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April 30, 2018


Alice Provensen, RIP

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Go, Look: Key Gasoline Alley Color Proof

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Forthcoming Extra: Billy's MAD Event Opens Saturday

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This is a hometown event for me, but it should be a good one and I think it's snuck up on the comics world without the attention it should have received by now: the Billy Ireland's MAD show. This is Brian Walker pulling from multiple collections, so it should have a unique feel, and I'm told both Sergio Aragones and Bill Morrison will be here for the opening party.

This is one of two exhibits -- along with the Annie Koyama collection show -- that will be up CXC weekend, which means we're on the clock and I just had a small heart attack.
 
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Go, Listen: JJ Sedelmaier On Virtual Memories

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* Sloane Leong could use some more help with her campaign to travel to France after accepting a residency.

* the gofundme for legendary early alt-comics mainstay Milton Knight rolls on. I think this is a great opportunity to get some support for Knight that might assist him in the very difficult task of finding a bit of security in terms of living arrangements, and I hope everyone considers giving.

* I also think this has a chance of providing Bill and Nadine Messner-Loebs with issues of family security, although I hope someone is looking on them and providing some advice.

* congratulations to Retrofit on meeting their initial goal.

* finally: this looks like a very interesting subject, and a book that might be a bit difficult to place with a traditional publisher.
 
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If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This

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Go, Read: The Art Of Elsewhere

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Marc Sobel on X-Men: Grand Design. Priscilla Frank on The Pervert. Rosie Knight on Naima. Todd Klein on The Flash #45.

* Gil Roth talks to Steven Heller, with bonus comics content. Lisa L. Colangelo talks to Peter J. Tomasi.

* assembled extra: I've been looking for an article that resembles the streaming films listings that so many magazines run. What's on sale and where will either be mainstreamed into coverage sites or becomes its own, "Ben's Bargains"-like site.

* go, read: "Small Mistakes Make Big Problems."

* not comics: I've found most of the initial writing on the new Avengers movie to be pretty baffling. I suspect that this movie will continue the trend of the Black Panther movie and different levels when it comes to its nature as narrative art and its functionality as pop culture service. I could be wrong.

* finally, I'm not sure I've sussed out the specific prescription here, but I enjoyed reading the article and thinking about the connections between corporate culture and pop culture is almost always satisfying.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Nat Gertler!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Greg Holfeld!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Ben Catmull!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Andrew Mansell!

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April 29, 2018


Go, Read: Ed Sorel On Norman Mailer And Roy Cohn

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Go, Read: Mildred's Motel Mix-Ups

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Go, Look: Micheline Hess

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Go, Look: Maxine Lee-Mackie

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

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

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

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

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Happy 59th Birthday, Oliver Vatine!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Jessica Campbell!

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FFF Results Post #501: Short-Run Anthologies

FFF Results Post #501: On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Anthologies You Enjoyed That Did Not Make It To A Tenth Issue." This is how they responded.

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Mark Brodersen

1. Death Rattle Vol. 3
2. Anything Goes!
3. A1 vol 1
4. 100% True
5. Incredible Science Fiction

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Michael Dooley

1. Bad News
2. Bête Noire
3. Blazing Combat
4. Rosetta
5. The Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics

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Mário Filipe

1. LX Comics
2. Twist
3. Mona
4. Non
5. Orchid

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John Vest

1. Young Lust
2. Graphic Story Monthly
3. Tits & Clits
4. Hot Stuf'
5. Worlds Unknown

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Dave Knott

* Non, edited by Jordan Crane
* Trump, edited by Harvey Kurtzman
* Top Shelf, edited by Chris Staros and Brett Warnock
* Comix Book, edited by Denis Kitchen
* Graphic Story Monthly, edited by Gary Groth and Kim Thompson

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Andrew Mansell

1. Blood Orange
2. NON
3. Time Warp
4. The Big All-American Comic Book
5. Pictopia

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Measles
2. Instant Piano
3. Taboo
4. Centrifugal Bumblepuppy (cover pictured)
5. Eclipse Magazine

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Buzz Dixon

1. Blazing Combat
2. Quack!
3. Penthouse Men's Adventure Comix
4. Omni Comix
5. Trump (1957 Harvey Kurtzman)

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Michael Grabowski

1. Drawn & Quarterly Showcase
2. Raw, Vol. 1
3. Itchy Planet
4. Twist
5. French Ticklers

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Oliver Ristau

1. A1
2. Finnish Comics Annual
3. Dolor
4. Star Fantasy
5. Comics -- Weltbekannte Zeichenserien

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Rob Salkowitz

1. Comix Book
2. Pacifc Presents
3. Vertigo Visions
4. Blazing Combat
5. Imagine

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thanks to all the participated

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April 28, 2018


Go, Look: Crohl's House

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy 51st Birthday, Rob Salkowitz!

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April 27, 2018


Indie/Alt Legend Milton Knight Needs Serious Assistance

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You can read about Milton's plight here, and pledge to his fundraiser here. One of the great all-time talents, those of us that can should try to help.

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Go, Look: Sylvia Nickerson

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Go, Read: Frank Miller Profile Contains Neal Adams' Appraisal Of Miller's Poor-Health Period

Here. Sam Thielman does a good job of balancing Miller's more obtuse references to absence from his own life with Neal Adams more directed advice to indicate there was some heavy drinking during a recent phase of Miller's career. I don't know that I've seen this discussed with someone with direct knowledge in a public way yet, although it was certainly the driver of a thousand convention conversations.

It's good to know that Miller survived at least one friend's expectation of his passing, and would seem to believe himself on the mend. I hope one day he can better and with more focus engage with the work he did he doesn't feel he could do now, and understand that reaction to him will be shaped by that work.
 
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Go, Look: Laura Boren

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Your 2018 Eisner Awards Nominees

imageThe Eisner Awards announced this year's nominees yesterday afternoon. They are below. This looks to me like the usual generously widespread roping in of names and approaches. It's good to see both the obvious names (Emil Ferris!) and the surprise ones (Cathy Malkasian!).

The nominees are decided upon by a committee selected year to year. That group for this year was Candice Mack, Graeme McMillan, Tate Ottati, Nhora Serrano, Alexander Simmons and William Wilson.

The awards are voted on here. They are given out during a ceremony held the Friday night of Comic-Con International weekend. I'll be there in the back row.

PS -- Does anyone really care that I link these up? I doubt it. Old habits die hard, I guess.

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Best Short Story

* Ethel Byrne, by Cecil Castelluci and Scott Chantler, in Mine: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefiting Planned Parenthood (ComicMix)
* Forgotten Princess, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Antonio Sandoval, in Adventure Time Comics #13 (kaboom!)
* A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green, by Nick Sousanis, in Columbia Magazine (Summer 2017)
* Small Mistakes Make Big Problems, by Sophia Foster-Dimino, in Comics for Choice (Hazel Newlevant)
* Trans Plant, by Megan Rose Gedris, in Enough Space for Everyone Else (Bedside Press)

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Best Single Issue/One-Shot

* Barbara, by Nicole Miles (ShortBox)
* Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)
* Pope Hats #5, by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)
* The Spotted Stone, by Rick Veitch (Sun Comics)
* What Is Left, by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (ShortBox)

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Best Continuing Series

* Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and David Rubín (Dark Horse)
* Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming (BOOM! Box)
* Hawkeye, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Mike Walsh (Marvel)
* Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
* The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)

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Best Limited Series

* Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)
* Extremity, by Daniel Warren Johnson (Image/Skybound)
* The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
* Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)
* X-Men: Grand Design, by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

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Best New Series

* Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)
* Grass Kings, by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins (BOOM! Studios)
* Maestros, by Steve Skroce (Image)
* Redlands, by Jordie Belaire and Vanesa Del Rey (Image)
* Royal City, by Jeff Lemire (Image)

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Best Publication for Early Readers (Up To Age 8)

* Adele In Sand Land, by Claude Ponti, translated by Skeeter Grant and Françoise Mouly (Toon Books)
* Arthur And The Golden Rope, by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye/Nobrow)
* Egg, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
* Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)
* Little Tails In The Savannah, by Frederic Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci, translated by Mike Kennedy (Lion Forge/Magnetic)

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Best Publication for Kids (Ages 9-12)

* Bolivar, by Sean Rubin (Archaia)
* Home Time Book One: Under the River, by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf)
* Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
* The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O'Neill (Oni)
* Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

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Best Publication For Teens (Ages 13-17)

* The Dam Keeper, by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (First Second/Tonko House)
* Jane, by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
* Louis Undercover, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
* Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
* Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

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Best Humor Publication

* Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Byron Vaughn (DC)
* The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
* Rock Candy Mountain, by Kyle Starks (Image)
* Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

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Best Anthology

* A Bunch of Jews (And Other Stuff): A Minyen Yidn, by Max B. Perlson, Trina Robbins et al. (Bedside Press)
* A Castle in England, by Jamie Rhodes et al. (Nobrow)
* Elements: Fire, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)
* Now #1, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* The Spirit Anthology, edited by Sean Phillips (Lakes International Comic Art Festival)

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Best Reality-Based Work

* Audubon: On the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan (Nobrow)
* The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (Abrams ComicArts)
* Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852–1903, by Christian Perrissin and Matthieu Blanchin, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (IDW)
* Lennon: The New York Years, by David Foenkinos, Corbeyran, and Horne, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger (IDW)
* Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

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Best Graphic Album -- New

* Crawl Space, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
* Eartha, by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
* My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
* Stages of Rot, by Linnea Sterte (Peow)
* The Story of Jezebel, by Elijah Brubaker (Uncivilized Books)

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Best Graphic Album -- Reprint

* Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole by Charles Burns, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection, by Colleen Coover (Oni/Limerence)
* Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Unreal City, by D. J. Bryant (Fantagraphics)

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Best Adaptation from Another Medium

* Beowulf, adapted by Santiago García and David Rubín (Image)
* H. P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories, adapted by Gou Tanabe, translated by Zack Davisson (Dark Horse)
* Herman Melville's Moby Dick, adapted by Christophe Chabouté, translated by Laure Dupont (Dark Horse)
* Kindred, by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

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Best U.S. Edition of International Material

* Audubon: On the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan (Nobrow)
* Flight Of The Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (EuroComics/IDW)
* FUN, by Paolo Bacilieri, translated by Jamie Richards (SelfMadeHero)
* Ghost of Gaudi, by El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias, translated by Esther Villardón Grande (Lion Forge/Magnetic)
* The Ladies-in-Waiting, by Santiago García and Javier Olivares, translated by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)
* Run For It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for the Freedom, by Marcelo D'Salete, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

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

* Furari, by Jiro Taniguchi, translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
* Golden Kamuy, by Satoru Noda, translated by Eiji Yasuda (VIZ Media)
* My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)
* Otherworld Barbara, Vol. 2, by Moto Hagio, translated by Matt Thorn (Fantagraphics)
* Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories, by Junji Itotranslated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

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Best Archival Collection/Project -- Strips

* Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M. Shulz, edited by Alexis E. Fajardo and Dorothy O'Brien (Andrews McMeel)
* Crazy Quilt: Scraps And Panels On The Way To Gasoline Alley, by Frank King, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
* Foolish Questions And Other Odd Observations, by Rube Goldberg, edited by Peter Maresca and Paul C. Tumey (Sunday Press Books)
* Sky Masters Of The Space Force: The Complete Dailies, by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Daniel Herman (Hermes Press)
* Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1, by Russ Manning et al., edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)

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Best Archival Collection/Project -- Comic Books

* Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan (Kodansha)
* Behaving MADly, edited by Craig Yoe (Yoe Books/IDW)
* The Collected Neil the Horse, by Arn Saba/Katherine Collins, edited by Andy Brown (Conundrum)
* Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez, edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
* Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017, by Paul Gravett, Denis Kitchen, and John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

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Best Writer

* Tom King, Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle (DC)
* Matt Kindt, Grass Kings (BOOM! Studios); Ether (Dark Horse); Eternity, X-O Manowar (Valiant)
* Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender (Image)
* Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image)
* Mark Russell, The Flintstones (DC)

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Best Writer/Artist

* Lorena Alvarez, Night Lights (Nobrow)
* Chabouté, Moby Dick (Dark Horse); Alone, The Park Bench (Gallery 13/Simon & Schuster)
* Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
* Cathy Malkasian, Eartha (Fantagraphics)
* Jiro Taniguchi, Furari, Louis Vuitton Travel Guide: Venice (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

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Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

* Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
* Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
* Gary Gianni, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (Dark Horse)
* Ramón K. Perez, Jane (Archaia)
* David Rubín, Black Hammer #9 & #12, Ether, Sherlock Frankenstein #1–3 (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)

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Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art)

* Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Dinosaur, Little Tails (Lion Forge/Magnetic)
* EFA, Monet: Itinerant of Light (NBM)
* Jean-Pierre Gibrat, Flight of the Raven (EuroComics/IDW)
* Cyril Pedrosa, Portugal (NBM)
* Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

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Best Cover Artist

* Jorge Corona, No. 1 With A Bullet (Image)
* Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC); Doom Patrol (DC Young Animal)
* Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)
* Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)
* Julian Totino Tedesco, Hawkeye (Marvel)

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Best Coloring

* Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
* Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
* Ed Piskor, X-Men: Grand Design (Marvel)
* David Rubín, Ether, Black Hammer, Sherlock Frankenstein (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)
* Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, BPRD: Devil You Know, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, Sherlock Frankenstein, Shaolin Cowboy (Dark Horse); Maestros (Image)
* Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, What Is Left (ShortBox)

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Best Lettering

* Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
* Clayton Cowles, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Redlands, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Bolt, Spider-Gwen, Astonishing X-Men, Star Wars (Marvel)
* Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
* Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo, Groo: Slay of the Gods (Dark Horse)
* John Workman, Mother Panic (DC Young Animal); Ragnorak (IDW)

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Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

* Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
* The Comics Journal, edited by Dan Nadel, Timothy Hodler, and Tucker Stone, tcj.com (Fantagraphics)
* Hogan's Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes
* Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)
* PanelXPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com

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Best Comics-Related Book

* Deconstructing The Incal By Alejandro Jodorowsky And Moebius, by Jean Annestay and Christophe Quillien (Humanoids)
* How Comics Work, by Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher (Wellfleet Press/Quarto Group)
* How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)
* Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, by Richard Pini (Flesk)
* Monograph, by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)
* To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life and Times of Art Young, by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young (Fantagraphics)

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Best Academic/Scholarly Work

* The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon (University Press of Mississippi)
* Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics, by Kate Polak (Ohio State University Press)
* Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)
* Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin, by Brannon Costello (LSU Press)
* Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics, edited by Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis (University of Texas Press)

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Best Publication Design

* Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, designed by Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), NORMA Editorial, and MASH•ROOM (Kodansha)
* Celebrating Snoopy, designed by Spencer Williams and Julie Phillips (Andrews McMeel)
* Monograph, designed by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)
* My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
* Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

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Best Digital Comic

* Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
* Barrier, by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)
* The Carpet Merchant of Konstaniniyya, by Reimena Yee (reimenayee.com/the-carpet-merchant)
* Contact High, by James F. Wright and Josh Eckert (gumroad.com/l/YnxSm)
* Harvey Kurtzman's Marley's Ghost, by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O'Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Gideo Kendall (comiXology Originals/Kitchen, Lind & Associates)
* Quince, by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner, and Emma Steinkellner, translated by Valeria Tranier (Fanbase Press/comiXology)

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Best Webcomic

* Awaiting a Wave, by Dale Carpenter and Nate Powell (The Weather Channel Digital)
* Brothers Bond, by Kevin Grevioux and Ryan Benjamin (LINE Webtoon)
* Dispatch from a Sanctuary City, by Mike Dawson (The Nib)
* The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O'Neill
* Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan (New York Times Sunday Review)

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Go, Look: Marleni Gomez

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Musa Kart Sentenced To Jail For Aiding Terrorist Organizations In Distress Turkish Court Outome

imageI'm sort of choked with contempt that the routinely brave cartoonist Musa Kart and many of his journalistic peers were sentenced to jail for aiding terrorist organizations through their coverage. Kart got just over three years. Many of the accused including Kart were held for a lengthy time before being released ahead of their trials.

This isn't Turkish leadership suppressing criticism through the use of the courts, it's basically an act of political revenge where the victorious side of an attempted coup has decided to push for greater control over opposition press by defining the terms of what was at stake during the conflict to which the paper bore witness. It should send a shudder up anyone's spine that values the role that journalistic coverage plays in helping sort out extremely difficult issues during times of turmoil. No judicial body should be interpreting work along these lines. Freedom to comment and direct coverage of controversial political activity needs the greatest possible distance from official censure.

The life of this blog has seen multiple instances where the dimmest of powerful fucknuts have secured more power against the basics of not just a free press but basically any press by weaponizing political opinion. This is as dismaying an outcome as one can imagine, at least until it starts happening here.
 
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If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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If I Were Near Jersey City, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Billy Bert Young

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* by request extra: great movement in the last 24 on the Retrofit crowd-funder. They could get there if they have an amazing close, or if they have someone willing to pay it out.

image* Alexander Lu on Be Prepared. Rob Clough on The Dragon Slayer.

* not comics: Steve Foxe has several interesting things to say about Marvel's general inability to sell comics based on their movies. I appreciate his reminder that they did a good job driving fans towards an Iron Man series ten years ago. That's my memory as well. For the most part, what works is a single volume to which retailers can direct readers, with anything else playing a secondary role. For this one, I think Marvel should have gone with a prestige Thanos book the way that the Lee Bermejo drawn book featuring The Joker did well after one of the Batman movies. But that's just a hunch. Whatever they're doing movie to movie, though, doesn't seem to work.

* Sloane Leone talks to Nivedita Sekar.

* finally: a look inside the re-issue of Craig Thompson's Carnet De Voyage.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Yoshihiro Togashi!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Sean T. Collins!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Jan Mullaney!

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April 26, 2018


Go, Congratulate: Eisner Awards Nominees Announced

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Go, Look: Julia Ploch

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* read Clarkisha Kent for the unique disappointments of the Universal FanCon implosion. There's a well-written, very thorough article here with a ton of detail, if you want to know more about what happened more generally. Good work on that one. It looks like a cross between early principal in-fighting that turned grasping and cynical and outright fraud intended from the very beginning. Sounds like it was clearly dead a while ago, too.

* Tom Hiddleston's con memories are likely more handsome than yours.

* both of these TCAF posters are ridiculously attractive.

* Comic-Con continues to roll out its special guest list. No one books special guests quite like Comic-Con for that show, and I've been impressed studying their lists for the last few years how they hit a bunch of different sets of targets.

* finally: this is an impressive list of con disasters.
 
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If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: Aditi Damle

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Propagation And Seed Dispersal Of Human/Plant Hybrids On 625B.

* Jared Smith and Big Planet are the subjects of TCJ's retailer column.

* not comics: Unbreakable was the only film I've ever seen where more than half the crowd walked out. This sounds worse.

* this story about an Ignatz winner breaking up their brick into parts for everyone that participated in the winning anthology is very, very sweet.

* finally: Lisa Hanawalt is the best.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Matt Dembicki!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Michael Kupperman!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Bruce Jay Friedman!

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April 25, 2018


Go, Look: Molly Fehr

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

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

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

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FEB180469 ALACK SINNER AGE OF DISENCHANTMENT TP $29.99
It's going to be near-impossible to buy an obviously better book this year. This is the second half of IDW's publishing project on behalf of all the Sinner work. These comics are marvelously drawn and the narratives are very lean.

imageFEB181556 NOW #3 (MR) $9.99I put this comic into the featured image slot just so I could go look at the cover. So Mission Accomplished there. It did not disappoint and neither has this anthology series.

DEC171204 GIRL IN THE HIMALAYAS ORIGINAL GN $16.99
DEC171208 GOLDIE VANCE TP VOL 04 $14.99
No idea on the former one except I liked the style represented on the sole cover image. That's enough for an in-store inspection, for sure. The second one is a solid all-ages performer; a fourth volume feels like a strong indicator this one is working with audiences.

SEP170442 ABSOLUTE PREACHER HC VOL 03 (MR) $150.00
Never a real fan, I feel like this material might look pretty great in this particular format. DC has a lot of this figured out.

FEB180605 BEEF #3 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
FEB180645 KILL OR BE KILLED #18 (MR) $3.99
FEB180685 SAGA #51 (MR) $2.99
FEB180380 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EVIL AT BALDURS GATE #1 CVR A DUNBAR $3.99
FEB180381 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EVIL AT BALDURS GATE #1 CVR B KOTZ $3.99
Beef is the new Shaky Kane and is impossible to describe without the words "Shaky" and "Kane." Kill Or Be Killed and Saga are A-level Image series and their appearance (particularly the latter) should mean a lot of happy customers. There are sad elements to each. The D&D stuff I noticed because I guess D&D is a thing now, but I'm convinced that the narrative elements of those games are nowhere is the key to its success as I thought when I was a little kid. So I'm always confused by narrative-driven spin-off.

FEB181034 ANIMOSITY HC VOL 01 YEAR ONE (MR) $39.99
This series -- which I understand is basically "Everyone The Wonder Everything" had a lot of nice buzz in the comics shops I've visited while coming out in serial form.

FEB181731 FASHION IN ACTION $20.00
That's a nice price point for a collection of JK Snyder III's stylish late 1980s back-up serial. I'm not sure I need to go back, but this makes it moire likely.

FEB182123 COMICS REVUE PRESENTS APR 2018$19.95
There's a really fun stand-alone Wilson McCoy Phantom story, a bunch of weird color Russ Manning Tarzan Sundays set in the earth's core and a satisfying later-period Flash Gordon story. I do so enjoy getting this magazine.

FEB182049 DC COMICS VARIANT COVERS COMP VISUAL HISTORY $45.00
Yeah.

MAR182160 READING LESSONS IN SEEING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GNS SC $30.00
An academic book with a non-academic price point. No idea why I'm obsessed with price pints this morning.

FEB180526 PERVERT OGN (MR) $17.99
I liked the Island excerpt and look forward to consuming this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Go, Look: W Loud's Punk Hero Comic Book Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on It's Cold In The River At Night. Alex Hoffman on The Pervert. Tom Murphy on Anti-Gone. Charles Hatfield on 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior.

* not comics: Marvel doesn't want to tip their hand as to the shape of their movie series until after Avengers 4, to best take advantage of the mystery caused by a lot of actors that are key to those movies coming to their contractual end. I hadn't thought of it, but this would have an effect on the big conventions where subject announcements are made.

* meanwhile, over at TCJ, the great Michael Tisserand tells one of the great stories in comics history, that of cartoonist Eugene XXX.

* finally: on the challenges facing the Direct Market. By "challenge," this article means "way to die."
 
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Happy 91st Birthday, Albert Uderzo!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Milo George!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Peter Sanderson!

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April 24, 2018


Go, Look: Eric Kostiuk Williams

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Drew Friedman unveils his cover for Jon B Cooke's big book about the series Weirdo. That's a fine R. Crumb, but a choice young Peter Bagge.

* Danica Novgorodoff will do four graphic novels in conjunction with a theater company's new season.

* this feels like propping something up for a shot at selling television/film right more than a long-term print plan, but that's a fun-enough property, I guess.

* I don't think someone just doing a video trailer for a comic is news anymore, but I'm happy to see a new Hope Larson book and sites excited about that fact.

* finally, a little bit of not comics: didn't know that Cathy Guisewite had a new book of prose essays out, and I'm interested in the result.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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OTBP: Comics By Douglas Noble

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ally Russell on Godhead.

* I hate the headline here; Michael Cavna checks in with the cartoonist.

* here's a short report from the MariNaomi/Tillie Walden/Pamela Ribon panel organized by the LAT Book Festival over the weekend.

* here's a selection of recommended graphic memoirs. Not everything that Alison Bechdel and Lynda Barry are graphic memoirs, but the enthusiasm for those they've done is apparent.

* this walk through Jesse Jacobs' work is quite fun. At this point, I'll read everything Jacobs does with impatient curiosity.

* finally: a recap of #FanCon from a devoted, close watcher.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Warren Craghead!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Devlin Thompson!

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April 23, 2018


Lee Holley, RIP

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Your 2018 Glyph Comics Awards Nominees

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The East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention has announced this year's round of Glyph Awards nominee, with the winners to be announced during their Philadelphia show. They are a mixture of creator and creation. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

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STORY OF THE YEAR

* A.W.O.L.; Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist
* (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1; Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer, Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist
* Is'nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1; Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer and artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Malika - Dragon Trials; Roye Okupe, writer, Chima Kalu & Osas Asemota, artist
* Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Killer Croc/Boomerang/Amanda Waller; Vita Ayala, writer, Brian Level, Oscar Bazaldua, Matt Merhoff, artist
* What Is Race?; Whit Taylor, writer, Whit Taylor, artist

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BEST COVER

* (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* The Power Knights; Keithan Jones, writer, Keithan Jones, artist
* Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist

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BEST WRITER

* Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer; Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1
* Vita Ayala, writer; Suicide Squad Mot Wanted: Killer Croc/Boomerang/Amanda Waller
* Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer; Kid Carvers
* Tim Fielder, writer; Matty's Rocket: Book One
* Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1
* Jamar Nicholas, writer; Leon: Protector Of The Playground
* Roye Okupe, writer; Malika - Dragon Trials
* Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer; (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4
* Dedren Snead, writer; Sorghum & Spear: Simadan
* Kevin Sorrell, writer; The LIfe And Times Of Abigail Waller
* Whit Taylor, writer; What Is Race?

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BEST ARTIST

* Tim Fielder, artist; Matty's Rocket: Book One
* Shauna J. Grant, artist; Princess Love Pon
* Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist; Superb, Vol. 1
* Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1
* Ronald Nelson, artist; (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4
* Jamar Nicholas, artist; Leon: Protector Of The Playground
* Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist; Kid Carvers

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BEST MALE CHARACTER

* Albert Hathaway; Heroes Of Homeroom C; Anthony Ruttgaizer, writer, Carlos Granda, artist
* Charley Carver; Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Is'nana the Were-Spider; Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1; Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer, , artist
* Jonah Watkins; Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist
* Leon Magnificent; Leon: Protector Of The Playground; Jamar Nicholas, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist
* Marsalis J. Parker; Blackwax Boulevard; Dmitri Jackson, writer, Dmitri Jackson, artist
* Michael Cray; Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1; Bryan Hill, writer, Bill Sienkiewicz, artist

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BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

* Abigail Waller; The LIfe And Times Of Abigail Waller; Kevin Sorrell, writer, Kevin Sorrell, artist
* Ada Turner; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1; Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer, Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist
* Cruz Ochoa; A.W.O.L.; Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist
* Devil Girl; Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #21; , writer, Natacha Bustos, artist
* Kayla Tate; Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist
* Malika; Malika - Dragon Trials; Roye Okupe, writer, Chima Kalu & Osas Asemota, artist
* Marley Carver; Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Matty Watty; Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* Naima Pepper; (H)Afrocentric, Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* Namazzi; Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Princess Love Pon; Princess Love Pon; Shauna J. Grant, writer, Shauna J. Grant, artist

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RISING STAR AWARD

* Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer/artist; Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1
* Natacha Bustos, artist; Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #21
* Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer, Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1
* Shauna J. Grant, writer, Shauna J. Grant, artist; Princess Love Pon
* Sheena C. Howard, writer, Ray Hieght, artist; Superb
* Roye Okupe, writer, Chima Kalu & Raphael Kazeem, artist; Malika - Warrior Queen Part One
* Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist; Sorghum

BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC

* (H)Afrocentric, Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* The LIfe And Times Of Abigail Waller; Kevin Sorrell, writer, Kevin Sorrell, artist
* Princess Love Pon; Shauna J. Grant, writer, Shauna J. Grant, artist
* What Is Race?; Whit Taylor, writer, Whit Taylor, artist
* Zulu; Alverne Ball, writer, Michael Watson, artist

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BEST REPRINT PUBLICATION

* Deathstroke Volume One: The Professional; DC Comics
* Legend Of The Mantamaji; And... Action! Entertainment
* Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur Volume Three: Smartest There Is; Marvel

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FAN AWARD FOR BEST WORK

* A.W.O.L.; Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist
* Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1; Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer/artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Leon: Protector Of The Playground; Jamar Nicholas, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist
* The Life And Times Of Abigail Waller; Kevin Sorrell, writer, Kevin Sorrell, artist
* Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist
* What Is Race?; Whit Taylor, writer, Whit Taylor, artist

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Go, Look: Splash Pages From Marvel Team-Up

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* in case you missed it, an on-line fundraiser to send money directly to William and Nadine Messner-Loebs has been established. I hope that they get the cushion they need to live safely and securely, and this could help facilitate that. The previous gofundme for the longtime mainstream comics writer and one-time indie comics cartoonist, the one that went up right when the story was reported, was for a charitable group that was helping the comics pair and others. I also hope that someone from that group or from comics can step in and help the couple with advice and perspective; I suspect there are issues involved that an influx of money won't completely help. The best of luck to that talented man and his beloved partner, though; I hope all that can and are moved to do so will give generously.

* here's a prison librarian hoping for a GN and genre book build-up of their resources. No answer as of yet if they're accepting any comics an author wants to send or if it's preferred that it goes/has to go through the linked-to Amazon list. I worked with a prison library 100 years ago and things can be very specific.

* the ambitious campaign by Retrofit to fund 12 books at apprxoximately $3000 per book could use some definite help. I've seen bigger last week's but not a lot of them. I know at least three of these books will be swell and I'm sure others will, too. We need to have a talk at some point about our expectations regarding publisher-involved crowd-funders but I'm not sure how to facilitate that.

* finally, Sloane Leong is looking for help to get to Angouleme and participate in a residency. That would be nice to see happen.
 
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If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Wolverine Vs. Silver Surfer

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Marc-Oliver Frisch on comics by Olivia Vieweg. Sue Carter on Love That Bunch.

* congrats to Steve Sack on winning a Minnesota Book Award.

* I thought this cartoon might gain some traction. I don't think that sentimental is the only way to do cartoons about public figures, but a lot of people do and one that hits right almost always becomes popular.

* finally: a high-quality print of Will Elder's amazing "A Visit To Grandma's" is available until Friday. If I had $150 to spare on a print this week, it'd go to one. Elder was an amazing artist, a sneaky spot-holder on the top 20 of the 20th Century.
 
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Happy 76th Birthday, Edmond Baudoin!

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April 22, 2018


Go, Look: Olivia Fields

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Go, Look: Nicole Scerra

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

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

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

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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Happy 71st Birthday, Tadashi Matsumori!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Jacque Nodell!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Bryan Hitch!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Larry Mahlstedt!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Steve Englehart!

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FFF Results Post #500e -- To-Do List

On Friday, March 16, a select group of CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics You Believe Might Have Significant Merit That You Have Yet To Read." This is how they responded.

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Mário Filipe

1. L'Incal By Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius
2. Asterios Polyp By David Mazzucchelli (pictured above)
3. Ninja By Brian Chippendale
4. Multiforce By Mat Brinkman
5. Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Bill Mauldin's 1950s and 1960s Editorial Cartoons (Past A Few)
2. Bootsie
3. Sir Bagby
4. Classic Dan Dare (pictured above)
5. Kudzu

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Oliver Ristau

1. Farmer Ned's Comic Barn by Gerald Jablonski
2. Tekkon Kinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto (pictured above)
3. Soldier X by Igor Kordey
4. Early Retirement by Mark Thomas Gibson
5. Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013 by M.K. Brown

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Michael Dooley

1. Shitty Watchmen, by Dave Baker and others
2. The Complete Crepax Volume Three: Evil Spells, by Guido Crepax
3. Crazy Quilt, Scraps and Panels on the Way to Gasoline Alley, by Frank King
4. The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Volume One: From Sherlock Holmes to A Clockwork Orange to Jo Nesbø, by Russ Kick
5. The Provocative Colette, by Annie Goetzinger (pictured above)

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thanks to those that participated; normal service will begin with #501 at a future date

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April 21, 2018


Go, Look: Baron Yoshimoto

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Go, Look: Liam Cobb

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If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Canoga Park, I'd Go To This

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Teri Wood!

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April 20, 2018


Go, Look: Sami Alwani

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Go, Read: Abraham Riesman On Jim Starlin's Cyclical Relationship With Marvel Comics

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Here. It is worth being reminded that many creators' complaints about the big companies aren't moral/ethical battles but concern issues of treatment and recompense.

I would assume that Starlin's deal with Marvel has something to do with show Thanos pre-existed the work in that issue of Iron Man, but I'm no lawyer.
 
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Go, Look: Jack Kirby Fourth World Cover Images

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Festivals Extra: Universal FanCon Pushes Show Back Citing They're Just Not Able To Put On The Show

The Beat has a reasonably straightforward write-up on the show pushing back a week out from its start date. No refunds. No firm date for the show.

imageThis is a focused bad thing in that people that planned to attend or to exhibit at this particular show almost certainly will suffer from sunk costs in terms of non-refundable travel costs, items made or prepared for the show, fees, and even time asked off or something similar. I assume there will be an effort to do a smaller show for those in town, and on-line connections extended to sellers that won't make it now, and I will try to promote those efforts here at CR in next week's Festival column. It doesn't necessarily sound like the kind of show readers of this site would attend in great percentages, but many of you were likely aware of it and attending a make-up show is a nice thing to do even if it's not completely your thing.

This is a general bad thing in that it underlines that these shows are hard, and kickstarted things of many types can be hard and elude completion. I've learned this as much as anyone the last few years and am still scrambling to get on track with a lot of make-up work to come afterwards at all of my jobs. I wish I had been less brash and started smaller and pushed harder to develop as we go and even when we have we've still learned that anything worth doing is going to go through growing pains that are going to extraordinarily painful to negotiate. Be Drawn and Quarterly, not Next Planet Over. Year twenty, not year one. Just having a smaller group of people involved makes any recovery easier, too, as will multiple back-up plans. My sympathy to everyone harmed.

Update: This twitter thread suggests there may be a nefarious element involved and thus this may not just be a failure of the organizers' collective will. That might help people leverage their credit cards into refunding, and it certainly needs to be part of the story moving forward.
 
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Go, Look: Melissa Neuburger

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By Request Extra: Direct Aid To Bill & Nadine Messner-Loebs

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Here. The previous fundraiser was by a group in Michigan looking after the couple and other people in a similar state. I hope the writer and cartoonist gets the buffer the couple needs and that there will be some assistance to them in managing their affairs.
 
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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: ZERO Adventure

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gary Zidek talks to Jessica Campbell.

* not comics: Laura Hudson on Ready Player One and how its fantasy of the Internet as a safe, free place really works. I'm glad I'm old and missed any mention of the book and barely heard of the movie. I was a kid in the 1980s in the whitest, most cornfed suburban high school and even our relationships to pop culture were way more complicated and interesting than using its broadest elements as badges of imagined glory.

* I am pro new Nancy, although I get that it breaks sharply with any traditional values of Nancy and works differently, and I find legacy strips kind of gross as a general rule. I wish all the strips still produced like that were as odd yet immediately graspable. Also: I suspect that no one knowing the creator means that they are young, or are coming at this sideways from another career/pursuit, or both. Give them time.

* finally: how things are.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Didier Kassai!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Evan Dorkin!

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April 19, 2018


Go, Listen: Jaime Hernandez On Virtual Memories

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* here's some more advance press for the ACE Universe show headed to ECCC-serviced Seattle. I think that's a pretty easy feature to seel a newspaper. One thing that discourages me about this becoming a competing model is that name is so terrible. It's like a hardware show name.

* just noticed that Wizard moved its Columbus show back to June from post-San Diego Con. I wonder if that means the show has done well enough that it's no longer on the rumored chopping block. Two years ago in particular that looked like a show they were running out there to return lousy attendance figures.

* there's been a lot of regional and local press coverage of smaller shows recently, but it's all celebrity guests and drooling-over-cosplay pieces so I'll pass.

* finally: TCAF TCAF TCAF. That's all my friends are talking about, anyway.
 
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If I Were In Lucerne, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Listen: Keren Katz On Process Party

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Jog on Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction Vol. 1. Rob Clough on the comics of Kevin Budnik. Françoise Mouly on Why Art?.

* congrats to Robert Meyers on his new position at Valiant.

* veteran industry and news/culture commentator Jeet Heer writes about his changing perspective on the character Apu from The Simpsons.

* bundled extra: The Beat has a preview of the next Shannon Wheeler effort, Memoirs Of A Very Stable Genius. I like the look of the art.

* finally: Abraham Riesman talks to Frank Miller about a sequence from The Dark Knight Returns whose approach is clearly yanked from Bernard Krigstein.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Steve Schanes!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Mark McMurray!

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Jim Ivey!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Martha Thomases!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Max Riffner!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Michael Dowers!

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April 18, 2018


Go, Look: Alii Bartoldus

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Your 2018 Doug Wright Award Nominees; Duncan Macpherson To The Giants Of The North HOF

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A slew of prominent cartoonists including Guy Delisle, Joe Ollmann, GG, Jesse Jacobs and Connor Willumsen sit on top of this year's nominees press release from the Doug Wright Awards. The wonderfully limited category program (three) also named the late Duncan Macpherson into its Giants of the North hall of fame.

Nominees are as follows.

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The 2018 Doug Wright Best Book Award, (best English-language GN published in Canada):

* Hostage (Drawn & Quarterly) Guy Delisle
* I'm Not Here (Koyama Press) GG
* Crawl Space (Koyama Press) Jesse Jacobs
* The Abominable Mr. Seabrook (Drawn & Quarterly) Joe Ollmann
* Anti-Gone (Koyama Press) Connor Willumsen (pictured above)

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The 2018 Doug Wright Spotlight Award / "The Nipper" (comics-maker or team deserving of wider recognition):

* Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes, The Case of the Missing Men (Conundrum Press) (pictured above)
* Gillian Blekkenhorst, All-Inclusive Fully Automated Vacation and House of Strays
* Eric Kostiuk Williams, Condo Heartbreak Disco (Koyama Press)
* Jason Loo, The Pitiful Human-Lizard Nos. 12, 13 and 14 (Chapterhouse Comics)
* Jenn Woodall, Magical Beatdown Volume Two and Marie and Worrywart

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The Pigskin Peters Award (experimental, unconventional, avant-garde):

* The Dead Father, Sami Alwani (pictured above)
* The Death of the Master, Patrick Kyle
* Crohl's House Nos. 1 & 2, Alexander Laird, Jamiel Rahi and Robert Laird
* Creation: The First Three Chapters, Sylvia Nickerson
* Potluck, Wavering Line Collective

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Duncan Macpherson (1924-1993) was an editorial cartoonist at the Montreal Standard, Toronto Star and at Maclean's. He was born in 1925, served during the Second World War. He studied art in Canada and the US. He began his career with the Montreal Standard in 1948. He won multiple awards for his work, including six National Newspaper Awards and the Royal Academy Medal. He died in 1993.

The nominating committee was Adrian Doran, Alexander Hoffman, Betty Liang, and Conan Tobias. This year's jury is Bo Doodley, Jim Muroe, Marc Ngui and Pamela Marie Pierce. The DWAs are held the evening of May 12 during TCAF weekend. Dustin Harbin is your host.

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Go, Look: Alexa Sharpe

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

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

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

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FEB181546 DIE LAUGHING HC FRANQUIN (MR) $19.99
I thought I was going to have to finesse a top choice from this week's comics listing and then I noticed that Fantagraphics is publishing the most interesting material from one of history's great cartoonists, so please consider this. The last time I visited the late Kim Thompson's house, Kim dumped some northern European country's version of the Artist's Edition on my lap, with each book featuring a different Franquin story. For some reason, Franquin never getting over in North America seems to enhance this volume. Take a look.

imageFEB181574 CRAFTY CAT & GREAT BUTTERFLY HC $13.99
FEB181570 BE PREPARED GN $12.99
FEB181571 BE PREPARED HC GN $22.99
FEB181572 CITY ON OTHER SIDE GN $16.99
FEB181573 CITY ON OTHER SIDE HC GN $23.99
Three from First Second and MacMillan. The second book listed is by Vera Brosgol, who should be a name in this general category of comics for as long as desired. The Harper book caught my attention, though, because its author always always always had style to burn and I haven't really kept up with the resulting career. I'd like to do so, even in a category that's not for me.

FEB180142 ACTION COMICS #1000 $7.99
FEB180058 USAGI YOJIMBO #2 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
JAN180526 ASSASSINISTAS #4 CVR A HERNANDEZ (MR) $3.99
FEB180643 KICK-ASS #3 CVR A ROMITA JR (MR) $3.99
FEB180646 LAZARUS #27 (MR) $3.99
FEB180653 MAGE HERO DENIED #8 (OF 15) CVR A $3.99
Comic-book format comics is dominated this time out by Action Comics #1000 -- a genuinely impressive anniversary coupled with what every hit comics need right now in the form of Bendis to DC PR juice and a general "you should buy this" directive aimed at the bulk of shop-goers. Superman, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen are basically the Beatles of mainstream comics characters, and the act of exploitation that has driven Supes' publishing career may enter the mind peripherally or not at all. I'd like to see the current Gilbert Hernandez-drawn comic, and am overdue. The Kick-Ass offers nothing new to my eye, although JR JR is always sort of interesting. If Mark Millar ran Marvel Comics, the entire 1970s would have been Nova after Nova. It's never not amusing to note "Lazarus returns." That's a handsome issue. So was the latest Matt Wagner, as the story starts to settle into basic beats and action scenes.

imageDEC170090 BPRD HELL ON EARTH HC VOL 02 $34.99
Long live the Mignola-verse.

DEC171192 CYANIDE & HAPPINESS TP GUIDE PARENTING BY 3 GUYS W NO KIDS $9.99
The convention presence and the occasional flashes of media coverage suggest these creators do well in whatever format they choose.

AUG171508 WALTER SIMONSON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ART ED HC SGN $250.00
AUG171509 WALTER SIMONSON BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ART ED HC SGN REMARK $400.00
JAN181065 THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON TP VOL 03 NEW PTG $29.99
I remember the Galactica stuff being handsome work and I love pretty much everything Walter Simonson, but the signatures there seem to be what is pushing it out of my price range. The Thor stuff is enjoying an anniversary year and I look at it whatever form they publish, although I shudder to think there might have been a gap when this material wasn't available.

DEC170540 SKIPPY HC VOL 04 COMPLETE DAILIES 1934 - 1936 $49.99
I am so grateful this exists in equal measure as I am completely unable to invest in the volumes at this moment.

FEB181544 BLACKBIRD DAYS HC (MR) $22.99
This is Manuele Fior, who has had as solid recent publishing history as anyone. I know I've read some of this material, so I'd take a long look to see if I've read it all.

JAN181660 LAND OF THE SONS HC (MR) $29.99
Gipi! The last three entries on this list including this one are ridiculous, and I hope stores are clever enough to load up and keep all three around long enough to find readers.

OCT170543 JOE KUBERT TARZAN AND THE LION MAN ARTIST ED HC $125.00
I love looking at Joe Kubert, and I'm not a huge fan of his Tarzan work in color, so this works out just perfectly for me.

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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: Life Outside The Circle

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Irene Velentzas on Bodie Troll.

* Alenka Figa on Leaving Richard's Valley.

* a free speech award to the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. Comics-savvy John Lewis was on the jury, apparently.

* if you're in Detroit this weekend, go see the great Gene Luen Yang.

* finally: I'm glad they took it down but even if everyone loved having the cartoon as a t-shirt, it wasn't theirs to sell. Sheesh.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Roger Salick!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Darryl Cunningham!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Thierry Groensteen!

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April 17, 2018


Go, Look: Max Temescu

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James Romberger Confirms Sy Barry Drew The Martin Luther King And The Montgomery Story Comic

Here. That's a nice story. My memory is that Andrew Aydin did his academic work on this comic and as March became a within-comics and outside-of-comics thing his curiosity carried more force. Good on James Romberger for dragging this one across the finish line. It's a nice-looking comic, I hope Sy Barry will receive something in the here-and-now for that work, even if it's just a specialized attention.
 
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Go, Look: Alessandro Echevarria

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Your 2018 Editorial Cartooning Pulitzer Winners

imageThe big prize goes to Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan for their series in the New York Times on refugees. Nominees were Mark Fiore (freelance) and Mike Thompson (Detroit Free Press). Congratulatons to all.

You can find the winning series here. It ran from January to October of last year.

This is significant because it is journalism in comics form, and it wasn't clear if the Pulitzers were ever going to give their yearly award to something in that specific format.
 
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Go, Look: Gene Day's Short Story "Samurai"

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Go, Look: Béatrice Tiller

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Evan Narcisse on Comic Shop. Kathleen Rooney on We Ate Wonder Bread.

* there's a group-written look at 100 influential comics pages here. There are some fun artists included, and the high number of overall selections involved lets some awesome pages be included along with some ruthlessly ordinary superhero comics choices. I was surprised by the number of times I thought the list included an worthwhile artist or even comic and then used a page that couldn't compete on any level with another page just a few away.

* Mike Luckovich loves his car.

* a library at the University of Colorado is the recipient of the Eisner Foundation's partnership with ALA in service of stocking graphic novels. That sounds like a nice program.

* Matt Badham talks to David Baillie. Dan Brown profiles Michael Cho.

* Poynter.org looks into Kevin Necessary's job with a local Cincinnati TV station.

* finally: here's the Facebook page for the CCAD comics program, here in Columbus.
 
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Happy 83rd Birthday, Jiro Kuwata!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Noel Tuazon!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Kazuichi Hanawa!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Jean-Pierre Gibrat!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Ben Dunn!

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April 16, 2018


Go, Look: Leland Goodman

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* the wife of artist Mike DeCarlo was struck by a car and thus that family could use help.

image* the Retrofit crowd-funder could probably use the most attention right now. Not getting to their halfway point with fewer than ten days left would be a rough position to make a last-minute rush at their initial goal. There is a ton of potentially good work in there, including must-haves from favorites of mine like Summer Pierre, Warren Craghead and Karl Stevens. While the ask is a large one, it breaks down to about $3K-$4K for each individual artist to send their way, which isn't out-of-bounds. It could be a combination that the full ask is more than $50 and the individual asks involve some math, but I can't say that for sure.

* cartoonist Julia Kaye is raising money for Facial Feminization Surgery.

* stumbled across this random crowd-funder where the comic seemed interesting to me.

* finally: congratulations to Ken Eppstein and Nix Comics on making their initial ask
 
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OTBP: Rat Tactics

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Leah Nash talks to Anya Davidson.

* I'm not sure I posted this link: Kurt Busiek on the decline of the ubiquity of inkers.

* John Porcellino finished his From Lone Mountain mini-tour in Columbus Saturday night, charming a crowd of about 30 -- about half of whom were buyers -- by unpacking his state of mind as it informed specific comics he read aloud. I don't know how many people have caught this, but Porcellino has been billing this as a "last tour" as part of a desire to refashion how much time he spends doing what kind of things. If that was the last stop on the last tour, it was a good one, and we've just lost the pleasure of hosting one of comics' all-time mightiest road warriors. He'll continue to do a few shows within driving distance -- Porcellino can't fly because of ear trauma. The era of Porcellino sweeping into your town on a random evening like a mini-comics troubador, those days might be over.

* Oliver Ristau on Resident Lover.

* finally, congratulations to a deserving comics-maker.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, David Aja!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Charles Hatfield!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Paul Rivoche!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Lauren Weinstein!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Steve Haynie!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Kim DeMulder!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Leonard Rifas!

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April 15, 2018


Go, Look: A Few Images From Lynd Ward's Frankenstein

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Go, Look: Alisa Harris

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Go, Look: Alex Toth Sketchbook Pages

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Go, Look: Alexandra Filipek

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

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

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Patrick Larme!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Robert Luedke!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Sam Peeters!

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FFF Results Post #500d -- Memories Are Made Of This

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On Friday, March 16, a select group of CR readers were asked to "Name Five Memories Related To Five Comics, But Don't Name The Comics." This is how they responded.

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Kiel Phegley

1. Asking the teenager at the hostess stand of Bill Knapps restaurant for the comics they kept in a secret basket when I was 8
2. Reading a graphic novel I should have been cool enough to know already but didn't that was given to me by a girl I dated after graduating high school
3. Binge-reading a godawful vampire comic as prep for an interview while sitting on an air mattress for an early Wizard magazine assignment
4. Distracting myself from writer's block with an 80-page giant-style reprint while at grad school residency
5. Flipping through random sale item comiXology purchases while rocking my newborn to sleep

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Stephen Harrick

1. Using Silly Putty to make an ephemeral copy of the comic strip
2. Expanding my vocabulary by asking adults what certain words meant
3. Going to my friend David's house to read comics that my mother wouldn't let me buy
4. Standing in awe of the seemingly countless titles during my earliest Wednesday trips
5. Searching the entire house to find the misplaced comic my friend Jon let me borrow

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Tom Spurgeon

1. 1000 hours spent reading after lunch and before we were allowed to go swimming again.
2. Having a Beatles joke explained to me I thought was a non-sequitur.
3. My father's Hal Foster story.
4. My mother's Jim Davis syndication story.
5. The story-strip plot point that made my Aunt Barbara cry.

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Oliver Ristau

1. Me bleeding heavily and not realizing it at all while being mentally in the jungle of Palombia.
2. Traveling by train to a town where I've never been before just to get that collection of comics being only sold in certain reagions as part of a market testing phase, I felt like that mercenary after successfully accomplishing my task.
3. Being torn between spending money on a strange and magical experience in comics or firecrackers on new year's eve.
4. Met someone who really loved to re-stage scenes from a comic being classified as not for kids.
5. I once traded a model of a Japanese submarine for a stack of comics.

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thanks to those that participated; normal service will begin with #501 at a future date

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April 14, 2018


Go, Look: Prize Comics Western #95

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Go, Look: La Shel

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Go, Look: A Short Run Of Jimmy Hatlo Comics

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Go, Look: Evan Dorkin Sorts Through The House Of Fun Flat Files On Instagram

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Happy 64th Birthday, Katsuhiro Otomo!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Dan Clowes!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Chuck Dixon!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Dave Gibbons!

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Happy 47th Birthday, David Reddick!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Gerhard!

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April 13, 2018


Go, Look: J Carlos Covers For Para Todos Magazine

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

imageBy Tom Spurgeon

* Lauren Sisselman on Decades Of (In)Experience. Michele Kirichanskaya on NOVAE: Love Amongst The Stars.

* Alissa Smith notes in her ramp-up about LGBTQ expression at DINK Denver how the Internet has changed how readers might engage with such work.

* there are Homestuck in print reviews from Marisa Losciale, Leroy Douresseaux and David Brooke.

* finally: David F. Walker is Discombobulated.
 
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OTBP: Comic Strip Cartoonist #7

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Noah Berlatsky on Out Of Nothing. Heather Leighton on BDQ.

* here are Chris Diaz' photos from this year's MoCCA Festival.

* here's a short report on Crowder College's tribute to the late Mort Walker.

* here are the lyrics to Rickie Lee Jones' "Pirates." I don't know why, either.

* the recasting of a familiar image to reflect on a tragedy without the violence of the event itself literally bleeding through tends to be the way to deal with death-soaked incidents that catches on with the most people: this is a sterling example.

* finally: Mark Evanier remembers Carolyn Kelly at the year's anniversary of her passing.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Hayley Campbell!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Herr Seele!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Dennis Janke!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, François Schuiten!

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April 12, 2018


Go, Listen: Sloane Leong On Process Party

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* if anyone out there knows of 2018 funnybook shows at which Stan Lee is expected to sign, I think some pressure on shows not to have Mr. Lee to their events without greater assurances he's okay might be in order. More than that, I'm interested to see how he's booked in his mid-90s.

* most people I know are oriented towards DINK Denver right now, with a smaller group already focused on TCAF.

* the latter and very formidable show is the only festival that could add an entire zine show and it sounds just like another news story for them. Wow.

* my next show is SPACE, just in time for people that did get into this year's CXC exhibitor line-up a chance to yell at me in person. I'm not sure how anyone does that job, by the way. We had about six times the applicants than we had open tables. It's a nice problem to have, I guess.

* there's a showcase show for Autoptic this Friday.

* finally, the ambitious schedule for the very cool Tingfest is up. And of course there's a poster.

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

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

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Go, Look: A Few Color Sin City Images For DHP

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Robert Clough on Von Spatz.

* it's outside of this site's coverage area, but certainly "the Apu-logy" has multiple issue analogs within the static cartooning businesses. The initial documentary that drove attention to that character's racial and culture stereotypes is watchable here.

* Team Rorschach Test talks to Augie De Blieck, Jr. John Siuntres talks to Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman.

* here's that nice, talented man Ben Towle on high eyebrow lines in character design.

* looks like TCJ is going to profile a bunch of retailers -- that's a great idea for this moment in comics history, and I enjoyed reading Jason Leivian's take on modern comics shops. His is a really good one.

* finally: words of wisdom from Linus Van Pelt.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Steve Sherman!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Troy Nixey!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Tanino Liberatore!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Tim Sievert!

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Happy 45th Birthday, J. Scott Campbell!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Gary Martin!

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April 11, 2018


F'Murr, RIP

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F'Murr, RIP

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Go, Look: Dali Gene

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new Ted Jouflas!
 
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Go, Bookmark: The Nearly Complete Works Of Akira Toriyama

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New Stan Lee Tape At Comics Show Distresses

Here is the Bleeding Cool article where I saw it. That looks like the first three minutes of a CBS TV show that ends with our hero shooting everybody on that video not Stan Lee.

Show organizers: please don't have an exhausted old man at your show. If your assurances aren't five times more convincing than testimony and tape, don't accept them. If you're convinced this has to happen, protect your guests by capping their signings and controlling the pay flow via ticketing and limits. Support any creator that wants to walk away from fan behavior or their own handlers. This is a horror show.

Professionals: If you're going to a show advertising Stan Lee and don't feel this is right, let them know. If half of what seems to be going on is true, this is foul. I know I don't want any part of this.

Fans: I know some of you want a neat experience and others want to monetize collectibles in a brutal economy. I'm not sure the neat experience is there to be had and I'm pretty sure getting your collectibles monetized by someone who is having someone direct him over his shoulder isn't worth it.
 
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Go, Look: A Few Suehiro Maruo Images

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

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

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

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FEB180275 MAD MAGAZINE #1 $5.99
I know nothing beyond a few rumors and excited friends as to who will be working on the new MAD. I am rooting for a well-paying comics showcase with national-level branding. Let's see what we get.

imageFEB181963 LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL GN VOL 01 $7.99
FEB181965 LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL GN VOL 02 STONE COLD AGE $7.99
I haven't read this series yet, but this is Jeffrey Brown's current kids book gig after a stellar run of playing with George Lucas' toys. A cartoonist once told me that cavemen are the hardest thing to make work, but these look charming. That second volume is out in paperback for the first time.

FEB180754 CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 LEG $5.99
FEB180466 RICK VEITCH THE ONE #3 (OF 6) $4.99
Not a whole lot that caught my eye in the comic-book comic world although I'm slitting out the Tommaso and the MAD costs as much as the Captain America here. That's Chris Samnee's goodbye issue, for the character and the publisher. He had a great run. And I'm all about having as much Rick Veitch on the stands as possible. I'd buy without looking.

FEB180544 CLOVER HONEY SPEC ED TP (MR) $12.99
FEB180617 DRY COUNTY #2 (MR) $3.99
Clover Honey was Tommaso's graphic novel debut after his charming Eros title Cannibal Porn. It is one of the earliest examples of a random graphic novel receiving cross-media interest. I look forward to reading it today, and the trade looks nice divested of some at-the-time series elements, if I'm remembering that correctly. More current Tommaso with the second issue of Dry County.

DEC170099 BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW TP VOL 01 $19.99
MAY170010 MOEBIUS LIBRARY ART OF EDENA HC $34.99
FEB180957 BEST WE COULD DO ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR SC $17.99
Randome trade-sized offerings I'd look over, for sure, even if I tend to collect the Mignola-verse stuff in comic-book format. I always look at Moebius although I thought version of this was out before now. The Best We Could Do is I assume the softcover of last year's well-regarded hardcover offering.

MAY171648 PHANTOM COMP SUNDAYS HC VOL 04 1950-1953 $65.00
FEB182040 ROBERT CRUMB SKETCHBOOK HC VOL 03 1975-1982 (MR) $40.00
I have no idea why I put these together. They are both expensive book, a lot of fun, and feature not-ideal imagery, I guess, maybe? They're fun as art books, too.

FEB181730 BUNCH OF JEWS AND OTHER STUFF $15.00
This is Trina Robbins interpreting a book of neighborhood profiles written by her father and drawn by various talents. That is fine thing that we can have books like that.

FEB182091 TRAVELS WITH WALT HC $29.99
This isn't comics, but a travel book featuring Walt Disney during one of the golden ages for world travel. Sure, I'd look at it.

FEB181131 FORWARD GN $18.95
Finally, in a were where I'm at least not noticing a ton of big names, let's feature a book about two slightly older than usual for the genre people participating in a romance from a cartoonist with whom I'm unfamiliar. God bless any comic store that carries new work of a stand-alone nature.

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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 Bryn Mawr, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: A Few, Cool-Looking Two-Gun Kid Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Greg Hunter talks to Meags Fitzgerald.

* I'm sure I've linked to Alan Light photos in the past on here, but I'm pretty sure I've never seen this particular set of late 1970s to early 1980s goodness. I love Gil Kane at the SDCC-ending panel. I love most of these. I'm even looking at the tables. I have not read a whole lot of Golden Age Comics in my lifetime, and I wonder if they're fun objects the way that 1960s Marvel Comics are, say.

* finally: in case I forget to make these their own post, here are the awards nominees for this weekend's DINK show.
 
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Happy 45th Birthday, Matt Kindt!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Scott O. Brown!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Michael Rhode!

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April 10, 2018


Go, Listen: Dean Haspiel On Virtual Memories

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More On Stan Lee's Current Situation As Tug Of War Prize

Here. Family is tough. Family with money involved seems infinitely tougher.

I'm still curious as to how Lee might be worth $50M-$70M given what we know about his payouts and side endeavors, as well as his holdings to a lesser extent. It's a different story if Lee is worth $5M to $15M, as strange a sentence as that is to write about anything.

I would encourage anyone with an in to take it and anyone doing business with Lee to suspend or be able to say with 100 percent certainty that affairs have normalized.
 
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Go, Look: Ivy Atoms

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* newspaper strip insiders have been talking about Olivia Jaimes taking over Nancy for months. I'm still one of those people that doesn't want to see legacy strips even when they're done by someone notable and/or idiosyncratic and/or skilled, but of course if we to have have them I prefer they be interesting. Jaimes is the first female cartoonist to do that particular strip.

* the headline is confusing but this is basically an Arabic comics line profile.

* a one-volume of Terry Gilliam's static cartooning work would be very welcome, and is one of the last great obvious projects-to-do along with Flenniken, Kliban and Groening. Animations Of Mortality is at a price point you could also just reprint that one and make a lot of people happy.

* the story of the Chicago creative community (and friends) stepping up to finish a graphic novel by the late Ed Siemienkowicz is encouraging and funny in a very human way. RIP.

* finally, I missed this: congratulations on this fine gig to Hillary Chute and Ed Park. Both are solid, substantial writers.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Cole Pauls

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Jillian Tamaki talks to Eleanor Davis.

* not comics: there are not a whole lot of posts more regularly amazing than Drew Friedman's when he does series of playbills.

* a lot of the people I know in comics like the writer Mark Millar and most, I think, respect his climb to mega-success. He's been perfectly pleasant to me over the years, and I can extol the virtues I find in his writing to anyone that will listen. That said, when I covered mainstream comics closely I recall he had what looked like a compulsive urge to misstate things in the press to make himself look better. That sounds like what's going on here. It's just not true, and Millar's focused enough on advancing his status that he would know the facts. The thing is these lies almost always land within the context of corporate mainstream comics, which is a world festooned with lies and fueled by exploitation, and thus this kind of thing can be seen almost as a series of heroic actions, painting graffiti on Mt. Doom. I think Millar was always too talented and is now too successful to have to do this, and I wish the mainstream publications would do some basic fact-checking on the specific claims from which entire articles are built.

* finally: haven't looked in on Boulet for a while.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Bill Marks!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Jacques De Loustal!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Scott Hampton!

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Happy 61st Birthday, James Hudnall!

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April 9, 2018


Go, Look: Paint By Monster Web Site

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this is the ongoing not-comics creative effort by the cartoonist Dan Wright
 
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Go, Look: Adam De Souza

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* Francesca Lyn says now might be a good time to purchase Flower Girls, a collaboration with Sally Cantirino. So I did.

* as predicted, this spinner rack related crowd-funder has done just fine.

* these people were nice enough to ask me to place their crowd-funder in my newsletter, but the low amount pledged thus far probably means almost no one has looked at their efforts. It's tough out there.

* Ken Eppstein told me over the weekend that he thought his crowd-funder for a full year's worth of books at Nix Comics would come down to the final day. Alleviate his anxiety.

* I missed this fundraiser for charity in honor of Helen Bachalo.

* finally: the JHU stay-in-Manhattan crowd-funder is still performing very strongly for a store-based crowdfunder, at least in my experience staring at them.
 
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OTBP: Wavering Line

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Go, Look: E Eero Johnson

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this reminiscence by Derf Backderf of an unlikely middle-school friendship is lovely.

image* Evan Narcisse on the great Jose-Luis Garcia Lopez, a top 20 all-time superhero artist by any measure and an embarrassment to no list-maker at #1.

* if there were no cartoons of Muhammed and no exploitation of cartoon talent in the US, Zunar's story of extended legal harassment might be the most depressing story CR has covered. This short essay notes one instance of what Malaysia loses by excluding him.

* Michael Miner profiles Nicole Hollander.

* here's details of a Zapiro speech at a university, in part spent paying tribute to his mother.

* finally: go see Clay Bennett this week!
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Ashley Holt!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Fabio Civitelli!

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April 8, 2018


Go, Look: Chloë Perkis

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Go, Read: Todd McFarlane's Visit With Stan Lee

Here. I'm glad McFarlane did that and wrote about it and I hope anyone else with that kind of access does something similar, according to Lee's ability and desire to see folks.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 40th Birthday, Kazu Kibuishi!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Andrew Langridge!

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FFF Results Post #500c -- More Love Due

On Friday, March 16, a select group of CR readers were asked to "Name Five Creators You Feel Are Under-Appreciated Including At Least One Creator No Longer With Us." This is how they responded.

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Mário Filipe

1. Paul Chadwick
2. Jess Johnson (pictured)
3. Roberta Gregory
4. L.L. de Mars
5. Diniz Conefrey

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Stephen Harrick

1. June Brigman
2. Reginald Hudlin
3. Barbara Rausch
4. Spain Rodriguez (pictured)
5. Chris Yambar

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Wilson McCoy
2. MK Brown
3. Carol Tyler
4. William Overgard
5. Oliver Harrington (pictured)

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Matthew Guest

1. Kevin O'Neill
2. Bob Burden
3. David Boswell (pictured)
4. Bil Keane
5. Bill Griffith

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Oliver Ristau

1. David Gaddis
2. Paul Jon Milne (pictured)
3. Robyn Smith
4. Arjuna Susini
5. Roland Kohlsaat

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Michael Dooley

1. Ethel Hays
2. Bill Holman
3. Shary Flenniken (pictured)
4. Gus Arriola
5. Ann Telnaes

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John Vest

1. Larry Fuller
2. Grass Green (pictured)
3. Paul Ollswang
4. George Baker
5. Milton Knight

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Lou Copeland

1. Lat (pictured)
2. Antonio Rubino
3. Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama
4. Dori Seda
5. B. Kliban

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thanks to those that participated; normal service will begin with #501 at a future date

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April 7, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


I Like Girls
 
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Go, Look: Dalbert B Vilarino

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Go, Look: Autism Isn't To Blame For Bad Behavior

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

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

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

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

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Happy 78th Birthday, Claire Brétecher!

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April 6, 2018


Go, Look: Eli Howey

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* I love it when creators stick a comic into a tweet. It's like a bonus.

* Matt O'Keefe talks to Mike Norton. Dave Davison profiles TJ Walker.

* this article about the effect of digital distribution and media on brick and mortar bookstores brings with it the depressing news that Movie World in Burbank is closing. I liked that place, and I don't see a whole lot of stores working that same area anymore.

* finally: hey, it's a new digital platform. And another one.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Jamie Q

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Greg Hunter on two publications from Paradise Systems. Rob Salkowitz on Rock Steady. Ray Goldfield on The Jetsons #6. Etelka Lehoczky profiles Ed Piskor. Jeffrey Jenkins profiles Georgia Dunn. Harrison Smith remembers Robert Grossman. Mike O'Shaugnessy talks to Bob Corby.

* Eric Reynolds want you to meet Anne Simon.

* this comic made me laugh.

* Michael Peters, who doesn't even look 50 years old, is celebrating 50 years making comics.

* finally: I always enjoy looking at Frank Frazetta, no matter which of his styles is on display.
 
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Happy 36th Birthday, Hijinx Comics!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mark Askwith!

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April 5, 2018


Go, Look: Jamiyla Lowe

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Mocca Mocca Mocca.

* a Wizard show in Boise has caused the local same-audience con to suspend their efforts this year and re-evaluate for 2019. This is the kind of thing that used to drive people nuts about the Wizard shows, although there's not much of that kind of anger around anymore. While I can sort of conceptualize how the ability to bring Captain Kirk to Boise is strong move to which a local show can't respond, overall the Wizard shows are really overpriced and I've never been to one that wasn't the worst show the city offered except for a few cities where it was their only show. I'm glad to see the local isn't disbanding entirely, as Wizard can always tire of a city and move on, another lovely element of their organization.

* we've been delayed a little bit with the CXC exhibitor list, but as of this morning we have our 101 tables. Sorry for the delay. All notices out soon: acceptances, wait-lists, rejections.

* finally: it's SVCC this weekend. That's the show where real science people show up scattered amidst the Stan Lee's and Netflix show starring people of the world.
 
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If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go See Liniers

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Go, Look: Michael W Kaluta Original The Shadow Art

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tegan O'Neil on The Beef #1. Jackson Ayres on Black Bolt. Ashley Ratner on Johnny Appleseed.

* this made me laugh, although at the same time I'd be surprised if that's the first time James did that.

* this is a nice, lengthy twitter rant from Pia Guerra against abusive people on the Internet with designs on somehow entering comics that way. I think that comics is less smaller than it used to be than more highly balkanized but whether it's one neighborhood or several the idea that you can enter through the front door of an artistic community giving everyone the finger will always be a dicey one.

* that is some cover. I don't usually enjoy those three-step process posts, but each stage features art that has some vibrancy to it -- for different reasons related to the stage of production.

* finally: Jessica Bliss profiles Leigh Rubin.
 
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Happy 63rd Birthday, Akira Toriyama!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Patrick Dean!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Joey Weiser!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Art Adams!

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April 4, 2018


Go, Look: Sydney Madia

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

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

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

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NOV170560 GOAT GETTERS HC $49.99
I don't know much about this book, although I think I was in the room at the Billy Ireland when Eddie Campbell was researching the 1910s era sports pages and cartoon pages that inform a lot of this book. It's great to have Campbell back with two books this year, and I'll buy anything he creates.

imageDEC171793 YOUR BLACK FRIEND AND OTHER STRANGERS HC (MR) $20.00This is a great week for comics at the shop. I don't know if this is a re-offering or if it's late, but Ben Passmore's comics over the last few years have been really interesting and you should own a copy of the best run at this material.

FEB181233 GIANT DAYS #37 $3.99
JAN180411 ASTRO CITY #51 $3.99
FEB180699 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #8 $3.99
JAN180823 SEX CRIMINALS #23 (MR) $3.99
JAN180828 SNOTGIRL #10 $2.99
FEB180713 WALKING DEAD #178 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $3.99
FEB180714 WICKED & DIVINE #35 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
FEB180869 BLACK BOLT #12 LEG $3.99
Solid week for comic-book comics, too. Giant Days is John Allison writing, and I'm a fan. That has to be one of the last issues of Astro City before its move to graphic novel only formatting. Scales & Scoundrels is a wanderer from the Lands Of Cliche, but it's charmingly drawn. That's four Image Comics heavy-hitters in a row. I'm having fun with this volume of Sex Criminals. Black Bolt I buy because my brother collects all Black Bolt-related comics, and this one sure is pretty.

JAN180397 FLASH BY MARK WAID TP BOOK 04 $34.99
JAN180401 GLOBAL FREQUENCY DELUXE ED HC $34.99
Mark Waid's Flash comics were some of the most important of the 1990s and the Global Frequency series feels like it could come out right now. I would imagine most fans have this work, but it's nice that they pay attention to keeping material like this in print.

DEC170548 CAT N BAT TP $9.99
JAN180567 WARDS VALLEY TP $19.99
Two stand-alone, non-licensed kids works, and on that basis alone I'd look at them.

FEB180630 HEAD LOPPER TP VOL 02 CRIMSON TOWER $16.99
DEC170546 PRISON SHIP HC $19.99
JAN180562 THE REPRIEVE TP $29.99
FEB181164 COPRA TP ROUND FIVE (MR) $21.95
FEB181581 DEOGRATIAS TALE OF RWANDA GN NEW PTG $19.99
JAN181857 WINDOW HORSES SC $20.00
This is a bunch of intriguing books. I love Head Lopper, where Hellboy meets Adventure Time desing. Prison Ship is '80s sci-fi and quite beautiful, as I recall. The Reprieve is an actual Jean-Pierre Gibrat album -- that's an artist I'm used to see only in pin-ups, but he's a very good pin-up artist. Copra continues on; don't know if this is current, but all of that work is very right now. JP Stassen remains maybe the most intriguing artist published by First Second. Window Horses was a movie and a comic; this is the comic. I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.

FEB181182 WHAT TO DO WHEN IM GONE HC $22.00
Another stand-alone book, I'd certainly pick it up wanting to see more of the art.

FEB181683 YELLOW NEGROES & OTHER IMAGINARY CREATURES GN (RES) $22.95
This is some of the best comics work of the 20th Century, period.

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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: Are We Alone In The Universe?

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Go, Look: Jose Luis Agreda's Swinging Daredevil

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Sweet Blue Flowers Omnibus Volume Three. Lynda Barry on Brazen.

* not comics: I watched that Jessica Jones 2 TV series over the weekend. Well, I had it on. It had to wait for Collateral and enough time in my grotesque work schedule of the moment for me to have enough viewing time not to forget what happened between episodes. It was a narrative mess, like a lot of these Marvel shows, particularly in that always-rich area of characters conflating length-of-time within the relative progression of a show for actual length of time. I did sort of like that everyone was a selfish asshole, though, and that characters were motivated by sex. Some funny lines in there, too, although Death Of Stalin owns 98 percent of that space in my head right now. I bet those viewers that desire a character for which to root had a tough time with this one.

* Veneta Rizvic profiles Matt Kindt. John Siuntres talks to Gerry Duggan.

* finally: I have a secret crush on Spain's lettering.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Simon Bisley!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Dave Johnson!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Bob Rozakis!

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April 3, 2018


OTBP: The Weaver Festival Phenomenon

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I purchased one.
 
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Nomi Kane Named To CCA Faculty

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From the press release:
The California College of the Arts MFA in Comics program is thrilled to welcome cartoonist Nomi Kane to our critically-acclaimed faculty. A graduate of The Center for Cartoon Studies and former staff artist at Schulz Studio, Nomi's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nib, College Humor, and Bust. Nomi will be leading one of our summer comics workshops and serving as a faculty mentor to our graduate cartoonists.

For more information on our faculty and our graduate comics program: https://www.cca.edu/academics/graduate/comics/faculty,
https://www.cca.edu/academics/graduate/comics

For more about Nomi and her work: http://www.nomikane.com
I think what interested me enough to post about it is the CCS background of Kane's. One thing I did not think of when people started to emerge out of the various schools is how many teaching an non-creative production roles would be filled by people with one of the schools in their past. This is important in part because I think there's more competition for these jobs from people outside of a traditional comics background. These connections should mitigate against that.

photograph by Victor Yañez-Lazcano provided by CCA
 
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Go, Look: Jared Gardner On Charlotte Salomon

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Your 2017 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story Nominees

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These were apparently announced last night. The Hugo Awards, focusing on science-fiction and fantasy, have been around since the early '50s and are one of the few cultural touchstones in its specific area my mom would have heard of.

The graphic story category began in 2009.

Congratulations to all of the nominees. I'm not sure if I thought of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters this way, but hey, I like that comic. Give it all the awards, that's what I say.

* Bitch Planet, Volume Two: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
* Black Bolt, Volume One: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
* Monstress, Volume Two: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
* My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
* Paper Girls, Volume Three, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
* Saga, Volume Seven, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

The winner is announced at Worldcon, held in August.
 
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Go, Look: Frank Thorne Korak Splash Pages

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* with 12 books in the balance, the Retrofit Comic crowd-funder also doubles as publishing news. Summer Pierre! Man, do I love the last five to seven years of work we've seen from Warren Craghead.

* new work forthcoming from Kelsey Wroten via Uncivilized.

* Marvel will bring back its Fantastic Four comic in August, with Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli as the main creative cogs. Pichelli is a well-regarded monster talent and Slott is a Marvel veteran whose reputation among hardcore fans goes in a lot of different directions. There will be some interest because FF was Marvel's first modern-superhero comic and the reasons rumored for its suspension was which studio had movie rights. This does kind of line up with Marvel's conservative publishing strategy of the fmoment: old favorites, comfortable treatments. We'll see how it goes!

* John Allison writes about a non-comics add to his burgeoning comics profile: a prose adaptation of his Giant Days. Allison is one of those really fine talents -- David Petersen is another -- where they have what seems to the musing mind to be massive mainstream appeal but the mass of the mainstream just hasn't been convinced of this yet.

* Wayward ends at #30. IDW's recent work with the Transformers property ends after its next mini-series.

* finally, some good news: Tony Millionaire is working on three different books.
 
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Go, Look: Valley Of The Dangerous Dreams

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I Suppose You Should Read This Fine Article About The Dumbest Thing In Comics Ever

Asher Elbein's walk-through what has been labeled "comicsgate" can be very useful for those of us that have a hard time grasping a controversy whose most solid parts exist as words on a computer screen.

The initial ideas fueling this are dopey and discredited; they don't comport to reality. The rest of it is just Internet sophistry at its sort-of cutting edge put to use on behalf of ideas scraped from a 1982 issue of National Review. Block everybody, report everybody.
 
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Go, Read: The Case For An Octopus Pie Re-Read

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Go, Look: A Hand-Painted Dudley Fisher

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30. Carta Monir makes a strong recommendation on behalf of the comics of Maré Odomo.

* Tom De Haven remembers the comics packager Byron Preiss.

* congratulations to London's Cartoon Museum on finding a new, permanent space. The surge in comics-interested museums may be the most important shaping force of comics next quarter-century.

* my apologies in having a birthday wish for the late James Vance up yesterday for a few hours. I do the birthdays in two-year cycles, but even then it's only been about four times I've done that. I liked Vance personally, and wish he had made twice the number of comics. His site is still up.

* Gil Roth talks to Robert Weil, one of those sneaky-important comics non-creatives for the power of his have-edited list.

* finally, missed it: RM Rhodes did a series of posts about high-profile European shops.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Jamie Hewlett!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Michael Aushenker!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Mark Nevelow!

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April 2, 2018


Go, Look: Fish

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* coming to this one a bit late, but Darryl Cunningham could use some orders. I love my Darryl Cunningham prints.

* still fairly impressed with the JHU crowd-funder aimed at keeping the legendary retailer in Manhattan. I don't doubt there are a lot of fans of the story with significant affection for the place, that's usually just such a tough sub-category for Kickstarter.

* Ken Eppstein's Nix Comix is more than halfway to its goal -- funding a 2018 publishing slate -- with about 12 days remaining, which is a good sign but not, of course, actually funding something.

* Lemonade Summer is at the point where they need angels more than its likely they can fundraise their remaining initial ask through standard customers. It is the kind of project that might attract that kind of attention.

* finally: here's the Indiegogo comics page -- I think. Damned if I can read it. Looks like they're pulling old and new projects together? I'm sure there's some great stuff in there. I'll stop doing these baffled old man bullet points now.
 
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Go, Read: An Unprecedented President: Does the Emoluments Clause Apply to Trump?

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Go, Look: Cathy G Johnson Collected Art Tweets

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Only The End Of The World Again.

* question every Easter: how odd is the BC Sunday? Not very this year, although that was to my family's eyes a rough solution to the two formats issue, just blocks of color. I found Glenn McCoy's a little odd in that Jesus left a need for room service. I imagine there are a ton of more overtly Easter-themed strips than there used to be.

* Lan Pitts talks to Chris Samnee.

* this was sort of cute, I guess.

* Marvel editorial institution Tom Brevoort asked for great single comic book issues and got a flood of quality choices, mostly from the mainstream comics world. That Superman's birthday annual that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons did is a really fun one-off with a lot of Silver Age style. The most popular comic book on my coffee table for three years was Yummy Fur #24.

* finally: Steve Lieber writes about basic convention organization from a working pro point of view.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Ive Sorocuk!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mike Barreiro!

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April 1, 2018


I Don't Know Anyone In Canada, Apparently (TCAF 2017)

Can you identify any of the following?

This is the first of about five of these I'll need to run as I have time. I beg for your patience and expert friend-spotting abilities.

Some of these will be super-dumb. I routinely post people in these where their name is clearly visible. There will be ten people I not only know but know well. I once asked after the identity of a former roommate of two years. It's clearly not you; it's me.

Thanks in advance!

I apologize for any pictures that aren't unpublishable; sometimes when there are two or more I just chose one without looking at all of them.

This year's TCAF is mid-May, and you should go!

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7265 -- LEISHA-MARIE RIDDEL

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7257 -- Xia Gordon

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7237 -- April Malig

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7231 -- Sven Larsen

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7218 -- Evan Dahm

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7213 -- Mike Holmes

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7212 -- Danielle Corsetto

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7210 -- Monica Gallagher (l)

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7209 -- Becky Dreistadt

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7208 -- Caroline Breault (CAB)
 
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Go, Look: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez Birthday Images

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

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

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Happy 76th Birthday, Samuel Delany!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Brad Meltzer!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Bob Lappan!

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Happy 21st Birthday, Radio Comix!

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Happy 55th Birthday, James Robinson!

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Happy 29th Birthday, Comix Experience!

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FFF Results Post #500b -- Early Reading

On Friday, March 16, a select group of CR readers were asked to "Name Five Specific Comics That Stand Out Among The Earliest Comics You Read." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #195
2. Justice League Of America #113
3. Peanuts (As Syndicated In 1973)
4. E-Man #1
5. The Incredible Hulk #171

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Mário Filipe

1. Disney Especial Reedição #8: Os Milionário, with reprints of North of the Yukon, For Old Dime's Sake, Boat Buster and The Money Champ by Carl Barks
2. Disney Especial Reedição #11: Os Astronautas, with reprints of Interplanetary Postman, Island in the Sky and The Twenty-four Carat Moon stories by Carl Barks
3. Astérix Gladiador by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
4. O Incrível Hulk #31, for the reprints of The Crimson Forever (SW) by Archie Goodwin, Al Williamson, Tom Palmer and Walt Simonson and Sightless in A Strange Land (Red Sonja) by Roy Thomas, Clair Noto and Frank Thorne
5. Superaventuras Marvel #42, with a reprint of Demon (from X-Men #143) by Chris Claremont and John Byrne

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Oliver Ristau

1. Superboy Vol 1 #197
2. Der beste Horror aller Zeiten
3. Zack Comic Box #11 -- Bruno Brazil -- Die teuflischen Augen
4. Horror #38
5. Hit Comics Die fantastischen Vier #244

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John Vest

1. Fantastic Four #75
2. Nick Fury #1
3. Silver Surfer #1
4. Avengers #57
5. Captain America #103

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Michael Neno

1. Tintin: King Ottokar's Sceptre By Herge
2. Marvel Collector's Item Classics No. 4 By Lee, Kirby and Ditko
3. Walt Disney Comics Digest No. 8 By Carl Barks, etc
4. Millie the Lovable Monster No. 4 By Bill Woggon
5. Metal Men No. 20 By Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito

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thanks to those that participated; normal service will begin with #501 at a future date

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