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April 21, 2018


Go, Look: Baron Yoshimoto

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Go, Look: Liam Cobb

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If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Canoga Park, I'd Go To This

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Teri Wood!

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April 20, 2018


Go, Look: Sami Alwani

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Go, Read: Abraham Riesman On Jim Starlin's Cyclical Relationship With Marvel Comics

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Here. It is worth being reminded that many creators' complaints about the big companies aren't moral/ethical battles but concern issues of treatment and recompense.

I would assume that Starlin's deal with Marvel has something to do with show Thanos pre-existed the work in that issue of Iron Man, but I'm no lawyer.
 
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Go, Look: Jack Kirby Fourth World Cover Images

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Festivals Extra: Universal FanCon Pushes Show Back Citing They're Just Not Able To Put On The Show

The Beat has a reasonably straightforward write-up on the show pushing back a week out from its start date. No refunds. No firm date for the show.

imageThis is a focused bad thing in that people that planned to attend or to exhibit at this particular show almost certainly will suffer from sunk costs in terms of non-refundable travel costs, items made or prepared for the show, fees, and even time asked off or something similar. I assume there will be an effort to do a smaller show for those in town, and on-line connections extended to sellers that won't make it now, and I will try to promote those efforts here at CR in next week's Festival column. It doesn't necessarily sound like the kind of show readers of this site would attend in great percentages, but many of you were likely aware of it and attending a make-up show is a nice thing to do even if it's not completely your thing.

This is a general bad thing in that it underlines that these shows are hard, and kickstarted things of many types can be hard and elude completion. I've learned this as much as anyone the last few years and am still scrambling to get on track with a lot of make-up work to come afterwards at all of my jobs. I wish I had been less brash and started smaller and pushed harder to develop as we go and even when we have we've still learned that anything worth doing is going to go through growing pains that are going to extraordinarily painful to negotiate. Be Drawn and Quarterly, not Next Planet Over. Year twenty, not year one. Just having a smaller group of people involved makes any recovery easier, too, as will multiple back-up plans. My sympathy to everyone harmed.

Update: This twitter thread suggests there may be a nefarious element involved and thus this may not just be a failure of the organizers' collective will. That might help people leverage their credit cards into refunding, and it certainly needs to be part of the story moving forward.
 
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Go, Look: Melissa Neuburger

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By Request Extra: Direct Aid To Bill & Nadine Messner-Loebs

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Here. The previous fundraiser was by a group in Michigan looking after the couple and other people in a similar state. I hope the writer and cartoonist gets the buffer the couple needs and that there will be some assistance to them in managing their affairs.
 
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If I Were In Lucerne, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: ZERO Adventure

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Gary Zidek talks to Jessica Campbell.

* not comics: Laura Hudson on Ready Player One and how its fantasy of the Internet as a safe, free place really works. I'm glad I'm old and missed any mention of the book and barely heard of the movie. I was a kid in the 1980s in the whitest, most cornfed suburban high school and even our relationships to pop culture were way more complicated and interesting than using its broadest elements as badges of imagined glory.

* I am pro new Nancy, although I get that it breaks sharply with any traditional values of Nancy and works differently, and I find legacy strips kind of gross as a general rule. I wish all the strips still produced like that were as odd yet immediately graspable. Also: I suspect that no one knowing the creator means that they are young, or are coming at this sideways from another career/pursuit, or both. Give them time.

* finally: how things are.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Didier Kassai!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Evan Dorkin!

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April 19, 2018


Go, Listen: Jaime Hernandez On Virtual Memories

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