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October 30, 2014


Go, Look: Dylan McKeever

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Swann Foundation Names Its 2014-2015 Winners

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon has announced its fellowships for 2014-2015. The winners are:

image* Andrew Benjamin Bricker, postdoctoral fellow (English), McGill University. Swann Foundation description: "He will expand on part of his dissertation 'Producing and Litigating Satire, 1670-1792,' as he investigates a shift in satire in the second half of the 18th century, when changes in British libel laws made printed political and personal satire legally precarious. Bricker contends that, at mid-century, satire began to migrate from print to visual media, especially caricature and visual satire, and plans to study the wealth of examples held at the Library of Congress. These visual works were executed by key British satirical artists who offered personalized, nasty and popular critiques of their often well-known human targets."

* Paul Hirsch, instructor (History), University of California, Santa Barbara. Swann Foundation description: "Building on his dissertation 'Pulp Empire: Comic Books, Cartoons, and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1941-1955,' he will examine the dissemination of and impact made by millions of American comic books and cartoon booklets from the early 1940s to the mid-1950s. Hirsch contends that these popular publications, whether uncensored commercial ones or government-sanctioned, worked to define, for a global audience, what it meant to be American -- presenting American policymakers with both an opportunity and a challenge. The American government, he contends, met this challenge through a combination of repression and co-optation."

* Maureen Warren, doctoral candidate (Art History), Northwestern University. Swann Foundation description: "[Warren] analyzes works of art about domestic political disputes in the Northern Netherlands during the 17th century in her dissertation 'Politics, Punishment, and Prestige: Images of Johan van Oldenbarnevelt and the States Party in the Dutch Republic, 1618-1672.' The artists creating such work used caricature and satire to mock politicians and religious leaders in Dutch and German news prints and illustrated broadsides. These include the Hauslab Album, a rare collection of prints that depicts European armed conflicts from 1566-1711. Study of the Hauslab imagery and Dutch prints in the Library's collections will contribute to Warren's goal of contextualizing later examples of Dutch political art."

As the Swann Foundation is administered by the Library Of Congress, the recipients will conduct research there at the appropriate divisions. The Foundation was established in 1967, and was followed by the donation by Erwin Swann's estate of a century-spanning collection of original drawings of satiric art. It is one of my favorite things that exists.
 
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Go, Look: Sarah Ferrick

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Go, Look: A Tony Millionaire Studio Visit

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Go, Look: Naomi Butterfield

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Collective Memory: The Locust Moon Comics Festival 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Locust Moon Comics Fesivtal, held October 25 at The Rotunda in Philadelphia.

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

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

Blog Entries
* Aimee Fleck
* Andrea Tsurumi

* Colonial Comics
* Cooking Up Comics

* Dan Mazur
* Darshana Pathak
* Dean Haspiel 01
* Dean Haspiel 02

* e hetrick jackson

* Heather Nunnelly

* Illadelph Pastlife

* Mary Capaldi
* Meathaus

* Panel Patter

* Robot 6

* Werdy Girl

Facebook
* Adam McGovern
* Adriano Moraes
* Farel Dalrymple
* Jason Rodriguez
* Bill Roundy
* Bill Sienkiewicz
* Meghan Turbitt 01
* Meghan Turbitt 02
* Meghan Turbitt 03

Miscellaneous
* WPSU

News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Ninth Art Press
* Philly.com

Photos
* Altar Girl
* Bleeding Cool
* katfajardoo
* leezusconleche
* Locust Moon Festival Photos
* Locust Moon Guest Spotlights
* the often wrong

Twitter
* Ben Marra
* Farel Dalrymple
* Gregory Benton

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OTBP: Trepanation

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Jeff Smith, Nate Beeler and Caitlin McGurk are among those comics-folk featured in the programming at the Wizard event in Columbus this weekend.

* just about everyone I know is fixated on Comic Arts Brooklyn. Remember that some eventbrite-style free tickets to the Sunday events programming will go on sale today. That's a strong slate and should be a fun day.

* there are major shows in Portugal and Italy right now, both with traditions of English-language creator participation -- Italy in particular.

* finally, check out this con space in Malta.
 
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If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Palatine, 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 Chicago, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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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)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

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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)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

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)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

November 3
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

November 4
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 5
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 6
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

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

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)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

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

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

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

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* 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)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NCComicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NCComicon)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

November 24
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This

November 25
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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

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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: The World Of Peter Parker

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec. Rob Staeger on The Undertaking Of Lily Chen. Various The Quietus writers on various comics they like. Marc Singer on The Just. Ray Olson on Doctors.

* it's not comics, but the slate of movies announced by Marvel earlier this week has implications for comics. One can expect the Inhumans, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Doctor Strange properties to have slightly higher profiles in Marvel's comics in the years ahead. There's always the chance that having a firm slate will cause the books side of Marvel to act in a rational fashion as far as having works featuring those characters available for sale, but that's never a certainty. The staggering number of these movies suggests a broad PR opportunity for those kinds of comics in general, as basically the shapers of a big chunk of pop culture and a way to read tomorrow's movies today. A lot of money might change the way Marvel approaches issues with a financial component involved, the same way that some folks think that had the Avengers movie made half as much money Marvel would have been twice as reluctant to settle with the Kirby family. I imagine you might see the non-Marvel, non-DC companies orient themselves to opportunities in TV even more fully, which might change what comics get published at such places. We're firmly in the realm of conjecture at that point, though.

image* here's a nice-looking Jillian Tamaki illustration.

* superior link-blogger Kevin Melrose drives our attention to kitty-related superhero imagery presented by Marvel to celebrate National Cat Day.

* Conrad Groth, MAD intern.

* don't look now, but there's apparently big money in comic book art.

* Jonah Weiland talks to Tony Millionaire.

* not comics: the artist that made the well-received Wire character poster a while back now has a similarly-conceived Breaking Bad poster to offer you.

* Sean Kleefeld wonders after the selling of prints both generally and as a preferred alternative -- for some -- to buying comics.

* finally, it's always great to see new photos of Marie Severin.
 
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Happy 63rd Birthday, P. Craig Russell!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Chrissie Harper!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Joe Dog!

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October 29, 2014


Go, Read: Terms Of Service

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Go, Look: Alexis Deacon

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By Request Extra: James Hudnall Is Losing A Foot

imageHeidi MacDonald caught that James Hudnall is losing a foot due to the effects of diabetes, an outcome that catches him even less prepared than anyone could be for something like that because of a recent move. I hope that you'll consider a small donation. Hudnall is a longtime writer of comics perhaps best known for his work on ESPers.
 
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Go, Look: From The Mo Willems Sketchbook

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