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June 1, 2015


Go, Look: Rozi Hathaway

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Initial Reports: Atena Farghadani Receives 14-Year Sentence

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It took a little more than the promised week, but some wire reports are surfacing this morning that say back on May 28 Atena Farghadani was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. I don't see the widespread confirmation on English-language news organization sites that I would guess might come with a story like this one, but there has been some stop and start reporting on the story as I've come across it.

Farghadani was arrested and jailed in 2014 after publishing a cartoon in which lawmakers voting against women's health rights were depicted as animals. She went on a hunger and then a thirst strike while jailed (she was at one point kept in the notorious Evin Prison). When released, she criticized the way she was treated and imprisoned again. A trial May 19 was criticized by Farghadani and others for the aggressive treatment by Judge Abu'l-Qasim Salavati, which didn't anyone much hope for a positive outcome.

Farghadani is 28 years old.

As is the case with a lot of people, this strikes me as an appalling decison, a combination of any number of things including a system that has judges like Salivati ensconced within it as little eddies of despair for anyone that gets caught in their pull (Farghadani and her circle were never convinced of a happy result) and laws that remove sitting politicians -- who already have pull over the court system in a lot of countries -- from any kind of criticism for their actions or behavior. She seems to have great potential as the focuse of international outrage, and I hope that whatever needs to happen on her behalf for her to have a better life happens.
 
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Not Comics: La Vie Parisienne Covers

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Free Speech Stunt In Phoenix Ends Without Serious Incident

Friday's free-speech stunt in Phoenix was heated in terms of the rhetorical back-and-forth but did not end in feared-of violence, according to wire reports. I'm glad cooler heads prevailed.

I don't think much of free-speech stunts. I don't think they're necessary, I think they're frequently a smoke screen for political maneuvering and I think above and beyond those moves play into the hands of people that manipulate politics to unpleasant ends. That said, no one should ever be harmed for expressing an opinion. I can't imagine this changes anyone's minds that perhaps free speech is okay and not threatened, and I imagine we'll have another mosque-proximate event or something like it soon.
 
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Go, Look: The Maiden

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Assembled Extra: Personnel Shake-Up At Broken Frontier

imageAndy Oliver has announced via Twitter and press release that he will be taking over as Editor In Chief at the site Broken Frontier. Oliver is a longtime staffer for and contributor to the site. The previous person in that position, Frederik Hautain, moves into a creative director role. The site -- which has been around since 2002! -- recently completed a successful kickstarter for an anthology. The release points to that project as the direction in which that part of the company may go.

The site seeks a managing editor to replace Oliver in that role.
 
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Go, Look: Longstreet Farm

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

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* some really nice industry folks have been contributing to a kind of last push for the campaign started by the writer James Hudnall, who lost his foot during a time of life transition that caused him to have to reach out for help. It looks like this last bit of money will get him back to a part of the country he calls home, where one assumes that both finding work and having support will be easier for him to attain. We wish him the best of luck. Please consider giving.

* some familiar names in the crowd-funders on a quick browse: Craig Rousseau, Glenn Fabry, Atomic Robo...

* i haven't taken a deep dive into Patreon to see what's there since about six months after the service started, but I did notice Steve Hamaker is doing one for his gaming culture strip Plox.

* the Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning is raising money via Indiegogo.

* finally, it is always an education to watch an IronSpike crowd-funder in progress. This Tim Buckley campaign and this Erika Moen crowd-funder have also done extremely well.
 
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Go, Look: Beautiful HG Peter Wonder Woman Covers

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2015

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angles, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Danmarks Internationale Tegneseriefestival)

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Danmarks Internationale Tegneseriefestival)

June 9
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

June 12
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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July 8
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International Preview Night)

July 9
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 10
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 11
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)

July 12
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)

July 18
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Portland Zine Symposium)

July 19
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Portland Zine Symposium)

July 25
* If I Were In Morristown, I'd Go To This

July 26
* If I Were In Morristown, I'd Go To This

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Events For August 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Occult World Of Doctor Strange

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Prajna Desai on The Vanished Path. Henry Chamberlain on This Is Van Gogh. J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics. Joe Gordon on Mike's Place. Kim Jooha on Arsène Schrauwen.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Frederik Hautain!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Graham Annable!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Gerald Scarfe!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Mikhaela Reid!

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May 31, 2015


Go, Look: On A Plate

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Not Comics: Lee Bermejo Draws Various Rock Stars

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OTBP: Cognitive Bias Parade

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OTBP: š! #21

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Not Comics: 1982 World Fantasy Convention Program Art

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Go, Look: Love Is Strange

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Not Comics: A Dave McKean Series

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Not Comics: Julee Rieu

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Go, Look: Harvey Comics Hits #53

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