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July 31, 2018


Happy 50th Birthday, Franklin Armstrong!

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Go, Look: Michael Kupperman Comic Book Covers

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

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* don't know that I'd seen this cover for the forthcoming Buhle/Van Sciver collaboration on a Eugene Debs biography.

* read the latest issue of Scales And Scoundrels, an all-ages, rpg-informed fantasy title from Image that while not for me I thought very genial and easy on the eyes to find out the title is ending at #12. I kind of thought it might be in trouble when they did a trade of #1-5 when the story in the serial comic naturally extended and then ended into #6. I know that the Image numbers can be tough for titles that don't reach a certain threshold, but I thought this one had a chance. I hope that the artist Galaad in particular finds an as-suitable outlet. The last issue is out mid-September.

* finally: Amazon.com is a terrible place to find exact news as to when a book might be coming out, but it's a pretty good one for finding books that will exist at some point or another, like this one from New York Review Comics that I bet exists in something other than Kindle form. I'm not sure I knew they were climbing the Mark Alan Stamaty mountain in the first half of next year.
 
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Go, Look: Sean Gordon Murphy Draws Star Wars

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Marisha Pessi on The Dangerous Journey. Sam Obiri on Anti-Gone.

* comics in the Times is still a rare enough thing it's worthy of notice.

* my suggestion is stop apologizing, or at least never apologize for offense. Apologize for not advancing the national dialogue, if you must, but offense is your job. Also have a talk with whoever makes the decision to publish; they should be screening for cartoons that are light on content, heavy on potential rhetorical judo.

* not comics: there's a fine rumination in Gil Roth's latest Virtual Memories newsletter about how to use but not be used by social media. I hear this a lot from my friends aged 40-60, with no good answers.

* Andrea Ayres talks to Pia Guerra.

* finally: Adam Hughes draws the Rocketeer and Betty.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Jog!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Nate Powell!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Alex Holden!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Gary Barker!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Leinil Francis Yu!

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Happy Franklin Day, Everyone!

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i will always celebrate the made-up movie-related holiday of Franklin Day because Franklin
 
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July 30, 2018


Go, Look: Midsummer

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Grand News: Ridiculous Sedition Charges Dropped Against Zunar

The nine sedition charges facing the Malaysian cartoonist Zunar were dropped today, in what has to be seen as a major victory for both the longtime harassed cartoonist and free speech in general. The sedition charges were part of a second way of charges that hit the cartoonist after initial police harassment and charges against him failed.

Zunar likely still faces a hostile atmosphere for routine expression of his work, and he smartly told the press that the true victory against these colonial hangovers masquerading as laws will be in their being abolished, but this has to be considered a victory considering how awful things could have gone after a less enlightened decision.
 
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Go, Look: Art By Jacky Tsai

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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image* the nice folks from the Montreal-based arts collective Tabulit wrote in to drive attention to their second crowd-funded project, AFAR. Here is the PR: afar.pdf.

* that The Nib crowd-funder is still going strong, with a couple of weeks left.

* these nice people wrote in so that I might drive attention to their crowd-funder. It strikes me as a modest request.

* Jennie Breeden would like the next volume of Devil's Panties to be a hardcover edition.

* finally: here's the rare convention crowd-funder that looks like it will come through.
 
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Go, Look: Other-Era Marvel Comics Art Galleries

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Elana Levin on Multiple Man #1.

* festivals extra: registration for Short Run should end soon.

* potential big day for Zunar today.

* Chris Schweizer writes about two pitches that didn't go anywhere. I know there's probably a hardcore element out there that thinks all artists of any sort should do by any means necessary only those projects that burn within them in a way that will destroy their lives if not completed, but not everyone thinks like that and there's no wrong way to approach art in that broader sense.

* never saw this comics piece on underground abortionists in Chicago.

* hey, it's Moebius talking late 1980s American mostly mainstream comics.

* finally: here's a piece on the decline of galleries in a neighborhood whose identity comes in part from galleries.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Chris Sprouse!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Tom Ziuko!

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July 29, 2018


Go, Read: Three By T Alixopulos In '17 I Don't Remember Reading

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"Silver Suit," "Prax And Bleps" and "Mysteries Of East Hollywood"
 
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Go, Look: Powerlifting Doesn't Care What I Look Like

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

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

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Happy 64th Birthday, Lovern Kindzierski!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Gail Simone!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Ted May!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Baru!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Nick Gazin!

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FFF Results Post #508 -- Lifetime Subscriptions

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Three Living Creators From Whom You'd Desire A Lifetime Subscription To All Their Work Yet To Come; One Publisher, Same; Explain One Of Your Choices." This is how they responded.

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Andrew Mansell

1. Roger Langridge
2. Chris Ware (so much non-comics work I miss out on)
3. Carol Tyler
4. Euro Comics (IDW)
5. I have trusted the choices of Dean Mullaney and the LoAC staff for the past decade. Their taste in material and dedication to their readers will continue to make Euro Comics the company to beat in the coming years

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Des Devlin

1. Simon Hanselmann
2. Inio Asano
3. Elijah Brubaker
4. Fantagraphics
5. I'm buying a lottery ticket on Brubaker, whose "The Story of Jezebel" book was a sustained marvel of comedy pacing and timing and tone. I have a rough inkling what Chris Ware's next project might feel like, but it seems like Brubaker could go anywhere.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Joe Daly
2. Katie Skelly
3. Yeon-Sik Hong
4. Fantagraphics
5. I could list about two dozen cartoonists where I'd like to see all future work. Of these three top-of-the-pops selections, Joe Daly leapt into my head for that combination of making work that seems right up my alley and aimed right at my sense of humor but also spooky and weird and inaccessible. I also tried to choose cartoonists each of whom is under 40 because I'm a greedy nerd that wants a lot of stuff.

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Pete Baudoin

1. Ed Brubaker
2. Gipi
3. Jonathan Hickman
Ed Bru and Hickman are always good. I recommend them relentlessly to customers who i think are ready to move outside traditional superhero type comics. (Both have done good superhero stuff but i feel really excel outside the superhero genre.). Gipi; man i wish more Americans could enjoy the nuance of his stories and his gorgeous artwork. I had an e-mail conversation with a woman who was involved in importing and translating his work a few years ago. Sadly he does not sell well here. We both lamented this and joked about trying to read French or Italian versions of his work and struggling.

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Jamie Coville

1. Peter Bagge
2. Svetlana Chmakova
3. Joe Sacco
4. Drawn & Quarterly
5. While I love Joe Sacco's non-fiction work and hope to see more of it, Bumf was one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. If that's what he does when he's not doing serious work, then I'm on board for whatever else he does.

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Jim Ottaviani
2. Stuart Immonen
3. Naoki Urasawa
4. Oni Press
5. I realize Stuart Immonen has recently "retired" from comics, but I would still love to see anything he works on in the future. He's got a great deal of artistic talent, of course, but I've always really enjoyed that he always let his art be in service to the story he was telling. How he draws a superhero story is different than how he draws a quiet, personal story which was different again from how he draws something more comical. He always seems like he's willing to experiment with his art and try new things, for which I had a great deal of respect. How could I not want to see more of that?

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Michael Grabowski

1. Gabrielle Bell
2. Kevin Huizenga
3. Evan Dorkin
4. Copra Press
5. Number 4 may be a cheat since it's pretty much just Michel Fiffe, but where I can take or leave his contributions for other creators' characters for other publishers, his pure uncut vision is super-appealing to me and, at least so far, reliably re-readable, which is increasingly important to me when considering purchases.

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Patrick O Watson

1. Stan Sakai
2. David Mazzucchelli
3. Naoki Urasawa
4. Image Comics
5. For over 30 years, I've always wanted to read what David Mazzucchelli would be working on next.

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Terry Eisele

* Noah Van Sciver
* Jeff Lemire
* Summer Pierre
* Blank Slate Books
* Summer Pierre, because I think she has the best autobio comics going right now.

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Michael Dooley

1. Kate Beaton
2. Emil Ferris
3. Natalia Hernandez
4. Fantagraphics
5. Okay, so I'm a history professor who's devoted to connecting the concepts and contexts of comics, animation, and design of the past to our contemporary culture. And Kate Beaton is a cartoonist who relates everything else from the past to what's happening today. Her strips are full of charm, intelligence, wit, and humanism, and are rendered with graceful, expressive linework. So, yeah: I'll commit to that for a lifetime.

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Marty Yohn

1. Craig Thompson
2. Faith Erin Hicks
3. Dan Abnett
4. :01 First Second
5. I typically look at the artists, but Dan Abnett has just nailed Aquaman. His writing is pure myth making while giving us a nice allegory for the current political climate in our country. Can't wait to see what he does in the future.

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Buzz Dixon

1. Dave Sim
2. Gisele Lagace
3. Dana Simpson
4. TwoMorrows
5. The breadth and depth of TwoMorrows publications is astonishing, covering virtually every aspect of comics culture from both a fan and professional perspective. Add to that their ever widening selection of other pop culture publications, and if I could have only one lifelong subscription, theirs would be the one I want. Other publishers may do better individual titles, but TwoMorrows has more that are in my wheelhouse than any other publisher.

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Mark Brodersen

1. Paul Pope
2. Stan Sakai
3. Dan Clowes
4. Fantagraphics
5. Easy -- Fantagraphics has an incredible selection of the best graphic lit that never disappoints from classics to cutting edge newer talents

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July 28, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


How The Teen Titans Save DC From Bankruptcy
 
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If I Were Near Arlington, 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 Seattle, I'd Go To This

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Jim Davis!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jon J Muth!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Will Pfeifer!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Miriam Libicki!

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July 27, 2018


Go, Read: Fuck You, Death

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If I Were Near Arlington, 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 Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Crazy Cat People Explained

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on s! #29.

* this is an interesting issue: whether or not mocking an asshole with dumb political views and a history of harmful lashing out is a good thing or just more publicity for a publicity-starved person. I don't know where I stand, although my hunch is that in these times jerky behavior cannot be mocked away.

* I am for just about every provocative thought that falls short of "and then the subject matter of this thought was harmed because of the thought."

* I like about half of the books offered up on this short list in Esquire.

* Graeme McMillan talks to Dan DiDio and Jim Lee. I don't detect a whole lot here that's either new or very specific, although I guess I didn't know about the Snapchat thing, whatever the hell that is. It's a good time for that company in terms of its ongoing battles with Marvel.

* finally: that's an amazing couple made from two amazing couples + two tragedies. All happiness to them.
 
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Happy 80th Birthday, Pierre Christin!

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July 26, 2018


Go, Look: A Trip To The Museum With Cartoonist John Porcellino

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Jamie Coville has his usual suite of major convention panels up: SDCC 2018.

* my friends are mostly talking about Autoptic now, with a few SPXers and NYCCers thrown in.

* first big tour of the Fall that I can recall being announced: Lisa Hanawalt.

* here are some general convention numbers. I never know what to believe but I would think the numbers relative to other numbers stand up.

* finally: there are a few days left to apply for Short Run, Seattle's bustling and ambitious small-press show.
 
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Go, Look: Back

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Vol. 14.

* Todd Allen's analysis of John Jackson Miller's latest figures is bad news for Marvel: they are experiencing very typical percentage drops for issues not #1 of new series, and nothing across the line has gone up significantly as a general reaction to last year's editorial regime change. Accusations that moving a bunch of established Marvel creators to new titles is essentially rearranging deck chairs on the SHIELD heli-carrier will feel way more pointed if this trend continues. The thought that 31K is a print hit is astonishing given that 25 years ago the first few titles from mainstream companies going under 30K from previously higher figures was an alarming moment -- in the TCJ offices at least. Without hits the market deflates because the ordering has to be so freaking exact over the spread of titles in question for shops to remain healthy, and there's evidence that continual reboots sets the bar-after-adjustment that much lower.

* bundled extra: the Saga creative team will take a year off on the before its return. I think this is an eminently sensible way to do a serial comic and it only amuses me a tiny bit that we realized this in part when people didn't meet deadlines but saw their audience grow anyway. Storywise, that's a heck of a moment on which to leave the title for 12 months.

* finally: Alec Berry talks to David Brothers.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday, Bob Pinaha!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Brannon Costello!

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July 25, 2018


Go, Look: Being An Artist And A Mother

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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Hal Mayforth

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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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MAY181777 SMILEY DREAM BOOK HC PICTUREBOOK $17.99
Jeff Smith draws the way a genie would grant the wish of it, so I'm excited to see him work his characters into the board book realm for as long as he wants to make the pages.

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MAY189269 ACTION COMICS #1001 INKS ONLY VAR ED $3.99
MAY180466 ACTION COMICS #1001 MACK VAR ED $3.99
MAY180465 ACTION COMICS #1001 MANAPUL VAR ED $3.99
MAY180242 SAGA #54 (MR) $2.99
Brian Bendis on Superman should be interesting to close-watchers of Superman, if nothing else -- what the writer emphasizes and what he does about Superman's villain problem being two of the obvious things on which to keep an eye. The Saga I think has to be the last issue before another break, but I think that every issue because I'm inattentive and dumb. I sometimes wonder if the series can ever again feel as expansive in its setting and breadth of characters as it did very early on.

MAR180059 CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 26 $49.99
This is the series that made me realize I would never own all the series, but I'm okay with it and there are gems in every volume.

APR180267 DC UNIVERSE BY MIKE MIGNOLA TP $19.99
MAY180953 SHIELD BY HICKMAN AND WEAVER HC HUMAN MACHINE $29.99
MAY180820 X-MEN GRAND DESIGN SECOND GENESIS #1 (OF 2) $5.99
JAN180392 ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY HC VOL 02 NEW ED $75.00
Four superhero comics I like, a rarity on any new comics week. I like Mike Mignola's work, period, and watching him work with the stately DC icons yields some really interesting single-moment illustrations. Jonathan Hickman's mainstream comics are the ones where I feel like the most distances has been traveled since original conception. It's an approach that flatters the material. Ed Piskor's is super-fun in a design sense, although I couldn't tell with the first round of this work what the hell actually happened in the comics and what the hell Piskor added to shape the material to his liking. The Authority books sure are pretty, and nearly every book of superhero import and half the memories are within shouting distance of what this material was up to.

MAY181976 GOOD EARTH TP $19.99
I read Nick Bertozzi's adaptation of the one-time prose novel and related media sensation with a bit of confusion as to the purpose of adapting this book into graphic novel form. Bertozzi seems game for anything, and dives right into the material, but I'm not sure I ever understood what the commissioning editor thought the end result would bring to the work. It's been 10,076 years, since I read the novel, and then cursorily to get through a few test questions, but I'd love to return with it having seen what Bertozzi pulled out as important to him.

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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: A Bunch Of Covers From Summer 1971

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on The Strange. Jason Sacks on Out Of Nothing.

* festivals extra: you only have a few more days to apply for Short Run.

* bundled extra: I keep forgetting to link to this news of a Robert Venditti/Kat Fajardo collaboration.

* finally: Tom Hart joins the Patreoned class.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Dan Shahin!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Ray Billingsley!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Jon Lewis!

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Happy 77th Birthday, S. Clay Wilson!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Alex Wald!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Chip Bok!

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July 24, 2018


Go, Look: Recent Ronald Searle Sold At Auction

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Go, Look: Covers And Splash Pages From The Creeper

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Bundled Extra: D+Q Slideshow Of SDCC Announcements

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Go, Look: Thrilling Comics #71

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on A Bubble.

* Quino reacts to Mafalda being pulled into political debate on abortion issues.

* article and slideshow on women cartoonists at the New Yorker by Liza Donnelly here.

* David Carrier looks at the new Rob Rogers exhibition focused on the anti-Trump cartoons that go the Pittsburgh cartoonist fired from his editorial cartooning gig and dives into them as displayed art.

* finally: Tom Abraham profiles Nick Anderson. Erik Pedersen profiles Dami Lee. Dominic Umile profiles Carol Tyler.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Steven Stwalley!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Robert Greenberger!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Mark Andrew Smith!

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Pat Oliphant!

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July 23, 2018


OTBP: Tongues #2

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Go, Look: Countering Terrorism With Racism

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* the passing of a small comics and card store owner has led to an ask on behalf of the family.

* the crowd-funder for the print edition of The Nib has almost doubled its initial ask with 23 days to go. As I understand it, they're leaning heavily on this model in a matter-of-fact, every-issue way as opposed to a project that represents a dream-ask for its participants or one in that there will be one huge ask and then a significant amount of time before the next one.

* both the CBLDF and Hero Initiative invest time and effort in SDCC to positive results -- you are of course reminded that need like theirs has a power that makes any donation from anyone, including yourself, extremely welcome.

* the CBLDF exercises their educational side at the Big Show as well, and I want to go on the record saying it was fun watching Charles Brownstein crush a couple of speech-makers during the questions phase of a panel.

* finally: I always try to point out the rare convention or event that makes it to a crowd-funding platform.
 
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Go, Look: The Loser

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of comic-book comics from June of this year, which means a lot of Batman/Catwoman wedding spin-offs.

* I spend a lot more time than any adult should looking up strange Marvel characters in their wiki.

* there are a lot of Greg Preston studio photos in this Michael Dooley piece about the Eisners and design, which should have been linked to last week.

* several of you sent a link to this piece at the New York Times concerning efforts by Dark Horse and DC to create/host/administer their own primary on-line platforms. One of the things to remember about technology-driven stories that we forget even though it's such a basic thing is that the context shifts with changes in what's available and how people are using it elsewhere.

* speaking of the Dooley brothers, here's one from Kevin years and years ago.

* finally: Marc Bell's Fante Bukowski.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Kelley Jones!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Mike Vosburg!

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July 22, 2018


Go, Read: 2012 Post By Jesse Hamm On Moebius And Reality

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OTBP: New Simon Roy Comics

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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Here are some thoughts and links as to things I've seen or discussed on the convention floor and in the barrooms of Comic-Con International.

* when your exit day is everyone else's highlight/most grueling day, there's a weird energy.

* this was the first time I did a lot of work at the hotel during the show, so I did a lot of hotel things and paid attention to what was going on around me. I stay in the best hotel. This yeah I have to admit it was unfortunately upgraded on security and flow issues the same way the rest of the show was. There was a doorman and attention to keys and a denial of use of bathroom facilities, which I just thought were sort of an unfriendly look, especially given nothing in past years seemed crazy or overcrowded or dangerous.

* all hail the tuna fish sandwich at Cine Cafe, the Ralph's for those of us that can't get over to Ralph's.

* the length of the Eisners and all the jokes thereabouts were a discussion point in the morning, equal to the diversity of gender, orientation and race on display -- which was incredibly heartening. When people express sympathy in your direction for having to do too many acceptance speeches, you know you're having a good evening.

* what was weird about the length of that show is that there wasn't any cause. It just seemed like certain speeches dragged and presentation banter crawled at a stately pace. No one did anything that anyone could pivot from, which meant there weren't a lot of jokes that caught on -- making the time spent even more of a thing over which to obsess. I would recommend some pruning of awards -- I don't think anyone gets the distinctions between webcomics/digital comic or one-shot/short story (or whatever that latter category is called). Other than that, I'm not sure what to do.

* saw Emil Ferris' panel, and that was pretty special. There are a lot of things that are great about Emil Ferris on panel: she's funny, she's profane, she's spiritual, she's encouraging, she's smart and she seems like she's been around 30 but also provides a fresh experience. Also with a book like hers there is a significant connection between author and audience. One boy brought her a back-issue comic which he gave her before asking an excellent questionand their exchange was intensely charming. I'm told the book was a continued star sales-wise as well.

* saw the front-end of Scott McCloud's 25 Years Of Understanding Comics panel, and it was very funny and sweet. Lots of grateful dad and husband stuff. He sounds very excited about his next project, which is in comics form but has a much broader platform hitting all forms of communication and understanding. Plus no "Comics" in the title.

* I'm told Gary Groth didn't make it to the Ditko tribute panel. Neither did Ditko. Neither did I. Getting a report I'm told there were some charming stories and one assumes that most of them have a basis in reality. I'm interested in this thread of commentary coming out of Ditko's passing that he was largely inscrutable. I also like that some people are questioning the constant fan visits a bit, what the motivation was there and if they were truly welcome.

* got to meet Gabe Rodriguez, who is noticeably nice in an industry stuffed with nice people. It was great running to Denis Kitchen on the way out of the hotel lobby that afternoon.

* finished my day at the anthologies panel. This felt like kind of a throw-in to get some of the special guests some more panel time. Manuele Fior, for example, admitted sheepishly up top he has barely appeared in any. Still, the panelists were good so the discussion was good. Carol Tyler gave a short history of the Aracade into Weirdo/RAW days. Eric Reynolds described several sharp instances of contrast between MOME and Now. Justin Hall spoke up for cause related to anthologies. Solid panel.

* hit Little Italy for some food and walked the eight blocks to the train, where we got to see people act like assholes for the half-hour as we waited. People refusing to stand in line. People cursing the AMTRAK employee. Just amazing.

* good luck to all of those that braved Saturday night and Sunday and the dead dogs that followed.

* back to work.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon and Chris Hatfield

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

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Happy 34th Birthday, William Cardini!

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July 21, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Footage From 1975 Marvel Comics Convention



Footage From 1976 Marvel Comics Convention


Marc Bolan Interviews Stan Lee


Stan Lee Interview From 1977


Neal Adams Upon Winning A Creativity Award From US Chamber Of Commerce
 
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Go, Look: A Nick Payne Interview Of Unknown Provenance

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Go, Look: Better Things

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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*****

* I'm still slightly traumatized from the fact that the Eisners were 16,000 hours long. This may be slow in coming.

* that said, the number of women and diversely representative winners last night was encouraging and hopeful -- and category to category the right choices. Someone will let us know if that's more winners from underrepresented groups than in the history of the show or several years of it combined, and the fact that people are thinking about that notion out loud tells you something of last night's upbeat mood.

* someone told us last night that designer Jacob Covey has never won the design category, which seems semi-nuts to me.

* wait, I'm going to have breakfast now. If I don't get back to this in a timely fashion, feel free to make the joke about me having a 17-hour breakfast or whatever.

* okay, I'm back and now I only have to worry about packing. I stay Thursday morning to Saturday evening at Comic-Con, mostly because there was a time when $370 hotel rooms were not just painful but impossible. Plus I have a wedding reception in Claremont tomorrow. It's all good, but it makes these weekend windows a bit of a chore.

* only one Artist's Edition item of news this year, but it's a show-stopper: Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein, one of the comics-maker's career highlights and one of the great illustration projects of the second half of the 20th Century. That one's been a longtime coming, and I can't wait to see it.

* a big highlight for me on Friday was moderating Noah Van Sciver's spotlight panel, which we made a survey of his career. I thought that was the best way to find some connecting threads between works and to talk about specific visual techniques and concerns exploited by Noah. We had a decent crowd for a Friday afternoon at the Siberian end of the show, and at least 3-4 people said they had a grasp of who Noah is and why they might want to buy specific works. So mission accomplished, I guess. Anyway, I'm always honored to be asked to moderate someone's panel and I think Noah has become the interesting cartoonist at which his earlier works hinted. I hope everyone buys Blammo! #10. That comic book is really good.

* Todd Allen has the only report from the D+Q panel I've read. It focuses on John Stanley and Yoshiharu Tsuge, both coming to the publisher in major, serial-volume ways. Every book is interesting, though -- new work from Julie Doucet and a book from Kevin Huizenga, it all sounds great.

* it's great to hear about the new print iteration of TCJ, RJ Casey and Fanta-MVP Kristy Valenti supporting Gary Groth. I think Groth's interviews as a collective whole are going to be reappraised in the next 20 years as the great accomplishment they are, and anything that adds to that legacy like a new run of magazines on paper I am 100 percent interested in backing.

* speaking of Casey, he wore a one-piece jumper with fringe last night to the Eisners, which was fairly impressive. Lots of baby pictures from that guy.

* Top Shelf is working with George Takei on a graphic novel re-telling of his harrowing stories of childhood in a World War 2 interment camp.

* met a European writer-about-comics on the floor whose name is in my notes somewhere but isn't findable right this minute. "I'm so grateful when I see books being sold."

* wide agreement that the show is in its era where the energy on the floor comes from toy sales, and trying to pick how that might develop over the next few years was a lot of fun -- okay, nerdy fun but fun. Like I would imagine we'll get everyday-new exclusives in a more concentrated way very, very soon. I can imagine more book exclusives related to time and place -- I hear a lot about special book editions that never see the light of day. I can imagine some digital exclusives using virtual coin philosophies. It's going to get more complicated before it gets better.

* finally: more Moto Hagio from those rascals North and West.

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Happy 70th Birthday, Garry Trudeau!

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Your 2018 Eisner Award Winners

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This year's Eisner Awards ceremony was last night. Many laughs and a lot of good times were had, some having to do with celebrity presenters.

Winners in bold.

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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 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)

*****

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 US 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 US 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) (TIE)
* 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) (TIE)
* 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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July 20, 2018


Go, Look: In Search Of Water-Boiled Fish

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Go, Listen: Dylan Horrocks At DCP

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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* the first thing about which most folks have talked to me is the intensity with which security and staff are after people to have badges, to wear them correctly and to keep moving in those aisles above all things. It was noticeable to me as I can't remember having anyone give me directions like that for years now.

* closing the road right up next to the convention center is a big hit. Also there are kudos with how responsive and engaged the security and staff people tend to be. People got their questions answered. If it was appropriate, they got one called down from upstairs.

* I did talk to three writers that were discombobulated by the move to one registration line leading upstairs, as the longer initial wait time was more than they thought when scheduling their Thursday AM. Not a big deal to any of them.

* I somehow failed to register for the show as press. That's right. Laugh it up. Since I could show the person manning the panel participation booth that I was in the program for interviewing Noah Van Sciver later today I was able to score a pass. A press pass was offered to me, too. Pretty embarrassing. Everyone was nice.

* the D&Q booth was humming with the Doucet collection and the Lutes book. It was great to see Jason in front of that colossal effort.

* it felt busy in the aisles for a Thursday early afternoon although a lot of the smaller booths I talked to told me it was initially slow, and had been for most on Preview Night as well. It does strike me that the energy of the show in terms of what gets bought is very different now.

* at one point I saw Paul Karasik walking down the aisle, comfortable in his own skin, about two full rows away. I realized I might not see him again this entire trip and wished good thoughts and positive outcomes in his direction.

* my I don't really get fandom moment of the day was a guy playing the Star Wars lone-trumpet ending scene music on the way down the escalator and this performance's wild response.

* saw recently departed Team Billy Ireland member Amy Chalmers and the cartoonist Noah Van Sciver looking for the convention center's back porch to have lunch together -- "we heard you can see the water" -- and it was adorable.

* i made a comment about my regret at not having registered and a friend thought I was saying I regret I didn't register for a movement assistance device so I'm guessing I look pretty damn fat.

* there is a lot of walking, though, and walking that feels more tiring than normal walking because you're always negotiating bodies, backpacks and baby carriages. Only one person noted that the comfortable shoes I brought had holes over the big-toe toenails because I am a disgusting old man now with unicorn horns sticking up from each toe.

* Silver Sprocket's set-up looked great, and they were attracting a lot of young-people attention. I think they're a pretty ideal exhibitor in terms of their being able to do a show like CCI but also every small-press show and arts festival you can think of. Best t-shirts.

* four people mentioned to me how unfortunate the new NCS show was to use rhetoric that made it look like they will be inventing use of the festival model in North America, although everyone also noted their May 2019 show has a strong line-up.

* Sammy Harkham and Kevin Huizenga were there. Brannon Costello. Stéphane Beaujean. The latter two there are newbies and looked slightly stunned and maybe even a tiny bit dismayed. It's not an unfamiliar look there. Miriam Libicki. Larry Marder. Carol Tyler and I walked around looking for Last Gasp; Tyler expressed concern that the convention floor carpets were at different levels of thickness. Rob Salkowitz.

* saw a really fine Robert Williams spotlight panel moderate by Eric Reynolds. About 100 attendees. Williams deflected praise and spoke matter-of-factly about shifts in his own skill set and how complacent he thought American progressives become. Great hour.

* dinner at an impressively crowded Italian restaurant. Hit the party circuit afterwards. Brian Fies sounded gracious and moved in a few minutes of discussion about he and his family losing their home to California fires. Dana Simpson, Andrew Farago and the great Nat Gertler were some of the other folks at the GoComics party. Great to see Nat after about 13 years, and congratulations to him on 20 years of About Comics. Saw Gina Gagliano and a couple of other folks at a lively and high class Scholastic party. The CBLDF was Zander Cannon, Kiel Phegley, Chris Butcher, Brian Hibbs, Alex Cox, Jacq Cohen, Tom Neely, Denis Kitchen. I sat in a chair next to Scott McCloud for a while, but I'm too tired to remember what was discussed except a panel description he thought was the saddest of all time.

* Bed at 1:17 AM. I was very tired.

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

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

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OTBP: Summer Travel Zine

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Andy Oliver talks to Tim Bird.

* I have absolutely no feelings either way about a comics version of the Wreck-It Ralph property, but that announcement was really placed in a busy week or comics announcements. Kudos to the PR person.

* to think I could have lived my entire life without seeing the Blob drawn with pierced nipples.

* a comic book starring Reginald Hudlin and JR JR's character Shuri is a New York Times article, in case you didn't remember how powerfully that Black Panther hit earlier this year. A comic starring that character could be something we've never seen before; I imagine we'll get more along the lines of something we've seen before.

* finally: Mark Millar wants to know what you are talking about.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Benoît Ers!

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July 19, 2018


Go, Look: Meg Syverud

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The Beat: Zerocalcare Visa Odyssey Has Happy Ending

Nice story. I hope the cartoonist enjoys their weekend. I think we could be in for a run of visa stories over the next couple of years.
 
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Go, Look: Dan Berry Talks To Alex Assan

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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* first time I remember getting a warning from AMTRAK on the occasion of Del-Mar and SDCC taking place the same day. Plus business class is sold out. This should be interesting.

* twitter news of the evening -- the Julie Doucet book is out. Second twitter news of the evening -- so is the Lutes.

* the writer Gail Simone will be doing some line-wide shaping of the superhero material published by Lion Forge. There are a lot of superhero lines, and it's a very specific sub-genre, so I don't expect anything all that different or groundbreaking from this material. People like variations on the standard formulas, though, a lot. If Mark Millar can have 27,000 TV shows made out of his riffs on the standards, there can be a workable line from as sturdily funded and confident a company as Lion Forge.

* some of the noticeable absences in terms of movie announcements at CCI are being turned into a business story. I think the show will be fine only attracting 87 of the 89 things out there. In fact, I think the show would do fine attracting 40 of those 89 things. The desire of the studios to announce efforts at the convention have been actively tenuous for about six-seven years now, and with results mixed and the context constantly shifting there is bound to be some energy in the going/not-going area.

* DC will accept returns on regular-cover versions of its recent Batman/Catwoman wedding comics that came out right after plot points were revealed in a NYT preview article. I'm all for retailers getting a hand whenever one is offered and I'm sort of generally against those preview articles that talk breathlessly about plot points in superhero comics as if they were real-world events, so I guess I'm glad to hear this. I've long believed that serial superhero comics exist as delivery system for narrative updates more than as a pleasurable experience, and this kind of thing tends to confirm that way of thinking.

* I couldn't get this to load, but it's apparently video from last night's Preview Night. Speaking of energy, there is a lot in the exclusive toys part of the field, leading to adjustments from toy-makers, leading to complaints from fans and philosophical discussions as to how the exclusives should work. That's not my world, but I think this kind of mercantile judo has been a boon for some longstanding comics-related properties just as a way to goose them a bit in terms of attention.

* finally: I don't think I've seen preview articles on individual panels before.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon

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

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

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Go, Look: July 1970 Comic Cover Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on The Weatherman #1.

* Matthew Singer profiles the late, great John Callahan. Billie Brownstein talks to Rob Rogers. Michael Lindgren talks to Jules Feiffer. Kristy Valenti moderates Raina Telgemeier, Ellen Forney and Megan Kelso on process. Annie Mok talks to Ronald Wimberly.

* I haven't seen a significant number of Helsinki-related cartoons, but this is the one that stood out to me on first glance as well.

* here's the latest attempt at a campaign against those who work with people who like people who suck.

* just a killer photo on top of this exhibit-related profile of Bill Sanders. He looks like an editorial cartoonist from The Sweeney.

* finally, this list of essential baby books almost certainly has comics-makers of interest on it.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, John Kovaleski!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Luke McDonnell!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Richard Pini!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Jamal Igle!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Bob Burden!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Terry LaBan!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Rupert Bottenberg!

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July 18, 2018


Go, Look: The Holy Ghost

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NCS Announces Its First Comics Show For 2019

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They have a really good line-up, including Clowes and Trondheim. Some of the hyperbole strikes me as deeply unfortunate to the point of ignorance from a show on the same continent as the mighty TCAF, which obviously beat NCSFest to the punch by more than a decade in terms of having a European style festival in North America. We'll see, though. I like the confidence. NCS is very well-funded, and this show should be as well. Certainly no show has ever started with an asset that comes near to matching the legitimacy of the Reuben Awards. I hope to attend. Sounds great.
 
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Go, Look: Robin Hoelzemann

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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Here are some thoughts and links as to things I've seen or discussed on the convention floor and in the barrooms of Comic-Con International.

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* okay, I'm not down there yet, so clearly this is a case of a mis-post. I'm working in a hotel room in Burbank until 1 PM and then seeing family and catching up on family business like who gets to pay for what on that one thing and goddamn you to hell and you've always been like this. See you tomorrow, my fellow convention-goers.

* Preview Night is a huge night not just for what it adds to the Comic-Con schedule but for what it does distinct from the rest of what goes on: provides the jolt of energy that comes from a mad consumer rush concerning exclusive toys. I think it's that show's era of exclusive toys and merchandise the same way that the Twilight years were the show's era of Hollywood participation and anticipatory pop-culture madness. For some key attendees and their dreams for the show, San Diego Con is basically over 30 minutes in.

* what's out there...? the IDW/Marvel deal is interesting in a lot of foundational shift-your-perspective ways, especially for olds. For many older comics readers, the core Marvel Comics themselves were perfect reading for their years eight to twelve: they were complex without being complicated, had some degree of moral gravity without being mature in specific focus, and featured cool art depicting exciting things. It's also going to be interesting to some just in general that Marvel signed a licensing deal within publishing to match some of the quality licensing partnerships outside of comics that have been as much a part of Marvel's rise in general entertainment as any movie casting decision.

The cheeky question for a few of the think-about-comics crowd will be if IDW does this well, would Marvel consider abandoning the expensive infrastructure of a publishing company and do this with the supposedly adult definitely soap opera main line? I don't mean that as a prediction, because it is super-unlikely, but I think it may become a factor in measuring how effectively that traditional set-up performs moving forward. Marvel declaring that it needs to have an entirely different company put its characters into kids hands might even change how critics engage with the homegrown product.

* next year in Hellboy.

photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon

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

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MAR180037 DORK HC $19.99
Evan Dorkin is a very funny man and an under-appreciated cartoonist who made loads of funny, short comics during the first, long phase of his career, the majority of which are collected here. I own all of these comics and I'm going to buy them again.

MAY180759 CORTO MALTESE GN TANGO $19.99
This is one of the classic comics for which I just don't have a taste, but it seems to me that IDW's presentation in their series has been of a type that a lot of people have used these books to get on board.

MAR180085 HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 03 THE WILD HUNT $24.99
MAY180374 WITCHFINDER GATES OF HEAVEN #3 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
That Mike Mignola's world of comics gives us 1-2 things at the story every week is something that doesn't get talked about enough.

APR180309 LOEG III CENTURY TP (MR) $19.99
I don't know where this offering is on the timeline of this stuff being published, but I enjoyed the comics when I read them.

JAN180732 EAST OF WEST #38 $3.99
MAY180196 MAGE HERO DENIED #10 (OF 15) $3.99
MAY180845 AVENGERS #5 $3.99
MAY180852 IMMORTAL HULK #3 $3.99
MAY180795 LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5) $4.99
MAY180847 THOR #3 $3.99
MAY180854 TONY STARK IRON MAN #2 $3.99
I enjoy East Of West; it's stylish and weird and feels like work that wouldn't be possible in any other medium. The latest Mage series has improved as it has progressed; I would guess the 10th issue of 15 would have some narrative consequences given how the trades are done and how most series anticipate those collections. Looks like a big week for Marvel books that have experienced a relaunch of some sort. I've been underwhelmed thus far. I'm not sure why they're making that Captain Marvel book a limited series instead of a regular one. It might just be they're holding back to do a regular series to coincide with the forthcoming movies.

MAY181688 DISNEY ROSA DUCK LIBRARY HC VOL 09 THREE CABALLEROS RIDE $29.99
Hail, Don Rosa! Nine volumes!

APR181567 DULL MARGARET HC $29.99
This is the comics that involves the actor Jim Broadbent. I'd love to interview Broadbent, but I admit 9/10 questions would be about that amazing scene in Topsy Turvy where he browbeats the shit out of three performers. It looks like an interesting book, certainly worth a peek -- I will physically pick one up and look at it at this weekend's show. That's just like looking at it in a comics shop except for the enraged retailers.

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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 Diego, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Daughter Of The Lillies

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on The Weaver Festival Phenomenon.

* a couple of people have sent me this quote apparently from the actor, comedian and podcaster Marc Maron on the infantile nature of superhero movies and the push-away effect that kind of culture can have on other expressions of culture. I actually don't know if that effect exists in a way that's any more powerful than at any time post-Jaws. I see what he calls grown-up films in the exact theaters I see goofy junk like Avengers 2: The Snappening. Rope in home viewing options and it's pretty easy to see just about anything you want. Would that were true of theater. I do wonder about the effects these movies have on their audiences, though, and a kind of reduction of expectations for narrative media in general.

* here is a peek into Infowars' strategy for fighting Matt Furie's lawyers over use of his Pepe The Frog character. I think the person who said this defense has intuitive appeal but may not be all that convincing overall shares my view.

* finally: I would see this movie.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Wes Molebash!

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July 17, 2018


Go, Look: Dahling!

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Twenty-Five Tips For Surviving + Thriving During Comic-Con 2018

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For the last dozen years, this site has published a massive guide for Comic-Con International -- the mid-summer event that is still in most ways North America's Big Comics Show. Those days are ever. This smaller version will have to do.

What follows is a somewhat shorter and mostly practical list of specific tips for the upcoming convention. Many of the items that follow can be employed at your show of choice. They are still very much intended for San Diego, the big daddy of modern comics shows.

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There may not be a bigger change in comics over the last two decades than the significant role played by conventions and festivals. In North American comics, that starts with Comic-Con International, more frequently San Diego Comic-Con, Comic-Con, San Diego Con or SDCC. Sometimes it's just "San Diego." Call it what you want: Nerd Prom, Mouthbreather Sundance, Fandom Branson or Geek Vegas, Comic-Con International is that moment during the calendar year when all of comics pauses and watches Tom Arnold and Dax Shepard walk past them to eat in a restaurant they're not allowed to enter anymore, because, you know, private party. Sorry, folks.

At the heart of a giant dance that includes filmmakers, actors, toymakers, visual artists, prose authors, tv showrunners, animators and voice talent is someone like you or me representing all the funnybook fans slow dancing with their beloved art form: comics. Like a boutique hotel nestled within a Vegas strip leviathan, Comic-Con is a really, really good comics show in the firmament of a giant exclusive toys party. Over the years I've met Lorenzo Mattotti, Ryoichi Ikegami and Moebius at Comic-Con. I saw the first two speak at length. Just three years ago I watched Gilbert Shelton draw from a position a mere two feet away! Their comics guest list is always loaded. It is this year as well. Manuele Fior!

Comic-Con is an even better industry show, with all of the tribes represented in one place and taking meetings and saying "I just took a meeting" and running off to take another meeting. It's the only show with a cocktail circuit that involves more rooftop bars than there are yearly line reboots.

You should come see it, at least once. If I'm still going, say hi. I may be too stressed to respond, but I'll deeply appreciate the effort and will always remember how awkward it was between us. If you don't know what I look like, I'm the fat guy.

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1. Stay Safe

Always remember that during Comic-Con you're in a real-life American city, not a magical land accessible via closet, train or bathroom mirror. You can get mugged; you can get beat up; you can get hit by a bottle. Accidents happen every show.

Also keep in mind that the events of the show carry with them their own dangers. Grumble at the cops and the security if you must, but do what they ask. In 2012, a Twilight fan with the intention of attending Comic-Con died after running into traffic and being struck by a car during a time she spent in a line that formed in advance of the show. Her name was Gisela Gagliardi. It's almost certain she did not think her life might be over later that day when she got out of bed that morning.

So: please, please be careful. Nothing about this works if you get hurt. You look after you.

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2. Do Your On-Line Research... And Your On-Line Reach-Out

You cannot be underprepared for a show the size of this one. Scope out the con. Scope out the city in which it takes place. It pays off. We live in an anticipatory age of spoilers and trailers; preparing for Comic-Con is an act of fan anticipation that has direct benefits.

At the very least, do this in the next 36 hours. 1) bookmark the show's site. 2) bookmark your hotel's site. 3) get a broad picture of what each offers you that you would like to do. 4) investigate what's directly in the neighborhood around where you'll be staying. 5) map a walk from your hotel to the convention center.

If this is a rare trip for you, or one where you have a very specific set of goals, make a last-minute reach-out to your comics friends and see who's going. Share with the ones that say yes your hopes and plans. Comic-Con is a difficult place to negotiate socially. If you have goals that include a bit of networking, just reaching out to people you know can unlock key doors. Remember that you connect with old friends horizontally to forge new relationships vertically.

Finally, to keep things karmically clear, try to help the people who are trying to help you.

Twenty minutes on google maps and a half-dozen e-mails can make a huge difference in one's weekend. You'd be astonished how frequently this is the case. It's also true that people go, get frustrated, complain about it afterwards and more than one person reading thinks, "I could have helped them!"

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3. Join Every Freaking Points Club You Can

If you go to conventions with any sort of regularity, you should join the points clubs for 1) any airline you might use to get anywhere, 2) Amtrak, if it applies, 3) every hotel you might stay in but also definitely the programs offered by the most frequent chains in close proximity to comics shows: Hilton, Starwood (Westin) and Marriott.

It's great to use reward points on segments of travel or nights of hotel stay, making them paid-for by previous segments of travel and nights of hotel stay. A healthy convention schedule involving the Marriott chain can almost always get you a night or two off at SPX, for instance, savings that you can spend on getting the last few forty-somethings in attendance drunk enough to maybe physically fight one another.

Even if you do very few shows, join the points club at your San Diego hotel (and consider getting a Ralphs card). In your hotel's points club you might get an advantage of a dedicated check-in and check-out desk. That along could make it worth it. You might get automatically upgraded -- also awesome. Best of all, your being in the points club gives your hotel an easy-to-grant avenue to make something right if something goes wrong. Comic-Con is a crazy weekend where things frequently go wrong. Hotels are almost never willing to give money back, but they'll give you points like a nervous class officer giving out drink tickets at the graduation luau. I got a bunch of Starwood Points one year at SDCC just because they kept marching new guests into my room when I was getting dressed after a shower. No big deal for me, traumatizing for them, and I'm the one who ultimately benefited.

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4. If You Don't Have A Badge, Think 2019

There are no badges at this point available to most of us beyond what we've already arranged. If you're powerful enough to get one day of, there's no way in hell you're reading this site.

Don't buy a badge from someone on-line. There is nothing in that sentence that is a good idea. The days of asking Rory Root and Rory scooping several passes out of his pocket with funny names on them, those days are a distant memory. (RIP)

If you do score a late badge, don't abuse them! Someone put themselves out there for you.

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5. Maybe Park At The Airport

Due to the increased cost of the show, I've been attending the last few years from Thursday early morning to Saturday late evening. No complaints: that's just the way things are in my relationship to Comic-Con.

Here's a practical tip that's probably totally illegal -- it's certainly unsporting -- that I've used the last half-decade on this shortened schedule: I parked at the airport's long-term parking for like 1/5 the price of hotel or public parking. I dropped off my bag and my family and any friends at the hotel, and drove right out where google maps told me, in this case a moderately-priced lot south of the airport between the highway and the ocean. Hopped on the shuttle to the airport. Took the city bus back down to my hotel. It added time, but as I transitioned into my new job back in Columbus I really appreciated not having to spend that money. It was literally like a fancy meal's difference. I'll eat my money in San Diego, thank you.

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6. Find Your Store; Stock Up

I encourage a physical trip to whatever sundries store is closest and able to serve you. If there's still a pharmacy in the Horton Plaza, that or one of the two 7-11s is the place for you Broadway Ave hotel people. It's Ralphs for everyone south of Broadway and west of the convention center's middle-most point. It's probably Cine Cafe for the group of hotels right up next to the show on the eastern access crossing.

You can buy stuff for your room on that first trip. That's never a bad idea. The programming schedule is super-full at Comic-Con, like an all-day college date that never ends -- champaign brunch to lacrosse game to cocktail party to fancy dress -- and you can end up hungry without anything to eat at 3 AM almost as easy as you can spot a teenager wearing a costume that looks like it cost more than your first car. More importantly, I just think going to the store connects you to the possibility of that place, and even to a kind of commercial activity that doesn't involve an exclusive Lego Ladybird set or whatever.

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7. Hit Whatever You Can At Off Hours

Press and pro registration is so easy now I would vote the person who changed it from the way it used to be done into any elective office they desire. Still, it's a lot of people. If you can get someone else to secure you these things, like an exhibitor or a publisher that's sponsoring you, do that. If you can't, consider going a little later that first day or during Preview Night itself so as to miss the biggest moments of line-clumping. In our current political and cultural reality, people see being an asshole in line as self-assertiveness.

Take the strategy of hitting at slightly off times with you into the show. Three places you can apply it. First, if you just want a sense of a panel but don't care if you get the whole thing, you can frequently hit a panel ten, twenty minutes in and avoid the before line and the time spent there. Second, look for signings that are first or last in a day over those in the crush of attendance mid-afternoon. Third, think about hanging back from the opening hour to eat breakfast for less of a cluster around the buffet, or leave the convention center earlier than most for a dinner dominated by happy-hour discounts.

I'm sure there others -- I always thought it was fun to shop at Ralphs at 2:30 AM, and the hot tub at the Westin Gaslamp can be all yours most Sunday mornings until 11 AM. It's a strategy that seems to work, if only modestly. It's probably a bit less effective since the bulk of Hollywood people came because of their meeting structure and tendency to pull people away from the convention center, but it can't hurt to try.

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8. Use The Half-Day Target Strategy

I always suggest under-planning for the show in a macro sense and then rigorously planning in terms of execution. A principle I always follow is to split each convention day into an AM and a PM and pick one thing I have to do during each slot. If I end up with extra time, I spend that on some general things I like to do, like sitting out back of the convention center and soaking in that Southern California sun or checking out the funnybook retailers or seeing if the guy who dresses like Captain Stubing is working the far west doors. By limiting to must-dos to five to eight things, I'm getting key things done every year.

Allowing a half-day per event also allows you not to feel as bad if the thing you want to do -- like see a TV or movie panel -- involves literally 12-18 hours of your time. I don't have any specific advice on those panel lines, by the way, except that they didn't seem nearly as bad as they used to. You should also chat with people in line; that is value-added right there. Proposed subject: what people did before phones. A lot of the big-ticket events at Comic-Con involve a major commitment, and being reasonable about what you want to do makes for fewer instances of failure. Just like that, the day becomes less stressful. It's always better to get 5/6 of the things done you want to do on a vacation or working weekend than 11/40.

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9. Make Time Between Events Because Of The Crowds

Definitely give yourself time to go places. If you can skip outright a walking trip either at or up by the convention center, consider doing so.

The days when I ate breakfast at the Marriott ended when two years ago it took me a half-hour to get there FROM THE HOTEL NEXT DOOR. Three times during that walk I considered going Crocodile Dundee on the whole situation and running on folks' shoulders. (sorry, another old reference; please imagine appropriate reference from Sorry To Bother You)

Anyway, I eat breakfast at my damn hotel now and I don't count on getting anywhere without 30 minutes of defeated-by-life style walking involved.

Within the hall? Going all the way out to the front hallway and then back in is often preferable than walking long distances on the floor. Some folks still don't know there's a stairway in the back of the show that will take you upstairs and to the single digit conference rooms.

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10. Think About Packing A Lunch

You're going to walk a lot. Wear comfortable shoes. Take water with you. There is water in every panel room and there are plenty of water fountains but having your own is still best. You should also eat at some point during the day. Because of the crowds and the circle of con activity closes to the show, that can be difficult time-wise. Convention Center food is basically a culinary parade of sadness, and you pay extra to boot.

You are not really supposed to take food into the convention center, but you might consider it anyway. There are plenty of things from the store to which you're now connected that you can get into a backpack or purse with no problem. I have yet to get in trouble eating quietly in the back of a panel room or sitting outside wondering what excuse I'm going to Shena Wolfe for not stopping by the GoComics reception. Nobody told her I wrote that.

There are also merchants in the street on the way to the show that will sell you something that's nice and packed up. Pay attention. No matter how you get it, definitely process some calories, though. People can and will film you spazzing out in a low blood-sugar state.

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11. Attend The CBLDF Event

In the 1990s, San Diego Con offered people scattered parties and at least one night where a bunch of people would do something like go to a heavy metal show or head south to watch wrestling in Tijuana. Then it was hosted parties. Then it was big events. Now it's pretty settled: Thursday night is publisher-driven cocktail parties or private dinners; Friday is the Eisners or Hell No I'm Not Going To The Eisners; Saturday is maybe you get invited to a Hollywood party or two but otherwise you get a big meal and maybe just be mellow at a bar somewhere wishing someone would invite you to a Hollywood thing. All three nights feature heavy hotel bar drinking scenes, semi-hosted. For some those are afterparties. For many those are the entire social scene.

The one that I always suggest people do is the rooftop party hosted by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. You pay to get in with money, not status. That one is increasingly well-attended as a kind of Rick's Cafe for people of various comics backgrounds taking a few days off from fighting in the Creators Vs. Haters Wars. It's always lovely to sit outside in that glorious San Diego weather. It's also where 80 percent of the people I know catch up with Kiel Phegley.

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12. Look For Secondary Signings

If you're there to meet a specific comics pro or have something signed by a specific person, pay attention to secondary appearances. Cartoon Art Museum has a lot of cartoonists at their booth doing charity sketches. The CBLDF has certain luminaries on hand. A lot of mainstream comics-makers have books at smaller publishers. All of those can sometimes be easier to access than the signing directly for the project in which you're likely most interested. Just be polite, and respectful of what the object of your attention is doing in that moment, and you should have a good experience.

One place that's difficult to meet someone is after a panel by running up to talk to them. If you do that , remember that the ideal position for a post-con talk is to be that person with whom the artist or comics-maker walks on their way back to the show. That's quality time. So maybe try last instead of first (the risk is you're blown off entirely). Remember, the show wants you out of the room, and how happily you're greeted in a pressure situation like that depends on the artist. I've only seen a few people actually sign something as they're trying to leave; it's a hard sell.

In general, meeting celebrities or even comics people? They're all over the place there. You don't want to dominate their time or scare them. Still, nearly everyone likes to hear a few nice words. Just remember how you'd feel were you to be approached by strangers, even happy ones, who look like they expect a moment. Not the superhero version of yourself, but you -- how you would feel to be tapped on the shoulder right now and not get to read the rest of this sentence.

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13. Know The Floor

A cursory understanding of how the floor of the convention works solves a lot of confusion problems ahead of time. The Expo/Marketplace part is on the first floor; programming and ballrooms and a big wide open space between the two halves of the programming with some autograph signings and an art show make up the second floor.

If you look at the floor map as if it were the US and you're entering the country from the South: East Coast to the Mississippi is basically the comics stuff. West of the Mississippi is everything else, all the movies and toys, with tiny pockets in California and Southern Arizona for another artist's alley/solo vendor type area, and big crossover areas with the artisanal toymakers and the illustrators.

If you want to see anything in the movie and toy half, do that early or late in the day, or on Preview Night, before it gets soul-destroying. It's sometimes easier to leave the hall and walk on the outside corridor than it is to ram yourself down one of the aisles. There is an escalator at the far end of the hall -- think Northern Michigan -- to get to the second floor or back down again.

A couple things to remember about the one-way hallways upstairs is that if you leave a panel you'll be going out the far door so if you're know you're going to leave maybe sit up by that door so as not to freak out the panelists, who will think you hate them. The other thing to remember is that celebrities will sometimes be brought to their panel the wrong way down the exit hallways, so keep your eyes open for random encounters.

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14. Panels, Panels, Panels

I basically do three things in San Diego now. I fecklessly carouse, I have pretty good meetings and I go to excellent panels. The overall swell of the con population has been good for panels: the small ones that used to have seven people have 50 now, and the most appealing comics ones are packed. Beyond being prepared to focus in on and sacrificing other experiences for a panel you have to do, and the trick of coming into panels halfway through for an easy taste of what's up, any tips I can provide are pretty straightforward. Go see someone that interests you. Don't apologize for what that is.

You will have things and people you want to see, and everybody's a lot better at panels than they used to be but the fewer guests on a panel the more you'll get to spend quality time with the person you want to see. Themed panels can sometimes be great, but other times they're that sofa at Omega Theta Pi where the fraternity has stuck the freshmen they don't want to pledge. If you go to the panel before the panel you really want to see, in order to score a seat, that is still somehow an accepted strategy but be attentive and respectful of what's in front of you. I also always advise seeing humor cartoonists or people that are funny/interesting on-line. They're usually that way in front of a crowd, too. Also: think in terms of a panel experience you won't likely have again, like a cartoonist from Europe, say, or one's that older. I'm a big fan of the CBLDF's drawing panels from the last few years, too -- so if they're doing those again, jump on board.

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15. If You're Buying, Write Down The Price You'll Accept For Comics

It's a great thing if you shop at Comic-Con. It's retro. It's bold. It's counter-intuitive. I think it's a psychically purifying thing to do, as it's literally the major reason why cons got started. There's a tendency to split material at booths between really rare stuff and stuff at a stripped-down discount and I am the perfect customer for at least one of those things.

Here's a tip I learned from a friend who no longer collects. Write down what you're looking for and then write down a price at which you'd be happy to buy the book. You might find it cheaper but comparison shopping in a room of 75,000 people is for suckers.

It's not a bad headspace to be in with original art, either, figuring out in a more sober location what would make you happy in terms of spending. There's no real comparison shopping there, either, except perhaps between artists.

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16. Don't Develop A Hang-Up About Drinking

A lot of people in comics like to spend some of their con time having a drink or two. Some like to have 50. Some don't drink at all. There's no real stigma here. Do what you feel is fun. If you're not a drinker but enjoy a drink in the summer, I always suggest the gin and tonic as a socializing cocktail because the cheapest version is 90 percent of the most expensive iteration taste-wise, it boasts a sturdy glass you're not likely to drop or knock over, and the ice in one melts in a way that it's like getting two drinks for the price of one. It says "My other suit is seersucker."

Another option in recent years is local craft beer, which bartenders all over the city are happy to suggest specific examples. Still: Diet Coke is fine, believe me. Just by reading this section you've thought about this too much.

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17. Eat Out At Least Once

San Diego's downtown used to be fairly terrifying in terms of the food offerings. There were five cheap, funky restaurants and 35 slightly overpriced ones serving a morose downtown clientele. There's a lot more to recommend eating in San Diego now, and I suggest spending some research time and finding a place for you and your friends to take in a meal. If you're having a hard time finding a place that floats your boat or satisfies your budget within walking distance, maybe head out of the neighborhood on a little field trip, perhaps to Little Italy.

Two classic San Diego Con restaurants I recommend are Pokez and, now that Cafe Chloe is apparently closed, let's go with The Grant Grill, where you can also see folks related to the run of Conan O'Brien shows being put on across the street.

One whole class of restaurants that has a tougher time than they used to on that weekend is the group of storefront restaurants up and down the Gaslamp. The higher end restaurants do well, the cheaper ones and the buy to eat in your hotel room places seem to be doing okay, but that $15-$20 entree restaurant has started to look, at least to my eyes, empty as can be some nights. I think it's just that the fans are different now, and the professionals are different now. You've lost that middle class of buyers and pros.

Two completely satisfying restaurants where I've eaten in almost empty surroundings at some point during the last couple of years are Asti Ristorante and Bandar.

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18. Attend The Eisner Awards

If you get a chance and you're not actively doing something more directly tied into your weekend's goals on Friday night, might I recommend the Eisner Awards? CR has declined to be considered for nomination since our last trophy win, but that doesn't mean we've stopped going. Team CR sits in the back now and laughs and drinks beer we carry in and has people visit us to make a disapproving face about our not sitting up with the rest of the industry. It's glorious.

If you're a comics fan, you should see the Eisners at least once. They are divvied in a way that you're likely to have someone you like win one. It's fun to see all the comics peccadilloes on display and sometimes it's genuinely nice and funny and sweet. The afterparty is now the weekend's most underrated, a hardcore group of mostly 45-years-old and older veterans that I never see any other place than in that lobby. I'm pretty sure Joe Ferrara lives there.

Winning an Eisner Award is still a goal for many cartoonists and comics-makers, and should be. It's one of the nice and completely comics-only things you can have happen to when you're in comics, and there aren't a whole lot of those things left.

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19. Shmooze

I mentioned earlier there is a second track for late-night socializing: the entrenched hotel bar scene. I should probably give that its own post here. I think that whole scene is a handy supplement to anything else you might want to do. For example, a lot of folks of my acquaintance have spent their Eisner Fridays the last few years going to the awards program and then immediately cutting out for cocktails in the host hotel's bar and lounge. The bar scene can be a step-up or a wind-down: like I said, super-useful.

What used to be an afterparty scene at places like the Hilton and the Hyatt have become full-bore party experiences, noodling along from dusk until last call. The bigger places tend to have unofficial hosts that have laid the groundwork for an evening of drinks via their afternoon tipping. The last couple of years you've seen people finishing the evening at their own hotels: there are significant little parties going on at the Westin Gaslamp and the smaller Hilton.

You probably won't get hired for going to one of those places, but you might become familiar enough that someone pays a little bit more attention to your next creative act. Nearly everyone who's been going to San Diego for a while has spent a lot of time working these rooms, even if they don't remember why.

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20. Go See Mark Evanier Moderate A Panel

The writer and historian Mark Evanier does at least two kinds of panels, and probably more, better than anyone out there: voice actors and cartoonists of his close acquaintance. Seeing him moderate and seeing how the great pros he assembles react is the Comic-Con equivalent of getting off the Las Vegas strip and dropping some money at a casino downtown. It's just this side of mandatory.

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21. Use The Buses For Exhaustion, Not For Speed

There is an extensive bus shuttle service between the hotels and the show. There are no rules for walking, but here are my rules for walking at San Diego. If your hotel is right across the street all the way up to Broadway, try to walk it. If you're staying north of Broadway, try to walk the first day before making a decision if you'll be doing it all weekend. If you're anywhere else, get there any way you can, including the buses. If that means you're driving in, the key is to make sure you're paying to park all day and not just some eight-hour "all day" artificial configuration.

One exception is that if you're just too damn tired to make the trip, use the buses then. That might come Saturday night, or Sunday morning. But at that point don't be shy. They're pretty intuitive to figure out route-wise. You're going to have done a lot of walking, too much walking, no matter what. It's just that kind of show.

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22. Build In The Extra Time To Check Your Bags

One thing folks forget on getaway day is that they're probably going to have some convention center time that occurs after they check out of the hotel. Gotta do something with those bags. The hotels all provide the opportunity to check your bags into lobby storage, but unless you do it early it might take a while because a lot of people will be storing their bags. So build in the time or set an alarm and get down there with everything but your backpack. You'll also likely need extra time built in to pick the bags up. Don't miss your flight standing in a lobby -- you get no points for that from either place.

Another option is go over to the convention center with your bag, which I would restrict to those of you with 1-2 bags that also have friends at an exhibitor with a lot of behind the table space. Do something to thank them if you do that. Maybe even ask the day before.

If you catch a cab out of the area, go west a bit, towards the Marriott first and then down the road even further to find a cab unencumbered with that direct-convention traffic. Also consider taking a bus up past Broadway before jumping into a paid car. I would assume these same principles apply to services like Uber and Lyft. You don't want to pay for downtown gridlock.

Talk of cabs reminds of one more direct piece of advice. There are pedicabs everywhere, and people like them for short bursts of travel, six to eight blocks. I'm not sure why. They creep me out a bit. Anyway, always get the price for where you're going before you get in one. That way there's no drama between you and some angry person with gigantic calves.

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23. Consider That First Class Upgrade

This could have gone up top. Check about 48 hours before you go about an upgrade each direction. It may be affordable for the extra care and legroom you receive, and if there's a bag fee you might even make that back with two bags or more carrying your con stuff either direction or both directions.

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24. Take Business Class On Amtrak Back To Los Angeles

Here's a returning-from-San-Diego travel tip. If you're taking the train back to LA, make at least that segment of your trip business class rather open and unreserved. You get assigned a seat that way, and you get a shorter line. The lines are enormous for the unreserved seats; there's no guarantee you'll get to sit down, and the length of the line leads to people cheating, which if I've played by the rules shoots my blood pressure to the moon after a long weekend of general stress. That's no way to live.

Also, never count on the train to get you back up the coast where you need to go right on time. It's a train.

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25. Remember You're Having A Good Time

There are so many little stresses in terms of getting around and doing things at Comic-Con that a lot of people forget to have fun. Look at the crew coming in on one of the shuttle trains sometime, if you get the chance: not a smile to be had. Comic-Con is an amazing experience, if you think about it, this massive tent revival devoted to geekdom in its loftiest forms and its most base. It is a phenomenon of our times. Take it all in. Talk to those around you. Crack some jokes. If you feel like it, go ahead and smile.

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BONUS TIP: Make Room In Your Luggage For Stuff That You Buy By Managing Your Underwear Flow aka Hayley Campbell Hates This One

One thing that comes a little tough for people attending a big show is finding room in one's luggage for items purchased over the weekend. One strategy is to mail some stuff back -- either new or old. The convention center has a mailing hub right there that I've never used, there was a US post office last I knew right up in the Horton Plaza on its north side, and many of the hotels will accommodate you for a price.

Another strategy is to decide in advance with great discipline exactly what clothing you need and show up in San Diego with room built into your suitcase. If you realize from years of experience that you won't be working out, for instance, you can save space by leaving that extra pair of shoes at home. (Advanced class: get a workout shoe designed to slip comfortably into luggage -- they make them.)

Because my con trips are for business, not for finding happiness or experiencing a version of it at the show, I pack my six worst pairs of underwear. Most underwear should be disposed of once a year, the way any dried spices should be dumped a week before Christmas. By tossing your underwear in the hotel room wastebasket on getaway day, you can usually make just enough room for a healthy pile of comics and/or book items and/or a toy or two. If you have a sleeping shirt that you can say goodbye to as well, every little bit helps.

If you do this, please tip your sure-to-be concerned cleaning person. Also, and this may be the most important tip of all: don't tell anybody, or face censure.

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photos by Whit Spurgeon (the nice ones) and me (the awful ones); for those of you wagering at home, the Evanier/Sergio is from 2004.

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Comic-Con is an advertiser here at CR so you just wasted your time reading compromised nonsense. Sorry. Also, no one has ever called it Mouthbreather Sundance. That's not even funny.

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Go, Look: Erin Nations

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* whatever this project of Alex Degen's is, it sure is handsome.

* speaking of handsome, that also describes the cover to the first volume of La Pasteque's 13e Avenue. I don't know Genevieve Pettersen but I've long been fond of Francois Vigneault and am happy to see him working.

* just so you know, I will try to encapsulate as much publishing news from San Diego Con as I can into a recurring post to roll out early the next day. I expect it to be a big show for such news, at least in volume. I will also try to facilitate some comics-related news myself through the site and collect the links into one place with the others as we go.

* finally: I keep forgetting to mention that The Nib is headed to print.
 
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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: I Was Fired For Criticizing Trump

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Sweet Blue Flowers Omnibus Four.

* bundled extra: BOOM is on board with BEN 10 graphic novels, a sneakily super-successful animation and licensing property for several years now, created by comics people. Kids publishing icon RL Stine -- whose prose market presence was so dominant at one point that the first couple of Harry Potter books were reviewed in relation to Stine's work -- will also be working on a horror line with the LA-based publisher.

* what is the best kind of summer reading? Comics and graphic novel summer reading!

* Hollywood Reporter works the DC/Vertigo WW2 graphic novel announcement Six Days, spotlight writer Robert Venditti's family connection.

* finally: a profile of an Ian Knox retrospective.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jeffrey Brown!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Brian K. Vaughan!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Ned Sonntag!

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Happy 80th Birthday, Hermann!

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July 16, 2018


Frank Giroud, RIP

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By Request Extra: Josh Simmons Could Use A Used Computer, Preferably Your Old Mac Laptop

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No Better Mood Improver Than Mr. Michael Kupperman

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Superheroes Everywhere But In Comics Publishing, Sort Of, If You Look At It A Certain Way

This article by the solid Geoff Boucher at LA Times was baffling to me for the number of weird assertions and half-assed instances of verbal judo on display. A short list without returning to the article, because San Diego week:

imageComparing the sales of right now to the newsstand sales of the 1960s and 1970s seems insane, as those are two entirely different modes of sale and the high rate of returns and the inability to get rack space consistently for cheap items nearly ended that supposedly healthy market. CB Cebulski's hiring was met with significant backlash that should have been mentioned because it had an effect on the standards mentioned as important. They're still a huge player within their market, which indicates that some of the broader issues at play are medium-wide, not Marvel-wide. There's a weird mixing of Marvel issues and format/medium issues. Counter to the conventional wisdom of this article, there does seem to be an established way to sell comics based on the attention a movie drives to it -- when there is a single trade volume to which one may point as the comic to buy and that pointed-to thing is a solid single-buy on its own. Conflating criticism of Marvel with "the industry is near collapse" opinion-making is rhetorical tap dancing of the silliest kind and doesn't comport to the reality of those critical pieces. And I'm still confused as to how DC's latest Wal-Mart move is challenging the status quo when the status quo includes a previous DC/Wal-Mart deal. I think it's a better deal and the differences are worth examining, but not in the language of value-free qualifiers.

I suspect there's a good story here how Marvel has let slide on what I am told are basics of publishing reality -- a rational books program, library outreach, that matching single-volumes to movie releases thing -- and has thus cost itself some money and market share, which the awesomeness of its character library and relative health until recently of its talent pool due to the company's star-making ability has kept at bay. It might also be worth looking at how ambitious the movie side of things has been compared to the comics within their respective worlds. If nothing else, if we're going to look at comics as a development laboratory for licenses and other narrative media, it'd be nice if the creators involved were rewarded for that element of what they do.
 
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Go, Look: Jacob Phillips

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Collective Memory: Harlan Ellison, 1934-2018

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Go, Look: Glynnis Fawkes' Angouleme Sketchbook Pages

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* I received a very long e-mail from this anthology project. It looks like it will make its first ask, but what I like about it is that even as much as I try to pay attention I don't know a majority of those involved.

* with San Diego Con this week, I checked back in on a con-related gofundme to see that it had made its goal. That's a very specific fundraising category for comics that I rarely see succeed so good for them.

* speaking of Comic-Con, I hope those of you attending will make time to visit the CBLDF and the Hero Initiative and anything that crosses your face of a charitable nature -- sometimes you can give blood there.

* finally: I believe this to be the latest P. Craig Russell project.
 
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Go, Look: Terri Nelson

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on A Small Revolution.

* here's an article on Korean cartoonists using Instagram as a publishing tool.

* comic: bomb.

* in a slightly odder than usual move, my only writing about Steve Ditko's passing more than a sentence long was for my Facebook page.

* its always fun to look at Chris Ware's art -- at least I think so -- and I hadn't really accessed this new Ware page at Todd Hignite's site.

* John Siuntres talks to Tom King. Various NPR hosts speak to John Callahan.

* finally: Elaine Constance Smith praises The Dandy.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Pierre Wazem!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Jason!

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July 15, 2018


Go, Look: The Girl Who Won The Miss Young America Contest

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Go, Listen: John Siuntres Talks To Jerry Ordway

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

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

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Happy 48th Birthday, Kelly Sue DeConnick!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Chis Cilla!

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July 14, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Can't Remember If I Linked To This Interview With Jeff Lemire


Sean O'Neill At Comix Experience


Michel Kichka Profiled


Molly Ostertag At Comix Experience


Chan Lowe Profiled
 
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Go, Look: Suzie

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Go, Look: The Many Ghosts Of Dr. Graves

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

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

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

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Happy 36th Birthday, Leslie Stein!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Alex Cox!

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Happy 57th Birthday, JK Snyder III!

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July 13, 2018


Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks to Adrian Tomine

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Collective Memory: Steve Ditko, 1927-2018

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Summer B&W Comics Magazine Covers

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Dmitri Jackson wrote in and asked that I take a look at his Blackwax Boulevard. I'm writing this bullet point as a reminder to get that done.

* finally: Connie Sun joins the group of young cartoonists in the New York area running work in The New Yorker.
 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of The Saint Sunday Strips

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on The Irregular At Magic High School: Reminiscence Arc.

* I like old-school Internet articles like this when they have some personality to them, some sense of a person reading comics behind them. I think I would have a hard time generating enthusiasm for this many comic-book covers a month, although there is a wider variety of approaches among commercial art covers than like 1998 or so.

* festivals extra: NYCC refunds a specific kind of ticket and does not communicate clearly with their customers in doing so. Reed has been killing it at NYCC in terms of crowds and energy but ticketing problem are a part of their DNA as well.

* finally: this is more thought than I've ever given to anything having to do with Comic-Con International experience. I carry my wallet, some water and my phone. I carry aspirin if I have a headache. I will bring a bag to carry stuff I buy or that is given to me. That's about it. I feel like I'm not living my best life.
 
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Happy 87th Birthday, Ernie Colon!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Paul Karasik!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Tom Palmer!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Mike Ploog!

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July 12, 2018


Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Nicole Hollander

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Go, Look: Even More Dick Buchanan-Curated Gag Cartoons

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

image* I missed the opening, but this Melted City 4 show in NYC seems worth a drop-in.

* it's true that the CBLDF Thursday night party has become one of three if not one of one wider comics-industry related events going on during CCI weekend. There'd always been a certain comics element there but there was a big surge in more mainstream creators a few years back. Nice crowd.

* actor and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown will step in for Chris Hardwick to moderate his high-profile CCI panels. I think that's good, and cringe slightly only in that some people wouldn't be okay with it and might take it out on Brown. I do think it's interesting this push came from panel sponsors. Hardwick was accused of a full buffet of mistreatment of a person with whom he was in a longtime, significant relationship: Chloe Dykstra.

* a lot of people I know from high school and whatnot ask me about the Conan O'Brien show's presence at Comic-Con. I only ever talk to people that couldn't get tickets. I have managed to see O'Brien and show guests at the restaurant at the US Grant a couple of times, though.

* finally: we've all thought it.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Several More PT Bimbo Sundays

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Angelica Frey on Why Art?. John Seven on The Land Of The Sons.

* someone at Daily Cartoonist talks to Steve Moore.

* I don't mean to cast aspersions -- I would be horrible running a comics line -- but this strikes me as a pretty continuity-heavy, middle-of-the-line effort from a company that promised a year of big-title revitalization and improvement.

* so apparently John Ashbery was a Krazy Kat fan and even made a collage in tribute.

* finally: the Rex Babin Memorial Award For Excellence In Local Cartooning has a call for entries out.
 
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Happy 35th Birthday, Meghan Turbitt!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Jon Vermilyea!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Mario Candelaria!

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July 11, 2018


Go, Listen: John Siuntres Talks To Mark Waid

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Festivals Extra: Eisner Awards Name Presenters, Show Off Logo

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The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards sent out a press release yesterday showing off their 30th Anniversary logo and running through their presenters and sponsors. The presenter list is always fun, and I can't imagine what a nice long round of standing-ovation applause the very admirable Nichelle Nichols will receive from that audience. The presenters are:

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That is a slightly more non-comics celebrity-laden line-up than usual, but the awards step in that direction every couple of years.

I don't see a whole lot that's different from the extra-award presentations. Two women winning the Finger should be a nice, extended moment. One-time winner Scott McCloud giving out the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award should be fun, too.

I look forward to the event and hope to see you there. I'll be near the back. Remember that the bar in the hallway is slightly less busy than the one in the ballroom.

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Go, Look: Gabriel Hardman's Attractive Tribute To Steve Ditko

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

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Go, Look: Steve Rude's WW2 Superman, Batman

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Wonder Woman #47. Dan Brown on Coyote Doggirl. Mom on A Bubble. Tom Murphy on Shit Is Real.

* Sarah Horrocks is doing this week's TCJ Diary.

* I'm glad to hear that Matt Furie and his lawyers are continuing their pressure on the re-appropriation and unfair use of his Pepe the Frog character. This isn't difficult stuff to figure out. Make your own stuff, unless you're working within the easy-to-understand exceptions, none of which are "I feel entitled to use this thing someone else made." That is a shitty thing that was done to Matt, and continues to be done, and I hope every victory is sweet in this thing that was dumped in his lamp and not sought out by him.

* Zack Smith talks to Jerome Ruillier. B. David Zarley talks to Nick Drnaso. Alex Dueben talks to Rob Guillory.

* I enjoyed Mike Dean's lengthy obituary of Steve Ditko and its focus on some of the clashes that the artist enjoyed with various publishers over the years, including Dean's.

* finally: Scratches 2 is available again.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Mark Zingarelli!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Dirk Deppey!

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July 10, 2018


Go, Look: Alicia's Klassic Kool Shoppe

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Go, Listen: Team Comics Alternative Talks To Luke Healy

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* I think I may have mentioned this last time out, but who cares? Simon & Louise to Conundrum Press.

* Rick Veitch has some process video for his latest, OTZI.

* congratulations on newly-minted book deals for Jonathan Todd and Bruce Worden. I look forward to the books. Shing Yin Khor as well.

* Nina Bunjevac's next book will be the late summer release Bezimena, for Ici Meme.

* it's great to hear that Colleen Doran is working to finish her Distant Soil saga. I get all weepy-eyed when people finish these giant projects, I can't help it.

* it wouldn't be San Diego Con time without news of new Rob Hanes Adventure comics.

* finally: it should come as no surprise to anyone that there will be a follow-up to the hit Bingo Love effort.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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OTBP: Seven Days' 2018 Cartoon Issue

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Tsu & The Outliers. Wayne Alan Brenner on The Winner.

* I had this weird thing going on this winter into the spring where I was seemingly allergic to awards winners. Here's one I missed/skipped: the Max und Mortiz Preis given out at Erlangen. Those strike me as solid winners top to bottom.

* go, look: Ellen Lindner works through her baseball obsession.

* I appreciate this resources. Looks like there's still some back-and-forth turmoil in the Lee camp but things seem more stable as they sort out who speaks for aged comics icon. I wonder if they'll sort it out before the whole thing ends up in estate court or wherever. This is such an outsized series of events that it's hard not to find the humor in some of it, but in the end there's nothing funny about potential elderly abuse and the kind of fighting that takes place for other folks' money, even when there is a range of intentions from benign to exploitative.

* festival extra: the Latin Comics Expo names the dates for their Spring 2019 show.

* finally, Mike Lynch writes about teaching cartooning.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Sandra Chang-Adair!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Ben T. Steckler!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Simone Bianchi!

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July 9, 2018


Go, Look: My Dad And Henry Ford

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Assembled Extra: Lauren Weinstein's Normel Person Set To Return

The cartoonist Lauren Weinstein announced via her Facebook presence that her one-time Village Voice strip Normel Person will return on the Popula site. That looks to be an ambitious alt-news site launched via Civil. I think any alt-news site -- any site at all -- will benefit by publishing Weinstein's comics.
 
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Go, Look: Recent John Paul Leon Commissions Mini-Gallery

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* it doesn't seem to be tied into a specific need but Ron Regé Jr. is making daily drawings for July and selling them for $35 a pop. That's a wonderful thing.

* that kind man Dave Coverly of Speed Bump is selling original art to benefit a pets-related charity. How can you choose not to respond?

* recent broader crowd-funders of interest have come to us from Linda Medley, Hans Rickheit and Leah Moore + John Reppion. I would assume those are still active and doing good things for their beneficiaries.

* those of you going to Comic-Con International remember to check the CBLDF and Hero Initiative sites for ways to support those traditional comics charities.

* here are a few of the formal kickstarters that caught my attention this week, enough I looked at them: Cautionary Fables And Fairy Tales: Oceania Edition, Launch Party and Sweaty Palms Vol. 2.

* finally: I always check the P. Craig Russell page. Here is Russell's latest.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Watch: Paint By Monster Episode About Creativity


the cartoonist and puppeteer Dan Wright drawing something is always a worthwhile watch
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Thom Trainor, RIP.

image* John Seven on The Winner. Robert Boyd on Lost In The Fun Zone. Claire Armitstead on Dull Margaret.

* Sean Clancy profiles Nate Powell, who is back with a new book when a lot of artists would still be halfway through their March victory lap. He's so prodigious that I think it works against him a bit, and we shouldn't let that happen.

* not comics: the childhood home of influential Warner Bros animator Charles Thorson gets some love. Speaking of that kind of thing, it looks like we may get a statue of the King Of Regional Cartoonists, 20th Century Edition -- Phil Frank.

* missed it: Jen Sorensen celebrates the 4th of July.

* Tony Kennedy digs into the fly-fishing cartoons of Jack Ohman. If there's anything I love more than an editorial cartoonist with a specific sub-culture in which they're interested, I'm not certain I could tell you what that is.

* I like how Bill Morrison gets all of his collaborators mentioned on a Yellow Submarine adaptation.

* finally: I'm dumb enough this took me a second, but pretty neat with the colors there.
 
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Happy 31st Birthday, Rebecca Sugar!

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July 8, 2018


Go, Read: Steven Heller On Tom Wolfe's Cartooning

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Go, Look: Steve Ditko Captain Atom Splash Pages

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

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Happy 55th Birthday, Whilce Portacio!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Stan Woch!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Dominique Goblet!

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FFF Results Post #507 -- Fire! Fire! Fire!

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics Characters Linked In Some Way To Flames Or Fire. This is how they responded.

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Mark Brodersen

* Firelord
* Fire (JLI)
* Judge Fire
* Surtur [pictured]
* Holocaust (Milestone)

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Evan Dorkin

1. Hot Stuff
2. Dormammu
3. Firelord
4. The Demon
5. Liz Sherman

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Mário Filipe

1. Dormammu
2. Liz Sherman
3. Huey Moon
4. Martian Manhunter
5. Dropsie Avenue

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David Roel

1. Firehawk
2. "Matches" Malone
3. Huey Moon
4. Frankie Raye
5. Dormammu

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Ken Eppstein

1. Heat Wave
2. Fire Lad from the legion of subs
3. Dragon Man
4. Firestorm
5. Firehawk

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Toro
2. Pyro
3. Firefly
4. Ghost Rider
5. Son Of Satan

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Nathaniel McDonald

1. Firelord
2. Blazing Skull
3. Fiery Mask
4. Liz Sherman
5. Flaming Carrot

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John Vest

1. Dormammu
2. Typhoid Mary
3. Super-Skrull
4. Surtur
5. The Asbestos Lady

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Tom Cherry

1. Frankie Raye (Herald of Galactus)
2. Fire Lad (Legion of Substitute Heroes)
3. Comet Queen (Legion Academy)
4. Nikki (Guardians of the Galaxy)
5. Hotshot (Hero Hotline)

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Dave Knott

* Liz Sherman
* Surtur
* Dormammu
* Molten Man
* Sunfire

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James Langdell

1. Fire
2. Smokey Stover
3. Hot Stuff
4. Flaming Carrot
5. Fireman Farrell (Showcase #1)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Johnny Storm
2. Frankie Raye
3. Super-Skrull
4. Skrull-X
5. Flame Thrower

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William Burns

* Liz Sherman
* Flaming Carrot
* Firebug
* Surtur
* Frankie Raye

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Marty Yohn

1. Hot Stuff
2. Wildfire (1970's Powerman villian)
3. Firestorm the Nuclear Man
4. Doormat
5. Fire

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Michael Dooley

1. the Flame
2. the Blue Flame
3. the Human Flame
4. Danny Blaze
5. Smokey Stover

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Oliver Ristau

1. Wildfire, Legion of Superheroes
2. Wildfire, Quality Comics
3. Fire
4. Firestorm
5. Firebrand

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Tim Hayes

1. Firelion from The Nocturnals
2. Fire/Beatriz da Costa from DC Comics
3. Nemesis The Warlock from 2000AD
4. Firelord from Marvel Comics
5. Surtur from Marvel Comics

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Steve Replogle

1. Firehair
2. Pyroman (Nedor)
3. Val Var Garm (ABC)
4. Li'l Hot Stuff
5. Danny Blaze, Firefighter

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Buzz Dixon

1. Smokey Stover
2. Smokey the Bear (Dell / Gold Key / promotional)
3. Ash (Event Comics)
4. The Burning Man (created by Alfred Bester, appearing in Howard Chaykin's version of The Stars My Destination)
5. Blowtorch (GI Joe)

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Thanks to all that participated.

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July 7, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Charles Forsman At Comix Experience


Saladin Ahmed At Comix Experience


Greg Pak At Comix Experience


Rich Tommaso At Comix Experience


Jen Wang At Comix Experience


Ten Thousand Allreds At Comix Experience
 
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Go, Buy: Smoking Guston Nancy Shirt From Kevin Scalzo

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Kevin was my neighbor for about two years in the '90s in Seattle, and he doesn't make enough comics to suit me. I'd like to encourage him making stuff whenever possible. Please help me.
 
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Go, Look: Excerpt From The Winner

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

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

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Happy 66th Birthday, Rick Hoberg!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Noah Van Sciver!

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July 6, 2018


Steve Ditko, RIP

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Go, Look: The Addams Family Secret

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If They Had An Internet War And You Didn't See It, Is That Still An Unappealing Comparison?

Yes, yes it is.

I'm sure you can use your twitter-searching skills and find some remnant of what I was told was the latest round of that long-running battle between comics writers and comics artists. I missed it completely. I'm told this skirmish was built around the notion of the labor involved with each task as a way of getting at which one is harder to do and thus more valuable to the end result. I think both can be really hard to do but art is by far the more specialized skill and by far the more labor-intensive task when putting together comics. I once asked a prominent cartoonist how my friend Dan Wright and I should break down our pay on our newspaper comic strip on those days it was me writing and Dan drawing, and the cartoonist said, "Your friend should get 100 percent."

I can't answer the philosophical element of how this transfers to which actor has greater value to a project. I do think if you have a pay system that takes into account the amount of labor involved one relative to another, obviously the artist should be credited/rewarded more heavily that way. Most rates aren't solely focused on that part of it, though. It's something to keep in mind for sure. Like I know some partners where the tasks involved with marketing go to the one perceived to have fewer hours invested in the project as an effort of labor, or do ownership-reward and worker-reward differently. Make sure it's locked down.
 
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Go, Look: Meanwhile In San Quentin

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Michael Burgin has an appreciation of Gunnerkrigg Court up on Paste starting yesterday. I have never read that on-line, only in the big gulps of trade collection, but I think it uses that accessibility to long stories very well.

* Jenny Robins talks to Alex Norris. Steve Gustafson talks to Chris Bolton.

* Kaila Hale-Stern recommends The Secret Knots and shares a favorite installment.

* finally: ComicsVerse has a list up of queer comics crowd-funders and webcomics.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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OTBP: Comix Skool Complete Set 1-12

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Matt Seneca on Son Of Hitler.

* Bleeding Cool re-runs an admirable Colleen Doran patreon article about her finances and how they breakdown. I think the wider discussion here is that comics professionals are beginning to apply more sophisticated metrics to whether or not they attend shows. This will transform that element of comics culture.

* I'm going to go ahead and say I did not know that the Rising Sun flag of Japan has a Confederate flag-type implication when used in other parts of Asia, although that makes perfect sense and I probably would have sussed that out had I known about any past controversy like the cartoonist one described here.

* David Horsey does a little semi-animated piece on the very broad strokes things he notices about Seattle on a visit. I like some of the effects used here in the background and for movement in what is basically a bunch of editorial drawings crammed together. Seattle is a great city, and is definitely on the far side of being recognized as that kind of city for two full decades now. I think it's been doomed since the big companies decided to come across the lake into Seattle itself. It must have been amazing there 1988-1992.

* finally: congratulations to the friends and remaining family of the great Bob Montana.
 
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Happy 68th Birthday, John Byrne!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Christy Marx!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Katherine Collins!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Joe Zabel!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Andrew Fulton!

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July 5, 2018


Go, Look: La Chute

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Go, Look: Living In The Shadows

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* yikes, San Diego Con is less than two weeks away! While there are people still doing an insane amount of work in order to be ready, it's less the creators than it is the non-creatives, which gives things a different energy. I get to talk to a few artists, including Noah Van Sciver, and plan on making it a fun time. I'm trying to work it out that I might sleep in one morning, but a lot of that is dictated by the programming schedule.

* SLCZF is on next weekend.

* there's usually a cool event or two in San Diego the week of Comic-Con, if you're down early.
That great, dapper pal to comics Batton Lash is involved with this one.

* speaking of Lash, his reminiscence of the Seuling cons is fun. He re-runs it here.

* finally: this year's CXC site is launched now, with the colors and drawings provided by the great Kevin Czap. That's the show with which I'm involved, so this bullet item is compromised nonsense.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Columbus And Could, I'd Enroll In This

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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Mark Ulriksen

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Zach Worton on The Curse Of Charley Butters.

* the cartoonist Ben Towle has some things to say on the 1980s New Mutants run best known for Bill Sienkiewicz's artistic contribution.

* happy 11th birthday to Todd Klein's blog, which I read and enjoy.

* it's been a long while since I looked in on Simon Gane's intermittently updated blog. This latest post is several months old, but the pictures sure are cool-looking.

* I don't know a lot, but I'm going to hazard a guess based on this that school trips in the UK are more interesting than school trips in the US.

* not comics: Mike Laughead draws Angel Di Maria.

* finally: Will Dinski shows us how he makes iced tea.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Steven Goldman!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Bill Watterson!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Chris Butcher!

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July 4, 2018


Happy July 4th From Easel Monster

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Happy Fourth Of July To All The CR Readers!

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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.

APR181742 ENTROPY GN $19.95
I know next to nothing about this book and what I know about Aaron Costain I've mostly forgotten, but this sure looks like a fine alt-comic style collection in a week lacking same. Secret Acres its a reliable publishing imprint, so it's going to have a great chance to be at least good.

imageMAY180255 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS TP VOL 02 TREASUREHEARTS $16.99
I read a lot of fantasy comics and this artist has a quality, so to speak, where the art looks both considered and loose, both grounded in specific fantasy traditions but fresh enough to keep one's interest. It's companion reading, something to bide the time, as opposed to a work that challenges assumptions and overwhelms with beauty. Still: so many works like this out enough for these genial shorts to stand out.

MAY181218 GIANT DAYS #40 $3.99
MAY180773 CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $4.99
MAY180450 BATMAN #50 $4.99
MAY180273 THIEF OF THIEVES #38 (MR) $3.99
MAY180281 WALKING DEAD #181 CVR B SIENKIEWICZ (MR) $3.99
Hey, it's the comic-comics. I'll buy anything by John Allison, although I prefer him to be drawing as well. There's something about speed and tone that's very different when he's able to draw his comics. I didn't hear a peep about today's publication of Captain America #1, which makes me wonder after the post-Cebulski line in terms of it being more than moving the deckchairs around. Batman #50 and its self-reverential storyline say a whole lot about where DC is despite getting back on its feet by publishing solid artists and veteran writers as if it's their job rather than some great gift for the fans. Thief Of Thieves is back, even though I thought it was done forever. That's a nice TV part for someone in the 45-60 range. The Walking Dead comic moves deeper into its latest serial, which has a social criticism element.

MAN181031 AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $125.00
I quite admire Jonathan Hickman's work with mainstream comics and think pop culture history will look on it very kindly. He never had a a reliable run with a superior artist on the Marvel stuff, or at least not one I can remember -- as much as a lot of them were talented I think of Hickman as a solo contributor instead of as part of a team. Still, the art approaches on a book like the Avengers titles come out of a common style and tends to be easy to track through personnel changes. My memory of reading Hickman's take on the world's greatest superheroes as gruff, cynical figures of power being dragged into events they can barely handle while plodding grimly forward was that it was surprisingly affecting.

APR181713 CORMORANCE GN $31.95
This is a new Jonathan Cape book and looks really beautiful. That's about the extent of my knowledge, but it's enough I'm buying one today.

MAY182069 COMICS AND ADAPTATION HC $70.00
MAY182070 GARY LARSON AND THE FAR SIDE SC $25.00
Two academic books worth noting. Judging from the price point, the Larson is one of the rare books from that kind of press to go into softcover.

JAN180153 LONE WOLF & CUB GALLERY ED HC $99.99
I don't remember which one of the various knock-offs of the publish-from=original-art school founded for all intents and purposes by Scott Dunbier, but I'd take a look at some Lone Wolf pages at original size and from the original art, you bet.

DEC170542 LITTLE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE HC NEW HOLLYWOOD $14.99
I just popped this one in here because I like the cover. I figure this is a 1960s/1970s Hollywood book of the same kind as the various European biographies of American figures that have been hitting over here. I'd look at it, why not?

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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: Random Patriotic Comics Imagery

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Go, Look: Captain America At End Of Bicentennial Battles

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Carta Monir on Pinky & Pepper Forever.

* not comics: had no idea the CBLDF's Alex Cox has a store full of stuff.

* so I guess what they're saying is that the Batman plot-point leak was due to something very common at paper: a divorce between the headline writers and the content providers. I still don't know that an on-the-ball PR person wouldn't know this and be on the lookout for it, and I still get confused and slightly saddened when comic book plot points get reported like news.

* Robin McConnell talks to Tommi Parish. Thomas Giddens talks to Hannah Berry.

* two at TCJ on Harlan Ellison: an obituary by Michael Dean; the 1979 interview with Gary Groth. My introduction to that interview's appearance in a TCJ collection is republished, including one or two insanely-structured sentences. I think Gary gets the context correct as to why that interview was important.

* finally: that'll wake you up.
 
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Happy 21st Anniversary, Fanfare/Ponent Mon!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Kazimir Strzepek!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Leon Avelino!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Chip Sansom!

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July 3, 2018


Go, Look: We've Seen This All Before

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Your 2018 Kids Comics Awards Winners

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The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival and organizers Zack Giallongo and Ellie Moody have released the winners to this year Kid Comics Awards. The ceremony was held on June 17. A public ballot directed to kids was processed in April, and a group of librarians used those initial votes to choose the winners.

Congratulations to nominees and winners. Winners in bold.

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MOST EPIC ADVENTURE

* Pigs Might Fly by Nick Abadzis and Jerel Dye.
* 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun.
* Brobots and the Mecha Melarky! Volume Two by J. Torres and Sean Dove.
* Phoebe and her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson.
* The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag.

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FUNNIEST COMIC

* The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner.
* The Great Art Caper (Pets on the Loose!) by Victoria Jamieson.
* Evil Emperor Penguin by Laura Ellen Anderson. Scholastic
* Comics Squad: Detention by Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm, Ben Hatke, George O'Connor, Victoria Jameson, Matt Phelan, Jarrett Krosoczka, Rafael Rosado & Jorge Aguirre, and Lark Pien.
* SpongeBob Comics: Silly Sea Stories by Stephen Hillenburg.

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FAVORITE AUTHOR

* Gregg Schigiel for Pix: Too Super for School.
* Nathan Hale for Raid of No Return: A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid.
* Nidhi Chanani for Pashmina.
* Laura Terry for Graveyard Shakes.
* Melanie Gillman for As The Crow Flies.

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OUT OF THIS WORLD!

* Cleopatra in Space: The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack.
* Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster by Natalie Riess.
* Star Scouts by Mike Lawrence.
* Curse of the Harvester (Dream Jumper) by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom.
* HiLo: The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick.

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WHO LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG?

* CatStronauts: Mission Moon and CatStronauts: Race to Mars by Drew Brockington. (tie)
* Hero Cats of Stellar City Number Five: New Visions by Kyle Puttkammer, Sey Viani, Sarah Elkins, Shannon Butt, and Braina Higgins.
* Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties (Dog Man) by Dav Pilkey. (tie)
* The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens by Aaron Blabey.

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BE COOL, STAY IN SCHOOL!

* All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson.
* Pix: Too Super for School by Gregg Schigiel.
* Real Friends by Shannon Hale.
* Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson.
* Brave by Svetlana Chmakova.

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BRAVEST HERO

* Jensen from Brave by Svetlana Chmakova.
* Phoebe from Phoebe and Her Unicorn in the Magic Storm by Dana Simpson.
* Luke from Time Shifters by Chris Grine.
* Pig from The Dam Keeper by Daisuke Tsutsumi.
* Charlie from vAs the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman.

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FAVORITE NONFICTION/MYTHOLOGY COMIC

* Science Comics: Dogs: From Predator to Protector by Andy Hirsch.
* Olympians: Artemis: Goddess of the Hunt by George O’Connor.
* Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Raid of No Return: A World War II Tale of the Doolittle Raid by Nathan Hale.
* Older Than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth by Don Brown, Michael Perfit.

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The event was supported by Ann Arbor District Library.

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Go, Look: Sugarland

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* I thought that The Comics Journal returning to a print edition with the newer wave of employees doing the managing editing was a known secret. But maybe not, from the reactions to this Facebook thread. Twice a year. I think that magazine should be in print as long as Gary Groth wants to do interviews with the idea that maybe he doesn't want to do interviews in every issue.
 
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Go, Look: That's What I Get For Trying To Find Love On Tinder

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Daniel Schindel on Gumballs.

* Jeet Heer writes about the rougher side of Harlan Ellison's legacy, from a bit of a different perspective in that Heer seems fairly behind the curve on lavishing the late author's best prose work with praise. He discusses the 2006 Fantagraphics lawsuit which as the author whose two books were in question I see as baseless rather than frivolous. The fact I wasn't sued was definitely a sign of the squirrelly nature of what was going on there for sure, no matter what you think was going on.

* CR wishes a full and hearty congratulations to John and Sandra at Metaphrog for this appreciation of their 23 years of making comics. They are a hard-working and devoted pair, with the results to match. Give them all the awards.

* Abraham Riesman would like to recommend some comics for you.

* finally: congratulations to Darryl Cunningham on this honorary degree.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Tom Heintjes!

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Happy 81st Birthday, Russ Cochran!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Dan Slott!

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July 2, 2018


Go, Look: Emily Minako Hughes

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One Comics-Related Story Type Always Difficult For Me To Process

It's comics companies revealing plot points from comic books in promotional feature articles, comics that might have enough crossover mainstream appeal to sell a few copies to that crowd that only buy "Death Of Superman" style potential milestone "events."

I get confused with spoiler culture because I grew up reading Pauline Kael and other mainstream film writers who routinely discussed ahead of time any and all plot points of everything they covered. I also find it quite easy to not encounter media coverage about things if I try not to. There are probably some newspaper stories of that type that I might not be able to avoid if I lived in NYC, but out here in Columbus, I'm good.

All that said, I would suggest it's a bad look for companies that are not satisfying their core customers across the board given that the reward in extra copies sold is so small. Come to think of it, I'm also very confused when plot points in comics are treated as news in the real world. So it's basically just me sitting there perplexed surrounded by angry people, which is how most days go more generally.

Don't click through if you'd like any of your current reading experiences preserved.
 
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Go, Look: Walls We Don't See

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Linda Medley has updated her two-years-old gofundme campaign.

* Hans Rickheit doing straight-up dirty comics would seem to me an appealing market offer.

* the Leah Moore and John Reppion crowd-funder has been successful, but I imagine any money raised will be put to very good use considering the nature of the ask.

* I haven't seen David Lapham's original art sale tied into a specific need, but if an artist of Lapham's stature is asking I would assume the money will be used well.

* finally: it's not too late to jump on the Katie Skelly tarot deck project. Pretty close to being too late, though.
 
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Go, Look: Julie Vanderhoop And Orange Peel Bakery

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OTBP: One Dirty Tree

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Michael Dooley talks to Robert Williams. Peter Bagge talks to Aline Kominsky-Crumb back in 1990.

* the ALA will apparently incorporate one of its big-focus tools into its comic book and graphic novel coverage. That might be the most important audience for the most kinds of comics right now.

* my problem is that I see the sample book provided as perfectly fine.

* this may resonate with some people, but I never thought a whole lot of of self-defeating or self-congratulatory ways of looking at writing as a career. It's a pretty good one with a lot of advantages. Everyone who gets to do it should be happy to do so; there are a lot of jobs that are much more horrible. Mostly I feel little good can come from staring at what you do all the time.

* here are some tips on coloring POC skin.

* man, Kevin Nowlan's art is so much fun.

* finally: three comics-makers pick all-time greatest work for your potential summer-reading pleasure.
 
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Happy 45th Birthday, Daniel Nash!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Rickey Purdin!

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July 1, 2018


Go, Look: A Few Late-Period Hirschfeld Caricatures

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Go, Look: Random George McManus-Related Imagery

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monogrammed cuffs!
 
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If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This

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Happy 36th Birthday, Lee's Comics!

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