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October 1, 2014


Go, Look: Amelia Makes Comics

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Go, Read: Kurt Busiek On Marvel/Kirby Family Settlement

Here, across two message board posts. I don't think I disagree with anything he says, although maybe I'm not quite as interested as he seems to be in combatting anti-Kirby Family spin in terms of the undisclosed parts of the settlement. That's personal preference, though, and I can certainly understand why that's something he wants to argue. I even agree with his take.
 
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Go, Look: Vintage Richard Thompson

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Go, Read: DC Entertainment Gives A Statement To CBR Concerning Recently Criticized Licensed Material

Albert Ching at CBR scores a reaction from DC Entertainment on recent, licensed products that read like a parody of old-school sexist sloganeering and set off a wave of Internet scolding, myself included. The Superman half of that, at least, was originally unearthed by the site DC Women Kicking Ass here. I caught it on a second wave of commentary; my apologies to those who think I should have dug back to the original unearthing of the shirts and my thanks to those that did that unearthing like DCWKA.

To my mind the DC statement scores highly in terms of their admitting the shirts are dumb, less so on targeting exactly why this might have happened and somewhere in between on promising to explore changes in the process.

I don't really buy that most corporations have core values that simply need to be applied in situations like this one, like someone forgot to throw a switch. You can argue the idea of it, and you can do so with some amount of crossed-arm fury due to the fact that individuals there certainly have these values, but I think the record over the longterm favors a lean towards profit and advantage over principle. That's why something like this happens in the first place. That's also a reason why moral stands are important: there's a cost involved. I do think businesses like DC can do a better job of not making it totally discouraging for parents who want their kids to enjoy those ubiquitous characters, either on their own or through one of the parents, and good for them if that's the course correction here. I think that's a form of civil decency and I think that's good business. Ditto engaging the criticism, as they've done here. They can also make very specific changes on a case to case basis according to values people working there might hold dear. If that can have a systemic benefit for a while, well, that's a bonus.
 
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Go, Look: Emma Rios Images Mini-Gallery

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Collective Memory: Marvel/Kirby Family Settlement

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Links to stories related to the settlement announced by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby encompassing various legal concerns, primarily a window of ownership for various comics characters created or co-created by Kirby and published by Marvel in the late 1950s through the early 1960s.

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

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* Jack Kirby Lambiek Page
* Jack Kirby Wikipedia Page
* Marvel Comics

Miscellaneous
* Case Page On SCOTUS Blog
* Hollywood Reporter Article On Briefs In Support Of SCOTUS Pick-Up, Summer 2014
* Marvel Vs. Kirby In Hand Of Fire

Stories And Commentary
* Acts Of Geek
* AV Club

* Bam Smack Pow
* Billboard

* CBS News
* Comics Alliance
* Complex

* Deadline

* Escapist
* EW

* Geek Exchange
* Geeky Universe

* Hero Complex

* International Business Times
* io9

* KJRH

* Mercury News
* MStars

* Neilalien
* Newsarama
* Newsmax
* New York Times 01
* New York Times 02
* NY Daily News

image* Polygon

* Reuters 01
* Reuters 02

* Tech Times
* The Beat
* The Comics Reporter
* The Globe And Mail
* The Hollywood Reporter
* The Wrap
* Topless Robot
* TV Week

* UInterview

* Variety

* Washington Post
* WXYZ.com

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If I Were Near Covington, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2014)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Princeton, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: Timely Romance Comics For Sale On eBay

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Dueben talks to Gilbert Hernandez. Everything Hernandez says is interesting, and his response to what it was like to win a pair of recent awards is super-charming. Mark Frauenfelder talks to Art Spiegelman. Spiegelman and Gil Kane invented the modern comics legacy of great interviews. Team Inkstuds talks to Sean Christensen. Nicole Rudick profiles Gary Panter.

* congratulations to Scott Robins.

* early Jim Aparo is always worth checking out. Although come to think of it, he had to be in his mid-thirties by the time this particular story came out. I just so heavily identify him with later work that his career seems to lean later than maybe is historically accurate.

* Austin Kleon (I think it's him, and not just reblogging by him) profiles the new, book-length Here. Richard Bruton on the entirety of League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 3. Erica Friedman on Couleur De Bijoux D'Amour. David L. Ulin on The Hospital Suite.

* that What Nerve show up in Providence sounds like a hell of a show. I wanted to profile it at one point pretty extensively but ran out of time to do so. Don't let my failure to structure my work time act as a vote against seeing the exhibit. I hope you'll consider seeing it if you're anywhere in the region.

* look at this beautiful Jaime Hernandez lettering.

* finally, I don't think I've ever seen this Bob Powell gimmick, and I agree with the writer of the post that it doesn't really work. Fascinating to think of the creative context that gets us there, though.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, A. David Lewis!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Richard Corben!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Dave Dorman!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Bill Spicer!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Ande Parks!

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September 30, 2014


Comic Arts Brooklyn 2014 Announces First Round Of Guests And New Split Schedule Approach

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You can see most of the pertinent information above. Julie Doucet strikes me as a significant get, she doesn't really do shows anymore I don't think. It's the usual strong guest list for a very good show.

Their statement about the split day scheduling:
"Comic Arts Brooklyn (aka CAB) will expand this year to both Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9. The indy-oriented festival is trying something new this year. Books sales and signings will take place only on Saturday at the Mt. Carmel Church in Williamsburg, with two floors of 100+ vendors. Panels and interviews will be held on Sunday at The Wythe Hotel, also in Williamsburg.

'We want to give more artists and exhibitors the opportunity to come to the presentations,' said CAB organizer, Gabe Fowler, 'Often the very people who want most to see creators speak are unable to attend. CAB wants to change that equation.'

For the second year cartoonist Paul Karasik is coordinating the programming. The guest list includes Roz Chast, Richard McGuire, Raymond Pettibon and Art Spiegelman. 'We have some cool surprises about the specific panels to be announced in the coming weeks," Karasik notes, 'But, let's just say for now, that if you are a Charles Burns fan, you might want to circle Sunday, November 9.'"
I'll be in attendance and hope you will be, too. I might have to come back into the city for Sunday, though.
 
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Go, Look: Hermit!

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* a limited-edition over-sized Olivier Schrauwen comic featuring the Mowgli character? Yes. Yes. Yes. (via David Aja) I posted that last, vaguely worded sentence a couple of weeks ago and kept delaying doing the column. In the meantime, a very thorough Zainab Akhtar reported through ComicsAlliance that an English translation of that book will come out from Retrofit in 2015 as Mowgli's Mirror. I agree that's a great get for them. You should read her article, though.

image* the great Gilbert Hernandez shared his immediate publishing plans with CBR:
"Dark Horse is going to reprint another book I did for Vertigo, Grip. Then they're going to do a reprint of Girl Crazy. That's been out of print. I don't have any plans with Drawn and Quarterly. Fantagraphics will have the new Love & Rockets -- as ever. Maria M. Book 2 was pushed back a little bit. I had planned that to be at the end of this year, but it's going to be early next year. I might have another graphic novel out at the end of the year that I plan to do. That depends if I can squeeze it out."
He notes in that same interview that Loverboys is also out this year, from Dark Horse, and the interview's main focus is the just-dropped Bumperhead. My understanding is that the Love & Rockets volume might be pushed into 2015. That series if of course a gift, and however long it takes for a new one to come out is worth it.

* I hope you didn't miss the Koyama Press Spring 2015 line-up announcement yesterday. It's four books, three by Koyama regulars, as much as that boutique publisher has been able to develop a standard roster in a short time. It's here -- lots of covers.

* although D+Q gave that major presentation on their next few years at this year's Comic-Con International -- which I remember mostly for them Tracy Hurren and Julia Pohl-Miranda doing trivia questions and then immediately apologizing for them being too hard -- somehow it seems more real when you see a bunch of talked-about books on the top of an Amazon.com publication date search. Their late Spring/early Summer looks ridiculous, with the SuperMutant Magic Academy book, the Melody and their 25-year special. There's even new Marc Bell, Anders Nilsen and another Anna & Froga.

* I actually went to Amazon.com because I was surprised when a copy of the NBM English-language translation of the Kerascoet & Hubert book Beauté showed up in my mailbox a few months before I would have guessed -- they didn't do anything, the months are just slipping away from me. That one's super good-looking, by the way. Anyway, it made me poke around and see if I was missing anything else on the horizon from NBM and I'm not sure I all the way knew they're continuing with their translations of the various Donjon series. I really enjoy those books.

* finally, this looks the final cover for Dylan Horrocks' new work, Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen. There had been some going back-and-forth over what that final cover might be, or at least that's what I recall. That should be out starting next month and rolling into the new year, depending on the country involved. I look forward to seeing it in print and reading it all at once.

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Go, Look: Those 20th Century Science Fiction Fanzine Covers

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Go, Read: Simon Hanselmann Interview At AV Club

imageOliver Sava has a lengthy interview up with Simon Hanselmann at AV Club. I'm sure there have been a lot of Hanselmann interviews, but I'm not sure how many of them have been done at kind of traditional places on the Internet one might see interviews with cartoonists. I don't know even know if that makes sense, but I'm sure a few of you follow me.

It's charming and funny, I think; that's also my sense of encountering Hanselmann in person. While it's supposed to be about various first times, and that material gets covered, there's a ton of stuff in there about right now, and how happy Hanselmann is being published at Fantagraphics and how much he enjoyed arriving on the scene and making it to SPX and doing things like hanging out with Charles Burns and making out with Gary Groth. It's great that as blasé as we can get sometimes about these matters -- particularly when you get older -- to encounter a cartoonist just waking up to the fact of belonging in that world and connecting with an audience and with peers.
 
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Go, Look: Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!

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Collective Memory: Marvel/Kirby Family Settlement

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Links to stories related to the settlement announced by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby encompassing various legal concerns, primarily a window of ownership for various comics characters created or co-created by Kirby and published by Marvel in the late 1950s through the early 1960s.

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

*****

Institutional
* Jack Kirby Lambiek Page
* Jack Kirby Wikipedia Page
* Marvel Comics

Miscellaneous
* Case Page On SCOTUS Blog
* Hollywood Reporter Article On Briefs In Support Of SCOTUS Pick-Up, Summer 2014
* Marvel Vs. Kirby In Hand Of Fire

Stories And Commentary
* Acts Of Geek
* AV Club

* Bam Smack Pow

* Comics Alliance
* Complex

* Deadline

* Escapist
* EW

* Geeky Universe

* Hero Complex

* International Business Times
* io9

* Mercury News

* Newsarama
* New York Times
* NY Daily News

* Polygon

* Reuters 01
* Reuters 02

* Tech Times
* The Beat
* The Comics Reporter
* The Hollywood Reporter
* The Wrap

* Variety

* Washington Post
* WXYZ.com

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

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