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August 22, 2014


Go, Look: Liz Wong

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Go, Read: In Defense Of Howard The Duck

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Go, Listen: Dan Berry Talks To John Porcellino

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Go, Look: Sophie Goldstein

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Go, Look: Josep Baqué

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Pikitia Press has a brand new web presence. That's always nice to see.

* new column at TCJ.com, a focused review series from the cartoonist Julia Gfrörer called "Symbol Reader." Tim Hodler introduces it here.

* if you're friends with the illustrator and comics-maker Laura Park on Facebook, you should go look at her latest -- it's really good. If you're not, sorry.

* finally, I think I totally whiffed a providing a link to this survey-style article on the state of digital comics after the Amazon-comiXology deal.
 
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If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2014

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August 23
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chimacum, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Mt Prospect, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

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

August 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This

August 31
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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

September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Paper Jam Small Press Festival 2)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

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

September 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In College Park, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 24)

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, 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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Go, Look: Little Lulu #27

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* what a great find by Brian Biggs. I hope all cartoonists are thinking about where things like this will end up one day.

image* Patrick Lohier profiles Charles Burns. Jason Sacks talks to Caleb Monroe. Clint Nowicke talks to David Aja. Mike Dawson talks to Brian Evenson. Susanna Lam talks to Haukur S. Magnusson.

* here's a nice interview C. Spike Trotman, an important figure in comics. If you're not familiar with her, you can start to catch up there. The interviewer is Juliet Kahn.

* not comics: here's a new Adrian Tomine print.

* Sonia Harris writes about the path that led her to the design work she does for various comics.

* David Mazzucchelli draws Batman.

* not comics: Boom! seems to have done pretty well in the corporate partnerships arena thus far. If there's one takeaway from the Marvel comeback of the last 15 years, it's that high-end corporate partnerships can make a difference.

* finally, Valerie D'Orazio draws a line in the sand.
 
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August 21, 2014


Go, Look: "So What He Stole A Box Of Cigars?"

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Go, Read: Sean Howe On Frank Miller At Wired

imageThe third time's the charm as far as big-publication profiles of the cartoonist and filmmaker Frank Miller go, with this Sean Howe piece at Wired outdoing similarly-focused treatments at the New York Times and Playboy in terms of insight and perspective. It also offers the best photos. It even suggests a continuity of vulnerability that informs Miller's work, a way of connecting the rage and drive of his superhero narratives to real moments of perceived physical danger.

I might haggle a bit with some of the details as presented: certainly Kim Thompson's review of Ronin kept that from being an across-the-board critical success, and I'd say even introduced a counter-narrative about Miller that came to drive much of the thinking about the cartoonist that surfaces in other parts of Howe's career survey. I might also describe DK2 as more of a popular disappointment than a critical one. Still, it's a strong piece across the board about an interesting and influential cartoonist. I hope Howe does more of this kind of thing moving forward.
 
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Go, Look: La Lecture Des Ruines

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Even The Headline Could Get Me In Trouble

imageThat's art for a variant cover by the European comics-maker Milo Manara that Marvel is using for a Spider-Woman book. I don't have much to say about it, although maybe I should: we're in a cultural moment where this kind of thing drives feature stories of reasonable length at The Guardian. Here's a thought. I sort of like it as art, primarily because of its grotesque sexuality in a commercial context, like Jonny Negron doing the packaging for a line of Barbies. It's admittedly a curious, tone-deaf choice for the publisher, unless the idea is to jumpstart interest by getting this image out there and talked-about. I certainly didn't know there was a Spider-Woman comic out any time soon.

There are some interesting pop-culture flourishes for which one might look. I'm sure Manara will be described by detractors of this drawing not just as a maker of dubious choices but as an outright untalented artist, maybe even a supremely bad one. The Internet rewards scorched-earth arguments. It's also a basic reminder there is definitely still an undercurrent of cliched, sweaty-boy sexuality in a lot of comics work, something about which we don't like to think but is definitely there. It's also a good place to see that curious mix of fan ownership and commercial standards. Mainstream superhero fans are at times flattered into thinking they're a creative contributor in addition to being an audience member, but the overriding standard they have to apply when making their voice heard is a commercial one. So you see a lot of arguments where maximizing profit is brought to bear as an answer to aesthetic concerns. If only there was as much going on with the covers of respectable taste.
 
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Go, Look: Esad Ribic Superhero Paintings

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Go, Read: Three Profiles Of Three Very Different Cartoonists In Three Very Different Formats

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* long-ago TCJ contributor and still-active academic with an interest in comics Kenton Worcester has penned a brief and affectionate obituary for the late Phil Evans at New Politics. Evans is a cartoonist with whom I have only the most minimal familiarity, and I am as grateful to learn more about him in this way as I am regretful this understanding comes after he has gone.

* I don't read the Chicago Tribune any longer, although it was once an everyday habit extending out on both sides of my living in the city for just over two years. That the Chicago Tribune was supplementing their employment of Scott Stantis with Joe Fournier was something that had escaped me. So to read an old-fashioned enthusiastic endorsement of his work by Michael Miner in the Chicago Reader was a pleasant surprise and I look forward to tracking down the comics themselves. I love non-traditional uses of the form, even if it's just breaking from bare-bones expectations as to what a cartoon should do.

* Sean T. Collins interviewed Meghan Turbitt at TCJ.com today, and it's a fun interview. Talking to younger cartoonists -- and Turbitt applies in terms of age and in terms of the amount of work she's done -- can be difficult, but they have a nice conversation about the big themes to emerge thus far in her work.
 
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Go, Look: Tip Top Comics #197

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By Request Extra: Austin English Holding Original Art Sale To Raise Money For Domino Books Projects

The cartoonist and publisher Austin English has a sale going here on his original art. The idea is to raise money for future Domino Books projects. If nothing else, it's fun to look at that art.
 
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Go, Look: Ben Towle's AlphaBands Gallery

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

image* Autoptic roars to life.

* the blog Chicagoist reminds us that Chicago's Wizard World show is this weekend. That was once the #2 show and for one year they had everyone thinking they were closing fast on San Diego and that Wizard could use the momentum to enter the Chicago market. That didn't happen, although Wizard is putting out PR that their convention slate is profitable now. At any rate, that's a great region of the country for comics, and I still feel its nostalgic pull.

* speaking of Chicago, CAKE is looking for two core members of their administration team. That's a great chance to be involved with a growing show, and to be involved with comics more generally if that's a goal of yours.

* not sure I knew about this New Orleans show that runs in mid-November; at least I don't remember hearing about it until a couple of days ago.

* here's a report on the recent Bryan Lee O'Malley signing at the FPI in Edinburgh.

* the second iteration of Paper Jam Small Press Festival -- to be held in early September -- has its own tumblr.

* this article from an exhibitor about what they most want out of a show is a must-read for those fascinated by conventions and convention culture.

* in early October, the Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will celebrate 75 years of Marvel Comics with special programming.

* not comics: the writer Brian Doherty got the rights back to his Burning Man book from 10 years ago and has released a self-published Kindle edition. There's a lot there that might inform your view of the comics community and the role of festivals, particularly those shows that are huge, fundamental shows like CCI and SPX.

* finally, I mentioned this the other day, but I've talked to a handful of people unable to get rooms at the Marriott because of a sell-out: they've all ended up here, at the Hilton up the road. The price is comfortable, it's walkable if you have to, and it's one transit stop away so the walking isn't likely.
 
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Go, Look: The Man Who Couldn't Be Reached

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Go, Look: Crime Does Not Pay #51

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Hervé St. Louis takes a brief look at Medium as a potential webomics platform.

image* Team Comics Alternative talks to Alec Longstreth. Carol Hills profiles Arnon Avni. Anshuman Iddamsetty talks to Emily Carroll. Mike Romeon profiles Meredith Gran.

* not comics: I am still completely baffled that the idea of spoilers has infiltrated into the act of writing about art. I've never run one, and never will. When I was ten years old, I knew that when I read a review in the New Yorker (the only place I knew where people wrote about a movie for that many words), that I'd be reading about the movie. I don't understand why that doesn't apply now. That doesn't mean I think you should run around being a jerk about art you've seen and someone else hasn't -- at that same age we used to hold our breath so as not to talk about a movie when we walked past the line to get into the next showing. Why is this hard?

* Sean Gaffney on Black Rose Alice Vol. 1 and Kokoro Connect Vol. 1. Brian Nicholson on The Wrenchies. Kate Polak on Deogratias. Johanna Draper Carlson on In Clothes Called Fat. Kelly Thompson on Hexed #1. J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics. Jerry Smith on The Trial Of The Flash. Robert Boyd on a bunch of different comics.

* finally, for some reason I had this five-years-ago post about Tintin originals in my bookmarks folder. Fun post, though.
 
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Happy 85th Birthday, Marie Severin!

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