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November 12, 2018


Stan Lee, RIP

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An Initial Thought Or Two On Stan Lee's Passing

I don't have any personal anecdotes to share about the late Stan Lee. I know he didn't like the book I co-wrote about him, though it did come from a place of great affection.

imageLee's DNA is all over modern comics, to the extent that the way comics and comics creators approach things can frequently be traced back to something Stan wanted, or an ambition he had. The fact that comics are frequently boiled down to concepts -- where Fantastic Four is a "comic about family" instead of a a stupendously drawn science fantasy with endearing characters -- I might argue comes mostly from Stan and his desire to be a Hollywood ideas man.

I think Lee also perfected a way for fans to extend their relationships with a certain kind of comics story by presenting a second story marking their creation, with the comics' creators replacing the characters on the page as the heroes of the narrative. Eight-year-old Marvel readers wanted to be Spider-Man. 16-year-old Marvel readers wanted to be the guy drawing Spider-Man. Lee found a way to wink at readers that never felt like he was making fun of any potential serious devotion to the narratives.

It's also noteworthy that Lee had a hosting function with the work that unlike Walt Disney's similar efforts had to push against dismissive and disdainful attitudes about the material itself. As a kid in the 1970s with no comics-reading friends, it felt like Stan Lee was sticking up for me.

I could go on forever, and probably will. Lee's reluctance to advocate for his artists as co-creators isn't comics' original sin but is perhaps its most unnecessary and therefore extra-troubling. His not-unique orientation towards film and TV as a legitimizing force has had a unique ripple effect, not all of it good. His last years had significant elements of personal tragedy. There are lessons in those last three decades for every creator of anything.

As is the case for many comics creators and comics industry professionals, I owe Stan Lee. He is certainly one of those public figures that if he were absent from my life things would have turned out very differently. I appreciate his accomplishment and in ways both good and bad his example. Excelsior and RIP.
 
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Go, Look: Thomas Perrodin

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Go, Look: Johanna Schaible

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2018

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November 13
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 14
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Am On-Line, I Will Likely Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Knoxville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

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
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Zine Fest Houston)
* If I Were In London, 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
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Abingdon, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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

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December 7
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 8
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 9
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

December 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 22
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

December 23
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

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Events For January 2019 Onward Listed Here

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OTBP: Tongues 2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rich Barrett on The Provocative Colette.

* this Tim Blake Nelson interview gets briefly into Watchmen, the difficulty of reading comics, and Joanie Caucus-era Doonesbury.

* here's one of those New Yorker profiles, this time on Olivier Schrauwen.

* the way the site is set up I don't have a good way to make note of ongoing art exhibits, but since I didn't list the opening of San Francisco's Ralph Steadman exhibit, I thought I'd at least mention it here.

* Tom Tomorrow notes that Twitter was engaged with Matt Bors' account late last week. I don't see how this stuff ends with no real threat of any sort of ban harming the company.

* Karama Horne talks to Keith Knight.

* finally: a reminder that CAKE exhibitor applications are open. That is one of comics' strongest exhibition rooms.
 
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Happy 66th Birthday, Carl Potts!

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November 11, 2018


Go, Look: Tami Hopfgartner

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Go, Look: Vera Brosgol On Catherine, Called Birdy

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OTBP: Belonging

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2018

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November 12
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 13
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 14
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Am On-Line, I Will Likely Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Knoxville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

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
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Zine Fest Houston)
* If I Were In London, 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
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Abingdon, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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

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December 7
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 8
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 9
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

December 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 22
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

December 23
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

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Events For January 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 38th Birthday, Will Dinski!

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Happy 49th Birthday, James Owen!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Steve Ekstrom!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Derek M. Ballard!

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November 10, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Hedy Lamar Book Trailer
 
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You Should Go To CAB Tomorrow And Do These Things

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* I am going to Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB) tomorrow the 11th for about six hours and you should, too if you're anywhere in the region.

* You should buy as much stuff as you can stand. There's a year's worth of books out there on that floor, plus about a same-size entire group of books from cartoonists who are new or with whom most of us even close readers are as yet unfamiliar. CAB has my favorite expo floor in comics, and I think it's the strongest show we have for buying things booth to booth, top to bottom. I will be doing a lot of bending over and squinting at books.

* If you don't have a ton of time for a voyage of discovery like this and only a few other shows provide, there are some cheats. Olivier Schrauwen's Parallel Lives is the buzz book going in; you could do worse than walking out with only that book. Lauren Weinstein's September issue of Frontieir is still new and is one of the two or three strongest books of this year if not #1. She'll be there, so you can have it signed. I am interested the new Roman Muradov; Muradov is a really talented cartoonist that hasn't had a signature hit as of yet, and one hopes Vanishing Act might be the one that enters into enough imaginations that he has a strong book to book presence from here on out. And I guarantee you: even with certain books from established publishers from Drawn and Quarterly to Silver Sprocket to Conundrum to Secret Acres, there are going to be 17 more books just as interesting on that floor waiting for you find them. Dive in!

* although I think the show has taken on a more aggressive sales identity: this is New York. There is going to be worthy programming. Three spotlights jump out at me, and I'm going to try and see all three: Schrauwen's, Jim Woodring (Woodring has been great in interviews this year, and Poochytown is so, so good), and Ariel Schrag interviewed by Hillary Chute, which is a great pairing.

* enjoy yourselves, enjoy New York and I hope to see you in Brooklyn.
 
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Go, Look: B Carré

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Go, Look: DRT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2018

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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)
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 12
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 13
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

November 14
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Am On-Line, I Will Likely Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Knoxville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)

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
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Zine Fest Houston)
* If I Were In London, 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
* If I Were In Miami, I'd Go To This (Miami Book Fair)
* If I Were In Abingdon, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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

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December 7
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 8
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 9
* If I Were In Delhi, I'd Go To This (Delhi Comic Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (SOBD)

December 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

December 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 22
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

December 23
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

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Events For January 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 64th Birthday, Bruce Chrislip!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Chris Bolton!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

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Happy 48th Birthday, James Sime!

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November 9, 2018


Go, Look: The Dungeon

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Go, Look: Ban Ban 1194

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See You In Brooklyn: CAB 2018 Is Sunday, November 11

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SPX, Baltimore, CXC, Short Run, SAM and now CAB... it's been a fascinating run of small shows. Hope to see you this Sunday at CAB!
 
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OTBP: From The World Of First Thought

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Assembled Extra: Tegan O'Neil Collections Available

Tegan O'Neil wrote in to point out changes in the way older work at The Hurting is to be distributed and collected, in an attempt to jumpstart interest in a related Patreon. There's a lot of intriguing writing there.
 
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If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Giant Spider & Me Vols. 1-2.

* using the Chuck Wendig firing as a springboard, Asher Elbein looks at the vulnerability of working comics professionals: passionate about their jobs, poorly paid, facing tons of competition. I think we could in five years see massive effects from this as a generation that didn't have a period of middle-age existence begin to move past comics and into retirement.

* no idea why this particular blog posting from a few years baked flashed back into my twitter feed, but it's nice to see so much of the Big Apple Comix comics stories.

* bundled extra: DC is moving some of its older standalone-story graphic novels into its standalone-story book imprint. They're usually pretty smart about how they arrange these things and I think a lot of us are trusting that they're being smart with this ongoing reorganization initiative.

* finally: Gabe Pereira talks to Tom Hart.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Bill Mantlo!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Peter Birkemoe!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Mort Todd!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Denis St. John!

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November 8, 2018


Go, Look: Out There

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OTBP: Fielder 1

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the first round of Comic-Con International badge sales begins this weekend. It's an amazing thing that people still want to go to this particular show given how many alternatives there are out there and CCI rarely gets enough credit for this. Like right now it feels like the energy is more in toys than maybe the big fantasy movie series of 10 years ago, but the general appetite on display feels about the same.

* CAKE exhibitor applications are open now until December 9. That's a good show with a really strong exhibitor base

* finally, check out this excellent CALA 2018 poster designed and drawn by the great Hellen Jo.

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

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

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Go, Look: Various Batman Characters Drawn By Dan Hipp

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J Caleb Mozzocco on The Ghost Script.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Cheese Hasselberger!

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November 7, 2018


Go, Look: DW

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OTBP: Little Teeth

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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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JUL181775 DIRTY PLOTTE GN BOX SET COMPLETE JULIE DOUCET (MR) $119.95
AUG182099 PIERO GN (MR) $17.95
Two extremely worthwhile books from two comics masters -- one a complete run of Julie Doucet's Dirty Plotte, and one I think the first by-itself book from a North American publisher featuring the influential Edmond Baudoin. The Doucet book is a clear book of the year candidate and a crucially important collection. If it's not on your Christmas list for someone, you need to get new friends.

JUL180926 COMPLETE LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE HC VOL 15 $49.99
More from the great Harold Gray and the always-underrated Annie, which had more good years than many people realize, certainly visually. I don't like every classic comic strip as much as I did when I was a kid, but Little Orphan Annie may be the only one I like significantly more.

imageSEP181819 ART OF THE GRAPHIC MEMOIR SC $25.99
This is an intriguing to get instructional material out of Tom Hart, one of his comics-generation's great teachers and memoir writers. I almost like the idea of a focused work over a bigger, general one.

SEP181327 GIANT DAYS #44 $3.99
SEP180939 DOCTOR STRANGE #7 $3.99
SEP180430 GREEN LANTERN #1 $4.99
AUG182105 KAIJUMAX SEASON 4 #3 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
Not a lot in the comic-book format material that spoke to me. I will always look at any book to which John Allison contributed. The Doctor Strange is writer Mark Waid, and I'd lost track of Waid after he stopped working with Chris Samnee. Marvel's line reads miserable to me right now, so I'm happy to see Waid working on something so I can read something from the publisher. Grant Morrison will be writing for this new Space Cop Anthology take on DC's foundational character. Morrison is always worth noting. The Kaijumax is Zander Cannon, and is an old-school oddball indy comic of the kind I wish there were a lot more of. Four seasons!

JUL182063 DRAWN TO SEX GN SEX BASICS OH JOY SEX TOY (MR) $19.99
A lot of folks are fond of these comics and I have to image they'd do well in bookstores, via store visits and even in comic book shops if hand-sold.

JUL189280 ERIC GN $29.95
I don't remember anything about this comics except that while looking at an example I realize I've read some parts of it. It was very weird, like a random Epic serial being collected.

AUG181671 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 (MR) $6.99
AUG181679 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 BLOODY MARY (MR) $6.99
AUG181680 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 BLOODY MARY NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181682 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 DEADLY (MR) $6.99
AUG181683 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 DEADLY NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181676 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 KILLER BODIES (MR) $6.99
AUG181677 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 KILLER BODIES NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181685 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 LUSCIOUS (MR) $6.99
AUG181686 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 LUSCIOUS NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181672 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181700 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 SEXY NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181691[ PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 SIRENS (MR) $6.99
AUG181692 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 SIRENS NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181674 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 STUNNERS (MR) $6.99
AUG181675 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 STUNNERS NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181696 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 SULTRY NUDE (MR) $8.99
AUG181688 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 WRAP (MR) $6.99
AUG181689 PANDORA SHOTGUN MARY #0 WRAP NUDE (MR) $8.99
Do these kinds of comics still sell in a way that justifies all this effort and relative space? You can see actual people do sex things on video for free now, and this doesn't seem like the kind of effort where the artistic treatment of it would elevate the material. Although who knows?

SEP181885 PART OF IT COMICS AND CONFESSIONS (MR) $17.99
Hey, it's Ariel Schrag. Everything Schrag does is of interest.

JUL181779 BLAME THIS ON THE BOOGIE GN (MR) $22.95
MAY181610 ART COMIC HC (MR) $29.95
Finally, two strong efforts from really good veteran cartoonists. Rina Ayuyang is a delight, her comics are very sweet and funny and she has a unique approach to color that would make her worth buying all by itself. Matthew Thurber's collection of Art Comic is funny as hell even if you don't get half the jokes. I get about 10 percent of them. Still: it's very appealing work.

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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: Jose Quintanar

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

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Go, Look: It's Time To Put More Trans People In Power

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Peg Cheng talks to Jonathan Hill.

* comics life in Columbus is good: Joe Sacco appears at OSU tomorrow night; Nicole Hollander next week. Hollander is here via the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum; don't know the exact host for Joe. It's all good to me.

* Paul Constant on Blame This On The Boogie.

* here's another list trying to summarize the beauty of an expansive art form through a list that is mostly higher-end action-adventure comics with a heavy writerly element. There's three or four comics on there that might make a top 100 for me, and at least that many that I think aren't even good. So it goes. List-making is always an interesting exercise, though, and I have fun reading them.

* finally: Eric Drooker writes a bit about his Fall-themed New Yorker cover.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Lizz Hickey!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Dave Cooper!

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November 6, 2018


Go, Read: Memorial To The Mothers

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Comics By Request Extra: Worn Tuff Elbow #2

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Marc Bell is a great cartoonist and the comic book format is an outmoded one for many publishers, so crowd-funding a self-published effort makes a lot sense. Don't leave him hanging.
 
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Go, Look: Ana Galvañ

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Bill Schelly describes the expanded Sense Of Wonder edition and the audio version. That book gets a lot of points with me for being on a subject both obscure and vital, from someone who was there. I wish we had as good of books from people about mid-century mainstream comics publishing made when a lot of the first-generation industry people were still alive.

* Joey Weiser gives us a look at the cover of next summer's Ghost Hog, from Oni Press.

* two of alt-indy icon Rick Veitch's better-received works are getting the hardcover treatment from IDW. It's nice for the market to have easy access to those works again.

* Drew Ford writes of new, forthcoming Bozz Chronicles work. Ford reprinted the six-issue series as one of his publishing efforts and will be involved with raising money for these new efforts. I'll be interested in seeing it, particularly how much if anything might change in a different publishing era.

* finally: as described by Charles Vess, this illustrated book sounds like something of interest to young readers and the comics fans that know them.

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

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

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Go, Look: Marvel 1970s Horror Book Ads

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Matt Sussman on works by Austin English and Sam Spano. Robert Boyd continues reviewing bunches of comics at a time.

* tweeted wisdome from Karen K. Ho, Victory Comics and Phil Jimenez.

* Noah Van Sciver recommends works at Shelf Awareness.

* OTBP: Let's Print A Comic.

* I made a joke tweet about the Son Of Satan, but it always did make me laugh how ridiculously over the top his entrances were.

* Scott Edelman tells a choice anecdote about listening to recent 80th birthday boy Jim Steranko when he but a lad.

* finally: I'm always a fan of practical-advice columns, and the idea of content used by social media needs its own set of understandings and protections makes perfect sense to me.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Gregory Mardon!

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November 5, 2018


Go, Look: A Brief History Of Bilingual Voting

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Bundled Extra: Chicago Sun-Times Moves From Three Pages Of Comics To One Page Plus A Scattered Few

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Here's their announcement. I'm looking around for someone in the Chicago media watching business that would know what's been dropped -- if anyone has caught such a blog post or article,

The regional media critic Robert Feder has a short list of casualties and some commentary here. DD Degg and a pair of readers of the resurgent Daily Cartoonist have a complete accounting here. What's left skews towards their older strips, it looks like.

I was a Midwestern kid and lived in Chicago for a couple of years. I was a devoted Tribune reader -- I don't remember being able to get the Sun-Times in northern Indiana -- and my take on its comics page vs. the Sun-Times is that 1) the Tribune offering was generally superior and 2) one mitigating circumstance is that the Sun-Times had a shitload of comics with three pages of them. I think -- and someone can correct me here, too -- that the Sun-Times also had multiple suburban-type papers with different strategies for different publications.

What does it mean for the future, immediate and otherwise? Well, a lot of strips just lost a sizable client. It's still an industry where a lot of strips are out there carrying a small number of clients. I'm interested in what the decision-makers were looking at to indicate this was their best move; the decision itself might not be as important as the reasons. When the newspaper industry cratered in the late 2000s the conventional wisdom was that comics would suffer for the general decline but would also be an important remaining and unique feature for a while yet. Is "a while yet" something that starts to end now? I doubt it, but we'll see. Acceleration seems likely at some point.
 
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Go, Look: Magic On Deck

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* that generous writer about early efforts from a variety of cartoonists, Rob Clough -- he is also involved at SPX with their programming -- has expressed a need and would like to offer you some mini-comics. One would suppose, and you'd have to check, that if you were to buy some seminal minis and give them to the Billy's Dylan Williams collection or its equivalent at other libraries you could support Rob and make a tax-deductible donation. You'd have to check, though, seriously, I have no idea if that's true.

* I'm always interested in driving attention to industry veteran Jim Wheelock. I'm hoping an angel will pick up on his support needs, although any smaller amount I imagine would be a great help as well.

* those sued by Cody Pickrodt continue to receive support, and I hope we can get to that initial goal by the holidays. Please give. I think it's important that people able to speak freely about their experience without being fearful that the existence of a lawsuit keep them from doing so.

* finally: the funds being raised for Damian Duffy's dad and stepmom are very close to the initial goal.
 
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Go, Look: Mort Walker In Saturday Review Of Literature

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

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Go, Look: Halloween-Related Art Posts I'm Just Seeing Now

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Universal Monsters On Dell Comic Book Covers

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Richard Sala Witch Illustrations

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The Marvel Family #52

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* congratulations to the great Fiona Smyth on receiving an Acker Award.

* Mark Evanier provides a list of comics industry truisms from 1970, many of which still apply. It's interesting for the look it provides into a time when mainstream comics company editorial decision-making dominated everything, to the point that quirks of behavior in individual offices had a ripple effect across the entire field.

* festivals extra: looks like DINK has extended their exhibitor applications until November.

* love this photo of Gengoroh Tagame, Justin Hall and Chip Kidd.

* did I recommend the Inktober efforts from Mike Laughead? If I didn't, here you go. If I didn't, here you go again.

* finally: look at this gorgeous Rocky and Fumble cover from Xaime. Just about any cartoonist other than Jaime, those two great characters would be the life achievement.
 
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Happy 80th Birthday, Steranko!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Diana Tamblyn!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Robert Loren Fleming!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Mats Stromberg!

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Happy 45th Birthday, George O'Connor!

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November 4, 2018


Go, Look: Tip Top #54

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

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

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

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Happy 51st Birthday, Alex Van Koten!

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November 3, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Not Comics: Josh Frankel Makes A Fish Out Of Trash Lumber


Trailer For Cartoonist Kayfabe Episode Three


Rob Rogers' Synagogue Shooting Cartoon Analyzed


Carlos Latuff On Jair Bolsonaro's Election


Eric Dyck Profiled
 
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Go, Look: Mike Lynch Draws Cats

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

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

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

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If I Were In DC, 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 Bentonville, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Zack Soto!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Tom Grindberg!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Tom Lyle!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Karen Sneider!

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November 2, 2018


OTBP: R Crumb's Dream Diary

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Go, Look: Confessions Of A Crisis Actor

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Alarming Tales #1

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Happy 67th Birthday, Bill Schelly!

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November 1, 2018


Go, Look: Bad Friends Excerpted

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Everyone Caught This But Me: Vanguard Visionary Assets Now Majority Owner At Dark Horse

Deal described by Milton Griepp here and discussed by Heidi MacDonald here. Both stories underline Mike Richardson remains CEO and retains a significant ownership share.

I have no real opinion about this. I guess there's an angle where you point out that VVA is a Chinese company, which I'm not sure really says anything specific to comics except that there is always the promise/hope that that country can be opened as a market -- a not unreasonable expectation, I suppose, at least the chance this might happen. It does look like Dark Horse's attention to its post loss of Star Wars core properties and its creation of very friendly to film and TV properties like Resident Alien make it a more friendlier partner for media companies like Netflix. I'm grateful for artists to have those opportunities and hope they're fairly executed.
 
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OTBP: Rudy

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

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* exhibitor applications are open for VanCAF 2019 through December 15. That's a growing-in-popularity show, a very visitable city, and a region with a rich reservoir of comics talent. I've always wanted to go but the cost of the show so soon after Toronto kills me. The difficulty of getting to certain parts of North America from secondary-hub airports is a fact of life now. I'm jealous of those who get to, though.

* missed this profile of a vendor couple at NYCC that uses some real numbers and paints what I'd say is a realistic picture of the margins involved. The secondary headline in the search is a little weird as they both seem like fully participating vendors to me.

* there was a blackface incident at Alamo City Comic Con when a prominent participant used black make-up to approximate the appearance of a dog character from a specific Disney effort. That seems deeply unfortunate no matter the intention going in, which I personally imagine -- though I could be wrong -- was wholly benign. A contest organizer and the con more generally have apologized.

* if I'm reading this correctly, it looks like Comic-Con International is going to establish firm limits on guest badges linked to professional registrations, part of their ongoing transformation of that process. I have a lot of sympathy for CCI making such changes as they've long been very generous in keeping as many old methods as possible, even as the show has continued to surge in popularity. I also know if/when they do something similar in my category, press, that I have years of being indulged under my belt and can't really object at all to most imagined outcomes of a more stringent policy.

* finally: Charles Vess is doing a mini-tour in support of his wonderful-sounding Complete Earthsea illustration project.
 
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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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Go, Look: The Gorilla

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I've enjoyed the few Will Dinski travel comics I've seen here.

* Sean Phillips draws moments from In The Heat Of The Night.

* I always enjoy these Sarah McIntyre posts, which have this feel of coming from an alternate universe where everyone wears delightful costumes and makes cool looking stuffed creatures right out of well-designed books.

* by request extra: I don't know that there's any specific financial need tied into these offerings from Roger Langridge, but he is someone that could always be rewarded to the medium's overall benefit.

* David Beard profiles conservative editorial cartoonist Antonio Branco.

* finally: a rare Todd Klein post about an illustration gig.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Zander Cannon!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Whit Spurgeon!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Rich Koslowski!

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