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March 1, 2015


Nilah Magruder's M.F.K. Wins Inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award

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Super-Publicist David Hyde sent out a press release yesterday evening that the first-ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity went to Nilah Magruder's web effort M.F.K.. The award was presented at the Long Beach Comics Expo to Magruder by Dwayne McDuffie's widow Charlotte McDuffie. A speech was given earlier by Reginald Hudlin.

Dwayne McDuffie was an admired and influential comics-maker, writer and producer who had an equally successful career in animation as he did in comic books. The award was designed to honor his commitment to diversity, displayed in part via the creation of diverse casts of characters in his writing and producing projects.

Magruder is a native of Maryland now working in LA as a storyboard artist and concept-art maker, who has worked in a variety of arts-related field. M.F.K. is self-published on-line. She launched the comic in 2012.

The four other nominees for this year's award were:

* Hex11, Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComix)
* Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
* The Shadow Hero, Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
* Shaft, David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite)
 
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Go, Look: Daniel Lima

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If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Joyce Brabner!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Benjamin Marra!

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FFF Results Post #410 -- Last Five Digital Comics

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name The Last Five Comics You Read In Some Sort Of Non-Printed, Digital Form. Use The Countdown Format." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

5. Tonya, Katie Skelly
4. Bandette #9, Paul Tobin And Colleen Coover (pictured)
3. Octopus Pie, Meredith Gran
2. Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
1. We Were Being Stalked By A Gorilla, RL Crabb

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Jamie S. Rich

5. Barbarella Vol. 1, Jean Claude-Forest, with Kelly Sue DeConnick
4. The Last Diplomat, Cat Farris (pictured)
3. Polar, Victor Santos
2. Powers: Bureau #s 9-12, Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming, & Nick Filardi
1. Avengers: Time Runs Out Vol. 1, Jonathan Hickman, et al

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Tom Bondurant

5. Batman '66 #54, Jeff Parker & Sandy Jarrell
4. Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton
3. Mary Death, Matthew Tarpley (pictured)
2. Bobbins, John Allison
1. Our Valued Customers, Tim Chamberlain

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John Platt

5. Too Much Coffee Man, Shannon Wheeler
4. The Dailies, Dakota McFadzean
3. Savage Chickens, Doug Savage
2. As the Crow Flies, Melanie Gillman
1. Tuki, Jeff Smith (pictured)

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Josh Kopin

1. Family Man, Dylan Meconis (pictured)
2. Something Positive, R.K. Milholland
3. The Whys, Virginia Paine
4. Dumbing of Age, David Willis
5. Johnny Wander, Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota

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Evan Harrison Cass

5. Gods & Undergrads, Monica Gallagher
4. Graveyard Shift #3, Jay Faerber, Fran Brueno, et al
3. Unshelved, Gene Ambaum & Bill Barnes (pictured)
2. Effigy #2, Tim Seeley, Marley Zarcone, et al
1. Our Valued Customers, Tim Chamberlain

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Oliver Ristau

5. Heavy Lights Of January, Bouletcorp
4. Cool Dungeon Adventures, Ville Kallo
3. Tranquility Base: The Ego Has Landed, Ty Templeton (pictured)
2. Grauschattierungen, Sarah Burrini
1. The Blobby Boys Fall In Love, Hellen Jo

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Danny Ceballos

5. The Bloody Footprint, Lilli Carré
4. A Way Of Keeping A Diary, Lynda Barry
3. The Snortville Sneeze, Sid Lazarus (pictured)
2. Fauves 90, Warren Craghead
1. A Comic To Make You Feel Sorry For Me, Gabrielle Bell

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Buzz Dixon

5: Candi, Starline X. Hodge
4: Least I Could Do, Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza
3: The Boulet Corp, Boulet
2: Menage a 3, Giz (Gisèle Lagace) and Dave Zero1 (David Lumsdon)
1: Sinfest, Tatsuya Ishida (pictured)

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Johnny Bacardi

5. Oh Joy Sex Toy, Erika Moen
4. Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton of course
3. The Last Diplomat, Cat Ferris
2. Oglaf, Trudy Cooper, Doug Bayne
1. Girls With Slingshots, Danielle Corsetto

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Philippe Leblanc

5. High as a House, Michael Deforge
4. Kate or Die, Kate Leth
3. Conversation, 22 Aout, 1949, Zviane
2. Missy, Daryl Seitchik
1. Strangebeard, Kelly Tindall (pictured)

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Phil Jackson

5. March Book 2, John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Pictured)
4. Part-Time Princesses #1, Monica Gallagher
3. Bacchus Vol. 1-5, Eddie Campbell
2. Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five, Monica Gallagher
1. Demon #8-11, Jason Shiga

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Trevor Ashfield

5. On the Phone with Dad, Kate Beaton
4. Roy In Hollywood, Gilbert Hernandez
3. Meg, Mogg, and Owl, Simon Hanselmann
2. The Dailies, Dakota McFadzean
1. Peanuts, Charles Schulz

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Michael Dooley

5. Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics, Mike Madrid (Exterminating Angel Press)
4. Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez, Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Texas Press)
3. The Complete Accident Man, Duke Mighten, Howard Chaykin, John Erasmus, Martin Emond (Titan Comics)
2. Projections: Comics and the History of Twenty-First-Century Storytelling, Jared Gardner (Stanford University Press)
1. Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s, Simone Castaldi (University Press of Mississippi)

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February 28, 2015


Nilah Magruder's M.F.K. Wins Inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award

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This should be the full PR, as a PDF: McDuffieAward2015.pdf -- I'm doing this from a phone in a restaurant. I'll have a newsbrief up tomorrow. Congratulations to Magruder, though, and to that awards program for shining a spotlight on that work.
 
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The Comics Reporter Video Parade


The Digital Lizards Of Doom Interview Mike Towry


Trailer For The Paint By Monster YouTube Channel From Cartoonist Dan Wright


KAL Explains Taxation


Clay Bennett Accepts An Award


Ralph Steadman Draws Breaking Bad


Overseas Press Club On Differences Between French And North American Satire
 
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Go, Buy: Last Day For Retrofit Subscription Early Bird Offer

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Vice Is Collecting Tribute Drawings Of Leonard Nimoy

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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from February 21 to February 27, 2015:

1. Despite the explosion of conventions all over the world and the convention's seemingly unique ability to draw criticism for things that never get applied to other shows, Comic-Con International's show in San Diego is still the E-Ticket ride to end all rides, with near immediate sell-outs and people spending three or so days a year not at the show trying to negotiate the registration and reservations processes.

2. What do you do when a convention loses its hotel? Re-schedule at a different venue, and run a one-day event on the old weekend for anyone that's already made travel plans.

3. The alleged thief behind the robbery of Jim Wheelock's stellar-sounding Silver Age-focused comics collection is arraigned without any further clue as to where the comics might have ended up. I think what might fascinate me as this moves forward is if a thief could have converted a bunch of comics like that into cash in a way that's both completely quiet but also yields enough money for it to be worthwhile.

Winner Of The Week
Whoever thought up this pro-NYC campaign at Marvel just as DC heads out to Burbank. Intentional or not. Not a lot of ways to spin against the energy of a longtime rival starting a new life someplace, but this one of them.

Losers Of The Week
Readers of Paul Constant in The Stranger.

Quote Of The Week
"Even when some people pointed to that article as 'proof' that Image Comics wasn't all it was cracked up to be, Image stuck with me, kept publishing Skullkickers, and continued to make incredible strides in expanding the market for creator-owned comics. I've always been thrilled to have my creator-owned books published by Image because I knew why the company was formed and how it's always worked: Creators are in complete control of their comics and they're compensated based on its success." -- Jim Zub, in his update for how his creator-owned numbers are working out. I might disagree a bit on the characterization of Image's history, but the enthusiasm for his publisher is something a lot of Image's creators have right now and is a big factor in terms of who wants to work where on what kind of project.

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Go, Look: The Squirrel Cage

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an older site that popped up in my Facebook this morning; who doesn't love Gene Ahern?
 
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If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Warren, 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 LA, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2015

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March 1
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)

March 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 6
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

March 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Oklahoma, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)
* If I Were In Arlington, I'd Go To This (Smudge Expo)

March 15
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 19
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 20
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
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March 21
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 22
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 23
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 24
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 25
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 26
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 27
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

March 28
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

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April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

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Events For May 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 31st Birthday, Lauren Barnett!

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February 27, 2015


OTBP: Inaction Comics No. 1: Productivity

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By Request Extra: Comic Book People 2 Stalls At Halfway Point

The second of Jackie Estrada's comic book photo books drawn from her picture-taking at the San Diego Comic Con, this time featuring creators from the 1990s, looks like it may have reached a plateau at about halfway to its goal and is just stitting there now. I really like projects like this one because they provide some reward -- or at least not financial hardship -- for someone on the front lines of this kind of cultural history. Plus I just like looking at photos of my friends and cartoonist I admire when they're still zygotes. Anyway, this is a reminder for me that it's there.
 
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Go, Look: Amélie Fléchais

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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By Tom Spurgeon

* as has been the case every week recently, I hope you're reading Alla Prima. This Katherine Sui Fun Cheung comic from Kate Beaton was really fun, too.

* the writer Gary Tyrrell does a really good job covering the influence and impact of the crowd-funding mechansim Kickstarter on the fortunes of various webcomics-related projects. He has two such articles up this week.

* one thing that was impressed upon me this week was how much certain comics readers feel walled off from a lot of the work being done on social-media driven platforms. Usually I'd just make fun of these people for not having the inclination to track certain things down, but I do also worry that some creators don't care about having their work as widely disseminated as possible to people that would really love it. As always, I have no idea how to bridge these gaps, but it's weird that there are probably 20 interesting comics a big chunk of my comics-reading pals might never see and that there is likely a much bigger list from which I'm mostly divorced.

* finally, Kiel Phegley has a nice write-up here on Dark Horse shifting three lower-selling creator-owned series to digital-only in advance of a print trade collection. I think a lot of people are headed this direction, even if it's just creators putting up occasional chunks of comics to buy on Gumroad. At the same time, it doesn't seem like any of these series is particularly distinctive the way that, say, the Dark Horse-published Usagi Yojimbo and Resident Alien series have been.
 
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If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Hellen Jo Subs On The Blobby Boys

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