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October 22, 2014


Go, Look: A Michael DeForge On-Line Comics List

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I don't think I ever ran a link to this.
 
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Festivals Extra: CAB Announces Its Gallery-Opening Slate

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Comic Arts Brooklyn released its line-up of gallery openings via a press release disseminated October 19 for publication today. While that show has always had gallery openings of some sort in close proximity, this is the first time I can recall their making a specific announcement about them this far ahead of time. As previously discussed here and on countless other web site, CAB has spun off its well-regarded programming track into its own day.

* Julie Doucet Collages, 11-6, 7-9 PM, Desert Island (540 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
CAB description: "In a rare U.S. appearance, Julie Doucet will travel from Canada to attend an exhibit of her recent collages. Doucet's edgy comics work has had a tremendous impact on younger cartoonists. These days she has been making prints and collages, most of which have not been seen in the States. This exhibit is a rare opportunity for Doucet's fans to see what she has been up to."

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* Al Jaffee, 11-7, 7-9 PM, Scott Eder Gallery (18 Bridge St 2-I, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
CAB description: "Nonagenarian Al Jaffee created the MAD Magazine Fold-In back in 1964 and he has never stopped making them. Generations of readers who have been amused and amazed by this continually inventive feature will be equally impressed by his mind-blowing original art. These highly detailed gouache paintings are painstakingly rendered with a density that the printed page cannot replicate. If you think you know Jaffee's work, get ready: this show will be a revelation."

This show was organized by CAB founder and organizer Gabe Fowler, so that's something it has going for it as well.

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* Wizard Skull "Re-Animator", 11-9, 7-11 PM, Cotton Candy Machine (235 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
CAB description: "Animation cels from your favorite childhood cartoons are no longer safe! The artist known as Wizard Skull got his hands on original animation cels used to create television cartoons such as The Smurfs, Garfield, He-Man, Alvin and the Chipmunks, etc., and alters the cels by inserting new characters and bringing the old cels to life with new meaning. Wizard Skull is an artist living in Brooklyn NY. You may have come across his work on one of the hundreds of skateboards he has designed for companies all over the world, or seen his Sexy Ronald drawing wheat pasted all over Brooklyn."

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* Kutikuti at Wayfarers Gallery, 11-9, 6-9 PM, Wayfarers Gallery (1109 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
CAB description: "Kutikuti are a group of artists from Finland who are travelling here for the expressly for the festival. The Wayfarers Gallery is opening its doors and standing back for a completely unpredictable installation. This group of studio-mates who make art, publish comics, and teach, are predictably unpredictable. This installation will be a once in a lifetime happening. As they Kutikuti like to say, 'Dig it!'"

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All openings are free. All featured artists are expected to attend.

The festival proper is November 8-9.

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imageUpdated: As CR went to press on this piece, Gabe Fowler sent along a longer description of Julie Doucet in terms of her appearance at the show and participation in the gallery portion of the event.
In a rare public appearance, comic artist Julie Doucet presents a never-before-seen collection of her collage art at Desert Island in Brooklyn. Consisting of cutouts from materials such as vintage women's magazines and pin-up centerfolds, Doucet's art often combines the domestic and the erotic to create an irreverently feminist voice. Other works document imagined cities, combining scraps of roadmaps with original pen-and-ink drawings. Her collages are often made on the backs of magazine pages and other printed matter, and CAB attendees are invited to pick up and examine her two-sided works.

Concerned with the relationship between word and image, Doucet says of her work, "what i write is often about love, women's problems today... I am not purposely writing about these subjects but that's what's coming out... from the beginning my work was always about words and/in pictures. It was true with comics, true with my collage work, and even animation film work."

In the late 1980s, Julie Doucet made a name for herself with the underground 'zine Dirty Plotte, originally self-published and followed by 12 issues published by Drawn & Quarterly. She has since shifted from comics to collage, though her collages still hearken back to her cartoonist roots. Doucet is based in Montreal, Quebec.

The artist will be in attendance at the Opening Night Reception at Desert Island on Thursday, November 6 at 7 pm. She will also be available for a signing at the Drawn & Quarterly table on Saturday November 8th, time to be announced.
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Go, Look: The Guns Of Bull Carson

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Musa Kart Facing More Legal Trouble In Turkey For The Act Of Making An Uncomplimentary Caricature

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All positive thoughts to Musa Kart, facing criminal prosecution for a caricature he made of world political powerhouse Recep Erdogan earlier this year. I think the linked-to article lays out the timeline of events in this immediate case very well. The offending cartoon was published on February 1 in Cumhuriyet, and can be seen above. It references a significant, well-known corruption case.

This is part of a couple of extremely uncomfortable practices in several countries: the criminal prosecution of caricature, and cases being brought by either sitting politicans or politicians just out of office in a way that casts some doubt on the fairness of those hearings. My memor is that Kart faced major prosecutions in 2006 and 2008, but I think by the 2006 event he was already a beloved figure for those to whom freedom of the press is an important, big deal. What's missing is that time period's political context for that kind of protest, where it was once thought that Turkey's desire to join the European Economic Union would force them to more closely adhere to member country values regarding free speech. I don't think that's a concern the way it used to be.

The trial apparently starts tomorrow. Kart points out I think correctly the absurdity that none of the politicians involved in the circumstance that led to the cartoon are being prosecuted, but he is.
 
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OTBP: Frontier #6

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Love Is... Slapped Down For An Incredibly Dumb Outing

This tale of a dicey-sounding Love Is... outing on October 14 is one of those problematic stories because a) I totally missed it, b) I didn't see anything past this one story which when you have something that could be a joke article is worrisome, c) it looks like it was scrubbed thoroughly from both the syndicate and the devoted-site offerings that support the feature so I can't get few-days-later approbation. But taking it at its face value, no, you really can't have a message like that coming out of a comic strip character's mouth without some people getting upset.

The angle this stories shares with some others about recent cartoon work -- and actually a lot of what goes into making newspapers these days, period -- is the thought that really no one is taking a solid second look at nearly any material out there before it gets published. Remember that a framework for the entire collapse of newspapers is that they simply aren't as profitable as they used to be -- as opposed to not making any money at all. One way some newspaper business became so profitable in the first place or were able to maintain their profits during a slower decline period 1979 to 2009 or so is that these kind of screening mechanisms were gutted: either outsourced or eliminated entirely. We should expect stories like this one.
 
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Go, Look: Critical Mass Of Cool

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Dave Crane
* David Robertson
* Graphic Design And Illustration
* Lizzlizz
* Panel Works
* Shaz
* Steve Morris
* Zainab Akhtar

News Stories And Columns
* Cumbria Live
* Design Week
* Ian Cullen
* Ravensbourne Librarian
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

Twitter
* Sarah McIntyre

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Go, Look: The Moon Man

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This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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AUG141647 MOTHERLESS OVEN GN $19.95
This is kind of odd week for me at the comics shop, unless I'm reading the lists incorrectly -- a real possibility. Usually I could cheat from Jog but I have to get today's up a couple of days earlier for scheduling reasons. Motherless Oven is a Rob Davis book from SelfMadeHero and the advance art looked quite stunning. Davis is probably best known for his efforts in putting together the Nelson anthology, whose unofficial subtitle was "Holy crap, there are a lot of British alt-cartoonists right now."

imageSEP141384 MOOMIN DLX ANNIVERSARY ED HC $69.95
MAY140919 ALIAS OMNIBUS HC NEW PTG $99.99
AUG141763 PRINCESS MONONOKE FIRST STORY HC $34.99
JUN140284 RONIN DELUXE EDITION HC $29.99
Definitely a lot of gift-type books are going to be on these lists from now until the first week of December -- maybe we'll see them for longer than that, as some late-arrivals seep into early 2015. There's a lot of value here, though -- they don't tend to make books suitable for deluxe treatment out of terrible domics. The Moomin you likely know if you're reading this site. The Alias is one of Marvel's giant hardcover collections of lots of color comics, this time for a series that was really popular during their last significant down cycle as a sophisticated treatment of that kind of material. The Princess Mononoke book looks like a first-draft style work for what would become one of the big Miyazaki animated hits, and should be full of attractive art. Some people will tell you that Ronin is Frank Miller's best work. I'm not one of those people -- my opinion corresponds to Kim Thompson's negative TCJ review back in the day -- but teenaged me had a lot of fun reading the book and I'd find a place for it in my library.

JUN140016 BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS TP VOL 01 $19.99
APR140291 ANNOTATED SANDMAN HC VOL 03 (MR) $49.99
Two new volumes from well-established series: you can likely tell from the information presented in each of those two lines above whether or not you'll be making that purchase.

AUG140289 CATWOMAN #35 $2.99
AUG140436 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #1 $3.99
AUG140437 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #1 SUBSCRIPTION $3.99
AUG140657 LAZARUS #12 (MR) $3.50
AUG148326 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1 5TH PTG (MR) $2.99
JUL140577 STARLIGHT #6 CVR A CASSADAY (MR) $4.99
JUL140578 STARLIGHT #6 CVR B CHIANG (MR) $4.99
AUG140567 WALKING DEAD #133 (MR) $2.99
AUG140769 THANOS A GOD UP THERE LISTENING #3 $3.99
Kind of an odd week for serial comic book format comics, including a lot that I'm just sort interested in looking at rather than buying. The Catwoman looks like a direction change for that character, which is a quietly effective for that publisher. I'm not sure why there has never been a sustained run of gaming comics that work, so anything related to any of those licenses, even a videogame one, kind of interests me. The Lazarus is a solid performer for Image Comics, a handsome science fiction adventure based on the extrapolation of current political trends that seems perfectly suited for one-day cable television series adaptation. Multiple printings on Image books like Outcast there is one way to tell surging peformers apart from the rest of the line, or at least it would seem to knowing what we know about the basic set-up that company has. I thought that Starlight series felt like the first 20 minutes of a movie rather than an entire movie as is usually case with series like that. The art was sure pretty, even though working in the Alex Raymond/Hal Foster arena is a tough task. Walking Dead should explode into violence any issues now. The Thanos I'd look at because it sounds like Judy Blume movie.

JUL141446 ORDINARY HC $19.99
This is a take on superhero concepts with art by D'Israeli that I remember having recommended to me once upon a time, but I never went and looked at it. I'd rectify this were I in a store today.

AUG141766 SUNNY HC VOL 04 $22.99
AUG141765 MONSTER TP VOL 02 PERFECT ED URASAWA $19.99
AUG141776 VAGABOND GN VOL 36 (MR) $9.95
One thing that's good for a potentially slower than usual week in the kind of alt-comics and genre material that I tend to buy at shops is that it forces me to spend some time catching up with manga. I like that Sunny series and Taiyo Matsumoto generally; I'm a full book behind.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 23
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Madison, I'd Go To This

October 24
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Locust Moon Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

November 3
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 20
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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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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Go, Look: Vera Valiant Sundays

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough has some thoughts on Root Hog Or Die.

* not comics: I think this is Paul Krugman revisiting recent Amazon criticisms, but I can't tell since I spent all 10 of my free articles on crossword puzzles.

* I enjoyed consuming this unexpected slice of underground comix history.

* not comics: this article on Pulp Fiction not being any good reminded me of Gary Groth's long-ago article on Pulp Fiction not being any good. To be clear that's Gary's good article on Quentin Tarantino, whose movies do not impress him. I have a hard time processing Tarantino as a substantive writer/director, but Pulp Fiction was certainly an interesting moment for non-mainstream junk culture. The thing most like it for me was watching the first Wolverine scenes in the first X-Men movie and thinking, "Okay, all of this stuff is going to be mainstream pop culture now."

* finally, Sarah McIntyre talks terminology.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Steven Grant!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Jim Wheelock!

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October 21, 2014


Go, Look: Ben Passmore

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Go, Look: Kurt Ankeny

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Image Comics Announces Details On Criminal Trades Availability; Releases To Include 48-Page One-Shot

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The publisher Image Comics formally announced earlier today that they'll be re-presenting trades collecting the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips series Criminal for the book market. Brubaker and Phillips did the series and its initial trade run during a generally fruitful period for the creative team at Marvel. The plans include a one-shot periodical-style publication (left) that will boast a variant cover (right). This will start in January.

The new trade dress (middle) had already been sneaked, and I think the news generally out there, but I believe this is the first time that all of the pertinent information has been in one place. I thought those books underperformed a bit at Marvel, and it should be enjoyable to see the creative benefit from the Image deal for these works.
 
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Go, Look: Gigolo

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Go, Read: Robert Loss Reviews Root Hog Or Die

Robert Loss reviews the John Porcellino documentary Root Hog Or Die over at TCJ, and I think gets at how that film is affecting with a greater impact than the sum total of the skill evident in its making. I don't really have any commentary here, I just sort of like that movie and admire Porcellino and would like to see the movie and others like it do well.
 
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Go, Look: The Monsters

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Go, Bookmark: New Cochlea & Eustachia Serial Starts

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