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June 15, 2019


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

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

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

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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Happy 45th Birthday, Christopher Downes!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Brent Anderson!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Brian Hibbs!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Don McGregor!

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June 14, 2019


Go, Look: Paula Puiupo

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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By Tom Spurgeon

* I'd been using individual images from the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum instagram account before I realized that there was an account. Love the Ollie Harrington (above).

* what do you do when your message of personal depression strikes a chord with a massive audience: make a comic about it.

* finally: rediscovering a "lost" webcomic.
 
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If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2019

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June 15
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Comics Fest)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (A2CAF)

June 16
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (A2CAF)

June 22
* If I Were in Gahanna, I'd Go To This

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July 11
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 12
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 13
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This (Graphic Medicine)

July 14
* If I Were In Northern Virginia, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 17
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con Preview Night)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

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

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Events For August 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Evangelos Androutsopoulos

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* a collection of Al Burian's Burn Collector gets Tim Kreider thinking about 'zines. Also, how the heck did Kreider miss Burian in his '90s heyday?

* James Ardis on House Of The Black Spot. Jason Sacks on Doll.

* these comics still look amazing; glad to see them in print.

* Kim Jooha talks to Aarthi Parthasarathy.

* RC Harvey on Eric Stanton. RC was one of the big writers about comics when I worked at TCJ, and whatever holds his interest I want to hear his thoughts.

* Royston Robertson is a great cartoonist name, and a small show at a pub is an even greater cartoonist thing to do.

* by request extra: Dustin Harbin is just over $53K pledged on his face-smash ask, about a week in to his crowdfunding campaign. It seems to me slowing, but one or two sizable gifts pushes him within shouting distances of his goal, and that's not chicken scratch.

* finally: Jake Tapper on the New York Times dropping their remaining cartoonists.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Ryan Sands!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Jordi Bernet!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Paul Kupperberg!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Jamie Cosley!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Cosey!

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June 13, 2019


Go, Look: B. Mure

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Heroes Con this weekend. Ann Arbor this weekend.

* I'll be in Charlotte. I will be very quiet. I hope you'll say hi.

* Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones apparently won't be in Charlotte, as they had planned, at least on Friday. The culprit: a rolling wave of shortages at American Airlines concerning a certain plane that has been difficult to use. One person told me today this could have a ripple effect all summer, although I must admit I am quite ignorant of effects on our travel infrastructure. They are trying to rally for Saturday and Sunday and will likely keep best track at the top of the blog used here.

* another show, another article where I can't tell where they were.

* finally: if you're a close convention watcher, seeing San Diego Con extend its publicity window in part by making shows not doing San Diego a story is really, really fascinating.
 
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Go, Listen: John Siuntres Talks To Greg Rucka

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Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Jim Rugg

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* not comics: sorry, I don't find a bunch of customers clamoring for product that best suits them interesting or admirable in any way. If there's a film out there from which someone can make money, it will likely be released. I don't think much of any of those weird, dour, dumb films and think the one that's supposedly compromised felt exactly like the others only with fewer crotch shots of Wonder Woman. It does feel like some of the cultural context here is about super-macho, violent-boys art winning the day, and comics proper has had enough of those notions to last a lifetime. Good night, Martha. You'll have your day when someone feels like cashing that check.

* Heidi MacDonald has a round-up of links with reaction to the NYT dropping its cartoon-making. It's interesting to me that some of the pushback is about humor and expression, which are values, sure, but to my mind in this case supplementary to enabling direct journalistic virtues of truth-telling. Comics can be really powerful when it comes to understanding things both as an exploratory tool and a contextual one. It's a shame to not have that if you can, and I prefer engagement and correction for a tool poorly used than abandonment. Easy for me to say, though, in application these are very delicate issues pressed up against even more delicate ones, wine glasses packed in lightbulbs; it's an exceedingly difficult thing.
 
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