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April 25, 2015


Go, Look: John Byrne Marvel Team-Up Splash Pages

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

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

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If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Knoxville, 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 May 2015

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April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 29
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 30
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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May 2
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (Ratha Con)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were Near Dartmouth, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 15
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 16
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 17
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)

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Events For June 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 40th Birthday, Milo George!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Peter Sanderson!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Albert Uderzo!

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April 24, 2015


Go, Look: Sergi Puyol

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Missed It: Roz Chast Receives $250,000 Heinz Award

The much-lauded, longtime New Yorker fixture turned super-successful graphic novelist Roz Chast will receive $250,000 from the Heinz Foundation as part of a prize program designed to target creative thinkers about critical issues. In Chast's the issue is adult health care, via her award-winning graphic novel, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

The article notes her absolute surprise at receiving the award; she thought she was going to be asked to donate a cartoon.

Congratulations to Chast, one of the great ambassadors for the medium of comics, and kudos to Heinz for being smart enough to recognize the quality of that work.
 
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Go, Listen: Katie Skelly Talks To Mike Dawson About Book Of Human Insects

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Bundled Extra: DC Comics Announces Third Book In Frank Miller's Dark Knight Series For Fall 2015

imageThis is a pretty straight-forward press release -- at least far as it goes. Frank Miller will be working with writer Brian Azzarello on a third Dark Knight series, after what is now called The Dark Knight Returns and its sequel The Dark Knight Strikes again. No artist has yet been selected; they hope to begin the eight issues to run every two weeks starting sometime this Fall.

There will be an extremely high curiosity factor here, with the original series' place near or at the top of superhero-reworkings of the 1980s and the sequel's place as a baffling rejoinder to that series. I'm one of the 10 percent that quite liked DKSA, but it did not do well with audience members expecting more of the original's imaginative, gritty noir take on those superheroes.

My memory is that this specific project has been rumored for a while, but with Scott Snyder as the co-writer rather than Azzarello. I could be completely wrong about that. I'm old now, like Miller's Bruce Wayne. I think you can also interpret this as a classic gesture on DC's part to block some of the market momentum that should be flowing Marvel's way post its Secret Wars phase. As for Miller not providing the art, it might be worth noting that one of the other great Batman stories of all time involved Miller just writing. So I don't know, sounds fun to me; I'll keep an eye out for it.
 
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Go, Look: Ann Pajuväli

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Go, Look: ICAF Call For Treasurer

The International Comic Arts Forum is putting out a call for someone to fill their Treasurer positions. It is unpaid. I suppose the kind of person to whom this might appeal is an academic who wants to be involved with ICAF, perhaps in order to advance their own career in the weird sort-of structured world that is comics academia.
 
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OTBP: A Is For Amos

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A Pair Of Articles Related To Recent Internet Tussles

* Rich Johnston's Bleeding Cool site has put together a bunch of tweets from a small group of working comics professionals battling over whether or not they'd want or be able to work together after personal political beliefs and decisions are examined.

* the talented writer Rembert Browne explores the Internet culture of winning.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Totally Missed This Mermaid Story That Popped Up At SPX Tumblr

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's a report on STAPLE through the books picked up by one attendee.

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on All-New X-Men Vol. 5. Sean Gaffney on Accel World: The Twilight Marauder. Rob McMonigal on Masks 2 #1.

* I don't know enough about marketing/product/content initiatives like DC Super Hero Girls to know if it's going to succeed or not. I can predict one or two objections -- like I'm sure that some people don't want toys for girls cordoned off from the rest of the "universes" and "worlds" and toy lines. The primary fun I have is looking at a line like DC through the eyes of a toy company or a content creators that wants to do something with them, which characters get singled o ut.

* Sam Bosma draws Mulholland Drive.

* here's the cover for the debut book by Jeremy Baum, being published by Fantagraphics. Speaking of imminent work, it looks like the next issue of Pope Hats is an all-color one.

* here are some of the times Batman wore armor. That jumped out at me because you'd think storyline-wise that would be a weird thing but apparently it's not. On a lot of levels, the big superhero characters are pretty exhausted.

* how Warren Ellis works.

* finally, Todd Klein looks at a Dracula logo.
 
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Happy 45th Birthday, Warren Craghead!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Devlin Thompson!

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