Venerable (in comics terms) Seattle comics store Zanadu has launched a GoFundMe to basically stabilize operations -- that's what the description sounds like to me, anyway. That was the store of my 1990s Seattle, at least in terms of a full-service comics shop in the heart of downtown, where you could find all the superhero comics, most of the alternative comics and things like random volumes of that Wash Tubbs series from back in the day.
I wish the best of luck to Perry and his employees and will look into sending along some money myself.
Go, Read: Brian Hibbs On The Struggle Of Comics Retail
Here. The specific observations are more interesting than the assault on the question raised. Hibbs is also happy to mention the minimum wage being raised within certain urban areas as a worrisome thing for smaller businesses, which isn't usually included in those kinds of concerns.
I hope comics can keep its retail arm. It's become a significant advantage, I think, and adds to the art form's attached culture.
* Compass South: Four Points, Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock (Farrar)
* Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier and Braden Lamb (Scholastic)
* Hilda and the Stone Forest, Luke Pearson (Nobrow)
* Hippopotamister, John Patrick Green (First Second)
* March: Book Three, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
* Mighty Jack, Ben Hatke (First Second)
* Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Ben Clanton (Tundra)
* The Nameless City, Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire (First Second)
* Science Comics: Dinosaurs, MK Reed and Joe Flood (First Second)
* Snow White, Matt Phelan (Candlewick; Pictured)
That's an interesting list for its focus and resulting attention to lines outside traditional comics discourse. First Second is within those bounds, and Ben Hatke is quite the force now.
Missed It: Kelly Fernandez Wins CAKE Cupcake Award
In a part of the year desperate for good news, Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum posted that Kelly Fernandez was selected this year's Cupcake Award winner, a program run by the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Congratulations to the winner.
One of the things that Fernandez will receive is mentoring from McGurk. I like programs like this: the community has to forge connections as industry vacates that role.
* Daniel Elkin suggests a few indy/alt comics as holiday presents. That's another vote for the Luke Healy book as a sleeper for 2016.
* Jude Terror assembles an interesting on-line conversation here involving the artist Greg Capullo over whether or not it's possible for people to disengage with politics entirely, as, for example, doing so indicates the kind of privilege that only extends to a limited number of creators. I'm reminded that at the first SDCC panel on blogging, several of the creators noted the intensity and passion that was engaged by political expression whether or not it had a comics tie-in. I'd say political discourse is deeply, deeply intertwined with how people express themselves on-line and now that we're in a Trump-inspired armageddon of rhetorical ploys, all of this just became 10X more complicated.