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November 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Michael Fleisher!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Rich Koslowski!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Zander Cannon!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Whit Spurgeon!

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October 31, 2014

Go, Read: Emily Carroll's When The Darkness Presses

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Go, Download: David Lasky's All Monster Comics

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Happy Halloween: Enjoy Study Group's Halloween Haunting

lots of fun comics here
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OTBP: A Limited Print Of Dan Clowes As Drawn By Drew Friedman

also: holy crap that's amazing-looking
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Help! I Have A Question Or Two About Movie Adaptations And Particularly The Ones From Four-Color


I have a question or two about movie adaptations into comics, primarily if there's a source for credits for Dell/Western comics generally, and if someone knows how artists and writers back then worked (stills? scripts? guesswork?). If you can answer those questions,
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Go, Look: Scott Longo

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The Casual Certainties Of Late October: Wal-Mart's Christmas Trees, PW's Best Books Of The Year

imagePublishers Weekly has its best-of book lists out, I guess in an attempt to fool those who thought there was slightly more than 1/6 of the year left. Their choices in comics are:

* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* The Wrenchies, Farel Dalrymple (First Second)
* How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly)

That's a fine list. Given past winning slates I wouldn't have been surprised if Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki's This One Summer, Richard Thompson's Complete Cul De Sac, Mimi Pond's Over Easy, Jules Feiffer's Kill My Mother or John Porcellino's Hospital Suite were on this year's list, but what is on there makes sense. That Dalrymple book might surprise some people, but that book is something else.

I think there are likely still some excellent books to come. I just got the new Olivier Schrauwen, and that look stupendous. There's still at least one if not two David B. books coming out. I appreciate the PW list's small size, and I appreciate the fact that even though there are only five choices two of their picks were from Fantagraphics -- there has to be pressure to include as many publishers as possible.

Update: Heidi MacDonald informs me that Emily Carroll's Through The Woods and the aforementioned The One Summer made a fairly extensive-looking Young Adult list.
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Go, Look: Reed Black

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Missed It: Somehow I Forgot To Run The BCA Shortlist, Including Posy Simmonds To The HOF


For some demented reason I forgot to post the announced short list for the British Comic Awards, which were announced a full two weeks ago. They do this according to a submissions process organized by the British Comic Awards Committee, and this move from a longlist to a shortlist.

The big news for right this very moment is that the great Posy Simmonds will join Raymond Briggs and Leo Baxendale in the hall of fame. That is one solid Hall. Simmonds is probably best known for her two books, at-first serialized and then collected: Gemma Bovery (1999) and Tamara Drewe (2007). Her distinguished career includes the reputation-making comics informally known by her first name while bearing in one form or another several others.



Best Comic

* Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger -- Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
* In The Frame -- Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
* Raygun Roads -- Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
* Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories -- Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
* The Wicked + The Divine #1 -- Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)



Best Book

* The Absence -- Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
* Celeste -- I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
* The Encyclopedia of Early Earth -- Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
* Lighter Than My Shadow -- Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
* Sally Heathcote: Suffragette -- Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)



Young People's Comic Award

* Bad Machinery Volume Two: The Case of The Good Boy -- John Allison (Oni Press)
* BOO! -- Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
* Corpse Talk: Season 1 -- Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
* Hilda and the Black Hound -- Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
* The Beginner's Guide to Being Outside -- Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)



Emerging Talent

* Alison Sampson (Genesis, "Shadows" (In The Dark) -- artist)
* Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
* Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, "Vicky Park" (Leicester Mercury), "The Amazing Seymore" (Moose Kid Comics))
* Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, "Peppermint Butler's Peppermint Bark" (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
* Corban Wilkin ("History of Energy" (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) -- artist, Breaker's End, "If Not Now Then When" (Offlife #6))



Hall of Fame

* Posy Simmonds


These titles will now go to a Judging Panel, consisting of Jonathan Entwistle, Jessica Hynes, Danny John-Jules, Jonathan Ross and Suzy Varty -- if they end up meeting in a room, I would love to be in that room. That group will decide the winners save for the Young People's Comic Award, which is chosen by young people from school across the UK.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 6 PM, November 15 at the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds. It is part of the Thought Bubble Festival.

Congratulations to all nominees and to Posy Simmonds.

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Not Comics: Fred Banbery Mini-Gallery

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Brian Hibbs On Inappropriate Covers On All-Age Friendly Comics

The retailer Brian Hibbs has a short essay up here on DC putting a violent-looking cover on a comic book whose interiors suggest it could be an all-ages or simply a broadly-appealing sales item. I've had some exposure to this from little kids of my friends. I couldn't tell you how frequently this kind of thing might put someone off just in general, but I know two young comic-book obsessives that want no part of angry or violent superhero stories despite loving those characters. One of them had her father black out some Joker-related advertisements in a to-kids marketed comic book. So I suspect this is a real thing.
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OTBP: Ink Brick #2

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Collective Memory: The Locust Moon Comics Festival 2014


Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Locust Moon Comics Fesivtal, held October 25 at The Rotunda in Philadelphia.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people


* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Aimee Fleck
* Andrea Tsurumi

* Colonial Comics
* Cooking Up Comics

* Dan Mazur
* Darshana Pathak
* Dean Haspiel 01
* Dean Haspiel 02

* e hetrick jackson

* Heather Nunnelly

* Illadelph Pastlife

* Mary Capaldi
* Meathaus

* Panel Patter

* Robot 6

* The Art Of Mary Capaldi

* Werdy Girl

* Adam McGovern
* Adriano Moraes
* Farel Dalrymple
* Jason Rodriguez
* Bill Roundy
* Bill Sienkiewicz
* Meghan Turbitt 01
* Meghan Turbitt 02
* Meghan Turbitt 03


News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Ninth Art Press

* Altar Girl
* Andrew Carl

* Bleeding Cool

* cookingupcomics

* Ignorant Bliss

* katfajardoo

* leezusconleche 01
* leezusconleche 02
* Lisk Feng
* Locust Moon Festival Photos
* Locust Moon Guest Spotlights

* savvyliterate

* the often wrong

* Aimee Fleck
* Alexandra Beguez
* Andrea Tsurumi 01
* Andrea Tsurumi 02
* Andrew Carl
* ashleyaltars

* Ben Marra
* Box Brown

* cookingupcomics

* darshana

* Evan Dahm

* Fantom Comics
* Farel Dalrymple 01
* Farel Dalrymple 02

* Gregory Benton

* Haan Lee

* Japspeporj Fenway
* Judith

* katfajardo!

* Lady Turbo
* Lisk Feng

* Nhy

* Rebecca Mock
* Ronald Wimberly

* wowowosh

* Yao Xiao

* vtgy667




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Go, Look: Armagideon Time's 2014 Halloween Countdown

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