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May 26, 2017


Go, Look: Krish Raghav

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Go, Look: More Wordless Mid-Century Gag Cartoons

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Go, Look: Ronald Searle's Coloring Process

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Man With Weapons, Body Armor And An Apparent Hatred For Cops Arrested At Phoenix Comics Show

Here. This is terrifying in every way, and I'm grateful for the person that alerted the police about their acquaintance. It sounds on a first read/watch that the show, the people there, and the police themselves handled it in an affirmative way.

As to the thinking about, well... shit. I don't know if people dressing up at shows makes it harder to detect someone with bad intentions or whatever, going by the logic that someone in body armor would stand out at a collectible ceramics show more than they might at a comic show. I actually think not, given how aberrative behavior functions and the factors involved in what actually sets people off. The thought of it is not an indictment in even the tiniest way of those fun-loving communities, nor is it one if that does play any sort of practical role with how big shows do their security. I know people are sensitive enough it will be taken that way by someone, so my apologies. It's an outcome of the violence-as-solution culture of comics and western pop-culture more generally, I think.

No matter how this one came together and then came apart, there's certainly ample opportunity for tragedy at every assemblage of people everywhere now. I sometimes have the same feeling on Monday mornings after big shows that I used to have escaping injury as a young person playing sports. All shows need to think about these issues, in brisk, positive and open ways.
 
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Go, Look: Beautiful Bodyguard Sundays

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* the PAX events are going global. Those convention are still the gold standard for webcomics leveraging themselves into the space that is the subject of the comic strip.

* this article talks about Melanie Gillman's crowd-funder for a first volume of As The Crow Flies. That's an admirable comic. It seems poised to make its initial goals. It has the Spike Trotman stamp of approval, which I would guess to be a very good thing.

* finally, a relaunched web site by Eric Haven. Eric Haven is a very funny man.
 
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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2017

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May 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

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June 1
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (WW)

June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (WW)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (WW)

June 4
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (WW)

June 6
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

June 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

June 10
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In White River Junction, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

June 16
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (A2CAF)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Comix Party)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (A2CAF)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

June 24
* If I Were Near Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

June 25
* If I Were Near Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

June 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

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Events For July 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Gang Busters #6

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* it makes perfect sense to me that the current use of Captain America by Marvel is based in part on the clever work Ed Brubaker and his collaborators did with the character several years ago now.

* here's an intriguing list of comics reviewers and writers-about-comics, mostly from the younger generation, compiled by a member of that generation (I hope I have that right). What might be interesting is how scattered they might feel in terms of choice of on-line representation.

* Joe Gordon on World War Tank Girl #1.

* finally, it's been a rough year for comics thus far and the closing of the satirical magazine Penguen one of the worst stories.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Marc Arsenault!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Dave Roman!

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Happy 50th Birthday, James Kochalka!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Nick Bertozzi!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Raina Telgemeier!

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May 25, 2017


Pierre Seron, RIP

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OTBP: Japanese Notebooks

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Go, Read: Hannah Berry On Her Probably Last-Ever Graphic Novel And Being Priced Out Of Making Comics

imageHere. You have to scroll down a bit. This is as bracing an examination of a specific but very relatable across-the-board issue in comics: most people can't make them at a pace that allows for a living, even people with a lot of skill. Some people are trying to do so by being as productive as possible all the time every day forever, but that doesn't usually end up working, either. The result is a poorer art form.

This isn't a new issue. There are strip and comic-book artists of the past that produced work at a pace where making a living involved a brutal amount of time spent on the work. I think it's relevant again because you have a few new paths to this sort-of place and more people willing to make an attempt.

I'm not sure what there is to do, either. Certainly every funding and support mechanism imaginable needs to be formed and reinforced and so on. I think comics is a uniquely sparse profession that way. I think being honest about what's out there and what's possible for most people helps. I think creators need to have the best contracts right now, including and maybe primarily when it comes to media right. I also think we should rigorously question every avenue of getting books to readers in terms of their maximizing reward to the creator, make any system with middlemen really justify their existence. Even then, making art is super tough.
 
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Go, Look: Art From FOOM Magazine #9

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Bundled Extra: Anders Nilsen Gives Comics A Hello Again Wave, Pre-Selling His Tongues

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Anders Nilsen popped up in my inbox a couple of days ago touting the first issues of his serialized Tongues, a book he's self-publishing ahead of its already-arranged book deal once collected. Self-serialization is something more than a few cartoonists are exploring, perhaps most notably Sammy Harkham and Kevin Huizenga with their series Crickets and Ganges respectively. I think it's a wonderful thing to try, although I dream even more of a specialty publisher making this model work for a lot of cartoonists including a few that just don't have the skills or mindset to pursue doing it on their own.

Looks like pre-orders are going on right now. I hope he sells a million. Anders is a very admirable cartoonist.
 
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