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April 29, 2016


Go, Look: Kill Six Billion Demons

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Go, Look: The Faerie Well

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Go, Look: Juliabe Illlustration

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* I was happy to witness the speed with which the Skin Horse comic met its initial goal. There's still something about a webcomic reaching out to its readership for support and receiving it that's fundamentally appealing on so many levels.

* one nice thing when webcomics have a print iteration is that it allows for the work to be reconsidered by a different audience and different set of critics. This is a light feature, but the three first choices are webcomics turned into print comics. It'd be nice if we were as quick to include webcomics experiences in all of the articles, but we're not there yet.

* finally, our condolences to Gary Tyrrell and his family.
 
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If I Were In Indiana, 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 LA, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2016

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April 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

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May 1
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

May 3
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 7
* If I Were Near A Comic Shop, I'd Participate In This (FCBD)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 13
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cupertino, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Pickerington, I'd Go To This (Big Comic Show)

May 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Merced, I'd Go To This

May 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)

May 26
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 28
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)

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Events For June 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Read: RC Harvey Writes About Bill Holman

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Sword Art Online Vol. 7. John Seven on Renee.

* Saint Bryan profiles Colleen Frakes. Heidi MacDonald talks to Grant Morrison. Toussaint Egan talks to Paul Kirchner.

* not comics: March is optioned. I'm personally much more interested in a comics version of this story than an adaptation, but one of the goals of that project is to put that story in front of as many people as possible. There are not a lot of ways to do that without this kind of adaptation. Monetizing a project like this one is near-impossible, too, without this kind of move. I hope this iteration of the project is rewarding for the creators.

* Heidi MacDonald reports on a Frank Miller Dark Knight 3 cover that has angered people on-line. I like ugly, grotesque covers, but I'm not the audience for a DC comic book. I don't really know how DC approaches assignments like these, what they're thinking the reaction will be.

* finally, this is the first Simon Hanselmann comic I sent some friends to go read and my inbox won't shut up.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Oliver Vatine!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Jessica Campbell!

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April 28, 2016


Go, Look: Erin K Drew

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Bill Yates Strip And Gag Work

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Go, Look: Ronald Searle In Le Figaro Littéraire

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Go, Look: Marta Chudolinska

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* a report on New York's Kids' Comic Con on its tenth year.

* I'm sort of fascinated by micro-shows right now, like this one in Pickerington. There's a sort of "collapse of model" idea at work there. I can't imagine too many of these allow cartoonists to make a lot of money, so these are shows with reduced expectations from the outset. I also don't get a sense that many cities have a local-community feel to them beyond such shows.

* the great Space City war of 2016.

* I don't know if they've formally announced the TCAF panels yet, but I got a sneak peek during an administrative process and it's super-strong. TCAF provides a chance to see cartoonists speak in a variety of intimate settings. I'm still not sure I can go, but that's a key show for a big chunk of the industry now in every sense of the word with perhaps the most important being you can count on people being in the room that don't do a lot of shows anymore.

* Stan Lee may have one more year of Canadian cons in him.

* finally, everyone please convince Gabe Fowler to do CAB this year, thanks. That may be my only chance to run around New York this whole year. People in New York don't know how important visits to New York can be for those of us that don't live
 
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Go, Look: A Ken Barr Gallery

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2016

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*****

April 29
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glendale, I'd Go To This

April 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

*****

May 1
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

May 3
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 7
* If I Were Near A Comic Shop, I'd Participate In This (FCBD)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 13
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cupertino, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Merced, I'd Go To This

May 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)

May 26
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 28
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)

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Events For June 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Military Comics #13

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on BPRD: Hell On Earth Vol. 12.

* not comics: I'm going twitter-light this month and not posting at all if I can help it, but I hope the people that remain non-spiritually-crushed by the platform made fun of this hilarious Killing Joke trailer. That just seems silly.

* Benoit Crucifix talks to Adrian Tomine.

* the artist Brandon Graham's Instagram account seems very "source/what I did with source/source..." but that's not a bad way to organize a bunch of images.

* finally: sorry, Robin. Anyone bearing a childish nickname or with a y on the end of an otherwise respectable name gets the stinkeye from me. I make exception for college football coaches working below the Mason-Dixon line.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Rob Salkowitz!

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April 27, 2016


Go, Look: Odin Cabal

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By Request Extra: Gene Colan Scholarship Set 2016 Goal

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If you didn't know, there's a scholarship of the late, mighty and wonderfully idiosyncratic mainstream comic book artist Gene Colan that goes to attendees of the Kubert School. Administrator Clifford Meth has set a modest goal for supplementary funds aimed at the next gift-giving opportunity: $1500. If you were a fan or otherwise feel inspired to pitch in and can afford to do so, that'd be a nice thing you could do.
 
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