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September 17, 2019


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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up


 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Hope Larson!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Roger Stern!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Carlos Sampayo!

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September 16, 2019


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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up


 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Mike Mignola!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Seth!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Kurt Busiek!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Kip Manley!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Tom Kaczynski!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Amanda Salmons!

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September 15, 2019


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

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

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Scott Dunbier!

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Happy 50th Birthday, John Ira Thomas!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Lance Tooks!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Isaac Cates!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Salgood Sam!

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September 14, 2019


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Theater Talk With Art Spiegelman And Al Hirschfeld


Cartoonist Kayfabe On Hero Illustrated #1


Agency In-House Cartoonist Profiled


Dave Sim And Colin Upton, Together Again


Todd McFarlane And Rob Liefeld On Cartoonist Kayfabe
 
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If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Tom Dougherty!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Mary Fleener!

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September 13, 2019


Two Of The Good Ones: This Year's CXC Will Mark $37,000 To Emerging Cartoonists By Smith & Iyer

We have the press release crowing about it. Festivals can be tough -- it's been one of those weeks in that world -- but one thing I wanted to underline coming into our fifth show is the consistent action and support Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer of Cartoon Books have shown the festival's Emerging Cartoonist award.

imageNot only has $37K gone from Jeff and Vijaya into the pockets of greatly promising artists, I think the cartoonists have been really well-selected: Katie Skelly (whose win made Frank Santoro cry), Kevin Czap, Kat Fajardo and Keren Katz (that's her art in this post). I think people will be similarly delighted by this year's winner as they have by those selected by that hard-working committee in the last several years. By focusing on a significant award to a single cartoonist, Jeff & Vijaya have been able to make a real impact on those cartoonists' lives, frequently pushing them past some career fussiness to a next stage -- however that is defined. It brings attention, and it brings a very real resource. I've enjoyed getting to know each of these artists and watching their art develop, in the very modest way I get to be involved as a kind of weird, shouting man on their behalf (the show is given out on the floor of our festival).

This is Jeff and Vijaya's achievement, though, and I'd like to personally thank them for it. We're at the beginning of a potentially tough comics cycle. At these times, I take strength and solace from people doing kind things that help others. So thanks, guys, and congratulations on Year #5 getting underway in two weeks and a day. I hope the past winners continue to feel the effect of this astounding act of generosity. I hope some of you out there reading might take a second to send Jeff and Vijaya a message as well. And I hope some of my siblings in comics press might consider running with the PR.
 
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Go, Look: Jayla Patton

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2019

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September 14
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 16
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 18
* If I Were in Louisville, I'd Go To This

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

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Huntington, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

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

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)
* If I Were In North York, I'd Go To This

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)

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October 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)

October 12
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)

October 18
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 19
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 20
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 25
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)

October 26
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Nashua, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)

October 27
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)

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Events For November 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Nick Anderson At GoComics.com

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the Jan Strnad and Richard Corben kickstarter for Mutant World needs some help to make a few additional rewards tiers. I'm a great fan of Richard Corben's work, and I remember this book being sturdy and handsome.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Gary Kwapisz!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Kent Worcester!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Matt Bors!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Drew Weing!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Chuck Forsman!

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September 12, 2019


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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* SPX! SPX! SPX!

* finally, a comic show for my hometown, Muncie. I think this may be a friend's wedding weekend, but I'm thrilled to have a chance to go to my father's beloved city once a year and preach the gospel of comics. I hope they do gangbusters. One thing I immediately thought is that if they're over at the fairgrounds I can go to their excellent farmer's market before the show. Lima beans as big as your head!

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

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If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

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Happy 55th Birthday, Chip Kidd!

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September 11, 2019


Daniel Johnston, RIP

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Go, Look: Ann Uland

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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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JUL191368 DRAWING POWER WOMENS STORIES SEXUAL VIOLENCE HC $29.99
This is Diane Noomin's anthology. She is smart and highly skilled and anthologies are very, very, very difficult. I would guess that there are some extra challenges with a book like this in terms of how different the generations are in terms of general approach to drawing and the standardization of narrative solutions. Still, big desire on my part to see it.

imageMAY198986 USAGI YOJIMBO #1 2ND PTG $3.99
JUL190094 TREES THREE FATES #1 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
JUL190865 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) $4.99
JUL190868 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR $4.99
JUL190869 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) LAND CHARACTER DECADES VAR $4.99
JUL190872 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) MOLINA CONNECTING VAR $4.99
JUL190866 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) WEAVER NEW CHARACTER VAR 4.99
JUL190870 POWERS OF X #4 (OF 6) YOUNG VAR $4.99
Nice to see an issue of Usagi get into the reprint cycle. I'd be hesitant to make any sweeping characterizations as a result beyond that Stan Sakai's work has a lot of appeal even in its lion-in-winter phase. The Trees material is Warren Ellis working with Jason Howard and each man staying out of the other's way. And here's the latest X-Men comic. I've been thinking about where this material ends up, and I don't have a positive sounding answer as of yet.

MAR190991 X-MEN BY ROY THOMAS & NEAL ADAMS HC GALLERY EDITION $39.99
These were some of my favorite comics when I was a kid. The Adams work in particular had a lot of berserk energy. I'd look at this, although I've owned the original for years.

JUL192076 HILDA & MOUNTAIN KING HC GN $19.95
JUL191979 MR WOLFS CLASS GN VOL 03 LUCKY STARS $9.99
JUL191980 MR WOLFS CLASS HC GN VOL 03 LUCKY STARS $24.99
Two quality series. I like the latter more than the former but boy howdy does the Hilda stuff have a quality to it. The Wolf's Class stuff brings to mind a lot of the quiet kids comics of ten years ago.

JUL191818 ONCE UPON A TIME IN FRANCE OMNIBUS GN $29.95
This came to me from the military publisher that's doing a numb of these surprise and bizarre initial offerings.

JUL191904 FREE S$$T HC CHARLES BURNS ZINE COLLECTION $19.99
It's beautiful. I'll figure it out later on.

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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 Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The First Detective

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Go, Look: Iron Giant Concept Drawings

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* the great Gary Tyrrell on Are You Listening? I can hardly wait for the day we realize Walden has like ten books done. Like next year or something. Scott Cederlund on The Wicked + The Divine #45.

* apparently we just passed the 40th anniversary of For Better Or For Worse.

* Dean Mullaney and LOAC found the Wonder Woman strip they were looking for.

* Charles Pulliam walks through a number of new comics to be found on the stands out there.

* is it okay if I say out loud this looks awful? I have very little fait that the mystery will compelling and even less than that that the murder part won't be wildly overplayed. I hope I am wrong.

* Mark Evanier writes about still being tired from Comic-Con 2019. I think the big difference is that it's harder to get around. You not only only have the crowds inside the convention center and just outside, you're dodging people and working your way through crowds up to four blocks away. I'm tired 20 minutes into my day when I'm there.

* finally: it must be very disheartening to follow this president as an editorial cartoonist.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Adam Grano!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Ben Towle!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Rod Whigham!

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September 10, 2019


Go, Look: Darwyn Cooke's Wonder Woman

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* Darryl Cunningham tells us where we can advance order his Billionaires: Lives Of The Rich And Famous.

* finally, congratulations to Derf on sending to press his Kent State book, the major-book follow-up to his Dahmer work and an interesting subject with Midwestern roots galore.
 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Happy 48th Birthday, Steven Gilbert!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Gerry Conway!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Jackie Estrada!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Alison Bechdel!

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September 9, 2019


Evangelical Mayor Of Rio De Janeiro Attempts Seizure Of Marvel Comic With Male Characters Kissing

I don't know if there's a group of scientists monitoring a "Doomsday Of Stupid" clock somewhere, but surely it's closer to midnight after the mayor of Rio De Janeiro suggested the physical seizure of a Marvel comic where two male heroes kiss. It's a story point in a series of comics known as "The Children's Crusad" starring younger Marvel heroes that was collected already in other countries including the US.

The Times has a reasonably thorough run-down of events to date. It's hard not to see a retriggering of thought-reduced and/or dormant conservative ways of using culture's threading-through of bigotry riled up by economic distress to divide and distract a distrustful culture that is looking for scapegoats concerning money matters. It should be criticized, mocked and generally eviscerated at every opportunity. There are bigger fish to fry, probably even literally.

The reaction of audience members and public personalities in terms of pushback seem heartening as well.
 
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Tintin Exhibtion By Atak Closes In Lausanne

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I haven't read a quality translated piece on this development of events but it seems pretty straight-forward. It looks the group that is set up to manage Tintin threatened legal action against a Lausanne gallery for displaying paintings by Atak intended as an homage and/or commentary on that worldwide set of ideas and intentions. Rather than fight it, due to the resources perceived necessary to do so the gallery closed its doors after the first day the exhibit opened and gave a couple of statements to the press, one right on the physical door of the gallery.

I don't know how the actual laws work, but I think there's a general idea that this kind of expression is legitimate and be allowed. It kind of reminds of the feelings a lot writers and artists have for the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate, that the zealotry for constraining the rights and channeling the money that comes from use outpaces the public good that comes from allowing these ideas to be engaged by artists, at least to the point that there is some general bullying perceived.
 
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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Ivan Brunetti profiled on the subject of his latest New Yorker cover.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Paul Grist!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Dan Vado!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Ted Adams!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Kevin Maguire!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Chris Eliopoulos!

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September 8, 2019


My Other Job: CXC 2019 Figures With Patreon Account Or Something Similar To One

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Beat the rush and got on board with those CXC 2019 guests that could use direct support for their work via the Patreon site.

* Natasha Alterici (Special Guest)
* Nick Anderson (AAEC)
* Ivy Atoms

* Hakim Callwood (Instructor, Exhibitor)

* Carta Monir (Special Guest)
* Bryan Christopher Moss (Instructor, Exhibitor)

* Ted Rall (Exhibitor, AAEC)
* Gil Roth (Moderator)

* Ben Sears (Exhibitor)
* Katie Skelly (Moderator)

* The Comics Reporter (Festival Director)
* The Nib (Special Guest)
* Tom Tomorrow (Special Guest)

If you're at CXC this year and have a Patreon,

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Go, Look: Claudiu Limbasan

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

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

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Happy 46th Birthday, Jordan Crane!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Kate Beaton!

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September 7, 2019


Go, Look: A Mike Dawson I Don't Know If I've Seen

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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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Happy 85th Birthday, Warren Sattler!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Richard Barker!

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September 6, 2019


By Request Extra: On His 45th, Dustin Harbin Could Use The Gift Of Reattaching Things To His Skull

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Always a blast to work with that guy; he he's doing some CXC work in 2015.
 
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By Request Extra: On His 45th, Dustin Harbin Could Use The Gift Of Reattaching Things To His Skull

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Always a blast to work with that guy; he he's doing some CXC work in 2015. Click through to his GoFundMe.
 
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Assembled Extra: Go Follow Fieldmouse Press

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I bet there are a bunch of small-press oriented creators reading this site that could make use of information gleaned following the critics non-profit Fieldmouse Press.
 
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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* missed it: apparently Dark Horse has broken ties with the writer Brian Wood, after previous accusations of sexual harassment were added to and extended by the journalist, editor and writer Laura Hudson. I have not done the work I need to do to say anything super-smart about the details that hasn't been said already. It sounds horrible. One thing I hope that happens here is that with 1) a person feeling free to talk about older incidents, as they should, and 2) a company taking action about a hire this way, which they should, I pray it will help move us out of this space where someone might be choosing not to respond because "I'll just get in more trouble no matter what I say, so no response, but I will assert my explanation off the record" is a viable strategy. It isn't, or it isn't one where the vague implication of an element of untruthfulness should be granted the same legitimacy of someone clearly stating things. (In that spirit, please remember that everything I receive in correspondence I don't clear in advance as off-limits is fair game to be printed).

* it's definitely the end of traditional summer now, so it's a nice time to clear out any pre-orderables at your local comics shop, start the Fall with a clean slate. It was a tough summer for a lot of our specialty retailer friends.

* finally, I'm glad to have this level of support if I choose to figure out the current x-men comics.
 
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Happy 45th Birthday, Dustin Harbin!

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Sergio Aragones!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Go Nagai!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Jason T. Miles!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Brendan Leach!

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September 5, 2019


Go, Look: The Wonderfully Queer World Of Moon

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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up


 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Cathy Guisewite!

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September 4, 2019


Go, Look: Ronald Searle In 1951 Sketch Magazine

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Go, Read: Tom Heintjes' 1999 Interview With Lee Salem

He didn't do a lot of them, I don't think. At least I can't personally recall another one. His was an intriguing, engaged, and classy career. RIP.
 
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Go, Look: Aya Kakeda

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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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MAR190740 LOAC ESSENTIALS HC VOL 13 CHARLIE CHAN 1938 $29.99
I don't know the strip, and barely know the character. I was a Mr. Moto guy as far as orientalist detective characters go. My family had all the Arthur Waley, all the decorative print bought in San Franciso, all the accoutrements of that period as might be possible. They were also strip people, so there had to be some overlap. Alfred Andriola's work is always attractive, and you could do worse to read one strip (this one) for a different perspective on a strip as reliable as Kerry Drake was for several years. I'd sure be interested in reading a few of these strips, anway.

MAY191246 GUNNERKRIGG COURT HC VOL 07 $26.99
This is a reliable performer from a generation of print collections and several generation of webcomics ago. Reading comics that are popular with audience that just maybe aren't you as an audience can be an edifying thing.

imageAPR190032 WICKED & DIVINE #45 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.99
APR190033 WICKED & DIVINE #45 CVR B JAIMES (MR) $3.99
JUL190736 USAGI YOJIMBO #4 CVR A SAKAI $3.99
JUL191346 GIANT DAYS #54 $3.99
JUN198618 HOUSE OF X #1 (OF 6) 3RD PTG SHALVEY VAR $5.99
JUL19084 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) $4.99
JUL190853 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) CABAL CHARACTER DECADES VAR $4.99
JUL190852 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR $4.99
JUL190856 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) MOLINA CONNECTING VAR $4.99
JUL190850 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) PICHELLI FLOWER VAR $4.99
JUL190854 HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) YOUNG VAR $4.99
Thi is a pretty full list of comic-book comics. Congratulations to Gillen and McKelvie on complete of their gigantic and very popular Wicked & Divine. That's the kind of book that's its own career opportunity and Gillen seems to have hit the grown with projects and series of the kind that afford writers in particular a kind of sustained period that make entire careers. But I'm happy for the accomplishment of this series because that's a thing that comics does that we don't celebrate as much as we used to and I think we should. We should also always read everything Stan Sakai makes, forever and forever. John Allison is all of his forms is a good bet, too. I'm not sure what to make of the multiple covers on these X-Men comics here. Those seem like really fun, clever comics, and it was easy to see that Marvel had an X-Men card to play, but is this going to be it? I'm happy for those artists to have those gigs, but is Marvel beyond having a line-transforming series. Or is it all the one or two comics of the moment and then the latest shot at things like Agents of Atlas and Future Foundation. That's somebody's baby, too, but we would look at television weird if they kept announcing Remington Steele relaunches. Anyway, those X-Men comics are pretty fun. I hope DC has similar success with Legion Of Super-Heroes stuff.

JUL191521 BIG NATE HUG IT OUT TP $9.99
JUL191523 LITTLE BIG NATE BOARD BOOK $7.99
Big Nate is very popular, and that format is more influential that we surmise. I think.

APR191969 MS TREE TP VOL 01 $24.99
That's a good character, and there's probably a run for her in other media if the right actress comes along. My dad was fond of the books back when everything looked like Dave Sim printed it.

JUL191536 GIANT DAYS SC NOVEL $9.99
Someone like Jog needs to pop into my inbox and explain to me the role that prose versions of comics play when they're not the best-selling comics. I'm sure it's simpler than I'm imagining it -- extension of brand, or the numbers are actually really good.

JUL191997 ANIMAL FARM GN $22.00
I thought this was an attractive cover. I'm not sure what comics brings out of it except a kind of visceral reaction; it's long overdue I reconsider the work, and maybe Orwell's work in general considering we spend our day in his journalism and our nights dreaming in his political allegories. My dad, by the way, would be totally convinced the artist's name is a pun.

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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 DC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Alex Toth's Merchants Of Death Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Marilyn Greenwald profiles James Thurber.

* Karina Yan Glaser on Pumpkinheads. Angie Mortoccio on Life On The Moon. Jeff Spry on Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass.

* I have no idea how anyone can conceive of Doomsday Clock as a sequel to Watchmen in anything except the most blunt, character-sharing way. What a strange to exist.

* I wondered if someone posted the Jack Kirby: Story Teller video back on the King's birthday.

* BC's "Cute Chick" and "Fat Broad" now have names: Grace and Jane. Well... that's a story that could have been done in 1973.

* a literary agency devoted to comics seems inevitable rather than newsworthy. Good luck to them, and to the artists they choose to represent.

* not comics: wow, we have weird ideas now about how art is supposed to work. A line item for painting over art is terrifying to me no matter how much money is set aside to fight lawsuits.

* Karama Horne on Alitha Martinez.

* finally: a bunch of the AV Club folks look at DC's graphic novels aimed at young readers.
 
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Happy 68th Birthday, Scott Shaw!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Paul Smith!

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September 3, 2019


Lee Salem, RIP

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Not Comics/By Request Extra: Dave Cooper Is Raising Money For A Live Action Film Called Squash

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

* great to hear that Sean Kleefeld's textbook on webcomics will be published next year. Nice guy, lovely prose voice. Also, there's always a chance he may do his tour by running from town to town.

* go, look: a cover for a Little Richard bio.

* Philip Zonkel writes about Eve Zaremba's groundbreaking lesbian detective character Helen Keremos returning in graphic novel form.

* finally: I don't know if I remembered to share Sophia Glock's book announcement. At any rate, I didn't delete the link.
 
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If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* by request extra: Boing Boing reminds that Gahan Wilson still needs help. That fundraiser looks well-supported in terms of people on the ground, so there's every chance that any dollars sent will be well spent.

* here's the story of a cartoonist who met a painter and they fell in love.

* this article suggests cartoonists may be part of the deliberations over independent contractors going on in California, but I can't see it in the actual text. Makes sense, I guess.

* every list of books for Fall through Christmas 2019 looks like a pretty good list.

* here's the story behind a crowd-funder that showed up last week about the Rob Rogers comic Brewed On Grant.

* finally, I had a good time this weekend starting a list of "good" comic shops, by which I mean a full-service comic shop that includes alt/arts comics -- my site, my rules! I have about 80 so far, and I'm grateful to all of you that sent in a store. If you love stores as much as I do, make sure your business with them is up to date. Clean out those pull drawers now, kids.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Victor Cayro!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Joe Matt!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Paul Chadwick!

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September 2, 2019


Go, Look: On The 25th Anniversary Of Reading Frenzy

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Chloe Eudaly takes a quick look back. The great 'zine and independent publishing store, a destination for years and years, started a quarter-century ago. It's hard to measure how influential that store was for Northwest Cartooning at a crucial time for that whole scene. I routinely found works that readjusted the entirety of my expectations for that whole realm of publishing, and am very grateful to have had these experiences. Where we buy and how and what's being sold is very, very important.
 
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Happy 73rd Birthday, Walt Simonson!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Bruce Simon!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Brett Warnock!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Colleen Frakes!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Eric Knisley!

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September 1, 2019


CR Sunday Interview: Bruce Worden

imageI made a decision to formally volunteer some CR time and resources to the non-profit behind my other gig, helping run Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC). I'd like to think there was a time when people were cautious about crossing strings of involvement, but I also know how tough it is in my fifties to sort of naturally generate comics-related content of any sort, let alone carefully screened material that serves both avenues. I hope you'll forgive me, but it should mean a burst of CR-ready material, so I'm going to jump right in.

Bruce Worden is one of the more interesting exhibiting guests with whom I work at CXC. The Michigan based cartoonist and educator seems like one of those increasingly welcome regional stalwarts: older cartoonists for whom finding an audience isn't a bridge to somewhere. I think it's rich place for comics, and links to its past where these avenue of expressions were the rule rather than the exception. I also think his endorsement of John Allison's Bad Machinery comics says something about how these worlds of meaning are constructed now. I second that recommend, and suggest the next time you have a chunk of time to read them, to seek those comics out.

I appreciate Bruce talking to me for today, which will probably be Labor Day Weekend. In addition to the links above, he will be Table #1 at the end of month CXC Expo, the weekend anchor to the Cartoon Crossroads 4-day show. I'll be buying stuff there, and I hope you'll choose to meet him if nothing else. I very much enjoy Bruce Worden, and you should, too.

The following was edited a tiny bit for flow. -- Tom Spurgeon

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TOM SPURGEON: Bruce, I'm happy to talk to you because I've seen you at several show since moving to the Midwest but I don't know you very well. Do you have a standard comics-related secret origin. What your early comics reading like, and is there a story to how you returned to them as an adult?

BRUCE WORDEN: When I was a kid I wanted every comic book I laid my eyes on. So I realized early on that I couldn't afford to "get into" comic books. I thought they were cool, and I loved the characters and logos and knowing the secret identities and everything. But I knew I couldn't start collecting them, and I never did. Comic strips, on the other hand, came to our house in the newspaper every day! Far Side. Calvin & Hobbes. Garfield. B.C. Crankshaft. Momma. Tumbleweeds. I read them over breakfast nearly as far back as I can remember, and I can say without a doubt that they influenced what I've been doing with my drawings ever since. As an adult I became a scientific illustrator, using drawings to tell concise, little stories about some biological process or other, often in sequential panels. It's the same thing as comics, man. It's always been the same thing, and I couldn't be happier about it.

imageSPURGEON: I got the sense when I was running into you mid-decade that making and selling your comics was a new thing for you. How did you end up taking that step? When did comics become a creative outlet you wanted to place in people's hands?

WORDEN: It was a perfect storm of lifestyle changes. 1 -- my part-time job left me free to pursue a freelance illustration career in my extra time. 2 -- My wife and I had a baby, which immediately put everything in perspective. 3 -- The economy tanked, and we lost a load of money. At the time, it just seemed crystal clear to me that I had to sink the freelance career. With the new baby, I wasn't going to spend my free time struggling to make other people's art for them. It was time to make my art, to start checking projects off my list of ideas instead of only adding to it. And to do it, I was going to invest the money I would've been putting into a retirement account into those projects instead.

SPURGEON: What was it like for you as you started to build an audience? I know sometimes it gone be very strange to have these measurements by which you can tell one comic sold more than another, or people react to in different ways. What do you remember about that transition?

WORDEN: I was choosing to invest in my own future instead of some CEO's, and to make that work I had to find a way to get a return on my own investment. And I'm only realizing right now that my approach has been very much like a CEO's investment strategy: diversify. As I mentioned, I'd been working in art ever since school, so the idea of using it to make money has always been a part of my ideology. What I never did, though, was settle into a signature style. I always try -- try! -- to tailor the illustrations to suit the story. So what I ended up doing was building small audiences for each book, rather than a single audience for me-the-illustrator. Maybe not the smartest way to go, but it does make it a little easier to admit when -- and why -- one book sells better than another. It also means I show up at comic book festivals with some books that are illustrated, but aren't really comics. Oops!

SPURGEON: Were you always funny? You seemed to show up with a grounded and smartly developed sense of humor. What do you find humorous? What are some of the positives -- and maybe a negative or two -- of expressing that humor in comics form?

WORDEN: Aw, thanks! I don't know that I was always funny. I certainly used humor as a deflection, growing up a skinny nerd in a macho culture. I suppose I think I have exactly the right sense of humor for me, but sometimes it can be a little dry -- or, I don't know, dismissive? dark? -- for other people. Basically, I get the feeling sometimes people think I'm an asshole because of it. Which I guess is better than being bullied all the time. See? Deflection! [Spurgeon laughs]

Anyway, I can't stand insult humor; so even if you think I'm an asshole, you'll have to admit I'm not telling jokes at your expense. I grew up with that, having to "hold your own" against someone just mercilessly mocking you for being you, under the pretense of "Hey man, I'm only teasing." So, yeah, I guess I sought out something a little more nuanced, and I found it in the comic strips I loved best -- which meant I had to question my love of Garfield, had to seriously question all the gender-role strips like Andy Capp or Born Loser. But luckily I also had MAD Magazine, Monty Python, and Weird Al to show me how to use humor in a smarter way.

imageStill, as you suggest, expressing it in comics does always feel like a risk to me, because, well, what if I flub the joke? Can't go back and retell it. Gotta get the wording right, gotta get the pacing right. Carve it in stone, print a hundred copies, pray the joke lands. And pray it holds up over time, right? But I can't really imagine making comics that aren't, at their core, trying to be funny. My gut reaction to comics is to laugh.

SPURGEON: Where did the interest in homophones begin, and how did that transform into the sustained expression of the blog? In fact, how has that experience been overall? Because working something out in that specific, accessible on-line form seems like something from a time machine now a little bit.

WORDEN: You won't believe it, but it's the plan that worked out exactly as I hoped. The idea started because I can't seem to read all the way through anything anymore without finding a spelling error. And I'm not talking about tweets and texts, I mean stuff that claims to be professionally edited. Most of the time it's that someone has used the wrong word, a homophone -- words that sound alike, but are spelled differently -- for the word they intended. "Then" instead of "than." "It's" instead of "its." Affect/effect. Their/there/they're. The kind of thing that happens when a writer doesn't really pay attention, and their "editor" is just a spell-check program.

So I thought what would be more helpful than shaking my fist at the world would be to create a visual descriptor -- an illustration -- for each word to help people remember the difference. Then it could be a fun little desktop reference book. A homophone dictionary. But it was going to take a long time to do the work, and I didn't really want anyone else telling me what to draw for each pair of words. So I started it as a weekly blog -- to put myself on a schedule to get the work done, to build an audience for the book while I was still creating the content, and so the existing work -- and audience -- could speak for itself when it was time to find a publisher. Because I really, really dislike the pitching process with traditional publishers. But I knew Homophones Visualized needed a bigger publisher than what I can do myself at Black Market Books, so I just let the blog build and build until someone -- Chronicle Books -- finally saw the value in it. It only took, what, seven years?

SPURGEON: With how much seriousness do you take that kind of wordplay? Are you evangelical about it in a way I sometimes hear some folks can be? Do you encounter people who are more serious than you are or even obsessed with that kind of wordplay? "I'm not a grammar nazi, but..."

WORDEN: No, I feel like the illustrations do the work for me at this point. There's so much more weight behind sending someone a link to a well-designed illustration explaining their typo, than there is just leaving "THEIR" in the comments section, y'know?

Passive-aggressive? Maybe. But it's like saying "let's compare how much time I spent helping people remember these spelling differences, to how much time you spent crafting that bland think-piece." Haha. Oh man, that sounds petty, maybe I am a nazi.

imageWell, the reason I think I'm not is because I realize language is totally fluid, regionally different, and always changing. So it's not really worth being stuck-up about it. But I am constantly getting comments on the blog insisting that some pair of words aren't homophones because in some other part of the world, in someone else's mind, "a" and "ah" would never be pronounced the same, or whatever. I mostly just let that roll off my back. I did have a week-long argument with one guy, though, who kept escalating and telling me I had no authority to speak about the English language because he disagreed that "fir" and "fur" are pronounced the same. (Though he never did explain how or where they might be different. And the dictionary certainly seems to agree with me about it.)

SPURGEON: Do you have specific ambitions for your comics? What would be a satisfying outcome for you in terms of the expressive part of your life that counts on the comics world?

WORDEN: Obviously I see how I could be more ambitious about them than I have been. I could -- should? -- quit my job and commit full-time to comics and picture books. Dedicate myself to it in the way successful people dedicate their lives to their work. But honestly, I'm always balancing that stuff with everything else -- family, travel, and the other things I enjoy about my life outside of art. I'm not trying to work myself to death, even with work that I love. So I think I need to be comfortable at a lower level of ambition.

Let's look at it this way: I invested monetarily in these projects nearly ten years ago, kept expenses modest, earned a little money, but was always spending more than I was earning on this part of my life. With the Homophones Visualized deal last year, I'm probably breaking even over the last decade. That's pretty good for a side job. And I've made a hell of a lot of friends and acquaintances doing this, which is priceless. So how about I aspire for the next decade to turn a profit, and hang onto those friends? Then turn a profit over the next five years, and the five years after that, and then maybe every year after that? And keep those friends close. And give back when I can. That sounds hella ambitious to me. Honestly, though, I'd probably be "satisfied" if I just keep creating projects that manage to find their audience, and don't land my family in the poorhouse.

SPURGEON: What will you be taking in front of the kids during CXC’s all-ages track? Is it my imagination that because of that great show in Ann Arbor that all of you in Michigan are kids-comics people? In fact, how would you define that community more generally? Hows does where you live play into what you do?

WORDEN: Oh yeah, that's just your imagination, dude! [Spurgeon laughs]

imageMichigan comics aren't just for kids. You're referring to A2CAF (formerly Kids Read Comics), which has grown into quite a solid institution here. And if that show defines our community, then it does make it hard for folks who don't make kid-centric work to feel like we're part of the clique. To their credit, since they changed the name to A2CAF, I think they really are trying to expand the range of cartoonists they invite to exhibit. But is the audience really ready for Kam Komics' Michigan Muthafukas or Jeff Manley's Romancing the Strip or Carolyn Nowak's No Better Words alongside Raina Telgemeier's latest release? Time will tell.

At CXC this year, I'll be leading a one-hour all-ages workshop on how to draw hands. It's a session I developed last year at my son's middle school. I led occasional drawing and cartooning classes there over the last few years, and finally realized all the kids really wanted to learn was to how-to-draw-hands, how-to-draw-eyes, how-to-draw-noses, etc. So last year I came up with a series of focused workshops like that, and I'm super excited to bring one of them to CXC this year! Wait, oh shit, I am kid-centric, aren't I?

SPURGEON: Is there a homophone appropriate to comics conventions/selling comics/making comics?

WORDEN: There is if you stop by my table:

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SPURGEON: What's the last good comic you read? What's the last great one?

WORDEN: I'm going with a three-way tie for the last good comic I read: Ngozi Ukazu's first Check, Please! book #Hockey which was the most fun book I read all summer. Jackson Ziegler's Smell the Roses -- a short sci-fi comic that sucks you into its world completely and immediately. And Jim Benton's Dog Butts and Love. And Stuff Like That. And Cats. -- a collection of his webcomics which are hilarious and super-poignant all at the same time.

The last great one, though, has got to be John Allison's Bad Machinery series.

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SPURGEON: That's a fine choice.

WORDEN: I discovered them a year or two ago, and have been re-reading them this summer. They're so good, dude! Like, I don't know how he even does it. The stories are perfectly plotted, the dialogue is perfect, the jokes are perfect, the drawings I thought were weird and sparse but it turns out they're perfect too. And, I don't know, it seems like it's not even his main series! It's like a side-series in the same world as Scary Go Round and Giant Days, but focuses on the schoolkids. I just don't know how he does it. He's created a whole world, and found a voice that lets him do anything he wants in that world. And what he seems to want to do is write hilarious and heartfelt stories with rock-solid structure and believable characters. They're the best comics. The. Best.

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Homophones Visualized, Bruce Worden, Chronicle Books, 208 pages, hardcover, 9781452180038, August 2019, $14.95

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CR is a sponsor of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, September 26-29 2019. Bruce will be appearing at the expo's table #1 on the latter two day and providing us with a panel at the Expo on September 28. The show is free. Guests on hand this year range from Bruce to Hellen Jo to P. Craig Russell to Pidge Carlisle to Terry Moore. My thanks to a few CXC folks for helping facilitate this chat with Bruce. Hope to see you there. Come have fun with us.

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Go, Look: Forbidden Worlds #75

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Looking For The Good Shops: Help Me Create A List

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CR STORE DIRECTORY
Labor Day 2019

ARIZONA

Ash Avenue Comics
806 S Ash Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-858-9447
ashavecomics.com

Samurai Comics Glendale
6808 N Dysart Rd #148
Glendale, AZ 85307
623-872-8886
samuraicomics.com

Samurai Comics Phoenix
1602 E Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85016
602-265-8886
samuraicomics.com

Samurai Comics Mesa
1120 S Country Club Dr
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-962-1123
samuraicomics.com

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Lucky's Books & Comics
3972 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5V 3P2, Canada
604-875-9858
luckyscomics.storenvy.com/

CALIFORNIA

Comix Experience
305 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
415-863-9258
comixexperience.com

Comix Experience Outpost
2381 Ocean Ave
415-239-2669
San Francisco, CA 94127
comixexperience.com

Dungeon Dungeon
The Last Bookstore
435 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
323-666-2228
lastbookstorela.com

Hi De Ho Comics
412 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-394-2820
hidehocomics.com

Hijinx Comics
2050 Lincoln Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
408-266-1103
hijinxcomics.com

House Of Secrets
1930 W Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91506
818-562-1900
artoffiction.com/HouseOfSecrets/

Isotope -- The Comic Book Lounge
326 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
415-621-6543
isotopecomics.com

Ralph's Comic Corner
2379 E Main St
Ventura, CA 93003
805-653-2732
ralphscomiccorner.com

Sterling Silver Comics
2210 Pickwick Dr
Camarillo, CA 93010
805-484-4708
sterlingsilvercomics.com

The Secret Headquarters
3817 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
323-666-2228
thesecretheadquarters.com

Colorado

Aamazing Fantasy Comics
6721 W Ken Caryl Ave
Littleton, CO 80128
303-933-4604
aamazingfantasycomics.com

All in a Dream Comics
2901 E Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80206
303-333-8616

I Want More Comics
550 E Thornton Pkwy Suite 114
Thornton, CO 80229
303-460-7226
iwantmorecomics.com

Kilgore Books & Comics
624 E 13th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
303-815-1979
kilgorebooks.com

Mile High Comics Jason Street Mega Store
4600 Jason St
Denver, CO 80211
303-477-0042
milehighcomics.com

Mutiny Information Cafe
2 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
303-778-7579
mutinyinfocafe.com

Time Warp Comics
3105 28th St
Boulder, CO 80301
303-443-4500
time-warp.com

Vision Comics & Oddities
3958 S Federal Blvd
Englewood, CO 80110
303-781-0299
facebook.com/visioncomicsoddities/

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Big Planet Comics
1520 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-342-1961
bigplanetcomics.com

GEORGIA

Infinite Realities Comics & Games
5007 Lavista Rd
Tucker, GA 30084
470-359-5988
infiniterealitiescomics.com/

Criminal Records
1154 Euclid Ave NE A
Atlanta, GA 30307
404-215-9511
criminalatl.com/

Oxford Comics & Games
2855 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-233-8682
facebook.com/oxfordcomicsandgames/

ILLINOIS

Challenger Comics + Conversation
1845 N Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
773-278-0155
challengerscomics.com

Chicago Comics
3244 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
773-528-1983
chicagocomics.com

Comix Revolution (Evanston)
606 Davis St
Evanston, IL 60201
847-866-8659
online-revolution.com

Comix Revolution (Mt Prospect)
115 West Central Road
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
847-506-0800
online-revolution.com

Quimby's
1854 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910
quimbys.com

INDIANA

Comic Carnival
7235 N Keystone Ave Unit G
Indianapolis, IN 46240
317-253-8882
comiccarnival.com

Downtown Comics
11 E Market St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-237-0397
downtowncomics.com

MARYLAND

Atomic Books
3620 Falls Road
Baltimore MD 21211
410-662-4444
atomicbooks.com

Big Planet Comics
4849 Cordell Ave.
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
301-654-6856
bigplanetcomics.com

Big Planet Comics
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
301-699-0498
bigplanetcomics.com

MASSACHUSSETS

That's Entertainment
244 Park Ave
Worcester MA 01609
508-755-4207
atse.com

That's Entertainment
56 John Fitch Hwy
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-342-8607
thatse.com

MISSOURI

Rock Bottom Comics
1013 E Walnut St,
Columbia, MO 65201
573-443-0113
facebook.com/rockbottomcomics

NEW JERSEY

East Side Mags, LLC
7 South Fullerton Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042
862-333-4961
eastsidemags.com

NEW MEXICO

Big Adventure Comics
418 Montezuma Avenue, Suite C
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-992-8783
bigadventurecomics.com

NEW YORK

Anyone Comics
1216 Union St
Brooklyn, NY 11225
347-350-8422
anyonecomics.com

Desert Island
540 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
718-388-5087
desertislandbrooklyn.com

Escape Pod Comics
302 Main St
Huntington, NY 11743
631-923-1044
escapepodcomics.com

Gutter Pop Comics
1028 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
716-436-4806
facebook.com/gutterpopcomics/

Housing Works Used Book Cafe
26 Crosby St
New York, NY 10012
212-334-3324
housingworks.org/locations/bookstore-cafe

NORTH CAROLINA

Heroes Aren't Hard To Find
417 Pecan Ave
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-375- 7462
heroesonline.com

Parker, Banner, Kent & Wayne: Comics and Games
21500 Catawba Ave Suite A
Cornelius, NC 28031
704-892-4263
pbkwcomics.com

OHIO

Books With Pictures
1401 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
503-206-4369
bookswithpictures.com/

Carol & Johns Comic Book Shop
Kamm's Plaza
17462 Lorain AVE.
Cleveland, OH 44111
216-252-0606
www.cnjcomics.com/site/

Cover to Cover (Kid Books Specialist)
2116 Arlington Avenue
Columbus OH 43221
614-263-1624
covertocoverchildrensbooks.com

Gramercy Books
2424 E Main St
Bexley, OH 43209
614-867-5515
gramercybooksbexley.com

Maverick's Games and Comics
2312 E Dorothy Lane
Kettering, OH 45420
937-294-4900
jackmavericks.com/

The Book Loft Of German Village
631 S 3rd St
Columbus, OH 43206
614-464-1774
bookloft.com

The Laughing Ogre
4258 N High St
Columbus, OH 43214
614-267-6473
laughingogreohio.com

Two Dollar Radio Headquarters
1124 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43206
614-725-1505
twodollarradiohq.com

Wexner Center Store
1871 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-3535
store.wexarts.org/books/comics-cartoons

OKLAHOMA

Literati Press
3010 Paseo
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
literatipressok.com

ONTARIO

The Beguiling
319 College St
Toronto, ON
M5T 1S2 Canada
416-533-9168
beguilingbooksandart.com

OREGON

Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209
503-241-0227
floatingworldcomics.com

PENNSYLVANIA

Atomic City Comics
638 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-625-9613
facebook.com/atomiccitycomics/

Phantom Of The Attic Comics
411 S Craig St 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-621-1210
pota-oakland.com

QUEBEC

Librarie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Rue Bernard O
Montréal, QC
H2T 2K5 Canada
1-514-279-2224
mtl.drawnandquarterly.com

SASKATCHEWAN

Comic Readers Regina Downtown
105 – 2125 11th Avenue
Cornwall Professional Building
Regina, SK S4P 3X3 Canada
306-779-0900
comicreadersregina.wordpress.com/regina-downtown/
facebook.com/ComicReadersDowntown/

Generacion X
Calle de la Puebla, 15
28005 Madrid, Spain
34-915-21-99-85
generacionx.es/

Molar Discos y Libros
Calle de la Ruda, 19,
28005 Madrid, Spain
34-911-72-57-40
molarmucho.tumblr.com/

TEXAS

Austin Books & Comics
Plaza 5000
5002 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751
512-454-4197
austinbooks.com

UNITED KINGDOM

Dave's Comics
5 Sydney St
Brighton BN1 4EN, UK
44-1273-691012
davescomics.co.uk/

Family Store
33 Kensington Gardens
Brighton BN1 4AL, UK
familystoreuk.com/

Gosh! Comics
1 Berwick St
Soho, London
W1F 0DR UK
44-20-7437-0187
goshlondon.com

Orbital Comics
8 Great Newport St
Covent Garden, London
WC2H 7JA UK
44-20-7240-0591
orbitalcomics.com

UTAH

Dr. Volts Comics Connection
2043 E 3300 S
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
801-485-6114
drvolts.com

VIRGINA

Big Planet Comics
426 Maple Ave. E.
Vienna, Virginia 22180
703-242-9412
bigplanetcomics.com

Local Heroes
1905 Colonial Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-383-6810
localheroescomics.com/

Telegraph Art & Comics
211A W Main St
Charlottesville, VA
434-244-3210
telegraphcomics.com/

Velocity Comics
819 W Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
804-303-1783
velocitycomicsrva.blogspot.com

WASHINGTON

Analog Coffee
235 Summit Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
206-390-7670
analogcoffee.com

Arcane Comics And More
15202 Aurora Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133
206-781-4875
arcanecomicbooks.com

Comics Dungeon
319 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105
206-545-8373
comicsdungeon.com

Danger Room
201 W 4th Ave
Olympia, WA 98501
360-705-3050
dangerroomoly.com

Destiny City Comics
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-234-7112
destinycitycomics.com

Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
206-624-6600
elliottbaybook.com

Fantagraphics Bookstore And Gallery
1201 S Vale St
Seattle, WA 98108
206-557-4910
fantagraphics.com/flog/bookstore/

Outsider Comics And Geek Boutique
223 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
206-535-8886
outsidercomics.com

Phoenix Comics and Games
113 Broadway E
Seattle, WA 98102
206-328-4554
http://phoenixseattle.com

Push/Pull
5484 Shilshole Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206-789-1710
pushpullseattle.com

The Comics Place
105 E Holly St
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-733-2224
thecomicsplace.com

The Dreaming Comics And Games (Will Close End Of September)
5226 University Way
Seattle, WA 98105
206-525-9394
dreamingcomics.com

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