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July 21, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Footage From 1975 Marvel Comics Convention



Footage From 1976 Marvel Comics Convention


Marc Bolan Interviews Stan Lee


Stan Lee Interview From 1977


Neal Adams Upon Winning A Creativity Award From US Chamber Of Commerce
 
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Go, Look: A Nick Payne Interview Of Unknown Provenance

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Go, Look: Better Things

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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* I'm still slightly traumatized from the fact that the Eisners were 16,000 hours long. This may be slow in coming.

* that said, the number of women and diversely representative winners last night was encouraging and hopeful -- and category to category the right choices. Someone will let us know if that's more winners from underrepresented groups than in the history of the show or several years of it combined, and the fact that people are thinking about that notion out loud tells you something of last night's upbeat mood.

* someone told us last night that designer Jacob Covey has never won the design category, which seems semi-nuts to me.

* wait, I'm going to have breakfast now. If I don't get back to this in a timely fashion, feel free to make the joke about me having a 17-hour breakfast or whatever.

* okay, I'm back and now I only have to worry about packing. I stay Thursday morning to Saturday evening at Comic-Con, mostly because there was a time when $370 hotel rooms were not just painful but impossible. Plus I have a wedding reception in Claremont tomorrow. It's all good, but it makes these weekend windows a bit of a chore.

* only one Artist's Edition item of news this year, but it's a show-stopper: Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein, one of the comics-maker's career highlights and one of the great illustration projects of the second half of the 20th Century. That one's been a longtime coming, and I can't wait to see it.

* Todd Allen has the only report from the D+Q panel I've read. It focuses on John Stanley and Yoshiharu Tsuge, both coming to the publisher in major, serial-volume ways. Every book is interesting, though -- new work from Julie Doucet and a book from Kevin Huizenga, it all sounds great.

* it's great to hear about the new print iteration of TCJ, RJ Casey and Fanta-MVP Kristy Valenti supporting Gary Groth. I think Groth's interviews as a collective whole are going to be reappraised in the next 20 years as the great accomplishment they are, and anything that adds to that legacy like a new run of magazines on paper I am 100 percent interested in backing.

* speaking of Casey, he wore a one-piece jumper with fringe last night to the Eisners, which was fairly impressive. Lots of baby pictures from that guy.

* Top Shelf is working with George Takei on a graphic novel re-telling of his harrowing stories of childhood in a World War 2 interment camp.

* met a European writer-about-comics on the floor whose name is in my notes somewhere but isn't findable right this minute. "I'm so grateful when I see books being sold."

* wide agreement that the show is in its era where the energy on the floor comes from toy sales, and trying to pick how that might develop over the next few years was a lot of fun -- okay, nerdy fun but fun. Like I would imagine we'll get everyday-new exclusives in a more concentrated way very, very soon. I can imagine more book exclusives related to time and place -- I hear a lot about special book editions that never see the light of day. I can imagine some digital exclusives using virtual coin philosophies. It's going to get more complicated before it gets better.

* finally: more Moto Hagio from those rascals North and West.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon and Chris Hatfield

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2018

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July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

July 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 26
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 30
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 4
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 6
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 10
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 11
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Edinburgh, I'd Go To This

August 13
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 14
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 16
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 17
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 18
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 21
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 22
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 25
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Events For September 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 70th Birthday, Garry Trudeau!

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Your 2018 Eisner Award Winners

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This year's Eisner Awards ceremony was last night. Many laughs and a lot of good times were had, some having to do with celebrity presenters.

Winners in bold.

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BEST SHORT STORY

* Ethel Byrne, by Cecil Castelluci and Scott Chantler, in Mine: A Celebration of Liberty and Freedom for All Benefiting Planned Parenthood (ComicMix)
* Forgotten Princess, by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Antonio Sandoval, in Adventure Time Comics #13 (kaboom!)
* A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green, by Nick Sousanis, in Columbia Magazine (Summer 2017)
* Small Mistakes Make Big Problems, by Sophia Foster-Dimino, in Comics for Choice (Hazel Newlevant)
* Trans Plant, by Megan Rose Gedris, in Enough Space for Everyone Else (Bedside Press)

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BEST SINGLE ISSUE/ONE-SHOT

* Barbara, by Nicole Miles (ShortBox)
* Hellboy: Krampusnacht, by Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)
* Pope Hats #5, by Ethan Rilly (AdHouse Books)
* The Spotted Stone, by Rick Veitch (Sun Comics)
* What Is Left, by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell (ShortBox)

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BEST CONTINUING SERIES

* Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and David Rubín (Dark Horse)
* Giant Days, by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Liz Fleming (BOOM! Box)
* Hawkeye, by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, and Mike Walsh (Marvel)
* Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
* The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)

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BEST LIMITED SERIES

* Black Panther: World of Wakanda, by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)
* Extremity, by Daniel Warren Johnson (Image/Skybound)
* The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
* Mister Miracle, by Tom King and Mitch Gerads (DC)
* X-Men: Grand Design, by Ed Piskor (Marvel)

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BEST NEW SERIES

* Black Bolt, by Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward (Marvel)
* Grass Kings, by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins (BOOM! Studios)
* Maestros, by Steve Skroce (Image)
* Redlands, by Jordie Belaire and Vanesa Del Rey (Image)
* Royal City, by Jeff Lemire (Image)

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BEST PUBLICATION FOR EARLY READERS (UP TO 8)

* Adele In Sand Land, by Claude Ponti, translated by Skeeter Grant and Françoise Mouly (Toon Books)
* Arthur And The Golden Rope, by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye/Nobrow)
* Egg, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
* Good Night, Planet, by Liniers (Toon Books)
* Little Tails In The Savannah, by Frederic Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci, translated by Mike Kennedy (Lion Forge/Magnetic)

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BEST PUBLICATION FOR KIDS (AGES 9-12)

* Bolivar, by Sean Rubin (Archaia)
* Home Time Book One: Under the River, by Campbell Whyte (Top Shelf)
* Nightlights, by Lorena Alvarez (Nobrow)
* The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O'Neill (Oni)
* Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

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BEST PUBLICATION FOR TEENS (AGES 13-17)

* The Dam Keeper, by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi (First Second/Tonko House)
* Jane, by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón K. Pérez (Archaia)
* Louis Undercover, by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault, translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
* Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image)
* Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

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BEST HUMOR PUBLICATION

* Baking with Kafka, by Tom Gauld (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, by Tom King, Lee Weeks, and Byron Vaughn (DC)
* The Flintstones, by Mark Russell, Steve Pugh, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna (DC)
* Rock Candy Mountain, by Kyle Starks (Image)
* Wallace the Brave, by Will Henry (Andrews McMeel)

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BEST ANTHOLOGY

* A Bunch of Jews (And Other Stuff): A Minyen Yidn, by Max B. Perlson, Trina Robbins et al. (Bedside Press)
* A Castle in England, by Jamie Rhodes et al. (Nobrow)
* Elements: Fire, A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color, edited by Taneka Stotts (Beyond Press)
* Now #1, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* The Spirit Anthology, edited by Sean Phillips (Lakes International Comic Art Festival)

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BEST REALITY-BASED WORK

* Audubon: On the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan (Nobrow)
* The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui (Abrams ComicArts)
* Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852–1903, by Christian Perrissin and Matthieu Blanchin, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (IDW)
* Lennon: The New York Years, by David Foenkinos, Corbeyran, and Horne, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger (IDW)
* Spinning, by Tillie Walden (First Second)

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BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM -- NEW

* Crawl Space, by Jesse Jacobs (Koyama Press)
* Eartha, by Cathy Malkasian (Fantagraphics)
* My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
* Stages of Rot, by Linnea Sterte (Peow)
* The Story of Jezebel, by Elijah Brubaker (Uncivilized Books)

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BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM -- REPRINT

* Boundless, by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Black Hole by Charles Burns, edited by Eric Reynolds (Fantagraphics)
* Small Favors: The Definitive Girly Porno Collection, by Colleen Coover (Oni/Limerence)
* Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, by Michael DeForge (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Unreal City, by D. J. Bryant (Fantagraphics)

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BEST ADAPTATION FROM ANOTHER MEDIUM

* Beowulf, adapted by Santiago García and David Rubín (Image)
* H. P. Lovecraft's The Hound and Other Stories, adapted by Gou Tanabe, translated by Zack Davisson (Dark Horse)
* Herman Melville's Moby Dick, adapted by Christophe Chabouté, translated by Laure Dupont (Dark Horse)
* Kindred, by Octavia Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings (Abrams ComicArts)

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BEST US EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL

* Audubon: On the Wings of the World, by Fabien Grolleau and Jerémie Royer, translated by Etienne Gilfillan (Nobrow)
* Flight Of The Raven, by Jean-Pierre Gibrat, translated by Diana Schutz and Brandon Kander (EuroComics/IDW)
* FUN, by Paolo Bacilieri, translated by Jamie Richards (SelfMadeHero)
* Ghost of Gaudi, by El Torres and Jesús Alonso Iglesias, translated by Esther Villardón Grande (Lion Forge/Magnetic)
* The Ladies-in-Waiting, by Santiago García and Javier Olivares, translated by Erica Mena (Fantagraphics)
* Run For It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for the Freedom, by Marcelo D'Salete, translated by Andrea Rosenberg (Fantagraphics)

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BEST US EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL MATERIAL -- ASIA

* Furari, by Jiro Taniguchi, translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
* Golden Kamuy, by Satoru Noda, translated by Eiji Yasuda (VIZ Media)
* My Brother's Husband, Vol. 1, by Gengoroh Tagame, translated by Anne Ishii (Pantheon)
* Otherworld Barbara, Vol. 2, by Moto Hagio, translated by Matt Thorn (Fantagraphics)
* Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories, by Junji Itotranslated by Jocelyne Allen (VIZ Media)

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BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT -- STRIPS

* Celebrating Snoopy, by Charles M. Shulz, edited by Alexis E. Fajardo and Dorothy O'Brien (Andrews McMeel)
* Crazy Quilt: Scraps And Panels On The Way To Gasoline Alley, by Frank King, edited by Peter Maresca (Sunday Press)
* Foolish Questions And Other Odd Observations, by Rube Goldberg, edited by Peter Maresca and Paul C. Tumey (Sunday Press Books)
* Sky Masters Of The Space Force: The Complete Dailies, by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood et al., edited by Daniel Herman (Hermes Press)
* Star Wars: The Classic Newspaper Strips, Vol. 1, by Russ Manning et al., edited by Dean Mullaney (LOAC/IDW)

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BEST ARCHIVAL COLLECTION/PROJECT -- COMIC BOOKS

* Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, by Katsuhiro Otomo, edited by Haruko Hashimoto, Ajani Oloye, and Lauren Scanlan (Kodansha)
* Behaving MADly, edited by Craig Yoe (Yoe Books/IDW)
* The Collected Neil the Horse, by Arn Saba/Katherine Collins, edited by Andy Brown (Conundrum)
* Fantagraphics Studio Edition: Jaime Hernandez, edited by Gary Groth (Fantagraphics)
* Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017, by Paul Gravett, Denis Kitchen, and John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

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BEST WRITER

* Tom King, Batman, Batman Annual #2, Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1, Mister Miracle (DC) (TIE)
* Matt Kindt, Grass Kings (BOOM! Studios); Ether (Dark Horse); Eternity, X-O Manowar (Valiant)
* Jeff Lemire, Black Hammer (Dark Horse); Descender (Image)
* Marjorie Liu, Monstress (Image) (TIE)
* Mark Russell, The Flintstones (DC)

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BEST WRITER/ARTIST

* Lorena Alvarez, Night Lights (Nobrow)
* Chabouté, Moby Dick (Dark Horse); Alone, The Park Bench (Gallery 13/Simon & Schuster)
* Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
* Cathy Malkasian, Eartha (Fantagraphics)
* Jiro Taniguchi, Furari, Louis Vuitton Travel Guide: Venice (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

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BEST PENCILLER/INKER OR PENCILLER/INKER TEAM

* Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
* Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
* Gary Gianni, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea (Dark Horse)
* Ramón K. Perez, Jane (Archaia)
* David Rubín, Black Hammer #9 & #12, Ether, Sherlock Frankenstein #1–3 (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)

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BEST PAINTER/MULTIMEDIA ARTIST (INTERIOR ART)

* Federico Bertolucci, Love: The Dinosaur, Little Tails (Lion Forge/Magnetic)
* EFA, Monet: Itinerant of Light (NBM)
* Jean-Pierre Gibrat, Flight of the Raven (EuroComics/IDW)
* Cyril Pedrosa, Portugal (NBM)
* Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)

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BEST COVER ARTIST

* Jorge Corona, No. 1 With A Bullet (Image)
* Nick Derington, Mister Miracle (DC); Doom Patrol (DC Young Animal)
* Brian Stelfreeze, Black Panther (Marvel)
* Sana Takeda, Monstress (Image)
* Julian Totino Tedesco, Hawkeye (Marvel)

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BEST COLORING

* Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
* Mitch Gerads, Mister Miracle (DC)
* Ed Piskor, X-Men: Grand Design (Marvel)
* David Rubín, Ether, Black Hammer, Sherlock Frankenstein (Dark Horse); Beowulf (Image)
* Dave Stewart, Black Hammer, BPRD: Devil You Know, Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, Sherlock Frankenstein, Shaolin Cowboy (Dark Horse); Maestros (Image)
* Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, What Is Left (ShortBox)

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BEST LETTERING

* Isabelle Arsenault, Louis Undercover (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi)
* Clayton Cowles, Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Redlands, The Wicked + The Divine (Image); Black Bolt, Spider-Gwen, Astonishing X-Men, Star Wars (Marvel)
* Emil Ferris, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters (Fantagraphics)
* Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo, Groo: Slay of the Gods (Dark Horse)
* John Workman, Mother Panic (DC Young Animal); Ragnorak (IDW)

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BEST COMICS-RELATED PERIODICAL/JOURNALISM

* Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas (TwoMorrows)
* The Comics Journal, edited by Dan Nadel, Timothy Hodler, and Tucker Stone, tcj.com (Fantagraphics)
* Hogan's Alley, edited by Tom Heintjes
* Jack Kirby Collector, edited by John Morrow (TwoMorrows)
* PanelXPanel magazine, edited by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, panelxpanel.com

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BEST COMICS-RELATED BOOK

* Deconstructing The Incal By Alejandro Jodorowsky And Moebius, by Jean Annestay and Christophe Quillien (Humanoids)
* How Comics Work, by Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher (Wellfleet Press/Quarto Group)
* How to Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, by Paul Karasik and Mark Newgarden (Fantagraphics)
* Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, by Richard Pini (Flesk)
* Monograph, by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)
* To Laugh That We May Not Weep: The Life and Times of Art Young, by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young (Fantagraphics)

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BEST ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WORK

* The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life, edited by Jared Gardner and Ian Gordon (University Press of Mississippi)
* Ethics in the Gutter: Empathy and Historical Fiction in Comics, by Kate Polak (Ohio State University Press)
* Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics, by Frederick Luis Aldama (University of Arizona Press)
* Neon Visions: The Comics of Howard Chaykin, by Brannon Costello (LSU Press)
* Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics, edited by Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis (University of Texas Press)

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BEST PUBLICATION DESIGN

* Akira 35th Anniversary Edition, designed by Phil Balsman, Akira Saito (Veia), NORMA Editorial, and MASH•ROOM (Kodansha)
* Celebrating Snoopy, designed by Spencer Williams and Julie Phillips (Andrews McMeel)
* Monograph, designed by Chris Ware (Rizzoli)
* My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, designed by Jacob Covey (Fantagraphics)
* Will Eisner: The Centennial Celebration, 1917-2017, designed by John Lind (Kitchen Sink/Dark Horse)

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BEST DIGITAL COMIC

* Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Monkeybrain/comiXology)
* Barrier, by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin (Panel Syndicate)
* The Carpet Merchant of Konstaniniyya, by Reimena Yee (reimenayee.com/the-carpet-merchant)
* Contact High, by James F. Wright and Josh Eckert (gumroad.com/l/YnxSm)
* Harvey Kurtzman's Marley's Ghost, by Harvey Kurtzman, Josh O'Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Gideo Kendall (comiXology Originals/Kitchen, Lind & Associates)
* Quince, by Sebastian Kadlecik, Kit Steinkellner, and Emma Steinkellner, translated by Valeria Tranier (Fanbase Press/comiXology)

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BEST WEBCOMIC

* Awaiting a Wave, by Dale Carpenter and Nate Powell (The Weather Channel Digital)
* Brothers Bond, by Kevin Grevioux and Ryan Benjamin (LINE Webtoon)
* Dispatch from a Sanctuary City, by Mike Dawson (The Nib)
* The Tea Dragon Society, by Katie O'Neill
* Welcome to the New World, by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan (New York Times Sunday Review)

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July 20, 2018


Go, Look: In Search Of Water-Boiled Fish

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Go, Listen: Dylan Horrocks At DCP

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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* the first thing about which most folks have talked to me is the intensity with which security and staff are after people to have badges, to wear them correctly and to keep moving in those aisles above all things. It was noticeable to me as I can't remember having anyone give me directions like that for years now.

* closing the road right up next to the convention center is a big hit. Also there are kudos with how responsive and engaged the security and staff people tend to be. People got their questions answered. If it was appropriate, they got one called down from upstairs.

* I did talk to three writers that were discombobulated by the move to one registration line leading upstairs, as the longer initial wait time was more than they thought when scheduling their Thursday AM. Not a big deal to any of them.

* I somehow failed to register for the show as press. That's right. Laugh it up. Since I could show the person manning the panel participation booth that I was in the program for interviewing Noah Van Sciver later today I was able to score a pass. A press pass was offered to me, too. Pretty embarrassing. Everyone was nice.

* the D&Q booth was humming with the Doucet collection and the Lutes book. It was great to see Jason in front of that colossal effort.

* it felt busy in the aisles for a Thursday early afternoon although a lot of the smaller booths I talked to told me it was initially slow, and had been for most on Preview Night as well. It does strike me that the energy of the show in terms of what gets bought is very different now.

* at one point I saw Paul Karasik walking down the aisle, comfortable in his own skin, about two full rows away. I realized I might not see him again this entire trip and wished good thoughts and positive outcomes in his direction.

* my I don't really get fandom moment of the day was a guy playing the Star Wars lone-trumpet ending scene music on the way down the escalator and this performance's wild response.

* saw recently departed Team Billy Ireland member Amy Chalmers and the cartoonist Noah Van Sciver looking for the convention center's back porch to have lunch together -- "we heard you can see the water" -- and it was adorable.

* i made a comment about my regret at not having registered and a friend thought I was saying I regret I didn't register for a movement assistance device so I'm guessing I look pretty damn fat.

* there is a lot of walking, though, and walking that feels more tiring than normal walking because you're always negotiating bodies, backpacks and baby carriages. Only one person noted that the comfortable shoes I brought had holes over the big-toe toenails because I am a disgusting old man now with unicorn horns sticking up from each toe.

* Silver Sprocket's set-up looked great, and they were attracting a lot of young-people attention. I think they're a pretty ideal exhibitor in terms of their being able to do a show like CCI but also every small-press show and arts festival you can think of. Best t-shirts.

* four people mentioned to me how unfortunate the new NCS show was to use rhetoric that made it look like they will be inventing use of the festival model in North America, although everyone also noted their May 2019 show has a strong line-up.

* Sammy Harkham and Kevin Huizenga were there. Brannon Costello. Stéphane Beaujean. The latter two there are newbies and looked slightly stunned and maybe even a tiny bit dismayed. It's not an unfamiliar look there. Miriam Libicki. Larry Marder. Carol Tyler and I walked around looking for Last Gasp; Tyler expressed concern that the convention floor carpets were at different levels of thickness. Rob Salkowitz.

* saw a really fine Robert Williams spotlight panel moderate by Eric Reynolds. About 100 attendees. Williams deflected praise and spoke matter-of-factly about shifts in his own skill set and how complacent he thought American progressives become. Great hour.

* dinner at an impressively crowded Italian restaurant. Hit the party circuit afterwards. Brian Fies sounded gracious and moved in a few minutes of discussion about he and his family losing their home to California fires. Dana Simpson, Andrew Farago and the great Nat Gertler were some of the other folks at the GoComics party. Great to see Nat after about 13 years, and congratulations to him on 20 years of About Comics. Saw Gina Gagliano and a couple of other folks at a lively and high class Scholastic party. The CBLDF was Zander Cannon, Kiel Phegley, Chris Butcher, Brian Hibbs, Alex Cox, Jacq Cohen, Tom Neely, Denis Kitchen. I sat in a chair next to Scott McCloud for a while, but I'm too tired to remember what was discussed except a panel description he thought was the saddest of all time.

* Bed at 1:17 AM. I was very tired.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2018

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July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (DC ZineFest)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

July 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 26
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 30
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 4
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 6
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 10
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 11
* If I Were Near Urbana-Champaign, I'd Go To This (CSS)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Edinburgh, I'd Go To This

August 13
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 14
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 16
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 17
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 18
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were Near White River Junction, I'd Go To This (Comics And Medicine)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 19
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Flame Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 21
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 22
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 25
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 26
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Boise Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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Events For September 2018 Onward Listed Here

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OTBP: Summer Travel Zine

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Andy Oliver talks to Tim Bird.

* I have absolutely no feelings either way about a comics version of the Wreck-It Ralph property, but that announcement was really placed in a busy week or comics announcements. Kudos to the PR person.

* to think I could have lived my entire life without seeing the Blob drawn with pierced nipples.

* a comic book starring Reginald Hudlin and JR JR's character Shuri is a New York Times article, in case you didn't remember how powerfully that Black Panther hit earlier this year. A comic starring that character could be something we've never seen before; I imagine we'll get more along the lines of something we've seen before.

* finally: Mark Millar wants to know what you are talking about.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Benoît Ers!

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July 19, 2018


Go, Look: Meg Syverud

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The Beat: Zerocalcare Visa Odyssey Has Happy Ending

Nice story. I hope the cartoonist enjoys their weekend. I think we could be in for a run of visa stories over the next couple of years.
 
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Go, Look: Dan Berry Talks To Alex Assan

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News & Notes From The San Diego Convention Floor

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* first time I remember getting a warning from AMTRAK on the occasion of Del-Mar and SDCC taking place the same day. Plus business class is sold out. This should be interesting.

* twitter news of the evening -- the Julie Doucet book is out. Second twitter news of the evening -- so is the Lutes.

* the writer Gail Simone will be doing some line-wide shaping of the superhero material published by Lion Forge. There are a lot of superhero lines, and it's a very specific sub-genre, so I don't expect anything all that different or groundbreaking from this material. People like variations on the standard formulas, though, a lot. If Mark Millar can have 27,000 TV shows made out of his riffs on the standards, there can be a workable line from as sturdily funded and confident a company as Lion Forge.

* some of the noticeable absences in terms of movie announcements at CCI are being turned into a business story. I think the show will be fine only attracting 87 of the 89 things out there. In fact, I think the show would do fine attracting 40 of those 89 things. The desire of the studios to announce efforts at the convention have been actively tenuous for about six-seven years now, and with results mixed and the context constantly shifting there is bound to be some energy in the going/not-going area.

* DC will accept returns on regular-cover versions of its recent Batman/Catwoman wedding comics that came out right after plot points were revealed in a NYT preview article. I'm all for retailers getting a hand whenever one is offered and I'm sort of generally against those preview articles that talk breathlessly about plot points in superhero comics as if they were real-world events, so I guess I'm glad to hear this. I've long believed that serial superhero comics exist as delivery system for narrative updates more than as a pleasurable experience, and this kind of thing tends to confirm that way of thinking.

* I couldn't get this to load, but it's apparently video from last night's Preview Night. Speaking of energy, there is a lot in the exclusive toys part of the field, leading to adjustments from toy-makers, leading to complaints from fans and philosophical discussions as to how the exclusives should work. That's not my world, but I think this kind of mercantile judo has been a boon for some longstanding comics-related properties just as a way to goose them a bit in terms of attention.

* finally: I don't think I've seen preview articles on individual panels before.

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photos and additional reporting by Whit Spurgeon

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