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August 31, 2018


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

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I stumbled across this old Noah Van Sciver profile at Cartoon Brew and enjoyed it all over again.

* finally: Dave Chang talks to David Choe.
 
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Happy 72nd Birthday, Rick Parker!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Shizue Takanashi!

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August 30, 2018


Your Danish Cartoons Hangover Update

I haven't run that headline in a while, but I somehow missed that last June avowed anti-Islam Netherlands parliament member Geert Wilders put together a Free Speech Stunt involving cartoons that depict Muhammed: a new cartoon contest, to be specific. There has been a reaction in Pakistan as the contest approaches, a range of responses in the form of peaceful street protests, strong rhetoric, demands for political consequence and wistful imaginings of dropping nuclear bombs in upper Europe.

This kind of thing is never to my mind about Free Speech, or rather not primarily so. I don't know of any sign that free speech is threatened within that country, nor do I believe that opting away from provocation is a curb on speech. I suspect very strongly this is about base-enervating politics. It's just that in this case, this kind of ploy comes with potential human cost. I am also pained that a political party can be formed around an issue like blasphemy, although it seems like most countries are moving in that direction values-wise, whether religious or cultural/religious. That can bring us to ugly places very quickly and usually does. These are forces and emotions and principles in play here too volatile for anyone to negotiate without hitting a nerve, if not several nerves, along the way. I think that's the idea. It's the equivalent of those dopes in Texas strapping on gigantic automatic rifles to go to Arby's or whatever.

I hope this particular episode gets sidetracked in some way before people get hurt and/or die. I hope that people could be discouraged from stunts, period.
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the great John Porcellino wrote a standard blog-sized report about his 2018 Autoptic weekend, a rare thing to see written these days. I think people are somewhat cooling off on shows generally right now, at least relative to 2012-2013.

* speaking of John P, this 2016 photo of him is noteworthy not just because of John's company but because the creator of one of the five greatest t-shirts of all time is wearing one of the other five: the Dekalb winged corn cob shirt. I know, I know, these are things that only interest me.

* someone on Facebook -- thinking about it this second as I type this that had to have been Batton or Jackie -- noted that they're pulling the trigger to turn the Horton Plaza area into tech offices. There was a time in San Diego culture that Horton Plaza was a real boon in terms of extra, somewhat cheaper restaurants at which to pick up a meal and a bunch of different places to shop. I used to buy shoes there and get my film developed -- what seems like 100 years ago because anything with film being developed or purchased kind of is. That place had apparently gotten rougher and rougher in the 2010s, and more of the comics crowd than ever is focused on the hotels right up by the convention instead of the Westin/Westgate/US Grant/Bristol row; RIP another place I used to do things.

* I got this note from The Queers & Comics Conference, and was asked to pass it around:
Submissions for Complete Panels, Panelists, and Workshops are being accepted until September 30th, 2018. Queers & Comics Conference, MAY 17 & 18, 2019, School of Visual Arts, NYC

SUBMIT HERE: https://queersandcomics.com

The Queers & Comics Conference was created to celebrate, explore, document, and analyze LGBTQ cartoonists and their work. The biennial conference alternates between New York City and San Francisco, California.
I would like to attend one of those.

* finally: goodbye, I'm off to this.

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* go, look: Chris Ware provides a poster for Private Life.

image* Sarah S. Davis talks to Ellen Forney. Leah Wald profiles Sara Steenland. Suzette Smith profiles Jenny Vu.

* I never like for anyone to feel threatened. It's a terrible feeling. I also deeply distrust false equivalencies and asserted, heroic narratives that excuse bad behavior, which is usually where something like this goes next. Wait for it, if it's not already in evidence.

* not the first time this joke has been told, but it's a solid one.

* Mike Luckovich feels exhausted by Trump. Well, that's the job.

* Rupert Hawksley looks back at the life and career of Naji al-Ali.

* finally: for no apparent reason at all, Chris Duffy wrote me and gave me this link to on-line samples of Eleanor Davis' cartoons for Psychology Today from a couple of years ago. I'm passing it along to you.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Ken Bruzenak!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Jacques Tardi!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Robert Crumb!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jordan Raphael!

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August 29, 2018


Momoko Sakura, RIP

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

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

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

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Happy 58th Birthday, Mark Heath!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Jason Latour!

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August 28, 2018


Go, Bookmark: Kirby

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The King Of Comics would have been 101 today. All hail.
 
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Go, Look: Aminder Dhaliwal

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Your 2018 Ignatz Award Nominees

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The 2018 Ignatz Awards nominees were announced yesterday by press release and public posting. The Ignatz has been running at Small Press Expo since 1997. It is of course named after brick-bearing Ignatz of Krazy Kat -- the physical award itself is fashioned from bricks.

The nominees are named by a jury selected by the previous year's jury; the awards themselves are voted on by SPX attendees during the Saturday before that evening's show.

This year's jury was Leila Abdelrazaq, Kevin Czap, Mita Mahato, Carolyn Nowak and Taneka Stotts.

Your nominees are:


Outstanding Artist

* Yvan Alagbé -- Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures
* Ivy Atoms -- Pinky & Pepper Forever
* Tommi Parrish -- The Lie and How We Told It
* Richie Pope -- The Box We Sit On
* Sophie Standing -- Anxiety is Really Strange

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Outstanding Collection

* Beirut Won't Cry -- Mazen Kerbaj
* Blackbird Days -- Manuele Fior
* Language Barrier -- Hannah K. Lee
* Sex Fantasy -- Sophia Foster-Dimino
* Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition -- Julia Kaye

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Outstanding Anthology

* La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuertes -- ed. by Kat Fajardo & Pablo Castro
* Comics for Choice -- ed. by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and Ø.K. Fox
* Ink Brick #8 -- ed. by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin
* BOTTOMS UP! Tales of Hitting Rock Bottom -- ed. by J.T. Yost
* Lovers Only -- ed. by Mickey Zacchilli

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Outstanding Graphic Novel

* Why Art? -- Eleanor Davis
* Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom -- Marcelo D'Salete
* Uncomfortably Happily -- Yeon-sik Hong
* The Lie and How We Told It -- Tommi Parrish
* Anti-Gone -- Connor Willumsen

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Outstanding Series

* Ley Lines -- Grindstone Comics & Czap Books
* Nori -- Rumi Hara
* Bug Boys -- Laura Knetzger
* Gumballs -- Erin Nations
* Frontier -- Youth in Decline

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Outstanding Mini-Comic

* Dog Nurse -- Margot Ferrick
* Greenhouse -- Debbie Fong
* Common Blessings & Common Curses -- Maritsa Patrinos
* Mothball 88 -- Kevin Reilly
* Say It With Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food -- Shing Yin Khor

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Outstanding Mini-Comic

* Recollection -- Alyssa Berg
* How to Be Alive -- Tara Booth
* Hot Summer Nights -- Freddy Carrasco
* Whatsa Paintoonist? -- Jerry Moriarty
* Baopu -- Yao Xiao

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Outstanding On-Line Comic

* Woman World -- Aminder Dhaliwal
* The Wolves Outside -- Jesse England
* A Fire Story -- Brian Fies
* Lara Croft Was My Family -- Carta Monir
* A Part of Me is Still Unknown -- Meg O'Shea

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Promising New Talent

* Iasmin Omar Ata -- Mis(h)adra
* Tara Booth -- How to Be Alive
* Xia Gordon -- The Fashion of 2004
* Rumi Hara -- Nori and the Rabbits of the Moon
* Tommi Parrish -- The Lie and How We Told It

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Outstanding Story

* Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures -- Yvan Alagbé
* Why Art? -- Eleanor Davis
* Rhode Island Me -- Michael DeForge
* How the Best Hunter in the Village Met Her Death -- Molly Ostertag
* The Lie and How We Told It -- Tommi Parrish

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Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck. I wonder if Jerry Moriarty is the oldest nominee at at 80 years old. I'm thinking maybe not.

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OTBP: Copy That! #52

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

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OTBP: A Quick & Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns

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I saw this recommended for teachers, which makes sense, but I hope it's good because I could use this advice and ordered one.
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* go, look: Andrea Shockling.

* Gary Tyrrell discusses the long game at Skin Horse.

* this made me laugh a little bit for sure.

* what Kelly Froh is reading.

* here's a bunch of comics I looked at on-line that I didn't get a chance to list on the blog in timely fashion: "Eyes That Follow," "For My Father," "Stop And Smell The Roses," "Landor, Maker Of Monsters," 1000 Jokes #79, Love Scandals #1,

* that was a very successful Flame Con.

* this is the first time I've read of Alan Moore coming out of retirement, which means it's the first time I've fully taken is that he is retired now.

* finally: John Byrne draws Cyclops. Chris Schweizer draws Batman.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Joann Sfar!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Elijah Brubaker!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Benoît Peeters!

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August 27, 2018


Russell "Russ" Heath Jr., 1926-2018

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By SC Ringgenberg
Special To The Comics Reporter


imageThe word legend often gets bandied about when referring to some of the most venerable comics artists, some of whom are frankly unworthy of the appellation. However, Russ Heath the comics artist really was a legend, though he was always more of a realistic illustrator in the mold of artists like Alex Raymond and Hal Foster -- an early inspiration. As he said in a 2002 interview in Comic Book Marketplace, "I wouldn't even use the word cartoonist. I don't even like it for myself."

Although Heath had originally intended to crack the slick magazines like Colliers and The Saturday Evening Post as an illustrator, that career was not be. So, for year after year, he quietly produced hundreds and hundreds of pages of gorgeous artwork, mostly for DC, but also for Warren, Timely/Marvel, the 1970s Atlas imprint, and even made forays into the 3-D arena during its heyday of the 1950s under editor Joe Kubert. Aside from his realistic art, Heath also contributed to humor magazines like Mad -- both in its comic book and magazine incarnations -- Trump, Wild, National Lampoon and Cracked.

Heath's humor work included a long stint working with Will Elder and Harvey Kurtzman on the "Little Annie Fannie" strip for Playboy, from 1962 through 1969. While assisting Kurtzman, Heath even lived for a brief time in the Chicago-era Playboy Mansion after traveling there to assist Kurtzman and Elder on a tight deadline. Heath took up residence there, ordering meals from the mansion's kitchen, having his dry cleaning sent out, and taking advantage of being around so many beautiful women before the mansion management realized he was still there and asked him to leave.

Heath's last work in comics took the form of covers he did for the Aardvark-Vanaheim comic Glamourpuss. To the last, Heath was unfailingly meticulous about accuracy in his work. Editors knew that if you needed an artist who could accurately depict every bolt, port and flange on a Tiger tank, Russ Heath was the go-to guy. His flair for costuming and realistic period detail was also put to good use by DC Comics on series such as "The Golden Gladiator" and "Robin Hood" in the The Brave and the Bold title when it still featured swashbuckling adventures like the above-named strips and Kubert's "Viking Prince."

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The source of his penchant for realism was Heath's father, as he explained in a 2002 interview for Comic Book Marketplace:
"My father... had been a cowboy, and when we'd go to these Saturday afternoon movies. You know, at the movies they had these continuous things, like Tom Mix or The Lone Ranger, serials I guess it was, and he'd say, 'Oh, no self-respecting cowboy would wear that fancy thingamabob there,' you know. So I, you know, he says, 'Anybody that was really in there, that was a cowboy would know that, you know, that fancy hopped-up costume, and that, I guess, got me on the trail to be authentic so that the people, your audience, might believe that you might have some knowledge of what the heck you're drawing."
Heath worked in the comics business for more seven decades, beginning with Timely in the late 1940s, but is probably best-known for the war and western comics he did for DC, Marvel, and Warren. However, Heath's comics work included humor, crime, science fiction, and horror comics, in addition to a smattering of superhero stories (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight, Son of Satan, The Punisher, Marvel Boy, The Human Torch) and covers. He was never very comfortable with the superhero genre, as he mentioned in another part of his Comic Book Marketplace interview.
"... when I do some characters in capes or costumes, they look like they're ready to go to a Halloween party, you know. They don't look convincing... the one thing I missed completely was to get into the feeling and character and you know, not be so absolutely literal in everything, I mean, because to get into the character as it was meant... envisioned to be... my stuff, to me, here and there there's terribly stiff panels of [Batman] standing there looking, again, like he should go to a costume party."
imageAmong his notable achievements outside of superheroes are the co-creation of "The Haunted Tank" in Our Army at War and Sea Devils -- both in collaboration with longtime DC writer/editor Robert Kanigher. Heath also did some work for Kurtzman on the Mad comic book and the early issues of its magazine incarnation, then went on to work with Kurtzman again on Trump, and assisted Will Elder with drawing "Annie Fannie" whenever they were in a deadline crunch -- which was fairly often.

"Annie Fannie" was not Heath's sole effort as a ghost artist. He also assisted syndicated cartoonists like George Wunder on Terry and the Pirates, Dan Barry on Flash Gordon, and Stan Lynde on his western series, Latigo. Heath took on the art chores for the syndicated Lone Ranger newspaper strip from 1981 through 1984, but it's fair to say that he spent the vast majority of his career toiling away in the comic book salt mines. Some of his more notable latter-day assignments were drawing the graphic novel adaptation of the film made from Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer and inking a Shadow graphic novel (The Shadow: Hitler's Astrologer) over Michael Kaluta's pencils.

Heath also created two widely-seen advertisements for toy sets featuring Revolutionary War soldiers and Roman Legionaries that ran in the interiors and back covers of comic books from the 60s to the 70s. Heath was not allowed to sign either of these pieces, but he did manage to sneak his initials into the Revolutionary War soldiers ad. Sharp-eyed fans of his work recognized his clean, superbly realistic rendering and relished them as excellent examples of his style. Kids conned into buying the toys these ads were advertising were less enthusiastic.

As Heath noted in a two-part 2007 interview ("A Tribute to the Silver Age of DC Comics"):
"I got 50 bucks for those two separate pages. ... A lot of people didn't know I did them because [the client] didn't want them signed. I did have a small "RH" on the lower left-hand corner of the Revolutionary soldiers and I don't remember about the Roman soldiers. Then [customers] would blame me [when the actual toys were not as depicted]; I'd never seen the damned things, because they're like a bas relief or whatever they call it. They're not fully formed, not three dimensional. It would be flat things that were shaped a little and the kids felt gypped and they figured that it was my fault."
In 1962, Heath drew a panel in a story for the DC war comic All-American Men of War #89 that was subsequently swiped by pop art practitioner Roy Lichtenstein and formed the basis for his paintings Whaam! and Blam. With the possible exception of his work on DC's war comics like Sgt. Rock and The Haunted Tank, these are undoubtedly Heath's images best known to the general public, even though Lichtenstein rendered Heath's original compositions in his own style.

Heath retired from comics in the 2000s, though he continued creating commissions. Like many of the people who worked in comics, Heath didn't get rich from his comics work. He was forced to live on a small pension, slim royalties from DC generated by reprints of his work, and the occasional art commission. His health in later years sometimes prevented him from, such as when he had a total knee replacement in 2011.

During his long career, Heath created a small army of fans based on the general excellence of his work throughout the time he was active in comics. Among the honors awarded Heath are a Comic-Con International Inkpot Award in 1997. Heath was inducted into the Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards Hall of Fame in 2009.

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* Jim Salicrup wrote in to correct the obituary's claim for Heath's last work.

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Go, Look: John Broadley

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Please God Let's Not Recast Comicsgate Goofballs As Critics

I know many people have contempt for both, but come on. Hyper-victimized, self-interested, divorced-from-reality whinging is and has always been its own thing, and is at best a dumb country cousin of actual criticism. Conflating them even by accident, even while criticizing those deserving of severe assessment, does a disservice to actual critics that take that gig seriously, that aspire to something more than an argument they should be doing the creative task at hand. It buttresses if only temporarily and without cause the entitled, enraged baby-men that demand art should work in a way that supports, flatters and rewards them above anyone else.

As interesting as flare-ups about rhetoric and positioning in sub-cultures can be, I have very little to say about Comicsgate people in general except fuck them. I'm even resentful I had to type that stupid word twice. Comics has a lot facing it now. It also has some real opportunities. These people are in the way, all without earning a lick of anyone's time through meritorious action or original thought. An appetite for something isn't an idea about something. This a group that should be aggressively avoided and periodically blasted. The wink-wink, no-we're-not-you-are on-line harassment that believers have committed should disqualify anyone expressing common cause from any participation in legitimate industry practice. No functioning community has time for this level of multi-layered stupid, this cascading tantrum of stamped-foot demand. Comics sure doesn't.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Russ Heath Re-Created Some Of His Classic Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* James Reith profiles Lisa Hanawalt. I think that's a really interesting comics. Lisa is a gifted comedic voice, and I get why people want to see that from her all the time, but if you liked the undercurrent of sadness in the last book of short comics I think you'll really like Coyote Doggirl.

* Robin McConnell on a bunch of different comics.

* this bookstore and proprietress history from Seattle gave me a start because it encompassed a significant 16 years, during which I was long gone from Seattle. Personality-infused retail is a great boon to community.

* good on occasional comics writer Kevin Smith for losing 50 pounds after a health scare. All continued health benefits to him.

* an award and an exhibit to the great Roz Chast, who deserves all of the awards and as many exhibits as she has art to supply them.

* finally: here's an update on the goings-on of satirist and publisher Paul Krassner, 50 years after the '68 Democratic Convention in Chicago.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Phil Hester!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Melissa Mendes!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Denis Kitchen!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Matt Wiegle!

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August 26, 2018


Missed It: Tight Pencils

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totally missed this; sorry, Kevin; I'll run a bunch of individual-show links in September
 
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Go, Look: Aaron Bagley's Dream Comics

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I Like Mike Lynch's Don't Steal My Ideas Guy

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OTBP: Karl Wirsum: Mr. Whatzit: Selections From The 1980s

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OTBP: Minor Leagues #5

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OTBP: Ugh, Vol. 1

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Not Comics: Ralph McQuarrie Concept Art Related To Yoda

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

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

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Happy 39th Birthday, Francis Manapul!

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August 25, 2018


Go, Read: Profile Of Jeremy Eaton

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Go, Look: Michael Dooley On Why Comics?

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

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

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Happy 35th Birthday, Andrew Aydin!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Chris Roberson!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Antony Johnston!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Steve Conley!

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Happy 71st Birthday, MW Kaluta!

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August 24, 2018


Russ Heath, RIP

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Go, Read: Alex Dueben Talks To Ariel Bordeaux

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Missed It: For My Father

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

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Hulk Drawings

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Hilda And The Hidden People.

* Noah Van Sciver posted on Facebook a Jean-Jacque Sempé New Yorker cover and JC Menu piped in to note how rare it's been for that artist to work in color, or at least our perception from all the black and white work over the years is that it is.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Keith Knight!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Jim Scancarelli!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Scott Lobdell!

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August 23, 2018


OTBP: This Wasn't The Plan

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Go, Look: Ooki Takako

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Unknown Worlds #47

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Yellow Light #1.

* the cutest thing about this generally cute Al Hirschfeld homage cover Steve Lieber did for The Fix Vol. 3 is how the artist answered the Nina question.

* this interview with David Simon made me realize how important it is for their to be multiple paths to take in an art form, multiple avenues for an artist to express themselves over the years, and that art isn't as interchangeable as someone would have us believe. I think this is doubly important as more and more groups of people begin to build audiences for what they have to offer.

* by request extra: Brendan Wright, for a while with Dark Horse and then an independent, is involved with this project to do comics about comics. I will always think of that name as the defunct Nadel/Hodler/Santoro web site, though.

* god bless Marsha Cooke. I'd say it's hard to believe anyone talking back to a widow about their late husband but actually that's quite easy to believe these days.

* not used to seeing a lot of photos of cartoonists of George Herriman's stature for the first time. Thank you, Michael Tisserand.

* finally: oh, won't you join me?
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Tara Madison Avery!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Terry Austin!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Chris Bachalo!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Jean-Christophe Menu!

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August 22, 2018


Go, Look: Hazel Ng

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Go, Read: Alec Berry At TCJ On Cody Pickrodt's Lawsuit

Here. I'm told that this is a reasonable, basic explanation of what's going on above a beyond an expression of where its sympathies might lie. Berry's story is about a small press publisher and artist named Cody Pickrodt suing those that characterized aggressive acts of his as unacceptable for community participation. These acts as described include publishing malfeasance, but also instances of sexual harassment and rape. Berry has those named in the suit as Whit Taylor, Laura Knetzger, Emma Louthan, Emi Gennis, Ben Passmore, Hazel Newlevant, Tom Kaczynski, Jordan Shiveley, Uncivilized Books (where Kaczynski and Shiveley work), Josh O'Neill, Morgan Pielli and critic Rob Clough. Those and other details should be read at Berry's piece rather than my relating them to you here.

Several of those involved have asked that community support in terms of money wait for a collective crowd-funding effort to be established. Even Jordan Shiveley, who started his own effort, asks that the group effort be supported ahead of his own.

I would also ask anyone with access to legal information and/or a lawyer or two educate themselves with an eye towards providing information or similar access. You never know what might be helpful. A lot of this stuff is nuanced. For example, I've been told by a couple of people that New York is a challenging place to seek accelerated dismissal because a potential lack of money by the person that filed may discourage some lawyers from taking on a case like this one. Don't know if that's true, but it does indicate this might be nettlesome to the extreme and there will be few easy answers. One piece of legal opinion I've seen is that sometimes lawsuits like this are filed to get to a discovery [process that might provide a counter-story, another I've seen says that this can have obvious drawbacks. I don't envy the defendants picking through reams of information like this even as I hope they're helped in every way possible.
 
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Go, Look: Bob McLeod-Inked Splash Pages

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

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Go, Look: Love's Rapture

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on The Creepy Case Files Of Margo Maloo, Volume Two: The Monster Mall. Oliver Sava on Wonder Woman #53. It seems like there's more attention than we use to see in regards to fight scenes in the DC Comics of right now. Except for Snagglepuss and that crowd. Scott Cederlund on Calexit Vol. 1.

* ahh! My eyes!

* a landing place for Gaston D-Letelier (at one point, at least, that D stood for Dominguez). You literally could not construct a company in which I would have less interest than the one described in that article, but I sure as hell enjoyed going to Meltdown Comics over the year, had positive interactions with Gaston and wish him all the best in whatever he wants to do.

* I'm going to pull out this Robert Boyd review of Yellow Negroes And Other Stories just to point out that Boyd reviewing comics makes me happy.

* bundled extra: let the short-term solutions continue! The good news is a long string of half-hearted rehashes can be -- can be -- a sign we're getting closer to Marvel doing something not boring with those characters if some good idea comes along.

* finally: Mark Evanier and Trina Robbins talk to Joye Murchison Kelly.
 
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George Herriman Was Born 138 Years Ago Today

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August 21, 2018


Go, Look: Béatrice Menuel

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Bundled Extra: Abrams ComicArts Announces Spring 2019

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Abrams ComicArts has a announced four book-formatted comics for Spring 2019: Brian Dies' A Fire Story, Bill Griffith's Nobody's Fool: The Life And Times Of Schlitzie The Pinhead, Brian Selznick's illustrated version of Walt Whitman's Live Oak, With Moss and Dave McKean's illustrated version of Jack Gantos' A Suicide Bomber Sits In A Library.

The first one up in early March is A Fire Story, which is Brian Fies' firsthand account of his home and nearly all of his and his family's belongings in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. A video profile of Brian's work on the book won an area Emmy Award earlier this summer. People are for of Fies and this kind of story is one he does very, very well. Later that same month comes Bill Griffith's second graphic novel, this one a factual account of the infamous Schlitzie The Pinhead, best known for his appearance in Freaks. Selznick's version of poet Whitman's hidden-verse exploration of same-sex love has April to itself, and grew out of a conversation between himself and the late Maurice Sendak. The McKean-illustrated work has only a near-past provenance, coming from a story written by Jack Gantos for an Amnesty International anthology a few years back. That one's in May.
 
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Go, Look: Hannah Christenson

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the license for the Buffy comics is being pulled from Dark Horse by Fox. No hard feelings, apparently. The Buffy license was interesting for a while there in that Dark Horse had some success selling the comics as additional and official "seasons" of the TV show, and used many of the show's writers on the scripting side of things. That particularly shot of energy seems mostly gone now; I went from several "civilian" friends buying the comic to not knowing the comic book series was still being published. The Firefly license is apparently also being pulled back.

* gaming has had an enormous influence on comics for the last several years, and I don't think it's a subject that industry press such as myself have covered with any sort of diligence or devotion. I know that there are movements within mainstream comics that are driven by video game popularity that I've ascribed to previous schools of comics thought that probably had little bearing. Anyway, it makes total sense that we're starting to get open interest in comics as an extension of the gaming experience. It's new twist on an old role for the medium.

* the comics business news and analysis site ICv2.com digs into DC's plans for its Captain Marvel character. There was a sneak peek news story on this slate when DC decided not to move ahead with a Monster Society Of Evil reprint because of its racial caricatures, which I find hard to criticize because I'm not sure certain things should be repackaged as if it were modern entertainment -- even though I hope it becomes available in some form because that work is important and should be available in an archival sense. Anyway, I have little to no interest in the modern conception of the character, and the movie looks extremely not for me, too. Superman + Big is a hell of a pitch, though; I can conceive of the movie doing well even if I don't expect it to. One thing that confuses me about the shift in concept is I'm not sure there's that strong a break between children and adults now, so I don't understand the tension that one assumes would grow out of an 8 year old hanging out with adults. It'd be like another night out with my friends.

* finally, the great Calin Reid pulls together a bunch of recent or soon-to-be graphic novels on the subject of bodies moving from one place to another.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Midnight Tales Covers From Wayne Howard

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Mister Miracle #10. Andy Oliver on Apollo.

* go, listen: Conan The Radio Show.

* not comics: on online news organizations standing up for their people who are subject to harassment techniques on-line.

* here's Liza Donnelly on the late Kofi Annan's affection for cartoons.

* one weird thing I like about Wonder Woman is her seemingly never-ending need for better villains.

* cartoonist and historian RC Harvey, the man who wrote that terrifyingly large Milton Caniff biography, gets into the origins of the Dragon Lady.

* finally: no idea how this article ended up in a random tab, but maybe it's useful to you.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Matt Emery!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Will Shetterly!

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August 20, 2018


Missed It: John Blair Moore, RIP

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Go, Look: Emmanuel Guibert In Japan

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Go, Look: birdstrips

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* just wanting to keep hitting the "send" button on this Jim Wheelock fundraiser. One of the futures I can see is dozens of crowd-funders for talented people that didn't work in comics long enough or perhaps didn't forge a relationship with a popular character.

* still a bit confused by the general donation/specific donation nature of this ask, but I will keep driving attention to it for as long as I'm able and/or convinced otherwise.

* last few days for a creative project we've looked in on several times.

* a person direct-texted me via twitter to promote their crowd-funder so I figure it must be important in some way or we have a prior relationship. If I look when I have time later and it's just another kickstarter, my apologies.

* finally: the Cooksey family could use a hand. This kind of unfortunate circumstance crowd-funder isn't something you see a whole lot of in comics, where I'm guessing a lot of people are living in close proximity to this sort of need. Still, need is need.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Erik Nebel

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Tinderella. J. Caleb Mozzocco digs into the 32nd consecutive Mark Waid-written issue of Archie. I'm curious about that run myself.

* not comics: this Sean Collins piece on monumental horror images and film might have something to say to you about comics, I'm not certain. Comics isn't really good with jump scares because of the reader's ability to control timing and pacing, but it seems to me a lot comics have an indelible image of wrongness or two, particularly in the manga tradition.

* here are some images from a proposed Flaming Carrot/1960s Batman. I will always be fond of the way Bob Burden draws.

* I was asked by the author of this fundraiser to wait a few days before posting, and I'll do that, but if this event was close enough to your hart you don't need it contextualized by me, who am I to withhold information?

* it's harder for me to look at Tanino Liberatore's stand-alone image work now than it was when I was 13 and rubbing Mountain Dew on my gums first thing in the morning. There are definite issues right there with which one might engage. It sure looks vibrant, though, no matter the subject matter.

* finally: ten days until the Billy unloads some double-donations. It seems weird to some people that any organization would do that, but believe me when I say that storage costs are a very real thing for all of these institutions, and no one really needs more than one of anything.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Sean Kleefeld!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Daniel Torres!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Rina Ayuyang!

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Happy 89th Birthday, Marie Severin!

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August 19, 2018


Go, Look: The New York Times Vs. Batman

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Go, Look: Steven M. Johnson

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

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

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

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Happy 49th Birthday, Gene Ha!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Josh Cotter!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Stefano Gaudiano!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Adam P. Knave!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Josh Fialkov!

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FFF Results Post #510 -- Positioning

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Two Comic Strips You Like More Than The General Critical Consensus As You Perceive It, One You Like Just About The Same, And Two You Like Less; Use This Format. Include At Least One Modern Strip Whose Creator Is Still Alive." This is how they responded.

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Jamie Coville

1. Herman
2. Foxtrot
3. The Far Side
4. Bloom County
5. Krazy Kat [pictured]

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Franklin Fibbs [pictured]
2. Pros And Cons
3. Little Orphan Annie
4. Lil' Abner
5. Pogo

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Andrew Mansell

1. Johnny Hazard
2. Steve Canyon [pictured]
3. Doonesbury
4. Mallard Fillmore
5. Rose is Rose

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John Vest

1. Andy Capp [pictured]
2. Steve Roper & Mike Nomad
3. Chester Gould's Dick Tracy
4. Little Orphan Annie
5. Doonesbury

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Stephen Harrick

1. Jump Start
2. Broom-Hilda
3. Rhymes with Orange
4. Krazy Kat
5. Gasoline Alley

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thanks to all that participated; I took a pass on a few that named cartoonists instead of strips, which is why we have the sample list!

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August 18, 2018


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

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

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

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

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Happy 51st Birthday, Brian Bendis!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Jenni Rope!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Kevin Church!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Lilli Carré!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Allen!

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August 17, 2018


Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* I don't quite have the hang of Popula's comics section yet, but I guess they will be doing recurring features as part of it and one of them will be "Sex In Babylon" by section co-editor T Alixopulos.

* finally: Project Wonderful is gone. Here's an autopsy and a look ahead.
 
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If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I suppose I didn't all the way know for sure that Mike Mignola drew the Shadow, but I suspected this to be the case -- and I was right! There's a bunch of nice, random art out there right now. Gray Morrow convention art. A Mike Ploog Kull cover progression. A Ralph Steadman 1972 presidential campaign image.

* finally: everyone have a great time at Autoptic!
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Tom McLean!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, John Romita Jr.!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Andrew Helfer!

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August 16, 2018


Go, Look: Laurel Pettitt

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Gerard Jones Receives Several Years Prison Time + Supervised Release On Child Pornography Charges

imageHere's one of many stories out there -- this was a regional news story in the Bay Area (reports say Jones lives in San Francisco proper) as well as a comics industry one. The sentencing took place on the 14th.

Jones was investigated starting in September 2016 -- after attempting to upload a video of a child having sex with adults to YouTube -- and I believe interviewed in December and then arrested in January 2017. There are articles out there with different timelines than that one, although not remarkably different in terms of what has been at stake. This Bleeding Cool article pulls together the most salacious material, including a real-life encounter between Jones and a legal-aged teenager where contact was made between the two before the teenager turned 18. Jones originally made plans around building a plea claiming innocence, but pled guilty in April of this year to charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.

The one-time industry writer, comics historian and cultural historian is probably best known for his 2004 book Men Of Tomorrow, a history of comics that drew the strongest and most public lines to date between early comic-book publication and organized crime. Jones' comics scripting was prolific, but his notable work in that field was scattered over a number of titles rather than one or two hit efforts. With co-writer Will Jacobs and artist Tim Hamilton, Jones created a humorous spy title The Trouble With Girls, a well-liked indie title that ran several years into the early 1990s. Jones contributed a significant amount of narrative development to various 1990s supporting mainstream-company characters and the occasional lead, particularly at DC Comics but also at Marvel and Malibu.

A lot of attention post-arrest has been given Jones' contributions to the Malibu title Prime: a take on the Golden Age Captain Marvel concept that focused much of its attention on a developing hero-as-transformed-child theme.

Upon completion of his 72-month sentence, Jones will face 60 months of supervised release. He has been ordered to pay $10,200 so far, with more to come in the form of ordered restitution for his victims. That particular hearing is in October.

Jones will start his sentence on November 30.

He is sixty years old.

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Go, Look: Integration Is A Bitch!

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* don't forget that the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is going to have a duplicates sale. My offer to put people up for the night still stands.

* this looks like an excellent show.

* you need to apply if you want to vote in the Harvey Awards. It wasn't difficult; I hope I'm allowed in.

* the Cupcake Award application process is live. Go work with Marnie Galloway and make a quality, debut mini for next year's CAKE. I am all about programs that give stuff to cartoonists.

* gotta love a man who makes his own convention booth.

* finally, Ben Sears is doing a bunch of shows to support his new book. I can't do comics shows as private events because I'd be running 43 posts for each show, but I liked his poster and wanted to run it. Sears is a really promising cartoonist and I think has fewer pages under his belt than we suspect. You should see him.

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Go, Look: Male Contraception Is Coming Soon

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Aaron Broverman talks to one of my all-time favorites, Yvan Alagbé. Dan Goff profiles Zach Weinersmith.

* John Seven on All The Sad Songs. Keith Silva on Dakota North. AJ McGuire on NOW #3.

* a contributor to the Jerusalem Report quit that gig in support of cartoonist Avi Katz, whom he does not know.

* Bill Kemp has written an article about the southern Indiana roots of Sid Smith that I can't read. Maybe you can!

* Jessica Rine takes a look at the Rex Babin exhibit in Sacramento and talks to some of the late cartoonist's peers for context.

* Yim Yee-king, RIP.

* finally: two great citizens of the comics world are looking to rent a house in Vancouver, if you can help out.
 
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August 15, 2018


Go, Read: Barry Pearl On Stan Lee Withholding Credit

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It's a nice collection of Lee's statements in press coverage of all types, giving some shape to that particular lack of generosity on several occasions. You can read the comments for a quick de-evolution in to Internet argument land including one point of view that asserts Lee was only defending himself against negative press by overstating his own case.

I don't think at this point a whole lot of people believe that this particular tendency of Lee's, corrected to a certain extent at a later point in his career, has much to do with the question of settling who did what on those comics. It's more about Lee's careerist impulses and how that kind of industry job was set up.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congratulations to Brian Fies.

image* Elisa Shoenberger picks some of the best artists working right now. Frank Santoro was really high on Jonas Goonface back at a PIX I attended, and I've enjoyed his work to date. He's on there.

* I like about half of these supposedly greatest of the X-Men comics. None of them are that sophisticated, but a lot of them are fun. I like some of the 1960s stuff, too, and loved the Thomas/Adams sentinels issues, for instance.

* gross.

* bundled extra: the next Mark Millar ready-made TV show comic, with the very talented Rafael Albuquerque. Some other articles written from the PR pick up on a claim made within the press material that Millar's current title reached certain sales points without noting that they were manipulated to some degree. That has long been a part of the Mark Millar experience.

* Caitlin Rosberg talks to the creative team behind Crowded.

* not comics: in case you missed this news, Anne Ishii is the best. Any organization would be lucky to have her.

* finally, a by request extra: a cartooning paper for Columbus, Ohio.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday Paul Gulacy!

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August 14, 2018


OTBP: Minor Leagues #6

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Go, Read: Tim Hodler And Eric Reynolds Talk About The ComiXology Originals Announcement At Length

Here. Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds makes three really good points in a rambling conversation (in a good way) with TCJ editor Tim Holder.

The first is that Amazon is so huge that they do things and there's a result and some of their biggest moves have had a devastating effect on entire populations. (What's different about Amazon is they are a big company that wants to exist within Seattle city proper as opposed to a nearby, smaller city the way Microsoft did.) The second thing is that comiXology seems to be a good citizen of comics -- it's important to say that, both for how that matters and how it might not. The third is that the POD quandary they're discussing really does sound insidious, if only accidentally so, and is the kind of unintentional consequence that we used to talk about in the most powerful days of Diamond as a distributor.

Kudos to Tim and TCJ for giving us that entire conversation and paying attention to those issues as an industry leader like Reynolds begins to form his thoughts around them.
 
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Go, Look: Why We Don't Use Chemical Weapons

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* not sure when the book bearing this lovely cover is coming out, but I always keep an eye on Jim Blanchard's web site and try to see him at Short Run.

* this article from Mark Evanier has two pieces of publishing news in it: fifth volume of the Pogo series in the next six to eight weeks, his big Kirby book perhaps around Christmas 2019. One reason I'd love to see the Kirby book because I think there are three or four other Kirby books authors are waiting on doing until they see Evanier's.

* more signs of Marvel's publishing strategy floundering come in this piece about a random X-Men title having a name asserted to be more important than the others, being made weekly to start -- with all the headaches for retailers that comes with that -- and teasing death as a narrative emphasis. I am grateful that some nice people that work as artists will likely get a ton of variant cover work that one suspects will come with this effort, but this whole thing just looks like burnout. The problem is we all know these tactics work to the point that the publisher can move on to the next set of external tactics. But beyond that?

* great catch-up on two projects from the mighty Nina Bunjevac, including some astounding-looking art.

* a protected post by Drew Friedman has alerted me to a forthcoming career retrospective volume featuring William Stout. What a fun artist and inspiring career.

* finally, a look at the Jay Lynch anthology coming out for Christmas, the latest in Patrick Rosenkranz' formidable line of works about the underground greats.

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

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

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Go, Look: Nia Wilson's Death Was An Emotional Trigger For Me

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Daniel and Mark Oppenheimer dialogue about Michael Kupperman's All The Answers. I like these kinds of pieces because I get to learn about how people not used to reading comics read comics, but I also find some of the specific inquiries frustrating and I'm pretty sure they wouldn't let people interview opera or poetry out of a kind of slapped-together aesthetic. Matt Vadnai on My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.

* all my dreams are of the Billy Ireland book sale.

* this Noah Van Sciver bit of drama does nothing to dissuade anyone that complaining on-line won't help.

* that seems to me like a pretty good price for a Steve Rude print. No idea why that's in my feed, it could be up to 10 years old.

* not comics: this is one of my favorite Aretha Franklin videos to go look at, because it's not that great a song, or at least not a song you'd think of as matching her legendary strengths.

* finally: Bruce Worden ponders the "personal relationship with a bat" aspect of Batman.
 
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Happy 75th Birthday, John Costanza!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Jimmy Palmiotti!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Gary Larson!

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August 13, 2018


Go, Look: Emily Lewis

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Your 2018 Harvey Awards Nominees

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Here. They've been refurbished. I was asked at one point to be a judge but my life ability to cope with it is such that I didn't even find the time to give the invite e-mail a second read let along participate. People will like focus in on the lack of a humor category -- I thought it was nice to be able to win an award for one's humor named after Harvey Kurtzman -- and a straight-up, broad adaptation category. I understand both decisions to approach those things they way they're approaching them, even though neither would have been on my personal list of ways to do it.

I'm going to link to paper versions of these works, but I'm they're also all available on comiXology, given Chip Mosher's apparent involvement, or on one of the publisher-exclusive digital programs.

Winners are to be named at NYCC on October 5. Good luck and congratulations to all the nominees.

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Book of the Year

* Black Hammer: Secret Origins, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston and Dave Stewart (Dark Horse).
* Boundless, Jillian Tamaki (Drawn and Quarterly).
* Everything Is Flammable, Gabrielle Bell (Uncivilized Books).
* Hostage, Guy Delisle (Drawn and Quarterly).
* Kindred, Octavia E. Butler; adapted by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts).
* Lighter Than My Shadow, Katie Green (Lion Forge).
* Monstress, Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image).
* My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics).
* Roughneck, Jeff Lemire (Gallery 13).
* Shade The Changing Girl, Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone (DC Comics).
* Spinning, Tillie Walden (First Second).
* The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (Abrams Books).
* The Customer Is Always Wrong, Mimi Pond (Drawn and Quarterly).
* The Flintstones, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh (DC Comics).
* The Prince And The Dressmaker, Jen Wang (First Second).

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Digital Book of the Year

* Bandette, Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain).
* Barrier, Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente (Panel Syndicate).
* Check, Please!: #Hockey, Ngozi Ukazu (checkpleasecomic.com).
* Not Drunk Enough, Tess Stone (ndecomic.com).
* The Tea Dragon Society, Katie O'Neill (teadragonsociety.com).

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Best Children or Young Adult Book

* Brave, Svetlana Chmakova (JY).
* Real Friends, Shannon Hale and LeUyeun Pham (First Second).
* Spinning, Tillie Walden (First Second).
* The Prince And The Dressmaker, Jen Wang (First Second).
* The Tea Dragon Society, Katie O'Neill (Oni Press).

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Best Adaptation from a Comic Book/Graphic Novel

* Atomic Blonde, Directed by David Leitch for Focus Features. Adapted from The Coldest City (Oni Press).
* Black Panther, Directed by Ryan Coogler for Walt Disney Pictures. Adapted from Black Panther (Marvel Comics).
* The Lego Batman Movie, Directed by Chris McKay for Warner Bros. Adapted from Batman (DC Comics).
* Logan, Directed by James Mangold for 20th Century Fox. Adapted from Wolverine (Marvel Comics).
* My Friend Dahmer, Directed by Marc Meyers for FilmRise. Adapted from My Friend Dahmer (Abrams ComicArts).
* Preacher, Developed by Sam Caitlin and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for AMC. Adapted from Preacher (DC/Vertigo).
* Riverdale, Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa for The CW. Adapted from Archie (Archie Comics).
* The End Of The F***ing World, Written by Charlie Covell For Netflix. Adapted from The End of the Fucking World (Fantagraphics).

* Thor: Ragnarok, Directed by Taika Waititi for Walt Disney Pictures. Adapted from Thor (Marvel Comics).
* Wonder Woman, Directed by Patty Jenkins for Warner Bros. Adapted from Wonder Woman (DC Comics).

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Best Manga

* My Brother's Husband, Gengoroh Tagame (Pantheon Graphic Library).
* My Hero Academia, Kohei Horikoshi (Viz Media).
* My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness, Nagata Kabi (Seven Seas).
* Tokyo Ghoul, Sui Ishida (Viz Media).
* Your Name, Makoto Shinkai and Ranmaru Kotone (Yen Press).

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Best European Book

* Audobon: On The Wings Of The World, Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer (Nobrow).
* California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & The Papas, Pénélope Bagieu (First Second).
* Flight Of The Raven, Jean-Pierre Gibrat (IDW).
* The Ghost Of Gaudi, El Torres and Jesus Alonso Iglesias (Magnetic Press).
* The Ladies In Waiting, Santiago Garcia and Javier Olivares (Fantagraphics).

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Go, Look: Critical Hits In The Classroom

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* that nice lady Jackie Estrada wrote in to report on two crowd-funders she's supporting: the first is Jim Wheelock's in support of his recovery, and this one for the Cooksey Family who seem to have experienced some bad luck at least a portion of which came their way from people with bad intentions. The Wheelock strikes me as one where the comics community may need to play a significant role in getting the subject of the donations out of a not-optimal place, and I will try to mention it several more times on this site in the next few weeks.

* Adam Rosenlund is asking for money on behalf of breast cancer research after his wife's recent diagnosis, and for direct support. I don't know how those two separate things are being facilitated through the single ask presented, but I'll post it here for friends of the Rosenlund family and will write more when I know more and will donate myself to one or the other or both.

* finally: we featured Tic Toc Tom in a previous column, and it's still active.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: A Really Fun Stan Sakai Cover Build

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* like tens of thousands of other people, I enjoy the superhero quick studies the artist Chris Samnee posts to his Instagram. I really like Wildcat.

* not comics: here's a piece of the Mariah Stokes Dillard character from the first two seasons of the Luke Cage TV show. That is an interesting character in the context of most TV, definitely so in comics TV. I sort of enjoy that show despite its dire pacing and artificially convenient moment-to-moment stakes. Like most later-period Marvel film and TV, it helps to have such skilled actors playing those supporting parts.

* I paused a moment when I saw this to remember the late artist Joe Kubert, gone six years as of yesterday. I think he was the last of his kind -- I remember scrambling around to figure out who was representative of a certain old guard in mainstream comics with Kubert gone and it wasn't any one person but kind of a split between Adams and Lee.

* here's what one-time student Steve Lieber wrote upon Kubert's passing.

* finally, some fun art: Marshall Rogers convention drawings. That great Bizarro cover rough from Daniel Clowes. JR JR draws the X-men. An energetic Alex Schomburg cover process.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Bret Blevins!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Shannon Wheeler!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Donna Barr!

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August 12, 2018


Go, Look: Victoria Ying

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OTBP: Minority Monsters

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

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Happy 49th Birthday, Gregory Benton!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Al Ewing!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Chris Sims!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Akimi Yoshida!

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August 11, 2018


Go, Look: Antonio Lopez

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Go, Look: The Not So Famous Jamie Cosley

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If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This

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Happy 30th Birthday, Sophia Foster-Dimino!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Jim Lee!

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August 10, 2018


Go, Look: Andi Watson On Instagram

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Not Comics: Less Talk More Illustration

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Amy Rosenberg has taken the plunge to join Jon Rosenberg as a full-time employee on his comics efforts, and they are pushing for your business.
 
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If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Detective Eye #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Austin Price on Devilman: The Classic Collection Vol. 1. Josephine Livingstone on Sabrina.

* I enjoyed this review of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. I also like that Roger did have them pull some work for him to study, an everyday aspect of the museum that a lot of visitors forget to do.

* speaking of the Billy, don't forget they're doing a warm-up duplicates book sale in advance of another book sale during CXC weekend. That should be pretty astonishing. I'm told it may include tearsheets.

* not comics: this isn't the end of the world, but the increasing economic pressure on creative models isn't as likely to support great, innovate art, even in that collaborative of an art form.

* all love and support to Drew Weing and Eleanor Davis.

* finally: Dan Berry talks to Alex Assan. John Siuntres talks to Paul Kupperberg.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Scott Bukatman!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Eddie Campbell!

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August 9, 2018


Go, Look: Maria Nguyen

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Go, Look: Downstairs Neighbors

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If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: John Paul Leon Batman-Related DVD Art

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Oliver Ristau on Alright. Jared Gardner on Weegee, Shit Is Real and All The Answers. Charles Hatfield on Tongues. Alan Jozwiak on Stan Lee: The Man Behind Marvel.

* don't remember how I came across this old William Stout interview, but it's a lot of fun. Didn't know about Taco Bell.

* Garfield: blood pressure remedy.

* I love sports editorial cartoons, but only Indiana fans would get mad at being snubbed by NBA TV, the A- or B-ticket ride of NBA programming (ask your parents).

* Mallory Yu profiles Thi Bui.

* finally: a video profile of cartoonist Charlie Daniels.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Ted Stearn!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Posy Simmonds!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Josh Neufeld!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Rick Leonardi!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Bob McLeod!

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August 8, 2018


OTBP: That Box We Sit On

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Go, Look: Lawrence Lindell

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

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Go, Look: I Haven't Seen A Persuaders Comic Until Now

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Frank M. Young on Prisoner 155: Simon Radówitzky. Charles Hatfield on Sparring With Gil Kane. I think Charles is on to something when he notes the number of outdated intellectual frameworks in play.

* missed posting this twitter rant about companies -- in this case Image -- not doing all some folks feel they should be doing not to favor the writer in disputes about the rewards going to each person in such a team. I don't agree with every aspect of these arguments when they pop up -- I think it's possible for projects to have a primary and a secondary creator, for instance. I worked on such a comics project. That said, there's a definite favoring of writers over artists I think in part because the value of the creation is often transferable rights concerning concepts and narratives and those are often under the writer's control. Read your contracts and imagine the worst possibility and that's probably what you're in for. I wonder if this has gotten worse. I know there are still deals that favor writers, but at the same time it's hard me to imagine a repeat of, say, the coverage of the conclusion of Y The Last Man where it seemed to me no one wanted to talk about the artist's contributions at all. This kind of thing is also the reason I think Stan Lee's conception of comics is more ingrained than we think it is.

* it does make me think that all the standard contracts out there could use a fisking.

* I see people talking about this Grant Morrison pitch for some Green Lantern comics that takes the Space Cop thing more seriously, but it seems like really obvious stuff to me.

* finally: no idea why I bookmarked this, but I like what I see on a quick look. No idea where I got this older video footage of George Perez drawing Wonder Woman.
 
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Happy 94th Birthday, Gene Deitch!

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August 7, 2018


Go, Look: Places Of Violence

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Go, Look: Mormon Boy

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* hey, new Mary Fleener from Fantagraphics in early 2019. Mary is the coolest.

* that seems like a good property for them.

* here's an article about a preview of P. Craig Russell's take on The Giver. It has always been a great pleasure to stare at Russell's art, and the prose version of that book has a strong pedigree.

* expect The Okay Witch in the second half of 2019.

* finally: a Ruppert & Mulot book coming from Fantagraphics as well. That's handsome cover, and an exciting pair of creators.
 
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Go, Look: The Biggest Lies Of Their Lives

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Go, Look: Matt Marvel, Lawman Of The Future

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tegan O'Neil on Come Again. Robert Boyd on I, René Tardi, Prisoner Of War In Stalag IIB.

* something about this Moebius/Eisner mash-up makes me laugh. Everybody looks alarmed and miserable, even the flying thing.

* not certain how I found myself on Shawn Starr's old blog, but some of those commissioned art pieces in his last post are great-looking.

* not comics: I was a huge Stephen King kid like a lot of my nerds of my exact generation. Anecdotally, most of us started with Salem's Lot and seemed to have bailed after Cujo. The idea that there's a good version of The Stand to be put on film at a few hours or a few dozen hours strikes me as an interesting one, but I'm not sure it's possible or even desirable. It reminds me of the way certain people are convinced their favorite comic will make a great movie and it seems upon a second look there's very little that's uniquely film-able.

* here's a mini-profile of Dan Saad.

* Michael Cavna reviews Ralph Steadman's current DC retrospective.

* finally: aw, look at Frazetta and Bakshi.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Sasa Rakezic!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Tommi Musturi!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Paul Dini!

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August 6, 2018


Go, Look: Lauren Purje

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Paper Cuts Comics Citing Post-Trump Tariff Newsprint Costs

Here. Don't yet know all of the context involved, but as a straight-forward "this caused this" statement, the story definitely has value until the goalposts shift in whatever direction. I'm guessing President Trump won't be reading the comics on YouTube Fiorello-style.
 
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Go, Look: Florian Bertmer

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* I'm kind of lost on the titles here: I think it's Secret Prison #8 which is GLUT, but it's kind of lost on me as to what is the subordinate title to what. Still, cartoonists like Anya Davidson being involved means this one should get a long look from just about everybody.

* Indiegogo seems to me a weird bunch of projects that raise like $35 and a bunch of modern American conservative comics that raise like $300K. I certainly couldn't find anything I'd like to own. Maybe this one, about a trip to Iceland? Yeah, that one looks pretty good.

* the only recently active comics-related gofundme campaigns I can see from looking at a whole bunch on a search is one from a teacher raising money for comics-interested students, and one to defray costs for a Texas comics widow.

* this is the second to last column I'll get to mention that The Nib is raising money for a print magazine version.

* here's another one that makes me suspect I'm not seeing a lot of what's up on these sites, as they favor the mega-successful listings over the merely successful ones.

* finally: there are a lot of interesting creators contributing to Heartwood, an anthology for non-binary creators and characters.
 
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Go, Look: Look What I Can Do!

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of The Saint Sundays

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on I Hate You -- You Just Don't Know It Yet.

* this site's comics people using Patreon list gets a decent amount of traffic for how lousy it is.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Ed Hannigan!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Sarah Horrocks!

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August 5, 2018


Go, Look: The Secret Voice Part Seven

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Go, Look: Land Conflicts In Northern Uganda

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Happy 65th Birthday, Steve Mitchell!

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FFF Results Post #509 -- Instagram

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics-Related Instagram Accounts You Like And Follow." This is how they responded.

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Michael Dooley

1. romancecomicbooks [pictured]
2. theamericanbystander
3. comicbookhistorians
4. order_of_cornelius
5. popsecretgallery

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Buzz Dixon

1. satangrabsbackward [pictured]
2. suzy_and_cecil
3. delldracula
4. jantze
5. nakedpastor

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Rob Salkowitz

1. Billsienkiewiczart
2. Slop_manual
3. Karlstevensart [pictured]
4. Adam_warren_art
5. Earinc

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François Vigneault

1. celineorelse
2. anyapdavidson
3. geoffvasile
4. yoshiyoshitani
5. chrissamnee

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Evan Dorkin

1. andicomics [pictured]
2. jaypopgun
3. jgonzoart
4. squinkyelo
5. jimruggart

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Tom Spurgeon

1. thorazos [pictured]
2. arielbordeaux
3. cartooncrossroads
4. carol.l.tilley
5. jordanshiveley

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August 4, 2018


Go, Look: Casino Son

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Go, Look: The Man In The Beehive

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

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Happy 42nd Birthday, K. Thor Jensen!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Rick Norwood!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Charlie Adlard!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Robert Pope!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Franco Saudelli!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Mike Gold!

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August 3, 2018


OTBP: Frank Young's Re-Designed John Stanley Bibliographies

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Derf Backderf Wins Mid-Career Cleveland Arts Prize

Always love to see a cartoon recognized with a general arts honor. He receives the compliment from the program that he has a lifetime's worth of achievement, just with more achievements to come.
 
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Go, Look: Summer In Oakland

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When An Amazon.com Review Isn't A Review At All

I didn't know this kind of thing went on, and it's depressing to see it in action. The author discussed it in a protected-to-friends post on Facebook. It doesn't surprise. I assume with the slack standards of DIY publishing these massive sites use that just about anything could be a review, including a misleading and untruthful cultural-war declaration from someone opposed to an author's existence. Most reviews of the work are overwhelmingly positive.

When people think of things getting worse, I imagine this kind of reaction being seen as a non-laughable way to push back against a Bewitched episode or a Bugs Bunny cartoon, and I start to think that things may indeed be worse in some ways, even as they've become better in others.
 
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Go, Look: Whit Spurgeon's Favorite Photos From SDCC 2018

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Chicago Publishers Resource Center (CHIPRC) Set To Close 8-31

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You can read the news on the front page of the site, posted August 1, or read the PDF follow-up from Quimby's here: CHIPRCclosure.pdf. Or both. I'd recommend both. The PDF is quite good with detailing remaining events, including the group's finale.

Any collective arts organization strikes me as very difficult to run as they require passionate participation by various segments of the overall community that must take the form of wanting to do the hard work and find the human hours and money necessary to keep things going. Congratulations to CHIPRC on their run helping various artists, including cartoonists. May their passing yield a dozen phoenix-like successors. Shared resources are the future.
 
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Go, Look: Favorite Comics From The Late Seventies

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All Creators With Patreons Should Check Them For Financial Fallout Of Recent Administrative Changes

Some creators are due to feel it more than others but all creators using Patreon will likely feel the brunt of credit card declines and related closures, instigated by I think the business entity itself. I'm not sure what to do other than to inform as many people as possible to expect some pay stoppage and adust/correct/fix/plead accordingly.

I'd need multiple presidential pardons and 10,000 hours of labor from the Moloids to get my finances to look normal, but I do remember in my very early thirties taking the advice to shut things down as best I could for a year and shifting all my recurring bills to six months in the future. It was operating from a great position of privilege that this was an option for me, of course, and I'm still terrible with everything, but this reduced a load of immediate bill-paying stress and I was able to continue on. Third-party failures should elicit concern, not panic -- when you're lucky enough you can have things that way.
 
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Not Comics: Sam Norkin

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Caitlin Busch profiles Sam Logan and Baker the Corgi.

* Julia Alexander on Hit Reblog: Comics That Caught Fire. Abraham Riesman's round-up of current comics at Vulture includes Hit Reblog.

* Michael Cheang visits Comic Art Festival Kuala Lumpur and comes away with several stories to tell of webcomics talent and their ability to build an audience both within Malaysia and without. This article has zero mentions of the heroic editorial cartoonist Zunar, which is refreshing all by itself in terms of English-language coverage of that nation's cartoonists.

* finally, Robert Galvan looks at the present and the future of the Comixology Original titles, in near-list form.
 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Ads And Cartoons From A 1947 Farm Journal

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ryan Carey on Kingdom/Order. Rob Clough on King-Cat Comix And Stories. Rob Kirby on Mr. Wolf's Class.

* the only thing more thrilling than an artist you know doing a TCJ diary is one you don't know doing one.

* Ann Lennon walks us through the particulars of the Nicole Hollander Collection at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum.

* Team Comics Alternative talks to the legendary Jules Feiffer, who had like seven and a half Hall Of Fame careers in both cartooning and script writing after he made one of comics' perfect books. Sixty years since the publishing of the book version of Sick, Sick, Sick, by the way. That is still a great book, although the personal politics expressed within work differently in a modern context.

* finally: life continues.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Marc Weidenbaum!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Gianfranco Goria!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Reed Waller!

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August 2, 2018


Go, Look: Snakes And Pears

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Go, Look: Jesse Balmer Post-Its

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By Request Extra: Rob Clough Could Use Some Help

Here. Rob Clough is a lot of young cartoonists' first reviewer, and writes consistently positive reviews. It looks like he's specifically short a certain amount on a vital payment.
 
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Go, Look: The Seven Deadly Sins

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* TCAF exhibitor applications are open, and will be through October 12. That's a major-league get if you can score a table there, and it's a pretty magnificent show all around.

* finally: this is a cute Skottie Young story from Comic-Con.
 
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If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: A 1941 Madame Strange Story

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Leonard Pierce on Running From the Devil. RC Harvey on The Goat Getters. Tegan O'Neil on A Projection. Rob Clough on Goda #1-2.

* it's still funniest when you think of Namor showing up for fistfights in a speedo. Namor's a great character, maybe the most underrated in superhero-comics history. All hail Bill Everett.

* feel better, Brigid Alverson!

* bundled extra: DC has canceled a planned Monster Society Of Evil deluxe volume for content issues, almost certainly dehumanizing portrayals of black and asian characters. I think it's tough to publish material like that as another entertainment product, for sure. It should be interesting if this will extend to work with the Spirit characters, or the crew from Blackhawk.

* finally: who wouldn't want to take classes from the great David Lasky.
 
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Happy 82nd Birthday, Victor Moscoso!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Danny Hellman!

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Happy 45th Birthday, MariNaomi!

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August 1, 2018


Missed It: Ditkoesque

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Go, Read: Jeff Smith Interview At The New York Times

Here. Great photo. I think Jeff doing picture books with those characters is a big deal.
 
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Go, Look: Joe Doolin Planet Comics Covers

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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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JUN181886 ARAB OF THE FUTURE GRAPHIC MEMOIR SC VOL 03 1985 -1987 $27.00
This is the only new volume in an award-winning European series I know of for sale this week, so this one gets top billing. It's well-regarded and the first two volumes are very popular, but I have to admit I haven't had the pleasure of an initial reading.

imageFEB180295 BATMAN 66 OMNIBUS HC $125.00
This isn't material I think of for the omnibus format, but why not? Most of theme were clever and many if not all were attractive. I think I'd like the individual comics, thought it's not up to me to tell people how much shelf space they should devote to which comic.

JUN181267 GIANT DAYS #41 $3.99
OCT171412 SUGAR BOOGARZ #3 $3.99
JUN180515 MAD MAGAZINE #3 $5.99
JUN180234 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #11 CVR A GALAAD $3.99
JUN180235 SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #11 CVR B GALAAD & POWELL $3.99
MAY180257 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR A OPENA & HOLLINGSWORTH $3.99
MAY180258 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR B NORD $3.99
MAY180259 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR C SCALERA $3.99
APR188954 SEVEN TO ETERNITY #10 CVR D $3.99
JUN180268 WALKING DEAD #182 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $3.99
JUN180269 WALKING DEAD #182 CVR B SIENKIEWICZ (MR) $3.99
I always buy John Allison. I enjoy the heck out of the look of Kevin Scalzo's comics. If you go to a shop that carries Sugar Boogarz, take time to be careful. I didn't find enough of interest in the first issue of the new MAD to want to keep buying it, but I do wonder how it's doing. The last billion entries are three Image Comics: the benign and attractive fantasy series, the not-so-benign but also attractive fantasy series, and the latest in the Walking Dead serial. That's a lot of alternative covers, though, so I'm including those here, too. That just can't be healthy.

APR180437 STAR HAWKS HC VOL 03 1979 - 1981 $39.99
These are really handsome comics and I'm glad they're on the market because I want them eventually. Maybe the next stay-at-home vacation or another time I can dive deep into hundreds of pages of comics at once.

JUN181773 DELILAH DIRK & PILLARS OF HER GN $17.99
Tony Cliff's work is as attractive as there is on the market, and that's saying something given the prevalence of such comics these days.

MAY180729 ASSASSINISTAS TP $19.99
MAY181445 PERMANENT PRESS GN $14.99
MAY181768 LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK 12 BELOVED DISNEY CLASSIC BOX SET $59.88
APR180049 3 STORY SECRET HISTORY OF GIANT MAN EXPANDED GN $19.99
This is a bunch of stuff I'd like to see: the Luke Healy book (second here) is probably the biggest driver of curiosity, and that Golden Age set just sounds nice. I don't need it in my house, though, not really.

FEB180485 JACK KIRBY MARVEL HEROES & MONSTERS ARTIST ED HC $150.00
All hail Kirby, King of Comics.

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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: John Buscema Art In Male Annual #7

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Go, Look: Matt Wagner Wolverine Pin-Up

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Hillary Chute on a small selection of comics.

* not comics: I have zero interest in the parts of Star Wars that aren't revealed to me on film, and haven't since the first minute of Empire Strikes Back. It just doesn't strike me as that interesting of a universe. I'll always see the movies, though. I like big special effects movies and I like the general look and feel of those films.

* this seems extremely unpleasant.

* here's the great Paul Gravett on the passing of Steve Ditko and a recent major exhibition of his work.

* finally: Bully is counting 365 days of defiance.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Mark Newgarden!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Michael DeForge!

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