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October 20, 2014


Go, Look: Three More Comics From Boulet

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Dave Crane
* Lizzlizz
* Panel Works
* Shaz

News Stories And Columns
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

October 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

October 23
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Madison, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Locust Moon Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

November 3
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

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

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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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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Go, Look: Steve McNiven Images Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I haven't been paying a bunch of attention to Inktober, the latest "let's all draw something" stunt in which many artists are participiating on-line, but I have enjoyed some of the little drawings I've seen as a result, like this Colossus by Mike Dawson.

* not comics: Iggy Pop apparently doesn't make enough money from music on which to live, and he blames in part the ability to access his work for free against his wishes that it be free. A good friend of mine insists it's a lot easier to conceive of what's going on here if you eliminate the idea of free from the discussion and realize that consumers now feel that in several ways that count they're already paying you with the time they spend consuming your work.

* Lauren Davis on In Real Life.

* ComicsAlliance has one of those funny Chris Haley comics up, this time on the Death Of Wolverine. At least I think Haley has done more than one of those comics.

* Chris Butcher posts a report on his trip to the Lakes Festival in 2013 just in advance of the 2014 version, now completed. The physical infrastructure of it looks amazing.

* not comics: Abhay Khosla reviews Birdman.

* finally, the hidden language of comic book writers.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Len Kaminsky!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Matthew Loux!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Ryan North!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Mike Baehr!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jim Engel!

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Happy 38th Birthday, John Allison!

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October 19, 2014


Congratulations To Gary Groth On Winning The 2014 Stranger Genius Award In Literature

imageI saw this on some private Facebook postings, but here's the tweet from someone that was at last night's ceremony. Here's Paul Constant's profile of Groth when Groth was nominated for the prize, given out in yearly fashion by the major alt-weekly to people working in that region in various forms of expression.

This seems important to me for a couple of reasons. One is that I think this is the first career-spanning award Groth has been a part of, and if there's justice he should be a part of a bunch over the next several years. The world of adult, literate expression in comics owes much of crucial significance to that 14-year-old lining up the column spacing on his fanzines in his bedroom, night after night, and the man that teenager became. The other is that Fantagraphics has had a curious relationship to Seattle over its quarter-century there, and it's always nice to see that city recognize the cultural impact that this long-standing business has had both there in town and throughout the world.

I've long suspected Gary Groth was a genius in part because I'm 3-269 in two decades of arguments with him. So this makes me feel better. Seriously, though, thousands of lives would be different without his unique achievements, including my own. Congratulations to him on this nice honor.
 
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If I Were In England, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Happy 67th Birthday, Giorgio Cavazzano!

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October 18, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Jim Woodring Speaking In Seattle


The Reubens


Ali Farzat Interviewed About Being Attacked


Marjane Satrapi Profiled On Sundance TV


Cartoonists Live In Herne Bay


Her NYCC 2014 Experience
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from October 11 to October 17, 2014:

1. Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? makes the National Book Awards shortlist for non-fiction, the first comics work to do so.

2. NYCC concludes its 2014 with a strong claim for the most-attended show in North America, so much so it's weird that it still gets qualified as a claim. As far as I know, it's the most-attended show now.

3. Last Gasp concludes a successful book-season fundraiser.

Winner Of The Week
Chast

Losers Of The Week
Not sure, but there's probably a number attached to them here.

Quote Of The Week
"So why do we hate this book? Every time I hear about how important the Fantastic Four are, it’s always lip service in articles about how the team will be destroyed or the book is getting canned. The two major arcs I can think of off the top of my have all revolved around death: Jonathan Hickman brought the book into the spotlight by killing off Johnny Storm, and Matt Fraction upped the ante and threatened the whole team with cosmic radiation poisoning. Robinson is now systematically destroying the family unit, along with its credibility. Fantastic Four #5 was difficult to read, as Reed and Sue were taken to court, losing their home and their children due to endangerment. We all know being a superhero is dangerous, but to take matters into the “real world” and penalize Marvel’s First Family for being fantastic is just sad. Maybe preparing to cancel the book is a small mercy." -- Carla Hoffman
 
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If I Were In England, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 45th Birthday, Sam Henderson!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Larry Pickering!

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