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September 1, 2015


Go, Look: Aron Nels Steinke At TCJ.com

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Not Comics: The Son Of Tarzan

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Heidi MacDonald notes and speculates on the life and quick death of a comics magazine called ACE, from award-winning editor/packager/publisher Jon B. Cooke. The occasion is this piece by Johanna Draper Carlson. ACE seems to have been what we used to call a generalist comics magazine -- mainstream + flourishes -- with a price guide element. Cooke shows up in the comments and disagrees with some of MacDonald's summary takes. I think it's tough to write that kind of analysis about anything anymore. I'm not even sure there's a center of comics where you can easily characterize certain conceptions of the medium as broad and general, what with a continuing market presence for manga and a generous spectrum of webcomics available. It may be all niche markets now. It does seem clear that the Direct Market did not support this print publication, although four issues of anything is a really short exposure period. I'm sad when anyone's project goes under. I hadn't heard of the magazine until Heidi's article, but that's on me. I wish all involved the best.

* the business news and analysis site ICv2.com has a brief but packed article here on a new book for Peter Kuper and a new line, both from SelfMadeHero. The Kuper book is a massive, 328-page tome about his time in Mexico; a few compelling comics pages from that time period have appeared here and there so it's awesome to get a big book. The new line is called "Graphic Freud" and focuses on Sigmund Freud's case work. First up is one of the most widely know, Dora: An Analysis Of A Case Of Hysteria, shortened in this form to a punchier Hysteria. That adaptation is coming from Richard Appignanesi (words) and Oscar Zarate (pictures).

* here's a pretty standard release-driven story about a new Guardians Of The Galaxy-related series. That's the kind of story that confuses old-time industry observers. It seems like Guardians Of The Galaxy as a comic book coming off of the movie was barely given a chance to establish itself as a player in the comic book market and now it's already one series with a partly unfamiliar line-up and another series with a different concept and an unfamiliar line-up, at least for that title. It doesn't mean we're right -- no one lets us run comic book companies for a reason, if not several. It just means that the game has changed a bit and that you can constantly form and reform things now, or at least smart people think so.

* in May 2016, First Second Books will launch its Science Comics series with Dinosaurs (MK Reed; Joe Flood) and Coral Reefs (Maris Wicks) in the Spring, followed by Volcanoes (Jon Chad) in the Fall. The line should look like that (twice a year; specific subjects; familiar creators) on a regular basis. Pair that with their announcement that they'll be doing Jason Shiga's bloody and propulsive Demon as a stand-alone, and that makes First Second one of the more interesting publishers of 2016 just four books in.

* finally, Newsarama has a standard press-release driven article on Dark Horse publishing Giganto Maxia from Kentaro Miura. Dark Horse has published over 35 translated volumes of Miura's long-running hit Berserk in the last dozen years. This newer work began serialization in Japan in 2013.
 
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Go, Look: Several Examples Of The Perry Mason Strip

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Editor Brendan Wright Leaving Dark Horse; Announces He's Open For Freelance Editing Opportunities

imageOne of the recently inside-promotion receiving editors at Dark Horse has decided to shift gears into a freelance career instead: Brendan Wright, Eisner-nominated this year for his work on Dark Horse's Hal Foster-era Tarzan series of collections. His last day was yesterday.

Like many recently departed comics publishing employees, Wright's freelance client list will included his former employer, with whom he remains on good terms. Wright edited a range of material there, so I have to imagine he'd have applicable skills for a wide variety of projects. HIs future projects list with Dark Horse includes the next Matt Kindt book; wrapping up MIND MGMT was a key to the timing of this move, he told CR.

Those looking for Wright's services are directed to this post. He's been helpful to this site, and I've enjoyed a lot of the books on which he's worked. I wish him the best with the next phase of his professional life.

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Go, Look: Louise Rosenkrands Profiled

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Collective Memory: Jack Kirby Day 2015

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Links to articles, posts and other on-line entries regarding any and all celebration of the 98th anniversary of the comics-maker Jack Kirby's birth.

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Miscellaneous
* Interview With Charles Hatfield About Jack Kirby

Resources
* Comic Book Apocalypse Show
* Kyle Latino
* TCJ Interview
* The Jack Kirby Chronology
* The Kirby Museum

Tributes
* #JackKirby

* Brandon Graham

* Carol Tilley 01
* Carol Tilley 02
* Carol Tilley 03
* Carol Tilley 04
* Carol Tilley 05
* Carol Tilley 06
* Carol Tilley 07
* Carol Tilley 08
* Carol Tilley 09
* CBR 01
* CBR 02
* Chris Samnee
* Colleen Doran 01
* Colleen Doran 02
* Comics Alliance 01
* Comics Alliance 02

* Dan Slott

* Gerard Way
* Greg Araujo

* Inside The Cosmic Cube

* Jason Latour
* Jerry Ordway

* LiveAtNewChimeTrek

* Martin Hand
* Marvel.com 01
* Marvel.com 02
* Marvel.com 03
* Matt Wieringo

* Robot 6
* Ron Marz

* Sal Abbinanti
* Saladin Ahmed

* The Beat
* The Kirby Museum
* Thomas Scioli
* Todd Nauck
* Tom McAuliffe
* Tom Spurgeon
* Tony Moore

* Wil Wheaton

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Not Comics: Arnold Roth LP Covers

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Go, Look: Rejected X-Men Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this is interesting: a reorganization at Disney cuts Kevin Feige and the films loose from Ike Perlmutter and his parsimonious ways. That Perlmutter is so flinty with the spending to have that reputation in money-hoovering Hollywood sure is remarkable, and one should always keep that in mind when figuring out Marvel's moves: it's a quarter to quarter game for most of the divisions, including publishing. If DC adopts the same practices, it's a very different industry two years from now.

image* Todd Klein on A Sailor's Story.

* for some reason I have a defunct Robert Valley blog in my bookmarks. You should enjoy it even if I don't understand how it got there.

* I'm not sure I have a take on news that Diane Nelson is taking over Warner Bros. Consumer Profucts, adding to a long line of Diane Nelson-related stories about which I'm not exactly sure how to think. She'll be naming a replacement for the running of the division, but at the same time parts of the announcement seems to be about 1) her taking on a third division as a sign of her status within the wider corporate umbrella and 2) a closer marriage between that division and the content-related ones of DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment which she already runs. I suspect that there may be a slight disconnect there between reality and PR -- there usually is -- but I'm not sure where or even if I'm correct in thinking so.

* an editor of Ted Rall's while he was doing a feature for Pasadena Weekly chimes in with support on Rall's situation regarding a terminated freelance agreement with the LA Times.

* the Wes Craven theory of saving comics.

* there is still a sale going on over at StudyGroup. I like a lot of their comics, and it's worth poking around if you have a few minutes. If you're already a fan, you probably know about the sale.

* here's what's new and available from Breakdown Press.

* finally, I love Johnny Craig.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Landry Walker!

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August 31, 2015


Go, Vote: Harvey Awards Voting Deadling Is Midnight Tonight!

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Go, Look: Joseph P Kelly

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Assembled Extra: comiXology Announces Weekly Shonen Jump Debut

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The digital comics service comiXology has a press release out right this minute announcing that the Weekly Shonen Jump publication will be made available on its site from now on. They also have a link to this latest issue. It looks like they're offering issues back to June.

With my limited background I can't gauge if this is a huge deal all by itself, but I think it's at least a solid one with the potential for being significant. In print form, Shonen Jump was a gateway publication for an entire generation of translated-manga fans. This generation's equivalent to that fanbase is almost certainly experiencing work on-line as its first step. Weekly Shonen Jump tends towards crowd-pleasing action hits that are a fine complement to the kind of comics that are already spotlighted with regularity on the site. It may also provide some jusice to on-line sales of collections of the material via the company's relationship with Amazon.

The PR says current features are: "Black Clover, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, My Hero Academia, Nisekoi, One Piece, One-Punch Man, Seraph Of The End: Vampire Reign, Toriko, World Trigger and Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V." I'm not the most devoted reader of popular manga, but there are three titles even I'd like to check out without perhaps investing in a full volume.
 
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Go, Look: Bruno Dinelli

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Warehouse Closure On December 1 May Result In A Massive October Cerebus Backstock Giveaway

imageDave Sim has announced the closure and sale of a warehouse in Leamington, Ontario that is keeping the remainder of his Cerebus single-issue backstock. In some cases this can involved over a thousand copies the individual issue. He talks about making an event of giving those books away, and some other potential outcomes, in this installment of his video series. I hope he gets what he wants out of it, and that people benefit by getting to read those comics, some of which I greatly enjoyed when they came out.

One thing this underlines, and it's something that's come up quite a bit the last two years or so, is that comics material being available and being taken care of over the years isn't a slam dunk; this takes some effort and capital and attention. Some of the models we have for publishing companies means that the interested players in some cases are fare less resource-loaded than others when it comes to keeping their work alive, in print, in circulation and so on. I had not thought about physical copies being a part of this as much as contracts and art and negatives and digital format upgrades, but of course there's a direct impact involved with the actual comics, too.
 
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Not Comics: Rebecca Dautremer

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Collective Memory: Jack Kirby Day 2015

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Links to articles, posts and other on-line entries regarding any and all celebration of the 98th anniversary of the comics-maker Jack Kirby's birth.

*****

Miscellaneous
* Interview With Charles Hatfield About Jack Kirby

Resources
* Comic Book Apocalypse Show
* Kyle Latino
* TCJ Interview
* The Jack Kirby Chronology
* The Kirby Museum

Tributes
* #JackKirby

* Brandon Graham

* Carol Tilley 01
* Carol Tilley 02
* Carol Tilley 03
* Carol Tilley 04
* Carol Tilley 05
* Carol Tilley 06
* Carol Tilley 07
* Carol Tilley 08
* Carol Tilley 09
* CBR 01
* CBR 02
* Chris Samnee
* Colleen Doran 01
* Colleen Doran 02
* Comics Alliance 01
* Comics Alliance 02

* Dan Slott

* Gerard Way
* Greg Araujo

* Jason Latour
* Jerry Ordway

* LiveAtNewChimeTrek

* Marvel.com
* Matt Wieringo

* Robot 6
* Ron Marz

* Sal Abbinanti
* Saladin Ahmed

* The Beat
* The Kirby Museum
* Thomas Scioli
* Tom McAuliffe
* Tom Spurgeon

* Wil Wheaton

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Go, Look: IMPulses

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By Request Extra: Frank Santoro Talks About His Quest For A Physical School Space As Columbo

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I can practically guarantee you'll never again read something exactly like that post. That might be the most Frank Santoro post Frank Santoro has ever put on-line.

Gentle kidding aside, I would very much like to see Santoro succeed in having a physical space to do the teaching he does and run the workshops he runs; I think comics is better off for what people have learned from Santoro's approach to comics, and I don't see any reason this will change in the near future.
 
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Go, Look: DC Splash Pages From 1975

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* two big charitable efforts made their presence known in the comics world last week, both of which I hope were successful: the selling of Joe Kubert Artist's Editions with all-star drawings right on the covers to benefit a scholarship at the Kubert School; the yearly Hero Initiative push sponsored by the family of the late Jack Kirby to coincide with Kirby's birthdate of August 28. Comics has a generous heart. The idea of course, is to continue to give while doing everything we can on the front end to make sure as little giving as possible is necessary.

* there have been a number of big-time crowd-funders closing, too, I think because mid-July to mid-September is such a guaranteed empty space in a lot creative calendars because of the relative lack of shows. Congratulations to all of those that saw their projects move forward this summer. I've now set up a couple of accounts to be more actively involved in being able to donate to crowd-funders, so I'm looking forward to that this Fall.

* Mike Dawson's book of essays about home and family is already successful just a few days in. I've liked those the most of any comics Mike Dawson has done. Ditto Jon Adams' campagin for his funny Chief O'Brien comics.

* we're getting into the final 10 days or so for a reasonably well-publicized campaign by the publisher Last Gasp to get Barefoot Gen into the hands of students. It looks like it could use a few more solid patrons, although at around the halfway point with any significant time left there's a chance a crowd-funder will be smashingly successful. I can't imagine they'd object to have the suspense taken away from them, though. I know the wallop that one packed for me when I read it as a young person, and still think of it frequently. I'd still like to see this Jane Bowles-related one get a shot.

* Tony Millionaire seems to be selling stuff via his Facebook presence.

* finally, the queer superhero anthology Oath, recommended by a few people I trust here and there on the Internet, could still use some attention.
 
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If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2015

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September 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)
* If I Were In Omaha, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Grass Valley, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 22
* If I Were In Baton Rouge, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 28
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 29
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 30
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

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October 1
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (Bristol Comic & Zine Fair)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This (The Free State Comicon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 4
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 10
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 16
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 17
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 18
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 25
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (Portland Comic Expo)

October 31
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Tarzan At Earth's Core

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