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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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If I Were In Montreal, 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 Jones originally made plans around building a plea claiming innocence, but pled guilty in April of this year to charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.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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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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If I Were Near Cupertino, I'd Go To This

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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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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2018

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August 16
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Cupertino, I'd Go To This

August 17
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 18
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 21
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 22
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

August 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 25
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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September 1
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 2
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 6
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 8
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (SLCC)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCC)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Staple!)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCC)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 11
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 12
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 13
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 14
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 15
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Children's Day)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 16
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Keystone Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Festival Day)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)

September 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 23
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)

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Events For October 2018 Onward Listed Here

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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

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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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