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October 24, 2014

By Request Extra: Joseph Remnant Would Like You To Buy His Seth Kushner Portrait To Benefit Kushner


Remnant is selling the art here.

The change in Kushner's condition/situation is described here.

The general GoFundMe page for Kushner and his family is here. As I recall, he can also be donated to via paypal at
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Go, Look: Bird In A Cage

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Go, Read: Series Of Posts Exploring DMP's Latest Tezuka Kickstarter

imageThere's a really interesting series of posts from Alex Hoffman at Sequential State about a Osamu Tezuka-related crowd-funder for a bunch of Osamu Tezuka-related books. It's grown into one of those mini-debates. There's a bunch of stuff to read/see. You should probably start with the Kickstarter itself, move into the three-part Hoffman essay (1, 2, 3), go to a video that DMP's Hikaru Sasahara made about some of the issues raised in general, and end with Hoffman's response to that video and some follow-up thoughts. I would imagine like most discussions of this type it's quickly scuttered into another half-dozen places, with more to come, but those seemed like the essentials.

What fascinates me about this discussion is that it really puts the pressure on DMP to articulate a great deal more of their reasoning than is usually required by a crowd-funder, but also does so against this backdrop where these arguments almost aren't important except as a dampening agent on enthusiasm needed to see a crowd-funder to completion. We're still at the stage where a successful crowd-funder is defined solely by the financial commitment it engenders, even more than if it actually comes through on what's promised. The idea of standards is way, way, way out there, still. Hoffman brings in the idea of what a crowd-funder should cover, which I think is fair because there is a social-good style argument made for these things but it's usually really broadly portrayed, and sometimes with the idea of something simply being crowd-funded as its own moral force. Another fascinating element is that Hoffman uses the idea of this crowd-funder as one in a potential series of such crowd-funders to question the idea of making an ongoing strategy out of raising money for publishing this way.

I hope there are more discussions like this. I think when you're an established company asking for money like this it puts a lot of pressure on you to justify what you're doing and how you're doing it. Sometimes that's easier for a company like this to do, because they can point to years of completing projects and employing people or however the request is phrased. And sometimes it's more difficult, like this one. I'm terribly interested to see how it plays out.
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Go, Look: Marjane Satrapi Paintings

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014


Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

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


* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Comicsblog
* Comix Factory

* Dave Crane
* David Robertson

* FPI Blog

* Graphic Design And Illustration

* It's Life And Life Only

* Kasterborous

* Lew Stringer
* Lizzlizz

* Make It Then Tell Everybody

* Panel Works

* Ravensbourne Libraries
* Rob Jackson
* Robot 6

* Sarah McIntyre
* Shaz
* Steve Morris


* Zainab Akhtar 01
* Zainab Akhtar 02

* David Brothers On Zainab Akhtar's On-Site Piece

News Stories And Columns
* ComicsAlliance
* Cumbria Live
* Design Week
* Ian Cullen
* ITV News
* Lancashire Evening Post
* The Guardian
* The Outhousers
* The Westmoreland Gazette

* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

* Sarah McIntyre
* Scott McCloud
* Tom Harley




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Go, Look: More Jon J Muth Black And White Images

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Anya Davidson reports that her Band For Life has been dropped by Vice due to a low viewership. I hope someone out there with a little bit of cash will pick it up, or if not, that she'll be able to make a go of it as a self-published effort.

* it looks like Mark Waid's Thrillbent effort has significantly improved its reader experience. I like following the development of Thrillbent because I feel like they have to kind of work through stuff that most companies have decided going in just by nature of their involvement.

* looks like Bad Machinery is on next-to-full hiatus until the new year.

* finally, Alan Gardner caught that Rina Piccolo has made the transition to doing her work digitally.
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Go, Look: The Secret History Of John Constantine

I thought this was well done. I'm glad to see the Jamie Delano-era receiving a big chunk of the spotlight, given that the character was more popular in a more self-actualized, confident depiction later on in the series.
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OTBP: Zombre #3

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Go, Read: The Guardian On Various Caricaturists Supporting Musa Kart With Vicious Drawings Of Recep


It's pretty self-explanatory. Before being acquitted yesterday, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart was facing up to nine years in prison on charges brought against him by that country's president, Recep Erdoğan. This was due to a cartoon that Kart did about a significant corruption scandal that gripped the country in late 2013. The fact that that only conceivable, rational objection anyone could have against the cartoon is that the idea expressed was not to the politician's liking is something that has not been lost on critics of the contemptible practice of sitting government officials pursuing criminal and civic action against artists. It's fun to see the artists unload on Erdoğan like this, and him not able to fight back in a potentially skewed arena. I imagine it was also an encouragement to Kart.

cartoon from Norway's Morten Morland
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If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near London, Ontario, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Jingle Jangle Comics #39

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* today is the last day to apply for a place as an exhibitor at next May's TCAF.

image* Todd Klein on Hellboy In Hell Vol. 1. Gareth Branwyn on Megahex. Dominic Umile on The Wrenchies and Copra. Maria Russo on Hansel & Gretel. Tiffany White on Baby Bjornstrand. Chris Sims on Arkham Manor #1. Frank Santoro on Playground.

* hard to imagine you'll read a better article on comics this week than the latest Ryan Holmberg, on Matsumoto Masahiko.

* not comics: Rob Tornoe takes a survey of how various newspaper industry entities deal with trolls in their comments sections. He takes a survey-style approach, anyway; I don't think an actual survey was involved. It's helped me to think of this kind of thing soley in terms of it being a people problem rather than a result of technology or culture. Jackasses are more passionate about being jackasses than smart people are passionate about having on-line conversations. There are pockets of exception of course, but I think that's where we are now.

* Michael Cavna talks to Scott McCloud. Tony Ortega talks to Matt Bors. Frederik Hautain talks to Michael Cho.

* not comics: this new Archie shows sounds like that Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips Criminal arc where they riffed on the structure and flourishes of those comics. Those two were able to tap into something with that work that gave it an emotional charge that it's hard to imagine being present in a network TV show, but we'll see.

* finally, that's a cool-looking poster Ron Regé Jr. did for next year's SAW workshop.
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Happy 61st Birthday, Mindy Newell!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Austin English!

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October 23, 2014

Go, Look: Perils Of The Lady Gamer, Part Two

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Pearson, Cannon Among Comics-Makers Nominated For BD/Manga Category Of A "Young Readers" Book Prize

imageThis year's loaded BD/manga category of the awards given out in conjunction with the Le Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse in Montreuil included at least two names familiar to English-language audiences: Luke Pearson, nominated for the Casterman edition of Hilda et le Chien noir; and Kevin Cannon, given the nod for the Ca et La edition of his latest Army Shanks epic, Cratère XV.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

* Amazigh, Itinéraire d'hommes libres, Mohamed Arejdal, Cédric Liano, Steinkis
* August Moon, Diana Thung, traduit de l'anglais (Australie) par Louise Lavabre, Sarbacane
* Baby boom, Yuichi Yokoyama, traduit du japonais par Céline Bruel, Matière
* Cratère XV, Kevin Cannon, traduit de l'anglais (Etats-Unis) par Fanny Soubiran, Ca et La
* Dans ma Maison de papier, Philippe Dorin, Pierre Duba, 6 Pieds Sous Terre
* Entre Ciel et terre, Vol. 1, Golo Zhao, traduit du chinois, Cambourakis
* Hilda et le Chien noir, Luke Pearson, traduit de l'anglais (Royaume-Uni) par Basile Béguerie, Casterman
* Max Winson, Vol. 1, La Tyrannie, Jérémie Moreau, Delcourt
* Moby Dick livre premier, Chabouté, d'après Herman Melville, Vents d'Ouest
* Pelote dans la fumée, Vol. 1, L'Eté / L'Automne, Miroslav Sekulic-Struja, traduit du croate par Aleksandar Grujicic, Actes Sud BD
* Sugar, ma vie de chat, Serge Baeken, Dargaud

Congratulations to those nominated. The winners in all six categories will be named November 18.

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Go, Look: Marlene Krause

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Musa Kart Acquitted In Case Brought By Recep Erdoğan

imageThe cartoonist Musa Kart, for years at the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet was acquitted earlier today of charges brought against him by current Turkish President Recep Erdoğan.

The case was heard in Istanbul's 2nd Criminal Court Of First Instance. The charges, involving insult through publication and slander, asked for a jail sentence just short of ten years. They were at one point earlier than this dropped by a prosecutor's office before that decision was appealed by lawyers representing Erdoğan.

I've seen stories that indicate the cartoon in question -- about a graft investigation that came to light in late 2013 -- appeared in early 2014, but also one or two things that say it appeared closer to the event, in 2013. Either way, Erdoğan would have been prime minister when the cartoons appeared. The charges were filed in February, which may be part of the confusion.

Kart spoke up in court to note that he was facing charges after all of the corruption charges that instigated the cartoon had been dropped, something that struck him and I imagine a significant chunk of people paying attention around the world as absurd. The concept of sitting politicians filing civil and driving criminal charges against satirists is an unfortunate world trend going back more than a decade; Musa Kart faced significant charges in 2006 and in 2008.
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Go, Look: A Beautiful Powerhouse Pepper Story

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Missed It: Jenny Robb Wins Ink Bottle Award From AAEC

imageI haven't seen anything official out of Satire Fest the weekend before last -- what comes up on a Twitter looks like fun -- and I thought I might considering that it's also the Association Of American Editorial Cartoonist meeting for the Fall. If anyone knows of a summary piece, please let me know and I'll run something in a paragraph I'll insert right below this one.

One thing that completely escaped my attention despite being solidly within my link-search wheelhouse is that Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Curator Jenny Robb received their Ink Bottle Award. I believe it went to Bob Harvey last year, and that it's their "contributions to the art form" type award. Anything Robb wins is well-deserved. That's such a valuable form of cartoon expression that anything that can be done in its support is a valuable service.
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Go, Look: Joe Edwards Draws Wilbur

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Festivals Extra: Potential TCAF Exhibitors Have Until Tomorrow To Apply For 2015 Show Next May


Please read the notes. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival has become one of North American comics' most significant weekends year in and year out, and next year should be no exception. It's astonishing we're already thinking about May in permanent-marker terms, but that's the way these shows are these days.
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