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November 20, 2017


Go, Look: How To Escape

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Don't Look Now, But I Think The Comics World's Job-Related Deductions Are At Risk

It's easy to read tweets and quick opinion pieces on the current state of politics as a web of overlapping, competitive horse races. It's more difficult than ever to find cogent policy analysis. Such is the way of for-profit journalism in the Era Of Lies. I apologize for my inability to course-correct.

Still, from what little I've read and been able to seek out, it seems several warnings are in order. I believe that the latest tax policy being pushed through Congress puts at risk deductions for education on which cartoonists who went to school for it depend; I believe that it includes, Trojan Horse-style, another attack at the structure of the Affordable Care Act, a program which has allowed many cartoonists the ability to try and make comics and cartoons professionally without risking a greater chance of death; and I think -- and this is a new idea for me -- it may soon make it really difficult to deduct self-selected expenses like travel that have allowed a thriving festival scene, if nothing else. For some cartoonists, the ability to deduct a business trip leads to necessary income.

As always, I suggest being in regular contact via phone and letter with your elected officials, to double-check tax issues with your preparer, and in reaching out to whomever always make clear the value to you of whatever programs are being threatened.
 
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Go, Look: The Splendor Of Creation

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* it's mostly not comics, but that is one beautiful Arnold Roth cover on the front of the humor magazine American Bystander for their latest crowdfunder. Man oh man.

* great to see the Becky Beaton campaign surge past its initial ask in a few days' time. I'm sure they can still use so much more. Please consider giving. I know some of you had a hard time getting a debit card through on that one -- I did, too. Just try a couple of times, you'll get there.

* longtime friend to CR François Vigneault pointed out to us two crowd-funders with which he's involved, which counts as an endorsement as far as I'm concerned: Furr and Sci-Fi San Francisco.

* all hail Steve Ditko, King of Crowd-Funders. His desire to keep doing comics after so many years in the industry is awe-inspiring and instructive. The desire for personal expression rarely dies.

* this Ronald Wimberly-involved magazine project looks like it could be very cool. It's over 50 percent, which usually means it will be successful, but it'd be nice to see it move into somr stretch goals because I bet they'd be cool.

* finally, it's non-comics, but a lot of folks have mentioned to me this crowd-funder for a cartooning-related game that involves Jason Thompson.
 
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Go, Look: Punisher Pin-Up Gallery

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Go, Listen: Process Party At Short Run 2017

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Hilliard on Daddy Lost His Head And Other Stories. That's the 20th of those black and white EC collections by author. That's a nice run. I enjoy those books quite a bit.

* I'm enjoying the Hal Foster Prince Valiant books that are coming out right now, and every so often I'll be particularly taken with one random panel or another, like this one.

* Michel Fiffe drew some plank-style, elements-of-the-time-period drawings of Spider-Man that are a lot of fun.

* go, listen: Mike Sacks and Rob talk to Drew Friedman.

* John Siuntres talks to Frank Frazetta Jr. and Sarah Gaydos. Amy Carlton talks to Emil Ferris. Carlos Ramirez talks to Kat Fajardo.

* finally: Drew Friedman covers Dr. Demento.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Guy Davis!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Ryan Estrada!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Stephanie Gladden!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Rian Hughes!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Jill Thompson!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Carol Tyler!

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November 19, 2017


Go, Look: Ghost Comics #10

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

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

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If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jesse Fuchs!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Steve Lightle!

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November 18, 2017


Go, Listen: Sarah Horrocks On Process Party

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Go, Look: What White Americans Misunderstand About Mixed-Race Latinx Identity

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

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

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

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