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November 21, 2014


Five For Friday #401: With A Feather's Touch I Love Him Apart

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Five For Friday #401 -- Name Five Things About Howard The Duck That Can Be Organized Into A Cohesive List. Describe Your List At The End, As In The Example

1. Val Mayerik
2. Frank Brunner
3. Gene Colan
4. Juan Bobillo
5. Joe Quinones

* Five Artists Affiliated With The Howard The Duck Character

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Go, Look: Radio Wire

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Forthcoming Extra: Billy Ireland Announces KFS Exhibit, Opening

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum has announced its big 100 Years Of King Features Syndicate show. Some of you are probably hugely tired of me taking this rhetorical tack by now, but holy crap, we live in an astounding age for comics shows and exhibitions where this kind of thing can be put out there without widespread commentary. That's a line-up for that one-day of free events to match most comics shows, and the exhibit itself is the kind of thing that would have melted minds 10-20 years ago.
 
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Go, Look: Howard The Duck Original Art, All Eras

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Bundled Extra: Chip Zdarsky And Joe Quinones On Howard The Duck

EW.com ran the announcement. Chip Zdarsky's a funny man, and very much on the upswing profile-wise because of his artistic contributions to Sex Criminals. Joe Quinones is about as talented as they come, too.

Will it be good? I don't know. A lot of that depends on how you view projects like this one. If you think of Howard The Duck as a Steve Gerber character exclusively, I can't imagine any other version will do. If you don't, there's every possibility this one will work, but will have to see: tendency to boil things down so they can be sold to Hollywood aside, comics are about execution rather than concept, and that extends to creative partnerships.

This project is also another sign of how rich in IP resources Marvel is right now, where you can pull a character out of limbo after decades of not having a successful comic book and it's this good of a character.
 
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Go, Look: Alexis Beauclair

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Go, Read: Michael Cavana AT Comic Riffs On Top GNs Of 2014

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Comic Riffs, the comics column over at Washington Post usually does two lists: one superhero-centric and one graphic novel (and mostly not superhero-centric). It doesn't look like the latter is ready to go, so I present all by its lonesome Michael Cavna's top graphic novels choices in their entirety.

His selections were:

* Bumperhead, Gilbert Hernandez (D+Q)
* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* Hip Hop Family Tree Book Two (1981-1983), Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
* How To Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* Saga: Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan And Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
* Sisters, Raina Telgemeier (Graphix)
* The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vols. 1-2, Neil Gaiman And P. Craig Russell (Harper Collins)
* The Harlem Hellfighters, Max Books And Caanan White (Broadway Books)
* The Shadow Hero, Gene Luen Yang And Sonny Liew (First Second)
* This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki And Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

That's an interesting list, although one with which I'd have very little overlap were I to make one of my own. Still, it's a testament to how much good work there is out there right now that all of these different lists can be made.
 
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Go, Look: Bernie Wrightson Early-'70s DC Comics Title Pages

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By Request Extra: The Folks Behind The Funnies

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I want as many documentaries about comics as possible if only because of the raw footage and the ability of libraries around the country to host and archive them. I wish we had a similar wave in the late 1970s and got down all the great 1940s-era cartoonists, too. The Folks Behind The Funnies looks well-staffed. It also seems focused on strip cartoonists, but we need more work in that area just as much as we do in all the other areas.
 
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Go, Look: Manning

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some ugly, upsetting imagery there
 
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Collective Memory: Short Run 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Short Run, held November 15 at the Washington Hall in Seattle.

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* Convention Facebook
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* Host City
* Physical Location

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* Elliott Bay Books Blog
* Girl Named Hello

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* Kelton Sears' GIF Comic For Seattle Weekly

News Stories And Columns
* Seattle Globalist
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* Seattle Times
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* suxdonut

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* Short Run Promotional Video

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Go, Look: Images From The Superman #400 Gallery

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Collective Memory: ICAF 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of International Comic Arts Forum, held November 13-15 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

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* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
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Blog Entries
* Josh Kopin
* Mike Lynch
* Robert Loss

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* ICAF

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* CR Story About Comics Studies Society

News Stories And Columns
* The Outhouse

Photos
* ICAF

Twitter
* #ICAF2014

* Josh Kopin
* Paul Morton

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Go, Read: It's A Kind Of Magic

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Collective Memory: Thought Bubble 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Thought Bubble, held November 9-16 in and around Leeds.

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* Convention Site
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* Asher J. Klassen
* girlofprey
* Good Madness
* grandechampignon
* The City Talking
* Watercolour Horizons

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Miscellaneous
* A Humorous Exchange

News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Bleeding Cool 04
* Bleeding Cool 05
* CBR
* Dorkshelf
* The Guardian
* Yorkshire Post

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* Bleeding Cool

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OTBP: The Rebel Waltz

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Bundled Extra: Jessica Abel Releases Details On Her Narrative Techniques Of Radio Storytellers Book

You should read Abel's description of the forthcoming book (August 2015) here, if only because I probably did it in a disservice in the headline. Abel's a heavy-hitter in a generation that,unlike the one a half-step before, hasn't produced a lot of lifelong working cartoonists. So it's a thrill to hear she has a major book coming.

It looks like another Abel book about which you may have been hearing for a while now is due in January from Dargaud. So 2015 should be a big year for Abel.
 
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Go, Look: Frankenstein #18

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Go, Read: Super-Timely Interview With Frank Quitely About Pax Americana Over At Newsarama

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Pax Americana -- the Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely issue of the Multiversity project that deals with Charlton characters -- has hit extremely hard for a lot of readers this week, so having a Frank Quitely interview focused on the construction of certain pages seems like it's worth noting. Those two working together have made some fine comic books, and while I'm only one reading in -- it's that kind of comic -- this one seems to be right up there.
 
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Go, Look: Winter Break

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Go, Read: Alexander Matthews On Character Evolution

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* this preview reminds us that cyber-Monday is going to be a big, big, big deal for comics this year, as the infrastructure has improved for digital gift-giving basically all the way across the medium. There are going to be 18 billion sales, both from places like comiXology and from publishers with any kind of digital program they control, for work that's digital and for work that's simply purchased that way.

image* Gary Tyrrell updates us on the Daily Grind Iron Man Challenge, down to either three or four contestants. I think the eventual winner ascends to a higher state of humanity and immediately flies off of the planet to explore the universe, but I could be wrong.

* I don't have the skill set to vet this for you, but here's a webcomics contest that ended up in my inbox. They promise cash prizes and that you get to keep your copyright. So there it is, but be careful.

* I missed Matthew Derman's piece from a while back about the inevitability of digital comics. Mostly it reminds me that we're still unsettled in terms of digital comics' place in the world of arts consumption. That's a couple of distressing words to place right next to one another, but I think you know what I mean. We just don't have nailed down the basic model for people buying digitally -- the what and why and where. It's all over the place. At this point, I think of digital comics as their own thing and a concern for print comics in only specific circumstance due to the way the consumer cultures involved overlap and the margins that have been strained. That doesn't mean we've figured it out yet. I know that it's allowed me to have greater access to serial mainstream comic books, particularly when discounted, but I'm an atypical consumer.

* finally, I also don't know that I ever sat down to read this article on Marvel using the Kobo platform. I'm all for the widest availability of this work as is humanly possible barring my concern for the work itself and the recompense due to the creators.
 
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If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This

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

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