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March 3, 2015


Go, Look: A Concept For Superman's Future

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Festivals Extra: CALA Announces As A 2-Day Show For 2015

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Following a successful one-day effort in 2014, Comic Arts Los Angeles (CALA) has announced a two-day show for December 5-6. I thought that was a fun show with great energy and super-young -- just tons of people I wasn't aware of, which is exciting. I wish them the best with that important one-day to two-day move. It will be in the same downtown location, which I thought was a fun one for a show like that.
 
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Go, Look: Andrew White

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Go, Look: No 50-Cent Comic Book Sale For CR This Time

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I've just run out of time. I apologize. The logistics of the trades sale killed me time-wise -- also my three-hour sobbing session, but that's standard -- and for some reason they won't let me have this truck for however long I'd like to keep it. See you in Ohio.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: ZUERST

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* sometimes I forget that Daryl Cagle operates a cartooning syndicate in addition to making cartoons of his own, so it's always nice to be reminded of this when he picks up a new client.

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on Uncanny Avengers Volume Five: Axis Prelude. Richard Pachter on a bunch of different comics.

* what it's like learning from Derf.

* Garry Shores writes about the comics-buying days of his youth.

* I don't really care who gets to direct the next Spider-Man movie and as that kind of thing isn't in the purview of this site, I can always skip such stories and move onto the next one. But seeing this article's headline made me wonder who Drew Goddard is, and when I read the article I was struck by how much assumed knowledge there is in terms of the details and the implications of various moves and possibilities. It's a whole different world quite distinct from the comics and not secondary to them as I frequently assume -- without reason, I'm just being dumb. Further, someone who spent several hours on the couch as a teen reading the lastest issue of Amazing Heroes Preview Special as I did probably shouldn't find fault with anyone else's fandom of focused interest.

* cute: what Marvel characters are called in other countries.

* finally, Jillian Tamaki draws Annie Koyama.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Augie De Blieck!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Skottie Young!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Max Allan Collins!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Dan Mishkin!

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March 2, 2015


Go, Look: Sex Positive

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CBLDF Responds To Challenge Of Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar At High School In Rio Rancho, NM

imageThere's a fairly thorough article that went last up Friday at the CBLDF about their initial response to Palomar, the well-regarded book by Gilbert Hernandez published by Fantagraphics, being pulled from circulation. A 14-year-old had checked the book out, unaware of its content. The 14-year-old's mother complained to the school and to local media.

I think the Fund has it right here in that the two things that need to be done are to make sure the school's policies are followed and that they and/or someone in the media not a spitting sensationalist develop a counter-narrative to the ludicrous one that has developed, mostly that Gilbert Hernandez's masterful work qualifies under any resonable person's definition as child pornography. That's just asinine. I'm sure that some people out there in comments-land will stretch this into an argument that all high school libraries should carry Beto's work. It'd be a better world if this were so, but I don't think anyone would begrudge the view that maybe a shared community resource that has to meet a lot of family and young-person needs might not be the best place for that particular book. That said, it's in there, and it's really bad policy to throw books out of libraries based on the summary readings of two or three inidividuals. So hopefully the Fund and/or someone in that community supported by the Fund can make this about policy rather than about scare-tactics and sensational journalism.
 
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Go, Look: Rudolfo

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Update: I May Have The Comic Book Sale And I May Not

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I'm running out of time, and the logistics of the graphic novel part of my emergency comics sale are taking way more time than I thought. If I do have a 50 cent comic book sale, I'll trumpet it all around the Internets, but it may be of a limited time. So if it's important to you, maybe keep this on an open tab? The earliest would be 5 PM tonight. Thanks.
 
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Go, Look: Late 1990s Portfolio From MW Kaluta

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2015

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March 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 6
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

March 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Oklahoma, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)
* If I Were In Arlington, I'd Go To This (Smudge Expo)

March 15
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 19
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 20
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
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March 21
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 22
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 23
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 24
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 25
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 26
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 27
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

March 28
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

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April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

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Events For May 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Space-Mullet!

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on The Death House. Matt Seneca on Jupiter's Legacy #5. Rob Kirby on Treasury Of Mini-Comics Vol. 2. Alex Jones on Prince Valiant #1. Todd Klein on GI Zombie #5 and Aquaman #37.

* according to the back-tracking math of superhero comics, Peter Parker is a millennial now. Let the "with great power comes great entitlement" jokes begin.

* this is the application form for the international cartoon competition known as Cartoonale Brugge. I think this might be a page for the competition itself -- it's kind of weirdly not easy to find. I know the awards program has been going on a few years, that it gives cash prizes, that there's no fee to submit and that this year's theme is "freedom." If you're enterprising, I'm sure you can take it the rest of the way home. If I get better information -- won't be difficult -- I'll put it here and in a subsequent post.

* Lou Fancher profiles Steve Wyatt. Patrick A. Reed talks to Lee Bermejo. Bart Croonenborghs talks to Johan De Neef. Alex Dueben talks to John Romita Sr.

* Tim Truman draws for the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary.

* I love the fact that Fantagraphics has such a passion for odd reprint projects, a category into which I'd put this Willard Mullin book. There's some marvelous cartooning in there, though.

* finally: Mel Crawford, RIP.
 
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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mark Evanier!

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March 1, 2015


Nilah Magruder's M.F.K. Wins Inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award

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Super-Publicist David Hyde sent out a press release yesterday evening that the first-ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity went to Nilah Magruder's web effort M.F.K.. The award was presented at the Long Beach Comics Expo to Magruder by Dwayne McDuffie's widow Charlotte McDuffie. A speech was given earlier by Reginald Hudlin.

Dwayne McDuffie was an admired and influential comics-maker, writer and producer who had an equally successful career in animation as he did in comic books. The award was designed to honor his commitment to diversity, displayed in part via the creation of diverse casts of characters in his writing and producing projects.

Magruder is a native of Maryland now working in LA as a storyboard artist and concept-art maker, who has worked in a variety of arts-related field. M.F.K. is self-published on-line. She launched the comic in 2012.

The four other nominees for this year's award were:

* Hex11, Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComix)
* Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
* The Shadow Hero, Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
* Shaft, David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite)
 
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Go, Look: Daniel Lima

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If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Joyce Brabner!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Benjamin Marra!

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