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October 20, 2018


Go, Look: Early Ghost Rider Splash Pages

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

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

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

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If I Were In Santa Rosa, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2018

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October 21
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Quebec City, I'd Go To This (Quebec City Comiccon)

October 22
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (MCM Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Paris)

October 27
* If I Were Near Derry, I'd Go To This (ComicCity)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (MCM Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Paris)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (MCM Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Paris)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

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November 1
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 4
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)

November 09
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NC Comicon: Bull City)

November 10
* If I Were In Santa Rosa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NC Comicon: Bull City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This (Asheville Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Kent, I'd Go To This (Kent Comic Arts Festival)

November 11
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NC Comicon: Bull City)

November 13
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Knoxville, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Nashville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 18
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Evansville, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To Thishttps://twitter.com/m_tisserand/status/1031621047769096192

November 25
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

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Events For December 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 47th Birthday, Mike Baehr!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Len Kaminski!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Matthew Loux!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Ryan North!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Jim Engel!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, John Allison!

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October 19, 2018


Go, Look: Sheets

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

I'm sure there are stories I'm missing, but Kate Beaton shutting down one of the five great comics of the 21st Century, the singular and funny Hark! A Vagrant, with a gracious thank you and a promise to keep the archives up, should get this column's sole attention and every other award and sign of respect and gratitude this industry and all its attendant communities can generate. I'm sorry I hadn't noticed until a couple of days ago.

I hope Kate Beaton does whatever she wants for as long as she wants to do it, and I am grateful I was an active comics reader while she was making this work. What a thrill. Thank you, Kate.
 
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If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Adventures Of Hiram Hick

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Kim Jooha talks to Patrick Kyle.

* Greg Hunter on Latinx Superheroes In Mainstream Comics. Daniel Semanas on Roly Poly. Mel Schuit on Garlandia.

* Abraham Riesman explores the Bullseye character, prominently featured in the third season of the Daredevil TV show.

* my favorite writer about comics Bob Levin returns to a fruitful subject from his writing past: Dan O'Neill.

* finally: how cartoonists are processing the Jamal Khashoggi story. I'm a sucker for these kinds of stories.
 
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Happy 71st Birthday, Giorgio Cavazzano!

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October 18, 2018


Anthea Bell, RIP

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Annette Lapointe on Roaming Foliage.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Sam Henderson!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Christian Hoffer!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Larry Pickering!

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October 17, 2018


OTBP: Dan Zettwoch Dogs Playing Poker Print

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Go, Listen: Dan Berry Talks To Ben Sears

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Go, Look: Aubrey Beardsley Illustrations

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I'm certainly not smart enough to even begin to vet the math, but this twitter autopsy of writer Chuck Wendig's firing asserts that in general negative tweets may come from accounts that aren't actually people and accounts that pay attention to key opinion-leaders in whatever limited world viewpoint we're talking to find cues as to who they might attack. That could make for routine pushback against Internet controversy firings.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Bill Holbrook!

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Happy 44th Birthday, David Heatley!

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October 16, 2018


Go, Look: As Before, So Behind

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A Personal Message From This Site To You

imageI'm going to be messing around A LOT with my social media use for the next two months. This will probably involve various stabs at deactivating Twitter, or Facebook, perhaps, or shifting the use I get out of various platforms.

I don't like these virtual places as outlets for human interaction. I think most of them have curdled in the same way message boards did about 15 years ago. At the same time, I'm kind of tied to them as a way of gathering information. That information is very Balkanized, and I admit to some confusion as to why. I know a lot of people that put stuff out there on one platform and just sort of expect that everyone sees it. In the last year or so, I even see people discussing information that is no longer the place it was as people delete and move on. That's weird!

My other problem is that once these platforms are available to me I tend to spend a lot of time on them telling dumb jokes, making lazy commentary and arguing with people for whom the phrase "Life Is Too Short" was invented. I think this has for the last few years been at the expense of writing I could do for the site.

I have no idea where I'm going to be on the other side of this -- I may capitulate and return; I may make permanent some changes -- but I should have things figured out by my 50th birthday in mid-December. 50! That's 43 years in regulation, seven and counting of overtime. Life is a blessing.

It may be the only way I learn what's going on with you. The site will continue to run, and I hope more effectively now that I'm shaking things up to see where they might settle into place.
 
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Go, Look: All The Sad Songs Excerpted

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Ezra Claytan Daniels working with Ben Passmore is an exciting pairing, and a great get by Fantagraphics for a summer book whose appeal should extend deep into Fall. Passmore in particular is set up for a strong 2019 with I believe work on the way from multiple publishers. I also think I recall Fanta having been in the running for Daniels' current Lion Forge work when Upgrade Soul was making the rounds, but I could be wrong about that.

* according to this post, Bill Griffith's next project is a biography of Ernie Bushmiller.

* it took until the fourth issue of the relaunch for the new MAD to make news, with this pointed commentary riffing on Ed Gorey's most famous comic. I've found a couple of things I've read in the relaunched publication as kind of toothless, celebratory satire ("we're making fun of you because we love you a lot"), so I was happy to see this comic. Wanted: more like.

* finally: Eric Powell returns to The Goon, an Indy and Eisner favorite.
 
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OTBP: Fielder

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Go, Look: A Colored Rupert Page

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the writer Chuck Wendig addresses issues surrounding his abrupt, recent firing from a Marvel Star Wars title for unrelated Internet activity of a political nature.

image* a victorious Paul Karasik declares "Mission Accomplished" in this photo, regarding a beautiful Charles Addams mural discussed here returned to a place of visual access and general, reasonable platform suitability. Man, what a good-looking mural.

* one of those sites that posts old photos of certain cities and/or regional areas at certain periods of time has unearthed and posted a photo of Gary Arlington.

* bundled extra: here for download is a sampler of 2019 First Second books. That's an expansive line now, some sorting is required.

* aw, crap, I missed Jason Lutes at the Boston Book Festival. The prepared part of Jason's appearances at these show is first rate. If you get a chance to go, go.

* festivals extra: looks like CAB is a Sunday show this year, which I mention because some of you may be dopes like me that aimed at a Saturday arrival and departure for that weekend rather than a Sunday like a normal person that checks dates. Just double-check, is all I'm saying.

* finally: hard to imagine a better teacher for a SAW intensive than Leslie Stein.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Mark Badger!

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Happy 45th Birthday, RM Rhodes!

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Happy 92nd Birthday, Joe Sinnott!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Larry Young!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Bob Hall!

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October 15, 2018


Go, Look: What's A Democrat To Do?

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Go, Look: Yuuki Jia

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Not Comics: Ghost Stories Cover Images

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Go, Look: Comics Are For White Men

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Exit Archeology. Alex Graham on Angloid. Paul O'Brien on Domino Annual #1.

* Todd Klein throws the spotlight on the lettering process employed by Carla Speed McNeil. I really like these kinds of posts from Klein.

* Johanna Draper Carlson writes about the astonishing print runs for the new Raina Telgemeier books. I keep forgetting to write about this myself.

* Hannah Berry will assume the UK comics laureate position in 2019, taking over for Charlie Adlard. Congratulations to Berry.

* finally, Bob Temuka looks at the comics of the recently-passed Barry Linton.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Cat Garza!

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October 14, 2018


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Jason Lutes

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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To David Small

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

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Happy 40th Birthday, Vanessa Davis!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Cam Kennedy!

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October 13, 2018


Go, Look: Alex Ross' 2017 Fantastic Four Reboot Proposal Images

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

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

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If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Happy 55th Birthday, Tom Devlin!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jason Thompson!

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October 12, 2018


Go, Listen: Robert Rodriguez Talks To Carol Tyler

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

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round Up

image* Tony Isabella remembers Steve Gerber with a brief note. Gerber was a very interesting creator and his legacy looks better every year. I still get a thrill when I see the old Howard stuff. Pop culture worked way differently back then.

* did we talk about John Jennings getting an imprint and a checkbook for the imprint by Abrams? I think we did. It's worth noting again that one aspect of this is Abrams has been so disciplined as a publisher in terms of the number of books it publishers. So for them to go for a whole line, they must be very high on Jennings and what he has planned. Good luck to all involved.

* bundled extra: Oni Press announces a new book with Katie O'Neill. Certainly people have been delighted by the two existing works mentioned in the article.

* Chris Gavaler on Chlorine Gardens. Here's someone at Kirkus Review on The Best American Comics 2018.

* go, read: Hannah Williams provides an alternate and thrilling basic reading of the Moomin stories.

* this one damn funny tweet.

* I'm not sure I heard about the Monir/Nowak micro press, but I'm excited to follow the Twitter account and learn more.

* Nicholas Dekker profiles Bryan Christopher Moss.

* festivals extra: I'm not sure why I bookmarked this photo given that it's already fired through our social media, but that's a great look on Jeff's face as he picks up a couple of honors at the end of CXC 2018. I'm right around the corner, by the way. I realized I was blocking the view of those kids.

* finally: not sure how I get to this Etsy shop, or who it belongs to even, but I like the looks of this print.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Dan Abnett!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Pat Brady!

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October 11, 2018


Go, Bookmark/Read: The Contradictions

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Festivals Extra: Billy Ireland Announces Barbara Shermund And Latinx Comics Exhibits For Galleries

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Announcement here. That's a nice pairing. The Latinx exhibit draws on OSU professor Frederick Aldama's work in that area. I've not seen a bunch of Shermund, so that should be a treat as well, and I've enjoyed past shows with which Caitlin McGurk has been involved.

The party for the former is November 3, while the party for the latter will come in 2019. The exhibits will run through March 2019.
 
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Go, Look: Folegandros And Serifos

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* I appreciate these con reports for CXC, the show with which I'm involved, from Ryan Cecil Smith, Alex Hoffman and Juan Fernandez. Thank you for spending that time.

* most of what I hear back from NYCC is positive, particularly how the show was executed. I don't remember a lot of comics announcements that made an impression on me over that four-day period, although I'll look at the new Brian Michael Bendis-directed Wonder Comics line. I was surprised how little we heard from Marvel's publishing efforts. It feels like they need to start taking some shots at the fences. I wouldn't be surprised if they snatch up one of the non-Bendis big writers currently working and completely rework X-Men. There seems some potential energy there, still. I'm sure their TV and movie panels did well.

* (it's still sort of for geeks).

* you have until tomorrow night to apply as an exhibitor to TCAF 2019. That's a great show.

* finally: here's a Rose City report on the future of Brian Michael Bendis' creator-owned work, the comparative infrastructure for which I think is a significant part of why the writer is at DC right now. It's interesting to me that would end up being announced by Rose City with NYCC coming four weeks later, but announcements happen all the time now.

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

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

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Go, Look: Jay's Septic

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seroff talks to Gabrielle Bell.

* Sarah McIntyre drags us behind the scenes of The Legend Of Kevin.

* here's another story of an artist being robbed while at a convention. It feels like there have been a lot of recent reports. It makes sense to me that there would be an increasing number of thefts. Economic times are tough in terms of people making enough money to get by in the fashion to which they believe they are entitled. We also have more cultural approval of self-determination that includes financial gain, which many use to justify exploitation or outright thievery. I bet every one of these robberies comes with a justification as to why they were done. Anyway, be careful out there. Also remember that a lot of venues are taped, and get on asking for that tape before it's erased.

* I can't remember if I linked to this article on Forbidden Planet or only tweeted it. That's what happens when you get old, kids.

* Michael Dooley profiles Anthony Bourdain's efforts in comics, which were ongoing right up until the time of his passing. I liked Bourdain as a prose writer post his initial bro-soaked works, and he had really good taste as a comics reader, so I'm confused by his comics output. There's not a single page reprinted in that article that doesn't bore me a bit.

* finally: there is a French-language version of Sir Alfred No. 3, and it is beautiful.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Jim Woodring!

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October 10, 2018


Go, Look: Drag Balls Of The Civil War

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

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Happy 60th Birthday, Paul Nagy!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Jaime Hernandez!

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October 9, 2018


Go, Look: Lina Ngo

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OTBP: Mothball 88

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Go, Look: Abby Jo Turner

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Go, Look: House Of Secrets Cover Images

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Happy 69th Birthday, Jim Starlin!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Mike Peters!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Matt Wagner!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Michael Netzer!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Simon Gane!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jeremy Haun!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Bob Andelman!

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Happy 80th Birthday, Russell Myers!

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October 8, 2018


CR Review: Frontier #17

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Creator: Lauren Weinstein
Publishing Information: Youth In Decline, comic book, October 2018, $7.95
Ordering Numbers:

I forgot I put this post up, and I apologize for the lateness and brevity of this content. This is the best comic I've ever read from Weinstein, and I'm a great fan of hers. Telling the story of the birth of her second child, Weinstein pushes all of the right buttons within a direct, empathic narrative. The comic is well-observed, funny (a drawing of husband Tim Holder's face at a specific sight slaughtered me), deliberately paced without being boring, gorgeous to look at and full of wonderfully astute observations on life as lived that never slow things down in ponderous fashion. It's also something of a heroic narrative, with Weinstein herself as the rooted-for protagonist. I got caught up on the achievement of Weinstein making this comic in such an assured fashion at the same time I followed her through the life experience in question.

I teared up twice during my initial reading of this comic: once during a dog story which comes out of left field but also adds to the overall tone without detracting in any way -- a minor miracle within a greater one -- and once when Weinstein describes how her first child reacts to the second. I never cry reading comics. At least within my personal understanding of how comics work, this is testimony to the quality of the story being told and the mastery inherent in its component parts. My opinions may change over time and with subsequent readings, but right now this is one of the two or three best comics I've read this year, and I urge you to seek it out. What a gift.

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Go, Look: Lilliput Covers By Walter Trier

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Bundled Extra: Raina Telgemeier Two-Project PR As Announced At NYCC

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Raina Telgemeier is widely understood to be the most powerful commercial force in North American comics, and one of the most potent in the world. Two books from her in a calendar year is a big deal, and it confirms some early projections that 2019 may be a loaded year for comics in general.
 
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OTBP: I Must Be Doing Something Right

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Bundled Extra: Apparently A New Cromartie High School Serial Starts This Month...?

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This is also a reminder that someone needs to finish/collect the original serial in omnibus form. Please? Pretty please? I ask so little.

 
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Go, Look: Crack Comics #14

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Go, Look: Two Shorts From George Tuska

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Random Comics News Story Round Up

image* big piece of comics-related coverage of the day is this interview with Stan Lee, JC Lee and various current members of Team Stan at his home in Los Angeles. This is a heartbreaking piece of journalism, with a comprehensive approach to publishing everything said that gives it more authority than usual, as well as more pathos. Lee sounds exhausted and a bit uncertain of some of what's going on around him. Lee's late wife Joan is a significant, heartbreaking presence within the story. This is also the first time I remember daughter JC Lee participating in a story like this. I don't really know what the motivation behind getting this out there might have been from Lee's perspective, although I can imagine making several guesses based on the resulting story. I very much doubt there will be another public appearance for the longtime industry icon. I'm still skeptical of the $50-70M net worth figure.

* festivals extra: I am very fond of this photo my brother took of the CXC 2018 floor nine days ago.

* finally: Will Vinton, RIP.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, James Sturm!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Sean Bieri!

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October 7, 2018


Happy 64th Birthday, Phil Yeh!

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Your 2018 Harvey Awards Winners

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This year's refurbished Harvey Awards winners were named during the Friday evening of New York Comic-Con.

I have no measurables by which to determine the success or failure of any individual awards program, although the relaunch of this particular program did drive coverage during the nominations round and right after. The winners strike me as solid but not distinctive, and in fact those taking home a Harvey are many of the same names that took home Eisners. Eisner Awards administrator Jackie Estrada receiving an industry award from the program further blurred the lines a bit. Roz Chast -- sick and unable to make the ceremony -- and Dave Gibbons went into the Harveys Hall of Fame.

I'd be surprised if the program didn't do at least well enough to be done again in 2019.

Calvin Reid served as host.

Your winners in bold. Congratulations to winners and 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).

*****

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). (TIE)
* The Tea Dragon Society, Katie O'Neill (Oni Press). (TIE)

*****

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).

*****

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).

*****

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: Smattering Of Silver Age Comic Book Covers

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

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Happy 68th Birthday, Howard Chaykin!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Tom Hart!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Enki Bilal!

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October 6, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Mort Walker Interviews In 2008


Chris Browne Interview In 2010


Garfield Production Video From 2012


Paige Braddock Interviewed In 2015


David Squires Interviewed In 2018
 
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Go, Look: Omer Hoffmann

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Go, Look: CoRH!!

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

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

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If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 45th Birthday, Shannon Smith!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Dylan Horrocks!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Mike Carlin!

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October 5, 2018


Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Jane Lindholm and Matthew F. Smith talk to Jason Lutes.

* Sean T. Collins marches Rolling Stone readers through a brief hero history for that goofy Venom character, apparently originally conceived by a Marvel reader who got a Siegel-Shuster sized check from Jim Shooter.

* finally, a bit of assembled extra: this is a smart, encouraging twitter thread by Spike Trotman about the ability of comics creators right now to create from where they are, particularly if they are focused on the more cutting edge on-line distribution systems -- well, cutting edge to me, they seem fairly standard options for this emerging generation.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Jeff Nicholson!

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October 4, 2018


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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* just talking with future Transformative Work Award winner John P.

* this strikes me as unfortunate. There were very passionate arguments at one time about this kind of consumption path for comics, but in my head at least most of them were settled.

* trivia contests in comics will never be the same now that Len Wein is gone and can't express his frustration about missing a question concerning a comic he himself wrote. Killed me every time I saw it.

* finally: Scott McCloud explains the serious business of comics.
 
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Happy 63rd Birthday, Chris Warner!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Mike Dawson!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Tod Smith!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Jim Siergey!

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October 3, 2018


If I Were In Long Island City, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* great job, Jay.

image* Josh Kramer talks to Jason Lutes.

* Julia Alekseyeva on Cartoon Dialectics #3.

* Rocko Jerome on the Olivia Jaimes panel at CXC. That's the show I help run. Olivia was great, and we're honored she did the show. She also had legitimate security concerns. As a result, one of the things we did is we switched rooms on that panel due to some structural issues with the rooms and as its own pivot. Communicating that widely via social media would have defeated the purpose of the switch. Some people got burnt on that, and I'm sincerely apologetic. We did not execute that one hundred percent as well as it needed to be executed. That must have sucked. I'm super-sorry. First, please: blame me. I'm not only responsible overall, but I introduced the idea of this specific maneuver. Anyone that wants to inquire after as much of a make-good as I can provide -- and I know I can't match the lousiness of being shut out -- My guess is that with the information I had on my plate I would have made the same decision every time out, even if I might hope to execute specific parts of that plan more effectively. We'll take steps in that direction, too: including plans for some sort of press access at events where it applies. Still, then and now, we will always put the special needs of our guests first. We have to.

* I like that article, by the way, even though I'm responding to an idea floated there. I don't mean for any of that to be an indictment in any way of Rocko's clear prose, smart contextualization and well-observed remarks. I appreciate him designating the story worth covering, and I appreciate the criticism. That's not always easy.

* finally: Chris Britt's recent Brett Kavanaugh cartoon re-introduces the idea of making the a politician's family fair game if the politician brings them up. This is old-fashioned political posturing to an almost 100 percent degree, of course, not a serious investigation of what might or might not be prudent or responsible, but taken straight it's interesting stuff.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Rob Liefeld!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Ivan Brunetti!

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

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October 2, 2018


Festivals Extra: R Sikoryak Draws From The Olivia Jaimes Panel, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2018

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Go, Listen: Jason Lutes On Comics Alternative

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OTBP: UK Killers

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Go, Look: José Ja Ja Ja

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Happy 79th Birthday, Ron Turner!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Barbara Kesel!

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October 1, 2018


Koyama Press Details Spring 2019 Season: Emily Carroll And All-Ages Work From Kuzma, Leighton, Sears

Anne Koyama of Koyama Press has announced their Spring 2019 season. There will be four books, one each from artists Emily Carroll, Chris Kuzma, Aaron Leighton and Ben Sears. The Emily Carroll book is considered for older readers, while the other three books are straight-up for kids. It's an impressive-looking line-up, with some of the better artists in comics. Each season of Koyama we have remaining is a special one.

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Castles, quests, demons, and ghosts fill the pages of our Spring 2019 season.

First up, we are incredibly excited to bring Emily Carroll's When I Arrived at the Castle from out of the long shadows and perilous corridors. Drawing on Romanticism, Gothicism, videogames, myth, horror, feminism, furries, and fan culture Carroll's comics are a melange of Atwood and anime, Blake and body horror. With her web comics and short story collection Through the Woods, Carroll has established herself as this generation's preeminent horror cartoonist and here presents a truly modern horror feast preying on the psyche of today's youth.

Next we have Wowee Zonk alum Chris Kuzma making his solo debut with Lunch Quest. Richard Scarry meets Regular Show in this surrealist slacker series of stories. Akin to Pee Wee poking around the Playhouse and finding the frozen vegetables up to no good, and the dinosaurs in the wall dealing with a familial dispute, Bunny has found that his house holds much more crazy than clutter, as he quests for his lunch.

With A Children's Book of Demons, Aaron Leighton has filled a book with demons, but they certainly aren't diabolical, rather these spirits are adorable and iconic -- Leighton is the designer behind Koyama Press' very own icon: Kickass Annie -- each one so well crafted, from their description to their illustration, that you expect them to walk off the page and star in their own Saturday morning cartoon.

For the past four years, Ben Sears has been building an incredible world of quirky characters and rip-roaring adventures under the Double+ banner. In this short time, over three standalone volumes, he has created so much awesome he has likely raised worldwide levels. House of the Black Spot is no exception!

An exciting and decidedly supernatural Spring awaits!
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When I Arrived At The Castle, Emily Carroll, Softcover, 72 pages, June 2019, $15.

Publisher's Descripton: "A castle, a killer, and prey all bound and blurred by lust and blood."

Like many before her that have never come back, she's made it to the Countess' castle determined to snuff out the horror, but she could never be prepared for what hides within its turrets; what unfurls under its fluttering flags. Emily Carroll has fashioned a rich gothic horror charged with eroticism that doesn't just make your skin crawl, it crawls into it.

Publisher's Bio: Emily Carroll is a writer and artist of numerous award-winning comics, including the horror collection Through the Woods, which won both an Eisner and the British Fantasy Award for 2014. Her online comics work include numerous short stories, with subject matter ranging from haunted rivers to ravenous hand lotions. Her most recent work is a graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's 1999 novel Speak. She lives in Stratford, ON with two dogs, one cat, and her wonderful and talented wife, Kate.

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* Lunch Quest, Chris Kuzma, Softcover, 80 pages, 9781927668658, June 2019, $15.

Publisher's Description: "Sometimes you are so hungry that the only thing you can find in your house is rip-roaring, candy-coloured, side-busting adventure!

"Have you ever been looking for your lettuce, but instead you find skate kids shredding the moon, bunny gladiators astride bumpy frogs, and dance party dance-offs so twisty they put a bag of pretzels to shame? No? Then dig into this collection of comic vignettes to find what you've been missing."

Publisher's Bio: Chris Kuzma is an artist living in Toronto, ON with his wife, two children and their cat. He divides his time between drawing comics, doing freelance illustration and teaching at OCAD University. He is one-third of the Wowee Zonk comics collective. This is his first all-ages graphic novel.

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* A Children's Book Of Demons, Aaron Leighton, Board Book, 48 pages, 9781927668665, June 19, $12.

Publisher's Description: "With this handy Necronomicon for kids, and its easy to follow how-to steps, summoning demons has never been so much fun!

"Don't want to take out the trash tonight? Maybe you're swimming in homework? Perhaps that big bully is being a real drag? Well grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons! But be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons."

Publisher's Bio: Aaron Leighton is an award-winning illustrator and art director, as well as a fan of all things occult. His first book with Koyama Press, Spirit City Toronto, was published in 2010. Aaron lives in Toronto, ON and spends his free time wrestling with a black cat.

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* House Of The Black Spot, Ben Sears, Softcover, 80 pages, 9781927668672, May 2019, $12.

Publisher's Description: "Plus Man and Hank are in it now! They've riled up a ghost, and a ghost with a knack for real estate no less!

"The Double+ gang discover that sometimes greed can extend beyond the grave, as they are thrust into a battle between revolting real estate developers and their ghoulish goon bent on destroying the idyllic Gear Town with ghastly gentrification and the most frightful sight of all... condos!"

Publisher's Bio: Ben Sears is a Louisville, KY based cartoonist, illustrator and musician. His characters Plus Man and Hank have appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and in the all-ages adventure series Double+ where they have been perpetually in over their heads.

*****

Koyama is a regular major exhibitor at May's yearly TCAF show, and I would expect all of these books to be available by then at that place.

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René Pétillon, RIP

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OTBP: The Tao Of Yow

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Go, Look: Bristol Board's Index For The Late Gary Friedrich

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gil Roth talks to Glen David Gold.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Dave Dorman!

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Happy 41st Birthday, A. David Lewis!

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Happy 78th Birthday, Richard Corben!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Ande Parks!

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