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June 25, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


The Ghosts We Know Trailer


2016 HeroesCon Drink And Draw With OOSA


Bill Mauldin Speaks To National Press Club
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from June 18 to June 24, 2016:

1. HeroesCon quietly adds attendance to what was otherwise by most appearance a standard edition of the long-running, comics-focused show, suggesting a reality for convention in this Age Of Conventions.

2. Second Dwayne McDuffie award to Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward.

3. The new Howard The Duck comic book series was announced as canceled, another sign of the times whereby smaller mainstream efforts see the bottom fall out pretty quickly. The Chip Zdarsky/Joe Quinones effort ran 16 issues but ended on an issue #11 because of reboot-happy publishing strategies.

Winner Of The Week
Chmakova. That's a nice award, with a strong legacy and a focused mission.

Losers Of The Week
The idea of offbeat comics at the big, mainstream companies.

Quote Of The Week
"Hip Hop and comics were my genesis." -- Ed Piskor

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this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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Go, Look: Boozle

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2016

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June 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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July 1
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 3
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 4
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 6
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 9
* If I Were In Newark, I'd Go To This (#bettyzinefest)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 10
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 12
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 15
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 16
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 17
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 24
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 87th Birthday, Eric Carle!

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June 24, 2016


By Request Extra: Linda Medley Could Use Some Support

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There is a patreon for the illustrator and comics-maker here. Paypal-able at medleylinda2@gmail.com. I'm not sure exactly what's going on beyond the fact there's some need there, and that the person who brought it to my attention has never advocated for that kind of mention on this site before now. I hope you'll consider joining me.
 
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Go, Look: David Alegre

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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image* aw, nice: work from Megan Kelso is newly available.

* go, read: webcomics providers as big business.

* Korean-style webtoons: the content of the future.

* go, read: Viz Media's new partnership.

* finally, here's a Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock blog tour in support of Compass South.
 
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If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Calvin Reid profiles First Second upon their 10th anniversary.

* last night in my dream my brother said to me: "the next school devoted to making comics should specialize in turning out graduates that can routinely afford original art." This is the rare thing not slapstick-oriented from a dream that made me laugh upon recalling it the next morning.

* not comics: so depressing.

* this can't be the first time someone has suggested this plotline. Analysis of superheroes by race tends to be interesting because as a story construct almost no one even tries to process those issues in serious, sober fashion.

* Gary Tyrrell goes deep on the new Comic-Con badges. I hope his journalistic questions were only ever in doubt because of structural issues...

* finally, readers of io9 ask questions of Ryan North.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Russ Maheras!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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June 23, 2016


Go, Look: Douglas Pollard

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

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Go, Look: Marvel Classic Comics

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* the festival organizer, retail veteran and writer Christopher Butcher profiles Shintaro Kago.

* bundled extra: the Kick-Ass concept is returning; new character as lead. I suppose that makes sense; it's a good costume and the concept is popular, but at the same time you can't do a lot with an individual character in that role before it gets silly.

* the great Moritat draws John Constantine.

* I guess there's another death-as-pr-event going on in the Marvel comic books right now. Those are always fascinating for the various levels at which fans of those books regard the books: there's sort of a gaming aspect to it, but also it's a dead-on straight-ahead view of what Marvel's doing line-wide.

* Andrew Weiss writes about punk rock and Jack Of Hearts.

* JP Vallafollita on Wonder Woman #1. David Betancourt on Dark Night.

* finally: some days it's like Bully is posting just for me.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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June 22, 2016


Go, Look: Molly Mendoza

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2016 Dwayne McDuffie Award To Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward

imageThere's an announcement here about this year's McDuffie Award going to Awkward, by cartoonist Svetlana Chmakova. The award was announced during last weekend's Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF).

This was the award's second year. Judges were Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Eva Volin, Edith Donnell and Marv Wolfman.

Chmakova accepted with a video, which you may find published on the page through that initial link.

Dwayne McDuffie was a talented, award-winning comics and animation writer who supported diverse expression at every stage of his impressive career. His work won the Humanitas Prize and he was the co-creator of the popular character Static. He died in 2011.
 
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Go, Look: The Warrior's Song

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