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June 26, 2017


Go, Look: Diego Lazzarin

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Go, Read: Derf's Reminder That New Healthcare Programs Could Have Devastating Effect On Comics

The Beat was smart enough to pick up on Derf's recent note that more restricted healthcare could have a drastic effect on a comics community that depends on many of its younger artists taking some measure of financial risk. It's a game-changer for sure.

Take note of the dissenters in the comments section. Many of them have no clue that Derf is a successful cartoonist and call some version of sour grapes. The overall negativity may surprise some. Not me. A significant sub-group of comics fans has long had a negative view of anyone criticizing what many feel are dream jobs, end stop. I think it's an orientation that would be to comics' advantage to change.
 
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Go, Look: Ivy & Mervin

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* here is today's reminder that Marc Arsenault could use a hand due to business disruption caused by a sudden, severe health matter.

* from Jillian Tamaki comes word about the building that hosts Koyama Press and a bunch of other artists and their support frameworks may be lost to those arts-related tenants due to the appeal of making more public money from the property. That's a terrible thing to happen to a city with a vital arts scene, and it happens everywhere. It looks like anyone from anywhere can sign this petition.

* here are some of the people whose projects on Kickstarter caught my attention this week: Ally Shwed, Ursula Murray Husted, Hope Nicholson, Beehive Books, Kel McDonald and these nice folks. I imagine there are more.

* finally: I'm usually less familiar with IndieGoGo artists and comics-makers than I am with their equivalents on Kickstarter. No Idea why that is. However, I'm familiar with JT Yost, and this project looks like one readers of this site might want to know exists.

 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Battle Of Sexes At Workplace Cartoons By Frank Modell Illustrating A Kathy Matthews Book

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* go, read: "Image Of Youth."

* Susan Ferrier Mackay profiles Merle Tingley, aka "Ting."

* the cartoonist Michael DeForge has been tweeting out fun drawings of Yuri!!! On Ice characters, but I can never find the exact tweet that starts a thread without it being changed so here's his twitter account more generally.

* Matthew Thurber picks 10 cartoonists every art lover should know. That's great because it's a fun list, with at least one cartoonist I hadn't thought of in a long while, and you get to know how Matthew Thurber's head looks a little bit.

* Clifford Meth, who was a great beneficial force in the life of artist Dave Cockrum before his passing, writes about recent potential film/TV news.

* finally: it's difficult not to enjoy a picture like this one.
 
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Happy 40th Birthday, Tite Kubo!

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Bob Weber Sr!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Frank Candiloro!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Tom DeFalco!

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June 25, 2017


Go, Look: Secret Life Of Gitmo's Women

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Go, Look: June 1977 Mainstream Comics Covers

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If I Were Near Birmingham, 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 Near Worcester, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2017

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June 26
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

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July 1
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 8
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were Anywhere In The UK, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 9
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 14
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 15
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (SLCZF)

July 16
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For August 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 88th Birthday, Eric Carle!

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FFF Results Post #479 -- Always

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Characters From The Comics You Like In At Least Two Variations Of Their Distinct Look." This is how they responded.

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Evan Dorkin

1. The Beast (human, beast)
2. Skeezix (toddler, young boy, etc)
3. The Sandman (striped shirt and pants, gimmick costume)
4. Alec MacGarry (younger, older)
5. The Sleeper (flying Red Skull head, combined robot)

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Steve Replogle

* Superman (Siegle and Shuster's Golden Age original, Morrison's New 52 revamp)
* Conan (Barry Windsor-Smith, Buscema and Alcala)
* Jimmy Olsen (Kirby 1970, Grist 2001)
* The Spider (Cowan and Bunn 1965, Grist 2001, Albion 2005)
* Alan Moore (Cerebus #239, The Simpsons #407, ABC 64-Page Giant)

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Buzz Dixon

1. Luke Cage (Yellow Disco Shirt and Bullet-proof-black-man-in-a-hoodfie)
2. Batman (Rainbow Batman and Jungle Batman)
3. Iron Man (Roller Blading Iron Man and Hulkbuster Armor)
4. Hulk (Tuxedo Hulk and Planet Hulk)
5. Bizarro (Original look and wearing a JFK mask)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Black Panther (The Kirby Original And The Sleek Standard From The 1970s)
2. Thing (Lumpy, Rocky)
3. Hopey Glass (Teen, Recent)
4. Hulk (Gray, Green)
5. Linus (Baby, Little Kid)

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Scott Stewart

1. Iron Man (original gray, Ditko redesign)
2. Marvel's Captain Marvel (Colan look, Starlin look)
3. Daredevil (Everett original, Wood redesign)
4. Sandman (Flessel, Simon & Kirby, Gaiman)
5. Superman (Shuster, Boring, Swan - not radical redesigns, but distinct)

... and one I hate: Adam Strange (modern version replacing classic Infantino look.

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Marc Arsenault

1. Robotman (original & Morrison Doom Patrol version, Young Animal version; and, on the Brave & The Bold as voiced by Henry Rollins)
2. Ant-Man (Original labcoat, big black circles and cyber helmet, Marvel Feature Mike Friedrich Red Shirt/White pants, MCU)
3. Steve Ditko's Captain Atom (Yellow and red & Blue/red/silver)
4. Tintin (Blue sweater, Brown Jacket)
5. Brainiac 5 (original purple coveralls, animated circles on head)

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Andy Mansell

1. Rerun (Bike passenger, underground comix artist)
2. Robotman (DP Original, Rich Case-extra weird upgrade)
3. Flexible Flynn (Tired classic, upgraded)
4. Paste Pot Pete/ The Trapster
5. Hobbes (Calvin's view/ everyone else's)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Darna (Mars Ravelo's original and Arnold Arre's 2000 version)
2. Prez (Teen-aged original by Simon & Grandenetti as well as the elder Preston Rickard by Russel & Caldwell)
3. Wildfire (The Bates/Cockrum original and Mike McKone's update)
4. Storm (Wein/Cockrum original and '80s mowhak version)
5. Punisher (the superheroish white gloves 'n boots version, also the more realistic variation established later)

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Sean Rogers

1. Buddy Bradley (slacker, junkyard owner)
2. James Corrigan (1890s, 1980s)
3. Calvin (T. rex, Spaceman Spiff)
4. Superman (Superduperman, Bizarro)
5. Waldo (Mishkin's, Jack Schick's)

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Chad Nevett

1. Thor (Kirby original costume, Dauterman unworthy Odinson look)
2. Cyclops (Regular visor, X-shaped visit/mask)
3. Superman (Eradicator Superman, Cyborg Superman)
4. Cerebus (Barbarian, dying old aardvark)
5. Vanth Dreadstar (hoodie, spandex costume)

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Roger Langridge

1. Dan Dare (original uniformed pilot, Dave Gibbons/2000AD's SF hero)
2. Jimmy Olsen (skinny bow-tied version, Jack Kirby's version)
3. Paul Kirk, Manhunter (Kirby's 1940s version, Goodwin & Simonson's ninja)
4. Hugo Tate (stick-figure, fleshed-out human)
5. Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (early WWII horror/Nazi version, later funny version)

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Mário Filipe

1. Buddy Bradley (Slacker and Suburban Sailor)
2. Hellboy (Adult, Junior)
3. Spider-Man (Classic, Black Costume)
4. Hulk (Mindless Hulk banished to The Crossroads, Joe Fixit)
5. Matthew Cable (self-destructive human in Saga of the Swamp Thing, Dream's Raven in The Sandman)


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June 24, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Scenes From A 1974 Comics Convention
 
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Go, Look: Downsize Your Problems Away!

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If I Were Near Birmingham, 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 Near Worcester, I'd Go To This

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Happy 69th Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Russ Maheras!

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June 23, 2017


Go, Look: Images From Michael Cho's City Book

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Brendan Wright Wins Most Intriguing-Sounding New Comics Job

Here. Congrats to the former Dark Horse mainstay and more recent helping-to-define-the-category freelance editor. That is certainly an exciting and underserved audience.
 
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Go, Look: Ghost Rider Splash Pages

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Alex Hoffman is starting to write profiles of crowd-funding projects at his on-line review hub. That could end being very interesting.

* Colleen Etman talks to Maripaz Villar.

* in my perfect world, every tweet is its own story.

* finally, here's a generationally-focused essay on the importance of webcomics.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Empress Of Belzar

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on HEDRA.

* this is a nice story I keep wanting to spotlight, but for whatever reason this week has been hell on feature stories: Ariell Johnson has received a sizable business grant in support of her burgeoning, Philly-area store. This will allow them to fold into the store's regular operations some classes aimed at the store's business with indy comics and small press.

* finally, here's another one from Mike Mignola's fun, early mainstream period.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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June 22, 2017


Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Frank Santoro

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By Request Extra: Marc Arsenault Could Use Some Help

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The retailer, publisher, artist, editor and art director Marc Arsenault -- a significant figure in the history of small press comics -- could use a hand following a surprise surgical procedure. I hope you'll consider joining me in making a donation. Marc currently runs Alternative Comics which means he likely publishes a cartoonist you love or someone that inspires a cartoonist you love. I hope things return to normal for him soon.
 
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Go, Look: Molly Kiely's Site

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this weekend is much more quiet than last weekend, but last weekend was probably the busiest single weekend of the year. I hope to fully catch up by Sunday with the stuff I've gleaned staring at that full calendar.

* this music/comics festival is coming up. I don't know how those two mix -- you attend music shows mostly for performance and you attend comics shows mostly for consumer opportunities -- but the contrast in the might play well. I can't imagine doing as many shows as someone like Cameron Stewart seems to do, and I don't even work at the shows I attend.

* one of the great things about San Diego Con is that it forces comics professionals to deal with their place in the wider entertainment industry firmament, hopefully in a positive way. I look at an article like this one so obsessed with celebrity and spectacle it suggests standing around outdoors and hanging out in hotel lobbies as a way to pass time, and I can't imagine giving up my show of cartoonists panels, old funnybooks and getting to see speak at least three or four legends of an art form I love.

* finally, I suppose that "comic con" could be a theme for your non-related business to embrace. Why not?
 
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Go, Look: Short Ribs

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Go, Listen: Joe Ciardiello On Virtual Memories

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Hillary Brown talks to Simon Hanselmann. Tobias Carroll talks to Gail Simone & Cat Staggs.

* Abraham Riesman writes an article about the kids-comic part of the comics industry in a way that gives significant attention to Raina Telgemeier and manga, which is a rare thing, unfortunately. Jeff Smith, Jenni and Matt Holm, Gene Luen Yang, they're all in there.

* Landry Q Walker writes a response to maybe that article, maybe a couple of other ones. No matter the case, it's interesting.

* that's a nice way to celebrate the King's 100th, I guess. I have a hard time figuring out if things like that are widely meaningful or meaningful in a focused way or just more noise. I'm pretty sure it beats not getting that specific recognition. It's also still weird to see Disney accommodate the Marvel stuff as Disney stuff, but I guess 50 years from now there's a chance no one sees that distinction.

* finally, here's an old-school profile of a writer and a gig: Steve Orlando and one of the Justice League books.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Ali Farzat!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Phil Elliott!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Eric Reynolds!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Kevin Fagan!

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Happy 80th Birthday, RC Harvey!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Armando Gil!

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June 21, 2017


Go, Listen: Josh Bayer On Process Party

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Not Comics: Chef's Holiday Illustrations by Roger Duvoisin

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Go, Look: The Midnight Monster

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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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APR171238 KING CAT 77 $5.00
John Porcellino's mini-comics master series slipped back into Direct Market distribution a few issues ago -- my memory is that it was briefly available this way a while back, but this could even be a first time thing. It's a really good issue, with a bunch of high-energy short comics about the natural world as encountered by the cartoonist. Paired with the great #75, it paints a picture of a revitalized cartoonist with plenty to say. I hope that's the case: the comics world is better with an invigorated John Porcellino on point.

JAN170390 DOOM PATROL THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS HC $99.99
It's a pretty good week for comics of a bunch of different types, so of course my old-man eyes are drawn to a standard DC archival project collecting a bunch of their old Doom Patrol comics. The thing is, I've never read a lot of this stuff, and I've had it recommended to me not as great comics but as quirky and compelling ones. I'd look!

imageAPR170815 HEAD LOPPER #6 CVR A MACLEAN $5.99
MAR170740 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #6 (MR) $3.99
APR170827 INVINCIBLE #137 $2.99
My brother and I are both infatuated with Head Lopper, which we enjoy as an atmospheric, fantasy goof with great setpieces and a jaunty tone. I've been reading a bunch of Jonathan Hickman to the point that when I saw him at Heroes Con I gushed more than usual. I think he's an interesting talent in the world of independent/mainstream comics, and most of the books he's done over the last five years have a lot to recommend them. Black Monday Murders uses a lot of text and symbolic language, which makes the comics sequence punch and disarming. Invincible continues its crimson-masked victory tour with a sprawling inter-galactic epic meant to wrap up the majority of its foregrounded plotlines. It's to the comic's credit that a bunch of basic outcomes are still on the table.

MAR170628 LEANING GIRL TP (IDW ED) $29.99
FEB170489 LOST PLANET HC $29.99
FEB170492 RED RANGE A WILD WESTERN ADVENTURE HC $19.99
FEB170486 ROCKETEER HIGH FLYING ADVENTURES HC $39.99
These are the reprints that stood out for me this week. Leaning Girl is IDW by way of its partnership with Schuiten/Peeters focused Alaxis Press, and is one of the more elegant looks in that collaboration's sprawling efforts. Lost Planet is Bo Hampton doing 1950s science fiction comics to the point they're printed in some odd way that was only done at the time -- I always look at Bo Hampton. Red Range is Joe Lansdale paired with the mighty Sam Glanzman, who never cheats on the page. That Rocketeteer book I think is a big collection of the immediate post-creator efforts, with an all-star lineup of the last 30 years of mainstream to indy talent. I have little to no interest in making that kind of work part of my diet at the serial comic level, as my interest in the concept ended with the originator, but I'd take another look at it bundled together in one place.

APR171740 NEW LOW GN JOHNNY RYAN (MR) $19.99
FEB171648 ZANARDI HC $29.99
MAR171796 IN THE PINES 5 MURDER BALLADS HC (MR) $24.99
Strong week from Fantagraphics, including a bunch of Vice work from the super-smart and leans-to-extreme-outcomes Johnny Ryan. I always like how immediately Ryan shoves his characters into dismaying circumstances. The Zanardi work was titanically important to adult-sensibility comics in its original market and promises realistically portrayed stories of teenager troubles in the late '70s and early '80s, all the teens I stared at and watched from my percn on the stairs until I became one myself. Looks super-pretty, too. I'm in the middle of reading Erik Kriek's well-conceived volume of adaptation of murder ballads; they could be lying to me that murder ballads is really a thing, but if it isn't it should be.

APR171754 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 15 1965-1966 $34.99
I clapped my hands like a simpleton when I got a copy of this latest Prince Valiant work. I adore the boys' adventure elements of Foster's work, and this Arn-driven revisitation to some Valiant/Aleta stomping grounds provides a lot of that kind thing. Like I really liked this Viking Hall that has this humiliating nighttime door where you have to enter in a non-defensible crouch. Give me details like that and I would have read it for 100 years or whatever in my newspaper, too.

APR172172 DOROHEDORO GN VOL 21 (MR) $12.99
APR172173 MASTER KEATON GN VOL 11 URASAWA $19.99
APR172166 GOODNIGHT PUNPUN GN VOL 06 (MR) $24.99
That's three super-solid, appealing series by cartoonists of significant interest. I think the latter two are late in their runs. I've come around on the Urasawa work, which carves out its own place in your brain.

APR171772 INDEH STORY OF THE APACHE WARS TP $14.99
I've heard more about the publicity for this comic due to its pedigree as work originating with the author/actor Ethan Hawke, but Greg Ruth has done a lot of well-received work in a quiet way and I'd like to see the actual work to figure out how he's done with this particular story.

APR172280 PERSPECTIVE IN ACTION SC $22.99
David Chelsea doing one of the things David Chelsea does best: communicate issues of drawing and presentation to a reader ready or at least desirable of master-class type teaching.

FEB171592 KITARO AND THE GREAT TANUKI WAR $12.95
I quite liked this little Shigeru Mizuki work, from his long-running and popular series of monster-focused adventures. I liked how crazily this story careened towards despair and places of hopelessness, and how things offscreen would both not come through and succeed spectacularly. I want to read more.

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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: Michael Cho Draws Team Batman

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Go, Look: Father's Days At Seas

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Happy 60th Birthday, Berke Breathed!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Darryl Cagle!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Steve Niles!

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June 20, 2017


Go, Look: Celia Marquis

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Go, Look: Bernie McGovern

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Go, Look: Andrew Misisco

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Go, Listen: Team Process Party Talks To Francois Vigneault!

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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Arnie Levin

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this comic in support of new single-year program at SAW is very charming. The notion of making art as a therapeutic reaction to a crummy world holds a lot of power.

* I'm less angry about the collectibles aspect of comics as I get older, partly because I'm less angry about everything and partly because I realize that what everyone values about comics isn't going to be what I value. Derf makes the strongest point possible here, though. A comic after 1960 that sold 325,000 copies into a market isn't rare. The condition of it is rare. It's a made-up thing, all the way through, and in a world short of capital that makes a lot of people suffer for it, it's heartbreaking for money to be dumped into a hole someone dug just for the hell of it.

* finally, a by request extra: Ron Regé Jr. is having a sale.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Theo Ellsworth!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Nix!

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Happy 67th Birthday, John Workman Jr.!

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Rius!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Justin Norman!

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June 19, 2017


Go, Look: Sach Lusk

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Go, Look: Gregory Mackay

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Go, Look: Hollywood Tragedy: The Suicide Of Lupe Velez

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the late writer James Vance left behind various pockets of need that could use your help if you're so inclined. Please consider giving.

* Rich Douek and Eric Palicki are both familiar names to me, and it's interesting for me to see names I know working this corner of the comics world. It's not necessarily an advantage to come in as a known quantity.

* not comics: illustrated classics.

* Steve Ditko soldiers on.

* finally: anything from Ally Shwed is likely going to be good, and that's a solid idea for an anthology.
 
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Go, Listen: Ben Sears On Inkstuds

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Go, Look: The Executioner

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Hillary Brown on On The Camino.

* Jillian Tamaki contines her run of stellar laudatory profiles.

* I'm traveling today after a fun weekend in Charlotte attending about 36 hours of Heroes Con. It's their 35th anniversary, and that shop was an instrumental supporter of this site back when we started out. I'm always happy to attend. Initial reaction: cons are weird this year. Opinions were all over the place as to the show's success generally and any one individual's place in that success. I could not find a pattern in it at all. I had a good time watching programming. That's always a very friendly show.

* in case I don't end up doing a full write-up, you know who's ridiculous at that show? Patrick Dean. He does these $10 monster drawings with ink wash added that are just lovely, and I don't get the price point! He has a new book out he's shopping around.

* finally, here's a profile of the always-fascinating Murray Olderman.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Dan Fraga!

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June 18, 2017


Go, Look: Yewon Kwon

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Go, Look: Amber Huff

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Go, Look: Davey Krofta

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Henry Boltinoff Gag Panels In Judge

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Dean Mullaney!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Wataru Yoshizumi!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Caitlin McGurk!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Ryan Alexander-Tanner!

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Happy 39th Birthday, François Vigneault!

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June 17, 2017


Cartoon Genius Wally Wood Would Have Been 90 Today

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The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Scott Roberts Reads The Star Spangled Angel


Dave Walker On WordPress


Ben Hatke Profiled


Tim Seeley Interviewed


Milton Caniff Visits The Museum Of Cartoon Art, 1986
 
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Go, Look: Hannah Kaplan

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Go, Look: Rayne Klar

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Go, Look: 40 Days Dans Le Désert B

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

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If I Were In Detroit, 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 Maine, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Cartoonists Exchange Lesson Correction Portfolio

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Happy 36th Birthday, James Andre!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Pauline Martin!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Hilary Barta!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Chance Browne!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Bart Beaty!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Bill Sherman!

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June 16, 2017


Go, Look: The Searle Mermaid

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Musa Kart's Journalistic Colleague Release Ahead Of Trial; ECtHR Asks Turkey For Written Defense

Turkish authorities have released one of the journalists arrested over the last several months on charges of aiding and abetting terrorism through their practice of journalism. Ogez Guven's release doesn't seem to hold out additional hope for those like cartoonist Musa Kart who were in the early round-ups over this particularly blanket charge of assisting what became a coup attempt, but it sure does underline how freakishly out of touch and ridiculous the charges can be, and how terrifying it is that any of this stuff is moving forward.

A thing to remember about fascistic action in politics is that it violates standards norms as a way to bring a kind of shocking power to the political actors' willingness to disrupt standard behavior in return for a show of power that may assist control. That's certainly in line with what seems to be happening here. It does not take much for this kind of move to happen anywhere, and when it happens, it's amazing how quickly it becomes its own standard way of thinking.

In potentially more hopeful news, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has asked Turkey for a written submission by October 2 of a defense for their behavior according to accusations made by and on behalf of the detained journalists. I have no idea how much pull something like this has, but it can put what happened and is happening in stark terms and the details always look awful in this case. I remember there was a time about a dozen years ago when Turkey's standing with the West was considered a prime deterrent against too much censorious action. The West is a bit different now, the government of Turkey is in a different place, and the power structures are different. Still.

Again this publication adds it voice to so many publications and individual actors to denouncing the overreaching absurdity of these charges and how they've been employed. Any way other than this way would be a better way. Please free Musa Kart and his colleagues immediately. Please suspend the charges.
 
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Go, Look: The Perfect Department Store

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Go, Watch: The Cartoon Lounge

I haven't watched one of the newer ones yet, but I'm glad there's going to be some way we hear from Emma Allen in her Cartoon Editor gig at The New Yorker. It will be more interesting to read her issues, of course, and what they look like one year, two years, five years down the road. Still, I'm glad to see this feature continued.

The send-off for Bob Mankoff and transition to Allen was so Mankoff-oriented in terms of general press I don't have any clue as to Allen's public personality or her decision-making process, so every bit helps when it comes to peering into one of comics' great jobs.
 
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OTBP: Burrow

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

imageI'm going to go with one story this week: news that the Library of Congress has identified a number of webcomics worth of curation and storage and has announced a program in support.

It's a pretty good list for a start, and hopefully they've settled on a storage solution and plan to keep the collection stored yet available that takes care of what has been for years -- at least from my perspective -- worries about the ability to sustain a program through the changing needs that might become apparent as such a program ages. There's a lot of material whose creators will hope for curation.

I'm also interested to see a few years down the road if other institutions have joined them and how, and also how all the institutions will handle support and contextual material. The Cavna article gets a bit into that but I imagine there's more to come. Still: first one in the pool.
 
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If I Were In Charlotte, 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 NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Early Curt Swan On Boy Commandos

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Steam Clean.

* not comics: I wasn't aware there's a Four Immigrants musical in the works. I bet that could be good.

* one great thing about comics is there have been so many published that there are endless pockets of weirdness to discover.

* here's the secret origin of the Watchmen smiley face button.

* this is an interesting article about the way these giant companies manage characters and how an "event comic" can cut into the character development that other creators might spend years building. Event comics are hard.

* finally: Todd McFarlane remembers "his Batman," the late Adam West.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Killoffer!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Vito Delsante!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Arne Bellstorf!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Austin Kleon!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Arnold Pander!

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Happy 87th Birthday, Frank Thorne!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Sarah Glidden!

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June 15, 2017


Jack Kirby, William Messner Loebs Named This Year's Recipient Of Bill Finger Award

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The late Jack Kirby and the longtime writer and sometimes-cartoonist William Messner-Loebs will take home Bill Finger Award honors for 2017. One goes to a writer that has passed and one goes to a living writer.

The award, named after foundational Batman writer Bill Finger, targets writers that might have been under-appreciated in a way Finger was for so many years.

I believe this is the first time that the award has gone to creators potentially as or better known for their artistic contributions -- Kirby in particular is known as one of the 20th Century's two or three greatest comics artists. I think that's good to see, as a lot of artists also write, and at times their writing is treated differently than that done by people that come from a more solidly non-artistic scripting tradition. I also like both of these writers -- Messner-Loebs for his work on the historical drama Journey maybe more than the mainstream work. Kirby I think was a terrific writer who more than makes up in poetic expression and tone what he might lack in line to line writerly sophistication.

The Finger Award is given out during the Eisner Awards ceremony held the Friday of Comic-Con International weekend.
 
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Go, Look: Morgan Beem

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Festivals Extra: A Few Thoughts On CAKE 2017

I attended CAKE 2017 last weekend on both days, having driven up from Columbus as I now have the ability for regional shows. I did not participate in any of the late-night stuff having a personal agenda running alongside my comics stuff, which may distort my perception. I also work for a show in Columbus called Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, which I imagine informs every single way I look at other shows now.

* I really enjoyed CAKE 2017 and thought it was a generally strong show.

* The biggest lingering perception is that Chicago is a solid and deep scene. Not every exhibitor was from Chicago but a lot were, or had a Chicago connection. There were also Chicago people at the show that weren't exhibiting. There was a significant number of cartoonists from the strong Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

* I talked to about 25 exhibitors throughout the show about sales and traffic, and the majority felt they were slightly down. This is the least scientific poll in history, right below one that relies on the researchers belching their data. Let me throw in I did talk to a pair of exhibitors who had extremely strong shows, and no one was dismayed, the way things are at a show with truly light sales. I could discern no pattern for what sold and what didn't beyond a bump for material from special guests from out of town. I saw two buyers make use of their clever mini-comic buy/giveaway program, which everyone should steal (you get a prize bag for buying from a certain number of exhibitors, and I think maybe just handmade material; you get the idea, though).

* the other thing everyone should steal is that CAKE collects its attendee information through stickers (counting the empty sheets) and pins on a map, things like that. That's super-smart, because no one wants to do a survey in the middle of a show except saints and weirdos. That won't work for every show, but I bet it works for some.

* CAKE seems really settled into the Center on Halsted. Good neighborhood. Quality facility. Great big room and a decent smaller, supplementary room for exhibiting, although I'm sure they're turning down 2X to 3X that many in applications. Access to a Whole Foods and seats downstairs a plus.; You can eat in the neighborhood if you do a little advance scouting, which is a bonus for tired exhibitors. I felt comfortable there.

* downside on the facility itself was the toilets going out on the 3rd floor (the show floor) which I guess has happened before? An elevator broke down. The first floor bathroom serves some street traffic with some "Yeah, not staying in here" results from show attendees. One cartoonist went to the restroom at IHOP because they couldn't pee in front of others at the busy urinals in the all-gender setting.

* let's be honest: the parking situation was abominable. There were two Chicago Cubs day games Saturday and Sunday, and the show's proximity to Wrigley Field meant paid parking jumped up about 2X, and event parking rules didn't really match up with the needs of anyone who wanted to go to comics show. There was also massive street parking deficits and tow zones and torn-up city blocks. Taking care of my own car needs I talked to show attendees (thank you t-shirts) who simply parked far away and walked over, but only stayed 90 minutes so they could get back to their cars. CAKE is bigger than 90 minutes can encompass. Shows in New York and San Diego are also famously difficult parking events, but they are every year and the nature of those shows stands in contrast to that of a free festival. I would suggest making Cubs game days a total no-no, and researching the parking in the area so some advice can be given to the unfortunate minority that might come in from suburbs on out.

* the panel work was really strong across the board. The highlights buzz-wise were the Olive Panter interviewing Gary Panter event on Saturday and the Comics as Political Resistance panel early Sunday. That wasn't even close. That's a great little theater for panels, too. I am grateful to organizer Jessica Campbell, participants Ivan Brunetti, Anya Davidson, Noah Van Sciver, and the focused audience that went to the Fantagraphics presentation. CAKE was early on paying its moderators, which I think is an admirable thing.

* the Chicago scene loves Ivan Brunetti -- everyone should -- and there were many of his students in attendance. The teacher/student relationship was probably the biggest one connecting the generations there, which gave the show a different mood, I think. Less grumbling, more proud parents!

* speaking of the Chicago comics education scene, Scott Roberts told me that his employer, Depaul, just added Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad fame to its department. That's a fascinating get. I hope that was on the record. Amy Lockhart teaches there, too.

* Fiona Smyth was the random cartoonist no one particularly noted in advance would be there that everyone to whom I spoke was excited to learn she was in attendance. It as a first-time for Summer Pierre and Michel Fiffe, too, two solid citizens of the art-comics festival scene. Jesse Jacobs sold out early and castigated himself a bit for not bringing more to sell.

* ran into Gene Kannenberg Jr. who works in Evanston now at the Northwestern University library into which I used to sneak food. Gene was a writer for me back at TCJ in the '90s and is a well-liked figure in the turning-50 generation of comics academics. He had a nice book of abstract comics he was selling -- second printing, too, after a first printing of 500. Go, Gene!

* the room paid attention in that subtle way rooms pay attention when Emil Ferris came in and sat at the Fantagraphics table. That book and the roar of positive reaction that accompanied it was part of the standard conversation I had with people.

* the Yeti Press gang concluded their comics-publishing lifespan at the show, with a lot of these-books-must-go pricing to be enjoyed by those in attendance. I think more alt-publishing houses that could last a long time won't just as people do different things in their lives that used to have only one or two options for participation in the medium. I wish the Yetis well with whatever they do next.

* seeing John Porcellino was great, and he accepted multiple congratulations for how strong King-Cat #76 was. He's just published Jenny Zervakis, and that book was one of the talking points of the show. There were a lot of cartoonists there that didn't know Zervakis at all, but expressed an interest in learning about her work, which are sentiments that don't always go together.

* if you're interested in what being a judge at the Eisners feels like, corral Rob Clough. He'll tell you.

* I didn't get to any of the afterparties as I had some personal stuff to do, but the range of people I spoke to had a good to great time. I did get to go to Hellas Gyros on Bryan Mawr, so I felt like that sort of made up for it.

* a few folks noted with sadness that D+Q wasn't attending after a long run at the show. Koyama was there, but Annie and Ed Weren't. Fantagraphics was repped by Jacq Cohen. When asked, the people that were sad just mentioned they generally liked having those iconic businesses and people on the floor more than that they had a specific use for them that wasn't fulfilled.

* it was a very gender-balanced show. It was mostly young, but there were enough older customers -- I talked to maybe ten that had just come down to see Gary Panter -- to not make it oddly young or less substantial. Chicago has always been a great market for comics, so it makes sense you'd have people in attendance that span those same decades.

* I like CAKE. I'll go every time I can. It's a great place to see a bunch of different cartoonists in the context of one of the great comics cities in North America. It's a well-curated room. I hope they stay as local as possible before they get more ambitious -- if they get more ambitious -- because there's so much more to explore with a Chicago-centric show!

* the Cubs lost 8-1 Saturday.

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Go, Look: Ernie Kovacs' Strangely Believe It!

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Eisner Awards 2017 Voting Deadline Closing In

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Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Scott Westerfeld

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Collective Memory: CAKE 2017

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2017 edition of CAKE, held June 10-11 in and around the Center On Halsted in Chicago.

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

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Institutional
* Con Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Erik Nebel
* Fantagraphics
* High-Low
* Marnie Galloway
* Muddlers Beat

Facebook
* Festival Page

* Barry Deutsch
* CAKE
* Chris Cilla
* Retrofit
* Soda Pop Comics
* Stacy Curtis

Miscellaneous
* Next Year's Cupcake Award Program Accepting Applications
* Show Poster
* Yelp Photos From Hellas Gyros

News Stories And Columns
* Chicagoist
* Chicago Reader
* The Beachwood Reporter
* The Visualist
* Time Out Chicago

Photos
* CAKE
* Oscar Arriola

Twitter
* Festival Account
* #cakechicago2017

* Barry Deutsch
* Believed Behavior
* CAKE 01
* CAKE 02
* Javier Segovia
* MS Harkness
* Nathan Bradshaw
* Soda Pop Comics

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Go, Look: Iona Fox

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Joe Gordon does the comics world the favor of breaking down comics programming at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

* this weekend is stuffed, with the kids-focused Ann Arbor festival and the Detroit Comix Party holding down the midwest with two fun-sounding events. The latter in particular is at the stage where it could use the support for the sake of being supported in the way newer shows have that need, so hopefully some of you that might do the former and not the latter, say, might consider the generosity of your time. That's a thriving community, so I'm sure things will turn out well. Heroes Con is also this weekend, celebrating its 35th year. They've been direct supporters of CR over the years, so that's where I'll be. There's ELCAF in London, and MeCAF in Maine, making this one of the three busiest weekends of the year and an impressive performance by Convention Nation. I hope everyone enjoys.

* this should be an interesting summer at all the shows, because of changes in how pros approach them and why they're used. Things to mark are how many publishers invest in shows and which ones, and how the class of creators featuring those that have been around long enough they're a known quantity within their scene but perhaps not a public draw approaches this summer's events. Things are tough all over: here's one vendor's view on elements of the convention experience about which I have next to no opinions.

* finally, my stand-alone article rolled out late because I forgot to click a button, so in case you missed it CALA announced for 2017. The Los Angeles, creator-driven, talent-rich show is going the 9th and 10th which is great news for those of us who might pair it with our holiday breaks and couldn't probably do the 2nd and 3rd in a continuity. That is probably like two people not me, but still I'm happy for the opportunity to maybe do that show. They've also moved, to a nice-looking warehouse-style space in what seems like a less street-active area of the city. That should have benefits and challenges, and I'm sure that show is up to both.
 
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Go, Look: Shanna The She-Devil Splash Pages

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Go, Look: Black Magic #5

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* you can go through this profile of Nick Sousanis' comic about Karen Green to get to the cartoon about Green, and that way come to it fully armed with contextual information.

* go, look: the great Eleanor Davis illustrates an article about Bernie Sanders.

* Mara Bausells profiles Jillian Tamaki.

* Robert Boyd on Pat Palermo's Galveston Diary.

* here's Mark Evanier on the current limbo-like state of MAD.

* not comics: Trina Robbins encounters a co-ed bathroom.

* finally, I've been enjoying the lengthy essays like this one published by Tegan O'Neil.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Christopher Downes!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Brent Anderson!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Brian Hibbs!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Don McGregor!

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June 14, 2017


James Galton, RIP

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Go, Look: Soumya Dhulekar

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Dandelion Wine Collective Wins $25,000 In Seed Funding From MICA's UP/Start Venture Competition

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Via press release comes word that two recent graduates of Maryland Institute College of Art received $25,000 in seed money for their Dandelion Wine Collective by being one of two winners in the MICA's second annual UP/Start Venture Competition.

The founders of the collective are Paloma Hernando and Sunmi Shin, two illustration BFA graduates this year. They will also receive mentorship-type advice in getting their micro-publisher started.

Go here to see the prize winners talk about their hopes for the start-up capital and the opportunity to get the work they want to publish out into the world according to the values they've chosen to follow.

This sounds pretty great. A wide variety of projects were funded. The initiative comes from something called MICApreneurship, spearheaded by the Joseph Meyerhoff Center For Career Development. It would be wonderful if all the schools were comics are welcome build similar programs out of their resources and established graduates. I look forward to the comics that result.
 
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Go, Listen: Greg Hunter Talks To Maggie Umber

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By Request Extra: Cartoonist Joel Carroll Asks For Commission Work

Here. Anyone that says they've had a rough summer and it's only mid-June could probably use a hand. Double anyone that does commission work that has to miss Heroes Con. Plus in helping you get something nice!
 
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Go, Look: Nicole Del Rio

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Collective Memory: CAKE 2017

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2017 edition of CAKE, held June 10-11 in and around the Center On Halsted in Chicago.

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

*****

Institutional
* Con Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* High-Low

Facebook
* Festival Page

* Barry Deutsch
* CAKE
* Chris Cilla
* Retrofit
* Soda Pop Comics
* Stacy Curtis

Miscellaneous
* Show Poster
* Yelp Photos From Hellas Gyros

News Stories And Columns
* Chicagoist
* Chicago Reader
* The Beachwood Reporter
* Time Out Chicago

Photos
* CAKE
* Oscar Arriola

Twitter
* Festival Account
* #cakechicago2017

* Barry Deutsch
* Believed Behavior
* CAKE 01
* CAKE 02
* Javier Segovia
* MS Harkness
* Nathan Bradshaw
* Soda Pop Comics

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OTBP: Culdesac Press

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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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MAR171737 UNCOMFORTABLY HAPPILY GN (MR) $29.95
This is an intriguing week, and no comic this year provides as different and remarkable a reading experiences Uncomfortably Happily. A lot of this year's best books have taken comics' ability to stretch time in order to bring about a practiced effect: the hours of boredom and borderline hopelessness in Guy Delisle's Hostage, the feeling of routine and peace and building accomplishment in On The Camino, by Jason. In this book we get page after page of descriptive comics and incremental emotional change in order to mark one of those periods in a life where very little happens but everything in your life falls into place around that lack of frantic change. I enjoyed it a ton, and have read it twice since snagging an early copy.

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Eric Have is a funny man and fun cartoonist who hasn't come close to achieving the audience that might be entertained by his daffy, destructive, uniquely energetic work. His comics have the heaving rhythm of a man playing golf without a club: sprinting and throwing, sprinting and throwing. In Vague Tales the story never quite cohere except when they connect into a cycle. I could read a thousand pages of this stuff.

APR170731 BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE #1 (MR) $3.99
APR170811 GREEN VALLEY #9 (OF 9) $3.99
APR170723 WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1 (OF 4) CVR A SAMPSON $3.99
FEB171107 REICH #7 (OF 12) (MR) $4.00
Here are the comic-book comics that jumped out of me this week: the curtains close on the Bitch Planet mainstage for a little near-the-audience short vignette work from sympathetic authors. Andrew Aydin -- whom I think would really like to do a lot more work in comics -- is among those participating. Green Valley ends as corny as you probably thought it might, but it works pretty well. There's a sly lesson here about intent and outcome, but I'd have to spread the comic out on my kitchen table and pick at it like a surgeon until I figured it all the way out. Crowdpleaser, though. Winnebago Graveyard contains artwork from the well-liked Alison Sampson, working in a genre that should suit her: horror. The old issues of Reich continue to be re-issued and God bless your comic shop if those comics are being carried. Buy them. Kiss the owner.

FEB170070 ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL HC EXPANDED ED $16.99
MAR170098 GARY GIANNI MONSTERMEN & OTHER SCARY STORIES TP $19.99
APR170876 SHE WOLF TP VOL 02 (MR) $12.99
FEB171310 GIANT DAYS TP VOL 05 $14.99
APR171741 RIPPLE HC PREDILECTION FOR TINA (MR) $24.99
JAN178426 VALERIAN COMPLETE COLLECTION HC VOL 01 $29.99
Here's a bunch of trades of various interest, which I'm collecting together for speed of description. Adventures Of Superhero Girl is work by Faith Erin Hicks, and is very cute -- it's nice if you know a Hicks fans that this fully-formed a work is out there for a subsequent buy after devouring one of the bigger-company books she's been doing. Gary Gianni's work is always pretty, and I always look at it. Same with Rich Tommaso, who now moves to Spy Seal. I will always consider buy John Allison, and I wonder how this work function as serials trades. Ripple is artist Dave Cooper's great comics work, and it's nice to see it back. Influential in a quiet way, that book. I enjoy the Valerian work and Jean-Claude Mezieres is one of comics' great, charming citizens. It seems to me well-suited for the movies because the warmth of having actors instead of drawings at center stage might warm some of the arch, continental quality out of which the series builds its tone.

MAR160903 BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS CRIME NOIR OMNIBUS HC (MR) $125.00
MAR172324 LINE OF BEAUTY ART OF WENDY PINI HC $50.00
Here's two collections I'm glad to see although might be out of my budget range. It's good for Marvel to support one of their great writers with a collection of past work, and good for close readers as well. Wendy Pini is an influential artist for being one of the first Western comics-makers to let her characters act on the page the way that manga characters might. I'd certainly look at both of these.

DEC160605 JACK KIRBY FOREVER PEOPLE ARTIST ED HC $125.00
Jack Kirby or "Artist Ed" in a description is an automatic list-with-picture for this column. It's sick how well and for how many years the Artist Edition series has held our interest by going after major work after major work. I want this one, too.

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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 Santa Fe, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Chris Samnee draws Wonder Woman.

* Zoom Rockman talks to Nigel Farage.

* Augie De Blieck, Jr. suggests that where mainstream companies like Marvel screw up is in their on-their-feet moves as opposed to their planning. I like this thought because I think execution is underplayed in comics, and that drip-over of series does kind of screw things up. It's aggravating, too, because the resources of a company like Marvel should allow them, essentially, to herd cats.

* Charles Pulliam-Moore on Black Bolt. Scott Cederlund on Hostage. Shawn Starr on a smattering of titles.

* finally, Mark Evanier profiles the late actor Adam West.
 
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Happy 35th Birthday, Ryan Sands!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Jordi Bernet!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Paul Kupperberg!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Jamie Cosley!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Cosey!

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June 13, 2017


Go, Look: Diego Cadena Bejarano

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Go, Look: Caroline Cash

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Collective Memory: CAKE 2017

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2017 edition of CAKE, held June 10-11 in and around the Center On Halsted in Chicago.

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

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Institutional
* Con Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Facebook
* Festival Page

News Stories And Columns
* Chicagoist
* Chicago Reader
* The Beachwood Reporter
* Time Out Chicago

Twitter
* Festival Account
* #cakechicago2017

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Go, Look: Sandra Dieckmann

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Bundled Extra: D+Q Pushes From Lone Mountain To 2018

imageStraight from the mouth of small press icon John Porcellino comes word that his From Lone Mountain has been pushed back to early 2018. My notes -- and these could just be wrong -- had it coming out mid-September and the fact I saw an early review today suggests this is true.

As I recall this will collect work from the #60s in the King-Cat series run and deal with fallout from Porcellino leaving Denver for marriage and the Bay Area.

Porcellino's one of my favorite cartoonists and I hope that a few extra months' time before release might lead to more significant attention to his accomplishments on the page. I'm grateful to D+Q's support of the cartoonist's mini-library of collections and stand-alone works.
 
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Go, Look: Mary Climes

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Go, Look: Rachel Bard

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* not comics: Noah Van Sciver went to this East Indy drive-in on the way home from CAKE. Dining room A+, clientele A-, French Fries D+, Reuben C-, Pork Tenderloin Sandwich A-. $17.88. An easy-to-find, right off of I-70, non-corporate place to chow for you comics road warriors out there.

* festivals extra: Bleeding Cool collects recent tweets by the writer Chelsea Cain expressing some of her confusion about the way conventions and festivals work. I agree with nearly everything she says. I do think it's a weird model and not the one we should have five years from now. And that's if we organizers are even allowed a choice because a lot of pressures are bearing down on shows where change will be forced upon them, too.

* finally: I used to be funny.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Damien Jay!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Kris Dresen!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Frank Cirocco!

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June 12, 2017


Go, Listen: Greg Hunter Talks To Ben Sears

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* congratulations to Melanie Gillman for successfully meeting her first ask on her webcomics-collection related crowd-funder. There is still time to get on board for what looks like a solid project. Not much time, but a little time.

* I can't tell from this site's interface whether or not donations are still being taken, but this campaign for a vegan coffee shop and comics store hasn't done well at all thus far. I figure if local patrons don't want it, it may not happen with something like this.

* I look forward to the fruits of Kilgore's successfully-funded comics season.

* finally, Comics For Choice never caught fire like I thought it might. Looks you can still add your name to that one, though.
 
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Go, Listen: Koom Kankesan From Deconstructing Comics Podcast Does Four Interviews At TCAF 2017

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Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To R. Sikoryak

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* not comics: I didn't notice until much later than everyone else that the actor Adam West passed away. West had an important role in comics history as the face of the 1960s Batman TV show that for many fans that longed to have their interest in comics validated was a horror show of juvenile, wink-wink humor and outsized cheesiness. A number of those fans shaped the more seriously intended comics-making of the 1980s and 1990s, even as interest in the friendly, goofy and immensely popular West version of the character began to grow in counter-reputation. He had broad shoulders and a great voice.

* it might just be me, but the editorial cartoons that make me the most uncomfortable are those that discourage further inquiry with a summary statement of something's sizzle value. It just seems like such a capitulation to scorecard politics that my heart aches for any cartoonist that goes there.

* missed it: Joe Sacco and Chris Hedges spoke on hate crimes and American racism in late May.

* finally, Derf has a few words for the most trolled cartoonist in the world about how super-shitty it is to mock someone else being trolled.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Scott Roberts!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Phil Jimenez!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Christopher Brayshaw!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Ian Harker!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Len Wein!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Neal Adams!

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June 11, 2017


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

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Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Frank Stack

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Go, Listen: Dan Berry Talks To Ngozi Ukazu

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Go, Listen: Robin McConnell Talks To Thi Bui

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

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Happy 50th Birthday, Andrei Molotiu!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Paul Cauuet!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Joe Keatinge!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Jayr Pulga!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Laurent Lolmède!

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June 10, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


KAL Draws Jared Kushner







A Bunch Of TCAF 2017 Videos


Aislin Profiled
 
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Go, Look: Elizabeth Haidle

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

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If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This

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Happy 57th Birthday, Scott McCloud!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Alberto Ponticelli!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Thomas Ott!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Charles Vess!

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June 9, 2017


Go, Look: Michael Sweater

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OTBP: Douglas Noble's On-Line Store

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Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Josh Bayer

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* really only one news story in the digital realm of first-rung status: the ending of Octopus Pie, one of the two or three best long-form serials from an era of idiosyncratically-created long-form serials. All congratulations to the cartoonist Meredith Gran on the extent of her achievement. If comics progress into digital realms the way they should Octopus Pie should be long noted as a creation for this specific time and place.

* that's the cover at right to the imminent print collection. Gran redid the entire series through Image and a final softcover trade will be out in a scant few weeks. I think having stuff like that in print and with a company that does not interfere with media rights is something that could distinguish a number of on-line projects. I know it was a spur for me to catch up with the work.

* it's Gary Tyrrell's area of coverage by virtue of volume and time spent. I'll defer to him for a last word on the strip itself.
 
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If I Were In NYC, 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: A Taste Of Fred Ottenheimer

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gil Roth talks to Seth.

* here's a pathway to Mark Gruenwald's 9 Principles Of Bad Storytelling.

* Marc Bell draws Fante Bukowski.

* not comics: Willa Paskin writes in defense of lust as a reaction to art. I agree in that every reaction to art should be on the table. The problem is that so much of the writing about attraction and desire given over to an object seems outside the time and attention given other aspects, and in some places, certain realms of superhero comics, a certain kind of desire becomes so privileged the work literally twists to present itself that way.

* a printer that's a bookmobile. It's like my two favorite places when I was a kid folded into one.

* finally, here's a nice reminder that sometimes Schulz had Charlie Brown win an argument or two, usually to great sentimental effect.
 
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Happy 89th Birthday, Bob Bolling!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, George Pérez!

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Happy 69th Birthday, André Juillard!

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June 8, 2017


Go, Read: First Denmark Graduates With A Batchelor's Degree In Graphic Storytelling

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Go, Listen: Katie Skelly On Process Party

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* everyone's pal Noah Van Sciver reports from TCAF 2017. Guest-star: Simon Hanselmann.

* I'm always interested when I hear about companies throwing their own shows, because I think that should have happened by now in a bigger way. Stan Lee doing so many shows of that kind in his nineties also intrigues me, but in a different way.

* CAKE this weekend, Heroes next.

* finally, here are pictures from a recent show in Albany, focusing -- of course! -- on cosplaying.
 
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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To RO Blechman

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Go, Look: Lil Chick-A-Dee

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Team CBLDF talks to Gilbert Hernandez.

* not comics: the latest in bad news for digital advertising. A nearby article talks about saving the newspaper industry by putting together a group of highly-paid group marketers and running awareness commercials, and just on the surface of it that sounds like a useless idea.

* still pretty fascinated by the kind of reader for whom this is a big deal.

* would you like some nice prints? Of course you would.

* Geoffrey Hayes remembered: unpublished interview by Brigid Alverson; article Hayes wrote about his brother, the legendary Rory Hayes; as remembered by Bill Kartalopoulos.

* finally, perhaps the cutest Wonder Woman of them all.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Ian Boothby!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Scott Adams!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Bart King!

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June 7, 2017


Arthur Mather, RIP

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Go, Look: Under The Water

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Go, Look: Midtown Brown

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Go, Look: G Bear & Jammo

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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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DEC161689 TO HAVE AND TO HOLD GN $24.99
This is Graham Chaffee's latest, and the great chronicler of the spiritual lives of animals focuses on more standard human noir characters this time around. Chaffee's an interesting cartoonist, and I like the way this book rolls around in its own ordinary qualities rather than exaggerating the various plot points for effect. It's uglier for that, but in a great way.

FEB170028 ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 09 LOST LIVES & OTHER STORIES $19.99
APR170066 BALTIMORE THE RED KINGDOM #5 $3.99
Two from the Mignola-verse, which seem to me have been doubling more and more over the last few years. I think that Abe Sapien might be the last from the character's ongoing. I'm interested in this line right now because the way I process big narratives all of this stuff seems like a year away from the end.

imageAPR170734 BULLETPROOF COFFIN THOUSAND YARD STARE (ONE-SHOT) (MR) $3.99
APR170389 FLINTSTONES #12 $3.99
APR170902 WALKING DEAD #168 (MR) $2.99
APR171022 BLACK BOLT #2 $3.99
APR171391 GIANT DAYS #27 $3.99
APR170684 DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 (MR) $3.99
Another fun David Hine/Shaky Kane one-shot. Their comics stew in an alternate comics history in a way that seems about overlapping nostalgic viewpoints that existed in 1992. They're fun as hell to look at, and this one is very funny. I'm still enjoying Flintstones, and that's a sequence of letters I never thought would escape my finger tips. I also still read Walking Dead, which is in coda mode right now from its last storyline but seems due a major shift. There's an obvious new direction that's been presenting itself in the narrative, so Kirkman and company probably won't pursue it for years. Black Bolt is a favorite character of my younger brother, so I'm putting this here to remind me to go pick one up. I don't get how Marvel made me not like the Inhumans, but most Kirby creations are resilient in a way they eventually make a comeback. I assume at some point someone will do the Geoff Johns thing and put the Inhumans into major combat with the Inhumans of other planet. If that's already been done, they didn't do it big enough. I like everything John Allison does, and while Giant Days isn't the best work he's done and even seems naturally unsuited to the comic book format because of perceived value for their breakneck pacing, I'll buy new issues when I see 'em. Ditto Howad Chaykin, whose contemporary-statement book debuts on stands today.

FEB170076 TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN OMNIBUS PLUS HC $29.99
APR171698 IF FOUND PLEASE RETURN TO ELISE GRAVEL HC $17.95
MAR172272 INSTRUMENTAL GN $24.99
APR170909 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 05 IMPERIAL PHASE I (MR) $16.99
Here's a bunch of big-list projects about which I don't have a lot to say. I don't know what TMCM material that is, but most people my age will want one version of that stuff in their library. The D+Q art-type books are always fun to read, and I'm sure that's the same with this one. Instrumental has a nice look and the author is a musician doing music-related comics and putting a soundtrack to them, which makes this book sound like it springs from a 1998 save-comics site. Wicked & Divine is a big hit and doesn't need my help at this point, but I think the trades read better as serial comics than the comic-book issues.

MAR171772 BELGIAN LACE FROM HELL HC VOL 03 CLAY WILSON (MR) $34.99
Patrick Rosenkranz is the best writer about comics currently working, and his best subject is S. Clay Wilson. The other two books were great.

APR171182 TARANTULA HC (MR) $14.95
Hey, it's the long-promised volume from AdHouse Books. This looks like something that would fit comfortably in the latest craze for retro books -- I think one of the Fanta versions of those comics is out today but I don't know its name -- but this one getting the nod from Pitzer automatically makes it more interesting to me. I bet it's something to look at, anyway!

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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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OTBP: Jack Teagle's Gumroad Store

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Go, Look: Jack Kirby Black And White Cover Art

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Robin McConnell talks to Laura Knetzger.

* gross.

* missed it: Paul Gravett profiles Gary Panter.

* here's a nice interview with the late Geoffrey Hayes, the TOON Books mainstay and one-time comics-making collaborator with his brother Rory Hayes. I kind of adored the Benny and Penny books that he did for TOON; they had a quiet intensity that the best kids works have. I also quite liked his color sense, which was warm but did not call attention to itself. I'm glad that TOON gave him a nice public platform for his final work years.

* James Whitbrook recommends Wonder Woman comic books to read. I like those junky super-spectaculars for a wide range of approaches.

* fine Howling Commandos filled post by Bully about D-Day.

* finally, Bruce Canwell talks three strips that have fallen into obscurity. I only had memories of seeing one of them.
 
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Happy 93rd Birthday, Frank Bolle!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Larry Hama!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Hirohiko Araki!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mark Schultz!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Tyler Crook!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Tucker Stone!

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June 6, 2017


Geoffrey Hayes, RIP

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Go, Read: Jillian Tamaki Unpacks A Short Comic From Boundless For The Cut

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Seattle Office Of Arts & Culture Offering $85K Grant For GN About Georgetown Steam Plant

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It's all right here. That's going to be a great gig for someone out there. I hope, given the idea that if it's really good more governments will set aside this kind of money for this kind of project, that the most talented cartoonist and best proposal gets the shot.
 
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Go, Look: Evolve

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Go, Read: Ethan Rilly On Making Pope Hats #5

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Here. I don't like reading most notes from the author pieces but I liked this one. I liked that I'm not being aggressively sold on either the work in question or the author's skill in putting it together. I think Rilly is onto something when he describes the uncertainty of a work being good as part of the thrill in making something. It's a good comic, too; I hope you'll buy it if you see Rilly on the road.
 
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Go, Read: Snap Decision

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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* this column isn't meant to deal with work that's already published, but I failed to learn before recently that John Porcellino planned to publish a collection of Jenny Zervakis' Strange Growths comics from the 1990s. He's done so now. Zervakis is right up there with David Lasky in terms of great 'zine-conscious cartoonists of the Pacific Northwest that flowered during the decade and haven't received their full due since then. Her comics intrigue and remain an obvious influence on cartoonists like Porcellino, even though he's definitely a peer and not someone that followed her. I plan on picking up a copy this year, and hope you'll consider it, too. That link has a bunch of pages for you to see if it's your kind of thing.

* this looks like a series to track.

* I don't have a link for this one, but when Marvel did one of their line-wide relaunches a few years back I decided I'd follow a few titles to have that experience of going to the store and reading some series the way most consumers might. I chose five. Last week at the shop I realized all of those titles -- two of which were critically successful -- are now either canceled or have moved past their original creator teams to something I don't recognize as creative continuity. That seems rough to me, and makes television look vastly more stable during their so-called current Wild West period.

* finally, I always hesitate to make much of Amazon.com listing other than general intention to publish, as so much changes from initial listings, but there are some now in 2018 that interested me on a last look around: the Mignola-drawn World Of Krypton book, a release of Ed Brubaker-written material for Vertigo, Paul Tumey collecting screwball comics for LOAC, a more realistic publishing date for the second Ferris book, Box Brown's Kaufman book and the Joe Casey/Ladronn Cable material. I don't think we stop getting good comics all the time.
 
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If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Nightmarish Airboy Vs. Monkeys Story

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sam Ombiri on Highbone Theater. Aug Stone on The Magical Twins. Greg Hunter on On The Camino. Irene Velentzas on Boundless. Rachel Davies on Yours.

* Anthony Haden-Guest speaks in summary, personal fashion about English vs. American cartooning in the 1960s and how each fed the satire age and counter-culture literature.

* I am personally a bit baffled by articles even in the on-line world that are just descriptions of creative acts, like SNL sketches or music videos, but if they must exist let them be pieces about Ann Telnaes drawing President Trump on the toilet.

* Gail Harding profiles Michael de Adder.

* finally, a by request extra: help this Sunnyvale comic shop move locations.
 
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Happy 91st Birthday, TK Ryan!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Arlen Schumer!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Charles Brownstein!

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June 5, 2017


Go, Look: Otto Zaiser

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Go, Look: A Small Gallery Of Wonder Woman Covers

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Go, Look: False Knees

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* here's the latest crowd-funder for new work by the legendary Steve Ditko. I admire so much his continuing to make comics and find a way to bring them to his readers.

* Comics For Choice has surged a little bit after some attention paid to it in various places over the weekend, but there's still a long way to go to reach the project's initial, ambitious goal.

* here's one for a combination comics shop/vegan coffee store.

* finally, a pair of projects I've been watching have gone over their initial ask with some time left for you to participate: Melanie Gillman, and Kilgore Books.
 
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Go, Look: A Few Camelot 3000 Original Pages

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Go, Look: Spellbound #29

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I hope all of Laura Knetzger's days this week are better than this one.

image* Alex Hoffman on Angel Of A Rope. Robert Boyd on Crawl Space. Douglas Wolk on a bunch of stuff.

* Charlie Jane Anders writes about Wonder Woman comic books. I came to comic books from fantasy prose so Wonder Woman was my favorite when I was very young. She had the best stuff, and the coolest friends. I don't identify with characters the way a lot of people do but the characters I usually did identify with in some fashion were female characters. This isn't remarkable in any way, it's just that Wonder Woman's so obviously a really good character, totally in the pantheon, and there a lot of fine characters in comics that are female characters, and that we treat anyone's identification or joy or pleasure with those comics as this oddball thing is terrible and hopefully ends.

* Lynda Barry on appearing as a character in Family Circus. Great week for her.

* finally, Rina Ayuyang talks to Eric Haven, while Alex Wong talks to Guy Delisle.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Gabriel Bá!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Fábio Moon!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Mark Marek!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, David Gallaher!

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June 4, 2017


Happy 88th Birthday, Dick Locher!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Steve Weissman!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Keiler Roberts!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Wendy Pini!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Josef Rubenstein!

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June 3, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


P. Craig Russell: The Haunted Palace


The Trump/Breathed Story That Wasn't


Meet Miguel Guerra And Suzy Dias


Pierre Sadek And Legacy Foundation Profiled


Matthew Allison Interviewed


From The Beja Festival In Portugal
 
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Go, Look: My Neighbor's Dog

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Go, Look: Mid-Century Color Gag Cartoons

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Not Comics: JFK Humor Books

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Sam Hiti!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Mark Anderson!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Rodd Perry!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Paul Maybury!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Gavin Wilson!

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June 2, 2017


Go, Look: Hostage Previewed

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Go, Look: Dustin Harbin's 10th Anniversary Koyama Press Poster

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Go, Listen: John Porcellino On Process Party

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Go, Look: Hoax

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on Eartha. Alex Hoffman on Portrait and Diana's Electric Tongue. Henry Chamberlain on Laskimooses.

* Hillary Brown talks to James Sturm. Johanna Draper Carlson talks to Melanie Gillman.

* one thing that's weird to me about the recent reinvestment in the X-Men comic is that they seem sort of ordinary in terms of their conceptual power, how good an idea they represent for having yet another X-Men comic. Might just be my age and grouchiness.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Mark Siegel!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Loris Z!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Lane Milburn!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Brian Doherty!

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

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June 1, 2017


Go, Look: Elise Gravel

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Never A Bad Day To Be Reminded Of Musa Kart

Our world doesn't always know how to process certain up-front acts. A lot of our political debate is on speculative action, as opposed to already completed power moves. One such move in recent memory was the round-up of journalists after a failed coup in Turkey became a trigger and subsequent emergency acts affording more power to the presidency became a bullet. The end result is a very matter-of-fact shoving a lot of distinguished journalists into jail with a certainty of their guilt that isn't matched by any third party outside the situation looking in I've yet to encounter. One thing that's get done in the face of that is art, and I hope that people in other countries at least recognize that just because something is largely unthinkable doesn't necessarily mean it is very difficult to have it done.
 
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Go, Subscribe: Comics Contract Publishing Advice

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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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MAR171733 BOUNDLESS GN (MR) $24.95
This is a solid-looking week at the comics shop. Up top is the latest from Jillian Tamaki, collecting short stories she's done for Hazlitt and that intriguing Frontier issue she did. I think Jillian Tamaki is the cartoonist of right now, so everything she does is of interest to me.

image MAR170691 PAKLIS #1 (MR) $5.99
MAR170092 LOBSTER JOHNSON PIRATES GHOST #3 $3.99
MAR170759 KILL OR BE KILLED #9 (MR) $3.99
FEB170663 MONSTRESS #12 (MR) $3.99
MAR170778 SEX CRIMINALS #19 (MR) $3.99
MAR170915 SECRET EMPIRE #3 (OF 10) $3.99
These are the comic-book comics. I'm interested in Paklis because Dustin Weaver is a good artist who could work forever on other people's property, so it will be interesting to see what got him interested in this specific concept. Hey, there's a Mignola and a Brubaker/Phillips, making the the "reliable creators" section. Those Kill Or Be Killed pages seem to my eyes as good as anything Phillips has done. And funny, too, some definitely funny visual jokes. Monstress seems to remain a high-seller for those kinds of companys.

MAY160684 BITCH PLANET TP VOL 02 PRESIDENT BITCH (MR) $14.99
DEC160811 LAZARUS TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99
JAN170138 MISTER X ARCHIVES TP $24.99
Three solid genre works I will one day have at my home. The Kelly Sue DeConnick/Valentine De Landro series kind of shifts into the lovely "we've got time" gear common to such titles. I think that's a speed and pace here now that will greatly serve this story. I enjoy the Rucka/Lark adventure, series kind of a grocery store paperback written by the Occupy movement. And Mister X is still an interesting comic at its lunch some multiple decades removed. I still have my original comics, but I couldn't tell you what format is best.

JAN170546 LENNON THE NEW YORK YEARS HC $19.99
MAR171387 REVENGER AND THE FOG GN $18.95
APR172259 100 THINGS SPIDER-MAN FANS SHOULD KNOW DO BEFORE THEY DIE SC $14.95
More: a translated graphic novel focusing on one of the Beetles -- one of the btter ones. The Revenger book is another attempt by that lovely man Chuck Forsman to capture the energy of young-person storytelling. The last one is a novelty book that just made me laugh by existing. So may snappy comebacks.

APR171365 CANOPY GN (MR) $15.00
This is a great mystery to me, but it's so very attractive that I want to owe more.

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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: Daniel Danger

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* some reviews: the Five Points Festival, the exhibit "The Inking Woman" at London's Cartoon Museum, Chicago Zine Fest.

* that's a great list of special guests for Heroes Con in their anniversary year. Los Bros!

* Ann Arbor isn't slouching, with Raina Telgemeier and more. That's a kids-focused show and I'm surprised it hasn't been replicated a bunch of places. Seems like you could get a lot of heft from hybrids and kids' books with a heavy illustration element.

* Philadelphia is one of Wizard's 2-3 biggest shows anymore, it seems. Interesting to pay attention as to how they do.

* Motor City is claiming 55K in attendance.

* finally: for some demented reason, I keep forgetting to list MeCAF on my various events schedules. That's dumb. That's a fine show, and a major one for a lot of the younger alt/art cartoonists.
 
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Go, Look: Christina Savino

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Go, Look: Sarah Danahy

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Brian Nicholson on Crickets #6. Sean Gaffney on Girls' Last Tour Vol. 1. Alex Hoffman on Spookytongue. Johanna Draper Carlson on Mooncop.

* Grant Butler provides some regional coverage to the NCS Awards just past. I'm very fond of Ann Telnaes being their winner this year, I thought she had the best year. Mark Graves does the same and has a lot of photos.

* this article about Judd Winick and Garfield has Judd Winick drawing Jim Davis' creation and a lasagna recipe. Good value there.

* this is a like a d-plotline on the seasons of a basic-cable drama. Nice enough story, though, sure.

* one of our best interviews of cartoonists, Hillary Brown, talks to Elise Gravel.

* finally, this is brutal.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Mikhaela Reid!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Frederik Hautain!

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Happy 81st Birthday, Gerald Scarfe!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Graham Annable!

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