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September 23, 2014


Go, Look: Mary Charlene On Etsy

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Collective Memory: Rose City Comic Con 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Rose City Comic Con, held September 20-21 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Tumblr
* Convention Twitter
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Blind Thistle
* Little Dee
* Squid Row
* The Art Of Dawn Blair
* Warhammer 40K Orks

Miscellaneous
* Panel Patter's Rose City Roll Call

News Stories and Columns
* Comicosity
* KGW
* Mail Tribune
* Oregon Live 01
* Oregon Live 02
* Oregon Live 03
* Portland Mercury

Video
* The Oregonian
* UnLTDGamingHD 01
* UnLTDGamingHD 02

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

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

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Michael Deodato Jr. Pin-Ups

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* that is one good-looking comics portrait of Biz Markie.

image* I like this piece from Sean Kleefeld on Blades Of Hope because it's told from the point of view of a consumer: what he likes, what led him to purchase.

* Todd Klein on Aquaman And The Others #5. Sean Gaffney on Attack On Titan Guidebook. Henry Chamberlain on An Age Of License. Andy Oliver on Scene & Heard.

* not comics: DC is becoming quite bullish on TV shows for its second-tier characters, a strategy that makes sense for a few reasons including 1) they now have a template for doing such shows successfully, and 2) TV shows play to different strengths that comics have, strengths that haven't yet been exploited.

* John Porcellino, art hero.

* congratulations to Lucy Knisley and her husband John Horstman, on their momentous life event. Graphic novel forthcoming.

* Team Let's Talk Comics talks to Scott Allie. Brian Cremins talks to Marnie Galloway. Kristin Steenbeeke talks to David Lasky.

* I like little kids in superhero costumes, like this awesome-looking Wonder Woman.

* finally, a couple more from Kleefeld: 1) a short essay on why inclusive casting with comics character-structures is a boon on many levels; 2) a piece on the 1995 comics umbrella.
 
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Happy 76th Birthday, Jean-Claude Meziérès!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Peter David!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Paul Ryan!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Michael Peterson!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Dan Day!

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September 22, 2014


Go, Look: The Gooliggoo

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(Some Of) Your 2014 Stumptown Comics Awards Winners

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So I'm told that the Stumptown Comics Awards were held in conjunction with the Rose City Comic Con over this last weekend. It sounds like they were awarded during the opening ceremony/kick-off event. The awards being done through Rose City was part of the agreement that the foundation that used to put on the Stumptown Comics Festival reached when they decided to become a part of that show and stop running their own. The last I'd heard about that particular awards program was that it was extending its voting period this year. I never saw a nominees list, from which I usually build the winners list -- I think it helps to see each win in that context. So apologies there.

I still can't find the nominations or a winners list at any of the official sites -- -- but here's what I've been able to piece together from people on the ground tweeting or posting pictures the night of.

Best Publication For Younger Readers
Lumberjanes

Best Cartoonist
Zander Cannon, Heck

Best Small Press
Cartozia Tales

Best New Comic
The Auteur

Best Digital Comic
High Crimes

Best Colorist
Bill Crabtree, I think maybe for The Sixth Gun

Best Artist
James Callahan, The Auteur

Best Publication Design
The Fifth Beatle

Congratulations to all winners and nominees, whoever you might be. I'll re-do this if an official list is made public, or if I'm directed towards one that I'm just not seeing right now.
 
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A Rare Mort Meskin Horror Story

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Go, Read: The CBLDF Presents A Number Of Banned And Challenged Comics For Banned Books Week

Betsy Gomez has a nice write-up here that's worth breaking away from your social media feeds and consuming all at once: 22 comics works that have been the object of book challenges or similar, censorious campaigns. The range of works and the range of campaigns makes for a compelling read.

One thing that always reveals itself to me is this recurring idea of libraries or even reading in general as a safe haven for bland consumption, paired with the idea that someone must be punished if that conception is violated in some manner. That there's an insitutional responsibility to support unchallenging ideas. That Ice Haven story is an absolute freaking chiller, if you haven't thought about that whole mess in a while. My life is infinitely better for as a child running towards, not away, from controversial subjects and age-appropriate considerations.
 
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OTBP: In The Sounds And Seas Vol. 2

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Collective Memory: Rose City Comic Con 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Rose City Comic Con, held September 20-21 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.

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

*****

Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Tumblr
* Convention Twitter
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Blind Thistle
* Little Dee
* Squid Row
* The Art Of Dawn Blair
* Warhammer 40K Orks

Miscellaneous
* Panel Patter's Rose City Roll Call

News Stories and Columns
* Comicosity
* KGW
* Mail Tribune
* Oregon Live 01
* Oregon Live 02
* Oregon Live 03
* Portland Mercury

Video
* The Oregonian
* UnLTDGamingHD 01
* UnLTDGamingHD 02

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Not Comics: NC Wyeth Pulp Cover Gallery

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* Virginia Paine at Sparkplug Books is holding a crowd-funding campaign for their Fall books. This includes the last issue of Reich, a project I'd love to see come to an honorable conclusion. I hope you'll consider it.

* the four crowd-funding campaigns in which we've had a continuing interest, or at least a focused interest this month: the campaign for photographer and comics-maker Seth Kushner during his illness, Dan Vado's campaign to restore his SLG, Drew Weing's Patreon campaign and SM Vidaurri's version of same. There are hundreds out there like this, compelling and worthy, but these are the ones to which we've paid a little extra attention.

* you can help the artist Lisa Jonte get back into a life of making through a donation at a modestly-leveled campaign here.

* a couple of you wrote me after finding interesting this interview with the writer Jimmy Palmiotti about his ongoing series of fundraising campaigns. What struck both CR readers (roughly) were how successful they were compared to some more modest ones and how they were being employed in the course of a career that's succesful in more traditional ways, which isn't always how people look at those kinds of mechanisms.

* finally, Dave Proch is looking for $1000 to do two issues of a comic book. That visual looks nice.
 
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Go, Look: Marvel By Moebius

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Not Comics: NYT Mini-Essay On Triumph Of Geek Culture

I missed this short essay by Fredrik deBoer about the grievance aspect of geek culture, and his argument that as it's the dominant force in popular culture a new way of looking at those things might be useful. I have a hard time even caring about these sorts of issues these days. I don't know if that's a function of age or my own particular background or what.

My view growing up was that victimization had very little to do with the content of geek culture than it did with folks latching onto anything anyone might find embarrassing in a way that could be used to demean them -- and that was in the 1980s, supposedly a dark age for people that were into fantasy culture in all of its various permutations and related areas. The lines are blurred, too. I guess it is sort of interesting how those forces are tweaked into order to sell that material now, the idea that you're somehow a connoiseur for liking something a certain way that in some form is everywhere. I'm also interested in the depth of devotion people have for things I feel don't have a lot to offer in terms of an artistic experience. Mostly, though, I just want to explore my own interests.

Alyssa Rosenberg weighs in here.
 
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Go, Look: Same Story Told Yesterday

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FFF Results Post #394 -- Fictional Places (Non-Capes Edition)

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Town/Cities/Villages You Like In Comics That Don't Exist In The Real World... And Don't Involve Superheroes." This is how they responded.

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Ryan Sands

1. Treasure Town (Tekkon Kinkreet)
2. Barrelhaven (Bone)
3. Scrapyard & Tiphares (Battle Angel Alita)
4. "Stacyface" town, Ontario (Lose #4)
5. Kurozu-cho (Uzumaki)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Radiant City
2. Mingo City
3. Dogpatch, Arkansas
4. Sorrow's End
5. Riverdale

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Jean-Paul Jennequin

1. Hicksville
2. The village of Astérix (that's all the naming it gets)
3. La Siesta, the Zoolande city where Chaminou et le Khrompire by Raymond Macherot, takes place
4. The Smurf village
5. Champignac-en-Cambrousse from the adventures of Spirou by Franquin

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Danny Ceballos

1. Palomar
2. Fort Thunder
3. Hicksville
4. The Dreaming
5. The Unifactor

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Michael May

1. Barrelhaven (Bone)
2. Hillsborough (Courtney Crumrin)
3. Iest (Cerebus)
4. Tagakka Uchi (Okko)
5. The Farm (Fables)

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Michael Buntag

1. Yu Dao
2. Barrelhaven
3. Roanapur
4. Burden Hill
5. Palomar

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Justin Colussy-Estes

1. Riverdale (Archie comics)
2. Grimy Gulch (Tumbleweeds)
3. Beanworld (wouldn't you call that a town of sorts?)
4. Camelot (Prince Valiant, among others)
5. Duckburg (Uncle Scrooge, et al)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. The unnamed village in Gaul that Julius Ceasar was never able to conquer (Asterix)
2. Hicksville, New Zealand (Hicksville)
3. The Valley outside Boneville (Bone)
4. Okefenokee Swamp (Pogo)
5. Oniaka City Station (Runners)

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Don MacPherson

1. Devil's Echo (Leave It to Chance)
2. The Valley (Bone)
3. The Hilltop (The Walking Dead)
4. Kapupu Lagoon (Sherman's Lagoon)
5. Angelville (Preacher)

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George Pfromm

* Ice Haven
* Terminal City
* Central City
* King City
* Arcopolis

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RJ Casey

1. Barrelhaven
2. Hicksville
3. Palomar
4. Snap City
5. Duckburg

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Johnny Bacardi

1. Terminal City
2. Tanelorn
3. Lankhmar
4. Central City (The Spirit)
5. Midnight, Mass.

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Philippe Leblanc

1- X, from Dash Shaw's New School
2- Lockhaven, from Mouse Guard
3- Acropolis, from Paul Pope's Battling Boy
4- New Texas, from Joe Harris & Martin Morrazo's Great Pacific
5- Armillia, from Benoit Peeters The Road to Armillia

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Andrew Mansell

1. Conniption
2. Palnu
3. Duckburg
4. Trff City, Berzerkistan
5. Pretzelburg

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Buzz Dixon

1. Duckburg
2. Deadbone (Vaughn Bode)
3. Iest
4. Sin City
5. Triton (Daniel Torres)

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Dave Knott

* The village of indomitable Gauls
* Toonerville
* Central City
* Palomar
* Terminal City

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James Moore

1. The City (Transmetropolitan)
2. King City
3. Iest
4. Volcano Park
5. Tackleford, England

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Randy Clark

1. Grimy Gulch
2. Terminal City
3. Toonerville
4. Elkhorn
5. Kokonino Kounty

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Oliver Ristau

1. Moomins: Moominvalley
2. Rick O'Shay:: Conniption
3. Donald Duck: Duckburg
4. Valerian: Galaxity
5. Tarzan: Opar

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

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