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July 16, 2019


Go, Look: Massive New York Daily News Visual History Article

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* that isn't the final cover above, but I'm glad to see the Journal taking on this issue. Fanta-fact, we had good health insurance at Fantagraphics when I worked there in the 1990s, a time when Gary and Kim had about eleven cents between them. Don't believe any comics publisher that says health insurance for staff is impossible.

* Meg Lemke provides a broad survey of Fall 2019 books for PW. There are some interesting books in there. Joel Orff!

* finally, here's the great Calvin Reid at PW on initial details about the new HarperCollins comics-devoted imprint. Andrew Arnold will be editorial director.
 
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Go, Look: Cookie #7

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Slightly Plural. Emily Gosling on Kramers Ergot Vol. 10.

* the Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship is opening up for another year. That sounds like a fantastic opportunity, and I bet ten years from now we'll have a half dozen of these types of things serving the wider comics community.

* just now caught up with this. I can't imagine anything good can come out of criticizing your freelance pool via an outside mechanism. I also figure the freelancers have a point -- mainstream titles get canceled all the time for various reasons and staying on a title can have a negative impact on your sales history. Me, all my mainstream title runs would be short because I have very few ideas and find most of the narratives represented by that genre to be exhausted or something close to it.

* Josh Bayer talks at length with Trevor Von Eeden.

* OTBP: INKS: The Journal Of The Comics Studies Society, Vol. 3 #1.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Pierre Wazem!

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July 15, 2019


Go, Look: Veronika Muchitsch

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By Request Extra: Michel Vrana's Black Eye Back With Pre-Order Driven Jay Stephens Collection

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Both of these things are good news. This also works out for CXC, where Jay will be in conversation with Rafael Rosado on September 25 in an affiliated event.
 
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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

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August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

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Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Pin-Up Type Illustrations By HAI

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* AJ McGuire on Dry County. Mike McCann on Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter #3.

* best wishes to Kate Lacour and family.

* editorial cartoonist Greg Perry pulls himself from consideration as the replacement for Michael De Adder at Brunswick News. I think a lot of people would have departed that situation just because it sound like a pain in the ass and some promises weren't kept.

* count Gary Tyrrell among those that works their way through the daily CCI schedule and pulls out some of them for your consideration. Here's Thursday and Friday.

* longtime retailer and porto-blogger Mike Sterling weighs in on MAD's change in publishing status.

* SPX Tumblr continues to add names to this anniversary year at SPX's stupendous-sounding list.

* here's Charles Schulz in 1970 on what makes a good citizen. Sounds like a reasonable answer to me. This was passed along to several sites over this last holiday weekend.

* finally: Scott Edelman talks to Gerry Conway. I've been enjoying these Scott Edelman interviews of his peers.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Chis Cilla!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Kelly Sue DeConnick!

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July 14, 2019


For No Particular Reason Here's A Bunch Of Photos From The MIXX Show Back In 2013

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This was a good show that threw a spotlight on a single guest -- sometimes a pair -- that ran in the early 2010s on the CCAD campus in Columbus. This one featured exhibits by Gary Panter and Jeff Smith.
 
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Go, Look: Zohar Lazar

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If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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*****

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

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August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

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Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Al Avison Images

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Alex Cox!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Leslie Stein!

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Happy 58th Birthday, JK Snyder III!

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FFF Results Post #525 -- Festivals Re-Discussed

Five For Friday #525 -- Name Three Current Conventions/Festivals You Like, One Convention/Festival No Longer Around You Miss, and One Convention/Festival Currently In Existence You'd Like To Visit Someday.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. TCAF
2. SPX
3. CAB
4. Linework NW
5. FIBD

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Michael Dooley

1. San Diego Comic Fest
2. L.A. Zine Fest
3. Long Beach Comic Expo *
4. EC Fan Addict Convention
5. Angouleme International Comics Festival


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Sean Kleefeld

1. CAKE
2. TCAF
3. CXC
4. Roger Price's Pre-Wizard Mid-Ohio-Con
5. Angoulême

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Trevor Ashfield

1. SaskExpo - Saskatoon, SK
2. SaskExpo - Regina, SK
3. Manitoba Comics Con - Winnipeg, MB
4. Regina Comics Fair - Regina, SK
5. Toronto Comics Arts Festival - Toronto ON

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Stephen Harrick

1. A2CAF
2. Superman Celebration
3. Genghis Con
4. Cincinnati ComiCon
5. CCI

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Buzz Dixon

1. WonderCon
2. SDCF
3. WorldCon
4. Atlanta Fantasy Fair
5. Comiket

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July 13, 2019


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Bob Andelman Interviews The Late Batton Lash, 2015


Cartoonist Kayfabe Commentary on Sandman #1


HeroesCon 2019 Panel: Forsman, Fiffe, Rugg, Piskor
 
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Go, Look: Mariana Pita

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

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If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

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August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

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Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Frank Miller's Famous Detective Pin-Up

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Happy 77th Birthday, Tom Palmer!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Ernie Colon!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Paul Karasik!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Mike Ploog!

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July 12, 2019


OTBP: Disorder

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Cartoon Crossroads Columbus Announces Special Guest List And Programming Themes For 2019 Festival

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As many of you know, one of my jobs is that I am currently the Executive Director For Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio that runs a four-day comics and animation festival in the Fall. This year will be our fifth show.

I believe we are unique in that the exact dates of the show depends first on when our college football team is out of town, and the second and third criteria rest on what weekends are being used by convention juggernauts Small Press Expo and New York Comic-Con. I am sure this landscape will evolve over the next few years because festivals and conventions is still an area for growth in an industry that looks to be heading into a cycle without a lot of such areas. But for now if we're not at peak conventions/festivals we are near that apex.

Today is a travel day for me headed to another show, Comic-Con International in San Diego. So with me tucked on a plane, I hope you don't mind my taking a gigantic, self-absorbed digression with the space provided here to talk about this year's CXC show. Last month we held our local launch party including announcements of our 2019 dates, our initial round of guests, and some of the themes. Here's my blog post about those announcements.

CXC 2019 is September 26-29, with affiliated events a possibility each day from September 23-25 and definitely one on the 25th.

imageWe will kick off the weekend on the evening of September 25th with animator and cartoonist Jay Stephens in a conversation about his work with CXC board member and very skilled cartoonist in his own right Rafael Rosado. CR is sponsoring that event. I am a huge Jay Stephens fan in whatever media he choose to use, and have a particular fondness for his comic book work in the 1990s with Black Eye. There may be more week-of events Sunday through Wednesday as the calendar takes shape.

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On Thursday, September 26, CXC moves its show to the Ohio State University campus in and around the glorious Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. There are two exhibits at the Billy CXC 2019 weekend: Drawing Blood: Comics And Medicine, about that growing area of interest for practitioners of the medium, and Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists And The First Amendment, co-curated by absolute heavy-hitters BILCM founding curator Lucy Caswell in partnership with Ann Telnaes, the Pulitzer-winning and Reuben-winning cartoonist, the person I think is the political cartoonist of the current day.

imageTelnaes is part a strong Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) contingent that are having their yearly convention in Columbus during the show and will appear on the Expo floor and in programming and events throughout. We are so happy to have them and their important work during a time of transitional change and raised stakes for that entire, honorable profession. One highlight will be a dual CXC/AAEC programming track on Saturday at CXC's Expo in the CML Main Library's beautiful Carnegie Room which will really dig into the state of that cartooning tradition and its current challenges, but they will have a presence at nearly every event. CXC is contributing to their number by having as a special guest Matt Bors of The Nib. Recent news suggests we will have a lot to talk about with Matt and some other Nib cartoonists in attendance as exhibitors.

We will also welcome back our sister-show of the last half-decade for 2019. SOL-CON is a Latinx and African-American devoted show that has combined events with us since 2015 while also running excellent panels, presentations and educational events of their own. This year they'll be adding an academic symposium on Wednesday and emphasizing a Thursday event featuring a pairing of two more CXC 2019 special guests: the great veteran alt-comics cartoonist Ho Che Anderson and rising superstar comics-maker and animator Ezra Claytan Daniels.

Thursday is also the day CXC features animation at the Film/Video theater at the Wexner Center For The Arts. The afternoon screening will be a selection of curated and historically significant British cartoons. At night Ezra Claytan Daniels will take the stage and present with partner and Special Guest Adebukola Bodunrin for a selection of their beautiful and afrofuturism-informed animation collaborations. That work is stunning and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen and hearing them talk about it. SOL-CON's on-campus reception is that evening as well. Welcome to Columbus, everyone.

CXC's Friday is traditionally one of our stronger days, as we transition from our campus setting of Thursday and Friday and into our downtown Expo events. SOL-CON runs their educational programming: Columbus school kids interacting with SOL CON artists, while the Billy Ireland runs tours of its amazing facilities, presents an extra round of art selected by special guests for view in its reading room, and runs presentations by guests on issues peer-to-peer concerns. This year will feature artists from the Billy's Graphic Medicine exhibit in the morning and then a screening of Mr. Fish: Cartooning From The Deep End in the early afternoon.

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Friday accelerates in the later afternoon, as we stay at the Film/Video theater at the Wexner Center for our Keynote presentation. The Keynote encapsulates our aspirations for this year's festival through a smart, engaged look at formidable artist that embodies the best in the art form. This year, CXC presents Mike Mignola, a once-in-a-generation talent as a designer, illustrator and comics creator through Hellboy and related projects, in conversation with our co-founder and Artistic Director, Jeff Smith, a not unimpressive monster-maker of his own. A signing will follow, as the show proper transitions to its traditional Billy Ireland reception, where at least one award will be given out in addition to the good times being had as all of our various groups meet under one roof. It's a great time to catch up on those exhibits if you haven't seen it yet.

Following the reception and across from the Billy on Friday evening, in the hallowed Mershon Auditorium, CXC is proud to present our Friday Main Event: a presentation and subsequent signing by Dav Pilkey. Pilkey's had one of the most successful careers in recent comics history, and his vibrant work on multiple series, including Captain Underpants and Dog Man, have defined in a major way the groundbreaking return of comics to all ages work from major national publishers. I am extremely interested in meeting and hearing from the cartoonist, and I no doubt share that feeling with a huge audience of young people and people that grew up as young people with the earlier Pilkey comics.

On Saturday, we move downtown and open the 2019 CXC Expo, a more traditional tables and panels show at our beautiful main library facility downtown. There is a curated show of comics-makers of about 120-130 people on hand. This year that will include a healthy AAEC and full SOL-Con contingent with tables and panels, but also full tracks of programming from LGBTQ creators and about attendant interests for that part of our community, and daily full tracks related to all-ages comics including more hands-on activities for the next genearation of cartoon makers.

On Sunday, CMA/CCAD residency winner Ivy Atoms will interview with Carta Monir at the Columbus Museum of Art at 11 AM. Atoms' exhibit will be up that morning, a free day at the library. That work should be fascinating in a museum context, and I look forward to that interview.

This is the main thrust of the special guests part of our show, the esteemed cartoonists who will exhibit at the EXPO but also be the main thrust of the programming held in and around the library. We will be very proud to add to our line-up over the weekend this staggering array of talent:

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* Natasha Alterici (courtesy of Laughing Ogre) [image above]
* Robb Armstrong (courtesy of GoComics)
* Mary Fleener
* Jaime Hernandez
* Hellen Jo
* Patrick McDonnell
* Terry Moore
* Nate Powell
* P. Craig Russell

I couldn't be happier nor more humbled by this group, the heart of CXC 2019. Programming details to come.

At this writing, we also expect a weekend presence for all of the guests from the Thursday and Friday events listed above save for Mr. Pilkey, who is Friday-only and Jay Stephens, who is here Wednesday through Friday. Ms. Budonrin is an animation-only guest but she is invited to stay for any day she wants. Information guest to guest as to panels, tables, signings will appear well before September as we move into our Expo programming phase.

All events and guests are subject to change, of course. Part of that we'll do on purpose. We hope to add four or so additional guests and there will be a few featured guests in our number worth noting as we get closer to the show. For instance, I'm hoping Kevin Huizenga will stop by the Expo in support of his massive Ganges book, The River At Night; and I hope our old pal Frank Santoro will make a similar, drop-in appearance on behalf of Pittsburgh.

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I'm happy with this very deeply talented group. The skill level and star power is staggering. Another thing I like about it is that we have a variety of expressions represented, but also that we seemed to have lucked out with some wonderful visually-oriented artists and cartoon maker. We also have significant career milestones this year for McDonnell (a 25th anniversary) and Moore (a wrap-up series connecting a bunch of his books), both still at the top of their creative game. Throw in some of our regular guests like Comics Workbook, Fantagraphics, Jeff Smith and Cartoon Books, and that should be quite the room. We will give out our Emerging Talent Prize, a yearly highlight sponsored by Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer, on Saturday mid-afternoon, right on the show floor. Last year's Emerging Talent winner Keren Katz will be there and provided art for this year's poster, which I love.

I hope that you'll consider coming. There's an event here for you. Our motto is that everybody leaves with something, whether that's comics, or art, or some sort of insight into the creative process, or information about how to protect yourself as a creator, or maybe just an excellent lunch at Ray Rays Hog Pit. (It's a great guest list, but don't sleep on Ray Rays.) Fun is a big part of comics festivals and conventions. Events like this can be fun as well as useful.

Comics culture has a lot of great shows now and more coming all the time. I hope you'll consider making ours a part of your year.

Thanks for past, present and future contributions to all our partners here in Columbus: our donors, our exhibiting guests, our special guests and our regular attendees. We hope to give you the best weekend we can, and we're proud to be in this growing class of events that strengthen our community and work on behalf of our artists.

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To Contact CXC and for Additional Information:


@cxcfestival
http://www.facebook.com/cartooncrosssroadscolumbus
http://www.cartooncrossroadscolumbus.com

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Finally, here are jpegs from a local-use document we've had around for vendors and press and potential donors.

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Go, Look: Miss Jaws

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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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MAY190040 BAD WEEKEND HC (MR) $16.99
You could argue from the last few comics of which this two-issue story was the highlight, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the most vital creative team of this moment in comics. I had some dread about the Criminal creators doing a comics story, but I thought this was a bit lighter than I figured, and that was the right tone. As you might expect there are real cartoonist people and then a bunch of approximates. The comics creator lead is primarily Gil Kane in my opinion, but you can see other geniuses in there, too. I had fun.

MAR191273 STEVEN UNIVERSE ALL-IN-ONE ED HC $74.99
That is a lot of feels.

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MAY190058 CRIMINAL #6 (MR) $3.99
MAY198155 DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 (OF 12) 2ND PTG $4.99
APR191367 ZORRO MASTERS ALEX TOTH #1 MAIN CVR TOTH $3.99
You know, I don't think I've read Blubber although I know that this is weird out-there sex and violence stuff from a cartoonist who has worked similar ground in the past. The single issue of Criminal continues its fairly straight-forward serial story. Doomsday Clock has turned out to be a very, very odd comic book, and not a good one in any way I tend to recognize. I am, however, dying to see how it ends. And since it's summer, I'll recommend Toth doing Zorro. There's a limited edition that costs more money, so keep an eye out in case you prefer that presentation.

MAY190665 KITCHEN TABLE MAGAZINE $9.99
This is I think the comic-shop debut of Brett Warnock's food magazine and by now you know if you have to have it or you're confused. I remember liking it just fine, and I also remember it did get some regional penetration into food-related outlets. I'm fond of Brett; I hope he pursues whatever he would like.

MAY192005 DON HECK WORK OF ART HC NEW ED $14.99
I like that books like this exist, because I'm not sure every name artist of the 20th Century has done work that would be flattered by an elaborate treatment of those pages. I'd certainly take a peek.

MAY192004 WILL EISNER SPIRITED LIFE HC NEW PTG $19.99
This is the latest version of the Andelman book, which in its first-edition form I drove some attention its way. I don't know how much this has changed since then, or how much some of the other treatments of Eisner's life may have changed this particular book's context.

MAY191996 UPTON SINCLAIR THE JUNGLE GN $24.99
This latest version of what seems to me a project full of challenges comes from Kristina Gehrmann. I would pick it up and look it over until my retailer yelled at me.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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*****

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

*****

August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

*****

Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: IBIS #3

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on BTTM FDRS.

* I forgot to link to Mark Evanier's second essay on MAD, which features plenty of gut-punches for DC Comics generally and kind of a soft touch when it comes to MAD during its last several years in New York and this Los Angeles run. This link post won't roll out for a few days as I write this, but at the time I did type this MAD is all my friends have talked about for days.

* pop culture analyst Rob Salkowitz points out how AT&T's debt position may have an effect on how assets like MAD are handled.

* finally: attention paid Milton Glaser isn't comics, but it seems worth it for comics people to have some idea as to the designer's contributions to visual culture.
 
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Happy 36th Birthday, Meghan Turbitt!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Jon Vermilyea!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Mario Candelaria!

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July 11, 2019


Go, Look: Les Réparateurs

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* I hope that the group that did Portland Indie Con end of June finds it within themselves to do a show next year despite reports that attendance was not overwhelming (and of course some have disputed the reports, or cited first-year realities, both of which elements of show planning I know intimately!) It's tough right now in comics and we're past the point of ascendancy in terms of comics shows and well into saturation. I hold out hope, though, in that Portland is an amazing city that has an alt-art community presence that matches its alt-indie community presence and it would be wonderful to settle into one of its neighborhoods for the weekend. It's tough, though.

* looks like FIBD is starting to post its major expos for 2020. I'm not sure how this stuff gets posted on the site, and Angouleme has some designations I can't tell apart, so you might poke around on the Facebook presence as a precursor.

* I'll be a moderating a panel on Friday at Comic-Con: Jimmy Olsen, with a focus on the Kirby years. Kurt Busiek, Paul Levitz, Seth and Gilbert Hernandez are all championship-class talkers, and Jimmy Olsen has had tow significant great-chraracter runs, including the one on which we're focusing.

* finally: Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg talk about their comics finds at Heroes Con 2019. Heroes is one of the great back-issue cons that we have, or at least that's been my experience of it. Let Jim and Ed have the final word!
 
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If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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*****

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

*****

August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

*****

Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Walter Simonson Art From Michael Moorcock's Multiverse

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Robert Kirby on Motel Universe. Fred McNamara on Visiting. Paul O'Brien on Wolverine: Infinity Watch.

* it took me a few days to get here, but I have talked to a handful of DM retailers in casual (and I'm going to make it non-attributive) fashion about losing the Walking Dead comic just as places where people go to buy that series, as an element of the various things their stores offered. What I heard was that while the book wasn't a sensation best-seller as it had been, it still was a noteworthy book for all but one of the folks to whom I spoke, and losing a solid book without a natural replacement -- "you really need to start reading XYZ now" -- is never a welcome thing, especially in an industry with traditionally thin sales margins. That makes sense in that hit books are easier to stock than multiple books that reach the same sales numbers.

* happy 12th to Todd Klein's blog.

* I don't know if this is Tucker Stone from TCJ or not, but I pulled this out because I think that what the political cartooning controversies of late say about national character has been way more interesting than an historical point about a fading profession.

* finally, assembled extra: David Harper is relaunching his SKETCHD site, and is offering up subscription plans.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Dirk Deppey!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Mark Zingarelli!

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July 10, 2019


Go, Look: Agate Lielpetere

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Go, Look: Zane Zlemesa

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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*****

July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

*****

August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

*****

Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Olaf

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* RL Stine and Tim Allen is as eclectic a pairing of text-piece accompaniments as I've ever seen for a single comics work.

* hey, the Spirit Of Retailing nominees are out. I really like that the program exists, even though it's a long stretch at the Eisners and I can't help making those jokes. I like that there's an element of improving the stores in a deep systemic way by making them go through the process. I think I've been to the Burbank store but there are stores in Burbank that more directly meet my comics-while-visiting-family needs. The one from Juneau I think does that cool-sounding mini-con up there.

* Mike Peterson looks at recent Trump-related editorial cartoons and suggests maybe the field should dig in rather than endorse the notion of its own decline.

* finally, some not comics: they are certainly smartly rolling out the drips and drabs of new footage from that not-great Justice League film from a couple of years back, effective in making a certain kind of fan desire to see more. For me, though, it just means add-ons that look like more horrible stuff from a film of mostly horrible stuff. More isn't necessarily better, and I suspect that there's some weird specific-cultural stuff in venerating a hoped-for version of a film about the Super Friends that's super-macho and unpleasant.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Simone Bianchi!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Sandra Chang-Adair!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Ben T. Steckler!

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July 9, 2019


Go, Look: Jason Herr

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* alt-comics icon Richard Sala reveals his cover to the 2020 book Poison Flowers And Pandemonium.

* this lengthy funding proposal for Domino Books also serves as an announcement of the publishing/distribution season covered by the crowd-funder.

* ditto this Eye Of Mongombo comeback, which the cartoonist promises me will be released one way or the other.

* the Minnesota-based non-profit Green Card Voice is seeking artist submissions; artists will be paid $100 a page, although what that entails and what is pertinent beyond that figure wasn't announce but one assumes will come further in the process.

* Bruce Worden announces My Little Book Of Sex Euphemisms for CXC Expo 2019, September 28-29. Go to table #1. He's the only person I know where they are, because my memory is dim.

* finally: Boom announces a graphic novel from the Heavy Vinyl series for 2020.
 
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Go, Look: Martins Zutis

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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*****

July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

*****

August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

*****

Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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OTBP: Let's Make Ramen!

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* by request extra: midwest small press fixture Max Ink could use a helping hand.

image* Sean Gaffney on The Asterisk War: Conquering Dragons and Knights. Dan Schindel on BTTM FDRS. Paul O'Brien on X-Men: Grand Design -- Xtinction. Andy Oliver on Desolation: Wilderness.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco looks at a month of comics promised/yet to come.

* there's a super-fun, stuffed-with-art article here by the formidable Mark Newgarden about Ernie Bushmiller's "How To Housebreak Your Dog" cartoon. Settle in for that one.

* veteran industry observer Johanna Draper Carlson takes a look at Vertigo shutting it down, emphasizing one of Brian Hibbs' arguments that you can see the move in terms of how companies approach cross-media rights.

* finally: Henry Chamberlain talks to Jason Leivian.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Rebecca Sugar!

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July 8, 2019


Go, Look: The Best Year Of My New York City Moviegoing

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Doug Gray quietly announced a kickstarter for legendarily unfinished project The Eye Of Mongombo. I would love to see that happen, and so would a bunch of us my age. I just kind of like it when a project comes back, too. You don't see a lot of projects working the indie/alt influenced sphere of well-crafted genre projects, and there was a time that was a dominant part of comics. Here's a first chapter.

* the community did a fine job helping Dustin Harbin and his smashed face, but $17K is still a rough burden to carry. I'd like to see what money Dustin has left going towards a secure future. I'd give him the money myself if I had it.

* as we enter an era where we might be asked to more frequently make direct payment on behalf of projects we find useful admirable, remember the The Nib was cut loose from its business partner about ten days ago and could use as much fortification via subscription as the audience can muster.

* industry veteran Larry Shell could use the help of other industry veterans getting him to a point where he can do munch needed repairs in order to keep his house and make it livable while doing so. I know these kinds of asks can be tough, which is why I would hope his direct peer group would do the bulk of the giving.

* here's another laudable ask, from the longtime publisher Domino Books. They've been doing a lot of publishing scraping every last dollar together themselves for years now, and this initial ask is still super-modest. Also, that's a publisher with a very strong aesthetic identity. Please check them out.
 
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Go, Look: Kikuchi Hironori

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2019

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*****

July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Blerd City Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Atlanta Comic Con)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

July 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (CSS)

*****

August 2
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 4
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 16
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 17
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 18
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Silicon Valley, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Michigan Comic Convention)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

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Events For September 2019 Onward Listed Here

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OTBP: Trance 'N Dance (Ley Lines #19)

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Waves.

* not comics: this article about the potential inability for small newspapers to be saved under any proposed scenario including the most recent ones is brutal. Last one to release their article for print turn out the lights, please. If that model is gone things could accelerate in print media fairly quickly, with all sorts of results for comics, none of them good.

* I have yet to read Brian Hibbs' analysis of Bookscan numbers more than once this year, so I wanted to make a note of it so I might be reminded to return to this year's version of the annual article. All hail our benign comics overlords at Scholastic.

* I only now just saw word of this event at the Strand featuring KE #10; I hope people went to see it and availed themselves of the new volume.

* finally, a bit of Festivals Extra: Katie O'Neill is going on tour.
 
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Happy 56th Birthday, Whilce Portacio!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Stan Woch!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Dominique Goblet!

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July 7, 2019


Go, Look: Nick Cagnetti

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Go, Look: Diana H. Chu

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

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

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

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Happy 67th Birthday, Rick Hoberg!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Noah Van Sciver!

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FFF Results Post #524 -- Saturday Recommendations

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Older Comics Or Specific Groups Of Older Comics You'd Recommend For A Saturday Just Reading Comics." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. The Flaming Carrot, Bob Burden (A-V, Renegade, Dark Horse, Image)
2. Little Orphan Annie, Harold Gray (LOAC)
3. The Replacement God, Zander Cannon (Amaze Ink)
4. Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai (Fantagraphics, Mirage, Dark Horse, IDW)
5. The Land Of Nod, Jay Stephens (Black Eye)

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William Burns

* Steve Gerber Howard the Duck
* Steve Gerber Defenders
* Hellboy
* Dykes To Watch Out For
* The first box set of the Fantagraphics collected Peanuts

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Joe Schwind

1. HA HA Comics (ACG)
2. Dell Giants (Dell)
3. Young Lust (Company & Sons. Print Mint. Last Gasp)
4. Arcade The Comics Revue (Print Mint)
5. Guindon collections (various)

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Dave Knott

* MAD Magazine
* Thimble Theatre featuring Popeye
* Tintin
* Yummy Fur
* Akira

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Jeff Hayes

1. Tom Strong (America's Best Comics)
2. Daredevil Volume 1 by Miller and Janson (Marvel)
3. Usagi Yojimbo by Sakai (Fantagraphics)
4. Eightball by Clowes (Fantagraphics)
5. Camelot 3000 by Barr and Boland (DC Comics)

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Mark Brodersen

1. Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman
2. Milk & Cheese
3. Scalped
4. Prison Pit
5. Ex Machina

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Bruce Canwell

1. The Spirit 1947-48, Will Eisner (DC, Kitchen Sink Press, Warren)
2. Little Lulu, John Stanley/Irving Tripp (Dark Horse, Drawn & Quarterly)
3. Fantastic Four # 44 - 60, Jack Kirby/Stan Lee/Joe Sinnott (Marvel)
4. Peanuts, Charles Schulz (Fantagraphics)
5. Hellboy, Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)

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Matthew Guest

1. Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun (Fawcett)
2. Groo the Wanderer (PC, Eclipse, Epic, Image, Dark Horse)
3. Kamandi The Last Boy on Earth( DC)
4. Mad Magazine (EC)
5. Tarzan (Dell, Gold Key, DC, Marvel)

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John Vest

1. Reid Fleming, David Boswell (Eclipse, Deep Sea)
2. Border Worlds, Don Simpson (Kitchen Sink, Dover)
3. Small Favors, Colleen Coover, (Eros, Limerence Press)
4. Strange Growths, Jenny Zervakis (Spit and a Half)
5. Los Tejanos, Jaxon (Last Gasp, Fantagraphics)

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Nick Lane

1. Mickey Mouse by Floyd Gottfreidson
2. Uncle Scrooge or any of the Duck comics by Carl Barks
3. Bone by Jeff Smith
4. Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa
5. Justice League by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis, And Kevin McGuire

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Allan Rosenberg

1- The Transmutation of Ike Garuda - Elaine Lee & Jim Sherman (Epic)
2- Batman: Strange Apparitions - Steve Englehart & Marshall Rogers (DC)
3- Corto Maltese - Hugo Pratt (Euro Comics)
4- Love Bunglers - Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
5- Frank - Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)

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Erik Missio

1. Stray Bullets, Dave Lapham (El Capitan, Image)
2. Kamandi, Jack Kirby (DC Comics)
3. Corto Maltese, Hugo Pratt (IDW/Eurocomics)
4. Locas, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
5. Fox Trot, Bill Amend (Andrews McMeel)

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Michael Neno

1. Paul Pope's THB
2. A big ol' stack of Sad Sacks
3. Trevor Von Eeden's Thriller
4. Norman Maurer's The Little Stooges
5. Doll Man comics

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Tucker Stone

1. Blammo, Noah Van Sciver (Kilgore)
2. Dork, Evan Dorkin (Slave Labor)
3. Nana, Ai Yazawa (Viz)
4. Scary Book, Kazuo Umezu (Dark Horse)
5. Domu, Katsuhiro Otomo (Dark Horse)

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Jamie Coville

1. Concrete, Paul Chadwick (Dark Horse)
2. Finder, Carla Speed McNeil (Light Speed Press)
3. Hate, Peter Bagge (Fantagraphics)
4. Ms. Tree, Max Allan Collins & Terry Beatty (Eclipse)
5. Justice League International, Giffen, DeMatteis, Maguire, etc... (DC Comics)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Man-Thing, Steve Gerber (Marvel)
2. The Spectre, Jerry Siegel (DC)
3. Dakota North, Martha Thomases (Marvel)
4. Ms. Tree, Max Allan Collins (Eclipse, Renegade Press, Aardvark-Vanaheim)
5. Torchy Brown, Jackie Ormes (Pittsburgh Courier, The Chicago Defender)

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Buzz Dixon

1. Kona, Monarch Of Monster Isle, Sam Glanzman (Dell)
2. Planet Hulk, Greg Pak (Marvel)
3. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Omnibus, Gilbert Sheldon (Fanfare)
4. The Big Book Of Barry Ween, Judd Winick (Omni)
5. Nick Fury, Agent Of SHIELD, Jim Steranko (Marvel)

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Rob Salkowitz

* Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson, preferably in the original 100-page Detective Comics they first appeared in
* The "Headmen" run of The Defenders by Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema (I think #22-30?)
* A stack of Spirit magazines from Warren, complete with monster movie ads in back
* Doctor Strange #1-5 by Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner
* The Airtight Garage by Moebius

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Danny Ceballos

1. The Fun House, Lynda Barry (Perennial Library, Harper & Row)
2. Miss Fury, Tarpé Mills (Bell Syndicate)
3. Kings in Disguise, Jim Vance, Dan Burr (Kitchen Sink)
4. Sandman #41-49, Neil Gaiman, Jill Thompson (Vertigo)
5. Kramers Ergot 4, edited by Sammy Harkham (Avodah Books, Gingko Press, Buenaventura Press)

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Antranik Tchalekian

* Alien Legion - Carl Potts, Alan Zelenetz, Frank Cirocco, Chuck Dixon and Larry Stroman (Epic)
* Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe - various (Marvel)
* Justice League/International (1987 series) - Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire (DC)
* Bloom County - Berke Breathed (syndicated/Little Brown & Co.)
* Power Pack - Louise Simonson and June Brigman (Marvel)

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Chris Duffy

1. Down the Street by Lynda Barry (Harper Collins)
2. Dr. Spektor by Don Glut and Jesse Santos (Gold Key)
3. Howard the Duck by Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, and others (Marvel)
4. I Love Led Zeppelin by Ellen Forney (Fantagraphics)
5. Odds Off by Matt Madden (Highwater)

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Douglas Wolk

1. Mars, Mark Hempel & Marc Wheatley (First)
2. Kliban in a Box, B. Kliban (Workman)
3. Master of Kung Fu #103-120, Doug Moench & Gene Day (Marvel)
4. Third World War, Pat Mills & Carlos Ezquerra (Fleetway)
5. Bunny Vs. Monkey, Jamie Smart (Scholastic)

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Austin English

1. Charles Addams collections
2. Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed
3. Raisin Pie by Ariel Bordeaux and Rick Altergott
4. King Aroo by Jack Kent
5. Girl Hero by Megan Kelso

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Andrew Mansell

1. The Spirit: Will Eisner (Kitchen Sink)
2. Groo: Sergio and ME (Epic, Image, Dark Horse)
3. Master of Kung Fu: Moench, Zeck and Day (Marvel)
4. Astro City: Busiek, Anderson (Image, Homage, Wildstorm, Vertigo)
5. King Aroo, Jack Kent (IDW)

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July 6, 2019


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Cartoon & Comics Documentary


Mort Drucker And John Reiner


An Unstoppable Force: The Story Of Cartoonist Jackie Ormes


Drawing With Cartoonist Nicole Georges
 
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By Request Extra: Longtime Industry Veteran Larry In Danger Of Losing His Home

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I don't know Larry personally, but I know several comics folks from his generation fond of him and worried about his situation. This is definitely intended to alert this people as well as the community in general. It seems like a modest ask given what he's facing.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Happy 69th Birthday, John Byrne!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Christy Marx!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Katherine Collins!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Joe Zabel!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Andrew Fulton!

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July 5, 2019


Go, Look: Autism Isn't To Blame For Bad Behavior

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Assembled Extra: The Beat Offers A Redesign

You can see it for yourself.

I think this makes CR the standard-bearer for the oldest design on the comics-commentary map and all that goes with that; I'm still running Expression Engine 1.0. I'm sure there will be a global incident of some sort that will force me into reconsidering this strategy, but maybe not until then.

If I'm understanding the thinking, I guess the redesign sorts the article on a basis that's not just chronological order, and that this kind of sorting is common now although it's a still a popular option. I have no idea -- I know that not getting a straight sort on the google searches without tweaking them can be annoying, but sites seem to benefit by weighted roll-outs: keep your MAD Magazine article up top until interest fades rather than just newer articles showing up.

The reason to do a redesign these days isn't for the site interface, anyway. It's for the phones, of course. I'm sure this new design works fantastically -- or at least functionally -- for that purpose. My own 15-year is coming up this October -- CR launched the day Christopher Reeve died -- but my problems are content not delivery or design. Well, the bigger problems, anyway.
 
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If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Listen: John Siuntres Talks To Karl Kesel

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Howard Chaykin responds to those responding to him on Alex Toth. I have a strong hope that he and Gary Groth will talk for print in the next few issues of the revived TCJ, kind of a "Sons Of Gil Kane" thing. Chaykin's career has continued to be one that can make for interesting discussion, too.

* what Mike Thompson reads.

* visions of '90s alt-comics: Speedy Ortiz is filmed at Quimby's last Sunday.

* Gary Tyrrell on Island Book.

* Great to hear that BN Duncan's papers have been processed by the good folks at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Duncan made a lot of interesting art, wholly his own.

* DD Degg profiles Nathan Archer.

* finally: here's a group of classic comic strip artists appearing on one of the network TV game shows. I'm terrible at game show names, so don't ask me.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Steven Goldman!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Bill Watterson!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chris Butcher!

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By Request Extra: The Nib Selling Memberships For New Ownership, Publishing Situation

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July 4, 2019


Happy July 4th From Easel Monster

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Happy Fourth Of July To All The CR Readers!

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Go, Look: Brian Heater Talks To Edie Fake

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Go, Look: My Prince

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

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Happy 22nd Anniversary, Fanfare/Ponent Mon!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Leon Avelino!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Kazimir Strzepek!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Chip Sansom!

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A Note Or Two On The MAD Magazine Situation

imageWell, the story of MAD Magazine ceasing current publication has broken wide, with the usual caveats and spinning coming to the forefront. One thread offered up is that MAD isn't really ceasing publication because they'll be doing issues with reprints and new covers. I get not wanting to draw attention to the fact that a gigantic cultural icon slipped into a coma on your watch, but I think these things are better handled straight on. There were a ton of structural and cultural factors involved in trying to make successful an iconic publishing property. At the same time, I think we'd be better off considering the possibility that this most recent iteration of the magazine may not have been a surpassingly powerful effort. As far as I can tell, an engine of idea-generation at MAD's level put one cartoon/concept into the public eye its entire recent publication run; that's not a great record.

I'm actually more worried about the implications of the Vertigo brand re-sort, because that set of properties at least seemed to be doing the kind show generation that they wanted all of their books to be doing, and despite doing so they still changed things around. We live in interesting times, obviously, but there's interesting and there's depressing and I'm not sure of the ratios here. Not yet.
 
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July 3, 2019


Sources Including Contributors Indicate MAD Is Shutting Down; Recent Senior Editor Let Go

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Tweets from staff and contributors, at least one e-mailed letter that went out last week to related personnel and one that went out today to contributors, and the departure of the current Senior Editor all seem to indicate that MAD is done. This story has come together in strange fashion, so in this age of spin I wonder after any subsequent permutations. The core seems solid at this hour, though. The version that came with my pair of original sources last week indicate a full shutdown and a working through of inventory to help satisfy subscription obligations.

This is a huge story in terms of cultural impact, the direction of modern media, the history of comics and the history of satire. MAD is the modern trunk from which all the branches of modern humorous satire reach towards the sky. It is a top five all-time comic. Its staff and contributor pool -- skilled enough it had its own nickname -- has included a half-dozen of the top 25 all-time American cartoonists, including a few competitors for #1: Kurtzman, Davis and perhaps as dark horses a pair of uniquely exquisite craftsmen: Aragones and Wood.

It can be argued that MAD, by challenging the advertising age and its constant lying to people for profit, was the most important comic ever published. That it may owe any future iteration to its value as a money-making brand in other set of strategies is little consolation. I'm also sorry for the gigs lost and jobs departed. It's been a hell of a summer.
 
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OTBP: The Calvin & Hobbes Book No One Remembers

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The great Jenny Robb reminds us of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum's book Exploring Calvin & Hobbes, the catalog to their great exhibit a couple of years back. That's a good enough book for a one-volume treatment of the great strip just on the look of it and the comics selected, but it also contains a massive Watterson interview with Robb, and Watterson did so few interviews and really only maybe 1-2 -- arguably, even that there are that many -- of this type. Everyone should want one.
 
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Go, Look: Jana Brike

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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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APR191713 KRAMERS ERGOT GN VOL 10 (RES) (MR) $34.99
I don't know that anyone's pushed KE off the top of the hill -- I'm not up on everything, but nothing springs to mind having done this -- and I've liked every issue since volume four, even the ones that baffled some of its core audience. I know nothing about the contents, but Harkham has won my allegiance a dozen times over in a way I don't have to know a thing. That is some amazing August summer reading to come.

imageMAR190280 HELLBOY HC 25 YEARS OF COVERS $34.99
I don't have much in the way of analysis of a big book of covers from Mike Mignola and company, except to suggest that the design constraints required of something with that specific purpose almost always has a positive effect on how the images are presented. So here's to eating the icing and saving the cake for another day.

APR198094 WALKING DEAD #192 SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE ED $3.99
MAY190111 WALKING DEAD #193 (MR) $3.99
Longtime bestseller and mega-successful TV show instigating property The Walking Dead apparently ends today with an epilogue-style #193 after some chicanery to keep it a secret until last night. I wish those creators luck. That comic had a number of virtues, and I've had good experiences with the professionals involved at various stages of its success. This feels like another blow for a) Direct Market retailers, b) the most recently successful phase of comics publisher and its institutions of some cultural power.

MAY190371 LOIS LANE #1 (OF 12) $3.99
MAY191253 GIANT DAYS #52 $3.99
Comic-book comics this week. The Lois Lane is the least heralded of the Bendis And Friends takeover of approximately one-half of the Superman Family books, but Mike Perkins is solid and I think Greg Rucka has done something with that Lazarus book which made me forget some of the flourishes from early and in his career. It's a great character, too, goodness, and not just for superhero but for all the characters, period. And I always look for John Allison.

APR190054 MONSTRESS HC VOL 01 (MR) $49.99
That is going to be one solid volume of inky lines and mossy colors, and I'm interested in ingesting that story this way.

APR191258 CEREBUS TP VOL 05 JAKAS STORY REMASTERED ED $40.00
Seeing this listing was terrifying, but the description focuses on the printing and some supplementary material that also suggests a focus on presentation. I liked this comic when I was a very young man reading the serial, but I liked it less as a full-throated direction for the narrative and kind of odd, thematic coda to the aggressive boys adventure elements that had come directly before. I don't think I need a new copy, but I might pull the old one into my summer reading basket.

NOV181818 FRANK THORNES LANN LTD HC GN (MR) $29.99
The best comics t-shirt ever was the Fantagraphics Lann t-shirt, although maybe I thought that way because they never had it in my size. Thorne is one of the great older-men drawers of American comics, and I could look at this material up through the straight up porno to come later and not have any idea what's going on the ink lines are so damn silky.

MAY191468 NOCTURNALS HC VOL 01 BLACK PLANET & OTHER STORIES (O/A) $29.99
This was a popular franchise for a while -- the kind that always had a SDCC panel -- and maybe still is, I'm not sure. I'd take a look at how the art has developed since my last splash in this pool.

MAR190322 BEANWORLD OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 $24.99
Beanworld reminds me of the one-pagers by like Sheldon Mayer that used to be plopped into DC genre feature collections in the 1970s; it's great as a side dish, but I'm not sure how belly-satisfying a full meal I'd find it. Still like the look of it, too.

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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: The Dream House

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Go, Look: Black Rider Rides Again #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ingrid Bohnenkamp talks to Karen Berger.

* here's Paul Levitz with his own take on Vertigo's passing, an imprint that for him was one of the publishing career-makers on his comics resume so an opinion doubly worth knowing. I like that he's skeptical of some of the innovations in publishing fully granted that line, although I also think Love and Rockets should be in there with building the standard model: what L&R contributed is a clearly enhanced delivery system for the material in terms of its visual sophistication and thus the effort to reach a new market not just in page count and spine. In addition, when Levitz looks at the job of a brand to drive readers to new, related material, I think there's also something to be said to providing a different, more flattering context for the instigating work. I also think that in terms of the Gaiman part of the line not enough people point out the simple sales success of the Sandman serial comic in relation to an overall line -- hell, industry -- that is historically superhero-soaked. Anyway, go read that article; it's way more interesting than my half-formed thoughts from the cheap seats.

* Brian Fies on PBS Newshour tonight.

* everything I hear about this company sounds awful, and I can't help but imagine how $10M could be spent in comics that wasn't looking to make a cross-media buck and was satisfied with the returns of traditional publishing. I know I'm dreaming. It's also a pretty amazing article in that it encompasses that frank and succinct an appraisal of a previous investment failure.

* Steve Foxe on This Was Our Pact.

* finally: this will be a very fun dinner for someone.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Tom Heintjes!

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Russ Cochran!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Dan Slott!

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By Request Extra: The Nib Selling Memberships For New Ownership, Publishing Situation

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July 2, 2019


Congratulations To Robert Kirkman And His Creative Collaborators On Ending The Walking Dead

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The notion of extending the show indefinitely after the in-narrative death of its protagonist is apparently a fake-out: issue #193 is a one-issue epilogue. As the series itself was created with the notion that there was an effect to be had by suggesting a zombie story that would never end, so is the ending an exploration of the idea of a sudden ending.

I think the success of Walking Dead as a television show made it difficult to see many of its comic book virtues: consistent craft, a willingness to play out plot scenarios at their own pace, and the overriding notion that nearly all of the damage caused by any apocalyptic scenario would be done individual to individual. I'll miss getting to read it every month, but I'd also like to do a close read in terms of its thematic work. There's a really uncomfortable notion that flared up from time to time that the primary survivor's group ability to keep going was tied into its core violence and effectiveness as murderers, and I'd like to see if that feels like a real thing at some point where I get to reflect.

This has to be a bummer for DM shops where this was a longtime solid-seller. It's hard not to see the times as discouraging for core exchanges in a lot of areas -- everything except all-ages work sold in book form, maybe, looks down, and we're losing significant cultural signifier of the high end of the cycle through which we most recently moved. I hope that everyone makes it through all right.
 
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Go, Look: Sim Mau

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Go, Read: The End Times Of the Political Cartoon

There's a nice summary article from Jack Shafer about the turmoil within the political cartooning world here, although note that things are so bad that this seems like a terrifying and complete blow-by-blow and the New York Times international section scouring doesn't seem to have made the article.

A couple of things that popped into my head: the De Adder separation from his gigs is scary because we're not going to get a straight answer about these things anymore, as few battles as there are left to fight. It's not one cartoon that's important with that one, it's the period of self-censorship that came beforehand and the fact that even avoiding certain topics those with economic interests that could be at risk weren't satisfied. I also think the best construction in the article is to note it's the political aspect that's leading the critical voices; people still more than able to rally around cartoons of politicians being reunited with their children in heaven. The value of political opinion itself is under fire: the stronger the opinion, the more criticized it is. I think lurking underneath all of this is that we slowly transformed into a society where political opinion has no basic operating functionality -- to make it or receive it, even as comic relief.
 
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Chicago Comics Receives $2500 Or So In Damage From Violence On The Street Coming In The Store

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I'm sure at the heart of this someone did something awful, but what a weird way to respond in the moment and what a weird thing to just be something that happened in the world. Chicago Comics is one of the core institutions in the entire Direct Market portion of the comics world, so if you have the privilege of it being your comics shop, or if you're nearby, maybe drop an extra dollar or two next time you're in. I just read the Glynnis Fawkes book above; it's good, maybe buy a copy of that. Or something from the eBay listings.
 
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Go, Listen: John Siuntres Checks In With Brian Bendis

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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Tom Spurgeon

* no Vertigo but a new micro-line for Joe Hill. I don't really understand any of these moves in relation to other moves, but okay; Hill has a comics track record, even.

* top of page: a new comic book by Kelly Froh! Looks promising.

* finally: here's a piece of PR about a Kevin Sacco book coming out from SLG. Sounds good.
 
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Go, Look: Kristen Liu-Wong

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Go, Look: Plastic Man #2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ingrid Bohnenkamp talks to John Jennings. Benyamin Cohen profiles Maria Kalman. What's wrong with just being a quirky cartoonist?

* I thought this conversation between Ed Brubaker and Megan Abbott to be quite interesting, particularly as it talks about the impact working in television had had on each author's writing. Because Brubaker's most recent comics work for bookstore sale has a comics convention as its setting, there's even more about that phenomenon, how the equivalents for prose genre authors compare, and Brubaker's own fly-on-the wall experiences as a San Diego youth. This is a fine morning coffee break read. Do people still do that?

* here's a tribute to the Vertigo imprint by Tripwire, one of the publications made possible by its existence.

* finally, a significant bit of not comics: Sandman to Netflix. I thought Neil Gaiman did a nice job with that Good Omens show, so I hope he's involved or at least approves of the team involved. I would wonder after the material a bit given how much has copied it in lesser shows, at least in terms of tone. But hey, a lot of people cherish that work, so I hope it's a thrill for them. DC does a good job identifying and selling comics brought to the fore by other media. There would be a comics impact.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Daniel Nash!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Rickey Purdin!

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By Request Extra: The Nib Selling Memberships For New Ownership, Publishing Situation

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FFF Results Post #523 -- Jobbers

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Desirable Salaried Jobs From Some Point In Comics History." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Editor, MAD Magazine.
2. Editor in Chief, Marvel Comics.
3. Superman group editor.
4. Editor, The Comics Journal.
5. DC Comics Librarian.

*****

I guess no one responded? It happens. If it does, according to the rules I arbitrarily established once upon a time I get to take up to five weeks off. If you did respond, better forward that back to me. Something happened to it! Thanks to all that play.

Wait, Jamie Coville sent one in. Thanks, Jamie!

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Jamie Coville

1. Inkpot Award Decider/Giver
2. Head of TPB/Collections Department at Marvel or DC.
3. Original Art Returner.
4. DC Comics Librarian
5. Marvel Continuity Cop.

*****
*****
 
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July 1, 2019


Go, Read: Matt Bors' Official Statement On Future Of The NIB Post First Look Media

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Go, Read: Matt Bors' Official Statement On Future Of The NIB Post First Look Media

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Mordillo, RIP

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Assembled Extra: Farewell To Tim Hodler At TCJ.com

The longtime co-editor at TCJ on-line iteration announced his last day on Friday. I wish him the best of luck in everything that he wants to do with that extra time and energy, and thank him for how I and other comics fans benefited from his presence at the Journal.

I was not someone who particularly recognized the version of the magazine immediately preceding Hodler and longtime friend and professional colleague Dan Nadel moving their Comics Comics take on things to Gary Groth's big top. Hodler and Nadel and later Tucker Stone, who remains at the publication, did some things better than anyone in the Journal editorial tree: I admire greatly the seriousness with which older comics and cartoonists were engaged even as direct fun of that tendency was made. There being a place for Underground-era cartoonists to open up as members of their generation faded into obscurity and even oblivion is a valuable historical contribution I hope will be saved for posterity. Although I don't think it's the first thing younger cartoonists think of of any Journal iteration, I learned new cartoonists and read new writers there all of the time. Whatever contribution Tim made to the site's "Diary" feature earns him an extra gold star.

His has always been a fine critical voice as well.

Thanks again, Tim! And good luck to Tucker and what he has planned!
 
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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* I think it was Annie Koyama that I saw mention that Dustin Harbin is still $18K or so short of his goal in terms of having the money to fix his face. That would be an alarming amount facing Harbin if he hadn't already cleared another $55K, and there's no reason one figure will take care of the other one.

* there are still people out donating in support of Linda Medley.

* this project involves Karl Kesel. It's not a rarity for cartoonists with that kind of pedigree to show up on a crowd-funding site, but it has yet to become super-common.

* congrats on the latest issue of LAAB reaching its halfway point. I'd give Ronald all the money if I could, just to do whatever, and this one has a one-issue pedigree now.

* finally, Gahan Wilson could still use some help.
 
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Go, Look: Blue Ribbon Comics #18

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Go, Look: Planet Comics #60

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this editorial by Gary Varvel is full of practical wisdom about the recent plight of editorial cartoon step-backs, plus it name drops my old boss Harold Trulock in the first paragraph. Mr. Trulock was the kindest man with the best eyebrows and gave my favorite retirement speech ever: "I was too easy on you sons of bitches."

* as for the issue in general, what with Michael De Adder and The Nib joining the taking-a-sock-in-the-eye club, there's a billion things I can say on this subject but the first one is I've never learned of anyone saving a cultural object or something of similar value by eliminating what's unique about it. I don't think it's going to work in any of the recent cases, either. I also worry that everyone is aware of this already. Here's the latest de Adder stuff, looks like it's one of the nebulous thing that no one can say for 100 percent certainty it cause. Sure doesn't sound like De Adder had a lot of support in general. Again, let me suggest that a struggling enterprise like print journalism and print-model journalism on-line needs things that challenge, needs things that make it unique

* I have picked comic books over both children and a meaningful career. Where's my editorial?

* not comics: this CD design by Pat Moriarity sure is lovely.

* too bad a client took a pass on this cartoon in a public way, which I think a much less interesting and strident, performance-like act than firing someone -- no is hired anymore, so they can't get fired. I think people are rarely honest they'd be okay with certain strongly-constructed cartoon if their person was getting that criticism, but in this case it's hard for me at least to see that there's anything out of bounds. Strong, though.

* here's a piece on the big Hamilton museum comics exhibit for which Joe Ollmann served as co-curator. Sounds like a great survey of works. The notion of a museum exhibit playing a major role in the question of a medium's legitimacy is a very previous-generation one, when you think about it. I think comics is the best art form by several measurable, and I prefer to engage with more of that art form than any other.

* finally: a longish interview with the late Kim Thompson just popped up at one of the video sites. Still hard to believe he's not at the office somewhere, working.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Lee's Comics!

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By Request Extra: The Nib Selling Memberships For New Ownership, Publishing Situation

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