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December 18, 2017


Go, Look: Chris Samnee B&W Commissions

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Go, Read: On Laura Park And Her CMA Exhibit

imageThat the Columbus Museum of Art co-sponsors a residency and does an exhibit with the residency winner at the museum is the kind of wonderful thing we sometimes pass over too easily. This year's exhibit featuring work from Laura Park is as good as any they've had thus far. Seeing ten years of work from a cartoonist who in many ways is just slipping into comics culture consciousness now makes me optimistic for all the great work that may be in development in other corners of the comics world. Plus: she can flat-out draw.

If you can, I hope you'll consider going before it closes in February. Sundays at the museum are pay-what-you-will. Give me a ring, I'll come down and buy you a soda.
 
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Go, Look: Paige Mehrer

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* this is the last one of these until early January. A quick reminder people that I don't tend to run crowd-funding links in this column in December, favoring notes about charities, non-profits and general donations appropriate to the extended holiday season. Hero Initiative, The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, CBLDF and CRNI are examples of these. I hope you'll make part of your end-of-year about giving as you're able, however you'd like to do it, in comics and out.

* that said, there are some crowd-funders that might need to run in December.

* any other crowd-funders that want that tiny boost a link here will provide, Good luck to all the potential publishers, project-completers out there.

* your favorite small-press cartoonist could probably use help with their Patreon, too, given the shift-arounds and all that that happened when that particular middle-man instituted a really bad policy earlier this month. That is a good thing you're doing for so many people.

* Michael DeForge has pointed out a few times how weird it is that they are so many middlemen that once uses in order to become an "independent" artist. It'd be great if by the end of the year someone -- and I'm going to try to do some of this with CXC -- could find some zero cost alternative for some of these programs, the way that Comic Art Collective is a free alternative to finding an arts dealer, at least in terms of having an on-line listing and being able to sell through the Internet.

* see you in 2018!
 
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Go, Look: Harvey Kurtzman Covers A 1940s Marvel Sales Giveaway Comic Book

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Brian Bendis Has Supplementary Surgery On Saturday

imageThe writer Brian Michael Bendis, recently hospitalized with infection, underwent surgery Saturday to remove infectious material near his eye. The prognosis according to Bendis' twitter feed, seems good on that particular procedure.

In addition to the very real lethal possible outcomes for serious infection, I can speak from some experience that it can be emotionally exhausting because of the high likelihood for multiple outbreaks within one greater window. I went into the hospital in 2011 with a very low percentage chance of surviving. I went home after two weeks of stupendous care with three times that chance of surviving not yet fifty percent.

I wish Brian and his community of friends, family and peers all the best in taking the days ahead as they come, and to keep their spirits focused on short-term combat and long-term health as much as they possibly can. Brian Bendis is one of our A-list talents in one of our richest cartooning fields, and one of the great all-time comics stories for what he's accomplished in his career. There will be a lot more accomplishment.
 
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Go, Look: Kate Sheridan

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2018

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December 27
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This

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January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

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Events For February 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Alyssa Surmillon

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Faith Vol. 1. Manohla Dargis on two books about comics.

* Bob Eckstein in Warwick.

* the writer Paul Cornell surveys his friends' 2017 comics work in a lengthy largely ebullient post.

* Abraham Riesman talks to Charles Burns. Lauria Galbraith talks to John Porcellino.

* Roy Thomas pays tribute to Stan Lee on the occasion of his approaching 95th birthday.

* finally: "2 countries and 1 suburb" is a great line.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Richard Krauss!

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December 17, 2017


Nick Francis Potter & Erin Potter

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Go, Look: Jesse Fillingham

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Go, Look: Alison Dubois

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Michael Cherkas!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Ronn Sutton!

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December 16, 2017


Go, Look: Miché Perez

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Go, Look: Jon Marchione

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Go, Look: Alabaster Pizzo

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Happy 85th Birthday, Quentin Blake!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Mike Bertino!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Ariel Bordeaux!

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My Birthday Letter That Went Out Today, This Year On Behalf Of My Other Job -- You Know How It Is

December 16, 2017

To My Friends And Peers:

All apologies for this note. This is a note asking for money. Just $5, even, but still. I'm writing this on my birthday, and I'm being reflective and sentimental, but I'm definitely also asking for money. Be warned!

imageThe big change in my life over the last five years and my survival of two death scares is I've moved to Columbus, Ohio where I work on Cartoon Crossroads Festival (CXC), a non-profit arts festival devoted to all forms of cartooning. It's been a challenge and it's been fun.

I think we now have the shape of the CXC we want in a guests and programming sense. We'll get better at executing into the model, and there will be significant flourishes to keep things lively. We want a show that's a must-attend for fans of the art form at all levels of interest, and a show that gives back to the professional community it hopes to serve. We're getting there.

This year we get to pay more attention to professional development. The goal is that this isn't just a value of our programming, which it is, but that we respond to the needs of working makers with a combination of practical advice, directives and resources to make their lives better. I'm not sure we can ever get to a place where cartooning isn't heartbreaking and difficult on some level, but that doesn't absolve us from trying to lighten your load.

So in a way this letter is really just the standard December "ask" you get from me hoping to catch you in an end-of-year, holiday mood, reminding you that CXC is a non-profit that accepts tax-deductible donations. We can accept them straight up at the paypal account cxcfestival@gmail.com. We can accept them in check and money order form at 51 Jefferson Ave #204 Columbus OH 43215. We can accept them just about any way you're prepared to give them and I hope you'll e-mail me if you have something in mind. People have been generous so far in supporting what they feel is a good show, a Midwestern show, an arts-first and creators-first show, a valuable Columbus show, a show that specifically works for them or that they enjoy.

This year, though, just to say it out loud, anything $5 or more between now and the end of the year gets you on the list with past donors, exhibitors and special guests to make the pool of creators and industry folk that we target with our development program. So if you have an extra five or more in a holiday season where there's so much need, give that to Puerto Rican relief, or a standard comics charity, or the fund for Kate Beaton's sister. If you have another five after that, I hope you consider us. We will do our best to make sure you receive our attention in return, hopefully for years to come.

If it helps to think of it like sending me a small birthday present, that works, too.

Thank you for all that you've given and all that you've contributed to this art form and to my life. I hope you are enjoying all of the holidays and I have every best wish for your new year.

Your pal that gets all your comics jokes,

Tom

PS -- click here or through mascot Archie's image. Thanks!

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What It Feels Like Turning 49

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December 15, 2017


OTBP: Burned But Not Consumed

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