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May 24, 2015


Roz Chast Wins 2015 Reuben For Outstanding Cartoonist Of The Year

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Roz Chast's win is a rare win for a female cartoonist, and I think it's now fair to argue that her memoir, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, is the second-most lauded comics work of the comics-for-adults era. Congratulations to her.
 
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Not Comics: Todd VanDerWerff On A Unifying Theory For This Century's Big Superhero Films

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The writer Todd VanDerWerff looks at modern superhero movies as a way for culture to replay 9/11 under safe or even advantageous terms. I assume this is a part of their appeal in general, just as the monster movies of the '50s and '60s had an element of nuclear bomb horror and the original Superman movie can be seen as a reaction to 1970s masculinity and disappointing authority figures. Those movies are such large enterprises that I wonder if they aren't more the other way around, and that the way we interpret violence now isn't just wrapped up in 9/11 imagery for better or for worse. I'm not sure that comics ever recovered from the effect of having its dramatic levels recalibrated after the towers fell.
 
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Go, Look: Kevin Eastman 1985 Pages For Sale

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In Atlanta, i'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 12
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 67th Birthday, Alan Zelenetz!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Wimbledon Green!

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FFF Results Post #419 -- Last Call

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Favorite Last Issues Of Comic Book Series." This is how they responded.

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Philippe Leblanc

1- Black Hole #12
2- Ultimates 2 #13
3- Sandman #75
4- I Had A Dream #6
5- Spaceman #9

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Michael Buntag

1. The Power Of Shazam #48
2. Bone #59
3. The Sandman! #75
4. Justice Society Of America (1993) #10
5. Top Ten #12

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Danny Ceballos

1. Yummy Fur #32
2. Thirteen (Going On Eighteen) #25
3. Devil Dinosaur #9
4. Cold Heat #7/8
5. Raw (Volume One) #8

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Mike Pfefferkorn

1. Superman (Volume 1) #423
2. Planetary #27
3. Doom Patrol (Volume 1) #121
4. Brave And Bold (Volume 1) #200
5. Starman (Volume 2) #80 (The actual "last issue.")

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Tim O'Neil

1. Cerebus #300
2. What If? #47 (1984)
3. Tomb Of Dracula #70
4. Legion Of Super-Heroes #61 (1994)
5. Son Of Ambush Bug #6

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Buzz Dixon

1. The Adventures Of Barry Ween, Boy Genius: Monkey Tales #6
2. Weird Science #22
3. Sunpot Galaxy Science Fiction magazine March 1970
4. Blazing Combat #4
5. Cerebus #300

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James Moore

1. Transmetropolitan #60
2. Casanova #14
3. The Invisibles Vol. 3 #1
4. Solo #12
5. The End Of The Fucking World #16

The Invisibles Vol. 3 counted down from 12 to 1 so that's the final issue.

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Matt Emery

1. Young Liars #18
2. Hex #18
3. Tornado #22 (IPC)
4. Justice League Of America #261
5. Power Man And Iron Fist #125

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Andrew Mansell

1. Silver Surfer #18 (1970)
2. Eightball #23
3. Sergio Aragones Funnies #12
4. Castle Waiting Vol. 2 # 18
5. Legion of Super-Heroes #63 (1989)

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Marty Yohn

1. Ex Machina #50
2. Starfire (1976) #8
3. Hex #18
4. Transmetropolitan #60
5. The Sandman #75

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Tucker Stone

1. Justice League of America #261
2. Deadshot #4
3. The Sword #24
4. Justice League Elite #12
5. Preacher #60

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Love And Rockets Volume One #50
2. Weirdo #28
3. Zot! #36
4. Daredevil (2011) #36
5. Hate #30

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John Vest

1. Not Brand Echh #13
2. The Demon #16
3. The Spectacular Spider-Man #2 (1960s magazine sized comic)
4. Prime Cuts #10
5. Rip Off Comix #31

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Tom Strong
2. Planetary
3. Transmetropolitan
4. Watchmen
5. Bone

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Marc Arsenault

1. Camelot 3000 #12
2. Tom Strong #36
3. King City #12
4. Y The Last Man #60
5. Amazing Adventures V2 #39 (War of the Worlds)

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Scott Dunbier

1) Green Lantern/Green Arrow #89
2) Zot #36
3) Superman #423
4) V For Vendetta #12
5) Unknown Soldier #268

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Chad Nevett

1. Automatic Kafka #9
2. Young Liars #18
3. Warlock (1972) #15
4. Preacher #66
5. Stormwatch (1993) #50

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Alastair Tervit

1 - Transmetropolitan #60
2 - Preacher #66
3 - Cerebus #300
4 - Promethea #32
5 - The Invisibles #1

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Tim Hayes

1. Invisibles, Vol. 3 #1
2. Wonder Woman (1942) #329
3. Swamp Thing (1982) #171
4. Kane #31
5. Amazing Adventures (1970) #39

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Des Devlin

1. Chrome Fetus #7
2. Tintin And The Picaros
3. Hup #4
4. The Worst From MAD #12
5. Superman #423 (though like Superman, the title’s death was temporary)

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John Platt

1. Alias #28
2. Eddie Campbell's Bacchus #60
3. Wandering Star #21
4. Ms. Tree #50
5. Nextwave Agents of HATE #12

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Oliver Ristau

1. Hex #18
2. Thriller #12
3. Haywire #13
4. Wolverine: Snikt!
5. The Shadow #19

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Michael Dooley

1. Get Lost #3
2. Yak Yak #2
3. Air Pirates Funnies #2
4. Art d'Ecco #4
5. Plastic Man (2006) #20

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Bryan Munn

1. Amazing Adult Fantasy #15 -- Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduce Spider-Man in this washed-up "monster-of-the-month" series
2. Little Lulu #268 -- kind of a hard to find comic pre-internet with some quality John Stanley reprints
3. Captain Canuck #14 -- the first comic I ever subscribed to was cancelled just after the hero time-travelled to the "present" of 1981. Gorgeous George Freeman art!
4. Help #26 -- Steve Allen, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Terry Gilliam's "Buster Have You Ever Stomped a Negra?" and more!
5. Morons #1 -- can't keep track of this comic by Keith Jones. Is it really over?

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May 23, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Matt Fraction On Seth Meyers' Show


Chris Barnes Talks To Gary Groth


Juana Medina Profiled


Alan Moore's Advice To Unpublished Authors
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1990 Local TV News Profile Of Todd McFarlane



Cartoonist Gopulu Profiled
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from May 16 to May 22, 2015:

1. Twenty-eight year old Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was in court Tuesday; the verdict and possible sentences of more jail time and/or flogging are being delay one to three weeks from that trial date. In dispute is a cartoon critical of woman's right issue legislation having to do with birth control. She's already spent time in Evin Prison for daring to make the cartoon and spent more time in jail for complaining about her treatment the first time she was in jail. Involved is one of those noxious laws that partly to fully exempts sitting politicians from criticism.

2. A massive number of Charlie Hebdo-related news items continue to pop up, as Luz announces he won't be working for the magazine anymore and French police become involved with two men stalking a current staffer.

3. Zunar's sedition trial has been postponed until July. My hunch is that for the most part this is only ever bad news for the accused, as I assume they'd like to see this thing adjudicated and over with -- or at least moving forward to the next stage of appeal.

Winner Of The Week
Jeff Kinney, living the dream.

Losers Of The Week
Now and forever, the Malaysian authorities hassling Zunar.

Quote Of The Week
"I could get ahold of Barack Obama easier. Let's put it that way. I try, I try, I try, and I don’t know. It's just impossible." -- Geof Darrow, on seeking out contact with Frank Miller.

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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: Extra Time #1

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

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

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If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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Happy 64th Birthday, John Bolton!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Mike Deodato!

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May 22, 2015


Go, Look: Chris Doherty

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