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May 24, 2015


FFF Results Post #419 -- Last Call

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Favorite Last Issues Of Comic Book Series." This is how they responded.

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Philippe Leblanc

1- Black Hole #12
2- Ultimates 2 #13
3- Sandman #75
4- I Had A Dream #6
5- Spaceman #9

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Michael Buntag

1. The Power Of Shazam #48
2. Bone #59
3. The Sandman! #75
4. Justice Society Of America (1993) #10
5. Top Ten #12

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Danny Ceballos

1. Yummy Fur #32
2. Thirteen (Going On Eighteen) #25
3. Devil Dinosaur #9
4. Cold Heat #7/8
5. Raw (Volume One) #8

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Mike Pfefferkorn

1. Superman (Volume 1) #423
2. Planetary #27
3. Doom Patrol (Volume 1) #121
4. Brave And Bold (Volume 1) #200
5. Starman (Volume 2) #80 (The actual "last issue.")

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Tim O'Neil

1. Cerebus #300
2. What If? #47 (1984)
3. Tomb Of Dracula #70
4. Legion Of Super-Heroes #61 (1994)
5. Son Of Ambush Bug #6

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Buzz Dixon

1. The Adventures Of Barry Ween, Boy Genius: Monkey Tales #6
2. Weird Science #22
3. Sunpot Galaxy Science Fiction magazine March 1970
4. Blazing Combat #4
5. Cerebus #300

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James Moore

1. Transmetropolitan #60
2. Casanova #14
3. The Invisibles Vol. 3 #1
4. Solo #12
5. The End Of The Fucking World #16

The Invisibles Vol. 3 counted down from 12 to 1 so that's the final issue.

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Matt Emery

1. Young Liars #18
2. Hex #18
3. Tornado #22 (IPC)
4. Justice League Of America #261
5. Power Man And Iron Fist #125

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Andrew Mansell

1. Silver Surfer #18 (1970)
2. Eightball #23
3. Sergio Aragones Funnies #12
4. Castle Waiting Vol. 2 # 18
5. Legion of Super-Heroes #63 (1989)

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Marty Yohn

1. Ex Machina #50
2. Starfire (1976) #8
3. Hex #18
4. Transmetropolitan #60
5. The Sandman #75

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Tucker Stone

1. Justice League of America #261
2. Deadshot #4
3. The Sword #24
4. Justice League Elite #12
5. Preacher #60

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Love And Rockets Volume One #50
2. Weirdo #28
3. Zot! #36
4. Daredevil (2011) #36
5. Hate #30

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John Vest

1. Not Brand Echh #13
2. The Demon #16
3. The Spectacular Spider-Man #2 (1960s magazine sized comic)
4. Prime Cuts #10
5. Rip Off Comix #31

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Tom Strong
2. Planetary
3. Transmetropolitan
4. Watchmen
5. Bone

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Marc Arsenault

1. Camelot 3000 #12
2. Tom Strong #36
3. King City #12
4. Y The Last Man #60
5. Amazing Adventures V2 #39 (War of the Worlds)

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Scott Dunbier

1) Green Lantern/Green Arrow #89
2) Zot #36
3) Superman #423
4) V For Vendetta #12
5) Unknown Soldier #268

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Chad Nevett

1. Automatic Kafka #9
2. Young Liars #18
3. Warlock (1972) #15
4. Preacher #66
5. Stormwatch (1993) #50

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Alastair Tervit

1 - Transmetropolitan #60
2 - Preacher #66
3 - Cerebus #300
4 - Promethea #32
5 - The Invisibles #1

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Tim Hayes

1. Invisibles, Vol. 3 #1
2. Wonder Woman (1942) #329
3. Swamp Thing (1982) #171
4. Kane #31
5. Amazing Adventures (1970) #39

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Des Devlin

1. Chrome Fetus #7
2. Tintin And The Picaros
3. Hup #4
4. The Worst From MAD #12
5. Superman #423 (though like Superman, the title’s death was temporary)

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John Platt

1. Alias #28
2. Eddie Campbell's Bacchus #60
3. Wandering Star #21
4. Ms. Tree #50
5. Nextwave Agents of HATE #12

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Oliver Ristau

1. Hex #18
2. Thriller #12
3. Haywire #13
4. Wolverine: Snikt!
5. The Shadow #19

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Michael Dooley

1. Get Lost #3
2. Yak Yak #2
3. Air Pirates Funnies #2
4. Art d'Ecco #4
5. Plastic Man (2006) #20

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Bryan Munn

1. Amazing Adult Fantasy #15 -- Steve Ditko and Stan Lee introduce Spider-Man in this washed-up "monster-of-the-month" series
2. Little Lulu #268 -- kind of a hard to find comic pre-internet with some quality John Stanley reprints
3. Captain Canuck #14 -- the first comic I ever subscribed to was cancelled just after the hero time-travelled to the "present" of 1981. Gorgeous George Freeman art!
4. Help #26 -- Steve Allen, Harvey Kurtzman, Robert Crumb, Terry Gilliam's "Buster Have You Ever Stomped a Negra?" and more!
5. Morons #1 -- can't keep track of this comic by Keith Jones. Is it really over?

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May 23, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Matt Fraction On Seth Meyers' Show


Chris Barnes Talks To Gary Groth


Juana Medina Profiled


Alan Moore's Advice To Unpublished Authors
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1990 Local TV News Profile Of Todd McFarlane



Cartoonist Gopulu Profiled
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from May 16 to May 22, 2015:

1. Twenty-eight year old Iranian cartoonist Atena Farghadani was in court Tuesday; the verdict and possible sentences of more jail time and/or flogging are being delay one to three weeks from that trial date. In dispute is a cartoon critical of woman's right issue legislation having to do with birth control. She's already spent time in Evin Prison for daring to make the cartoon and spent more time in jail for complaining about her treatment the first time she was in jail. Involved is one of those noxious laws that partly to fully exempts sitting politicians from criticism.

2. A massive number of Charlie Hebdo-related news items continue to pop up, as Luz announces he won't be working for the magazine anymore and French police become involved with two men stalking a current staffer.

3. Zunar's sedition trial has been postponed until July. My hunch is that for the most part this is only ever bad news for the accused, as I assume they'd like to see this thing adjudicated and over with -- or at least moving forward to the next stage of appeal.

Winner Of The Week
Jeff Kinney, living the dream.

Losers Of The Week
Now and forever, the Malaysian authorities hassling Zunar.

Quote Of The Week
"I could get ahold of Barack Obama easier. Let's put it that way. I try, I try, I try, and I don’t know. It's just impossible." -- Geof Darrow, on seeking out contact with Frank Miller.

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Go, Look: Extra Time #1

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

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

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If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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Happy 64th Birthday, John Bolton!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Mike Deodato!

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May 22, 2015


Go, Look: Chris Doherty

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Go, Sign Up: Billy Ireland Starts A Mailing List

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Information here. That's a group whose communication needs are sort of ill-suited to the way industry media disseminates information, so you might consider it. I don't sign up for a lot of mailing lists but I will this one.
 
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Go, Look: Geffen Refaeli

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Your 2015 Dwayne McDuffie Award For Kids' Comics Finalists

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ICv2.com has a nice write-up from PR generated by the Dwayne McDuffie Award For Kids about their 2015 nominees list. The awards are named after the late comics-maker and skilled animation producer.

The ten finalists for the first annual “Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids Comics” are:

* Bird And Squirrel On Ice, James Burks
* Cat Dad, King Of The Goblins, Britt Wilson
* Cleopatra In Space, Mike Maihack
* Costume Quest: Invasion Of The Candy Snatchers, Zac Gorman
* El Deafo, Cece Bell
* Hidden: A Child's Story Of The Holocaust, Loic Dauviller
* Hilda And The Black Hound, Luke Pearson
* Lowriders In Space, Cathy Camper
* The Magical Monster of Turkey Hollow, Jim Henson & Jerry Juhl, Adapted By Roger Landridge [maybe this one, with a slightly different name]
* Sisters, Raina Telgemeier

Judges for the nominating round were Edith Donnell (librarian), Dan Merrit (comic shop owner) and Brigid Alverson (journalist). The award will be given on June 20, in conjunction with the Kids Read Comics Festival in Ann Arbor on June 21-22.
 
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Go, Look: Lightning Comics #6

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this is so full of dull ugliness that it's kind of remarkable
 
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Verdict Delayed For Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani

According to several wire articles including this one, a verdict in the Atena Farghadani case will be delayed one week or more after a packed and intense hearing on Tuesday. The cartoonist continues to be detained. She's already served two stretches of jail time for a 2014 cartoon depicting anti-women's rights officials as having animal heads. This included a stretch in the notorious Evin Prison and some additional time for complaining about her treatment during her first time of being imprisoned for a cartoon.

The judge in the case has already been the subject of accusations of unfair treatment by the cartoonist. Several cartoonists in several countries have run afoul of laws that provide special dispensation to sitting politicians in terms of how they're depicted, a whole conception of the law that strikes me as wholly problematic in these times just about anywhere they're applied. Let me add my voice to the chorus of those hoping for the best outcome possible.
 
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OTBP: Killing Carrot Top

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By Request Extra: Jason Lutes' Lates RPG Kickstarter Nears End

Here. I knew that Lutes was a gamer, and that this included tabletop gaming, but I didn't know he was producing rules sets.
 
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Go, Look: Celine Loup Has An Etsy Store

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A Few More Significant Charlie Hebdo-Related Updates

* the thought that someone is following and taking photos of Riss seems fairly terrifying to me, although I realize there may be political objections to some of the characterization in the article. But seriously: it would be a little bit scary if it were like me and my brother following him around; this is worrisome. I've read a couple of complaints about police fecklessness contributing to the Charlie Hebdo murder, so careful monitoring seems a natural.

* after announcing that he would no longer draw Muhammed, Luz has now announced he'll quit Charlie Hebdo. Negotiating the spirits of his dead friends has been too much for him to bear, and I think I would find myself in a similar headspace were half of Fantagraphics murdered, say.

* not comics: this Neil Labute play withdrawn from a fundraising event sounds much less horrible than its first description. The idea of what subjects we engage in art and how we publish/perform those works is a fascinating one, and there's almost no strong conensus in any direction right now.

* the cartoonist Jul was denied entry into Nicaragua in advance of a conference where the magazine was to be honored. (Matt Silvie reminded me of this story; thanks, Matt)

* finally, here's a follow-up on the Charlie Hebdo donations situation, which stresses the amount that will go to the victims' families. There had been some question as to whether or not any should be returned to the magazine struturally, and what was due whom given the ownership profile of the publication. That article suggests that they expect circulation to eventually settle at around 100,000.
 
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Go, Look: Sir Gordon Minhinnick Wartime Cartoon Mini-Gallery

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Go, Read: Jeff Kinney Builds Many Folks' Dream Set-Up

It should be interesting over the next 15-20 years to see how those who do well in some form of cartoon- or comics-making spend that extra capital and whatever cultural oomph they may have. It looks like Jeff Kinney, the man behind the mega-successful hybrid book series The Wimpy Kid, is starting a small town bookstore and cafe. The last place I lived was a town where 80 percent of the downtown businesses were run by people who had cashed out elsewhere. (I know this to be true having once applied for a part-time position as a PR person for the Merchants Association.) Bookstores and classes and even comics shops are model that could benefit from that of investment, people spending their fortunes (even moderate ones) rather than hoping to make one.

I hope Kinney is as successful at this as he has been making those books.
 
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Go, Look: Dave Stevens Pin-Up Type Material

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