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October 17, 2019


Go, Look: Daniele Turturici

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Festivals Extra: CAB Announces Programming For 2019 Festival

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From their press release sent 10/10/19:
Comic Arts Brooklyn returns on November 2nd with a must-see celebration of modern cartooning featuring Chris Ware, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and hundreds of cutting-edge artists and publishers.

Brooklyn comics store Desert Island presents its eleventh-annual free festival at Pratt Institute, which draws exhibitors and guests from around the world to Pratt’s 42,000 sq ft ARC building, the second-largest room in Brooklyn. CAB director Gabe Fowler welcomes new co-curator Courtney Menard, a printmaker and illustrator who has helped bring new voices to the festival and emphasize a commitment to print as an art form.

This year's show includes a full day of free talks and lectures on Pratt’s campus, including:

- Chris Ware interviewed by Art Speigelman and Francoise Mouly about his career since appearing in their RAW magazine in 1991
- Aline Kominsky-Crumb interviewed by Lauren Weinstein about the lives and loves of alter ego Honeybunch Kominsky
- Charles Burns and Gary Panter discussing 'Drawing as a way of Thinking'
- Kim Deitch and Nina Bunjevac interviewing each other about 'The Sublime Detail'
- Frank Santoro discussing Pittsburgh and experimental memoir with Calvin Reid
- 'Decolonising Comics,' exploring why comix and zines are spearheading the conversation around decolonization
- 'Invisible Wall: Drawing Across Borders,' a surrealist-activist drawing game between artists from New York and Mexico

All this, plus over 300 artists and exhibitors selling comics, artists’ books, prints, and ephemera, including endless rare, self-published, and exclusive material.
That's always a great show with an amazing floor and strong panel participation. I encourage everyone who can go to go.
 
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Go, Look: Minnie Phan

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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This Bill Draut Image Is Kind Of Amazing

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Austin Price on BTTM FDRS. Hillary Brown on Hilda And The Mountain King. Nathan Chazan on The Poe Clan Vol. 1. Rob Clough on Penny Nichols. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #12. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Avengers Volume Three: War Of The Vampires.

* Rob Clough talks to Alabaster Pizzo.

* by request Extra: Shannon Wheeler launches a modest kickstarter for his book about the recent Whistleblower Report re: Ukraine, etc. Sounds like a good bet.

* longtime writer-about-Xmen Paul O'Brien digs into the Summer of 2019 mini-series.

* finally: this is a very charming story from a world that really doesn't exist anymore.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Bill Holbrook!

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Happy 45th Birthday, David Heatley!

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October 16, 2019


Go, Look: Daniel Shepard

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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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AUG191929 REINCARNATION STORIES HC KIM DEITCH $29.99
Books from the great Kim Deitch usually end up in my personal top five any year they're released, and this one looks like a better-than-usual offering in the cartoonist's reliably consistent later-period career. It's certainly the book for which I feel the greatest force of anticipation.

JUL190589 MAD MAGAZINE #10 $5.99
Not sure where this is placed in the extended phase out or even a potential return, but there is sure to be one or two pieces in here of interest and one wishes the forces involved having it go away weren't powerful ones.

imageAUG190459 SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1 (OF 3) $7.99
AUG190558 SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #4 (OF 12) $3.99
AUG190846 X-MEN #1 ARTGERM VAR DX $4.99
The first book is Gene Luen Yang's interpretation of a Superman adventure when the character was more about general social justice than a neutered, "heroic" personality making as many people as possible feel good. The second book is the latest Fraction/Lieber effort with the oddball Jimmy Olsen character. I'm not sure the series has hit its full stride yet, but I like its tone and flavor, this kind of break with straight-face seriousness in comics being seen as this dismaying thing. The third is a variation-cover comic for the relaunch of the X-Men comic after a summer spent moving the pieces around changing emphases in a long-overdue sense. I'll look in for a while, sure.

AUG191587 BABY BLUES COLLECTION TP SURVIVING GREAT INDOORS $18.99
I'm a fan of the successful; newspaper strip model for publishing: these gigantic books combined with smaller ones. They very much seem to suit what writer Jerry Scott is up to with his various efforts.

AUG191932 BRAIN BATS OF VENUS BASIL WOLVERTON HC VOL 02 $44.99
AUG192430 DRIFTING CLASSROOM HC VOL 01 PERFECT ED UMEZZ $34.99
The first is the second volume of the Sadowski biography, the second is I don't know which version of that story. I know you probably won't both in a weighty comics connection of any kind. Wolverton is so fun to look at, my goodness.

JUN191844 UNPLUGGED AND UNPOPULAR GN $12.99
JUN191845 UNPLUGGED AND UNPOPULAR HC GN $19.99
This stands in for the books that are high-concept pieces executed in an almost house style by an all-ages publisher. I don't hold out much for the idiosyncrasy of its execution, but I'm one of those that think this kind of work is the new mainstream so pay attention to it I shall.

MAR191802 FRANK THORNE GHITA EROTIC TREASURY ARCHIVAL PX ED VOL 02 (MR $150.00
I have no interest in the debatable erotic qualities of Frank Thorne's artwork, but I love to look at it as inky, abstract shapes and find much of it beautiful. I will always look at a new book.

JUL191794 RAINA TELGEMEIER MINI POSTERS $12.99
JUL191795 RAINA TELGEMEIER MY SMILE DIARY $14.99
There's not a lot of Raina-related material, so this stroke my eye. One of the cartoonists of right now.

JUL191907 COMICS JOURNAL #304 $14.99
Always happy to see the Journal, even if I can't score backstage passes at this point. It's a good interview, with an interesting cartoonist.

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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: Mohar Kalra

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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*****

October 17
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Chris Samnee Draws Superman

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this Drew Friedman exhibit opening soon and sticking around until mid-winter sounds like a lot of fun.

* by request extra: Fieldmouse Press pitches potential donors.

* a lot of folks find it very easy to grant legitimacy to the use of one story's set of symbols and ideas to foster a completely different story's set of symbols and ideas, but I sort of lack that gene in a way it all looks like a lot of strained arguing to me. I hope the show is good because having it be bad just means peole will be exposed to a bad TV show, but I'll never be show how to think of something like this. I found Mary Poppins similarly weird, and much more effort was spent building a continuity of tone. One thing I'm sure might help is the idea of people dressing up and committing violence on one another seems of a kind with the violent ugliness of modern American culture.

* OTBP: Modesty Comics. Don't know if it's all as obscure as a selected title might be, but it isn't a group with which I'm familiar.

* finally: Brigid Alverson on The Hard Tomorrow.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Mark Badger!

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Happy 46th Birthday, RM Rhodes!

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Joe Sinnott!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Larry Young!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Bob Hall!

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October 15, 2019


Go, Look: Lucille Clerc

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* here's a type of project I feel I used to see more frequently: the modest crowd-funder for serial comic-book issues.

* there are recent written updates available here for those following the care being sought by and for Jim Wheelock.

* finally: money is still being collected on behalf of the great Gahan Wilson.
 
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Go, Look: Tetsunori Tawaraya

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* I wish I had something smart to say about reviving characters using the image of an actor playing the the character on screen somewhere. I think I may be against it, but it kind of thwarts me thinking through it clearly. I think with my background being theater rather than film, I don't invest a kind of hard reality in specific depictions that those who are wholly film-oriented might.

* the writer Steven Grant talks to Deadline about two Paper Movies projects, including the return of Gil Kane's Savage character.

* I don't know this work, but it looks attractive. I think I may write that sentence for every entry now.

* finally: here is imagery from the forthcoming debut season at Random House's new all-ages line.
 
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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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*****

October 17
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Chan Chau

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* a cartoonist hopes you'll find some missing art in a nightmare scenario for which one wishes a happy ending.

* here's a lengthy prose profile of Comics Super-Villain of the Moment Jeff Bezos.

* Liza Donnelly profiles Liza Donnelly.

* Liana Finck shares the tricks of her trade.

* any version of The Metal Men that dives deeply into house-style art at DC Comics always looks ridiculous to me.

* finally: Derf digs into a fine-looking Steve Ditko monsters and sci-fi comic book.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Cat Garza!

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October 14, 2019


Go, Look: Trinidad Escobar

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JC Lee Sues POW Etertainment And Its Principal Players

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At least that's what I think is going on here:

jcleeversuspowentertainment.pdf

This was sent to me by a friend and I will sort through it, but I don't want to impede anyone else interested in the story from doing the same in a timely manner. As a legal narrative it's interesting, too, casting names related-to-Stan like Gill Champion and the late Arthur Lieberman as villains out to exploit characters and goodwill created by Lee. I would imagine most readers of the situation generally would take a step back from the more florid career claims made on Lee's behalf, but I don't know that for certain. Should be interesting to see how this unfolds and certainly JC is a major person of interest -- probably the major person of interest -- from which to be heard.

The one-year anniversary of Lee's death will arrive on November 12.
 
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If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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*****

October 17
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Leif Yu

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Mark Evanier corrects an article about Captain America.

* here's my brother Whit at CXC 2019 hanging out with P. Craig Russell and wearing a Hellen Jo t-shirt and this makes me happy.

* Dan Nadel's Crumb biography is publishing news now, so people can complain about it to me openly instead of privately. Nadel is one of the most interesting writer about comics in the medium's history and it seems time for a treatment of the underground legend. He'll have access to the artist and his archives, apparently.

* I like some of the early Blondie comic strips but I still haven't been convinced of the strip's general quality by anything I've ever read, including chunks of the strip itself. There's no new information there, I'm just sharing my crankiness.

* Kurtis Findlay talks to Paul Tumey. I don't like this particular link and its formatting, as it goes through a feed, but it should work. Matthew Phelan talks to Olivia Jaimes.

* here's a list of best cartoonists/illustrators on Instagram.

* finally, a bit of not comics: here's an article on shared time that will likely trigger something in comics people for whom time is a massive thing to negotiate.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Vanessa Davis!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Cam Kennedy!

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October 13, 2019


Go, Look: Dirt Palace

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

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Happy 56th Birthday, Tom Devlin!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Jason Thompson!

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October 12, 2019


Go, Read: Luke Healy's Diary At TCJ.com

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Go, Look: Alfonso De Anda

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

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

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

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

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Happy 54th Birthday, Dan Abnett!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Pat Brady!

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October 11, 2019


Go, Look: Paul B. Rainey's Jog On Mural Work

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Bundled Extra: Abrams Releases Spring List Details For 2020

Here are the Spring 2020 listings for Abrams, as disseminated late last week by the publisher. All in their words.

January 28 -- Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings
The follow-up to Kindred, the #1 bestseller, comes Octavia E. Butler's groundbreaking dystopian novel.
In this graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings, the award-winning team behind the #1 bestseller Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, the author portrays a searing vision of America's future. In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher's daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.

March 3 -- Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontes, by Isabel Greenberg
Glass Town is an original graphic novel by Isabel Greenberg that encompasses the eccentric childhoods of the four Bronte children -- Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The story begins in 1825, with the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth, the eldest siblings. It is in response to this loss that the four remaining children set pen to paper and created the fictional world that became known as Glass Town. This world and its cast of characters would come to be the Brontes' escape from the realities of their lives. Within Glass Town the siblings experienced love, friendship, war, triumph, and heartbreak. Through a combination of quotes from the stories originally penned by the Brontes, biographical information about them, and Greenberg's vivid comic book illustrations, readers will find themselves enraptured by this fascinating imaginary world.

imageApril 7 -- Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf
On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children -- a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Using the journalism skills he employed on My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, which will be published in time for the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent -- as relevant today as it was in 1970.

April 14 -- Labyrinth: An Existential Odyssey, with Jean-Paul Sartre by Ben Argon
As graduates embark on the next phase of their lives, what better way to get them accustomed to the rat race they are about to enter than by introducing them to the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre? Cleverly told through the story of a pair of rats trapped in the labyrinth of existence, this allegory humorously conveys the key ideas of Sartre's existential philosophy in graphic-novel form -- accessible for students and readers of all ages. In addition, two reputable Sartre scholars have contributed the introduction and afterword: Gary Cox, a British philosopher with a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, and Christine Daigle, professor of philosophy at Brock University in Canada.

Apri 14 -- I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider
It's no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.

April 21 -- Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in Americab by Tommy Jenkins, illustrated by Kati Lacker
Coinciding with the 2020 US presidential election, Drawing the Vote, an original graphic novel, looks at the history of voting rights in the United States and how it affects the way we vote today. Throughout the book, the author, Tommy Jenkins, identifies events and trends that led to the unprecedented results of the 2016 presidential election that left American political parties more estranged than ever. To balance these complex ideas and statistics, Kati Lacker's original artistic style makes the book accessible for readers of all ages. At a time when many citizens are experiencing challenges and apathy about voting and skepticism concerning our bitterly divided government, Drawing the Vote seeks to offer some explanation for how we got here and how every American can take action to make their vote count.

May 5 -- A Gift for a Ghost, by Borja Gonzalez
In Borja Gonzalez's stunning graphic novel, two parallel stories reflect and intertwine in a tale of youthful dreams and desires. In 1856, Teresa, a young aristocrat, is more interested in writing avantgarde horror poetry than making a suitable marriage. In 2016, three teenage girls, Gloria, Laura, and Cristina, want to start a punk band called the Black Holes. They have everything they need: attitude, looks, instinct... and an alarming lack of musical talent. They've barely started rehearsing when strange things begin to happen. As their world and Teresa's intersect, they're haunted by the echo of something that happened 160 years ago.

May 5 -- Marvel Comics Mini-Books, by Marvel Entertainment
In 1966, Marvel printed what the Guinness Book of World Records certified as the world's smallest comic books. Smaller than a postage stamp, and sold in gumball machines across the country, these six books told the quirky origin stories of Marvel's most beloved characters at that time: the Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Captain America, Sergeant Nick Fury, and Millie the Model. Marvel Comics Mini-Books reproduces facsimile editions of all six books in one affordable box set -- along with a seventh book written by Mark Evanier that details the history and creation of these rare, vintage collectables.

May 12 -- Fire on the Water, by Scott MacGregor and illustrated by Gary Dumm
This original graphic novel imagines the lives of blue-collar workers involved in the real-life Lake Erie tunnel disaster of 1916 in Cleveland. Author Scott MacGregor and illustrator Gary Dumm tell the intersecting stories of a brilliant African American inventor, Ben Beltran (based on the real-life Garrett Morgan, Sr.), desperate immigrants tunneling beneath Lake Erie, and corrupt overseers who risk countless lives for profit. As historical fiction, Fire on the Water sheds light not only on one of America's earliest man-made ecological disasters but also on racism and the economic disparity between classes in the Midwest at the turn of the century.

May 12 -- Marvel Value Stamps: A Visual History, by Marvel Entertainment
In 1974, Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee devised an ingenious promotional campaign -- Marvel Value Stamps, which appeared on the letters pages of their monthly comics. Readers could cut out all 100 of these super hero and super villain stamps and place them in a special mail-order booklet. Once complete, these stamp books could then be redeemed for special discounts and exclusive merchandise. The program was so successful, a second set was released in 1975. And now, for the first time, these original stamp books, stamps, and all of the surrounding ephemera and source material are collected into one must-have volume for collectors and fans, along with text from Marvel Comics historian Roy Thomas.

July 7 -- Magic: The Gathering: Legends: A Visual History, by Wizards of the Coast and Jay Annelli
The world of Magic: The Gathering is home to many fantastical characters and creatures, but perhaps none so intriguing as its legendary creature cards, which include dragons, demons, angels, goblins, vampires, merfolk, wizards, and more. These legendary cards harken back to Magic's early history, having been introduced in one of the first sets of Magic cards (1994's Legends) and in yearly expansions all the way through spring 2020's most recent set.
Magic: The Gathering: Legends showcases high-quality reproductions of the most iconic card art. in many instances for the first time outside of the card frame -- along with accompanying creature and character histories, written by Jay Annelli. This collection also offers exclusive insight into the art and mythology behind some of Magic: The Gathering's most powerful, popular, and enduring legends and legendary creatures.

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Go, Look: Barrett Stanley

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By Reqest Extra: Mike DeCarlo Asks For Your Consideration

Best of luck to him in this time of crisis.
 
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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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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
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

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

October 17
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Texas Book Festival)

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)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Texas Book Festival)

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Haley Tippmann

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* hey, a new edition of Enigma is coming from Berger Books. I'd think that one could be a perennial seller treated well and made a priority.

* they almost did a stunt reminiscent of the call-in vote to kill Robin, just this time on one of the TV shows. But then they never minded it.

* Bennett Campbell Ferguson on the stageplay adapation of Mother, Come Home.

* that's a handsome cover for and potentially important issue of TCJ.

* finally: that's a nice-looking Emil Ferris poster for the winter's MSU Comics Forum event.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Jim Woodring!

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October 10, 2019


Go, Look: Robbie Cathro

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

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Go, Look: Jenn Liv

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this is an interesting-sounding project. It would be great to have a facility like this in New York, and certainly I'm interested in the preservation of Joe Kubert's artistic legacy. That said, this kind of thing is really, really hard to do, and being in New York increases some of the resources of available to a project like this one but may make everything more expensive. There are a lot of failed such efforts in comics' history. I wish them the best, and I'll be first in line for a public opening.

* festivals extra: NYCC has a very active "Artist's Alley," and the Internet is filled with anecdotes about artists doing very well selling goods there. It's not my favorite way to conceive of an art form I love, but I'm happy with those that add to their bottom line that way.

* a crew of writers-about-comics at The Beat dig into recent Marvel comics including the last issue of the Jonathan Hickman-written X-Men recalibration/relaunch. I thought those comics were fun to read, and I will look in on the regular-series spin-offs. It's not easy to work with some of these older properties in terms of ideas and approaches that might potentially interest today's readers, of which there are much fewer than there used to me.

* finally, here's an update on the various cartoonist databases out there to help people find other people.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Jaime Hernandez!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Paul Nagy!

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October 9, 2019


Go, Look: Annabelle Hayford

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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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MAR191688 HANDBOOK TO LAZY PARENTING GN $12.95
All of the books I've read in this series have been amusing, even if I couldn't quite track them volume to volume. I'll definitely own one by Christmas, and probably have given one as a gift.

imageJUL192279 GINSENG ROOTS #1 $5.00
AUG190879 POWERS OF X #6 (OF 6) $5.99
AUG190768 USAGI YOJIMBO #5 CVR A SAKAI $3.99
AUG190512 EVENT LEVIATHAN #5 (OF 6) $3.99
Intersting comic-book format day. Ginseng Roots has already had an interesting pathway to publication, including fevered talk of orientalism evident in its creation. One thing that hasn't been covered as much is Thompson's desire to do serial comic-book style comics, which is interesting in that his Blankets was the first initial thrown bomb in the war of book format vs. comic book formats. Powers Of X ends the initial Jonathan Hickman written recalibration of Marvel's storied X-Men enterprise. I thought it very clever and in its action sequences appropriately thrilling. No idea where they go from here. I wish there were fewer variant covers. Usagi Yojimbo is always of interest, now and forever, and the comic-book form is its best form, I think. Event Leviathan reads like someone taking a bunch of toys -- in this case, DC's detective characters -- and putting them onto a newspaper placed on a table to see what we've got. I'm a sucker for talky things like this, though.

AUG191962 MAKER COMICS GN DRAW A COMIC $12.99
AUG191963 MAKER COMICS HC GN DRAW A COMIC $19.99
I would imagine a series of comics about making would have to have a pretty good comic-book making issue, and starting today I can stop imagining and start analyzing. I like how-to comics about comics and hope it goes well.

AUG191941 PEANUTS EVERY SUNDAY HC VOL 07 1981-1985 $49.99
AUG191577 PHOEBE & HER UNICORN GN VOL 10 UNICORN WHISPERER $9.99
I love these Sunday full-color reprints of Peanuts, although the Sunday series seems smaller in retrospect, just fewer numbers overall. Dana Simpson's Phoebe series is at 10 volumes now, which is pretty great.

JUN190301 BALTIMORE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $34.99
JUL190826 JOHN BYRNES MARVEL CLASSICS ARTIFACT EDITION HC $125.00
Two reliable creator from the mainstream/genre side of comics. I am always interested in at least looking at anything with which Mike Mignola is involved. I used to feel that way about John Byrne, and still do with whatever overisized edition Scott Dunbier dreams. I will look at both!

JUN190332 RAIN HC VOL 01 $24.99
It's been such a strong year that a Bryan and Mary Talbot graphic novel is kind of just popping up as its own market force. I'm interested to seeing how they do.

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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: Shafer Brown

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

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Go, Look: Hannah Templer

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congrats to Christopher Butcher.

image* Leonard Pierce on Jeremiah. Anya Davidson on Return To Romance. Robert Kirby on Rooftop Stew. Noah Berlatsky on Persephone's Garden.

* Michael Tisserand talks to Paul Tumey. Gary Groth talks to Simon Hanselmann.

* here's the first place I went to look at Inktober drawings.

* by request extra: Carta Monir raises money to meet need in her immediate area.

* not comics: I did not know that Evan Dorkin was part of a horror movie podcast, but am happy to learn that fact now.

* finally, here's a calendar marking all PDX comics-related events.
 
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Happy 76th Birthday, Mike Peters!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Matt Wagner!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Michael Netzer!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Simon Gane!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Jim Starlin!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jeremy Haun!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Bob Andelman!

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Happy 81st Birthday, Russell Myers!

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October 8, 2019


Go, Look: Hsthete

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* this Graeme McMillan article about a new Wolverine series is also a summary of all the mutant titles moving forward after the recent reconceptualization. I'm interested in what the core conflicts will look like.

* finally: Eric Reynolds bemoans the extent to which the market is given over to nostalgia books, many of which if not most of which are of dubious long-term merit. I get the short-term economic factors in play, but also feel very strongly that comics is at its best facilitating new material.
 
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Missed This: Scenes From Ghost Tree

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Missed It: Colleen Doran Has An Image Gallery Right On The Front Page Of Her Site

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

.image* Sarah McIntyre draws people from her event during SCBWI Picture Book Day 2019.

* I did not know that Tom Gauld had an art-for-sale page.

* missed this Ken Parille piece about Chris Ware's SPX exhibitor badge and that is one weird sequence of words to type.

* Jason sketches.

* festivals extra: don't forget one of the grand old men of alt-comics festivals, STAPLE. It goes this weekend. Noah Van Sciver made a promo poster.

* finally: go, look: Healing Is A Process.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, James Sturm!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Sean Bieri!

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October 7, 2019


Go, Read: Jeet Heer On Lynda Barry

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Your 2019 Harvey Awards Winners

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Given out over the weekend just past in conjunction with New York Comic Con. Winners In bold.

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BOOK OF THE YEAR

* Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home, by Nora Krug (Scribner)
* Berlin, by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly)
* BTTM FDRS, by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore (Fantagraphics)
* Hey Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic Graphix) [pictured above]
* Kid Gloves, by Lucy Knisley (First Second)
* Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
* My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Image)
* On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
* Upgrade Soul, by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Lion Forge)
* When I Arrived at the Castle, by Emily Carroll (Koyama Press)

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DIGITAL BOOK OF THE YEAR

zimage* Check, Please, by Ngozi Ukazu [pictured right]
* Space Boy, by Stephen McCranie
* The Contradictions, by Sophie Yanow
* The Nib, edited by Matt Bors
* Woman World, by Aminder Dhaliwal

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BEST CHILDREN'S OR YOUNG ADULT BOOK

* Hey Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic Graphix)
* Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (First Second)
* Mr. Wolf's Class #2: Mystery Club, by Aron Nels Steinke (Scholastic Graphix)
* New Kid, by Jerry Craft (HarperCollins Children's Books)
* On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

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BEST MANGA

* Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection, by Junji Ito (VIZ Media)
* Mob Psycho 100, by ONE (Dark Horse Manga)
* My Hero Academia, by Kohei Horikoshi (VIZ Media)
* Our Dreams at Dusk, by Yuhki Kamatani (Seven Seas)
* Smashed, by Junji Ito (VIZ Media)
* Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama (Kodansha Comics)

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BEST EUROPEAN BOOK

* Corto Maltese, by Hugo Pratt (IDW Publishing)
* O Josephine, by Jason (Fantagraphics)
* Radiant, by Tony Valente (VIZ Media)
* Red Ultramarine, by Manuele Fior, translated by Jamie Richards (Fantagraphics)
* Waves, by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel (Archaia)

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BEST COMICS ADAPTATION AWARD

* Alita: Battle Angel, by 20th Century Fox, based on Battle Angel Alita (Kodansha USA)
* Avengers: Endgame, by Marvel Studios, based on The Avengers (Marvel Comics)
* The Boys, by Amazon Studios, based on The Boys (Dynamite Entertainment)
* Captain Marvel, by Marvel Studios, based on Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics)
* Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, by Netflix, based on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Archie Comics)
* Doom Patrol, by DC Universe, based on Doom Patrol (DC Comics)
* Marvel's Spider-Man, by Insomniac Games/Sony Interactive, based on Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
* Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation, based on Spider-Man (Marvel Comics) [pictured below]
* The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival and Die-Cast, based on Exit, Stage Left!: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (DC Comics)
* Umbrella Academy, by Netflix, based on The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse Comics)

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In addition, Maggie Thompson won the comics pioneer award and Mike Mignola, Alison Bechdel and group of MAD creators -- Will Elder, Jack Davis, John Severin, Marie Severin, Ben Oda -- were all inducted into the program's Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

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Go, Look: Ralph Bakshi Halloween Art

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Go, Look: Frogman

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ryan C. on Black Star. Andy Oliver on The Tower In The Sea. Rob Clough on Precious Moments. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #11. Sean Gaffney on Our Dreams At Dusk. Wendy Browne on Mezo #1.

* Bruce Canwell on Terry upping its chemistry game.

* in comics, nothing ever goes all the way away.

* Gary Tyrrell digs into how Guts is being presented by the press.

* bundled extra: Paul Gravett looks at books out in December, a deeply underrated comics month.

* looks like a shift for the Thor character over at Marvel Comics.

* finally: hey, David Heatley is on tour. I liked a few of David's comics when he had a short run as a cartoonist of interest by alt-comics fans. One of them I thought was subsequently made worse by how to collect it. I'll certainly check this book out.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Howard Chaykin!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Tom Hart!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Enki Bilal!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Phil Yeh!

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October 6, 2019


Go, Watch: Carta Monir Interviews Ivy Atoms At CXC 2019 For Atoms' Columbus Comics Residency


Thank You to Columbus Museum Of Art and Columbus College Of Art & Design for sponsoring this wonderful program. Ivy's work will be up at the museum until like April or something in 2020 -- go see it!
 
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If I Were In Norman, I'd Go To This

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Happy 46th Birthday, Shannon Smith!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Dylan Horrocks!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Mike Carlin!

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October 5, 2019


Go, Listen: James Thurber's Influence On Modern Cartoons

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

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Happy 57th Birthday, Jeff Nicholson!

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October 4, 2019


That Industrious Cartoonist Seth Has Not One But Two Gallery Shows Going Right Now

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A Life, All Play: Art Gallery Of Guelph

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Night Drive: Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art.

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If I could go to either, I'd be happy. If I could go to both, I'd be ecstatic. Support your regional comics-related art shows!

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Collective Memory: CXC 2019

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2019 edition of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, held September 26-29 in and around the great City of Columbus.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Con Site
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Read: Profile Of Bert Christman During Wartime

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Megan Kelso talks to Marc Bell. Amy Gunia profiles Badiucao. Rick Bradford profiles BN Duncan. Jae Choi profiles Elizabeth Im.

* the NYT will track comics sales again. I was indifferent, but I bet both creators and PR people will very much welcome such a list's return.

* I wish these attractive people all the best, but I'm enough of an old-school comics guy to be skeptical of executive hires when there's not a ton of easy-to-cite notable work being released. Tiered structures might maximize a line's execution into the marketplace, but the work has to be there. If I'm reading this correctly, the company cites two noteworthy books in a calendar year and blames the market for generally underperforming. There's not a memo or initiative that turns that recent track record into a thriving publishing house.

* Abrams will work with Mariko Tamaki on the Surely Books line. Sounds great. They're opening it up a bit, but Abrams traditionally makes actual imprints a rare thing, which makes the announcement that much more noteworthy.

* finally: Chris Gavaler on Rat Time.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Chris Warner!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Mike Dawson!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Tod Smith!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Jim Siergey!

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October 3, 2019


Go, Look: Von der Sahara in die U-Bahn

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Dueben talks to Kate Lacour.

* Matt McGloin, who I'm guessing based on that name is also starting quarterback at LSU, says Cyberfrog Bloodhoney is kind of meh. That's one of those prove-a-political-point comics. It somehow costs $25. I'm sure anything else I learn about it will make me barf on my shirt. It looks like an early Image comic book, so I guess some people might like the look of it based on that formulation.

* finally: this Paul Karasik cartoon is pretty dark, but it made me laugh!
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Rob Liefeld!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Ivan Brunetti!

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October 2, 2019


Happy 59th Birthday, Barbara Kesel!

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Happy 80th Birthday, Ron Turner!

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CR Review: The American Dream

imageCreator: Shing Yin Khor
Publishing Information: Zest Books, Softcover, 160 pages, 160 pages, August 2019, $16.99.
Ordering Numbers: 1942186371 (ISBN10) 9781942186373 (ISBN 13)

I liked this book. It's modestly conceived and disarmingly executed. If you step back from it, or push your way through its pages with propulsive speed, Shing Yin Khor's memoir of a trip on the old Route 66 from California to Chicago feels like a collection of marketing tag words setting up a series of encounters between the Malaysian-born artist's perception of America with the famous roadway's echoes of a cultural stamp that holds on even after a fade from vibrant times that by most measures ended almost 40 years ago.

It's almost that there is so little to occupy our attention in the foreground of The American Dream? that this forces us to focus on the whole pictures. Road trips are still road trips, no matter the occasion: referenda on a traveler's state of mind. The cartoonist's detail work maintains an open dialogue with what we encounter, distinguished crucially in scenes where we experience the blend of nature into a kind of quotidian but enthusiastic boosterism. I greatly appreciate books like this, because there are not spectacular truths to be had, scales fall from no one's eyes, people fight to be heard about the gentle moments and tableau. With fits and starts The American Dream? makes the case that every grand landscape and cultural self-identity has a longer and more honest existence as something that is gone.
 
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Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Chris Ware

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

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

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Go, Look: Maria Photinakis

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this is a lovely remembrance of the late comics historian Bill Schelly by his friend, editor and publisher Gary Groth.

* Robert Kirby on Drawing Power. Tim Hayes on a series of IPC Youth Group comics reprints. Cynthia Rose on the comics of Edgar P. Jacobs. Brad Mackay on The Follies Of Richard Wadsworth. Gary Tyrrell on Are You Listening?.

* festivals extra: a Ralph Steadman exhibit is coming to the University Of Oregon.

* Ted Rall creates work about his mother's Alzheimer's.

* here's Rick Bradford on the compulsive comics-making of the late BN Duncan.

* finally: Gebe Meline profiles Tom Beland. Jane Graham profiles Gerald Scarfe. Kevin O'Connor profiles Ed Koren. Kim Jooha talks to Johanna Maierski.


 
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October 1, 2019


Go, Look: Here Be Monsters

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CR Review: The Red Zone

imageCreators: Silvia Vecchini, Sualzo
Publishing Information: Amulet, hardcover, 136 pages, September 2019, $15.99.
Ordering Numbers: 9781419733680

According to the supporting material within the book itselves, The Red Zone was the creators' attempt to reach out to people, especially children, feeling the impact of the mid-decade Italian earthquakes: homelessness, separation from loved ones and pets, psychological stresses and in some case simply how to pass the time. I enjoyed those aspects of the title; the way of life now observed in the present moment made a lot of sense as an interruption of a happier, more stable day to day. The emotional reactions felt real, and there's a noticeable lack when it comes to pressing the issues driving those scenes that give them a quiet authority. The work's awards suggests that the kids audience came to trust the authors as well.

It doesn't engage as fully and originally as a work that might stand the ages. The Red Zone is a nice book; it doesn't feel like an important one. I'll remember the book but not its component elements. Some narrative moments felt like cliches -- a boy missing his dog, a misunderstood bully -- but convinced as scene work appropriate to the broader situations involved. We live in times where we have to consider these kinds of wholesale interruption, these quiet shifts from one reality to the other. I might have wished for more accrued detail; artist Sualzo seems skilled enough to make more specific some of the situations faced by the core group of kids. I'm not certain that isn't a selfish wish, though, certainly a wider need catches more of the children for whom this book is intended as an aid.
 
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Go, Look: Grace Abe

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

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Go, Look: Katriona Chapman Has A Favorite Katzine

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Happy 42nd Birthday, A. David Lewis!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Dave Dorman!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Richard Corben!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Ande Parks!

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Bill Spicer!

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