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November 13, 2019


This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From 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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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 Seattle, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* for no particular reason, to the left is a panel from the old Claremont/Byrne/Austin run on late 1970s/early 1970s X-Men comics, with Wolverine in his all-encompassing Fonz phase. Those were frequently effective comics.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Sara Ryan!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Doug Murray!

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November 12, 2019


Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News


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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* here's an interview with that nice man and skilled comic-book writer Brian Michael Bendis about the current attempt to reboot Legion Of Super-Heroes. That's one of DC's broadly appealing and easy to grasp concepts, and should be something the company does well in the same way that the X-Men books should be a strength for Marvel. I am a spectacularly bad customer for its standard mix of nostalgic reverie for traditional square-jaw super-heroics and kids-culture values of the broadest sort, but I sured like reading optimistic super-kid stories when I was a young man and would imagine a lot of kids could make use of something like that now that the future has become conceivably shorter and potentially more depressing.

* finally: it's hard for me to figure out the benefit of making stand-alone creative efforts into their own "universe" of stories. I know some people believe these companies shouldn't be precious about this kind of thing, but it always seems to dissipate some of the energy those wider storylines bring to the table. Seems like sloppy resource management.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Carl Potts!

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November 11, 2019


Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* names you may have heard of, at varying levels of initial success: Brian Pulido, Chuck Dixon, Michael Jantze.

* here's another cartoonist of repute: Ted Rall.

* two long-running campaign followed by this site feature Larry Shell and Jim Wheelock.

* finally: people continue to donate to Gahan Wilson's care.
 
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Go, Look: Children's Rights At Cartoon Movement

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Go, Look: Why It's Got To Be Bernie

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* this Gretchen Felker-Martin essay about the appeal of the Marvel movies coming from elements of their creation that are less than exemplary has received a great deal of attention and has something to say about that enormously successful series of films. They inform the perception of the comics, at the very least. It's interesting to read analysis tht makes a strong distinction about elements unique to the film because I think the comics have a completely different set of virtues.

* here's an excerpt from Daybreak, Brian Ralph's graphic novel that inspired a TV show of the same now. I don't know anyone that recognizes the comic in the TV show, but I know a lot of people that Ralph makes as much money as possible from the show.

* J. Caleb Mozzocco on War Bears. Eddie Campbell on Screwball! The Cartoonists Who Made The Funnies Funny. Leonard Pierce on This Is What Democracy Looks Like. Noah Berlatsky on Wonder Woman Volume One: The Just War.

* finally: Bill Leak's son Johnnes will fill the cartoonist position at The Australian.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Will Dinski!

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Happy 50th Birthday, James Owen!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Steve Ekstrom!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Derek M. Ballard!

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November 10, 2019


Go, Look: Bill Sienkiewicz Imagery

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2019

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

November 13
* If I Were In Seattle, 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
* If I Were In Beaverton, 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

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

November 21
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 28
* If I Were In Hamilton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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December 7
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (CALA)

December 8
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (CALA)

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Events For January 2020 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 45th Birthday, Chris Bolton!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Neil Gaiman!

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Happy 49th Birthday, James Sime!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Bruce Chrislip!

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November 9, 2019


Go, Look: Boy Comics #10

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

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

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

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Happy 68th Birthday, Bill Mantlo!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Peter Birkemoe!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Mort Todd!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Denis St. John!

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November 8, 2019


Go, Look: María Medem

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* I was promised a grant on-line project here, but all I got was pretty generic placeholder page. Maybe you'll have better luck.

* missed it: there was a data break at a forum related to XKCD. I mean, it was a couple of months ago, but that's pretty good in terms of google routinely driving attention to news stories from 2012, etc.

* digital comics of various kinds is by far the weakest area of this site, but today is very much all about comics with which I have almost no familiarity.

* finally: I don't know the answer to any of these questions about Erfworld.
 
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If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Jean Frisano Marvel Comics Art

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's some love for 900 pages of Locas as a compelling, pleasurable, and ultimately lovely comics-reading experience -- one of the many ways to characterize its many virtues. There are some comics that punch in its weight class in terms of overall artistic experience, its aesthetic rewards and insight into human nature, and a few comics that are in the same neighborhood as enjoyable reads, but it's hard to think of any other comics that can be accessed both ways to greater reward.

* this is the final morning for a multiple GN crowd-funder from alt-comics icon Steve Lafler.

image* Mike Kleine on The Death Of The Master. Mike Lynch on Feiffer On Nixon.

* put Iron Jaw on the list of terrifying Golden Age superhero comics figures.

* not comics: Stephen Dixon, one of the formidable figures in Fantagraphics' prose list, died on Wednesday. He was 83.

* Brad Wheeler profiles Jeff Lemire. Extra credit for going with a non-standard headline there.

* Liza Donnelly livedraws through a marathon for charity.

* Rick Marschall is the focus of an article on one university's attempt to build a collection around political cartooning. Marschall is apparently America's foremost expert on pop culture now. Go big or go home, I guess.

* what music Lisa Hanawalt is listening to.

* finally: here is what was for sale the summer I was 11 years old.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Cheese Hasselberger!

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November 7, 2019


Go, Look: Black Rain On The Highway Of Death

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* it's all about Short Run now, with I think precursor events starting tonight. Short Run is one of our most important shows by executing its role as a regional comics festival as well as any show out there executes its own conception of what a show should be -- even the international platform model. When I go there -- and I'm just not healthy enough to go this year, which kills me -- I see cartoonists I think of as really Seattle artists: Dave Lasky, Megan Kelso, Max Clotfelter -- and I think of them as wholly beholden to that region. It's a modest one-day show with a ridiculous guest list and just the right amount of bells and whistles in terms of supportive programs and even panel programming. Plus I still love Seattle a lot. If you can get there, please go. If you can go, buy Lasky's latest and anything from Jim Blanchard if he's around.

* to make this post the nerdiest of the month so far, one of the reasons I'm paying extra attention to Short Run is that for many of those cartoonists there is a smaller number of shows they can do because of the difficulty of travel, and I wonder if reducing the number of shows might have a positive effect on a number of folks. This is the kind of thing I e-mail to friends at 3 AM, so feel lucky if we've never been friends.

* I think I'll be swapping the above column image in time for the new year. I really like it, there's just a ton of cartoonists of that SPX era in view. The last couple column images I changed was after receiving e-mail from people begging for me to do so because the previous image drove them nut. Never this one, though.

* preview of a show in Grand Rapids.

* here's a report from the Gareb Shamus-run ACE show form Chicago. I have almost not mental connection to a show so heavily invested in celebrity; it's just not my conception of how they should be focused at least a little bit on the work. But people certainly love these sorts of interactions and I'm probably an asshole for not feeling this sort of thing in my heart. I like actors, too, just as their own thing. I swear.

* finally: the cycle begins anew with San Diego Con.
 
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Go, Look: Eleri Harris Interviews Masha Gessen

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Go, Look: Post-War Color Gag Cartoons

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on The 7 Deadly Sins.

* missed these sketchbook drawings by Ben Towle.

* not comics: Todd Klein on The Secret Commonwealth.

* Sean Phillips draws Elric. Well; drew.

* Kevin Huizenga presents Ka*Bala.

* finally: a few of you were nice enough to send me this cute photo of Chris Ware and Lynda Barry.
 
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Happy 33rd Birthday, Lizz Hickey!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Dave Cooper!

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November 6, 2019


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks To Ho Che Anderson

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases From 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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JAN190862 ART OF ROY G KRENKEL FATHER OF HEROIC FANTASY HC $59.99
I can find almost nothing on this week's list of direct interest to me -- -- so I'm going to recommend a couple of old-timey collections and some comics I'd look at it were in a shop but probably not buy. I used to read a lot of these in old 'zines and in stand-alone tear-sheets that I wold buy out of the same box as those 'zines. I could look at the art for hours.

AUG191586 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID HC VOL 14 WRECKING BALL $14.99
This great king of the hybrids is always worth noting, especially as the category surges forward.

SEP190175 COPRA #2 (MR) $3.99
SEP190185 DIE #9 CVR A HANS (MR) $3.99
SEP190186 DIE #9 CVR B RIOS & MUERTO (MR) $3.99
Here's some comic-book comics, including the latest iteration of Michel Fiffe's take on gritty comics of a generation past. I've read a couple of issues of the RPG-soaked comic DIE and I see the multiple editions, so I suppose it's a hit. It's a weird micro-moment at the end of 2019 for mainstream-type genre comics, so what hits moving forward should be interesting.

AUG191222 BLACK TERROR #1 NAKAYAMA LTD VIRGIN CVR $50.00
SEP191072 BLACK TERROR #2 CVR A RAHZZAH $3.99
I have no idea about the provenance of this attempt to comics with the old Black Terror character, let alone what might make one worth $50, but I always liked that costume. It's one of the costumes that were anyone to wear you would be absolutely certain they were a lunatic and not want to have anything to do with them if you could help it.

APR192022 MAC RABOY MASTER OF THE COMICS HC $39.95
I like the way Raboy's comics look and always i'm not sure if he's a master or a highly skilled journeyman, but my sense is that he was popular among his peers and has retained that reputation through today.

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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: Big George Cartoons From Virgil Partch

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Go, Look: Frank Godwin In Liberty

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe McCulloch on The River At Night.

* Caitlin McGurk profiles that very nice person and all around comics hero Susan Kirtley, using as a jumping off point the Oregon-based academic spent at the Billy Ireland here in Columbus.

* Gary Tyrrell notes that Chris Onstad is doing some themed drawing.

* Happy 5th Shop Anniversary to Mike Sterling.

* Paul Gravett does his first monthly scouting report with a 2020 in the title.

* finally, a bit of By Request Extra: the Alternative Library in Bellingham is seeking funds for a new home.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Gregory Mardon!

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November 5, 2019


Go, Look: Colony Of A Colony

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

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* From recent rumor to linkable post: Fantagraphics will publish Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth's The Cloven Book One next year. Southworth is a favorite human being of every comics person who has ever lived in Seattle post-1990, myself included, and his work on Stumptown was super-attractive. I don' know a thing about Stein.

* there is a lengthy article here about John Jennings and Damian Duffy and each creator individually on occasion of their second adaptation of Octavia Butler's work, as they follow up Kindred with January 2020's Parable Of The Sower. Jennings in particular has a small army's worth of things going on.

* there will always be Star Wars comics.

* finally: here's a revived Michel Fiffe webcomics project due for print publication in 2020.
 
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OTBP: Love Is Like A Hurricane

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Missed It: Jordan Crane Pattern Prints At What Things Do

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congratulations to RJ Matson for winning this year's Berryman Award, and also for a magnificent mane of hair.

image* Irene Velentzas on Guts. Ryan C. on Rooftop Stew.

* go, read: Thom Dunn tells the recent story of Pedro S. Molina.

* Cesara Rossetti provides a primer on autobiographical cartooning.

* here are a couple of articles on the brand new Ladies First exhibit at the Billy Ireland, one by Alison Holm and one by Joel Oliphint.

* finally: go, watch: Chris Claremont's X-Men on Amazon Prime. That looks like one of a group of such films. Quality can vary on a bunch of films like that, but I like that kind of work -- especially as primary sources-type material -- moving forward.
 
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Happy 81st Birthday, Steranko!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Diana Tamblyn!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Robert Loren Fleming!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mats Stromberg!

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Happy 46th Birthday, George O'Connor!

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November 4, 2019


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Talks to Kevin Huizenga

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

by Tom Spurgeon

* it's great to see more money going to the defense fund designed to go to those sued by Cody Pickrodt. There was a definite second round of need that arrived to make sure that campaign is successful. I hope any of you that feel strongly about that situation will consider a donation.
 
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Go, Look: Molly Fairhurst

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Go, Look: Denmark's Forgotten Colonial Past

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Philippe Leblanc on three by Allie Trigoso.

* so apparently they're putting together another official timeline for the DC universe and this will be a line-wide thing. There was a time when people extolled the virtues of whole line narratives as comics' unique contribution to the creative world, and a time when it seemed like those companies were going back to ignoring them altogether. I'm kind of in-between. Those issues really bore me as foreground but I think can inform a fruitful approach to doing these kinds of comics.

* Kurtis Findlay talks to Paul Tumey.

* Gary Tyrrell talks us through a David Malki crowd-funder that had a very interesting path to publication.

* I'll mention this again in the "Assembled" column after taking a look, but there is apparently a new AAEC web site.

* not comics: Dean Mullaney writes about one of the great related-item efforts of all time, the Punjab Magic Whistle.

* finally: here's an article breaking down the ramifications of Batman competing in some MMA-style contests within one of his comics.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Alex Van Koten!

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November 3, 2019


Missed It: CR Turned 15 Last Month

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I missed my anniversary.

CR started right around when Christopher Reeve died -- although it's hard to tell exactly when because I ran it silent for a while to get used to the software. Mr. Reeve died October 10, 2004.

I'm thankful for the opportunity of Comics Reporter, touched by every single person that has spent some time here and/or otherwise helped and fully cognizant of all the times I've fallen short of promises made. I will figure it out or I will die not having figured it out. I hope by the time I'm finished or it has finished me that CR has been an overall good thing. Even if we've just kept each other company, that can be a lot. It's been that way for me.

I'm in awe of people who make art. It's how we pray to one another.

My thanks to Jordan Raphael, who built me a web site because I lost my newspaper strip job and he wanted to cheer me up. If I have any lesson to offer it's that you should always be nice to the interns. You never know if one of them will save you.
 
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Go, Look: The Wasps

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

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Happy 44th Birthday, Zack Soto!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Tom Grindberg!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Tom Lyle!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Karen Sneider!

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FFF Results Post #531 -- Not Too Long Ago

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics Published During The Years 2010-2014 That Deserve Consideration For Best Comics Of The Decade." This is how they responded.

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Mark Brodersen

* Scalped
* Usagi Yojimbo
* The Walking Dead
* Invincible
* Bedlam

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Terry Eisele

1. Drinking at the Movies, Julia Wertz (Three Rivers Press)
2. Market Day, James Sturm (Drawn & Quarterly) [image pictured above]
3. Daytripper, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba (Vertigo)
4. The Nao of Brown, Glyn Dillon (SelfMadeHero)
5. The Property, Rutu Modan (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Through The Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
2. Arsene Schrauwen, Olivier Schrauwen (Fantagraphics)
3. My Friend Dahmer, Derf Backderf (Abrams)
4. The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
5. Susceptible, Genevieve Castree (Drawn and Quarterly) [image pictured above]

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Des Devlin

* Megahex, Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics) [image pictured above]
* Walter Scott, Wendy (Koyama Press)
* The Furry Trap, Josh Simmons (Fantagraphics)
* The Wrenchies, Farel Dalrymple (First Second)
* Blue, Pat Grant (Top Shelf)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Bakuman, Tsugumi Ohba (Viz Media)
2. Building Stories, Chris Ware (Pantheon Books)
3. Finding Frank & His Friend, Kristie Shepherd/Cesare Asaro (Curio & Co.)
4. Genius, Marc Bernardin/Adam Freeman/Afua Richardson (Top Cow) [image pictured above]
5. Snarked, Roger Langridge (Boom! Studios)

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Michael Dooley

1. Prelude to a Million Years, Song Without Words, Vertigo, Lynd Ward (Library of America) 2010
2. Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton (Drawn & Quarterly) 2011 [image pictured above]
3. Building Stories, Chris Ware (Pantheon) 2012
4. The Best Of EC: Artist’s Edition, Volume One (IDW) 2013
5. Kill My Mother, Jules Feiffer (Liveright) 2014

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John Vest

1. Freeway, Mark Kalesniko (Fantagraphics)
2. The Amazing, Enlightening And Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley, Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics)
3. Paying For It, Chester Brown (Drawn And Quarterly)
4. The Making Of, Brecht Evens (Drawn And Quarterly)
5. Are You My Mother?, Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) [image pictured above]

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Mário Filipe

1. Building Stories, Chris Ware (Pantheon Books)
2. New School, Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)
3. Recidivist IV, Zak Sally (La Mano)
4. Congress of Animals, Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
5. Infomaniacs, Matthew Thurber (PictureBox)

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Stephen Harrick

1. 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente by Wilfred Santiago (Fantagraphics)
2. El Deafo by Cece Bell (Abrams) [image pictured above]
3. MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt (Dark Horse)
4. Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
5. B + F by Gregory Benton (Adhouse Books)

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November 2, 2019


Hey, The New Exhibits At The Billy Ireland Open Today

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Those images are for brand-new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Exhibits. The one on top is for DRAWN TO PRESIDENTS: PORTRAITS AND SATIRIC DRAWINGS BY DREW FRIEDMAN; the one on the bottom is for LADIES FIRST: A CENTURY OF WOMEN'S INNOVATIONS IN COMICS AND CARTOON ART. They are opening today and I am greatly looking forward to both of them. There will be individual events tied into each exhibit, and we'll list them here the second we can and for as long as we can.

It's wonderful to have that resource here in Columbus, and I hope as many people as possible will visit. I know my guest room is open for all of my friends. Come on out. We'll get dinner.
 
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I Hope Everyone Who Can Possibly Go Goes To Comic Arts Brooklyn Today Because Wow

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This program slate is ridiculous.

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MEMORIAL HALL

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From RAW to Rusty
11:00-12:15PM
Chris Ware in conversation with Françoise Mouly & Art Spiegelman

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Coffee Tawk with Honeybunch Kominsky
12:30 - 1:45PM
Aline Kominsky in conversation with Lauren Weinstein

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ARC BUILDING

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Drawing is a Way of Thinking
2:00-2:45PM
Charles Burns & Gary Panter in conversation with Jacob Berendes

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Invisible Wall: Drawing Across Borders
3:00-3:45PM
with Alfonso de Anda, Danny Shepard, Gibrán Turón, & Courtney Menard

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Frank Santoro and Pittsburgh: Representing Hometown, Family, and Possibility
4:00-4:45PM
In conversation with Calvin Reid

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The Sublime Detail
5:00-5:45PM
Kim Deitch & Nina Bunjevac in conversation

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Decolonizing Comics
6:00-6:45PM
with Breena Nuñez, Lawrence Lindell, Trinidad Escobar, & Minnie Phan

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What's really amazing about this is that year-in and year-out CAB has the best floor in terms of size and exhibitor to exhibitor quality of just about any show I know; I think TCAF operates in that weight class, and specific good years of CALA and MICE.

But that floor and this programming slate together? Yow! Congrats to co-curators Gabe Fowler and Courtney Menard.

I hope you're already going if you have any chance to go, and if you're on the fence somewhow somewhere in the region, I hope this might convince you to check it out.

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

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

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November 1, 2019


Go, Look: Caroline Hu

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* we are one week into the launch of an official Homestuck sequel relaunch. Here's a reaction and here's another reaction.

* online publication The MNT is suspending publication. According to the newsletter:
The MNT will be wrapping up at the end of November, and will no longer be posting on the website moving forward. Firstly: thank you all for your support across the last three years. You've allowed us to pay comic critics to write about comics honestly, openly, and independently, and that's a huge deal. We've been thrilled to be able to operate in a way which lets critics say what they want to say, rather than what the comics industry wants to hear them say. It's been a massive success, in basically every way, and running the MNT has been a complete joy. That said? It's time to close doors for now.

I'm not saying those doors *won't* get kicked right back open in the New Year.
I liked that model and I think there may still be some life to it, so let's hope there's something to that final line. Congrats to those involved on their run.

* this is either a slightly late list of Halloween-related webcomics for 2019 or a really early one for 2020.

* I sometimes lose track of things, but it looks like we're still waiting on finding out what the new promised era of The Far Side will entail, which to me indicates new material is on the table because I can't think of this long a decision about simply repackaging old material.

* finally: here's a Korean business start-up that works the public relations field with a webcomic as one of its core offerings.
 
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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Edie Fake

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* that great stalwart of writing-about-comics Graeme McMillan talks to the new stewards of the John Constantine character. It's not a kind of creation in which I take a a natural interest, but it's certainly a part of the modern media landscape, including the comics corner of it. That's a well-conceived character in term of making a kind of baseline template in the Doctor Who tradition, although I think there are some elements that keep the iterations themselves from developing legs. Constatine's a lot like Wolverine in that respect. We'll get a streaming series before too long to test this. I don't have a long history of comics starring that character, although I tend to prefer heroes that are scrambling to keep their shit together than ascendant badasses dunking on various dummies, although the latter version has probably been what's kept the character around for this long.

* bundled extra: here's a peak at the next Mimi Pond project. I'll fun this in "Bundled" proper next week, too.

* not fully accustomed to seeing the sale of original art concurrent with the publication of a comics issues, but it seems smart to me.

* festivals extra: SPACE will be held mid-July this year. That's my hometown show, and having CXC has almost certainly put a damper on this sister-show to juggernaut SPX. I have hopes for it, though. We need as many comics-only shows as we can muster.

* finally: that time Al Columbia and Mr. T hung out together.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Zander Cannon!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Whit Spurgeon!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Rich Koslowski!

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