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July 3, 2015


Five For Friday #424 -- Better Late Than Never

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Five For Friday #424 -- Name Four Comics (#1-4) You Waited What Seemed Like A Long Time To Read And One Comic (#5), Perhaps Against All Hope, For Which You're Still Waiting (Please Send Jpeg)

1. Camelot 3000 #12
2. Avengers #97
3. Nonplayer #2
4. The Complete Barnaby
5. Underwater #12

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Five For Friday #423 -- From The Racks

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Five For Friday #423 -- Name Five Sources For Comics You've Bought Off Of A Magazine Rack; If You Want To Send Me A Jpeg For Imagery, I'd Really Appreciate It

1. Epic Illustrated
2. CARtoons (pictured)
3. The Rook
4. MAD
5. National Lampoon

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Paolo Piffarerio, RIP

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Go, Look: Slow Death Funnies

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Go, Look: It's a Great Time To Be A Brazilian Cartoonist

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* the well-regarded illustration site Today's Inspiration has begun publishing again after a lengthy hiatus.

* Christine Marie talks to Steve Blatchford, the man behind ZCO.MX, a web site devoted to alt-comics that seems to be taking working cartoonists' projects that don't have another home, giving them a home, and allowing for the possibility that revenue can be generated on their behalf. It's a really interesting site, I haven't covered it enough, and I'm looking forward to reading Marie's itnterview.

* finally, Richard Bruton takes a long look at the comics of Mark Kalesniko, which are now available on-line. Kalesniko was published in print by Fantagraphics while I worked there and for quite some times afterwards -- he still might be -- and as I recall was a particular favorite of publisher Gary Groth.
 
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If I Were In Scotland, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Beyond #25

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on The Brave And The Bold #1-6. Alex Schubert on Blobby Boys 2. Rob Clough on The Late Child And Other Animals. Matt Seneca on Crickets #4. Greg Hunter on Pope Hats #4. Hillary Brown on Stroppy. John Kane on a bunch of different comics. Johanna Draper Carlson on So Cute It Hurts Vol. 1.

* Sean Edgar talks to Cameron Stewart, who may be doing with Batgirl what Mark Waid did with Flash two decades: transform a significant areas of the mainstream landscape from a well regarded title solidly with reach beyond its pure sales performance. This close to an Image Expo where you subsequently read a lot of people define the range of comics as being mainstream to high-end genre work, I'm grateful for the qualifier mainstream here, and don't think there's an implied criticism at all in using that term in that way.

* Bob Temuka writes about reading through the bad times.

* I don't think in terms of OEL manga; I'm from the "it's all comics just different traditions" camp. Similarly, it would be weird for me to think OEF to denote work from an Italian or OEBD to denote comics that owe a lot to the way French-language comics have approached things. I might be wrong, but there it is. There sure are a lot of fun comics on this list, though; I can imagine this being a list of comics about which young me would be over the freaking moon if my life were time shifted thirty years into the future. I'm a fan of a majority of these titles as is.

* finally, Emily Gosling writes about Endless Journey the new not-comics project from the great Tom Gauld.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Dan Slott!

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Happy 78th Birthday, Russ Cochran!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Tom Heintjes!

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July 2, 2015


Go, Look: Pow

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San Diego Mayor's Office Announces Extension For CCI To 2018

I think everyone expected this. I did, anyway. Two years is an interesting number. I honestly don't know they're better served by any other possible arrangement, which changes the negotiations a bit -- now it's about lost opportunities and revenue left on the table as opposed to risk of flight. At the same time, the way the San Diego government ebbs and flows on wanting to work on their convention center in a way that would benefit the convention, two years from now the situation could completely reverse.

I hope this arrangement came with something about how the city can better manage the downtown events that happen at the same time; that strikes me as a kaleidoscope of potential tragedies.

Here's the PR.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2015

CONTACT:
Charles Chamberlayne at (619) 453-9911 or Chamberlayne@sandiego.gov

NEWS RELEASE

Mayor Faulconer Announces Comic-Con Will Remain in San Diego Through 2018

San Diego, CA -- Today, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and Comic-Con International announced the popular convention will remain in San Diego for 2 more years, through 2018.

"Fans near and far can rejoice that their favorite superheroes and celebrities will continue to gather under the San Diego sun," said Mayor Faulconer. "San Diego and Comic-Con are a natural pair and we're both extremely pleased to continue our four-decade partnership. And San Diego residents can take heart knowing that the world-famous convention will continue to pump tens of millions into our economy to support local jobs, street repair and neighborhood services."

"We've grown up in San Diego and we're excited to have reached an agreement that will keep us here through 2018," said Comic-Con spokesperson David Glanzer. "We worked hand-in-hand with Mayor Faulconer, hoteliers and the tourism industry which will allow us to continue delivering our dynamic convention in America's Finest City."

Comic-Con had only made arrangements to stay until 2016 before today's announcement. Mayor Faulconer's office worked over the last several months to help facilitate the discussions between Comic-Con International, San Diego Tourism Authority, San Diego Convention Center and local hotels. The strong partnership is important in securing the amount of hotel rooms and convention space necessary to successfully host the more than 100,000 attendees in San Diego each year.

Comic-Con International is the convention center's largest event of the year and is conservatively estimated to generate $135.9 million regionally and $2.8 million in tax revenues for the city. The revenue directly benefits residents by funding city services, including street repair, parks and libraries. Comic-Con also showcases San Diego on an international stage through television and media coverage.

Since the 1970s, Comic-Con has been a main attraction among the City of San Diego's events. The first three-day Comic-Con was held at the U.S. Grant Hotel, where over 300 attendees packed the hotel's basement featuring programs, panels, film screenings and more to celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

This year's convention kicks off with a preview night on Wednesday, July 8 and continues through Sunday, July 12. This year marks the 46th year for the event, making it the country's longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention.

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Charles Chamberlayne
Press Secretary & Senior Advisor
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Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
City of San Diego
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Disclosure: This email is public information. Correspondence to and from this email address is recorded and may be viewed by third parties and the public upon request.
Preview night is a week from yesterday.Preview night is a week from yesterday.

 
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Go, Look: Asela De Silva

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* it's all San Diego Con right now for the folks that I know, except perhaps the Image Expo focused folks. That specialty show is happening today. I like those Expos; they allow Image to seize a calendar day in a way that really impresses upon a certain element of fandom that these are important things to know. Other sites will do live coverage -- another victory for Image -- but I'm going to settle for a publishing news round-up tomorrow.

* Torsten Adair has a nice overview up of changes at the Marriott that could very definitely have an impact on Comic-Con International if it stays in San Diego for the next several years. They're adding a lot of event space, it looks like.

* speaking of Comic-Con International a third time in as many starred items, the mayor's office in San Diego circulated a "hold the inches" (newspaper talk, you pervert) e-mail this morning, likely an announcement about the con's status after 2016. I think they'll stay together.

* finally, add one more item in that San Diego-ly direction: the programming's up now. I'm slow to catch up on this because for the first time in 20 years I'll be doing no panels at the con. My reign of mediocrity is at an end. I'm a combined relieved and feeling like I've been put out to pasture. At any rate, I will spend all of my days at the show in these panels, and I'm always glad for the still-strong comics presence there that people turn out.
 
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If I Were In Scotland, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Carnak

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Michael Buntag on Noah.

* not comics: Jim McLauchlin looks at the Disney purchase of Marvel and asks if it's been worth it. It seems that the answer is such a resounding yes that you don't really have to quantify a whole lot of anything. I would imagine the only counter-argument is that Disney is now tied into movie releases that reflect a formula that each in its own way is past an earlier prime: superheroes, Pixar, Star Wars. This leaves other studios to pick and choose according to newer models, like Universal has. Of course, the Hulk of Universal's all-star 2015 movie rollout is Jurassic Park, the same kind of older property Star Wars and Spider-Man seem to be.

* I've mentioned this once before but I was led to the link again; who wouldn't want a panorama-style effort with a lot of variations being offered, all from Tom Gauld.

* Kyle Baker draws the greatest television character of all time and the 41st.

* Mark Frauenfelder enthuses over the Artist's Edition of Kamandi, with a ton of art used to help supplement his point.

* finally: Papercutz turns ten, which is a stop and go "Whoa" moment. I would have guessed four to six years. I'm glad Mike Lynch caught that, because Papercutz has sold a lot of books the last ten years and doesn't get credit for that as much as they should. That's a very successful imprint.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Daniel Nash!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Rickey Purdin!

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July 1, 2015


Go, Look: Eavesdropper

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Go, Read: Michael Cavna On Reactions To Danby Vs. LePage

Michael Cavna at the Washington Post has a smartly written survey piece here covering various reactions to Maine Governor Paul LePage making a joke about shooting Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby -- a joke made to the cartoonist's son. This includes a Danby cartoon incorporating related imagery and censure from the AAEC.

It all makes sense to me that people should react strongly and negatively to the story; it seems required. The joke is in clear, bad taste generally and in specific bad taste given the violence and disruption that some cartoonists have faced in recent months, up to and including the shooting murders of the Charlie Hebdo staffers. I'm not sure how deep a story it is; it may not point out much more in terms of a broader issue other than the governor being something of a crass goofball. It is definitely a weird and distasteful flourish in the history of relationships between political figures and those that cover them in cartoon form. May it become history sooner rather than later.
 
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Go, Look: Self-Esteem Improvement Plan

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Go, Look: The Animation/Cartoon War, From Israel To ISIS To Iran

Robert Mackey has the broadest of survey articles up here at the New York Times about recent cartoon and animation-making in the wider Middle East by various geopolitical participants basically on the subject of ISIS, yet with so many partnerships and claims thrown in a lot of other topics are roped in. It's worth knowing about and seeing as much of it as you can; the article is lighter on the conclusions that other English-language articles have brought to the table.

The one line of reasoning that comes out in a lot of these articles is to take a line of cartoon-making and seeing it as a truer expression of the country's soul than another avenue of speaking out, or another political opportunity taken. Nation-states are usually a bit more complicated than that, and can contain with its borders multiple aims and designs and shortcomings and flourishes. Tread carefully.
 
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