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May 3, 2016


Go, Read: The Complete Agent 10

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Go, Look: Tyson Hesse

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Go, Look: Adam Egyptian

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Go, Look: War Wind

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Go, Look: Blindsprings

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* for some reason I have a bunch of mainstream comics news this time out. Apologies in advance. I love to talk about forthcoming work of all kinds, so if anyone would like to give me information on comics a higher percentage of which don't make me want to die, Seriously, if you're working on a mini-comic or a future comic and and do a post about it, send me a link. We don't do that much anymore as a culture. I can't always guarantee tons of traffic, but I think I might still be worth an e-mail.

* you know, I think that was the saddest bullet-point text in CR history. Jesus. "Remember your old pal Tom." My fifties are going to suck.

image* speaking of things likely to suck, the Beat has a preview of a DC revamp of the Scooby-Doo characters, I guess because the idea that you can always grind someone's affection for some fictional something into profit of some sort is too effective a way of doing business to only apply it to superhero stuff. Fandral the Dashing there is actually Shaggy. This Shaggy apparently smokes the dope that makes you bigger and stronger, while physically reshaping the bones in your head. Zoinks. That's Scooby, foregrounded, looking slightly Duncan the Wonder Dog-ish. I don't know what to do with this. I suppose if you squint you can pretend they're relaunching Dalgoda. If I know the playbook here, we're either supposed to take this kind of thing on its face or be delighted by how misguided it is, but mostly it bores the shit out of me. I'm sorry we don't have anything better for the talented creators to do, and hope they're at least having fun and being paid well. I smell a hit.

* there's been a bunch of on-line chatter about the artist Frank Cho being hired to do Wonder Woman variant covers, mostly people rolling their eyes at an artist best known for a kind of 1960s-style nudge-nudge wink-wink cheesecake drawing and a frat-bro advocacy of that approach on-line being asked to do covers featuring a feminist icon and young girl fan-favorite. DC has always had this split personality about many of their major female characters, shifting back and forth between positioning a lot these properties as openly accessible to younger female readers and playing up a kind of R-rated sexuality that, well, I guess attracts people that look like me except maybe sporting a ponytail. Perhaps the only sign of progress when it comes to this mode of split-personality publishing is that people tend to notice the shifts now instead of it being all teenage-boy-without-a-computer masturbation material all the time. One weird thing is that these shifts often set the publisher up for praise when the cycle is such they push back against it.

* Vaneta Rogers' talk with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo gives you an idea of what both sides of the Batman creative team are going to be up to now that their time on that title has concluded. That was the most successful run of all the New52 books, deservedly so, and made stop-and-notice mainstream stars of both creators.

* Todd Klein writes about the 20th anniversary of Kingdom Come. I never liked that comic very much, but smarter people than I am about the superhero genre sure did and it featured one of the top three mainstream creators of the decade (Mark Waid, not Alex Ross). It also sold gobs of copies. Klein clearly remains fond of working on it, as well he should. Twenty years! Klein also notes a surprise reprinting of Miss Finch.

* finally, Heidi MacDonald pulls from her PW interview with Grant Morrison last week the news that he'll be working on two more stand-alone Wonder Woman books, and that Yanick Pacquette will join him. I guess those books do okay for them to keep doing them.
 
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If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Turok, Son Of Stone #4

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I can't believe I quit Twitter this month and have no place to casually brag about having found a Solano Lopez drawing in my collection I didn't know I had. Sometimes I'm reminded I have a great life in a lot of ways.

image* Zainab Akhtar on Koyama Press.

* Todd Klein on Survivors' Club #5. Sean Gaffney on Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Vol. 5. Sean Kleefeld on Andy Capp. Paul O'Brien on All New X-Men #8. Martin Dupuis on Hard Boiled.

* Philippe LeBlanc talks to Michael Comeau. The interviewer pointed out in his e-mail to CR that Comeau talks about drastically reordering material for his latest collection, which is something that tends to fascinate me.

* totally forgot this book existed.

* I don't know who did the "I'll Never Get To Be A Celebrity Cartoonist" panel in the Ting Festival's banner, but someone please make a t-shirt out of it for me.

* I totally missed this major profile of Jeff Lemire, one of comics' nicest, most interesting and hardest working comics-makers. Diana Tamblyn pointed it out to me.

* finally, Brian Hibbs on licensed comics.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Bill Sienkiewicz!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Dennis O'Neil!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Derek Kirk Kim!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Mark Coale!

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Happy 89th Birthday, Mell Lazarus!

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Happy 29th Birthday, Zainab Akhtar!

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May 2, 2016


Go, Look: Conversion On The Road To Malha

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Go, Look: 1000 Jokes #79

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Just Look At This Beautiful Moebius Splash Page

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* I have yet to post on Marguerite Dabaie's ambitious crowd-funding project A Voyage To Panjikant. Somehow the latest Mark Andrew Smith-related project failed to catch my attention until now as well. Smith is a crowd-funding veteran. We definitely have veterans of that now.

* the GoFundMe campaign to provide assistance to Caanan Grall and his family seems to still be attracting donors.

* artist and writer-about-comics Jesse Hamm has a Patreon going. And we know that Graham Annable making cartoon videos is fun, albeit not-comics.

* a pair of Kickstarter campaigns we've been tracking: a new Jess Fink book and a Rozi Hathaway project.

* finally, the Kickstarter campaign for She Changed Comics ended in the stratosphere it seemed to be headed towards from the about day two.
 
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Go, Look: Greg Capullo Images Gallery

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OTBP: These Are The Ways In Which I Have Tried To Tell You

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Submissions For Creators For Creators Grant Now Open

Here. I hope every single person for whom this program applies will submit, and I hope that every single institution in comics takes this as a gauntlet thrown to develop programs that directly support creators.
 
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Go, Look: Billville Birds

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2016

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May 3
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

May 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were Near A Comic Shop, I'd Participate In This (FCBD)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 10
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 13
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cupertino, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Pickerington, I'd Go To This (Big Comic Show)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (MSP ComiCon 2016)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Merced, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (MSP ComiCon 2016)

May 17
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 19
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 20
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were In Vanouver, I'd Go To This (VanCaf)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were In Vanouver, I'd Go To This (VanCaf)

May 26
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 28
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)

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June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Wayne Howard Inking Over Gil Kane's Pencils

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