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July 28, 2014


Go, Look: Liisa Blog

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OTBP: Terror Assaulter O.M.W.O.T.

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Go, Read: A Piece At HU About A Pair Of My Tweets

Here. I am grateful for any criticism and learned from this piece by Kim O'Connor. I hope you'll give it a read.
 
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Go, Look: An Original Mary Perkins On Stage Sunday

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Go, Look: The Photo Of Comic-Con 2014, Alt-Comics Division

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Go, Look: Gene Colan Mini-Gallery

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Collective Memory: Comic-Con International 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Comic-Con International, held July 24-27 at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Festival Location
* Host City

Blog Entries
* ComicBook.com
* Comic-Con's Toucan Blog
* The Outhousers

Facebook
* Comic-Con International On Facebook

Miscellaneous
* APE Home Page
* Wonder Con Home Page

News Stories and Columns
* Comicosity
* Ecumenical News
* PW 01

Twitter
* #SDCC2014

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Go, Look: Reality #1

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* Dan Vado has updated his "Go Fund Me" campaign with a note about the SLG presence at this last weekend's Comic-Con International. Vado has cleared a bit over $11K in the campaign, with a goal of $85,000.

* this Rick Geary crowd-funder has met its initial goal, but as it is Rick Geary, I thought some of you still might like to get on board.

* the Steve Ditko/Robin Synder publishing team turns its attention to Mr. A.

* this Lee Milewski campaign that had some traction in terms of professional recommendations is heading into its final hours, successfully funded.

* the writer Valerie D'Orazio has launched a crowd-funding campaign here, for a comic she'd like to do with Bobby Timony.

* finally, the Watson And Holmes property is the subject of this crowd-funder; that's a high-profile effort and a winner of multiple awards.
 
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Go, Look: It's Bear Attack Month Again

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2014

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July 29
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

July 30
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 9
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 10
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 11
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 16
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 17
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 18
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chimacum, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* The Art Of The Cartoon, Featherstone Centers Of The Arts (Through July 30)

* Exploring Calvin And Hobbes, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Through August 3)
* Eye of the Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes’s Selections from Comics History, Wexner Center (through August 3)
* Modern Cartoonist: The Art Of Daniel Clowes, Wexner Center (Through August 3)
* The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum (Through August 3)

* Small Press Spotlight On Jon Adams, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)
* Raw Fury: The Art Of Mike Zeck, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)

* Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 24)

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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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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Jog And I Were Both Struck By This Blade Sequence

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Miriam Libicki!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Jim Davis!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Jon J Muth!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Will Pfeifer!

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July 27, 2014


Woman Struck By Car During San Diego ZombieWalk; Everyone Shuts Down Media Comment Until Monday

A long-running "zombie walk" that takes place Comic-Con weekend in San Diego was the scene of an incident Saturday evening where a man with his two small children tried to drive out of the area where the walk was taking place, had his car physically touched (the range of the touching is at issue) by people participating, and then in trying to get away from that the car hit a 64-year-old woman. At least that's the timeline offered by Deadline, one of several major media outlets to pounce on the story.

The report says that the injured woman was hospitalized with serious but not life-threatening injuries. I believe from still images of video I've seen that the injured was not part of the ZombieWalk, but I can't confirm.

The walk is not directly affiliated with Comic-Con; it is one of several events that in the last few years have come to be held during and around the convention. The walk is a relative old-timer in those terms, having been around I believe since 2007.

That same Deadline report also has everyone shutting down on comments -- Comic-Con deferring to local law enforcement, law enforcement deferring pending further investigation, and the event organizers after a flurry of defensive-sounding comments here. There are also similarly-toned responses on their Facebook page.

The Deadline report further says that no one has yet been arrested, as a bunch of other reports have stated. We'll see how that one plays out. The consensus of media reporting has the man being identified -- thus the description in that first graph.

We at CR are sorry for the woman's injuries and hope she recovers quickly and fully. We are also sorry for the potential panic and discomfort experienced by the person in the car with their children, and those children. If there were other negative outcomes related to physical injury or emotional stress, we hope for the best there, too.

So.

It seems to me two related Comic-Con stories are relevant here -- or at least there are two stories that will be linked to this one, particularly the first one. That first one is the death of a woman named Gisela Gagliardi crossing the street while returning to a line for a Comic-Con event in 2012. The second is the growing sprawl of related events that take place during the weekend but are not directly affiliated with the show.

As to the first, I think the difference beyond the obvious, relative seriousness of each injury is that one person was waiting in line for an official Comic-Con event and this incident was not an official Comic-Con event. In the former case, Comic-Con International could then be safely expected to review their line policies. While they have declined to comment on a pair of inquiries from this site as to what that conversation entailed or how it may have changed policy, we know that conversation took place. I'm not sure what if anything Comic-Con can do with this new incident other than maybe reflect on any similar policies at an increasingly crowded show. In fact, I expect all organizers of events during Comic-Con weekend will probably consider the implications; I hope if I were involved that we would do so.

I also suppose an aggressive strategy regarding any kind of outside event suggesting the slightest hint of affiliation with Comic-Con, even casually, might be considered. Mostly, I'm not sure where Comic-Con goes with this, although I expect them to defer to local law enforcement in terms of making a statement.

As to the second, this is sort of a minor nightmare scenario for Comic-Con. They've expressed direct concern about the sprawl of events: first for an unfortunate result out of their control, like this one, second for how that will be used to criticize the con itself. Even that measured Deadline piece characterized this as a dark mark on Comic-Con weekend, which may or may not be fair (on the one hand, not affiliated; on the other, Comic-Con does get similar, indirect credit when off-site events go well, so maybe this is fair going the other way).

I think the city bears some responsibility, too. I get why you endure the traffic problems caused by a giant convention; I'm not sure why a zombie walk is allowed near cars that can hurt people and near people that can be scared by this kind of thing just because they happen to be going about their business at some time that's not convenient for the zombies and their walking. It's a little bit confusing to me. I know when my town has a parade that involves any public sidewalk or street those spaces are blocked off an hour in advance and there's no way this kind of scenario could come close to happening.

I am a big fan of events using Comic-Con as a springboard for nearby activity, but I do think it's wholly on them and any/all civic partners to make those events as safe as possible. I feel that's true of Image Expo, I feel that's true of any walk-through promotion in a parking lot, and I suspect that when I know more I'll think it's a true thing here. That said, this is still an issue for Comic-Con, because the convention's sprawl needs to be accommodated on some level.

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Hic & Hoc Publications Announces Scaffold For SPX 2014

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One of my favorite small-press publishers, Hic & Hoc Publications, announced this morning through Matt Moses their intention to collect the limited-run Scaffold series into book form, with the first making its debut at September's SPX 2014.

Scaffold is the work of Californians VA Graham and JA Eisenhower, who work as the two-person collective Most Ancient. Moses described Scaffold as telling the story "of a migratory people living on a world-sized structure, which is itself constantly on the move." The series is probably most distinctive for the the scale at which the artists work, how they build layouts from continuous space.

The book will be 64 pages and retail for $15.
 
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Conundrum Press Announces The Dailies By Dakota McFadzean For Spring 2015; Book Will Debut At TCAF

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The increasingly indispensable boutique publisher Conundrum Press has announced a book collection of Dakota McFadzean's The Dailies for Spring 2015, with a hardcover release to coincide with that year's TCAF.

The book of webcomics material will be 365 pages in full color, three comics per page -- making for three years' worth of strips -- and retail for $25. The publisher previously worked with the artist on Other Stories And The Horse You Rode In On.

A video and personal statement from the cartoonist appear at the blog post.
 
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Fantagraphics Announces Liz Suburbia's Sacred Heart

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Fantagraphics Books' Jacq Cohen sent out a press release this morning announcing they had acquired the publishing rights to Liz Suburbia's webcomic Sacred Heart. They will publish it as a one-shot graphic novel in Summer 2015.

Fantagraphics acquired international publishing rights.

This will be Suburbia's first graphic novel with the publisher and may be the first book in that format she's done, period. Suburbia lives in Nevada, and is best known for her series Cyanide Milkshake. In the release, Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds calls the work reminiscent of coming-of-age comics like that portion of Jaime Hernandez's Locas series and Charles Burns' Black Hole.
 
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If I Were In Manchester, 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 76th Birthday, Pierre Christin!

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July 26, 2014


Fantagraphics Formally Puts Lucy Knisley's Displacement On 2015 Schedule, Releases Cover And Art

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Fantagraphics Books Publisher Gary Groth announced early this morning that the publisher has officially added the second of Lucy Knisley's travelogues for his company to the publishing docket. This one is called Displacement, and details a trip that the cartoonist and illustrator took with her grandparents, both of whom are in their nineties.

The fully-watercolored softcover will be released in the first half of 2015. It should run slightly over 200 pages.

imageKnisley told CR she considers the comic -- which was completed in early 2013 before her immediately forthcoming Age Of License, although Knisley's work on those books overlapped for a time -- in many ways the thematic opposite of that first book with Fantagraphics, and thus able to comment on various life issues from a completely different perspective than the forward-looking and in-the-moment views explored there. The youth, liberty and possibility of Age Of License are transformed into a meditation on mortality and one's reflections on life as lived.

My memory is that Age of License and Displacement were parts of a single negotiation with Fantagraphics that encompassed both works.

Although only her second book with the Seattle-based publisher, Displacement will be the fourth travelogue created by Knisley, with more to come. The cartoonist told CR that one thing that's personally appealing about those works is how they lock into place a certain time in her memory, and she can see both the times depicted in the works and how she was treating events as an author during that time in her life.

A happy Eric Reynolds told CR that Knisley's first book, Age Of License, is set to become their likely first or second (after the first Don Rosa ducks collection) sell-out at this year's Comic-Con International. That book remains set for a September 2014 wider release.

photo of Knisley by Whit Spurgeon

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