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August 23, 2014


CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 9 to August 15, 2014:

1. Kanika Mishra and Majida Shaheen win the CNRI Award For Courage In Editorial Cartooning.

2. Rebel Pepper aka Wang Liming fears a return to China after learning governmental authorities are stirring up resentment against him and his cartooning while he's out of the country.

3. Ignatz Awards nominees go live.

Winners Of The Week
Mishra and Shaheen

Losers Of The Week
Dicks and Butts (tie)

Quote Of The Week
"I don't sleep a lot. So late at night is when I'm looking up Tumblrs. I just got insomnia a few years ago, so I'd rather be working if I can't be sleeping." -- Annie Koyama

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image from a Marvel comic book from 50 years ago, a year they were killing it

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Go, Read: DON'T Do What You Love

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

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

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If I Were In Mt Prospect, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2014

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August 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This

August 31
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Paper Jam Small Press Festival 2)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 8
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In College Park, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 24)

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Bachalo!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Terry Austin!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Tara Madison Avery!

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August 22, 2014


Go, Look: Liz Wong

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Bill Kartalopoulos Puts Out Word That They're Accepting Submissions For Best American Comics 2015

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The Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos put out word via at least Facebook -- there might be other places -- that they're accepting submissions for the next Best American Comics. He put it thusly:
We are currently accepting submissions for The Best American Comics 2015, which covers new, North American comics (including Canada and Mexico) published between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014. We accept eligible submissions in any format and of any origin, including self-published and online work. Work can be submitted for consideration to the following address:

Bill Kartalopoulos
Series Editor
The Best American Comics
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
215 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003

All work that is submitted will be considered seriously. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.
I hope as many of you that qualify will take advantage of this. I think it's a good habit to form to put in for the things for which you qualify, no matter if you feel you're in line to receive them or not.
 
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Go, Read: In Defense Of Howard The Duck

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Wang "Rebel Pepper" Liming Fears Return To China

The Chinese cartoonist Wang Liming, known as "Rebel Pepper" when he grew to prominence via social media networks a few years back, has told a news service he fears a return to China due to a state-facilitated campaign against his satirical and sometimes critical work. He was in Japan at the time of the story; I'm not sure if the Thursday flight back refers to yesterday or six days from now.

Liming is often cited as a critical voice in modern China, and features on him have focused on both the backlash he's received and the fact that he's dependent on popular social media tools to get the word out, with it looks like about 850,000 followers split across two services. I'm not sure I'm reading him correctly, but the worry seems to be that reaction on state-run Internet sites was more thorough and pointed than usual, accusing him of being a traitor for holding the criticial views in question. It's worth following; I know that the cartoonist has had problems having access to the Internet and similar obstruction issues. It would be an egregious action for there to be formal censure or, god forbid, something even more extreme than that.
 
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Go, Listen: Dan Berry Talks To John Porcellino

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Town Of 4500 Welcomes Comic Book Shop

Baldwin City, Kansas has a new comic book shop: Bulldog Games And Comics, opened by proprietor Gabriel Dorsey. It's been open about three weeks. A couple of things interest me here. The fact that it's a small town is mitigated in part by a business plan that hopes to hook in a regional customer bases that's traveling further away to a bigger city in order to buy their comics and related genre material. The other is that this is going to be a kind of geek-interest store. This of course is a classic store strategy to the extent that we hardly think about it anymore but I always thought it was a pretty good one for a small town. There are overlapping customers, of course, but more to the point these other hobbies also encourage destination-shopping customers. I wish them luck. Their ribbon cutting is August 28.
 
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Go, Look: Sophie Goldstein

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Assembled Extra: Everyone Ask Matt Bors To Make A Regular Feature Of This Sketchbook Thing

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I would like to see them and I would like Joseph Lambert and anyone else he's thinking of have an ongoing opportunity to let this part of their work be seen. Here's a stand-alone posting. Here's Bors thinking out loud.
 
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Go, Look: Josep Baqué

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Pikitia Press has a brand new web presence. That's always nice to see.

* new column at TCJ.com, a focused review series from the cartoonist Julia Gfrörer called "Symbol Reader." Tim Hodler introduces it here.

* if you're friends with the illustrator and comics-maker Laura Park on Facebook, you should go look at her latest -- it's really good. If you're not, sorry.

* finally, I think I totally whiffed a providing a link to this survey-style article on the state of digital comics after the Amazon-comiXology deal.
 
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If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Little Lulu #27

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* what a great find by Brian Biggs. I hope all cartoonists are thinking about where things like this will end up one day.

image* Patrick Lohier profiles Charles Burns. Jason Sacks talks to Caleb Monroe. Clint Nowicke talks to David Aja. Mike Dawson talks to Brian Evenson. Susanna Lam talks to Haukur S. Magnusson.

* here's a nice interview C. Spike Trotman, an important figure in comics. If you're not familiar with her, you can start to catch up there. The interviewer is Juliet Kahn.

* not comics: here's a new Adrian Tomine print.

* Sonia Harris writes about the path that led her to the design work she does for various comics.

* David Mazzucchelli draws Batman.

* not comics: Boom! seems to have done pretty well in the corporate partnerships arena thus far. If there's one takeaway from the Marvel comeback of the last 15 years, it's that high-end corporate partnerships can make a difference.

* finally, Valerie D'Orazio draws a line in the sand.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Will Shetterly!

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