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April 21, 2014


Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on Operation Margarine.

* not comics: it's fun to look at home libraries, and I'm all for small/modest over expansive/decadent, but these are all pretty nice spaces to begin with.

* not comics: a photo from the Star Wars panel at the 1976 San Diego Comic-Con. With its callbacks to old movie serials, Star Wars fit very comfortably into the more general nostalgia culture of which comics was a part. I tell this story more than it deserves, but I remember seeing a trailer or two and thinking it all took place on the moon.

* Gary Dunaier didn't get his flickr set from MoCCA up until Friday, but it's a good one, and you should go and visit it if you're interested in seeing photos from that show. There are a lot more pictures of programming than other sets I've seen, and a bunch of shots that remind me of a way a photojournalist might approach the show in terms of getting events and specific locations included.

* this article on the lack of superhero women in superhero movies isn't really razor-sharp in terms of its point to point analysis, but it does remind that people may react extremely positively to characters like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel when they get folded into the big superhero universe.

* Matt Hawkins provides pitching advice.

* hey look, a Miyazaki beer label. I thought if you took photos at that musem a large, decaying monster appeared on the horizon and shot beams at you until you stopped.

* I'm reasonably sure I've never been able to find true love and the happiness that might come with it just so that when I do I can honeymoon in this room.

* this SPACE report also has a look at a couple of the walls of the Watterson exhibit at Billy Ireland.

* speaking of recent festivals, I don't think I ever drove attention from the main part of this blog to this nice letter from Sean T. Collins about this year's MoCCA Festival. I really do think it's interesting that people kind of aim at the mass of shows right around then knowing they can push back a premiere if they're going to a later one.

* Jessica Lee takes a look at the forthcoming Oily Comics spring bundled and some of the treasures within.

* finally, here's a preview of those David Chelsea bowling balls. Those look amazing.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Teri Wood!

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Go, Bid: Stan And Sharon Sakai Art Auctions Going On eBay

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April 20, 2014


CR Sunday Guest Editorial: A Re-Publication Of Rachel Edidin's April 15 Post At Postcards From Space

By Rachel Edidin

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On Friday, I went looking for a piece to run today about last week's furious surge of conversation in comics circles about issues related to sexual harassment. I wanted a different perspective to place before CR's audience, and I wanted something that was forward-looking in terms of how the flow of that discussion developed.

I found this response from to a question from the talented editor and writer Rachel Edidin at her site Postcards From Space that ran Tuesday but anticipated the course of some of the late-week conversation. I am delighted to present it here. -- Tom Spurgeon

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Anonymous asked: After "Don't rape" and "Don't threaten rape" what's the best way for men to improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom?

Okay, look: "Don't rape" and "don't threaten rape" are pinpoint-specific parts of social compact, also known as "the bare minimum expectations for getting to be part of society."

These are things that should be taken as a given. Don't hold up "don't rape" and "don't threaten rape" like they are gifts.

I mean, don't do those things, and deter others from doing them, and talk about all of this, but, fuck, man.

Anyway.

The best way men can improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom is to do their damnedest to shift the balance of power. Geek dudes -- especially white geek dudes -- you have something the ladies do not: you have a platform from which to speak about issues of justice with relative impunity. Use it. Better yet, share it with or give it to someone who does not have that privilege.

Are you a pro on a panel that's all white dudes? Give up your seat to a woman of color. Encourage other panelists to do the same. Straight-up refuse to be part of panels that do not work toward equal representation. Hold speaker and guest lists at cons to the same standard. And talk about what you are doing, and why.

If you are in a position that gives you hiring power, hire women -- especially into positions where they will have power, not just low-level editorial and work-for-hire gigs. Actively seek and use the input of women, and go out of your way to make really damn sure they're credited for those contributions.

Seek and vocally advocate for works by and about women, for female-friendly and generally diversity-friendly publishers, retailers, and fan communities. When someone does shit right, vote with your dollars and spread the word. When someone fucks up, call them out, and -- if there's any real potential for it and you've got the capacity -- offer them impetus for and tools to change.

Buy girl books. Buy books with pink covers, and read them in public. Break down the box of geek masculinity, and live the geek culture you want to see and be part of. Subvert everything.

Meanwhile: Hold other men accountable. Don't tell rape jokes. Call out bullshit.

And respect the anger of those of us who have been consistently marginalized. If you want to be an ally in this fight, recognize that the fight is not about you: sometimes solidarity means giving other people space to be frustrated and angry at a system from which you directly benefit, and sometimes that means that they will, by extension, be angry at you -- and that this, along with everything else, means *that system* is your common enemy.

Speaking of systems: Educate yourself. Read How to Suppress Women's Writing and call that shit out. Understand that in this fight, your voice is generally considered to mean more than mine. Fight that inequality as hard as you can -- but meanwhile, while you've got that platform, use it.

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This looks like a good place to start for all things Rachel Edidin. I follow her on twitter, and pay attention to the site from which the above is re-posted.

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CR Sunday Guest Editorial: A Re-Publication Of Rachel Edidin's April 15 Post At Postcards From Space

By Rachel Edidin

****

On Friday, I went looking for a piece to run today about last week's furious surge of conversation in comics circles about issues related to sexual harassment. I wanted a different perspective to place before CR's audience, and I wanted something that was forward-looking in terms of how the flow of that discussion developed.

I found this response-to-a-question style post by the talented editor and writer Rachel Edidin at her site Postcards From Space that ran Tuesday but anticipated the course of some of the late-week conversation. I am delighted to present it here. -- Tom Spurgeon

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Anonymous asked: After "Don't rape" and "Don't threaten rape" what's the best way for men to improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom?

Okay, look: "Don't rape" and "don't threaten rape" are pinpoint-specific parts of social compact, also known as "the bare minimum expectations for getting to be part of society."

These are things that should be taken as a given. Don't hold up "don't rape" and "don't threaten rape" like they are gifts.

I mean, don't do those things, and deter others from doing them, and talk about all of this, but, fuck, man.

Anyway.

The best way men can improve the lives of women and girls in geekdom is to do their damnedest to shift the balance of power. Geek dudes -- especially white geek dudes -- you have something the ladies do not: you have a platform from which to speak about issues of justice with relative impunity. Use it. Better yet, share it with or give it to someone who does not have that privilege.

Are you a pro on a panel that's all white dudes? Give up your seat to a woman of color. Encourage other panelists to do the same. Straight-up refuse to be part of panels that do not work toward equal representation. Hold speaker and guest lists at cons to the same standard. And talk about what you are doing, and why.

If you are in a position that gives you hiring power, hire women -- especially into positions where they will have power, not just low-level editorial and work-for-hire gigs. Actively seek and use the input of women, and go out of your way to make really damn sure they're credited for those contributions.

Seek and vocally advocate for works by and about women, for female-friendly and generally diversity-friendly publishers, retailers, and fan communities. When someone does shit right, vote with your dollars and spread the word. When someone fucks up, call them out, and -- if there's any real potential for it and you've got the capacity -- offer them impetus for and tools to change.

Buy girl books. Buy books with pink covers, and read them in public. Break down the box of geek masculinity, and live the geek culture you want to see and be part of. Subvert everything.

Meanwhile: Hold other men accountable. Don't tell rape jokes. Call out bullshit.

And respect the anger of those of us who have been consistently marginalized. If you want to be an ally in this fight, recognize that the fight is not about you: sometimes solidarity means giving other people space to be frustrated and angry at a system from which you directly benefit, and sometimes that means that they will, by extension, be angry at you -- and that this, along with everything else, means *that system* is your common enemy.

Speaking of systems: Educate yourself. Read How to Suppress Women's Writing and call that shit out. Understand that in this fight, your voice is generally considered to mean more than mine. Fight that inequality as hard as you can -- but meanwhile, while you've got that platform, use it.

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This looks like a good place to start for all things Rachel Edidin. I follow her on twitter, and pay attention to the site from which the above is re-posted.

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Go, Look: Late Era Clash

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OTBP: Frontier #4

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2014

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April 24
* If I Were In Minnesota, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Minnesota, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Wales, I'd Go To This (Wales Comic Con)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Jackson, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

April 30
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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May 1
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

May 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Wellington, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Arizona, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Wellington, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Purchase, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This

May 16
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 17
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philly, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow)

May 18
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow)

May 23
* If I Were In Philly, I'd Go To This

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* f I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hartford, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Edward Gorey at Loyola University in Chicago (Through June 15)

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This post is designed to list events through February 2014, 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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Happy 40th Birthday, Didier Kassai!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Evan Dorkin!

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Go, Bid: Stan And Sharon Sakai Art Auctions Going On eBay

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FFF Results Post #376 -- Party Party Party

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Parties Related To Comics, Fictional Or Real-Life, You Would Like To Have Attended." This how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. The party at HR Costigan's house in "100 Rooms."
2. That one party in Japan at the end of Uncanny X-Men #119 near Christmastime because I really, really liked those comics growing up.
3. That party they threw for Jack Kirby at San Diego for his 75th birthday.
4. One of the old underground comix parties in San Francisco.
5. One of the single-digit-old Rueben Awards dinners when it was all cigars and cosplay "dates."

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Douglas Wolk

1) The weekend-long jam that produced Human Torch #5, 1941
2) The party at the end of the Gillen/McKelvie run of Young Avengers
3) One of the final-panel feasts in the Gaulish village in Asterix
4) The "Exploding Colossal Man" festival seen in X-Force #75
5) The party depicted on Erika Moen and Lucy Knisley's "Sexy Times" poster

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Tom Bondurant

1. Luau on the Justice League Satellite from JLA/Avengers #3
2. The Troy/Long wedding reception from Tales of the Teen Titans #50
3. Rev. Scot Sloan's '60s-revival costume party (Doonesbury, week of Dec. 9, 1974)
4. Post-invasion get-together at the New York JLI embassy, Justice League International #24
5. The blowout celebrating Prime Superman's return, DC One Million #4

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Buzz Dixon

1. Prom night 2014 with Luann, Quill, Gunther, and Rosa
2. That Christmas for Shacktown thanx to Huey, Dewey & Louie's Junior Woodchuck ingenuity and Unca Scrooge's money
3. The cookout in "Grass Roots" the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers threw for their fellow commune dwellers and backwoods neighbors ending with everybody dancing around a bonfire singing "Let's all get drunk and go naked / Let's all get drunk and go naked / Let's all get drunk and go naked / And lie in a great big pile!"
4. One of several parties in the late 1930s to late 1940s where L. Ron Hubbard told his fellow pulpateers and sci-fi scribes that if he really wanted to make a million, he'd start his own religion.
5. The SDCC after-con party in the late 1980s with Frank Miller and Flint Dille and Roger Slifer smoking cigars & cigarettes, drinking beer & bourbon, discussing art, comics, and the fate of the world until the wee hours of the morning -- oh, wait, I was at that party

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Will Pfeifer

1. The celebration at the beginning of American Flagg #2, after Reuben prevented the GoGangs rampage for the first time.
2. That evening that Maggie and Ray (and Daffy) went to Ray’s apartment and listened to the Replacements in Love & Rockets #24. (Is three people too small to be considered a party?)
3. Any of the various parties or gatherings in Paul Pope’s 100%.
4. Any of the classic EC Comics holiday parties from the 1950s.
5. Both of the parties Buddy Bradley attends in “Hippy House” (Neat Stuff #9)

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Chris Duffy

1. Party/memorial for Mark Gruenwald, where, according to Mark's wishes, everyone sat on whoopee cushions at the same time.
2. MAD party where the staff re-enacted the Marx Brothers crowded state-room scene for the benefit of a delighted Bill Gaines.
3. That cookout at John Byrne's house where the Marvel staff burnt Jim Shooter in effigy.
4. Party at Bill Kartalopoulos's (and co.'s) apartment, the legendary Cartoon House.
5. 100 Rooms party

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Sean Kleefeld

1. The Rutland Halloween party at Tom Fagan's place as shown in Batman #237
2. The original Alley Tally Party from 1964
3. The 1969 Comic Art Convention Luncheon
4. Any of William Gaines' Mad trips between 1965-1975
5. An end-of-the-adventure feast from any Asterix story

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Oliver Ristau

1. That party above the rooftops with Howard Chaykin during Munich's Comicfestival in 2011
2. Partycipating in Garth Ennis' and Darick Robertson's "superhero bacchanalia" like it has been shown in The Boys Mini-Series "Herogasm":
3. One of those happening at the end of every Asterix adventure
4. Would love to be a guest at that odd party being thrown in Thomas Wellmann's "The Meaning Of Life":
5. Any party in Riverdale

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April 19, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Ellen Lindner On It's A Draw


Kevin Siers Wins The Pulitzer


ECCC Music Costume Video Dave Lasky Recommended


Profile Of Ben Katchor


A 1962 "Cartoonists Conference"
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Charles Cole, Blindfolded Cartoonist
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from April 12 to April 18, 2014:

1. Kevin Siers wins the Pulitzer Prize.

2. A rolling series of discussions took place in various on-line arenas and via various social media communication tooks regarding sexual harassment issues in comics.

3. Eisner Award nominations go out, with a greater-than-usual representation of women working in the art form but no dominant books or creators.

Winner Of The Week
Siers!

Loser Of The Week
Direct Market sales, first quarter of 2014.

Quote Of The Week
"We sell a lot of Captain America and Thor because of the girls who like the movies. Guys don’t buy them as much now. They buy X-Men and Avengers. Oh, except, Incredible Hulk, that sells well, brown people love it." -- a comic shop employee as described in a review of a comics retail shop. I have no idea if it's true or not, or how true it is if true, but that is one depressing review. (via)

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Go, Look: Flip The Switch

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

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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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