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January 18, 2017


Happy 83rd Birthday, Raymond Briggs!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Christian Durieux!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Patrick Lesueur!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mike Lynch!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Charles Yoakum!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Yvan Alagbé!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Alan Gardner!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Stephen DeStefano!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Frank Quitely!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Scott Mills!

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January 17, 2017


Go, Look: Suzy And Cecil 2016

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* creative team change with the Guardians Of The Galaxy property as it currently stands over at Marvel. It's not an area of my expertise, but as an occasional reader of all types of comics Marvel's scattered treatment of those characters post-hit movie seems a lost opportunity. It seems like one title with a sturdy creative team like this one would have been the way to go all along. I remember a Brian Bendis-involved comic and I remember the characters showing up in either Howard The Duck or Silver Surfer or something like that with Kitty Pryde and the Thing involved somehow, but I couldn't tell you what for or why.

* hey, NYRC is doing Yvan Alagbe's Les Negres Jaunes in English this Fall. Year: made. Well, the comics part of it, anyway.

* looks like DC is due to try a version of the Legion Of Super-Heroes again. I think that's one of DC's better concepts: "teenage superhero club in the future" seems right up there with "space cop with a magic ring" to me. It was so popular at one time that it tends to get smothered to death every time out, though. It should be an interesting test of the Rebirth editorial initiative: the "greatest elements thrown together" strategy would seem friendly to a Legion reboot, but it also seems like that might not take any concept far enough that needs more than its agreed-upon best version put out there.

* finally, seeing a listing for Roz Chast's New York book that has the volume coming out in October reminds me there's already been a really good feature on it.
 
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Go, Look: Landed

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By Request Extra: Dude Who Spends An Extensive Amount Of Time Playing Superman Needs Help

Here. One of the first things I learned when I started working in comics is that people take aspects of them far more seriously than I'm equipped to. Then again, you break any of these campaigns down to their components and somewhere in there it's just someone asking for help.
 
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Go, Look: The Fuck You Forest

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Not Comics: Wally Wood Animation Pitch Illustrations

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Attack On Titan Vol. 20. Todd Klein on The Flash #6.

* I am looking forward to this book and I am looking forward to the reaction to this book.

* I love this early Usagi panel. I always thought the way Usagi handled violence was worth a good academic paper or five. I'm not sure myself how it works, not exactly, and I've been reading those comics for 30 years now.

* Kat Eschner profiles Antonio Prohias.

* finally, another thing I love is this title.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Ann Nocenti!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jon B. Cooke!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Tom Brevoort!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Joseph Lambert!

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January 16, 2017


Go, Look: Sara Lautman At TCJ.com

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Congressman John Lewis Wages Public Opinion Fight With President-Elect Donald Trump; March Benefits

imageIn case you missed the latest pieces of building falling off the American experiment, Eisner-winning Congressman John Lewis has in the last few days become the focal point for Democratic party reaction to the forthcoming inauguration of Donald Trump. Lewis objects to the nature of the election and feels that foreign interference delegitimizes the election. He won't be attending the inaugural activities. This has led to the usual weird public reaction from Trump via social media and a slew of articles as to what it all means in a deeper sense and what the proper responses on both sides should be. The US political landscape is basically the Comics Journal message board circa 1997 now, although people second-guessing how Lewis should conduct himself or the nature of his career is way more depressing than Dirty Danny throwing a diaper at Ted Rall or Domingos Isabelinho pounding through comics foot soldiers like Darth Vader in that 15 seconds near the end of Rogue One.

There is a bit of comics news to this in that the accompanying surge of interest in Lewis has driven sales on the biography of his years in the 1960s Civil Rights movement: the three-volume, award-winning March. I am happy for people that get to read that book as a way of seeking out information that is alive to them at this moment. That whole book covers things that have become alive to us in a way I'm not sure anyone thought likely when the project was announced.
 
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Go, Look: Lessons From Memphis

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Go, Look: Those Steranko Outland Pages

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