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September 26, 2017


OTBP: Rough House #3

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Bundled Extra: LOAC Doing Edwina Dumm

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I'm crushed a bit for time this week, but I still found a few seconds to notice that LOAC is doing an Edwina Dumm volume in Spring 2018. Dumm is a major figure in American comics for the breadth of her career and is one of the more interesting artists to do a daily strip for an extended period of time. One thing she'd do that not a lot of cartoonists do is employ different styles for different characters on the page, and not in a grand, sweeping way, but as a kind of character identifier.

Anyway, a Dumm collection is one of the items on my list by which we should recognize we have reached peak reprint, so there's that.

Also: cute dog.
 
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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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*****

September 27
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (TCZF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

*****

October 1
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 2
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 3
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 4
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 5
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 12
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)
* If I Were Near Nottingham, I'd Go To This (Nottingham Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

*****

November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To Thisf
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Kane/Anderson Era Batgirl Splashes

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on Hellboy And The BPRD: Secret Nature. Tom Baker on Perfect Hair. Andy Oliver on Lazaretto #1.

* here's another thinkpiece about the future of magazines, more a portentous snapshot than heavy analysis. Comics having kept parts of its industry alive through incredibly lean times it's always weird to read these article about how to keep an industry alive while they hold onto massive, beautiful offices in New York City.

* Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer are coming to CXC this year, the show with which I'm involved and did a fun-looking poster for our volunteers-focused afterparty. It's a great gift to be able to welcome such great people into town here, and to share a goodnatured drink or two. I hope he gets to bowl, too.

* finally, Todd Klein is good with genial reviews of shows just as he is with comics.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Tom Veitch!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Stephen Weiner!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Louise Simonson!

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September 25, 2017


Go, Solve: Who Is This Mystery Person?

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Go, Look: How I Learned To Love Being A Hairy Lady

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Go, Look: Bunker 6A

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By Request Special: Marc Bell Launches Site, Patreon

The site also includes discounted art, which along with the Patreon I am going to assume indicates some need, if only the kind that comes with launch of any new endeavor. There aren't a whole lot of heavy-hitters from the alt-world that might encourage a stand-up and notice like Bell here.
 
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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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*****

September 26
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 27
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (TCZF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

*****

October 1
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 2
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 3
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 4
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 5
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 12
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)
* If I Were Near Nottingham, I'd Go To This (Nottingham Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

*****

November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To Thisf
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Patsy Walker's Fashion Parade

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Brian Hibbs walks his readers through ordering one of those variant cover initiatives that is paired with sales goals. It's very enlightening.

* festivals extra: I agree with this writer that it's a relief to go to comics shows that are about comics as opposed to every single flourish of pop culture, although it's worth noting that Comic-Con International always had a broad mandate, with pop-culture guests from other media since their beginning.

* Steve Heller goes deep on How To Read Nancy.

* Julia Wertz has conversations with her mother on The New Yorker.

* epic Village Voice rant by Derf. He's correct in that there was a point that the Voice was vital enough to be talked about constantly especially by culture-heads, and that this had nothing to do with design. He's also right in that they fired Feiffer for money concerns and had a comics issue when they had no comics, although I barely remember the cheekiness of that second one.

* finally, go look: Carson McNamara.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Bob Layton!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Paul Pope!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Massimo Mattioli!

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September 24, 2017


CR Sunday Interview: Noah Van Sciver Talks To Peter Bagge

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I'm a huge fan of Peter Bagge and enjoy the output from all phases of his career: Weirdo editor to the creator of Neat Stuff and Hate, to his magazine journalism and comics-essay making, to this new batch of biographies. Fire!! from Drawn and Quarterly is his latest; it's a biographical treatment of the great writer Zora Neale Hurston.

Noah Van Sciver told me he had an interview with Bagge that had been orphaned, so I bought it (I do that sometimes, inquire first). I like Van Sciver's mix of questions and they all seem shamelessly motivated by the specifics of his own interest in the alt-comics veteran.

Both Van Sciver (as an exhibitor) and Bagge (as special guest) will appear at this year's Cartoon Crossroads Columbus. Bagge like to draw before and at shows. I've hit him up for a sketch already, and Without further ado, here's one of the most promising post-alternative cartoonists talking to great figure in American comics and American humor. Thanks, Noah. -- Tom Spurgeon

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NOAH VAN SCIVER: When you were a teenager did you ever try to paint and draw in a representational style?

PETER BAGGE: Yes, though usually in an art class, doing what we were assigned: draw a lamp, a curtain, some trees, and later nude models. I recently found some life drawings I did while at SVA. They weren't bad! But man did I find it boring, drawing "realistically."

imageVAN SCIVER: Back in the early '80s you had to hustle a lot to find any kind of work as an illustrator; do you think that a young, unknown artist would have a tougher time trying to find work now compared to back then?

BAGGE: I imagine it'd be much easier thanks to the Internet. Just give someone your web site address, rather than actually trying to meet up with them and make sure they look at your work.

VAN SCIVER: Art Spiegelman helped you find work early on, didn't he? When he was working with Topps bubblegum he asked you to write Bazooka Joe comics? What was that like?

BAGGE: The only work I ever got from Art was writing some Bazooka Joe jokes. How's that for an odd gig! The ones I wrote were illustrated by Howard Cruse. They looked pretty different from the original ones. They were trying to "update" the series or some such.

VAN SCIVER: Whatever happened to those Bazooka Joe comics? Have they been reprinted anywhere? I'd love to see those!

BAGGE: Well, they appeared with the gum back in 1982! But I think they went back to the original strips after a while. No one really liked the updated version.

VAN SCIVER: One thing I notice about the work you're doing now compared to the issues of Neat Stuff or the early issues of HATE is that your style has become refined and even simplified. You don't do a lot of crosshatching anymore. Was that a conscious decision on your part or is that something that happens as you master a drawing style?

BAGGE: I stopped crosshatching mainly because it's very difficult to color over it via Photoshop, and I was doing more color via computer work by that point. I occasionally did some cross hatching since then, but I don't think it added anything to the story anymore. It felt unnecessary.

VAN SCIVER: Harvey Kurtzman was one of your teachers for the few semesters you spent at SVA. What did he think of the comic work you were doing?

BAGGE: I never took his class, just sat in on it on occasion. He was friendly to me when I spoke to him, but I wasn't really on his radar, not being his student and all. His mind also seemed to be going in and out by then too.

VAN SCIVER: Fantagraphics is celebrating their 40th year [2016]. What were they like when you first became involved with them? Were they still located in Connecticut at that time?

BAGGE: Yes, they were in the 'burbs, living in a 'hood just like the one I'd recently ran away from! I was surprised they wanted to live and work in that environment, but I guess it was cheaper, just cramming everyone and everything into a four bedroom, split level house. They moved to LA -- and a few years after that, to Seattle -- soon enough, though.

imageVAN SCIVER: Did you ever feel like a prisoner of your own style? Like you see other artist's work and just think "Damn, if only I could start drawing like that..."

BAGGE: Occasionally, when I was younger. I didn't always feel that I could pull off some of my story ideas on my own. That's the main reason I used to collaborate with other artists on occasion.

Now I feel I can pull off any kind of a story, though I still struggle drawing certain things -- mainly animals.

VAN SCIVER: Do you think that you can joke about anything, or are there some things that should be off-limits?

BAGGE: Meaning me personally? Or anyone in general? I don't think anything should be off-limits. You just have to make it work: think abut how to do it, and why you ought to do it, etc.

VAN SCIVER: Is there any time from your life that you feel nostalgic for?

BAGGE: If I had to pick any one era it'd be the 1990s. That was a pretty good time for all kinds of reasons. But that's not to say I'm miserable now or anything! Life is still pretty darn good!

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VAN SCIVER: It's interesting that you were so connected with the Seattle grunge music scene because I can't imagine you putting a Mudhoney CD on in your car. The bands you've played in have been more pop influenced, right? How long have you been playing in bands? Were the Action Suits the first?

BAGGE: I liked some grunge bands -- including Mudhoney -- but you're right that it isn't my favorite genre. I do prefer more pop stuff. I was in a band between the ages of 12 and 15 or so. Just me and some friends goofing off, and pretending to know how to play something. After a while my friends got very accomplished on their instruments so I got pushed out.

I drummed for Eric Reynolds' band The Action Suits off and on between '95 and... '05? We made some good records, though, I think. And I'm still officially in a band called Can You Imagine? Going on eight years or so. We have two CDs out that I'm super proud of. Too bad we don't really have any fans!

imageVAN SCIVER: When you look at the comics you did for Neat Stuff do you remember where you were when you drew each page?

BAGGE: Occasionally! I remember starting the first strip in Neat Stuff #1 while still in Hoboken NJ, and it has a few Hoboken landmarks in it -- sleazy bars and such. I finished it in the basement of my in-laws' brand new house in suburban Seattle, where the strip suddenly felt very alien and out of place. A few other early pieces were done in Hoboken as well.

Living in the very antiseptic suburb of Redmond, WA for 18 months really inspired me, story-wise. I got a lot of material out of that short stay, due entirely to my alienation, as well as viewing the natives in a way that they clearly didn't see themselves.

VAN SCIVER: You've been around for the domination of the graphic novel over the comic book. Was that a difficult shift, to go from doing standalone short stories and serialized comics, to now graphic novels?

BAGGE: Yes, mainly because I vastly preferred the comic book format to the book format aesthetically, and I also liked having the option of doing a short story if and when I felt like it, which works way better with the old "floppy" format, where filler pieces fit in naturally. The book format is too goddamned "official," with its hoity-toity yet pointless end papers, and the indicia being given its own stupid page and all. So much wasted space, all in an attempt to give the content more weight than it most likely deserves.

VAN SCIVER: Do you miss doing comics that were an "anything goes" kind of package like Neat Stuff?

BAGGE: Not really. While this may sound contradictory to my answer above, I primarily think in longer stories now, and have for a while, so that even with HATE each issue was built around an at least 15-page story.

VAN SCIVER: Was Gary Groth pretty tough about deadlines while you were working on Neat Stuff and Hate?

BAGGE: Not too tough -- though I usually dealt with Kim [Thompson] on any production-related issues back then. We'd agree on a deadline, but being a month or so late was acceptable. Any later than that and they might begin to grumble.

VAN SCIVER: Do you still get excited when you see your work in print somewhere for the first time?

BAGGE: Only if I'm happy with the way it looks, which tends to more likely be the case as I get older. I usually wanted to kill myself when a new issue of Neat Stuff or HATE came out. I'd always think my art looked atrocious, and that I must be blind or something.

VAN SCIVER: I read in an older interview with you that you listened to Perry Como. Is that still true?

BAGGE: Not actively, but if one of his songs comes on the radio I'll turn it up. He had a nice singing voice.

imageVAN SCIVER: Do you ever hear from Robert Crumb these days?

BAGGE: Never. He stayed at my house for a week about 14 years ago, and I haven't heard from him since. I wrote him a fan letter re: the Genesis book a while ago, but he didn't respond to it.

VAN SCIVER: You just recently moved from Seattle to Tacoma after living in Seattle for 37 years. Was it just getting too depressing to watch your beloved city change so much?

BAGGE: Change and growth are inevitable, but how the city's government is dealing with that change is criminal. They're destroying the city's quality of life for reasons that I can mostly only speculate on, but there's no good justification for any of it. Most of their policies are cloaked in feel-good "progressive" rationales, where appearing to "care" trumps everything, including sanity. It's also how they keep getting re-elected, though you'd think the public would have woken up to it by now.

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* Fire!!: The Zora Neale Hurston Story, Peter Bagge, Drawn And Quarterly, hardcover, 104 pages, 9781770462694, March 2017, $21.95.

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* Hurston by Bagge
* old Bagge illustration ad
* Bagge drawing the rare animal
* Action Suits record sleeve cover by Bagge
* Neat Stuff #1
* "Caffy" a Crumb/Bagge Collaboration
* Studs Kirby, one of the great characters Bagge created for Neat Stuff (below)

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Go, Look: Dracula Magazine Covers

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Go, Read: The Rise And Fall Of Chris Christie

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Go, Read: If They Could Pay Us Less, They Would

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Go, Look: America Goes Dark

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

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

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

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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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*****

September 25
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 26
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 27
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (TCZF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

*****

October 1
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 2
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 3
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 4
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 5
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 12
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)
* If I Were Near Nottingham, I'd Go To This (Nottingham Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

*****

November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To Thisf
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Read: Comics And Cowardice

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I found this really interesting, a bunch of the recent controversies involving race, religion, sex and sexual harassment kind of bundled up and put forward in one place. I receive some criticism as well.

Update: After receiving some complaints that the content was lacking, I would recommend most readers of this site read it for free initially and donate later if it's something you found useful.
 
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Happy 10th Anniversary, Secret Acres!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Sophia Wiedeman!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Shinobu Kaitani!

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September 23, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


 
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Go, Bid: Jim Blanchard's Putting 1990s Alt-Culture/Alt-Comics Things Up On eBay

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Go, Look: Darkseid Model Sheet By Jack Kirby

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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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September 24
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 25
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 26
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 27
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (TCZF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

*****

October 1
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 2
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 3
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 4
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 5
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This (Boomfest)

October 12
* If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)
* If I Were Near Nottingham, I'd Go To This (Nottingham Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (Lakes)

October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To Thisf
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 35th Birthday, Michael Peterson!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Jean-Claude Meziérès!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Peter David!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Dan Day!

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September 22, 2017


OTBP: The Incomplete Art Of Why Things Are

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Missed It: Matt Furie Takes Significant Legal Action Against Users Of His Pepe The Frog

Here's the most succinct summary, which sees cartoonist Matt Furie filing takedown actions against the digital use of his character as an alt-right meme. This follows a move against a book that used his character, and perhaps follows some under the radar legal actions against other, similar works as the Texas book.

One thread of discussion that has developed since Monday when the story dropped is some concern for Furie as he faces the wrath of the people with unlimited time on their hands and near-nihilistic conception of how to relate to other people. I shared that concern, and I hope a gameplan is in place with Furie and his legal team to ameliorate the worst of it.

Another thread of discussion the best example of which is here, is that Furie's legal pursuit challenges fair use, that the use of Pepe is clearly transformative. I"m not certain about that: I think the transformation is in backstory, not the image, and that this is a question of image use. I wonder if the new Pepe story qualifies as a transformation that I couldn't give Batman a new secret origin and use those images, too. Let's see what happens in court.
 
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Go, Look: Alice Meichi Li

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Different Day, Same Old Dumb Array Of Arguments

If you spend any significant amount of time on the comics internet, I recommend reading this article and this twitter thread. That paints a decent picture of the latest round of fan-harassment buzzing around, an indictment of a specific person using elements of how social media is set up to direct attention at targets of their criticism.

While it's necessary to discuss this, and awful implications, it's not a new or radical story: small-c conservative reactions have been ongoing since fan pen hit fan paper, and many of them curdle and give expression to the worst elements of social interaction. There's also an element of giving power over to something like this that makes it tricky to negotiate. Are you exposing something or giving it oxygen?

I guess you could argue that something about the method used might be worthy of note for those tracking on-line rhetorical maneuvers. The idea of targeting people for other people to harass, like the fascist version of bum language scratched onto digital fence posts, might seem novel until you realize how many times on-line criticism works like this as a matter of course. One might find similarly compelling the notion that a slew of wholly discredited ideas about the nature of today's culture have been married here to a self-entitled position, built dishonestly and also discredited, regarding what comics should be and shouldn't be. I don't. It's a marriage of convenience; pushing old, boring, logic-deficient arguments near one another doesn't make them true.

I don't know how anyone has the time to complain so desperately about a forced, strained and wholly self-serving snapshot of corporate entertainment except for that last part, maybe: rallying a bunch of grimly like-minded souls into agreement, a few people you don't like into noticing you, a few dollars socked away in a downloadable account. If it's possible to check out of the affair entirely, or nearly so, maybe we still should -- with the exception that any harassment is toxic and wrong, period, and should engender our best, focused, eyes-open action in direct response. I'm open to those ideas wholeheartedly.
 
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Go, Look: BWS Conan Art Portfolio

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* here's Lauren Weinstein's last for-print Village Voice cartoon, as we wait to see how the paper's cartoons make the transfer to a proposed on-line version of the iconic publication. I'm curious, because from what I know they've fired nearly the entire staff and they never had an on-line culture or much material on-line to be seen. If they only ran cartoons, though, I'd be happy for those cartoonists with those gigs. Hopefully, Lauren Weinstein and Karl Stevens retain these profiles in some happy publication somewhere.

* this would seem potentially significant in terms of the pedigrees involved, although nothing's a 100 percent certain slam dunk anymore. It's interesting to see on-line work take a position as equal partner with game and book, but why wouldn't an on-line work have that status?

* finally, Minna Sundberg maps the languages and Emma Taggert appreciates the result.
 
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If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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Go, Listen: John Siuntres Talks To Chip Zdarsky

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Astro City #46.

* not comics: the voice actor June Foray remembered. She was an important part of convention culture, particularly with shows that leaned towards pop-culture models.

* go, look: Curt Swan draws an A Distant Soil character.

* Drew Friedman drew Gilbert Gottfried for the final Village Voice. I have no sense of that paper but I suspect New York could use a paper with some cultural memory the next ten years or so.

* finally, here's a nice piece on graduates of MICA working in comics.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Peter Kuper!

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September 21, 2017


Go, Look: German's Totally Boring, Functional Government

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Go, Read: Anders Nilsen On The New Obamacare-Destroying Healthcare Bill

Here. As many folks in comics that feel the impact of inadequate healthcare, it's fascinating that only a few step up to write something this to the point. I urge all my fellow citizens to stand up for those political issues in which they believe, and feel the best thing for comics-makers would be if the American standard were the most coverage for the least amount of outlay + pre-existing conditions not even being a concept.

This is comics' biggest story this decade, and if you think we would have seen the same explosion of fine talent without the halfway -- only halfway -- rational set of programs that is Obamacare, I'd say you are wrong. I am still alive only because in 2011 I obtained decent healthcare coverage about two months before I got sick.
 
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Go, Look: Black Magic #18

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Salt Lake Vs. San Diego goes to jury. My gut is that San Diego has been wronged but I'm not legally knowledgeable enough to know if they've been wronged in the way spelled out in their case. That's why they have trials, I suppose.

* the Shamus brothers are back with a series of focused-theme superhero conventions called the ACE Comic Cons. The first one will be in September. There's certainly room for variations in the basic model, although whether this is it I could not tell you.

* the Koyama kids on tour.

* Jared Whitley writes about con burnout. I don't think that's exactly what's going on in the festival end of things, but there was a lot of talk at SPX about creators attending for their last time, or near their last time. I think part of that is perception: the current 30-somethings are a mass like the current 48 to 52s were a mass, so what they're doing seems more important for their numbers. It's pretty common for people in their early thirties to drop out of attending festivals. I also think all of the shows' general utility is being questioned.

* Secret Acres has split in two and now it's Barry's last SPX, boo-hoo.

* finally, here's a feature article about the contingent of French cartoonists coming into the city when NYCC is running.
 
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If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: #drawingwhileblack

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Blood Lad Vol. 9. Whit Taylor on My Pretty Vampire and Sunburning.

* the Equatorial Guinean political cartoonist Ramon Nsé Esono Ebalé has been arrested. Criminal defamation charges of the same noxious variety as those in place like Turkey are expected. The initial detention period has already been extended.

* JA Micheline talks to Tillie Walden.

* Maren Williams notes that submissions for the International Human Rights Award are now open.

* finally: Ariel Dorfman reflects on the duck essay.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Craig Thompson!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Drew Friedman!

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Happy 37th Birthday, David Malki!

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September 20, 2017


Go, Listen: Jesse Moynihan On Process Party

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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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JUL171843 PRESENT HC $21.95
I thought this was a strong outing for Leslie Stein's autobiographical material, taken from the second half of her weekly installments at VICE. It's the first of her books at Drawn And Quarterly, unless I'm really letting time slip away from me. There are a lot of small gems, but the one that sticks in memory is about Stein sleeping at an old boyfriend's place following a fitful, frenetic night of not being able to slumber at her own. Let's hope ore and more people begin to pick up on Stein's work.

imageJUL170804 HEAD LOPPER #7 CVR A MACLEAN $5.99
JUL171467 SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #23 $4.99
JUL170816 INVINCIBLE #140 (MR) $2.99
JUN170445 MICRONAUTS WRATH OF KARZA #5 (OF 5) CVR A RONALD $3.99
Not a bunch for me in the comic-book sized, serialized work department. I always enjoy the oversized issues of Head Lopper, a straight-up fantasy reminiscent of Hellboy if Mike Mignola had an in-close-proximity-in-terms-of-talent younger brother or son enamored of modern television cartoons rather than Jack Kirby comic books. Invincible begins its closing run with a fight in the middle of the sun that's not as grandly drawn as you might think; no-cartilage noses are the new crimson masks. Someday I'll find and read a Micronauts book. I like their design. Maybe not today, but you never know.

JUL172009 PRIDE OF THE DECENT MAN HC $19.99
JUN171844 JEFF STEINBERG TP (MR) $19.99
On a day like today in particular, I might check out work by two solid veterans in the middle of long-running relationships with interesting publishers : artist TJ Kirsch (Decent Man) and Josh Hale Fialkov (Steinberg. Looks like Kirsch is working well within an established comfort zone, while Fialkov's book with its humor might be a bit more out there.

JUL171338 HEAVENLY NOSTRILS ACTIVITY BOOK RAINY DAY UNICORN FUN $8.99
Sneaky-intense fandom on this one, and the comics have a unique energy that I can't quite figure out in printed form.

JUN170376 MISTER MIRACLE BY JACK KIRBY TP $29.99
JUL172406 ROBERT CRUMB SKETCHBOOK HC VOL 02 SEPT 68-JAN 75 (MR) $39.99
JUN171682 FANTAGRAPHICS STUDIO ED HC HAL FOSTER PRINCE VALIANT (RES) $175.00
I have no idea where any of these three fall in the context of their publishing programs for their series or even past efforts to publish the same material, but my personal library contains works by each of these three.

JUL171919 DAM KEEPER HC GN $19.99
A First Second book in partnership with the studio behind the animated versions of these stories. I don't think that's a new thing for FS. This sure is handsome looking, although I come to it super-cold.

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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 Near Leeds, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In St. Petersburg, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Idiot In Me

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Steve Foxe on all the ways that the Legacy initiative at Marvel won't save Marvel.

* John Siuntres talks to Declan Shalvey.

* go, look: Evan Dorkin draws the great Jack Kirby character Karkas. Roger Langridge draws Superman and Lois Lane.

* Ben Towle went to Quebec City to see the traveling Hergé exhibit and tells us all about it.

* Todd Klein on New Gods Special #1.

* finally: Jason draws Pennywise.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Bill Amend!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Tom Williams!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Coop!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Steve Ringgenberg!

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September 19, 2017


Go, Look: Can The Democrats Imagine A Better Future?

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Bundled Reminder: Koyama Press Announced Spring '18 Season

Here. That Fiona Smyth collection would all by itself be news to spread across five or six columns.
 
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If I Were Near Leeds, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Famous Monsters Cover Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* RC Harvey on the true history of Eustace Tilley.

* um... good?

* Graeme McMillan profiles Ed Piskor and his forthcoming lengthy comic book of X-Men history.

* Matt Seneca on PayWall.

* John Siuntres talks to Shelly Bond. Some nice person whose name I can't find talks to Matt Wagner.

* finally, here's Michael Dean's obituary of Len Wein.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Cynthia Martin!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Chris Wright!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Sarah Oleksyk!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Garry Leach!

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September 18, 2017


Go, Look: The Traditional Chris Pitzer SPX Photo Array

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Go, Look: The EPA Used To Be Uncontroversial, Now It's Being Gutted

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Andy Oliver on The One Hundred Nights Of Hero. Elke Schulze writes about Father And Son. I greatly enjoyed that book.

* Michael A. Bruce-Rivera profiles an exhibition featuring a hub of Arab cartooning: Cairo.

* Gil Roth talks to Mimi Pond.

* "No More Nazis."

* was Sonny Liew returning a grant a story? It should have been. That sounds greatly admirable, from a generally admirable figure.

* finally: let the X-Men rehabilitation begin!
 
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Happy 40th Birthday, Robin Brenner!

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Happy 49th Birthday, John Porcellino!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Gary Groth!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Chris Radtke!

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Happy 68th Birthday, William Stout!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Brian Ralph!

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September 17, 2017


Go, Look: The End Of Hector The Spectre

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Koyama Press Announces Spring 2018 Line-Up

imageAnne Koyama and Ed Kanerva of Koyama Press announced the publishing house's Spring 2018 season in the midst or SPX 2018. This will be Koyama's first season since its 10th-year anniversary celebration.

Focusing on six books, a mixture of Koyama regulars and new artists, this is the publisher's biggest seasons in terms of overall page count.

Included are a first longer work from the very funny Jessica Campbell (XTC69), the latest short-story collection from Michael DeForge (A Western World and a giant retrospective featuring the work of long-time, much-loved illustrator and cartoonist Fiona Smyth (Somnambulance).

Details, solicitation copy and cover images for each book below.

You can read a full report from the publisher here.

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* Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters, A. Degen, softcover, 392 pages, 9781927668535, May, $29.95.

The Mindhunters release prisoners from the shackles of others' dreams.

The servants confined to the virtual mind palaces of despotic dreamers have found their furies in the form of the Mindhunters: masked vigilantes who burgle brainpower. Pop and ancient culture collide in searing colour in this melange of Astro Boy and Attic tragedy.

A. Degen was born in Brooklyn, NY. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works in Connecticut. He made his Koyama Press debut with Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater (2015), and he's appeared in various anthologies including The Best American Comics edited by Jonathan Lethem.

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* Somnambulance, Fiona Smyth, softcover, 368 pages, 9781927668542, May 2018, $29.95.

Collecting a career in comics from 1983-2017 by a joyous, feminist contemporary of Julie Doucet, Seth and Chester Brown.

A comics collection by Canadian cartoonist, painter, and illustrator Fiona Smyth. Over thirty years of comics that feature Fiona's world of sexy ladies, precocious girls, and vindictive goddesses is revealed in all its feminist glory. This is recommended reading for sleepwalkers on a female planet.

Fiona Smyth is a Toronto based painter, educator, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her feminist artwork has exhibited internationally. Fiona collaborated with writer and sex educator Cory Silverberg on the kids' series What Makes A Baby in 2013, and Sex Is A Funny Word in 2015, published by Seven Stories Press.

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* XTC69, Jessica Campbell, softcover, 120 pages, 9781927668573, May 2018, $12.

Explorers from an all-women planet have found men to breed with, but have they found studs or duds?

Commander Jessica Campbell of the planet L8DZ N1T3 and her crew are searching for men to breed with when they discover the last human on Earth, the cryogenically frozen Jessica Campbell. With a new, but familiar crewmember, the search for men continues, but will it be worth it?

Jessica Campbell is from Victoria, BC and is an enthusiast of jokes, painting and comics. She completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is a comics instructor. In 2016, she unleashed the art world and chauvinist skewering: Hot or Not: 20th-Century Male Artists.

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* A Western World, Michael DeForge, softcover, 152 pages, 9781927668481, May 2018, $22.95.

A collection of short comics by the prolific and vital author behind Dressing and the Lose series.

Short, succinct and, more often than not, strange stories have always been a central part of the Michael DeForge's oeuvre. In a career that's volume outweighs its years, DeForge's most powerful work has often been his most pithy.

Michael DeForge currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator and designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time. His one-person anthology series Lose has received great critical and commercial success, having been nominated for every major comics award including the Ignatz and Eisner Awards.

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* Winter's Cosmos, Michael Comeau, softcover, 304 pages, 9781927668559, May 2018, $20.

Collage and comics combine in this fotonovela about the psychology of space travel and the limits of exploration.

In the tradition of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Silent Running, this genre-bending photo and comics hybrid presents the final years of a mission to seed a planet in a distant constellation and the failings of both human and artificial psyches in the face of the vastness of space.

Michael Comeau works on the wall, the print sheet and the page. Creating window displays and paste-up murals utilizing generations of street posters he created for parties, gigs, etc. His comic trilogy Hellberta won the Doug Wright award for experimental comics in 2012.

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* The Ideal Copy, Ben Sears, softcover, 88 pages, 9781927668566, May 2018, $12.

The fix is in as the Double+ gang try to counter crooked counterfeiters from the inside!

Plus Man and Hank have been blacklisted and have replaced treasure hunting with job-hunting, before landing a catering job at a swank hotel. But trouble doesn't wait for hors d'oeuvres as the boys find themselves with a main course of counterfeiting crooks to crack!

Ben Sears is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His Double+ character has appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure comics Night Air and Volcano Trash where he has been perpetually in over his head

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

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

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

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Happy 35th Birthday, Hope Larson!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Roger Stern!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Carlos Sampayo!

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September 16, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


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

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Mike Mignola!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Seth!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Kurt Busiek!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Kip Manley!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Tom Kaczynski!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Amanda Salmons!

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September 15, 2017


Basil Gogos, RIP

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Go, Look: Mike Dawson Work Portfolio

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OTBP: Draw Hard

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Assembled Extra: In Praise Of The Specific

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There was an on-line publishing theory I read around the turn of the century where the author suggested that informational sites would be rotational rather than foundational. He claimed every generation would build its own version of the hardcore information sites according to their proclivities and abilities to present information. That does seem to be kind of coming true. Let's not leave aside our enjoyment of sites that are frequently useful, like this one compiling all you want to know about the Artist's Edition book.
 
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If I Were In Besancon, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Vol. 4. Chris Coplan on Now #1.

* Alex Dueben talks to Keith Knight. Naseem Hrab talks to John Martz.

* go, look: Jonathan Edwards. Arielle Jovellanos.

* OTBP: Some Day My Witch Will Come.

* not comics: there's some very cute Richard Sala art on this game. There are some very fine Gary Panter images in this gallery.

* finally: there are few articles as fine as a classic local cartoonist profile.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Scott Dunbier!

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Happy 48th Birthday, John Ira Thomas!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Lance Tooks!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Isaac Cates!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Salgood Sam!

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September 14, 2017


Go, Bookmark: Planetary Republic Of Comics

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Comic-Con Vs. Salt Lake Stalemates; Headed Toward Jury Trial?

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As always, I have sympathy for the position that comic-con is a generic term. I went to comic-cons, comicons and comic cons before I knew there was a San Diego Con. At the same time, I just put "Comic-Con" in my headline and I imagine very few people will think that's a generic being cited. I believe most will have San Diego on the mind. I really do feel that all of these shows are pinching the San Diego model and drafting on their success. They're not bringing a generic comic-con to their audiences, they're clearly bringing what people have heard San Diego is like to their audiences. I don't know how that gets adjudicated.
 
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Go, Look: Kate Lacour

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the first few groups of cartoonists and comics-lovers are making their way to Rockville. Many more will join them tomorrow. It's SPX weekend and I don't know of any other show that has lived in its model for as many years in a row as this one has, delighting their target audience. I'll be there Friday. I'm moderating the political cartooning panel with Passmore, Wuerker, Telnaes and Knight.

* that's an SPX photo above, if you didn't know. Lotta small-press names in there. I see someone new every time I look.

* Julia Gfrörer will be teaching an intensive at SAW in March. These kinds of events are difficult for me to track with my system because the sign-up is more important than the event itself, but I imagine that would be a very interesting week so I'll try to mention it here a couple more times.

* I put some more events into this calendar. If I'm missing something -- I'm always missing something -- please let me know. I'll do it right the second I get them.

* finally, in a related note, VanCAF has announced for 2018. I want to go to that specific show, so finding out now is super-helpful.
 
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If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: One Of The Fun Book Supplements, From 1949

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* missed that Todd Klein put up a bunch of his appreciations for fellow letterers in time for September 1st's Letterer Appreciation Day.

* two collections of William Moulton Marston's have ended up at Harvard. Speaking of Wonder Woman creators, this just-the-facts post on HG Peter fascinates me.

* Steven Brower takes a look at the other 100-year anniversaries.

* I love these anti-Trump cartoons that are just barely comprehensible rage.

* Zack Soto and Mike Dawson basically interview each other on Process Party. It's like watching that Gotham show and waiting for Batman to show up.

* finally, Pedro Moura talks to Ian Gordon.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Tom Dougherty!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Mary Fleener!

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September 13, 2017


Go, Bookmark: Proxima Centauri

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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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JUL171648 MORTON CROSS COUNTRY RAIL JOURNEY GN $20.00
My father was enamored of four things in his long life: horses, fire engines, train travel and community theater. Comics came in at about #7-8, but he appreciated good drawing. I'm not sure if he ever read David Collier -- hard to believe I'd press a copy of Humphry Osmond into his hands -- but I think he would have enjoyed this book, and I"m sure I will, too.

MAY170012 HARD BOILED HC 2ND EDITION (C: 0-1-2) $19.99
This is one of those books where I have no idea which editions are current or special or superfluous or laden with bad design choices or whatever. I do suspect that a lot of comics fans want this one in the same building they sleep, so this is another entry point.

imageJUL170846 MAGE HERO DENIED #2 (OF 15) $3.99
JUL170096 HELLBOY & BPRD 1955 OCCULT INTELLIGENCE #1 $3.99
JUL170172 GROO PLAY OF GODS #3 $3.99
JUL178215 MISTER MIRACLE #1 (OF 12) 2ND PTG (MR) $3.99
JUL170429 MISTER MIRACLE #2 (OF 12) (MR) $3.99
JUL170789 DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #4 (MR) $3.99
JUL170841 KILL OR BE KILLED #12 (MR) $3.99
JUL170910 SPY SEAL #2 $3.99
JUL172032 KAIJUMAX SEASON 3 #3 (MR) $3.99
I enjoy looking at Matt Wagner's action scenes, so I will check in on this series to see how well draws the ones he presents here. They have the physicality of art from an artist who has pushed weight around a room. I'm always interested in the Mignola-verse stuff and I will always buy comics made by then national treasure that is Sergio Aragones. Having a second printing come up with the first printing of your second issue is always a positive sign in mainstream comics. I have yet to catch up with Howard Chaykin's latest; the back-matter should be interesting, at any rate. Kill Or Be Killed is the best-looking series in the Brubaker/Phillips oeuvre, which is saying something. Spy Seal may be Rich Tommaso's best-looking comic: also saying something. Zander Cannon continues to move forward with his wonderfully idiosyncratic giant monsters in prison saga. I promise to catch up.

MAY170550 SAX ROHMER DOPE HC $24.99
I assume this is a collection of Trina Robbins' crack at the novel, one of those volumes that established new territory for what real-world things could be discussed in fiction. I don't know for sure, but I imagine this is the most accessible work of Robbins' career in terms of a point-and-buy for a lot of fans of her work finding female cartoonists.

JUN172014 BEST OF HAGAR HC $29.99
I love that work like this gets collected, although much of the 1960s through 1970s material in comics that's not Peanuts or Doonesbury has such a commercial sameness I totally lack the refined palate to decide what might be gathered into one volume.

JUN171845 MERMIN GN VOL 03 $12.99
I'm behind on this Joey Weiser series, and today might be a good day for me to take a look at it on the comic book store shelf.

JUN171637 MOOMIN BEGINS A NEW LIFE GN $9.95
Also behind here. I'm happy for a reprint series that encourages being able to hold it in your hands and read it, although I'm the kind of guy that drops large volumes on his face by falling sleep.

JUL172087 NICK CAVE MERCY ON ME GN (C: 1-1-0) $22.99
This is Reinhard Kleist, best known to North American audiences for a stand-alone Johnny Cash bio. I'm a rare bird for my generation in not knowing a lot about Cave past enjoying the music, so I'd take a long look.

JUL171996 TAPROOT GN $10.99
This Lions Forge book distinguishes itself with a break in style from most of the comics that I think of being published there. Worth a look, anyway,

JUL171416 SAIGON CALLING LONDON 1963 -75 GN (C: 1-1-0) $26.95
This is sequel to the artist's memoir of war coming to his home country of Vietnam in the very early '60s -- I think -- and so this is is the slightly more expansive story about time spent abroad in avoidance of that war and all that comes with that kind of displacement. Sure looks handsome, although all the cover scans were tiny.

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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: Know Your Hate Groups

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Go, Look: Ted Rall Suit Against LA Times And Related Individuals To Appeal Anti-SLAPP Rulings

Here's Rall perspective on the situation, which as the individual bringing the lawsuits is of course obviously slanted towards his view of this very specific set of outcomes and outcomes in general that inform his perspective. I missed this latest take.

Rall's correct in that individual judges have their own perspectives on the application of law and many people believe that where a case is placed and with whom has a great deal to do with the final outcome. In comics cases that can be filed or heard in either New York or California, you'll see firm decisions made early on as to the side of the country justice will be pursued. It's rare anyone makes an allowance that a victorious outcome depends on similar capriciousness, of course, but we live in a world where we treat personal narratives with great seriousness.

We'll see as Rall continues to pursue his claims in court if that world has an outcome that matches his desired result and supports his asserted take on what happened between him and the Times. At this point, it has not gone well. Things can always turn, and when things either go that direction or peter out in this one we'll know more. We won't know everything.
 
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Go, Look: Camelot 4005

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Philippe Leblanc on Yukon Ghost.

* here's a list of the 25 best artists over the last 25 years; Chris Ware makes a mostly science-fiction/crime/superheroes list, which might have been less weird if they had gone full-genre and he had been excluded. All those artists seem fine to me, but I don't have a refined palate for that kind of work and it would be a challenge for me to make distinctions past Ware and the seven or eight more genre-oriented artists I like better than the rest.
 
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Happy 34th Birthday, Matt Bors!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Gary Kwapisz!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Kent Worcester!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Drew Weing!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Chuck Forsman!

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September 12, 2017


OTBP: Comix Skool USA #8

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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image* Spit And A Half has announced it is bringing back into print Pascal Girard's Apartment Number Three. An active Spit And A Half is so great for comics, and so is more Girard. That's a 28-page work and seems currently out of print in all languages.

* not sure of a lot that's out there: I'm hungry to learn more about Will Dinski's Holy Hannah. Dinski kind of reminds me of Josh Cotter in that he's been really interesting for a long time but like Cotter suddenfly wasn't doing a lot of comics. Then, boom, there's an explosion of them.

* if you're a publishing geek like me, good news if you're going to CXC: I'm really close to getting JC Menu and Gary Groth to sit down on a panel together to compare their publishing experiences.

* the SPX debuts list is a good way to figure out small press titles you'll see later this Fall.

* finally: another welcome reminder we get Satania this Fall.
 
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Go, Look: Six Feet Above

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Go, Look: David Gantz At The Billy Ireland

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on Jam In The Band.

* John Freeman talks to Jason. John Siuntres pays tribute to Len Wein.

* one of the great pleasures of modern comics is looking at Roger Langridge's commissions posts.

* Process Party has to be the only comics podcast with a significant devotion to the concept of "talk amongst yourselves."

* finally: let's catch up with our pal Matt Madden.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Chip Kidd!

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September 11, 2017


Go, Look: Forecast Cover Art

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Go, Read: Paul Levitz On The Passing Of Len Wein

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Here. There are so many fan favorites out there as the industry kind of spread out and settled that are going to make the next two decades of passings rough as hell.
 
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OTBP: The Rock Mary Rock Series

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Go, Look: Skyman #2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Steve Lieber on Alack Sinner. Rob Kirby on Francine.

* not comics: Greg Escalante, RIP.

* go listen: Team Comic Books Are Burning In Hell hit far and wide.

* not comics: the slow fade from print for the Village Voice is in the parties and layoffs stage now. I've also wondered if a digital move will lead to digital archives, although I don't have a bunch of confidence in the digital move.

* Jenni Mazaraki talks to Mirranda Burton. Bob Levin talks to and reviews Chester Brown.

* finally, Andy Burns sent in his interview with the now-passed Len Wein.
 
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Happy 35th Birthday, Adam Grano!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Ben Towle!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Rod Whigham!

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September 10, 2017


Len Wein, RIP

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Go, Look: Fantastic Comics #1

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Go, Look: Girl Into Woman

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

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

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Happy 71st Birthday, Jackie Estrada!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Steven Gilbert!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Gerry Conway!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Alison Bechdel!

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September 9, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Henry Chamberlain Talks To Penelope Bagieu


Some Bastien Vives/Last Man Video I Had Bookmarked


William Stout Interviewed In 1985


Katie Skelly On Obscenity & Vulnerability
 
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Go, Look: Flash Comics #24

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

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

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

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Paul Grist!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Kevin Maguire!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Dan Vado!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Ted Adams!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Chris Eliopoulos!


 
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September 8, 2017


OTBP: Passport

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Festivals Extra: SPX Chili's Closed Last October

This article bears the bad news. Comics culture depends on places like these being around more than most of us would care to admit. I'm sure there are other places around that provide fried food and a happy hour, but not many with that kind of out-in-the-suburbs legitimacy.
 
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If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: A Few More Dan Flagg Sundays

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on Crawl Space.

* a cartoonist ghost story gone viral.

* Andrea Bennett profiles Librairie Drawn & Quarterly.

* Jorge Gutierrez writes an appreciation for one of comics' great cartoonists and grand personalities, Sergio Aragones. Aragones turned 80 two days ago, and we should all celebrate.

* here's a treat: Dan Nadel writes about and interviews Richard Kyle -- probably the most compelling of the 'zine-era historians and critics, and the man that commissioned "Street Code" from Jack Kirby.

* not comics: it's weird that Marvel seems in some ways to be risking parts of their TV initiative by starving it of funding.

* finally: a preview of Michael Gray.
 
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Happy 34th Birthday, Kate Beaton!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jordan Crane!

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September 7, 2017


Go, Look: Dal Holcomb Caricature Work

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Go, Read: Seth Simons On The Decline Of Cartoon Bank

It seems a solid piece, I hope you read it all the way through. It's a story that's told very infrequently: how a company's goals, abilities or even just their desire to maximize overall profits chokes a sources of revenue meaningful to artists making work. Anyone performing freelance business in the Internet era has seen this enough times to know when a gig is about to go rotten before those more directly employed might. If you can get through that article without dying inside like 15 times, you are a stronger person than I am.

A couple of notes: I'm glad to hear there's a payment tier at the New Yorker not the $700 I've heard cited a bunch of times. Maybe that's just me, but that still feels very low given the contribution the cartoons make to the magazine. One of the reasons the Cartoon Bank was important at its height is it helped cartoonists cross the line to living wage. Also, while I understand how great it is there was a company giving $2M in a year to a select group of cartoonists, I'm still slightly dismayed that $5M went elsewhere and this seems normal to us. That may be naive.
 
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Go, Look: Ant-Man Splash Pages

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Bundled Extra: Dan Gearino Interviews Dick Swan

One of the big releases of the Fall for me is Dan Gearino's Comic Shop. I wrote the foreword, apparently. I hope it's at least pretty good so as not to ruin what I hope is a fun reading experience. I love love love the sprawling, no barriers for entry early comics shops. The way that I got comics that sustained my interest in the early 1980s when the spinner rack no longer had comics for me, I consider it something of a miracle because of the unlikely moving part. Hopefully this book describes if not explains what the hell was going on, the truth behind all the stories of a medium growing with the help of these weird spaces.

This interview is promising. I don't think I even new that at one point in the '60s San Jose had three different comic shops being run by kids younger than 18 years old, one of them at least riding his bike to work. God, that photo alone. I won't republish it here pretending it's fair use, but I want to. Cleo and Violent Jones!
 
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If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Urban Ninja

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on One Piece Vol. 83. Tod Klein on Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #10. Sarah Chihaya on Boundless. Hillary Brown on Palooka-Ville #23.

* there's always something to learn about the comics. One thing I learned this year is part of the Rawhide Kid concept is that he's wee.

* I somehow missed there was a new Charlie Hebdo controversy, this time on a cover-featured hurricane gag. Joe Raiola responds. That's an odd joke, and not much of a substantial one -- it's not too far away from shouting "Trump!" or "Fake News" as a gag-ender. Making jokes in close proximity to human suffering tends to be beyond any working satirist save for those touched by greatness, and I'm not sure that Hebdo has anyone on staff right now or in their current freelancer pool that's close to being able to pull something like that off.

* Robert Boyd read a bunch of things this summer, including comics.

* finally, another reminder I failed in life by not developing a correspondence relationship with Jason.
 
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Happy 83rd Birthday, Warren Sattler!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Richard Barker!

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September 6, 2017


Go, Look: Pen And Ink Commissions By Gilbert Hernandez

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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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JUL172214 GOOD NIGHT PLANET HC $12.95
I think I know why Jog quit doing weekly comics round-up last week. This week is ridiculously stuffed, mostly with prestige stand-alones by names that are exactly killers in the marketplace. I'm going to have jump off and jump back onto this post all day. Live my crowded-schedule pain.

JUN170420 SWEET TOOTH BOOK 01 (MR) $24.99
I never quite get how some DC-related books all of the sudden show up on the lists; I assume this is a reprint. I remember liking the series, and in collected form seems like a good way to have it around the house.

imageJUL171913 BEIRUT WONT CRY GN $30.00
I read these comics religiously during the year they were posted on-line and for their immediacy and impact the group of them collectively was in my top three for the year. I am surprised but very pleased to see a book, and wonder how those comics will read at this remove. I'm even looking forward to the Joe Sacco introduction, and I rarely think in terms of the written support pieces.

MAY170533 SUPER F*CKERS FOREVER TP (MR) $17.99
IDW is a good match for this series; that publisher seems to do well with elite old-school prestige projects and hard to place work with a mainstream-type appeal. James Kochalka's foul-mouthed teen superheroes would seem to fit into the latter group. I have a limited appetite for superhero parody, but I've laughed at some of the jokes in here for sure. I'm surprised the animated version didn't hit.

JUL171302 POPE HATS #5 (MR) $9.95
JUN170798 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #9 CVR A OPENA & HOLLINGSWORTH $3.99
JUL170178 USAGI YOJIMBO #161 $3.99
JUN170416 ASTRO CITY #47 $3.99
JUL170918 WALKING DEAD #171 (MR) $2.99
JUL171137 ASTONISHING X-MEN #3 $3.99
JUL171087 BLACK BOLT #5 $3.99
JUL171523 GIANT DAYS #30 $3.99
Bunches of serial comic-book comics worth noting although only a couple a must-buy. One of those is the fifth issue of Ethan Rilly's solo-anthology title, this time devoted to the last chapter in his big and enjoyable serial about a friendship between two women and how that friendship helps each person through a significant lifetime change. It's extremely pleasurable reading of the old-school '90s alt-comics variety. I like the Seven To Eternity comic for its grimy world-building more than I can follow the plot. It feels like a better thought-out version of an Epic Illustrated story. I will buy all Stan Sakai comics until I die or he stops making them. I am not an Astro City buyer but I admire this latest run. Walking Dead shifts into a road story, which should shake up the plotting. I was dismayed by how poor I thought the twin X-Men titles bearing colors but thought this mini-series with its focus on noting but resetting old X-Men character relationships, was serviceable. I don't know why this didn't kick off one of the ongoings. My enjoys Black Bolt, so I'm enjoying the Christian Ward art on this series as I buy them for him. And I'm always interested in anything in which John Allison has a hand.

JUL170962 WICKED & DIVINE #31 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
MAY170737 WICKED & DIVINE HC VOL 02 (MR) $44.99
A handsome collection and hell, handsome individual issue of this series, probably the indy (by which I mean an alternative take on genre material) comic series of the moment, with nothing else coming close. I have a hard time following what's going on, but I'm still in there, trying. It should be quite the TV series at one point in terms of having a specific look an a lot of meaty roles for the actors.

MAY171603 DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 11 MICKEY VS MICKEY $34.99
It's wonderful these are being published, although Gottfredson's art got less appealing ragged sooner than I remember and thus I'm not sure how many are crucial to own. They are certainly pleasing, well-done mainstream entertainment at any stage.

imageJUL171842 POPPIES OF IRAQ HC $21.95
JUN171681 GROSZ HC $19.99
JUL171920 HUNTING ACCIDENT HC GN $34.99
JUN171280 ICELAND GN $15.00
JUL171954 RETREAT GN (MR) $14.95
DEC161688 MOUNTEBANK GN (MR) $25.00
JUL171646 DREAMS IN THIN AIR GN $25.00
JUL171647 DURAN DURAN IMELDA MARCOS AND ME GN $18.00
And this is where I have a fucking nervous breakdown and do another one of these groupings because crap. Let me come back to this. Rich people with an exploratory nature? This is your week in comics.

JUN171441 LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL HC GN VOL 02 STONE COLD AGE $12.99
The second of Jeffrey Brown's cute all-ages series is out. I hope it's well-supported and catches on. Brown did such a great job with the Star Wars stuff for so long you'd like to see those efforts have a more direct impact on comics that Brown is closer to creatively.

JUN172037 BACK ISSUE #100 $9.95
All respect to the 100th issue. I love these kinds of magazines although I find them only intermittently useful. In that way, it's kind of like trying to figure out comics history and what comics are good when magazines like these, with this outlook were the giants that roamed the earth.

MAY171234 MOUSE GUARD ALPHABET BOOK HC $16.99
I have no idea why there are as many alphabet books as there are coloring books. I thought that was going to happen when the second wave of alt-publishers started having kids, but no.

JUN171673 JOHNNY APPLESEED HC $19.99
This is Paul Buhle writing and Noah Van Sciver drawing, and thus an intriguing window on how much of Van Sciver's recent shift into a higher gear comes from writing and what might com from his art. I liked it, it's a little scattered and kind of doggedly non-commercial. Van Sciver's art is very well-suited to this kind of material but the lack of poetry in the flow of the narrative makes it a stop-and-start affair. Endlessly interesting subject matter, one of the few historical legends that is probably more in the center of American impulses than when I read about them as a kid.

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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 New York, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In British Columbia, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: On Ronald Searle's Cats

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gil Roth talks to Patty Farmer.

* Dan Nadel writes about running RJ Casey's piece on Craig Yoe and Yoe Books. I never really cared much about doing Fanta's will when I worked in their building and I was 25 years old; I can't imagine two fully-grown New Yorkers give a shit, either. He's right in that the Bob Levin review of the great Patrick Rosenkranz's new book is way more damning -- and interesting! And even more personally motivated! Both those guys are heavyweights, too.

* not comics: this was a really weird movie. It worked pretty well, I think because it dug into the classic comic book's legacy of confronting Peter Parker with damaged father substitutes, and hinted that Aunt May, not Robbie Robertson, may be the figure Peter is looking for.

* here's Andrew White about time spent up at Comics Workbook with one of their Rowhouse Residencies. I don't quite all the way get it, but since I think of Santoro's set-up as a karate dojo, I figure White is the kind of visiting black belt they used to have com teach us when I was a kid and had karate lessons.

* Sheila Marika profiles the Instagram cartoons of Arianna Margulis.

* finally: encouragement to take part in a young cartoonist's contest over in the UK.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Dustin Harbin!

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Happy 80th Birthday, Sergio Aragones!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Go Nagai!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Jason T. Miles!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Brendan Leach!

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September 5, 2017


Go, Listen: Jeff Smith On Process Party

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Bundled Extra: The Still Reasonably New Fantagraphics Print Catalog Is Out, And I've Looked At It

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By Tom Spurgeon

Very few publications about comics have changed as fundamentally as the Fantagraphics catalog. Fantagraphics leveraged its ethos of keeping everything in print into a reasonably thriving mail-order business in the 1990s and into the 2000s. I don't think direct sales are as much of an absolute lifeline now as they were then, and in fact Fanta ceded much of its day to day warehousing of material to Diamond years and years ago. The catalog in the mid-2000s made the shift to a kind of book imprint catalog of the kind that booksellers might pick up at a BEA or that might be dropped into their hands.

These catalogs are better than other mentions, though, like an Amazon.com citation, because they provide some inner discipline to the imprints as kind of a promise between them and their distributors. An on-line listing indicates intent to have a book out at some point, while a print catalog gives you an idea as to how a whole line is ready to go release-wise.

Here are a few books planned for the next several months.

* Angels And Magpies: The Love And Rockets Library Vol. 13 (January, 260 pages, $19.99) is Jaime's "Ti-Girls" and "Love Bunglers" material in a format for the work I like very much: readable paperbacks.

* Now #2 (January, 128 pages, $9.99) from editor Eric Reynolds will introduce Roberta Scomparsa and feature a cover by Robert Beatty.

* a "graphic novel treatise" from the great Eleanor Davis called Why Art? (February, 200 pages, $14.99).

* a short-story collection from the great visual talent Blutch revolving around jazz music called Total Jazz (February, 96 pages, $19.99).

* a collection of horror comics from the soul-destroying pen of the cartoonist Josh Simmons, including a bunch of collaborations. It's called Flayed Corpse (March, 180 pages, $24.99).

* long overdue returns to comics from Ho Che Anderson, with the science fiction book Godhead (February, 192 pages, $24.99) and Dave Cooper (whoa!), with Mudbite (March, 72 page, $19.99), a new work starring his Eddy Table character).

* a first graphic novel length work from Nicole Hollander in memoir form called When We All Ate Wonderbread (March, 160 pages, $29.99).

* works from Europe such as Manule Fior's collection of shorts Blackbird Days (April, 104 pages, $24.99); a collection from the master Andre Franquin called Die Laughing (April, 72 pages, $19.99) which should make happy the ghost of Kim Thompson; a straight up literary long-form work from Gipi called Land Of The Sons (April, 288 pages, $29.99).

* Kramers Ergot Vol. 10 is 120 pages, due in April and features a contribution from Robert Crumb.

* finally, the second volume of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is due in April after being shifted from Fall 2017. That's going to be 304 pages, and as anticipated as thoroughly as any comics published over the last ten years.

That looks like a great start to the year, along with the expected continuation of Disney and EC series. It is a really good time to be a comics reader.
 
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Go, Look: The Tomb Of Terror

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Go, Look: Andy Poyiadgi

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Steve Foxe talks to Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer. Some nice person in The Canadian Press profiles Miriam Libicki. Jacob Brogan talks to Tom King.

* RJ Casey writes about Craig Yoe and Yoe Books, in a way that set off many little swirling on-line arguments in person (at least here in Columbus), on Facebook and in the article's own comments thread. As a hit job, I found Casey's piece pretty tame given the rhetoric of the moment, and as something worth discussing I feel there is definitely a point or several points to be made there. Yoe is in front of his books in nearly every way, is their connecting thread, and thus seems a fair target as well. Still, I thought it would go by without notice. Instead, the article set off various unfriendings, gleeful cacklings and 1990s-style fist-shaking at the Journal. The elements of tribalism to which comics isn't immune were on full display. It was darkly humorous to see some folks with the on-line equivalent of a straight face complain Casey was biased and making personal attacks while defending an admitted friend/object of admiration and making personal attacks on his behalf. The idea that anybody that wants to react to art should restrict themselves to a consumer's choice -- to buy or not buy the books -- is super-depressing in this late age. The best argument of Casey's, incidentally, is one Casey himself didn't make: it's to be found in the article comments about a specific book killed for the American marketplace by the appearance of a less well-made one at a similar price point.

* btw: if TCJ is going to run articles that anger and irritate people, I hope some of you that are into writing industry news pitch them, and pitch them soon.

* finally, I love articles where working actors declare they are indeed interested in high-profile roles. Shocker, every time. It's one of the great modern journalism mini-genres.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Cathy Guisewite!

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September 4, 2017


Go, Listen: Jim Rugg On Process Party

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OTBP: Jeff: Job Hunter

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

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Happy 66th Birthday, Scott Shaw!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Paul Smith!

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September 3, 2017


Go, Read: What's Going On In Venezuela?

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Go, Read: How Jerry Lewis Came To Write The Foreword To How To Read Nancy

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

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

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

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Happy 37th Birthday, Victor Cayro!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Ethan Van Sciver!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Joe Matt!

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Happy 94th Birthday, Mort Walker!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Paul Chadwick!

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September 2, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


A Comics Reading By Sarah Ferrick


A 2009 Interview With Charles Burns


Silent Film Version Of Bringing Up Father


Frank Santoro Interviews Noah Van Sciver At PIX 2016


Tom Hart Interviews Carol Tyler, 2016
 
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If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Bruce Simon!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Brett Warnock!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Colleen Frakes!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Walt Simonson!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Eric Knisley!

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September 1, 2017


Go, Look: Eric Kubli

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Go, Look: Colored John Byrne Commission Art

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Go, Look: Xia Gordon

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* here's a profile of the Korean digital comics scene an some of it bigger players.

* Francois Vigneault has re-ignited the on-line serialization of his Titan, promising that the serialization will run all the way through the end of the series, uninterrupted.

* finally: Dan Clowes has a new web site.
 
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If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: The Beyond #5

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alexander Jones and AJ Frost on Generations: Wolverine And All-New Wolverine #1. Oliver Sava on Time And Wine.

* David Lumb talks to Cecil Castellucci. I think that's the best interview with her I've read. David Betancourt talks to Shawn Martinbrough. Robin McConnell talks to the great Jerry Moriarty.

* Brian Cronin explores some of the internal back-and-forth at Marvel over a pair of issues of the initial Frank Miller Daredevil run.

* what would have been Gene Colan's 91st birthday had folks posting this 2009 series of questions the mainstream comic-book icon took from fellow pros.

* Mark Peters writes about Zander Cannon's giant-monsters-in-prison Kaijumax to suggest it has something of value to say about race. I haven't caught up with article or comic to know, but one thing that's great about work like Cannon's that seems more idiosyncratic and focused on comics rather than a Netflix pitch straight-up is that they tend to open themselves up to a variety of readings.

* finally, Walter Simonson on discovering the genius of Jack Kirby.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Landry Walker!

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