot of fun. I didn't know (or had forgotten) New York Review Comics had a Dominique Goblet planned. Not sure where we stand with collections of Tomie, but that's a work worth owning. Jonathan Barli goes high (in the sky) concept, in what should be a gorgeous book called The Gaze Of Drifting Skies. I knew that Fantagraphics had planned a re-release of Bhob Stewart's Wally Wood book with re-done art direction, and I'll be happy when that comes out whenever that might be. This Sarah Ferrick book looks intriguing. Buz Sawyer is one handsome strip, and I'm glad these volumes continue but I won't count on them until they're actually published -- I have a feeling that's a tough sell. There are a bunch more, but the next Isabel Greenberg should be of high, high interest. As I recall, her first book came out at the end of a calendar year as well.

* finally, Brian Lee O'Malley released some preview imagery for Snotgirl, the ongoing (!) he's making with Leslie Hung.

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Go, Look: Joe Rabon

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Go, Look: The Heap

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Sara Varon.

* this Colleen Doran tweet drove me to this article over at Bleeding Cool. I have never been a fan of the giant, garish display at conventions, let alone the swiping and digital manipulation of art passed off as anything but exactly that. Now that we have all of these cons and festivals I think we can work on them becoming better experiences.

* I always enjoy video of cartoonists making comics, like this one by Katie Skelly.

* finally, I don't really know what's going on here, but I approve.
 
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April 18, 2016


Go, Look: Pablo Vigo

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Go, Look: Michael Hacker

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Go, Look: Savi-Bunny

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Go, Look: Three Ways To Disappear

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

imageBy Tom Spurgeon

* Brigid Alverson has a nice write-up about the GoFundMe campaign to provide assistance to Caanan Grall and his family. Grall is the creator of the webcomics Max Overacts. He has a brain tumor. I hope that you'll read the article and help out if you can.

* that nice man and veteran cartoonist of great skill Steve Lieber would like you to know that Jesse Hamm has a patreon, and that it's a crowd-funding mechanism well-suited to what Hamm does.

* Maryanne Rose Papke looks like a project organzier that could use a boost, now past the halfway point in her crowd-funder. Wes Molebash looks like he's in good shape to close out his own Kickstarter project in the next several days.

* finally, this Kickstarter campaign for She Changed Comics will likely end at six to seven times what was originally asked.
 
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Go, Look: Breakup Comics

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Go, Look: New Cartoon Laughs

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Grant Goggans on Goldtiger. Sean Gaffney on Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro Vol. 5. Joe Gordon on Black Panther #1. Alex Hoffman on Frontier #11. Steve Foxe on Saints. Emma Stef (or Stef Emma) on Tu n'as rien a craindre de moi. Charlotte Reber on Nimona. Brian McNamara on Poe Dameron #1.

* Leah Ly writes about finding meaning and purpose within comics culture and its attendant communities. Here's Alice W. Castle on the same site (different day) writing about her life being changed by Captain Marvel.

* festivals extra: Dylan Meconis has some advice for you regarding your convention set-up.

* Paul Hoffman talks to Robbie Thompson. Katie Schenkel talks to Christopher Jones.

* looks like Matt Lubchansky isn't particularly taken with either Mr. Sanders or Mrs. Clinton.

* finally, Sean Kleefeld surveys the reprint collections part of the industry, in broader-than-usual terms.
 
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April 17, 2016


Go, Look: Little Corvus Draws

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Go, Look: William Rudling

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Go, Look: 1960 Superhero Cover Fan Tracings

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Go, Look: American Legion Magazine Cartoons

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If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This

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FFF Results Post #451 -- Match Game

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On Friday, CR readers were instructed: "With Tony Millionaire Serving In The Bottom Middle Slot Usually Inhabited By Richard Dawson, Name Five Funny-On-Their-Feet Comics Creator Match Game Panelists In The Order You'd Have Them: Three Across The Top; Two On The Bottom On Either Side Of Millionaire." This is how they responded. (They were also told "Bonus Points" for themed offerings...)

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Whit Spurgeon

* Jaime Hernandez
* Dame Darcy
* Trina Robbins
* Seth
* Sergio Aragones

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Andrew Mansell

1. Evan Dorkin
2. Kelly Sue Deconnick
3. Dustin Harbin
4. Roz Chast
5. Chrissie Zullo

*****

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Chip Zdarsky
2. Mimi Pond
3. Chip Kidd
4. Meghan Turbitt
5. Kate Beaton

*****

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Dave Knott

I reckon a panel composed of members of "The Usual Gang Of Idiots" would do well.

1) Dick DeBartolo - A ringer. He used to write for The Match Game!
2) Sergio Aragones
3) Frank Jacobs
4) Peter Kuper
5) Bill Wray

***Bonus Points***

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Oliver Ristau

I had to watch Match Game on YouTube to get an idea what it was about.

1. Brandon Graham
2. Anna Haifisch
3. Alex Degen
4. Gina Wynbrandt
5. Anne Simon

While at the drawing boards, Jack said to Steve, "I don't have much confidence in this publisher. I just saw the editor and he had a ______ sticking out of his pocket."

***Bonus Points***

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Michael Grabowski

1. Kim Thompson
2. Dame Darcy
3. Evan Dorkin
4. Aline Kominsky-Crumb
5. Lisa Hanawalt

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Tom Cherry

1. Evan Dorkin
2. Cathy Guisewite
3. Sergio Aragones
4. Amanda Conner
5. Gail Simone

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Jamie Coville

1. Mark Evanier
2. Sergio Aragones
3. Chip Zdarsky
4. Katie Cook
5. Evan Dorkin

*****

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James Moore

1. Warren Ellis
2. Rebecca Sugar
3. Matt Fraction
4. Spike Trotman
5. Jeff Smith

*****

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Stephen Harrick

1. Drew Friedman
2. Kelly Sue DeConnick
3. Sina Grace
4. Michael Kupperman
5. Kate Leth

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Jeet Heer

1. Anne Ishii
2. Lynda Barry
3. Dan Nadel
4. Dave Sim
5. Scott Adams

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Buzz Dixon

1. Sergio Aragones (Team Groo)
2. Mark Evanier (Team Groo)
3. Stan Sakai (Team Groo)
4. Scott Shaw! (started his career as an underground cartoonist)
5. R. Crumb (self explanatory)

*****

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Scott Dunbier

1) Mike Mignola
2) Maggie Thompson
3) Zander Cannon
4) Kyle Baker
5) Evan Dorkin

*****

thanks to all that participated and a double thank-you to those whose choices allowed me to use ancient photos like that one of Zander Cannon from 2005 or otherwise unusable ones like that one of Mark Evanier

*****
*****
 
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April 16, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Opening Up A Package From Chris Ware


No One Loves A Scandal Like A Cartoonist


French TV Report -- In English, Naturally -- Of Gado's Situation


Watch Pat Bagley Draw


Joel Pett Lectures
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from April 9 to April 15, 2016:

1. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum acquires the Jay Lynch collection, as major an acquisition as there has been in quite some time.

2. Emerald City and SPACE drive a weekend of comics shows that announce, once and for all, that we're well into the 2016 season.

3. Carol Tyler wins the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize, one of the latest prizes to announce and one of the few to recognize Tyler's monster book Soldier's Heart. The prolific, prodigious Boulet won the on-line iteration. Both receive cash prizes.

Winner Of The Week
A tie between Tyler and the cartooning prize program smart enough to recognize her.

Loser Of The Week
The idea that a movie rating is worth a press release and the resulting series of yes-sir articles. Either these characters are legitimate vehicles for different approaches or they're not. The weird thing is I remember The Killing Joke being a problematic work but not a particularly profane or dirty one.

Quote Of The Week
"The winner of the Best Print Comic prize is Carol Tyler for her momentous Soldier's Heart: The Campaign to Understand My WWII Veteran Father (Fantagraphics), a collection of Tyler's three mournful, angry, beautiful memoirs about her dad, Chuck Tyler, his experiences on the European front in World War 2, and the PTSD -- or 'soldier's heart' -- that affected not just the rest of his life but his daughter Carol's as well." -- Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize press release.

*****

this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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Go, Look: Rosemary Valero-O'Connell

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Go, Look: Darwyn Cooke's Wonder Woman

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If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were Near Shrewsbury, I'd Go To This

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April 15, 2016


Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Acquires The Jay Lynch Collection

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Columbus, Ohio's Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has announced its acquisition of the Jay Lynch collection.

The press release claims the donation is of
"... 250 cubic feet of manuscript materials, original art, underground comix, merchandise from Lynch's work at Topps, and letters from R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, and other icons of the popular culture dating back to 1956. Additionally, the collection is home to an extensive number of fanzines and college humor magazines, often offering the earliest look at work from Harry Shearer, Art Spiegelman, Gilbert Shelton, and more. Also in the collection are some famous (and infamous) publicity campaigns, including groundbreaking satirical work such as Oingo Boingo's anti-clown movement, Ed Sachs's Irreverent Newsletter, Alan Abel and Buck Henry's Society for Indecency to Naked Animals press releases, and early press kits from Jay Ward Productions."
That Lynch kept so much personal material should provide a boon to all future scholarship about the underground comix movement.

Jay Lynch was a crucial figure in underground comix best known for his editor/creator status at Bijou Funnies and for his creations Nard n' Pat. He served as a vital part of the rich Chicago traditions in underground publishing and counter-culture satire more generally. Lynch was also a key figure in some of the parallel acts of creation to the undergrounds with the Topps Company and at MAD. More recently he's created work for Françoise Mouly's kids-comics book line TOON.

Lynch turned 71 this year.
 
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Go, Look: Lucas Varela

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Go, Look: Walter Wysoski

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Collective Memory: SPACE 2016

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of SPACE, held April 9-10 at the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Con Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Daniel J. Hogan
* Hot Cakes Comics
* Jason Yungbluth 01
* Jason Yungbluth 02
* Nola Lee
* No Need for Bushido
* Pam Bliss
* Plus Dog Collective
* Sean Kleefeld
* Tom Williams 01
* Tom Williams 02

Facebook
* Event Listing For Saturday Night Afterparty
* Festival Page
* Ken Eppstein

Miscellaneous
* Event Listing For Friday Night Pre-Party 2015

Photos
* Mike Laughead 01
* Mike Laughead 02
* Mike Laughead 03
* Mike Laughead 04
* Mike Laughead 05
* Mike Laughead 06
* Mike Laughead 07
* Mike Laughead 08
* SPACE Photo Album On Facebook
* Spitball Kids
* Steve Peters
* Truth Dart 01
* Truth Dart 02
* Truth Dart 03
* Truth Dart 04
* Truth Dart 05

Twitter
* Festival Account

* Amalia DeGirolamo
* Caitlin Zellers 01
* Caitlin Zellers 02
* CCAD
* Sophie Goldstein

Video
* Documentary About 2007 Show
* Richard Ketterjohn

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Go, Look: Natasha Allegri

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Bad Machinery, which has perhaps the strangest readership profile in comics with this very specific audience attending such a broadly appealing strip, is now on GoComics.com. If you haven't had the pleasure, dive in.

* an appreciation of the mighty Homestuck, just completed. If you haven't heard of it, conventional wisdom says you will 5-10 years from now as it's cited as a formative influence for more traditional comics you're reading. Here's The Beat. Here's Morgan Wick. Here's Gary Tyrrell. Congratulations to Andrew Hussie.

* "we've got XKCD comic creator Randall Munroe is here."

* finally, Faith Erin Hicks spends a part of this LA Times interview mentioning the strengths of on-line serialization as a creative strategy, something which she's very familiar.
 
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If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Santa Monica, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Amy Scott

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Johanna Draper Carlson on Adulthood Is A Myth. Todd Klein on BPRD: Hell On Earth Vol. 11. Sean Gaffney on Not Lives Vol. 1. Johanna Draper Carlson on Real Account Vol. 1. Miwa Messer on Rosalie Lightning. Jake Shapiro on Universe So Big #2.

* this is one of those comics-historical things so weird my brain shuts down from too many jokes being processed at the same time.

* various members of team Trouble With Comics write about falling out of love with a creator. For such a question to be possible, there must be some line of thinking out there that loving an artist in comics is forever, and I can kind of see that as being a thing.

* Henry Chamberlain talks to Faith Erin Hicks. J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to Calista Brill. Jerry Smith talks to Tony Isabella.

* by request extra: Noah Van Sciver has a Patreon now. Or I just found out about it.

* that little stuffed bull Bully has evidence of Ladronn drawing J. Jonah Jameson -- I had no idea that character was never drawn by Jack Kirby. It's one of those things that's surprising but you also sort of go, "You know, nothing springs to mind out of all the Kirby images I have in my head." I'm assuming most of you are like me and have thousands of Kirby images in your head. Speaking of JJJ, Brian Cronin notes that Jameson initially paid Peter Parker a lot more money than your memory might say he did.

* finally, how to make money as a cartoonist: real estate.
 
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April 14, 2016


Go, Look: Angela Boyle

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Go, Look: Slugnuts

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Go, Look: The Curse

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Collective Memory: SPACE 2016

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of SPACE, held April 9-10 at the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Con Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Daniel J. Hogan
* Hot Cakes Comics
* Jason Yungbluth
* Nola Lee

* No Need for Bushido
* Pam Bliss
* Plus Dog Collective
* Sean Kleefeld
* Tom Williams 01
* Tom Williams 02

Facebook
* Event Listing For Saturday Night Afterparty
* Festival Page
* Ken Eppstein

Miscellaneous
* Event Listing For Friday Night Pre-Party 2015

Photos
* Spitball Kids
* Truth Dart 01
* Truth Dart 02
* Truth Dart 03
* Truth Dart 04
* Truth Dart 05

Twitter
* Festival Account

* Amalia DeGirolamo
* Caitlin Zellers 01
* Caitlin Zellers 02
* CCAD
* Sophie Goldstein

Video
* Documentary About 2007 Show
* Richard Ketterjohn

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Go, Look: Michael Fehskens

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Johanna Draper Carlson digs into CCI's announcement they'll be launching a subscription TV service.

* Pittsburgh, one of our great cities for general geekdom and a comics creator hotbed, has one of those comics-culture shows this weekend.

* I'd say with Emerald City and SPACE out of the way, the season has begun. I've only talked to a couple of dozen people about this, which a terrible sample size, and I know a lot of grumps and gadflies, but the early season return seems to be pre-burnout and a sort of jaded attitude about what the shows can do for a comics person. It feels to me like we're at the beginning of a trend where a greater percentage of pros than the previous generation has checked out of shows that won't make them a special guest, and I think sales coverage is such now that I'm not sure convention sales are as significant a wow-factor as even three years ago. That doesn't mean that's everyone's experience. You read enough ECCC tweets and for some people it's 2009 all over again and the joy at meeting their people, and selling some art, and buying some back -- it's all contagious. But I do wonder that as most things in comics are cyclical what the convention surge cycle is going to look like. I can't imagine it means a whole lot of people doing nine to eleven shows for too many more years.

* that's a darkly hilarious lead-in to this: it's the last day you can apply to exhibit at the 2016 iteration of the show with which I'm involved. You can start from the front page and scroll down a bit for the form. That's mid-October, and I will endeavor to help put on a good, rewarding show for those that attend, exhibit and grace us with their guesterly ways. CXC has an academic symposium component this year, with a fun topic that's sure to appraise one of my career highlights (TCJ #210) poorly, but it's all in the service of greater understanding and Jared Gardner is bound to show all you academics a solid time.

* The Beat notes that a convention green room crasher case is based on an erroneous ticket price point, and points to an article about convention green rooms more generally. I hadn't thought about it before, but I guess those kinds of rooms take on a whole new importance for celebrities of the kind that within seconds might get mobbed by 20-30 people that caught on to their presence in public.

* I don't remember a music act headlining a Wizard show before, but their basic set-up is strangely inclusive for its tendency to throw a handful stuff at a wall every five minutes to see what sticks. I would have probably flipped out if a music act I liked played one of the shows I went to as a kid, although I'm not sure the ELO stage set could have fit in the Travers Room at the Holiday Inn in Broad Ripple.

* finally, last night I received an e-mail saying a con in Rhode Island secured the special-guest services of Stan Lee, but I was too afraid to open up the attachment.
 
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If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In SF, 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: Craig Lambert Carlson

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Kleefeld writes about the example of Jack Kirby, and examples in general.

* Antony Esmond on Patience. Todd Klein on Astro City #32. Sean Gaffney on Attack On Titan Vol. 18 and Nichijou Vol. 1. John Kane on a bunch of different comics. Johanna Draper Carlson on Honey So Sweet Vols. 1-2. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Godzilla In Hell. Michael Buntag on Black Panther #1. Jerry Smith on a variety of comics. Alex Hoffman on Real Account Vol. 1. Sean Edgar on Seven To Eternity.

* Four-Color Shadows does a fun thing where they run an original 1950s story and then a neutered 1970s version. In this case there's also a lot of fun Joe Maneely art to check out.

* the folks at Brooklyn Paper Radio talk to Dean Haspiel about his latest, hyper-local comics work.

* finally, Todd Klein on the four George Kleins.
 
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April 13, 2016


Go, Look: Marina Girardi

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Go, Look: Various Pieces Of Gene Colan Original Art

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Go, Look: Fun Jim Flora Cartoon

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OTBP: Vision Quest

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Go, Look: Stu Rase

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

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Go, Look: Covers Featuring Deathlok

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Log Horizon: Game's End Vol. 2. Todd Klein on Down The Mysterly River. Paul O'Brien on All-New X-Men #4-7. Bob Temuka on Watchmen. That's right: Watchmen. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Star Wars: Chewbacca. Michael Buntag on Zodiac Starforce.

* by request extra: Andy Oliver would like to have some words with you about Rozi Hathaway's crowd-funder.

* deaths, rebirths, etc. It's a weird thing to promote.

* Fun Home and Habibi hold down the comics portion of the most-challenged list released to help celebrate National Library Week. I can't even imagine the mindset it takes to challenge someone's art. You know what I used to get in the library at my high school? Jane's Defense Weekly. Hard to think of a reading experience more fucked up than that.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to George O'Connor. Annie Mok talks to Eleanor Davis. Gil Roth talks to David Leopold about Al Hirschfeld. Hirschfeld's one of the most interesting artists we get to claim when we explore an expanded view of what comics are and what they can do.

* I'm grateful for Mark Evanier's focused interests in comics that we get this piece on Leonard Brenner.

* finally, I wanted to pull Sean Kleefeld's CAKE report out a little early just because I saw him at the show. That's not a very good reason, I know.
 
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April 12, 2016


Go, Look: Matthew Daniel Swan

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Bundled Extra: Koyama Press Announces Fall 2016 Slate

Well-loved, widely-respected alt-comics publisher Koyama Press would like to interrupt your current enjoyment of early Spring with a Criswell-like look at the books coming out Fall 2016. Well, maybe anti-Criswell, since these should all come true.

Highlights include a collection of Steve Wolfhard's Cat Rackham comics, the return of Walter Scott's Wendy character in Wendy's Revenge and the first book by industry veteran and all-around funny person Jessica Campbell. Perhaps the biggest arrow in this particular quiver is John Martz following up his well-received, honors-achieving A Cat Named Tim And Other Stories with Burt's Way Home.

Here are the covers and each book's core information.

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* Cat Rackham, Steve Wolfhard, 978-1-927668-38-2, 124 pages, September 2016, $19.95.

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* Exits, Daryl Seitchik, 978-1-927668-34-4, 220 pages, September 2016, $15.

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* Hot Or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists, Jessica Campbell, 978-1-927668-33-7, 64 pages, September 2016, $10.

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* Wendy's Revenge, Walter Scott, 978-1-927668-35-1, 256 pages, November 2016, $18.

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* Birthmark, Nathan Jerevicius, 978-1-927668-39-9, 108 pages, November 2016, $19.95.

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* Laurels Of Xenon, Ryan Dodgson, 978-1-927668-36-8, 68 pages, November 2016, $19.95

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* Burt's Way Home, John Martz, 978-1-927668-37-5, 48 pages, November 2016, $17.95.

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Go, Look: Lucy Knisley's Re-Imagined Xena The Warrior Princess For TV Rebooting Fun

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Not Comics: Jack Teagle's Classic Wrestling Paintings

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Missed It: Annie Mok Interviews Michael DeForge

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* nice to see the Superfuckers coming back. As much as Kochalka is known for his kids material by certain segments of the comics-reading publicist, I'll always think of him as a potty-mouthed deconstructionist.

image* the cartoonist Simon Moreton writes about his current project, Minor Leagues, which includes comics, illustration and prose. He has photos of some of the pages, such as the one at left. That first issue really doesn't qualify as publishing news now that it's here, but I'm projecting he continues in this vein for a while.

* there was a big run of news stories featuring mainstream comics over at i09, which I somehow managed to miss on the other mainstream comics news avenues. It looks like Marvel will do a new comics narrative featuring the Jessica Jones character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos and shown off to great effect for mostly pleased audiences that caught the first Netflix series season. With Batman getting a new costume it makes sense that Superman would, too. I get that you don't want to do the old shorts because it just looks like out of another century as circus tights -- and it is out of another century at this point -- but I don't think they have it all the way down yet. There will be a comic book featuring the character Negan from the Walking Dead series. I never thought about it before, but I suppose a lot of people like that character. It looks like they're pulling apart the Superman character and comics with the latest DC relaunch, which I would think might make sense. The New 52 version of the character never came together for me as its own distinct entity; he seemed like a running commentary on vague dissatisfaction with the old version.

* finally, Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell announced their 2018 book Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me over at the LA Times.

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

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Go, Look: 1990s X-Men Pin-Ups

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Zainab Akhtar on Hubert. Richard Pachter on a bunch of different comics. James Whitbrook on Vision #6 and Poe Dameron #1. Alex Hoffman on The End Of A Fence.

* Sarah McIntyre goes to bat for librarians.

* Susan Karlin profiles Tom King.

* what Periscope Studio looks like ECCC weekend.

* not comics: old-school Marvel licensing in the form of X-Men watches. Dave Cockrum's art always look pretty great focused on a single character.

* I quite like this Dr. Fate cover.

* not comics: Frank Santoro recommends this video about the music industry as a precursor of things that will happen to comics.

* finally, here's a comics anthology accepting submissions. I don't remember how that one got into my bookmarks folder, so apologies to whomever had it first.
 
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April 11, 2016


Go, Look: Aurelien Maury

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OTBP: Mineshaft #33

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Go, Read: Professional Comics-Maker Anecdote Storytime

* Jack Kirby snubs Bob Kane to finish his conversation with two young fans.

* Tony Millionaire calls the police.
 
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Not Comics: Stephen Riley

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Go, Read: Weldon, Evanier On Batman's Gay Subtext

Here are Glen Weldon and Mark Evanier on the subject of Batman's gay subtext. As Weldon presents it the subtext is as important as its own thing, in addition to be a component of how folks might want to negotiate the cultural value of the character in its entirety.

One thing I think is interesting here is the basic split between approaches: the idea of authorial intention and reader interpretation. The latter gets a different spin than you might say in many cases of text analysis because the character exists in a way that runs parallel to his employment as a narrative tool, and fan appropriation likely works far differently than more straight-forward interpretations of text.
 
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Go, Look: Anna Sellheim And Tillie Walden's Planned Parenthood Comics

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* congratulations to Team Retrofit.

* I'm assuming Julia Wertz could still use people buying stuff from her store in order to build up a fund for moving out of the apartment from which she was evicted. Also, you should send me $5 to never again write sentences that poorly structured.

* Wes Molebash has a crowd-funder that seems to be percolating along just fine, but could still use your attention.

* two comics-publishing entities that make frequent use of crowd-funding have projects up still accepting money after meeting initial goals: Digital Manga, Studio Foglio.

* Maryanne Rose Papke is local to me, which is a nice function of these site's search scripts.

* if I'm reading this page correctly, you can still get on board with this crowd-funder at this late date, which has a charitable purpose (assisting Norm Breyfogle).

* finally: well, this has killed.
 
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Go, Look: Jetlag

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Go, Look: Those Great Linda Pardee Drawings

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Paul Karasik on Gast. Noah Berlatsky on Black Panther #1. Scott Cederlund on Paper Girls Vol. 1 and Archie Vol. 1.

* not comics: I sure hope comics festival don't start doing this.

* here's a collection of original designs for a dozen comics characters.

* I know there were people at MoCCA Fest over 25, but I haven't seen any photos of them yet.

* Tim Hodler talks to Richard Sala.

* I like the variety of art on display in this post about superhero battles for DC's all-time big team book.

* finally, I've never seen this Hugo Pratt drawing before.
 
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April 10, 2016


Go, Read: Guts

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Assembled Extra: Outhousers Announce Launch Of Alternative Free Comics Day With Devoted Web Site

imageHere's the PR from the news and commentary site The Outhousers about their providing a digital platform for free comics distribution on-line, targeting those publishers unable to participate in the Direct Markets tiered, structured, curated Free Comic Book Day promotion. They're calling theirs "Alternative Free Comics Day."

The site itself is here. Although the lack of clarity as to the mechanism for inclusion in the FCBD strikes me as silly -- it's potentially harmful and brings little to no positive gain -- I actually have no problem with either the notion of Direct Market institutions limiting participation in some of their programs or people providing an alternative. If you're not participating in the comic shop program and have a book you'd like to be seen for free, I can't imagine it hurting to get that work these extra eyeballs. It might help. It might be key. In fact, some of the barriers to participation in the brick-and-mortar event involve sunk costs in terms of both the effort involved and what the stores pay, and this barely has the first and doesn't have the second.
 
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Go, Look: Sacha Goerg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Go, Look: The Robert E Howard Memorial Portfolio, Featuring Art By Barry Smith

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April 9, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Kaz At The Warhol


Civil War 2 Covers Come To Life, Marvel PR Claims


Benedict Cumberbatch Shopping At JHU On Day Of NYC Doctor Strange Filming


Draw My Life: Tanmoy


The Cartoonist-Doctor Is In
 
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OTBP: Joe Sparrow's The Hunter

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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from April 2 to April 8, 2016:

1. Gado plans to sue his longtime employer for unlawful termination. Gado worked for Kenya's Daily Nation for 23 years.

2. Major new grant announced at Image Expo, co-sponsored by a number of renowned creative talents.

3. Ted Rall plans to sue the LA Times for unlawful termination and a variety of other charges.

Winner Of The Week
Comics, for that new grant. If we can get something with that same sentiment once a year for five years, imagine the transformative good it could do.

Loser Of The Week
Daily Kenyan

Quote Of The Week
"I'm black. I'm from West Baltimore. I've lived in black communities all my life; it's the experience I know. I can't help but pull from that. It's a part of me, but I think the notion that by writing out of an African American experience, it necessarily means no one else will want to see it -- that's probably a false dichotomy. So, I would say: 'Yes, it is "for us,"' but in the course of being 'for us,' it becomes for everyone." -- Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Go, Look: Anna Selheim

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

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

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If I Were In Iowa City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: Barry Smith's Unpublished Kull Art

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April 8, 2016


Go, Look Alexandre Kha

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Go, Look: Sea Devils Images

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Festivals Extra: One Thing About SPACE In Columbus

SPACE, the comics convention that's seven minutes from my house, takes place this weekend. I spent about a dozen years living in a town where the nearest comic book shop was two hours and 20 minutes away, so I will never take for granted having a full-on small-press convention close enough that if necessary I can use the bathroom in my home.

If my wish for ECCC is that more comics professionals become attuned to and make use of that great city's downtown -- a downtown slightly unfamiliar to me these days -- my wish for SPACE is that people take at least one of their meals away from the lovely food trucks provided and hit one of the restaurants on nearby Morse road. It's easy to find a half-dozen worthy places to chow down where one can easily imagine comics people at every table, although only one -- the Vietnamese of those I'm about to list -- has ever found any traction with the post-SPACE crowd.

* African Paradise Restaurant -- although one review says they have gender-based seating? I've only had carry-out and I did not do the carrying out, so I could not say.
* Dabakh Resturant -- this site is really freaking loud, so turn off your sound.
* Huong Vietnamese Restaurant
* La Michoacana -- a restaurant within a grocery store, sporting a full bar.
* Little Dragons Chinese Restaurant
* Namaste Indo-Nepali Cuisine

One thing about which I occasionally talk with all my other old friends that work in comics is that the shows are really crowded now, with programming that stretches from early in the morning well into the night and intense pressure to do work-related dinners and see everyone you can possibly see in a hotel bar that looks like all the other cons' hotel bars. It's hard to think back to 20 years ago when San Diego con-goers might decide to go to Tijuana and see some wrestling -- and then go and do it. In 1996 a few of us went across town to a seaside comedy show recommended by our dinner waiter. It takes me 40 minutes to cross the street there these days, and I already know where I'll be each night in July.

I love all the camp-comics stuff, I really do, and when I was in my mid-twenties there was a genuine thrill to being in the same room as all the super-established pros and feeling like I was part of the village and maybe not even the idiot. Still, there's a joy to be had in striking out on your own, pulling a half-dozen people with you, and seeing something within the town you're visiting: a restaurant row, a brewery back-garden, a coffee-house owned by a guy who remembers brick streets and buying Jack Kirby Fantastic Fours from a spinner rack. It's one way to forge relationships with the human part of the artists you're meeting, as opposed to their public personalities and professional profiles. If you're going to be around for a while, it can help.
 
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Go, Look: Adam Meuse

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* one of the grand old gentleman sites of the comics Internet returns.

* I hadn't noticed that Dustin Harbin was doing diary comics again until the other day when I ran across one in my Facebook feed. I think those comics are well worth reading, and I particularly enjoy that he's not sticking to a rigorous schedule and thus seemingly letting the work dictate its own creation.

* The Beat has a report up from a digital comics roundtable at the recent C2E2 show.

* finally, TopatoCon 2 will be free. I think that show has a chance to do extremely well over the next decade.
 
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If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: The Skull Of Silence

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Dueben finishes up his oral history of Wimmen's Comix with a second part. Part one is here. Hard to imagine anything more fun if there's some Friday afternoon downtime at work today than to dig into those two giant and welcome posts.

* here's an awards program about which I know nothing; there are a lot of good cartoonists on their short list, though.

* Aug Stone profiles Hanco Kolk. Evan Narcisse profiles Ta-Nehisi Coates. J. Caleb Mozzocco talks to James Sturm.

* Chris Arrant profiles Comic Book Women.

* I hope things turn out well for this guy. I sometimes wonder about the karmic debt comics owes all those people lied to about the medium's collectibility.

* I don't know how I ended up there, but these kind of platitude-driven articles about a damaged industry like publishing fascinate me because they make profit from a banal pivot away from real pain.

* finally, Matthias Wivel on that horrible Charlie Hebdo editorial.
 
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April 7, 2016


Go, Look: Rachael Smith

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Go, Look: Various Mark Schultz Cover Images

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Go, Look: Trungles

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* one of the final "first events" of the calendar year, Emerald City Comicon dominates downtown Seattle. That's a fine show, well-run, and with some smart administrative touches like mostly separating the comics stuff from the Hollywood stuff in a way that allows the comic book stuff to feel like its own thing.

* I don't know what downtown Seattle is like anymore, not really, but I know that Seattle's history as an urban center has been in some ways about finding a balance between corporate/national and local businesses. Do yourself a favor and don't eat anything in a mall, or anything you know also has locations in a mall. Don't drink chain coffee -- get your hotel people to direct you to something a bit more homegrown, even if it's only a bit. There are things within walking distance that are as close to real Seattle things as anything that was there in 1989, you just have to look a bit. That's way too great of a city for there to be a convention/city disconnect at its big comics show.

* I heard this show had good energy in 2015 and the video would seem to confirm it. That's an interesting part of the country for artists to visit right now, too. I hope I can go this year.

* the Chicago Zine Fest just did their big press e-mail in terms of "here we are/he we come" so the web site for the late April show might deserve some special, recurring attention from those interested.

* this is great: Steve Bissette found an advertisement for the 1997 Comic-Con International.

* finally, I went to PIX over the weekend. I thought the show was pretty strong, but the crowds were not all that great. I got to see Bill Griffith teach a 90 minute class and enjoyed that a great deal. I even got to meet Kaz! I'll try to upload some photos in the space below later on this morning.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Cimmeria

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* JA Micheline talks to Ta-Nehisi Coates. I haven't read all of the Coates coverage, but I really liked that piece. I'm glad for the rest of the Black Panther creative team like Brian Stelfreeze -- whose work is pictured at right -- to share in some of that spotlight.

* apropos of nothing, I really love the series of Tony Fitzpatrick's visual poems in the slideshow you can access from this article.

* congratulations to the ladies and gentlemen involved with the Retrofit crowd-funder on making their initial goal. That was one hell of a last five days.

* Jon M. Sweeney on Mary Wept Over The Feet Of Jesus. Rachel Cooke on Hubert. Wim Lockefeer on In China.

* I did not know about this oral history of Wimmen's Comix.

* finally, Barry and Leon talk MoCCA. Spring at last!

 
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April 6, 2016


Oto Reisinger, RIP

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Image Expo: Karen Berger Appears; Many Books Announced; Quite The Crowd

Right now, like you, I'm keeping track of the twitter stream emanating from the place. I really do think that Expo is one of the good ideas a company has had in like a decade -- you dominate the news cycle, you give the talent the thrill of being treated like the big-time artists they are, and you have access to a database made up of hardcore, sit-in-a-seat, day-off-of-work fans.

Analysis tomorrow!
 
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Go, Look: Sea Witch

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By Request: Buy Things From Julia Wertz Before She's Evicted From Her Comics-Famous Apartment

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The cartoonist Julia Wertz will be evicted from her home of more than 10 years later this Spring. You can help by lightening her load and taking merchandise off her hands, and paying for that merchandise with money that will then be used to facilitate her move.

Wertz has a ton of things she sells, which should make lending her a hand that much easier. I hope you'll consider it.
 
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Go, Read: Ben Schwartz's Profile Of Peter Arno

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this profile has been a long time coming, and Schwartz is a very talented writer
 
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Festivals Extra: Eisners 2016 HOF Voting Ends Thursday

Eisner Awards Administrator Jackie Estrada sent out the follow press release reminder that voting for the Eisner Awards is going to be over come Friday.
Voting Ends Thursday for Eisner Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO -- Voting in the 2016 Eisner Awards Hall of Fame ends Thursday, April 7. The 14 nominees are Lynda Barry, Kim Deitch, Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Bill Griffith, Matt Groening, Jack Kamen, Francoise Mouly, George Pérez, Antonio Prohias, P. Craig Russell, Rumiko Takahashi, Jacques Tardi, and Herb Trimpe. More information on the nominees can be found on the Eisner Awards web site.

All voting is online. To vote, you must be a professional working in the comics or related industries as a creator (writer, artist, cartoonist, colorist, letterer), a publisher or editor, a retailer (comics store owner or manager), a graphic novels librarian, or a comics historian/educator. Eligible voters can visit www.eisnervote.com to register (or to sign in if they have voted in the past) and then select up to four picks in the Hall of Fame category.

The nominees were chosen by a judging panel consisting of journalist/reviewer Brian Doherty, comics writer/editor Danny Fingeroth, retailer Jason Grazulis (BSI Comics, Metairie, LA), librarian Jason M. Poole (Webster Public Library, Webster, NY), Comic-Con International board member Natalie Powell, and academic/scholar Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

The Eisner Awards will be presented at a gala awards ceremony to be held on July 22 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. Jackie Estrada is the Eisner Awards Administrator.

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The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are presented under the auspices of Comic-Con International, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.

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That should be interesting, as it's not dominated by fan-favorite superhero creators. At the same time, the non-superhero creator are all pretty evenly matched.
 
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OTBP: This Is Sadie

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Go, Look: Em DeMarco

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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FEB161497 5000 KM PER SECOND HC $22.99
I have this book on my desk. It's super gorgeous. My brother is visiting and he snatched it up to read first and enjoyed it very much. This was a big award winner in Europe a few years back -- it's almost several years back at this point -- and a I recall is not autobiography but starts with some autobiographical grounding before going off in new directions.

imageFEB160736 BLACK PANTHER #1 $4.99
FEB160842 BLACK WIDOW #2 $3.99
FEB160573 DARK CORRIDOR #7 (MR) $3.99
JAN160607 PROPHET EARTH WAR #3 (MR) $3.99
FEB160612 WALKING DEAD #153 (MR) $2.99
FEB160561 WICKED & DIVINE #18 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.50
FEB160562 WICKED & DIVINE #18 CVR B MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.50
FEB160436 AMAZING FOREST #4 $3.99
FEB160041 BALTIMORE EMPTY GRAVES #1 $3.99
JAN160136 LOBSTER JOHNSON FORGOTTEN MAN ONE SHOT $3.50
JAN160235 BATGIRL #50 (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
Big week for pamphlet comics. The Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin Black Panther has a chance to be good. Coates is a talented writer that always does the work, has a really intriguing and idiosyncratic love for culture which should fold itself into the character, and Marvel has surrounded him with veterans. I always liked that character, too. Great basic design. Black Widow is the other Marvel comic I'd pick up this week. Rich Tommaso's Dark Corridor ends with #7; he's off to She-Wolf. I've been putting aside the Prophet: Earth War material until I had a few issues, so I should be devouring that soon. Walking Dead continues its latest storyline with a more recent and very popular character taking center stage again. The Wicked + The Divine is in that sweet spot for comics where it's fervently liked but not in such a broad fashion that its adherents become sick of it quickly and move on to something else. I don't see why they can't stay in that place for a long while. Amazing Forest is the beautiful every-issue-a-different-artist book, and I enjoyed the first three. There are two from the Mignola-verse including a Lobster Johnson one-shot that's sure to look great, and finally, there's good ol' Batgirl, the superhero with the most compelling post-New 52 character development journey.

FEB160652 WICKED & DIVINE HC VOL 01 YEAR ONE $44.99
This is lovely-looking enough that two people commented on it at the coffee shop. One thought it was a book of spells, which intrigued me because I sort of see creators Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie as counter-intuitive creators of the Gene Colan variety. Like Colan's primetime mainstream work at Marvel, the style and look and tone of the books that they do in this series and others is completely different, to its credit. There are a lot of young people that will have positive, formative experiences with this trade.

OCT150280 ABSOLUTE TRANSMETROPOLITAN HC VOL 02 (MR) $125.00
DEC150368 SWEET TOOTH DELUXE ED HC BOOK 02 (MR) $29.99
OCT150968 DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER OMNIBUS COMPANION HC NEW PTG $100.00
This is three different approaches to collecting mainstream-published material designed for an elite customer. It's all admirable work, too, that I own in some form or another. I always think of prestige collection as a game that almost comes down to selling one-to-one, and with the margins, it really works out.

DEC150215 WONDER WOMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 01 $22.99
I'm a big fan of the Wonder Woman character in a way that seems slightly out of step with the way the character is utilized by its publisher and their corporate owners. I just sort of like all the stuff about the character, from Wonder Tot to Etta Candy to the "building women's shelters" phase. I think almost all of it works. That's not an insult directed at passionate fans, I'm just lucky enough that my interest in the character manifests itself in a more way. I have almost no interest in this book, though, at least not on its surface. Grant Morrison is a primetime comics creator with a mixed record when it comes to reinterpreting these kinds of characters. I'm sure I'll catch up to it.

imageFEB161705 ODYSSEY OF SGT JACK BRENNAN GN $19.95
I'm super-curious about this one, a retelling of The Odyssey with a framing sequence of US marines by an author with whom I'm unfamiliar from a major publisher of major comics (Pantheon). This is part of the reason why brick and mortar comic shops are so, so important.

FEB160836 AMADEUS CHO GENIUS AT WORK TP $7.99
I would imagine this is work about the new bearer of the Hulk powers cherry picked from previous appearances, but not a ton of them at that price. I haven't caught up with the Hulk material, but I liked the character just fine in the Hercules run they did. I'm always glad that a new group of kids will be able to see themselves in a superhero, because that was super-easy and always fun for me when I was younger and those comics were the world.

OCT151303 WHISPER CAMPAIGN TP $50.00
This is related to monies being raised for the artist Norm Breyfogle after a stroke hit the side of his body with which he practiced his craft. Whisper was an early major character in 1980s independent (genre comics from non-mainstream publishers) comic books. I wish the project and its target beneficiary all the luck in the world.

FEB161666 HILDA & MIDNIGHT GIANT TP $10.99
This is a paperback of the visually impressive, well-liked book by Luke Pearson, which I would say is about a half-decade in our rearview window as a hardcover. You should want them all.

FEB160984 RACHEL RISING #41 $3.99
FEB161275 REGULAR SHOW #34 $3.99
JAN161234 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #16 $3.99
FEB160358 STAR TREK ONGOING #56 $3.99
FEB161611 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #230 $5.99
The slack-jawed dope part of me spends an awful lot of time on these lists consistently amazed by how many comics of certain titles have been published. Some of that is how I impressed or surprised I am that a certain title reaches certain numbers, but a lot of it is that I'm older now, so entire worlds of comics delight their fans and provide employment for artists and writers without my taking notice of them. I promised one day I would just keep track of which comics brought in a low whistle that way, and the above tis the result.

FEB161842 BIRDSONG STORY IN PICTURES HC $12.95
FEB161843 REAL POOP ON PIGEONS HC $12.95
Two from Toon. Birdsong isn't just thematically pair-able with the one with the word "Poop" in the title, it's one of those Toon Books where we get another book from a not-always prolific cartoonist snuck in through the side door. In this it is cartoonist and comics educator James Sturm, working in a form of visual storytelling with which I was unfamiliar before picking up his book.

JAN161942 ALTER EGO #139 $9.95
JAN161944 BACK ISSUE #88 $8.95
DEC151090 BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #21 (MR) $5.99
Three comics magazine I try to read whenever I see them, while Jog tells me in his superior comics-out column that the latest issue of the CBLDF magazine Defender is out as well. The Fund-related one is a freebie. I probably still get the most out of Alter Ego of the three here, but if you count Defender that's the one into which I place the most value.

FEB162034 SETH CONVERSATIONS SC $25.00
This is another one of the artists interview compendia, which I rarely enjoy but now take some comfort in that some of the on-line material will be saved that might go away forever otherwise. I think Seth asked that I submit one of our interviews for the book, and I'm guessing if this had been done I would have complied.

FEB161059 CHAINMAIL BIKINI ANTHOLOGY OF WOMEN GAMERS (MR) $20.00
The final stage in a popular Kickstarter project is that we all notice when copies make it out into one of the key secondary marketplace for them. In this case it's Chainmail Bikini, an anthology of comics about female gamers, and the secondary market (sort of like for gaming once upon a time) is the comic book shop. There are a lot of interesting cartoonists involved with this one, and I would buy a Hellen Jo covered book if the interiors were just a series of insults flung at me, one a page.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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Go, Look: Laura PallMall

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Go, Look: Roy Krenkel Illustrating Sowers Of The Thunder

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gil Roth talks to Phoebe Gloeckner.

* in his CBR column, Joseph Phillip Illidge writes about the DC Comics "Rebirth" initiative from a greatly different perspective than I've been offering, moving away from lack-of-execution arguments and citing a series of from the former DC universe in the form of various line-wide efforts from the last dozen or so years. His most interesting point to me is an argument that DC lacks hands-on female decision-makers of import and sway.

* not comics: Kirby imagery in The Parallax View.

* the writer Marguerite Abouet is up for a "strong voices in literature" award that focuses on Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Arab world. Looks like it will be announced at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

* Pete Redrup and gang on a variety of comics.

* finally, if you're perceiving time like I am these day, 2008 was five minutes ago. Here's the Secret Acres perspective on the year of Obama.
 
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April 5, 2016


Go, Look: Claire Scully

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Go, Look: Tom Devlin Picks Panels He Likes From The New Chester Brown Book

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OTBP: Little Ripper

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Go, Look: Jonas Goonface

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the comics academic Brian Cremins sent along some information about Keiler Roberts' cover design for his book Captain Marvel And The Art Of Nostalgia.
"Keiler's included a lot of allusions in her design: the photos over the desk are all based on pics of my grandparents during World War II (I use my grandfather's experience in the Army War Show as historical counterpoint to Billy Batson's attempt to join the Army in the summer of 1942); the dress on the bed is based on the design of one my grandmother is wearing in one of those old photos; and of course on the desk you see the Mr. Tawny doll and a version of Beck's cover for Whiz #22."
The book is due in early '17 from University Of Mississippi Press.

* here's a lengthy article from James Whitbrook about various permutations of the forthcoming Civil War 2 project. I don't how much information you can glean from something like that about the relative quality of the story to be told, but you can frequently interpret which characters are perceived to have value by the company.

* I goofed up the timing on this one, but here are two solid-sounding announcements from IDW's Top Shelf: Cigarette Girl and The Jekyll Island Chronicles. The first one is by Masahiko Matsumoto and features an introduction by the late Yoshihiro Tatsumi.

* finally, Vile #1 previewed.

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

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Go, Look: Night Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Chris Thompson talks to Derf.

* by request extra: Francois Vigneault is taking commissions before setting out on the road, where if possible he'll hand-deliver it to you.

* SAW is now accepting applications for its year-long program.

* they're coming.

* James Whitbrook on Black Panther. James Kaplan on The Fix #1. Mark Streeter on Big Kids.

* Ted Key's Hazel, for a while a top five comics crossover property, is up on its feet again.

* Gary Tyrell writes about a new XKCD strip installation.

* Chuck D, teen sports cartoonist.

* finally, check out this Richard Sala drawing.
 
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April 4, 2016


Ken Barr, RIP

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Jonah Weiland Sells Comic Book Resources

PR here. I'll take a second look at that later on when the dust settles to see if there's anything weird and/or interesting that should be analyzed -- it's a brand new baby of a story, though, in the announcement stage. Weiland declared in a concurrent Facebook post it was time to move on after 21 years, which makes it sound like it's a get-out-from-under sale and not just a bring-in-new-money deal.

I've had a really cordial relationship with Jonah over the years, one that I valued. I thought he did a professional, caring, responsible job with what at times has to be a high-annoyance, high-pressure gig. Weiland never said so but I know of two past publications that had that top-of-industry mantle where the pressure by big publishers to run the news a certain way for their support to continue and deepen proved deeply unpleasant.

I never thought of Jonah as a lifer, so I'm glad to see him off and pursuing new opportunities. Then again, he's a Clippers fan, and who knows what the hell people like that are thinking ever.

Good luck, Jonah, and thanks. You can have your intern leave the keys to your San Diego Con boat in my mailbox.
 
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Go, Look: Choi Juhyun

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Go, Read: That Asinine Charlie Hebdo Editorial

Here. There's a shit-ton of stuff that's fascinating about this, but the essay itself, featuring the pairing of sweeping cultural condemnation with PC-victimhood, struck me as broadly ill-informed, self-aggrandizing and noxious. The worldview presented is an ugly one. I looked five times to see if it came out on April Fool's Day.

I get the tendency to want to find systemic causes for horrible events and I get that everyone deep down thinks they're Camp North Star, but the content of this essay set my teeth on edge. It's awful. It's possible a few more readings might yield something other than that initial opinion, but I'm doubtful. I sure as hell don't feel like reading it again.
 
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Go, Look: Mathew New

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Festivals Extra: CCI Hotel Reservations Go Live Tomorrow

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Comic-Con International has sent out its hotel reservation-day letter. I'm really excited because for five years I've missed noticing this and then I sit around pretending it's not important.

Also, is this a new booking company? Like I said, I've been kind of out of it.

Here's the letter that was sent:
Please find below the link to access the OnPeak Housing landing page for Comic-Con International 2016 hotel room requests. OnPeak is the official housing provider for Comic-Con.

Around 6:00am Pacific Time on April 5, 2016, you may copy and paste this link into your browser and join the on-line waiting room: https://cci.onpeak.info

Or you may call OnPeak starting on April 5th, at 9:00am Pacific Time:

1-877-55-COMIC (1-877-552-6642) or 212-468-5283.

To avoid delays during the request process please look at our hotel page in advance at http://www.comic-con.org/cci/hotels. Be sure to look at the hotel PDF and choose your top six hotels before housing opens, as you will be required to select exactly 6 hotel choices.

* The waiting room will open on Tuesday, April 5th, around 6:00 AM Pacific Time, you cannot enter the wait room before that time. Entering the waiting room early will not increase your chances of getting a room.

* Form submission by web or phone starts at 9:00 AM PACIFIC TIME.

* Entering the waiting room after the 9:00am form submission period has started will decrease your chances of getting a room.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Comic-Con International
As someone who helps with a show now and has as result been doing some digging into how hotel reservations work, I've become newly impressed with the way Comic-Con works with the downtown San Diego hotels to make as many rooms available as they do. I used the con system for years, and while there were a lot of frustrations, I also got a lot of great rooms that way: more room than which I've ever been assisted by any other show.

One thing I'd recommend is knowing your hotels ahead of time -- as they suggest in the letter -- so you can fill in that information rapidly. I also suggest getting everyone in your group to participate, and for at least one of you to cheat the time by five to 10 minutes because as much as there are protests this won't work, sometimes it does.

As far as what hotels you should choose, I think closer is always better, although as a younger man I appreciated the break from the show that came with a hotel up on Broadway, a feeling that's only intensified with how freaking stuffed with people the areas in immediate proximity to the convention center have become. In fact, the hotel in which I've stayed the most frequently is the Westin Gaslamp. I don't know of any outright deficient hotels on their list.

See you all down there in July. I'll be the guy not able to walk across the street because I'm not willing to injure the people in front of me (I don't mind people being injured; I just know I'll be really tired).
 
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Go, Look: Katie Wheeler

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the Retrofit crowd-funder is in God's hands now. Well, it's in the hands of Zorkon, God Of Comics, anyway. I hope they make it, although that would be a top five close-out in terms of what I've seen if it ends in their favor. The image is of the Luke Howard book they're offering.

* there's new Shary Flenniken as part of this crowd-funder. Yow.

* here's a project from the new comics capital of the world, North Hollywood.

* Digital Manga is near meeting its initial goal on its latest crowd-funder, and the CBLDF has crushed with I think their first. I received a little over a half-dozen e-mails and Facebook messages curious about implications of the latter campaign, and I hope address it further in a forthcoming post -- the Fund's Charles Brownstein is traveling for about two weeks, and unable to spend a bunch of time with questions.

* Wes Molebash is a familiar name, and I didn't see a bunch of familiar names this week at Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. Well, not to me. I am old.

* still a couple of days to get on that Dinosaur Arsonist crowd-funder.

* finally, Julia Wertz is selling a variety of different original art pieces. Start here.
 
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Go, Look: Kelsey Beckett

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Go, Look: 95th Birthday Party For Al Jaffee

This recent event at Sardi's celebrating the great cartoonist Al Jaffee's 95th birthday looks like a lot of fun. Even the Guinness Book Of World Records showed up -- via a citation for the length and relentless nature of the cartoonist's career, not in judgment of the quality of the party.

One of the amazing things about our creators in their nineties is they help us reflect on the length of time the comics industry has been around -- in most senses, a length of time less than the age of those people. They're also a window into the professional worlds in which they thrived that are direct and occasionally clear.

More importantly in Jaffee's case, he's had a distinguished career in addition to a lengthy one, and any opportunity to celebrate his accomplishments should be embraced.
 
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If I Were Near JHU, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: MW Kaluta Illustrating Swords Of Shahrazar

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I enjoyed this page that Carol Tilley posted via Facebook.

* Guillermo del Toro praises Daniel Clowes.

* my longtime friends and current Seattle cartooning mainstays Greg Stump and David Lasky are teaching another comics course. I would recommend that class if all it mean was you got to watch those two interact.

* here's a call for entries for a Wonder Woman-related art show. This isn't an endorsement, as I have no idea what the baseline standards for this kind of art show might be. Consider this a "there it is."

* not comics: we have weird standards for giant movies now.

* here's news of a Jaime Hernandez/Mike Sterling FCBD team-up.

* finally, here are Jeffrey Lewis' favorite comics.
 
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April 3, 2016


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

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Go, Look: Hello Colleague

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Go, Look: Seth Goodkind

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Go, Look: Marc Palm

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Go, Look: Joe Davidson

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Go, Look: Bobby Mono's Crappy Comics

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Go, Look: Gina Siciliano

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Go, Look: Syd Bee

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If I Were Near Dayton, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Was In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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

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April 2, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Trailer For New Matt Kindt Book


Caitlin Rose Boyle Interviewed


Frank Santoro On Arsene Schrauwen


Bill Boichel On Harry Lucey


2014 Video About Comic Books For Beginners
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from March 26 to April 1, 2016:

1. Benoît Peeters loses his home in a massive apartment-building explosion in Paris.

2. Comics moves further along through an intense multi-week Spring con season with indie shows in New York and Pittsburgh.

3. DC Comics unpacked its latest line-wide relaunch with a big panel at last weekend's WonderCon. I have a heard time discerning major differences between these comics and what DC's currently publishing, but my distance from those comics may render a lot of changes imperceptible that are a big deal to readers of that material.

Winner Of The Week
Comix Experience and all the quarter-century plus comic book stores.

Loser Of The Week
Peeters. It sounds like it could have been so much worse, but one has to imagine losing a home like that is devastating. All positive thoughts to him.

Quote Of The Week
"I will get BBQ sauce on EVERY COMIC I TOUCH tomorrow at #MoCCAFest2016." -- Gil Roth, noting the proximity of this year's show to Daisy May's BBQ.

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this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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Go, Look: Cooper Whittlesey Tagged On Tumblr

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Go, Look: Sail

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If I Were Near Dayton, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Was In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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

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

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April 1, 2016


Go, Look: Ivan Brun

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Benoît Peeters Loses Home In Paris Gas Explosion

I received a note from Bart Beaty that the comics-maker and critic Benoît Peeters lost his home in the Paris gas explosion that ripped through an apartment building today. It injured somewhere between five and 17 people, according to which wire story you're reading. Peeters was not home at the time.

As a comics creator, Peeters is best known for his work with François Schuiten on the series Les Cités Obscures, which began in 1983, and for his collaborations with Frédéric Boilet. In addition to his criticism in prose, he's also written novels and biographies.

The cause of the fire was a gas leak that led to the explosion of a stove. Both the fire and the resulting damage provided dramatic visuals.
 
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Go, Look: Adam Vick

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* there is little I like more than Gary Tyrrell's look at comics shows from a webcomics perspective. That a show can be analyzed in terms of component participation makes it always seem a little bigger and grander. Here he talks MoCCA Festival.

* new web site for Library Of American Comics coming. That's been strong content-wise for a long while, so I'm glad to see them pay attention to the other aspects of it.

* the Broken Frontier anthology goes digital.

* finally, it's great to have Jessica Campbell back actively doing comics. She's posting them on-line in anticipation of a book from Koyama Press.
 
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If I Was In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Neal Obermeyer

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Superman #48.

* go listen: "Religion And Comic Books: A Tangled Web."

* festivals extra: Linework NW has added a boutique retailer to its convention line-up; they'll be in the basement of that nice neighborhood hall facility they use. Arts festival tend to stay away from retailers, but I think there are actually two strategies that would work: a retailer selling alt- and handmade comics, and a retailer selling well-curated mainstream comics for cheap.

* by request extra: that Retrofit crowd-funder has moved into its final seven days. They're about 3/5 of the way there. It's still possible: just about anything over 33 percent going into the last week has a shot. Still, what they need right now is pledges, not analysis. I hope it works out for them.

* finally, please know that the great Bill Kartalopoulos will be taking submissions for the Best American Comics series all weekend at MoCCA Festival.
 
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