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August 24, 2019


Go, Look: NYT Op-Ed Piece By Dustin Harbin About His Busted Mouth And Crowdfunding Health Care

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Go, Listen: A Bunch Of People Interview Gil Roth

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2019

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August 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

August 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

August 31
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Convention)

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

September 3
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (FanX)

September 6
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (FanX)

September 7
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (FanX)

September 8
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Corning, I'd Go To This

September 11
* If I Were In Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 14
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Brussels Comic Strip Festival)

September 16
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 18
* If I Were in Louisville, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Raleigh, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)

September 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

September 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Hamburg, I'd Go To This (Comicfestival Hamburg)

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Events For October 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Keith Knight!

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Happy 78th Birthday, Jim Scancarelli!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Scott Lobdell!

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August 23, 2019


Go, Look: Funny Pages

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Fesivals Extra: Ignatz Nominees; Ringos Final Ballot

* I am far too out of touch to be the ideal judging candidate for The Ringo Awards, but I think my opinions are pretty good ones and deserve to be in the mix so I'm not going to turn it down. Plus that's a nice city and a well-regarded show. Final ballot here. I'm betting Yvan Alagb&233; was me. That's a really good book, though. Congratulations to all the nominees and see you in Baltimore.

* I am far too out of touch and not just my diabetic feet to be the ideal snarking candidate for the Ignatzes. Actually, I don't even feel like doing that. These seemed fine to me. There are a lot of good books there and it's hard to argue about the works around which this specific iteration of the award has clustered. Congratulations to all of you as well.
 
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Go, Look: Marie Severin Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ryan Flanders points out a first New Yorker by Edward Steed.

* I like the feature in the Spokesman-Review linked to a couple of posts up, but I sure do dislike comics polls as a general thing.

* Tori Ackerman profiles Brittany Long Olsen.

* Keith Silva on Smashed.

* I liked this Brian Hibbs article that everyone's read but me about doing business with Diamond in a day where periodicals are a smaller part of that market. I'm not sure I had that easy a grasp on the shipping elements of what Diamond does, so I'm thankful.

* finally: hey, a Matt Furie interview. One's coming, I mean, it's not already here.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Tara Madison Avery!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Terry Austin!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Chris Bachalo!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Jean-Christophe Menu!

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August 22, 2019


Go, Look: Scenes From The George Herriman Walking Tour As Presented By Michael Tisserand

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* hey, fellow Hoosiers! I wish there were an Indiana-centric comics convention when I was a kid, or at least on bigger than a single room at the Holiday Inn. That must be great.

* here are dates for the 2021 Comic-Con International. Probably.

* congrats to FlameCon on these mostly positive comments on their recent show.

* um... okay?

* finally: Don Asmussen goes to Silicon Valley Comic-Con.
 
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Go, Look: Journey Into Unknown Worlds #51

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Go, Look: James Motgomery Flagg

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I quite liked this article at The Beat on the Hugo awards, which apparently use a run-off driven voting process and were also giving awards linked to awards slates from a certain number of years ago. That must be a fun thing for which someone can cast a vote. I have no idea how that would work out in comics. Probably poorly. Also congratulation to the pair of Hugo Awards run by sometimes comics-maker Charles Vess, for his collaboration with the late foundational writer Ursula LeGuin on her Earthsea narratives. The comics award repeated with Monster, but it was apparently very close.

* the DCP crew talks to Johnny O'Bryant.

* cartoons by Carlos Latuff get dragged into one of the stories about congresspeople accused of having opinion that break with some perceived and argued mainstream for political opinion. Any idea of politicians endorsing or promoting cartoon work is usually a precursor to stridency more than anything worth considering.

* finally, Tom Shapira takes a look at Usagi Yojimbo as it moves into its (samurai) rabbit-in-winter stage.
 
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Happy 139th Birthday, George Herriman!

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August 21, 2019


Go, Read: Eric Davidson Talks To Gary Panter

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This Isn't A Library: New, 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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MAY191685 VIVISECTIONARY HC (MR) $24.99
I read this book in advance of its release into the Direct Market and liked it quite a bit. The drawing is beautiful, but the book now totally assembled has a greater cohesion that I might have thought possible. I felt like I was reading a narrative created from some abstract strategies, not a series of sequences, and I had wondered about that going. I have no idea where Lacour is going from here, and that's exciting, too. Also, that's one sturdy die-cut.

imageJUN191817 STAY HC $19.99
I think I'm going to stop trying to puzzle which Trondheim books/collaborations we're getting and which ones we aren't and just enjoy his popularity and prolific nature book to book. We don't always get to see this many books from a creator, so enjoy it while it lasts.

APR191256 CHARLES SCHULZ LINUS HC PEANUTS $14.99
I may not enjoy Peanuts books that aren't the Fantagraphics collections, but I find the publishing strategies involved extremely interesting. Of course a strip this ubiquitous is going to see a number of formats rise to meet it. I hope the production matches the conception.

JUN190294 HELLBOY AND THE BPRD SATURN RETURNS #1 (OF 3) $3.99
JUN190466 SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #2 (OF 3) MILLER COVER (MR) $7.99
JUN190465 SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #2 (OF 3) ROMITA COVER (MR) $7.99
JUN190542 SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #2 (OF 12) $3.99
JUN190543 SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN VAR ED #2 (OF 12) $3.99
JUN190053 CRIMINAL #7 (MR) $3.99
MAR190246 SNOTGIRL #14 CVR A HUNG $3.99
MAR190247 SNOTGIRL #14 CVR B OMALLEY $3.99
MAY199027 POWERS OF X #1 (OF 6) 2ND PTG SILVA VAR $5.99
JUN190835 POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) $4.99
JUN190841 POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) ASRAR CONNECTING VAR $4.99
JUN190838 POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) BENGAL CHARACTER DECADES VAR $4.99
JUN190840 POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VAR $4.99
JUN190837 POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) WEAVER NEW CHARACTER VAR $4.99
JUN190839 POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) YOUNG VAR $4.99
Hey, comic books! Always happy to see books from the Mignola-verse. I think that first issue of Superman: Year One looks very handsome even though I have my doubts I'll be terribly interest in the story. Brubaker and Phillips are as sure of a bet that exists in comics this century. The Snotgirl comics I like for what I imagine might be reasons that the people don't like the series. I certainly have very little idea as to where the hell it's going, which strikes me as important. The run of supplementary editions and new comics to the X-Men series would seem to be a boon for that side of the industry. It's been very clever so far.

MAY190044 SAGA COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 (MR) $59.99
I'm not sure this is worth noting by itself -- I mean, of course it is -- but if this is the first indication the series is coming back to print, that's outright publishing news these days.

APR190708 CORTO MALTESE THE EARLY YEARS TP $19.99
I hope this is a little kid with a tiny raft and that hat and that facial hair. Whatever it actually is, it's probably gorgeous.

JUN192001 SKY IN STEREO GN VOL 02 (MR) $13.99
I really loved the first volume of this book, to the point I was emotional invested in the protagonist's fate. I hope she's okay and it's swell I get to find out soon.

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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 St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* it's odd to see a list of traditional genre series representing comics for the late summer consider how many titanic graphic novels there are either right this moment or imminent. I remain struck by how balkanized along very specific aim-and-purpose lines comics remains. I hope those series are all as good as they can possibly be, though, for sure.

* not comics: ICE has re-upped with the company that uses Amazon to facilitate support services, the matter at the heart of recent protests and quite a bit of interest from within the comics community. This will be a story until it isn't.

* "adorable" and "heartwarming" usually aren't the main adjectives in a comics article, but why not? Also, the three of these I've read are adorable and heartwarming.

* this article dives straight into the criticism that Art Spiegelman invokes in taking his essay away from Marvel after being told to change a few words.

* finally: this is a charming story by Andy Marlette.

 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Matt Emery!

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