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June 27, 2016


Go, Look: Ehren English

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* this Joyce Brabner-helmed combination podcast and stream of editorial cartoons in tight proximity to Cleveland's forthcoming Republication National Convention looks like it could be up to no good -- in the best way.

* the latest Dirty Diamonds project looks well on its way. Worthy-looking projects by Sequential Crush and Dare2Draw seem much less certain at this point, but in no way are these unachievable. I'm not sure there is a crowd-funder you can count out before the last day these days.

* Joey Peters wrote in to remind us of his Stardust-related crowd-funder.

* finally, we're nearly a month into the fundraiser for Geneviève Elverum, with over 4100 people participating.
 
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If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2016

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June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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July 1
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 3
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 4
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 6
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 9
* If I Were In Newark, I'd Go To This (#bettyzinefest)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 10
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 12
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 15
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 16
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 17
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 24
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Brave And The Bold Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on 5000 KM Per Second. David Press with some initial thoughts on the staggering achievement of the Showa series.

* not comics: here's some advice for PR people out there on a proper response when someone asks to be taken off a mailing list where you're bombarding them with material that doesn't fit their coverage profile in any way: there isn't one. Don't respond at all. Just remove the name from the mailing list. Certainly don't respond with an angry explanation of how you thought this was justified. Nobody cares except in that you are now wasting more of their time. You are totally wrong not to do a cursory, professional exploration of the sites whose time you're wasting with your press releases. We in the press tend to understand how hard your job is, and wish you well -- we just wish you well in a way where we're not doing your work for you, even if it's only 20 seconds of it.

* also: get out of my yard.

* Chase Magnett discusses comics-makers that make racist comics, and how we view them. Not changing your opinion on older works is probably the easiest construction to face here; more problematic is engaging with things of value in a racist, bigoted and maybe even just plain awful work, and perhaps even more problematic is the career summary, like a Hall Of Fame nomination. None of it is easy.

* don't really know what's going on here but I don't promote people on the site. I wish we could dump that particular reductive, consumerist phrasing as to how media coverage works. I will continue to write about all sorts of people that I in some cases and other people in other cases believe have done awful things or have been shown to believe something repellent or shit-stupid. My guess is that if all the information were on the table, this would be the case in over 98 percent of the things and people I cover. It's just not something that registers for me in doing that part of my job. You get covered because you're newsworthy, not because you're worthy.

* not comics: this is awful.

* finally, Gordon Jackson seeks to explain the current presidential election through the use of pop-culture items. Sounds good to me.
 
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Happy 88th Birthday, Joe Giella!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Debbie Huey!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Butch Guice!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Bernie Mireault!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Dan Jurgens!

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June 26, 2016


Go, Look: Brian Cook

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Go, Look: Morgaine Faye

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Go, Look: Laura Harte

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Go, Look: Witches Get Stitches

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Go, Look: Pity Party Studios

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Go, Look: Konrad Werks

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Go, Look: Brendan Kiefer

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Go, Look: Marlowe Dobbe

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Go, Look: Rodney Alan Greenblat

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Go, Look: PMurphy

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Go, Look: Holly Cappello

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

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Bob Weber Sr.!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Tite Kubo!

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