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December 22, 2014


Go, Look: Sing With King At Christmas

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Go, Read: Ivan Brunetti On Trying To Draw Nancy

Here. Brunetti's an excellent writer about comics, with carloads of insight both considered and personal. Ernie Bushmiller's growth in reputation amongst alt-comics makers is one of the more interesting ideas developed during the 1980s and 1990s, and I'm not sure it would have happened with a lot of different practitioners weighing in.
 
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Go, Look: The Return Of A Christmas Carol

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Daily Cartoonist: Newspaper Apologizes For Chris Britt Cartoon

Alan Gardner at Daily Cartoonist caught that a newspaper apologized for a cartoon after a complaint and demand for apology by a local policeman's union.

The idea that editorial cartoons are provocative actions for which one apologizes as opposed to free speech with which one might disagree seems asinine to me, doubly so after this weekend. I'm frustrated by what I see as these kind of pride-saving diversionary tactics in our national struggle to deal with very real and scary and humbling and delicate issues, and I'm sad that a newspaper wouldn't take a stronger stand just on general principle as well in their role as a community standard-bearer.

I hope that no other paper apologizes for a cartoon that is anything less than an obvious and near-demented personal attack. This wasn't that. If you see yourself apologizing for a cartoon's primary message, it's time to work with your editorial cartoonist to run a more suitable-to-you cartoon.
 
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Go, Look: Christmas Covers On Old Comic Books

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2015

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December 28
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 30
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

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January 1
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

January 7
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

January 9
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Albuquerque Comic Con)

January 10
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Albuquerque Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Doncaster, I'd Go To This (Digi-Con)

January 11
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Albuquerque Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Doncaster, I'd Go To This (Digi-Con)

January 18
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

January 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 30
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 31
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Charlotte Mini-Con)

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Go, Look: Spirit Of Christmas

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* nothing better on-line during the Christmas season than Kate Beaton's twitter feed coming alive with comics starring her family.

image* Keith Silva on Operation Margarine. Bob Levin on S. Clay Wilson's ABC. Matt Seneca on Here. Jake Austen on Hospital Suite. Brian NIcholson on Janus. Tim O'Shea on Dr. Mirage.

* not comics: Pat Lewis writes about record-keeping for an illustrator.

* Sean T. Collins talks to Leah Wishnia. Patrick Rosenkranz talks to Victor Moscoso. Josie Campbell talks to Mark Doyle. Elise Granata talks to Dave Kloc.

* not comics: so I guess the entire run of Starlog is available on-line. That's a magazine that was a lot of young geeks' lives, particularly in the first half of its publishing run.

* we should have about two more years where various limited edition alternative covers are going to be a novelty worth noting. After that? I'm betting not so much.

* I am very much enjoying these columns.

* finally, this goofily lascivious Jack Davis cartoon made me laugh.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Phoebe Gloeckner!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Bill Willingham!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Tony Isabella!

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December 21, 2014


For No Particular Reason, Here's A Few Random, Left-Over Photos From Comic Arts Los Angeles 2014

I'm working through some backstocked photos this morning, including 150 my brother Whit Spurgeon took at Comic Arts Los Angeles earlier this month. Here are some of the last I sorted.

In short: 1) it was very crowded, in a good way. 2) it was very young, in a good way. 3) I had a good time. 4) Really interesting neighborhood. 5) Great energy overall. 6) They should be able to do this every year for as long as they want to, although I hope it stays small and focused and energetic before it gets ambitious.

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

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FFF Results Post #405 -- Next Year's Comics

On Friday, CR reader were asked to "Name Five Specific Comics Publications You Look Forward To Seeing In 2015." This is how they responded.

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Sean Rogers

1. Stroppy, Marc Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
2. Qviet, Andy Burkholder (2D Cloud)
3. Confetti, Ginette Lapalme (Koyama Press)
4. Selected works, Sasaki Maki (Breakdown Press)
5. The Eternonaut, Héctor German Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lopez (Fantagraphics)

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Matthew Gazda

1. Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan, Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn and Quarterly)
2. Exquisite Corpse, Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
3. The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 14, Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki (Dark Horse)
4. Casanova: Acedia #1, Matt Fraction, Michael Chabon, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba (Image)
5. All-New Hawkeye #1, Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez (Marvel)

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Benjamin L. Russell

1. Finder: Third World Part 2, Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)
2. Bad Machinery: Vol. 5 The Case of the Fire Inside, John Allison (Oni Press)
3. The Wicked and the Divine: Vol. 2 Fandemonium, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson (Image)
4. Bureau of Infernal Affairs, Lee Black, Brian Clevinger, and Erica Henderson (Breadpig)
5. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer, Sydney Padua (Pantheon)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Green Lantern Corps, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis (DC)
2. Unflattening, Nick Sousanis (Harvard University Press)
3. Corto Maltese, Hugo Pratt (IDW)
4. Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay, Ulrich Merkl (Fantagraphics)
5. The Summit of the Gods Vol. 5, Yumemakura Baku and Jiro Taniguchi (Ponent Mon)

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Philippe Leblanc

1- For as long as it rains, Zviane (Pow Pow Press)
2- Melody, Sylvie Rancourt (Drawn & Quarterly)
3- Infinite Bowman, Pat Aulisio, (Yeah Dude Comics)
4- Sunny #5, Taiyo Matsumoto (Viz)
5- Cyber Realm, Wren MacDonald (Nobrow)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Love And Rockets: New Stories #7, Los Bros Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
2. SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki (Drawn And Quarterly)
3. Pope Hats #4, Ethan Rilly (AdHouse)
4. Thickness, Various (Youth In Decline)
5. Bandette Vol. 2, Paul Tobin And Colleen Coover (Dark Horse)

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Chad Nevett

1. Project Superpowers: Blackcross, Warren Ellis and Colton Worley (Dynamite)
2. Miami Vice: Remix, Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood (IDW)
3. Thanos: The Infinity Relativity, Jim Starlin (Marvel)
4. Nameless, Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham (Image Comics)
5. Nemo: River of Ghosts, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (Top Shelf)

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Danny Ceballos

1. King-Cat Comics & Stories #75, John Porcellino (self published)
2. July 2015 Diary, Gabrielle Bell (Lucky website)
3. Sky In Stereo #3, Mardou (Yam Books)
4. Rosalie Lightning, Tom Hart
5. New Ditko #22, Steve Ditko (Robin Snyder and Steve Ditko)

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John Vest

1. Mineshaft #31, Jay Lynch Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, Bill Griffith, Christoph Mueller, Justin Green, Nina Bunjevac, Rika Deryckere, Aleksandar Todorovic, David Collier, Pat Moriarity, Tony O'Neill, Aaron Lange (Everett Rand & Gioia Palmieri)
2. Miracleman Book 3: Olympus, The Original Writer and John Totleben (Marvel)
3. The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996, Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics)
4. Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Vol. 18, Chester Gould (IDW)
5. Knight Takes Queen, Keith Knight (Top Shelf)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Frontier #8, Anna Deflorian (Youth In Decline)
2. LOTDK: Venom HC, Denny O'Neil/Trevor Howard Von Eeden/Russel Baun/José Luis Garcia-Lopez (Panini)
3. L'Eté Diabolik, Alexandre Clérisse/Thierry Smolderen (Dargaud)
4. 3 Books, Blaise Larmee (2D Cloud)
5. Wet Moon, Atsushi Kaneko (Carlsen)

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Marc Arsenault

1. Puke Force, Brian Chippendale (Drawn & Quarterly)
2. Saint Cole, Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
3. Cyber Realm, Wren McDonald (NoBrow)
4. Marvel Masterworks: Not Brand Echh, Marie Severin & Co. (Marvel)
5. Borb, Jason Little (Uncivilized)

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Marc-Oliver Frisch

1: Pope Hats #4, Ethan Rilly (AdHouse)
2: Optic Nerve #14, Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
3: Frank's Adventures in the Third Dimension, Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
4: Casanova: Acedia, Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon with Michael Chabon and Gabriel Bá (Image)
5: Das UPgrade 4, Ulf S. Graupner und Sascha Wüstefeld (Graufeld/Cross Cult)

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Mike Baehr

1. Eel Mansions, Derek Van Gieson (Uncivilized)
2. The Weight Vol. 1, Melissa Mendes (Oily, presumably?)
3. The Kurdles, Robert Goodin (Fantagraphics)
4. Prophet: Earth War Brandon Graham and various (Image)
5. Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)

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Michael Dooley

1. Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, Richard Kraft (Siglio Press)
2. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America, Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics)
3. Louise Brooks: Detective, Rick Geary (NBM)
4. Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics 1928-1930, Cliff Sterrett (IDW Publishing)
5. Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly)

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December 20, 2014


Go, Look: Emily Carroll's All Along The Wall

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The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Visualize Ballard By The Action Suits


Late '80s Mid Ohio Con Footage


A 1963 Interview With Jimmy Swinnerton


David Pakman Interviewing Ted Rall In 2010


The Closed Caption Comics Legacy Panel From SPX 2014


The Roots Of Frémok Panel From SPX 2014


How To Get Reviewed Panel From SPX 2014
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from December 13 to December 19, 2014:

1. The great Jack Davis has retired.

2. Wow Cool robbed.

3. The Sony hacking incident spirals into one of those weird super-stories that feels like it's just sitting on your couch, staring straight ahead and not saying anything. There was a comics-related outcome, though, in that the very nice and highly-accomplished cartoonist Guy Delisle saw a rapidly-coming-together film adaptation of his Pyongyang fall apart.

Winners Of The Week
Aspiring comics-makers in New Zealand.

Losers Of The Week
Thieves stealing art comics.

Quote Of The Week
"I consulted with my editor at the time, L'Association, where I had published my first albums. Jean-Christophe Menu the director of this small publishing house really liked the idea and the first pages of the book. We looked for the confidentiality clause and couldn’t find it. Finally he told me: too bad if we end up in court, it’s a book we have to do." -- Guy Delisle
 
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Go, Look: One Defector Draws North Korean Atrocities

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Go, Look: Lloyd Alexander Private Correspondence Art

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Boulet Holiday Drawings

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Happy 29th Birthday, Ed Kanerva!

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Happy 65th Birthday, James Van Hise!

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