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August 2, 2015


Go, Look: Liz Anna Kozik

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

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

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

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Happy 42nd Birthday, MariNaomi!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Victor Moscoso!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Danny Hellman!

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FFF Results Post #425: Less Than Five

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics-Related Things That Never -- Or Haven't Yet -- Made It To Five." This is how they responded.

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Oliver Ristau

1. Times Daniel Clowes has been ripped off by Shia LaBeouf.
2. Transformers vs. G.I. Joe issues released for Free Comic Book Day which featured exclusive material by Tom Scioli.
3. Editors of Heavy Metal Magazine
4. Black writers involved in those all new, all different Marvel comics.
5. Contributions to Five For Friday being rejected.

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Michael Dooley

1. Terror Illustrated (1 issue)
2. Air Pirates Funnies (2 issues)
3. Raw, volume 2 (3 issues)
4. Big Numbers (? issues)
5. Art d’Ecco (4 issues

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Months since DC did something stupid
2. Days that Watchmen has been out of print
3. IDW Artist's Editions featuring Jack Kirby artwork
4. Fingers per hand on Pogo
5. Number of times any given creator has felt like they were doing as well as they could... in the past five minutes

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Des Devlin

1. Fingers on Donald Duck’s Hand (But Not Darnold Duck’s)
2. Issues of Instant Piano
3. The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Their Pets
4. Cerebus Marriages
5. The Emotional Age of Too Many Online Comic Book Fans

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Buzz Dixon

1. Issues Of Blazing Combat
2. Chapters of Vaughn Bode's Sunpot
3. Good Fantastic Four films
4. Volumes of The Cartoon History Of The Universe
5. Trots & Bonnie collections

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Issues Of D'Arc Tangent
2. Years Of Marvel Self-Distributing Through Heroes World
3. Times The Comics Reporter Will Ever Win An Eisner
4. Guest Appearances By Stan Lee On Thicke Of The Night
5. Peanuts Dailies Starring Ethan

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Steve Replogle

1. Stephen Bissette's Tyrant (only four issues)
2. The Original Big Bang mini-series from Cailber Press that never resolved the cliff-hanger from Issue #4 ( with the modern "Round Table of America" ).
3. Dark Horse seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (they are now on Season 10, their third).
4. Barry Windsor-Smith hardcovers from Fantagraphics related to the magnificent BWS: Storyteller project. So far, Fantagraphics has published three: Young Gods and Friends, The Freebooters, and Adastra in Africa. The fourth and (probably last), centered around Paradoxman, has not yet been released - it's been ten years. I'm still hoping, though!
5. DenSaga by Richard Corben - four amazing issues in the early NIneties, and the story left so far uncompleted. Corben is still making masterpieces, though, as with his recent Rat God form Dark Horse.

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August 1, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Tom Toles On Cartooning And Free Expression


Profile Of Celeste Wamiru


Chester Gould On To Tell The Truth (Panelist Tom Poston Was Apparently Born 50 Years Old)


Aseem Trivedi, Drawing A Crowd


Do Cartoonists Have Power?


Dave Sim Talks About A Future Estate Gift To The Cerebus Trust
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from July 25 to July 31, 2015:

1. Ted Rall blasts the LA Times for how they severed their relationship with him as a freelancer.

2. An anonymous Cerebus fan pledges $500,000 to the Cerebus Trust by making it the primary beneficiary of his estate.

3. Another major alt-show announced, this time for Denver.

Winner Of The Week
The Cerebus Trust

Losers Of The Week
General media coverers of comics, like this site, that don't do the job of covering manga that they should.

Quote Of The Week
"One of the emotional controls a writer requires is to be able to write something, spends days or even weeks on it and then to review it and say, 'This isn't good enough' and toss it out and immediately start on a rewrite or something else." -- Mark Evanier

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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

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

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Happy 56th Birthday, Mark Newgarden!

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Happy 28th Birthday, Michael DeForge!

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July 31, 2015


Go, Look: An Australian Cartoonist Explains Brooklyn

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Go, Look: All Things Hank Chapman

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Go, Look: Strange Tales #87

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OTBP: Birthday

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Go, Watch: Alison Bechdel On Seth Meyers

I hadn't heard about this at all, but Bechdel is one of the great ambassadors for comics and it's great to see her appreciated in public as many time as she's ever interested in doing this kind of appearance.
 
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Go, Look: How Not To Get A Cartoon In The New Yorker

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the writer Brigid Alverson profiles an attempt by Cartozia Tales to round up funding for the last few issues by using existing inventory as a sales inducement.

* this Shea Hennum article about the failure to cover a prominent manga story also has a webcomics element worth reading.

* I can't find a link, but Ivan Salazar sent out a press release on the 30th noting the move of 1700 single issues to the Kindle store as part of a double-move: renew their relationship with comiXology, begin a relationship with Amazon and its Kindle platform and the single-issues level. Update: thanks to comiXology for noticing my dilemma and providing that link.

* here's the Archie Digital Comics page, if you wondered about their options more generally.

* finally, as expected this year's TopatoCon keeps adding exhibitors and looks to be a sizable presence on the calendar from its opening show.
 
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If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2015

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August 1
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 2
* If I Were In Bristol, I'd Go To This (Rob-Con)
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 6
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Dover, I'd Go To This (Dover Comic Con)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

August 14
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Zine Fair)

August 16
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Zine Fair)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 29
* If I Were In Auckland, I'd Go To This (Auckland Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Many Ghosts Of Dr. Graves #1

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