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October 26, 2014


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

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

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If I Were In Vermont, 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 Near London, Ontario, I'd Go To This

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Happy 45th Birthday, Mike Cavallaro!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Glynis Wein!

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Larry Lieber!

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FFF Results Post #399 -- Spoilerama

On Friday, CR readers were asked, "Describe In Five Sentences Of Ten Words Or Less Five Moments From Comics That Genuinely Surprised You." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Stinky commits suicide.
2. ERG-1 drained right out of his suit.
3. The rising sun turns out to be Alfred E. Neuman.
4. The claws aren't part of his costume.
5. Boom.

*****

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Sean Kleefeld

1. "I did it thirty-five minutes ago."
2. Galactus falls!
3. Reed Richards' brain is erased by a Negative Zone alien.
4. Herobear tells Tyler who his grandfather is.
5. Planetary #27 finally came out... three years later.

*****

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Art Baxter

1. Manhog serves his tormentor as the main course.
2. Spider-Man grows four extra arms by accident.
3. Mina Murray's neck scarf falls away revealing massive scarring.
4. Sock Monkey cuts his face down the middle with scissors.
5. Maggie and Ray exchange gazes over four decades.

*****

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Richard Pachter

1 Byrne's Captain Canuck-ish guy blowed up real good.
2 Ha, they're gonna make another Superman.
3 After all that, they really did kill Damian -- for now.
4 Thomas Wayne is alive and is Batman?!
5 That snap was her neck breaking.

*****

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Stergios Botzakis

1. The guy they ran over was the attempted robber.
2. Tara is a mole.
3. Aunt Petunia is relatively young.
4. Captain Boomerang uses Slipknot to test a theory.
5. The three narratives are actually one story.

*****

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Bonny

1. Omega: shot, killed, cancelled all at once, leaving no conclusion.
2. Peter Parker learns by telegram that Aunt May is dead.
3. Bran Mak Muffin loses all faith, falls on his sword.
4. It turns out, apparently, that women are emotion-based voids.
5. Jimmy Corrigan considers jumping, meets friendly woman at work instead.

*****

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Philippe Leblanc

1. Lina stays with her father in The Reverie;
2. Mitchell Hundred stopped United Flight 175;
3. Jon sneezed his way to adulthood at his friends' funeral;
4. I really thought Olrik would be there somehow, he's not;
5. So... this frog holds Mjolnir? oh, it's not a frog?;

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Mike Pfefferkorn

1. He never was really Alec Holland.
2. Gladstone's Terrible Secret.
3. Tex Thompson is dead.
4. "Burn."
5. Good-bye, Jean.

*****

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Andrew Mansell

1. Hero from Bismoll devours the Miracle Machine and goes Insane
2. Winter Moran utters her first word
3. " ... she lost the baby a little over thirty minutes ago"
4. "I'm alive!!! Left -- to live out my life -- wondering -- "
5. "We had fun, didn't we Chuck?"

*****

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Buzz Dixon

1. Clams got legs!
2. The cutie is a killer.
3. She would have had a better chance hitting the water.
4. Of course the most interesting characters aren't real.
5. It was all down hill after the dog died.

*****

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Oliver Ristau

1. She died before she even hit the ground.
2. He's no angel and it's not judgment day either.
3. Hitler's hooded hate-mongering.
4. Innocent persecuted hero turns out to be death camp leader.
5. Cute looking people live inside a dead girl's body.

*****

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Tim Hayes

1. Scorpio shoots himself
2. Silver St. Cloud recognizes Batman
3, Adele Blanc-Sec stabbed to death
4. Mr Hyde rapes the Invisible Man
5. Dad's Army turn up in an Image comic

*****

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Matt Silvie

1. Doofus offended he's cuckolded by sleazy professor, "Gandalf the Grey."
2. The drunk in the Groucho Marx disguise was Uncle Gabby.
3. Clay Loudermilk ends up without any arms or legs.
4. Trosper forgets about the monster, resumes playing with the ball.
5. Libertarian zine gets Rorschach's diary, probably foiling Ozymandias' hairbrained scheme.

*****

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Chris Duffy

1. The Man Who Couldn't Stop becomes part of the Ed story.
2. Jean Grey commits suicide in Blue Area on the moon.
3. Cerebus rapes Astoria.
4. Swamp Thing finds out he is not Alec Holland.
5. Mary Kelly survived and has kids in Ireland.

*****

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Marc Arsenault

1. A Giant squid materializes in Penn Station
2. That is not a Smurf’s arm with a plum in it’s hand
3. The psychotic vigilante is disintegrated
4. The Commissioner's daughter is shot in the stomach
5. Stuffed swordfish flies of the top of car through the windshield of oncoming car impaling driver

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Jones

1. Sweyn gets assassinated here and now, to hell with the plan (I think I might have actually said "holy shit")
2. They finally hook up, he gets out of the bar, and it takes three years for the other shoe to drop
3. The sniper ends up retarded and impotent (most anti-romantic noir ending ever)
4. Boot watches Annie for four straight days (thus fundamentally transforming the rhythm of the strip)
5. After fifteen years or so, Chris Ware stops drawing like Chris Ware for five pages (I definitely said "holy shit")

*****

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Scott Dunbier

* Manhunter dies
* Green Arrow kills someone
* Flower Dies
* Swamp Thing finds out the truth and loses it
* Dedicated to the memory of Wally Wood

*****

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J.E. Cole

1: I am the fourth man
2: Mom?
3: My City's burnt to ash and you're begging me for mercy? Request denied.
4: Why won't the blood wash off?
5: I love you Nancy Callahan.

*****
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October 25, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


He Kind Of Hates Batman


Warren Craghead Speaks


A Lynda Barry Interview I've Likely Already Run Five Times


1990 MTV Feature On Katsuhiro Otomo


A Discussion With Jack Teagle And Donya Todd


Profile Of That Writers On Amtrak Program, Featuring Bill Willingham
 
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CR Week In Review

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1. Musa Kart acquitted in Turkey of slander and criticism of the then prime minister and now president of Turkey, Recep Erdoğan.

2. There was a comics show in the West Bank last weekend.

3. Gary Groth receives the "Genius In Literature" award from The Stranger, a local honor for a man and a company not always recognized as a regional treasure.

Winner Of The Week
I'll go with Gary Groth here instead of Musa Kart, even though Kart was facing nine years in jail and Gary probably had much the same week he would have had he not won. Still, I like that Groth got his first of what I hope are many lifetime awards as he moves into his sixties (and several decades past his sixties), and I'm particularly glad to see him recognized within Seattle arts culture.

Losers Of The Week
I'd like to go with the gaming gators instead of Recep Erdoğan, but seriously, what kind of chowderhead running a country aims that country's legal system against someone who creates art critical of their actions? That's just not of this century.

Quote Of The Week
"What's the world coming to, when you're tacitly encouraged not to simply stomp about wherever you like, heedless of the humanity of others? What kind of world are we creating?" -- a David Malki character in a very funny Wondermark
 
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Go, Look: High-Quality CGC Scans Of Action Comics #1

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Explained here. There's good Joe Shuster, Bernard Baily and Fred Guardineer in that issue. A lot of racist visuals, too, so if that's not something you wish to encounter you might stick with the Superman story. I love the kiss in that story.

via an army of people, but as suggested above I read it here
 
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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If I Were In Vermont, 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 Near London, Ontario, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Windsor, I'd Go To This

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Happy 47th Birthday, Taiyo Matsumoto!

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Happy 54th Birthday, June Brigman!

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October 24, 2014


By Request Extra: Joseph Remnant Would Like You To Buy His Seth Kushner Portrait To Benefit Kushner

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Remnant is selling the art here.

The change in Kushner's condition/situation is described here.

The general GoFundMe page for Kushner and his family is here. As I recall, he can also be donated to via paypal at seth@sethkusher.com.
 
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Go, Look: Bird In A Cage

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