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June 28, 2016

Go, Look: The Phoenixes

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Michel Renaud's Widow Files Charges Against Charlie Hebdo

This is just awful-sounding. It's hard for me to believe that millions of dollars are necessary to stabilize the publication of a magazine, if I'm even understanding what that means, even one in Hebdo's unique situation. I also believe that something firm and clear of major, dangling questions -- the kind of questions that are suggested here to be unresolved in some way -- should have been worked out as immediately and with as much clarity as possible after the 2015 shooting.

The lawsuits and some of the public complaints surrounding Hebdo brought to bear by those with a connection to the magazine interest me not just for the hangover of the drama involved but because a lot of the questions are limited to the event and the crime and the direct aftermath in terms of things like monies raised -- and they're still deeply messed up. It's something familiar to people I know who have been in close proximity to life-changing violence: shifting contexts can only exacerbate or provide some small tonic in the face of core wounds; the wounds themselves remain.
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Go, Look: Shock SuspenStories Cover Images Gallery

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Collective Memory: HeroesCon 2016


Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of HeroesCon, held June 17-19 in and around the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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


* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* #heroescon on Tumblr

* Alexis Ziritt

* Barney Google And Snuffy Smith
* Bleeding Cool

* Comics Alternative
* Comics Kingdom

* Digital Femme

* Fantagraphics

* Get Offline

* Matt Fraction

* rocketship to planet jeff
* Ryan Cecil Smith

* Task Force Rad Squad

* Valentine De Landro

* Event Page

* Hubert Black
* John Nettles Jr.
* Naomi Kirchoff

* Eventful Listing
* Fievent Listing
* Heroes Tumblr
* Wikipedia Entry
* Yelp Entry

News Stories And Columns
* Charlotte Magazine
* Charlotte Observer
* Comics Workbook

* Fox 46

* Go Carolinas

* Nerd Nation Magazine

* Stela

* The Mary Sue

* #heroescon on Instagram

* AdHouse Books

* Ed Piskor

* Jacques Nyemb
* Jessica Petro
* Juan Bareto

* Leo Photography 01
* Leo Photography 02

* Merissa Jones

* Out Of Step Arts

* Patrick Sun 01
* Patrick Sun 02
* Patrick Sun 03
* Patrick Sun 04
* Patrick Sun 05
* Patrick Sun 06
* photosbypike

* The Variant

* Winston-Salem Journal

* Festival Account

* HeroesCon 2017 Dates Announcement Tweet

* Fisticuffs Photography
* HeroesCon 2016 Drink & Draw




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Go, Look: Chris Samnee Superhero Pin-Ups

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Go, Listen: Tim Hensley Interview By Roman Muradov

imageThat's a really interesting pairing.

Hensley's Sir Alfred No. 3 has a fascinating story in that the book that started with Buenaventura Press and ended up with Fantagraphics Books upon the passing of publisher Buenaventura Press. Championing unique talents with a special attention to the way the work is presented, that's what Alvin Buenaventura did best when he was operating on all cylinders. For its part, Fantagraphics never gets historical credit for some of the things they've done for smaller-press counterparts or books that are placed with such publishers when something horrible like this comes up.

I hope you'll read the comic. Despite its twin publishing partners, that is going to be one of the most obscure titles with which to grapple when it comes time to naming the best books of 2016.
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I Never Get Tired Of Looking At Franklin Booth Illustrations

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By Request Extra: Soto Family GoFundMe On Behalf Of Youngest Member Pressing Towards 10X Initial Ask

Here. Good on the comics community for stepping up on behalf of one of its most well-liked members, alt-arts division. I have to imagine any additional money will be put to good use.
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Go, Look: Short Excerpt From Jeremy Sorese's Curveball

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News


By Tom Spurgeon

* if you missed another round of Benign Kingdom artbooks, walk don't run to their crowd-funder.

* Alexander Lu talks to Ulisses Fariñas about his work with Storme Smith on the new Magnetic Press Buño.

* Mike Sterling notes that Marvel's new initiative with the Star Wars characters and setting is just now encompassing the movie released last holiday season. Sterling points out that with the ubiquity of personal copies of the movie, there's no real reason to ruch an adaptation to market.

* finally, Joe Ollmann shoes off the cover to next year's The Abominable Mr. Seabrook.

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

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

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Go, Look: Underwater

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on a bunch of mini-comics. And a bunch more. And an additional bunch. Bob Temuka on DKIII. Todd Klein on Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 and Gay-Neck: The Story Of A Pigeon.

* if you qualify, consider contacting MariNaomi about being included in her databases.

* well, he seems to think our solution is to murder him.

* what person 30 to 60 hasn't gone though this stage?

* this Derf take on a famous painting made me laugh -- I recognized the painting before I read the contextual explanation.

* here is Bob Temuka's lifetime in comics. I was going to do something similar over a longer period of time with TCJ, but my relationship deteriorated with that publication before we could get that one done.

* Carrie McClain talks to Hybrie and Faybra.

* finally, this has to be one of comics' most benign alternate universes.
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Happy 33rd Birthday, Ian Brill!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Philippe Druillet!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Mike Royer!

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June 27, 2016

Go, Donate: Help Zack And Krista Soto With Expenses Incurred In Helping Their Son See

I don't know Krista Soto very well, or young Caspian, but I'm fond of Zack Soto as a cartoonist, convention organizer, publisher, distributor and person -- not in that order. I hope you'll consider a donation. I have to imagine that every bit can help.
photo ganked from the SG site; all apologies
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Go, Look: Ehren English

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* this Joyce Brabner-helmed combination podcast and stream of editorial cartoons in tight proximity to Cleveland's forthcoming Republication National Convention looks like it could be up to no good -- in the best way.

* the latest Dirty Diamonds project looks well on its way. Worthy-looking projects by Sequential Crush and Dare2Draw seem much less certain at this point, but in no way are these unachievable. I'm not sure there is a crowd-funder you can count out before the last day these days.

* I wrote a post last Friday focused on Linda Medley's situation; she could use some support.

* Joey Peters wrote in to remind us of his Stardust-related crowd-funder.

* finally, we're nearly a month into the fundraiser for Geneviève Elverum, with over 4100 people participating.
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If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Brave And The Bold Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on 5000 KM Per Second. David Press with some initial thoughts on the staggering achievement of the Showa series.

* not comics: here's some advice for PR people out there on a proper response when someone asks to be taken off a mailing list where you're bombarding them with material that doesn't fit their coverage profile in any way: there isn't one. Don't respond at all. Just remove the name from the mailing list. Certainly don't respond with an angry explanation of how you thought this was justified. Nobody cares except in that you are now wasting more of their time. You are totally wrong not to do a cursory, professional exploration of the sites whose time you're wasting with your press releases. We in the press tend to understand how hard your job is, and wish you well -- we just wish you well in a way where we're not doing your work for you, even if it's only 20 seconds of it.

* also: get out of my yard.

* Chase Magnett discusses comics-makers that make racist comics, and how we view them. Not changing your opinion on older works is probably the easiest construction to face here; more problematic is engaging with things of value in a racist, bigoted and maybe even just plain awful work, and perhaps even more problematic is the career summary, like a Hall Of Fame nomination. None of it is easy.

* don't really know what's going on here but I don't promote people on the site. I wish we could dump that particular reductive, consumerist phrasing as to how media coverage works. I will continue to write about all sorts of people that I in some cases and other people in other cases believe have done awful things or have been shown to believe something repellent or shit-stupid. My guess is that if all the information were on the table, this would be the case in over 98 percent of the things and people I cover. It's just not something that registers for me in doing that part of my job. You get covered because you're newsworthy, not because you're worthy.

* not comics: this is awful.

* finally, Gordon Jackson seeks to explain the current presidential election through the use of pop-culture items. Sounds good to me.
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Happy 88th Birthday, Joe Giella!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Debbie Huey!

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