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July 1, 2016


Five For Friday #458 -- Four For The Fourth

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Five For Friday #458 -- Name Five Comics Series You Like That Lasted Four Issues. Use This Format: Title Only, Alphabetical Order

1. Art D'Ecco
2. Dear Julia,
3. Dark Knight Returns
4. Showa: A History Of Japan
5. The Next Nexus

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Go, Look: Alexis Ziritt

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Go, Read: Brian Hibbs On DM's Conservative Ordering Patterns

Here. The retailer and industry advocate Brian Hibbs digs into an interesting question: why might Direct Market retailers order conservatively on a publishing initiative where they are set up to do the opposite? The answer is that all of these initiatives function within layer after layer of context: past to present, mainstream to obscure, high-selling to low-selling.
 
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Go, Look: Guilty

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The Beat: Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts To Have 500,000 First Printing

imageHeidi MacDonald notes from promotional materials that Raina Telgemeier's Ghosts will have a 500,000 first printing, and that this is likely the most copies on a first printing on any North American graphic novel. I don't have any reason to disbelieve her. That's an amazing accomplishment. It should once again help reset a bunch of folks' thinking about what's possible and what comics looks like (for their sake, not hers). I also think there are specific kudos due Scholastic for investing not just in Telgemeier's groundbreaking Smile, as I think some companies might have, but in Telgemeier as a cartooning talent, period. That Fall tour should be something.
 
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Go, Look: The Hidden World

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Missed It: Welcome Back To Cartoon-Making, Atena Farghadani

Matilda Battersby at the Independent notes in her review of the Atena Farghadani case, imprisonment and eventual release that the young artist had made a new cartoon and posted it on Facebook in June. I totally missed this, but it is a wonderful thing. I hope she makes whatever art she wants for the rest of her life, and I hope that conservative elements in culture are far less an impediment to her doing so than the simple, always-tough act of putting one's imagination on the page.

This story is so welcome that even the name of the reporter is awesome.
 
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Go, Look: Summer Vacation

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the cartoonist Katie Skelly wrote in to say that she posted the entirety of her Agent 73 comic, created with her Trash Twins podcast partner the critic and comics-maker Sarah Horrocks, here. CR had linked to both individual parts, but this might be a better way for you to read it.

* Tara Marie on Questionable Content.

* haven't seen one of these aggressive survey articles in a while. It's good to know what's going on out there even if you don't agree on the inevitability of any one result.

* finally, Monalisa Das profiles Saigo.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2016

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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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August 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 13
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 14
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 19
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 26
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (BOUND)

August 27
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)
* If I Were In KC, I'd Go This (KC Zine Con)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (BOUND)

August 28
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)

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Events For September 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: July 1976 Splash Pages

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Johanna Draper Carlson on Batman: Gotham Adventures #13. Alex Hoffman on Skyscrapers Of The Midwest.

* check out this fun image of Derf discovering Richard Corben.

* I can hardly wait for 12-15 years from now when we start getting this avalanche of material from young people that enjoyed some kind of sexual awakening from Marvel Comics movies. In the meantime, Faith Erin Hicks provides nearly-chaste appreciation of a fine cinematic moment.

* Evan Narcisse would like you to know about the world-building in Descender.

* Darryl Ayo profiles Bob McLeod.

* now and forever I remain a fan of the Quintronic Man.

* things always get a little weird at Daily Bugle when the staff stays up 36 hours in a row.

* by request extra: Geneviève Elverum's crowdfunding effort went past $180K late this week. The Soto family pushed past 10 times their initial ask.

* finally, I'm all for anything throwing a spotlight on Aline Kominsky-Crumb. I always feel like we're four minutes away from just flipping out and showering deserved love on her.
 
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Happy 34th Birthday, Lee's Comics!

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June 30, 2016


Go, Read Or Download: The Iron Duchess

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The great Roger Langridge's serial comic begun last year is now completed, available to for downloading, reading and I think maybe being signed to a print publishing contract. You'd have to check with Roger.
 
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Go, Look: Whitney Allen

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OTBP: Hellbound Lifestyle

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Go, Look: Life In The Suburbs

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* HeroesCon has announced its dates for 2017; it will be their 35th year. I wish that all shows would take up the old tradition of announcing next year's show at the conclusion of this year's show. I know Comic-Con International still does this, and that SPX and CXC are blocked out through 2019 in the latter's case; 2020 the former's. It makes it easier to plan to attend, if you have that impulse -- maybe not a year in advance, but certainly not too long after that.

* Heidi MacDonald previews Comic-Con International as a comics show. The basic thesis of the show is fine, I think: that is a very good comics show with a ton of comics-related guests and a number of publishers on-hand that are happy to take meetings with some of us that are happy to have those meetings. You can spend an entire show bouncing back and forth between all the comics-related panels -- most of which are better attended than they were 20 years ago, type to type -- and have a really satisfying time. I also like shopping for original art and cheaper Silver Age comics there, and that can still be done. Some of the things MacDonald reports on seem like areas of weakness, just spun as positives, and it would seem to me okay to report on those things as potentially negative changes, too. I'm sad NBM is gone. DC doing an entertainment booth doesn't seem like an automatically great thing for their publishing arm, despite Dan DiDio's claim to the contrary. Drawn and Quarterly or Fantagraphics making any year their last year wouldn't surprise anyone. Heck, the comics part of the show still feels different in a not-great way since the days when Rory Root was an anchor as a new-books retailer. I guess we'll see who covers those huge pieces of real estate left to the show by Top Shelf (moving) and Slave Labor (leaving). It's the positives and the negatives that make San Diego the most interesting comics show year to year, and one I will continue to attend every year I'm able.

* major Derf exhibit at Oberlin in 2017.

* one story I was surprised wasn't in the PW round-up as a comics positive: New Bone.

* finally, here's a story at The Beat about expansions at the big Marriott property right up on the show proper. There's something very, very San Diego Con about that article, the idea of this facility as a kind of pleasure resource for potential attendees of that show. Along with the North Bethesda Marriott into which the near-entirety of SPX settles, and the dependable Charlotte Westin, and maybe that big Marriott in Toronto, San Diego's hotels dominate the list of top 20 hotel property that are also a part of a North American show festival's culture. Seriously, places like the Hilton Gaslamp and the Omni and the US Grant are like giant floor booths in a way.
 
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Go, Look: Christopher Sebela Interviewed At The Beat

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Go, Look: The Haunt Of Fear Cover Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* by request extra: the Sotos update on their crowd-funder concerning their youngest member.

image* Rob Clough on a bunch of different mini-comics. Robert Boyd on some different comics, created by friends. Alan Sepinwall talks to Brian Michael Bendis.

* Maddie Crum talks to Rich Tommaso. Michael Cavna talks to Lucy Knisley. Greg Hunter talks to Dean Haspiel.

* I found this superhero-comic close examination interesting in that I'm not a fan of those works and yet I found this dissection unconvincing. No idea what that means, if it means anything at all.

* not comics: I can't stop watching this slow-ass action scene Alex Getchell linked-to on Facebook.

* here's a passionate essay springing out of a Marvel comic book plot point. I don't have that level of interest in anything along the lines of the Marvel comic book universe or a specific movie franchise, so it's always sort of awesome to experience the rage of someone that does.

* it looks like Fearless Fosdick is appearing in the Dick Tracy strip, and that there's still a Dick Tracy strip.

* as expected, Dave's Comics will close after a final sale on Saturday. A store like that will have been a part of a bunch of different folks' lives. That's a lot of great Wednesdays.

* finally, that's cute.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Shawn McManus!

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