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June 25, 2018


Go, Look: Curmudgeons

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Go, Look: Maria Frantz

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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image* Katie Skelly is heading into the last several days of her tarot deck crowd-funder, looking to surpass a goal at which point everyone gets a Zodiac print. That's Leo to the left. Skelly is a prolific enough cartoonist that success with crowd-funding could drastically change how she approaches projects in general.

* Richard Sala does his part for a newsstand in Oakland.

* here's a campaign I totally missed to provide the writers Leah Moore and John Reppion some assistance through rough times, times that have come in the context of the generally low pay upon which the makers of comics depend.

* if you like your comics in the 1980s/1990s tradition of creator-driven genre material, there is collected Aztec Ace and new Scout.

* finally: it's always nice to see a cartoonist or comics-maker doing a charitable item just for the general good of that kind of work.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2018

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June 26
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

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July 1
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

July 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 12
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 13
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 14
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

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

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (NVS Panel At CCI)

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

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

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

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Events For August 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Marry Me A Little

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* some folks at VICE News went to Paws Inc. to interview Jim Davis on the 40th anniversary of Garfield. Garfield is a ubiquitous presence in the minds of al to of cartoonists under 40, adheres to its gag-strip strengths in much the same way the longest-running sitcoms do, and owns a specific trade format. That's not a bad list of interesting things about a strip starting a fifth decade.

* not comics: I still find it weird that the content of TV shows has become news of a sort. I think I would have been thrilled by the prospect of this a long time ago, and that it barely registers for me now. I'm not sure why. I think there are implications for comics here, mostly in that the content of most comics' narratives is beside the point now.

* good luck to Albert Ching with his post-CBR gig. Congratulations to him on a job well-done.

* Alex Thomas talks to Tim Bird.

* here's a report from a Liza Donnelly panel at Inspirefest. Donelly is very, very good on her feet in that kind of setting.

* finally: not sure why I bookmarked this Scott Gilbert comic, but I enjoyed re-reading it when I discovered it on a recent clean-up day.
 
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Happy 89th Birthday, Eric Carle!

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June 24, 2018


If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Russ Maheras!

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June 23, 2018


Go, Look: Marry Me A Little

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OTBP: Pigheaded

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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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Happy 55th Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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June 22, 2018


OTBP: Relay

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DC Comics Goes Full Year Between Wal-Mart Plans

imageAt least I think it's been that long. The new initiative also features A-list talent and proven serials, but it looks like its distinguishing factors are a mix of exclusive new comics with older serials, plus a really aggressive plot point of approximately $5.

I think a lot of this will initially be discussed in vague industry-progression terms. I do think there's a market for a few comics publications that are priced as an add-on and that will also be sold in areas that haven't had a store since Marvel drove everything over a cliff in the mid-1990s -- I lived in a town like that for 11 years, and paper Shonen Jump killed there. If DC finds a way to make this one happen, that will be a good deal for them. I also hope the DC contracts from 2000-on have been such that the creators get paid a reprint fee, but I don't have any memory of those kinds of details from what little of I know of those contracts.

I imagine there will be conjectural pushback from the Direct Market. I don't think that's a single pie being divvied up. Period. I will forgive DM stores a more general frowny-face at a client base that will occasionally innovate in one market but seems determined to stay locked into the past with an existing one. That must kind of suck.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Follow: CXC Last Festival In North America To Try Investing Energy In Instagram Account

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this is the show with which I'm involved; hopefully we'll get some nice stuff up here
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Somnambulance.

* here's an NPR piece about all things Nancy: the strip's mini-resurgence under Olivia Jaimes and the masterful work of comics insight How To Read Nancy by those twin, grand gentlemen of comics Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden. That seems like a nice way to close out the week.

* it's always a little bit distressing when you read a survey-type article on North American mainstream comics and as a group they seem like they could come out right now, a year ago, three years ago, 11 years ago, 22 years ago: take your pick.

* finally: any excuse to post this dumb photo.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Ali Farzat!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Phil Elliott!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Eric Reynolds!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Kevin Fagan!

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Happy 81st Birthday, RC Harvey!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Armando Gil!

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June 21, 2018


Go, Look: Jon #1-2

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By Request Extra: MICE Fires Up Major Art Auction

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MICE launches its on-line art auctions today, and has assembled a heavy-hitting line-up of past guests and favorite. The pieces to be auctioned are:

* Emily Carroll: page from her groundbreaking short story, His Face All Red.
* James Kochalka: unpublished inked page featuring Johnny Boo.
* Hartley Lin: art for a single-page comic from Pope Hats.
* Deb Lucke, two-sided page from The Lunch Witch.
* Josh Neufeld: "splash page" from The Influencing Machine.
* Nate Powell: original drawing of John Lewis
* Raul the Third: page from the Spongebob comic.
* Katie Skelly: page from My Pretty Vampire.
* Sara Varon: page from Bake Sale.
* Drew Weing: page from Set to Sea.

I have my eye on two of those myself.

After swelling in size and numbers the last few years, how shows will find ways to pay for themselves should remain a hot topic for the next half-decade.
 
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Go, Read: Wallace The Brave Profiled

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this strip reminds me of Franklin Fibbs a bit in that its virtues extend far past the positives of most early strips, even as there's progress to be made in general
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the 2018 iteration of the Press Play Fair is accepting exhibitor applications from now until July 1.

* Short Run will accept applications through July 31, and there is a travel grant. That's a show I use as an excuse to hang around in Seattle for a few days and see friends, because that is still an amazing city, but I was really taken with the quality of that show floor. I could have spent $2000.

* looks like Heroes will go June 14-16 next year.

* here's a full-blown Matt Maxwell rant about the state of shows and festivals using science fiction cons as an entry point; here's the post that inspired it.

* finally: I heard great things about all three shows that happened last weekend including that Heroes Con had one of their best Saturdays ever. For their next trick I would like all three to find their own weekends for next year; Heroes has already picked theirs, but they could get to choose first being the granddaddy.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on Algeria Is Beautiful Like America.

* Here's a bunch of Rob Rogers firing links. I can't believe people think like this. I guess they do. Bill Clinton was a liar and I'm sure President Obama was, but a failed promise isn't a lie and there can be multiple liars. Really. It's its own thing. If we can't even parse the language the same way it gives me very little hope that arguing will ever solve anything. Of course, we have 20 years of the Internet now to know that as truth. Here's a fairly rational letter from a reader of the Times. There are no rules, really, but a vision for an editorial cartoonist that allows for a dissent is healthier for everyone. I say that as someone who rarely agrees with newspaper cartoonists, and worked on a newspaper staff with a heavy conservative slant. I don't know how making editorial cartoons collaborations or suggesting that a cartoonist's output is the same as the pieces written by an editorial board squares with anything short of a deranged history as to how newspapers best work. I'm glad to see the idea it was a single cartoon responsible debunked. This is much scarier. It's nice to see it projected on buildings, but this was a repudiation of an entire political point of view and of a way of doing cartoons that people have accepted for more than half a century. There wasn't a straw that broke this camel's back; that animal was skinned.

* finally: god save us all from entitled rich kids that can't function as human beings. Screw typing out his name. All love and support to the survivors.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Darryl Cagle!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Berke Breathed!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Steve Niles!

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June 20, 2018


Go, Look: Phileas Reid

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Go, Look: Rob Rogers Has A Patreon Now

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Editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers lost his job when his right-wing employers couldn't stand how many cartoons he chose to do that were disparaging of the President. His comics were turned down and both he and his work were mischaracterized by Trump supporters as overly harsh or angry. I hope that he makes as much of his previous living as possible, and you could do worse as a matter of modern free speech to support Mr. Rogers.
 
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OTBP: Meatworm

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Missed It: 2018 Finger Awards To Writers Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly And Dorothy Roubicek Woolfolk

The Bill Finger Award organizers have named their recipients for 2018: Joye Hummel Murchison Kelly and Dorothy Roubicek Woolfolk, addressing gender imbalance in the history of comics writing and also within the awards program itself.

Kelly is this year's living recipient, having worked on a number of stories for publication featuring the Wonder Woman characters, under the byline "Charles Moulton." Her period working on these stories was the peak American comics landscape that lasted from 1944-1947. Much of her work that has recently be reprinted in the wake of the character's successful adaptation to film. She will accept her award in person.

Woolfolk was a writer and editor at All-American Publications, a company eventually absorbed by DC Comics. She also worked for Martin Goodman's line of comics and for EC. In the 1970s Woolfolk edited a number of books for DC Comics. She wrote scripts throughout. The Finger Awards PR has Woolfolk responsible for adding Kryptonite to the Superman narratives, a story in itself. Woolfolk passed away in 2000, and her award will be accepted by her daughter.

The Bill Finger Award was created in 2005 from a proposal made by the late writer, artist and creator advocate Jerry Robinson. It is named for William Finger (1914-1974), a co-creator of the mythos-defining early Batman comics and a few dozen others during a long career at DC Comics. The selection committee is Charles Kochman, Kurt Busiek, Jim Amash, Scott Shaw! and Marv Wolfman. The major sponsor for 2018 is DC Comics. The awards will be presented on July 20 during the Eisner Awards ceremony at Comic-Con International. Past winners include Steve Gerber, Don Rosa, Don McGregor, Bob Haney and Otto Binder.
 
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Go, Look: Michel Fiffe Did This Year's Heroes Con Badges

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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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APR181393 SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #6 $4.99
These comics are usually solid and I'm sure this one is, too, but for sure I'm putting it top of post here for that fun Gary Gianni cover. Good job, Chris Duffy.

imageAPR180037 USAGI YOJIMBO #4 (OF 7) THE HIDDEN $3.99
APR180070 WITCHFINDER GATES OF HEAVEN #2 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
APR180236 WILD STORM #14 $3.99
APR180566 BEEF #5 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
APR180758 CAPTAIN AMERICA #704 $3.99
I did not see a whole lot of comic-book comics that triggered my attention. I always love new Usagi and mostly love new Mignola-verse. I do like the Warren Ellis version of the old WildStorm comics; there's something about Ellis' devotion to lean narrative that makes his reductions of superheroes-with-a-history tend to work well. I don't have any affection for those characters, though. Beef is Shaky Kane, and I always buy Shake Kane. Captain America is the latest in the post-Samnee, still-Mark Waid, pre-Ta-Nehisi Coates run, and I like this artist they've found to follow Samnee if only briefly. Super-Competent Comics.

FEB180037 HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 STRANGE PLACES $24.99
Another Mignola-verse collection this one of the bigger ones. I own them all.

JAN180561 A STRANGE & BEAUTIFUL SOUND HC $19.99
FEB180444 EIGHT MILLION WAYS TO DIE HC $24.99
APR180610 MULTIPLE WARHEADS TP VOL 02 GHOST TOWN (MR) $17.99
MAR181387 LUCKY LUKE TP VOL 68 OVER THE MISSISSIPPI $11.95
NOV170835 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 04 GUT CHECK (MR) $16.99
Here's a bunch of stand alone larger books, collections and trades of OGN-formats. That first one is reflective Zep, so that's kind of interesting. Eight Million Ways To Die was a solid book and a movie famous for its opening weekend fecklessness, I'd want to take a peak to see how jK Snyder handled that material. That Brandon Graham has a book coming out after his flurry of controversy and the delayed response that made almost everyone believe even more in the initial charges plus check off a few more boxes on the abusive diatribe bingo card, that makes his moves even odder and more unfortunate. I wonder if it will have an effect on sell-through. Luky Luke in any format is fun. Also fun is Southern Bastards, although there's just enough human tragedy to make it sorrowful all around.

APR181559 EC JACK DAVIS HARVEY KURTZMAN DEATH STAND HC $29.99
This Davis/Kurtzman work is about as fun as mainstream comics get, featuring multiple-period action stuff from two series. Jack Davis was a King.

FEB181234 GIANT DAYS TP EXTRA CREDIT $14.99
FEB181699 BAD MACHINERY POCKET ED GN VOL 05 CASE FIRE INSIDE $12.99
John Allison twice. If you have to pick one, the latter I think is slightly better written and a whole lot better drawn. Fun comics either way.

FEB181748 OUT IN THE OPEN HC $24.99
I don't remember the novel on which this is based, but it's already too far into the summer to look a friendly hammock reader in the eye.

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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, Read: Notes Towards A Future Understanding Of Wally Wood

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Go, Look: Shannon Garrity Talks To Nate Powell

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Greg Hunter on A Western World.'

* Samanta Helou profiles Red Planet Books & Comics, an all-indigenous comics store.

* here is a big and broad profile of current graphic novel production from which many gems of interest may be sifted. Peggy Burns is among those interviewed in a sidebar.

* Diamond has created a pop-up program around spinner racks. That's one of those ideas that seems like a really good idea and yet I have no idea if it will work a tiny bit, a lot or not at all. I always bet on the house.

* finally, it's worth noting when Robert Kirkman signs a major outside-of-comics media deal because he and Mark Millar are the idealized creators in terms of shape and scope of their careers right now. Deals like these weaken the grip that the idea of a career in mainstream comics and the adoption of its best goals for creators has on the best genre-interested talent.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Theo Ellsworth!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Nix!

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Happy 68th Birthday, John Workman Jr.!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Justin Norman!

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June 19, 2018


Go, Look: Roger Langridge Adapts A Jeeves & Wooster Story

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I hope some publisher out there or other entity that can provide support to Langridge like what they see...
 
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Your 2018 Russ Manning Promising Newcoming Award Nominees

Comic-Con announced the 2018 nominees for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award Monday afternoon via press release. The award is presented yearly to a comics artist "who early in his or her career shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics."

imageThe award's namesake, Russ Manning, was known for his work on the comic strip version of Star Wars, the iconic newspaper strip Tarzan and the memorable comic book effort Magnus, Robot Figher. He was an early supporter of Comic-Con as a popular professional guest.

Your nominees are:

* Sean Rubin, writer/artist of Bolivar (Archaia/BOOM!)
* Hamish Steele, writer/artist of Pantheon (Nobrow)
* Pablo Tunica, artist of TMNT Universe (IDW)
* Nina Vakeuva, writer/artist of Hi-Fi Fight Club/Heavy Vinyl (BOOM!)
* Campbell Whyte, writer/artist of Home Time (Top Shelf)

The show's PR points out that this year's nominees are distinguished by coming from multiple countries.

The winner will be announced July 20 during the Eisner Awards ceremony held during Comic-Con International.

Past winners of the popular award include Eric Shanower, Dave Stevens, Cathy Malkasian, Steve Rude, Eleanor Davis and Scott McCloud. Congratulations to all the nominees.
 
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Go, Look: Rebecca Crane

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

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image* the on-line arm of the King Features empire, Comics Kingdom, launched a John Kovaleski strip on Father's Day. If launching that one now and the Liniers in September is their new pace that's slightly up for the company.

* Rich Tommaso will join the Family Allred in reviving Dick Tracy for comic book form at IDW. That should be fun-looking.

* Nat Gertler's boutique publishing press About Comics has a pair of books out for Father's Day: The Fathers and Heirs Of Heaven, both featuring work from Joe Lane. The latter is a re-release, apparently. Those both look great, and I hope over the next twenty years we get a deep exploration of themed gag comics and recurring gag works.

* finally: a forthcoming AdHouse books effort about which I know nothing: Viewotron #1.
 
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Go, Look: Bridgit Connell

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Go, Look: Lauren Affe

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Zach Worton on The Curse Of Charley Butters.

* there's rarely a better snapshot of the mainstream superhero comics industry than the twitter feed of a successful retailer. Count the number of Marvel-driven policies that either aren't really driving people to read for content or are simply kind of moving people to buy one such comic over another. Repeat ad infinitum.

* it's the comics-industry journalism cashed out club!

* not comics: preferred celebrity nerd-culture presenter of the last half-decade Chris Hardwick has lost gigs including high-profile San Diego moderator assignments after horrific accusations of abuse within a relationship surfaced, including about half dozen personal/professional crossover actions that even if you are the most staunch advocate of not getting involved in people's private lives would seem to be enough to walk away. The worst of the personal stuff is denied; almost none of the workplace crossover is even engaged. This is wider awfulness and doesn't really hit on the comics community as directly as some other, similar, stories, although I'm interested in the notion of these moderation gigs as perks and that companies would take them away from someone accused of awful things. I believe one way to reduce the number of awful actions and awful actors is to seek appropriate censuring action from multiple institutions involved.

* finally: Robin McConnell talks to Max Clotfelter.
 
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Happy 45th Birthday, Dan Fraga!

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June 18, 2018


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Interviews Chris Reynolds

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Go, Read: Politico Article Unpacking The Reasons For Rob Rogers Firing

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Here. I found this article to be quite scary because of its open shift to defending the political reasons for firing the editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers. It is a distance to travel from calling something a "personnel problem" and making the assertions published here. That distance is crossed in the blink of an eye, almost tumbling into view, which just goes to show you how firmly the underlying values are held.

Saying that someone is angry or simply not funny or dwells too much on a single subject is bad enough. These are well-known Internet blanket-trashing techniques that dragged into the real world flop on the sidewalk and smoke in the sun when they are not buoyed by statistical and qualitative analysis. Still effective, though, even if it's just for dummies. Yet let's not dance around it. When a measure for single-issue dominance or humor or anger is a personal "to suit me" style call, that's a political judgment.

We can sort of fast-forward through that, though, because the idea is floated without obfuscation that Rogers' job is to augment the positions of the paper. Well, fuck you. That is a disgusting and open break with a century of American journalism's best practices. I think of the papers I worked for, and the opinion creators including cartoonists they treated with respect by running their opinions whether the majority of us on staff or the owner in Arizona believed in their views or not, and it's easy to become discouraged. This leeway was given to conservative cartoonists like MacNelly and Werner as well. Letting the people you hire do their job was done in service to the community, out of respect for readers to discern their own feelings and not just have them reinforced, and because of the basic professional courtesy afforded our journalists. These statements are vomitous.

And you know what? One of the premises is not even close to true. Rogers brings the virtues of clarity and directness to his cartoons, but he is hardly angry. Look at these cartoons that were banned. This is pretty tame stuff. This is a two on the open Internet, a three in conservative alternative media, a three-point-five in editorial cartooning overall, on the old anger scale. We could go on to say that some of the best cartoons ever were done by those angered, but the argument as presented doesn't meet the criteria for that kind of measured response. The whole argument is shit-stupid. All of this is clearly ugly, partisan politics without apology, underscored by the notion that might makes right even when it comes to shaping the front lines of cultural narrative. I wish I had a magic subscription so that I could cancel it one million times.

Rogers cartoon among the rejected; I guess dad jokes are incendiary hate-bombs now
 
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Go, Read: Carol Tyler Profiled In The Chicago Tribune

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Link through the image. Much of this is about her Beatles-related new book. I hope the dialogue around that work won't dismiss it for its backward-looking nature. I want artists as honest and masterful as Carol Tyler to write about whatever they want, free from made-up marketing constraints.
 
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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* the filmmakers behind the Drew Friedman documentary are seeking another round of funding with a promise they will try to have the film appear by end of summer 2018. You know, that $100 tier is not bad, if you think of buying the film and the t-shirt by itself you'd get to half that. I hope the film is good!

* the Aztec Ace crowd-funder has scrambled past its initial goal.

* three days left on an impressively performing crowd-funder for another season of Check, Please!.

* here's some nice people that wrote in about their crowd-funder Further. That looks like a modest ask with a great chance of succeeding. Always send a link: not everyone does. I see more press releases that looks like 1978 press releases than 2012 ones.

* finally: Katie Skelly has blown past her initial ask with her Bad Girls tarot deck. I got two for gifts.
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Green Lanterns #47.

* not comics: you can always tell when someone you know has never been fat when they offer up a t-shirt and the largest size is XL. Great t-shirt, though.

* Brian Salvatore talks to Robert Venditti.

* finally: I totally missed that Colleen Frakes did a TCJ Diary: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. That and Jog's long run preview the weekly comics have been the standout features of the on-line era.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Caitlin McGurk!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Dean Mullaney!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Ryan Alexander-Tanner!

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Happy 40th Birthday, François Vigneault!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Wataru Yoshizumi!

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June 17, 2018


Go, Look: Father's Day

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Happy Father's Day To Every Father, Every Kind

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Go, Look: Charles Burns Drawings From His PFC Residency

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Go, Look: Enrique Alcatena Draws The Endless

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

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 37th Birthday, James Andre!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Pauline Martin!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Hilary Barta!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Chance Browne!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Bart Beaty!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Bill Sherman!

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June 16, 2018


OTBP: The Young CLR James: A Graphic Novelette

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Go, Look: June 1978 Comics Covers

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

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 88th Birthday, Frank Thorne!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Killoffer!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Vito Delsante!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Arne Bellstorf!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Austin Kleon!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Arnold Pander!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Sarah Glidden!

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June 15, 2018


Go, Look: Mar Hernandez

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By Request Special: Reggie Byers Launches Crowd-Funder For Comic Based On His Work In Schools

Reggie Byers teaches life skills in the Philadelphia school system. This crowd-funder for a comic book that does the same extends that work. I thought that might be worth a look on a long Friday afternoon.
 
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Go, Look: Steve Scott Art

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Go, Read: Charles Brownstein In Japan On State Of CBLDF

Here. The interesting thing about this, particularly for long-time observers of the Fund, is that Brownstein directly addresses the fact that the CBLDF hasn't managed a retail case since 2007. That might have been a part of other speeches and presentations, but it's not one I remember seeing until this one.
 
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If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

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

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OTBP: Mystic City

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* not comics: Dirk Wood addresses America's point of no return in the opening essay to Full Bleed 2. I always thought that modern America flipped the switch to on when the idea was introduced -- not as directly as many remember, but still -- that America could shop and go to work and make normal the post-9/11 landscape.

* the indy/arts comics seminal figure Milton Knight wrote in to say that the money from recent fundraising efforts allowed him the cushion to move from his horrible situation and to a new town. I'm very happy for him and good on any CR readers that lent him a hand. Comics has a generous heart. He notes that there's a contentious coda you can search out on this site. It would be nice if property owners and managers answered initial inquiries from those they serve as quickly as they answer on-line commentary.

* finally: I missed this article when it first come out, and I literally can't get past the first paragraph because I'm old and stuff keeps popping up in the original framing, BUT it looks like someone's giving Chester Gould's Dick Tracy a spin in comic books again. I don't have that Dick Tracy thing that I think men a generation previous to mine do. Its execution is super-interesting, but it doesn't have the conceptual strength that is frequently applied to it. It would take some clever creative alchemy to make a non-Gould version really work.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Christopher Downes!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Brent Anderson!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Brian Hibbs!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Don McGregor!

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June 14, 2018


Go, Look: Siang Miao

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Restraining Order Granted Again Stan Lee Advisor Keya Morgan

The Associated Press has a nice summary article here of recent moves taken by member of Lee's longtime legal support and advisement team to sever ties between Lee and Keya Morgan, a memorabilia dealer who had been acting as a business manager for the comics publishing and movie cameo icon since early this year. Morgan entered Lee's orbit through a relationship with Lee's daughter JC and his influence has increased as Lee has felt the absence of his longtime, late wife Joan.

The injunction comes with a pledge by police authorities to investigate for elder abuse, and explains a recent report of armed robbers in Lee's home as the result of a Morgan phone call to authorities implying there was some sort of nefarious activity when it was officials making a welfare check on Lee.

The vast, vast, vast majority of observers to whom I've spoken feel like Lee is better off with his long-established partners and away from Morgan. It is hard to see a scenarios in which he continues his convention appearances at the age of 95. He's certainly done more than his share.

The AP article still cites an estate value of $50M. Barring the state of his real estate holding being more than I'm told, I am still confused how Lee got from five million to $50 million give his household expense and the nature of his entertainment deals. There is more than enough money there for people to be concerned with its eventual dispensation, I'm certain.
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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* it's Heroes Con this weekend. I'll be interested in what the attendance is like for that show. It's a great audience, and a very commission and drawing-focused show. People have a lot of affection and they should: there are a lot of fans down there for a wide range of cartoonists and there is some great back-issue shopping. I do wonder after the physical size of the show related to that audience, and will scour the Internet for photos and perception tweets. I wish I could be there. If you're going, buy something from Patrick Dean -- he's had a hell of a week.

* other big shows this weekend are in Denver and in Ann Arbor. The Denver show has been very financially successful so far, according to what I hear. The Ann Arbor show, focused on kids comics, has grown to the point where it's become a key show for a key comics audience.

* the Press Play Fair 2018 will be accepting applications until July 1.

* SFZineFest named Trinidad Escobar its guest of honor for 2018.

* finally: Joe Gordon always insists on pulling out the comics programming from the Edinburgh program and writing an article about it. I'm happy to run the link.
 
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OTBP: The Hidden World

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Happy 36th Birthday, Ryan Sands!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Jordi Bernet!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Paul Kupperberg!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Jamie Cosley!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Cosey!

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June 13, 2018


Patrick Dean Is A Brave And Remarkable Person; Every Ounce Of Love Possible To Him And His Family

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Go, Look: The Blood Road

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Go, Look: Yeji Yun

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Go, Look: Virginie Morgand

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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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MAR181638 WEAVER FESTIVAL PHENOMENON HC $20.00
I don't see a whole lot that appeals to me on the lists this week. It's more likely I'm just missing stuff. I didn't miss this one; I bought it directly from the publisher, mostly so I could get the included print. Ron Regé is a special cartoonist who sees things differently than I do in a way that I welcome every last page of his comics. I'm saving this one up to read for when I have a bad day. I bet it pops in the comics shop.

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APR180604 MAGE HERO DENIED #9 (OF 15) $3.99
APR181670 KAIJUMAX SEASON 4 #1 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
A light day of comic-shop comic-book format reading. I enjoy the Resident Alien series of series, even though it's obvious that getting this work made into a television show was a top priority. Hey, the money has to be better. I'm enjoy the middle issues of the lates Mage series, although a lot depends on what's to comer. Zander Cannon must have won every bet possible that he'd do over 20 issues of his giant monster prison saga. If there were ten more comics like it I'd probably go to the shop every week.

MAR181670 HELLBOY INTO THE SILENT SEA STUDIO ED $50.00
APR180068 BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #7 $3.99
FEB180036 HELLBOY COMPLETE SHORT STORIES TP VOL 01 $24.99
Three different Hellboy comics in three entirely different formats. That says about the publishing achievement that is the Mignola-verse.

FEB180480 CLOUD HOTEL TP $19.99
This is a Top Shelf comic. I think I remember liking the previous book they did with this author, but I could be completely fabricating that, too. Hey, the last few years have been rough memory-wise. Not a lot I want to remember.

APR181314 COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN COMPLETE TP $10.99
I've never seen this Archie-published funnybook material save for book about Archie publishing more generally. I hope it's good.

MAR180607 IT WILL ALL HURT TP $18.99
APR180475 PROXIMA CENTAURI #1 (OF 6) $3.99
Two from Farel Dalrymple, a to-die-for drawer and a scruffy writer with charm to spare. I look forward to the start of another series, this one from Image.

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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 San Francisco, I'd Go To This

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

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

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OTBP: City Of Spirits

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Thomas on The Bawdy Tales Of Lazlo Cale. Richard Bruton on The Immortal Hulk #1.

* I guess these sorts of bells and whistle appeal to some folks out there, particularly when serial comics suffer from a deserved perception that most of them cost way too much for the value of the experience provided. The comic book that I read was so achingly dull and uninspired and rote I can't imagine wanting to extend that experience, though.

* let David Lasky's cartoon drawings remind that we all need to take care of ourselves in the warm days ahead.

* somehow missed this post on the first round of Lucy Shelton Caswell research award winners. Frank Santoro is probably the familiar name there for most people, but all of the proposals sound solid. I am all for every last thing in comics that offers up cash money and support for use of comics institutions to do comics-related things. We don't have a safety net, and we don't have a structured industry, but comics can provide a bit of a framework for itself through the smart application of the resources available to it. It'd be neat to win something with Lucy's name on it.

* Shaenon Garrity talks to Lisa Hanawalt. Ben Yakas talks to Julia Wertz. Team Comics Alternative talks to Karl Stevens.

* here's Jesse Hamm on photo reference.

* finally: Michel Fiffe and Chuck Forsman converse.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Kris Dresen!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Frank Cirocco!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Damien Jay!

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June 12, 2018


OTBP: Abstractions

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By Request Extra: Eleanor Davis Publishes A Comic To Facilitate Making Of More Comics

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Link here and through the image. Let's not discourage Eleanor from making as many comics as possible.
 
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Go, Look: Sharmila Banerjee

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Go, Look: Shimrit Elkanati

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

image* the nice people at Abrams sent over this list of SelfMadeHero books coming out in Fall of 2018 and their release dates.
+ I Feel Machine, Krent Able And Box Brown And Julian Hanshaw And Erik Svetoft And Shaun Tan And Tille Walden. Edited by Julian Hanshaw and Krent Able. September 25.
+ Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: An Art Book, Reinhard Kleist. September 25.
+ One Two Three Four Ramones, Bruno Cadène, and Xavier Bétaucourt Works of art by Eric Cartier. September 25.
+ Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (A Factual Fairytale), Typex. October 30.
+ Lovecraft: Four Classic Horror Stories, H.P. Lovecraft, Adapted By I.N.J Culbard. October 30.
+ Wolf, Rachael Ball, October 30.
+ Lip Hook: A Tale of Rural Unease, David Hine And Mark Stafford. November 27.
I imagine that Kleist book will look great and the rest of them will be close to that good-looking at the very least.

* Vertigo is apparently going to do a linewide relaunch. Since these are (ostensibly) creator-driven, stand-alone titles, you don't get the sense that there's a line-wide story gearing up, so it really is a publishing strategy move designed to drive attention to the books. If they're really good, they'll be fine; if they're not, I'm not sure any kind of launch strategy will work. None of the books described in the PR seem like surefire winners to me; they all seem like fairly standard modern TV show pitches. I'll be curious to see how this group turns out. That announcement also officially places Mark Doyle into the Executive Editor position.

* finally: The Beat has a nice round-up of the creative teams and cover imagery from DC's twin lines of done-in-one stand-alones. If that works, that could potential shift comics several degrees from its current orientation. One thing that might keep it from working is if they keep a written by/illustrated by split in credits, with the writer being the most prominent. That is absolutely tone deaf in terms of where creators are right now when it comes to how they feel credit should be apportioned.
 
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Go, Read: Michael Dooley's Effusive Praise Of Neon Visions

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

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* I enjoyed this Ken Parille piece on a bunch of recent superhero comics, basically every single one that can claim some kind of territory in the alt-comics realm. I think I disagree with most of the opinions expressed on those with which I'm familiar, but that's super-healthy.

* go, look: Pablo Vigo.

* great, great, great to see Paul Lyons feeling healthy and co-owning a printing press. Everyone print stuff with Paul.

* finally: nice to see Milton Knight doing this kind of work.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Scott Roberts!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Phil Jimenez!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Christopher Brayshaw!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Ian Harker!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Neal Adams!

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June 11, 2018


OTBP: Folrath Part 2

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* I think I have this figured: there will be an art auction appearing here on or around June 21 to benefit MICE. You can donate now independently here.

* the hopeful speculative fiction project All We Ever Wanted continues its steady climb to a modest first ask.

* finally: Katie Skelly is near her first ask on the bad girl tarot deck she created. I can't imagine that one not doing super well. That's a nice birthday present.
 
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Go, Look: Sally Deng

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Go, Look: Phileas Dog

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OTBP: Totems

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Missed It: On Beauty

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* David Canfield tips his hat in the way of the late Anthony Bourdain's literary talent by starting with his recent comics work. Julian Dassai points out Bourdain's NYC 'zine/comix publishing roots stretching back to the middle 1980s.

* we mentioned somewhere on the site that this was going to happen, but here's a report from the dedication ceremony regarding a big chunk of Mark Nevins' collection to Holy Cross.

* congratulations to comics-maker and super-nice person Whit Taylor.

* finally, Kurtis J. Wiebe writes about some of the principles that helped him avoid suicide and begin what has been a lengthy pushback againstf the worst effects of depression.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Paul Cauuet!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Joe Keatinge!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Jayr Pulga!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Laurent Lolmède!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Andrei Molotiu!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Pat Barrett!

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June 10, 2018


Go, Look: Noa Snir

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Go, Look: Vance Lump

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

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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Thomas Ott!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Scott McCloud!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Alberto Ponticelli!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Charles Vess!

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June 9, 2018


Go, Look: Olimpia Zagnoli

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Go, Look: Nuria Tamarit

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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Crouch's End, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Happy 90th Birthday, Bob Bolling!

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Happy 64th Birthday, George Pérez!

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Happy 70th Birthday, André Juillard!

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June 8, 2018


Go, Look: Owen Davey

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Go, Look: Nishant Choksi

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Festivals Extra: Peripheral Event NERD HQ Breaks With CCI

Here. Barely heard of it; never been; not for me. Still, it reminds me there will likely be a cycling out of a number of events, and I don't think it will change SDCC culture much at all. It's already different there than the high fan-crazy days of Twilight, and the comics part continues to chug along, a show within a show. I'll keep going through at least through the next phase that comes along, I think.
 
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If I Were In Buffalo, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: June 1973 Comics Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* the chef, writer and television host Anthony Bourdain has passed away. He was in recent years a contributor to a pair of DC/Vertigo comics in addition to his television work. That television work included a cultural viewpoint that included comics, including a memorable in-episode visit with Harvey Pekar. Bourdain apparently killed himself by hanging. He was 61.

* don't trust anyone selling you a comics show that is standing between the audience and the exit.

* it says something that an article like this can appear and we've almost been totally reconciled to this as a common activity: it's wrong for the talented Mohammad Sabaaneh to have his work confiscated at the border and for him to have been detained and it fails to become less wrong by repetition.

* finally: Justin Kaufmann talks to Nicole Hollander.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Scott Adams!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Ian Boothby!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Bart King!

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June 7, 2018


Go, Look: Rune Fisker

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Go, Look: Shannon Wright

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

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* here's a report on a small show in Northern Island that sounds nice. The report itself is way too gushing for me to get a realistic portrait of the show's value, but I appreciate learning -- or being reminded, I'm old -- that it exists.

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If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: The Flash: A Fragment

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* missed Will McPhail's short comic about the recent British royal wedding. I'm surprised that more wasn't directly made of the bride's family story even as people were being charmed by her mother. My first choice would be that no special attention be paid this kind of wedding, although all the younger royals seem like they will conduct themselves as thoughtful celebrities.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Hirohiko Araki!

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Happy 94th Birthday, Frank Bolle!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Larry Hama!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mark Schultz!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Tyler Crook!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Tucker Stone!

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June 6, 2018


Go, Listen: Stuart Immonen Career Retrospective

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Go, Look: Soon We're Both Screaming

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Congratulations To Bryan Talbot And Neil Gaiman On Their Entry Into The Royal Society Of Literature

Big year for the group overall. I don't know much about this group other than it sounds cooler than anything the US has, plus I think you get to sign in with Lord Byron's pen, also cooler than anything we have. Congrats to those fine authors and expert comics-makers.
 
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Go, Look: Sarah Soh

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By Request Extra: Jordan Shiveley Could Use Your Help

Here. It's medical-related, and a very modest ask given Shiveley's condition. Shiveley is generous advocate of the art form and its practitioners. Please join me in donating what you can if you are so inclined. Every dollar helps.
 
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Go, Look: Studio Muti

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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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APR181664 NOBROW TP VOL 10 (MR) $24.00
More commentary than consumption driven by this week's books. I spent a couple of weekends with this lovely volume and enjoyed it quite a bit. I find these drawing exercises work for as me as oblique-narrative comics stories probably a bit more than they should. It's a handsome series of images, though, and a way to reacquaint with certain artists.

FEB181215 ABOUT BETTYS BOOB HC $29.99
Don't know the artists, don't always buy adult-aimed work from the company, but illness/recovery stories are a powerful subdivision of comics right now. I'd certainly pick it up to take a look.

imageJAN181821 KAIJUMAX TP VOL 03 SEASON THREE KING OF MONSTAS $19.99
Zander Cannon's monsters-in-prison comic reminds me of the Brubaker/Philips team pounding their way through various film and literary genres, only Zander's is done with giant monsters. I liked this volume in serial form very much.

FEB180039 HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1955 TP $19.99
JAN180108 JENNY FINN HC (MR) $17.99
This week's Mignola-verse items. I liked the latter more than the former.

FEB180045 MOEBIUS LIBRARY INSIDE MOBIUS HC VOL 02 $39.99
Any series presentation featuring this early a number and this big of an artist has got to be filled with gems, and I suspect this one is too.

APR181139 GIANT DAYS #39 $3.99
APR180174 BATMAN PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING NIGHTWING VS HUSH #1 $3.99
APR180239 EXIT STAGE LEFT THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #6 (OF 6) $3.99
APR180140 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99
APR180425 RICK VEITCH THE ONE #5 (OF 6) $4.99
FEB180658 MOONSTRUCK #6 $3.99
APR180633 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #10 $3.99
APR180639 WALKING DEAD #180 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $3.99
APR180756 CAPTAIN AMERICA #703 $3.99
APR180698 DEADPOOL #1 $4.99
APR180726 DOCTOR STRANGE #1 $3.99
APR180691 IMMORTAL HULK #1 $4.99
A lot of comic-book format comics of interest this week, although I'll probably end up with only two or three of them. John Allison writing makes Giant Days an easy buy for me. I have no interest in that Batman comic but the strangeness of that title in any other context delights me. The Snagglepuss I didn't even know had started, so I guess it did not penetrate into the imagination like some of the similar projects. Justice League going to a new #1 was bigger new five and ten years ago. It's always great to see anything on the stands from Rick Veitch. I like the Moonstruck and S&S series and wish there were more comics designed more to charm than impress. Walking Dead chugs along. I like these Captain America comics Mark Waid is writing while holding rack space for the Coates re-vamp. Those last three are I assume Marvel new #1s, and that company really needs these new number ones to hit. I only have a vague idea what's going on in one of them. Uh-oh.

MAR180999 BLACK BOLT TP VOL 02 HOME FREE $17.99
MAR180991 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY WAID AND SAMNEE TP VOL 01 HOME OF BRAVE $17.99
These are two of the better recent runs of serial comics from Marvel: on a surprise (the Black Bolt series) and one not,

APR180794 RISE OF BLACK PANTHER #6 (OF 6) $3.99
Still not sure why they do so many comics when the core titles aren't exactly killing it. I guess the reason is obvious.

SAPR181557 DISNEY MASTERS HC VOL 02 BOTTARO DONALD DUCK MONEY ROCKET (C) $29.99
Totally behind Fantagraphics publishing European duck comics masters as a way of building their library

MAR182159 PETER KUPER CONVERSATIONS SC $50.00
I"m not a fan of this series as a former participant, but I am glad to see the books as a lot of print and early Internet conversations fall out of print. Peter's a smart, articulate man.

APR181568 PRISON PIT GN VOL 06 $14.99
Hell yeah. Last one, too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rachel Cooke profiles Nick Drnaso.

* by request extra: Aztec Ace was one of the well-liked titles of my genre-drift high school years, and Drew Ford's reprint line is going to do a major collection. They all come back.

* if you followed recent accusations aimed at cartoonist Brandon Graham regarding interactions with trans members of the comics community as well as behavior more generally towards women in a social setting, you might be interested that some weeks later he published an extremely angry and abusive comic he called a "diss track" aimed at those that drove the accusations, and that initial reviews on-line of said comic and Graham generally as a result were basically, "go fuck yourself." The irony at play is that by pushing back in anger in order to question the mostly veiled charges against him last month and how they were made, Graham has openly acted worthy of censure.

* by the way, you'll have to rely on your own google-fu to find the things mentioned in the last bullet point because even linking to this stuff, particularly Graham's comic, I feel like I'm enabling rather than enlightening. I bet the comic is gone by now. I do think that the narrative around Graham for younger cartoonists that are his professional peers has changed in a way it will bear tracking to see how any fallout develops. I also kind of feel, and this may be dumb, that we should maybe reset priorities and baseline expectations so that all comics shows aren't social events as much as professional events with a social element -- although try stepping in between those forces as they reach out for one another, damn the consequences. Is garage sale + key party really an improvement over garage sale + more garage sale as our primary direct interaction with the outside world? We are lucky not to catch something once a week.

* anyway, I have a lot more thinking to do about all of this. And some research: I'm told that those pathetic dorks that cluster under the comicsgate designation have taken to championing Graham, which is gross, but I haven't put my eyeballs on it yet. Every apology at my lack of speed.

* there is always cartoonist hate for whatever the new Olympic mascot might be.

* finally: Robert Nagler Miller profiles Nicole Hollander.
 
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Happy 92nd Birthday, TK Ryan!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Arlen Schumer!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Charles Brownstein!

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June 5, 2018


Go, Look: Jun Cen

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Go, Look: Tor Brandt

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Bundled Extra: Frank Santoro's Pittsburgh Has Debuted

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Serge Ewenczyk of Editions çà et là wrote into the site about ten days to announce his company's publication of Frank Santoro's meditative new book Pittsburgh.

My understanding is that Santoro -- a mainstay of Dan Nadel's defunct Picturebox -- doesn't have a North American publisher right now so his relationship with the French-language press is his primary one now. I think that's something we'll see a lot more of. There's something worth noting in comics that there are so many publishers -- I would ask a bright newcomer try several other types of businesses before publisher if they wanted to work in comics -- and yet there are artists like Frank Santoro that seem totally deserving of that kind of relationship and are just lacking one.

The good news is that the pages sent along by Serge look intriguing. Pittsburgh is Santoro's exploration of how his parents went from being in love to not even choosing to recognize one another in a shared workspace. I like his approach to comics and hope as many people read his work as possible.

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

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Go, Look: The American Revolution's Greatest Leader Was Openly Gay

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* my spiritual comics reviewing dad RC Harvey profiles Ted Shearer.

* congratulations to Mark Nevins and Holy Cross for setting up a 1000-book collection at the school. Nevins is one of those great behind the scenes people from the last quarter-century of comics and I'm sure any suite of books he puts together is going to be formidable.

* finally: another day, another Turkish cartoonist arrested for not getting 100 percent on board with ol' PM Small-Dick.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Gabriel Bá!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Fábio Moon!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mark Marek!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, David Gallaher!

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June 4, 2018


Go, Listen: Irvin Ungar And Gil Roth Talking Arthur Szyk

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Go, Apply: Short Run Opens Up Exhibitor Applications For 2018

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Here. That's a really good show, plus you get to spend a Fall weekend in Seattle, an amazing city. The show itself is November 3.
 
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Go, Look: Thailand Sketchbook

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Go, Look: Karolis Strautniekas

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* a Katie Skelly Bad Girls tarot deck sounds like something that will do very, very well and it's off to a strong start today.

image* the crowd-funder to give Bill and Nadine Messner-Loebs some space to operate while establishing a livable home continues to chug along. Does anyone know how they're doing? I don't have a personal pathway to them. I hope the boost they got from the comics community will give them the ability to kind of do a reset on the basic living circumstances, but I have a feeling there's a chance that a lot more will be necessary as the situation develops the next several months.

* I like the idea of this performance/adaptation related crowd-funder aimed at James Sturm's Market Day. It looks like it's getting there, but could still use some attention.

* here's another anthology for your consideration from A Wave Blue World. They've done several at this point.

* finally, I liked reading about this crowd-funder from Rachelle Meyer that seems to be more about developing work already made in sketchbook form. I don't see a lot of second step fundraiser, but I imagine they are just as necessary.
 
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If I Were In Columbus, 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: Stefan Glerum

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Reuben Willmott walks us through some old UKCAC booklets. This kind of thing is how I'll spend my mornings in heaven.

* Megan Purdy on Nightlights.

* there's a nice write-up here on the number of professionals denied professional registration at NYCC this year. What I don't see is an explanation as to why this specific group of pros would be subject to this specific glitch. In fact, the system they describe sounds like it has a manual element that would kind of preclude systemic glitches, although maybe they're saying that got switched off. I'm also thinking this seems to happen year after year. Oh, who the hell knows. At least some respected comics pros that want to do business or just go to the show should have that chance now. If I had to run a system like that my head would explode. My favorite shows are free to everyone but those selling at the show, and I hope in the next couple of years to make one of them free to exhibitors, too.

* here's an art-driven appreciation of Metal Hurlant.

* yeah, I can't tell what the hell is going on here, either. Hopefully it's been updated since I wrote this and now.

* finally: that time Steve Ditko responded to a bootleg Michael DeForge Spider-Man comic.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Josef Rubenstein!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Steve Weissman!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Keiler Roberts!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Wendy Pini!

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June 3, 2018


Go, Look: Loris Lora

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Go, Look: Lisk Feng

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

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

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

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Gavin Wilson!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Sam Hiti!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Mark Anderson!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Rodd Perry!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Paul Maybury!

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FFF Results Post #506 -- 21st Century Support

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Great Supporting Or Part-Time Characters Created In the 21st Century." This is how they responded.

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Buzz Dixon

1. Kevin Keller, Daniel Parent
2. Larry the Croc, Stephen Pastis
3. Big Daddy, Mark Millar
4. Blartholomew, Dana Simpson
5. Pinecone Johnson, Allison Barrows

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M‘rio Filipe

1. Louie (The Death-Ray), Dan Clowes
2. Jillian Banks (Wally Gropius), Tim Hensley
3. Werewolf Jones (Megg, Mogg and Owl), Simon Hanselmann
4. Baxter (Cosplayers), Dash Shaw
5. The orangutan (Mowgli's Mirror), Olivier Schrauwen

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William Burns

* Zoe Zimmer, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
* Lucky the Pizza Dog, Matt Fraction and David Aja
* Sera, Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennet
* John Colby, John Layman and Rob Guillory
* Detective Roderick Ratzi, Bryan Talbot

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James Moore

1. Kid-With-A-Knife, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
2. Kim Pine, Bryan Lee O'Malley
3. Desmond Fishman, John Allison
4. Doop, Peter Milligan and Mike Allred
5. Penny Rolle, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Norma, Noah Van Sciver
2. Gomez, Jaime Hernandez
3. Steve, Joe Daly
4. Good Queen Bess, Kate Beaton
5. Agatha, Andrew Maclean

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Tim Hayes

1. Helen Morgan, Paul Grist
2. Oliver Haddo, Alan Moore and Kev O'Neill
3. Ferdinand The Minotaur, Greg Rucka and Drew Johnson
4. Judge Smiley, Al Ewing and Henry Flint
5. Anders Klimakks, Grant Morrison and Chris Weston.

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thanks to all that participated

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June 2, 2018


Nick Meglin, RIP

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The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Advertising For Matt Jones' San Francisco Sketchbook


John Byrne Interview Michel Fiffe Linked To I'm Not Sure I Ran Here
 
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Go, Look: Marc Martin

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Go, Look: Tinder 101

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If I Were Near Erlangen, 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 Chicago, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Lane Milburn!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Loris Z!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Mark Siegel!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Brian Doherty!

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June 1, 2018


OTBP The Weaver Festival Phenomenon

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This looks beautiful.
 
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Go, Look: Matthew The Horse

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Go, Look: Keith Negley

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EW Provides First-Look At Color From Hell Pages

It's all explained through the link. Eddie Campbell is a first-rate comics-maker and obvious Hall of Famer ten years into his career, so is the other fellow, and whatever they want to do with their things is okay by me -- not that I get a vote.
 
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If I Am Near The Computer At 5 PM EST Today, I'll Watch This

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If I Were Near Erlangen, 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 Chicago, I'd Go To This

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OTBP: CROMAG

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* one of the problems when you charge for attendance at your comics show is you have to police who qualifies for press and pro badges and at some point you get that wrong, like NYCC here.

image* Tegan O'Neil on Love & Rockets #5. Todd Klein on Shade The Changing Woman #3. Sean Gaffney on A Certain Magical Index Vol. 15. Caitlin Rosberg on Walk Through Hell. Alex Hoffman on Life Can (Not) Exist Here. Robin Enrico on Caligula.

* I always enjoy Evan Dorkin's color sketches.

* congratulations to Charles Hatfield on his completions of presidential duties as a driving force of the Comics Studies Society, and congrats to that group for having Carol Tilley take over. That's a major post that deserves to be read all the way through for the new officers and their first slate of awards winners.

* Michael Dooley spends a lot of time with Black Comix Returns.

* finally: Ben Towle goes to New York and looks at bookstores and museum exhibits in a way that we all benefit.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Mikhaela Reid!

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Gerald Scarfe!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Graham Annable!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Frederik Hautain!

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