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January 22, 2018


Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Paul Tumey surveys a bunch of comics, including the latest Art Young collection.

* creators Kurt Busiek and Erik Larsen are having something of a sprawling Twitter argument about what might be needed in terms of narrative/concept tweaks to give a Fantastic Four comic the best chance to find an audience. I think that's a hard task; I think Marvel provided the Lee/Kirby team with some fine creators over the last ten years of their serial run. I think a lot of superhero comics would be improved by crawling out of their own asses a bit, tell exciting adventure stories without making them commentary on "the brand" of the title, but that's just me.

* I bookmarked this story about Stan Lee being swindled when it came out, but thought it worth posting again as he's been charged -- at least publicly, if not legally -- with harassment.

* finally: I believe the creators here and in almost every case like this: it's not exactly comics, but be warned there are people who hover around at all levels of creative endeavor that will take money from you that you almost certainly deserve. Be careful out there.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Jordan Shiveley!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Alex Ross!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Howard Mackie!

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January 21, 2018


OTBP: Awaiting The Collapse

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Collective Memory: Best Comics And Graphic Novels Lists For 2017

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These are links to various Best-Of-2017 comics and graphic novels lists.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Primary Lists

* Zainab Akhtar
* AV Club

* Barnes And Noble
* Bleeding Cool
* Broken Frontier 01
* Broken Frontier 02

* Ryan C 01
* Ryan C 02
* CBC
* CBR
* Richmond Clements
* Comicbook.com 01
* Comicbook.com 02
* Comicon.com 01
* Comicon.com 02
* Comicon.com 03
* Comicon.com 04
* Comicon.com 05
* Comicon.com 06
* Comicon.com 07
* Comicon.com 08
* Comicon.com 09
* Comicon.com 10
* Comicosity

* Dorkly

* Daniel Elkin

* EW

* Fantom Comics
* Forbes

* Gamespot
* Goodreads
* Joe Gordon
* GOSH!
* Graphic Policy

* Lisa Hanawalt
* Heat Vision
* Alex Hoffmann
* Kevin Huizenga

* ICv2.com 01
* ICv2.com 02
* ICv2.com 03
* iearths
* IGN
* Inverse.com
* io9

* Chase Magnett
* Chris Mautner
* Joe McCulloch
* JA Micheline

* NPR
* Newsarama

* Observer

* Paste 01
* Paste 02
* Polygon
* PW

* Oliver Ristau

* Matt Seneca
* Slackjaw Punks
* Zack Soto
* SyFy 01
* SyFy 02

* TCJ
* The Beat 01
* The Beat 02
* The Star
* The Verge
* Thoughtco

* Uproxx

* Vulture

* Washington Post
* Matthew Wells
* Whatculture
* Wired

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Related Lists
* Vice's Weird Joke Column That No One Laughed At

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Go, Look: Two Alack Sinner Prints

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OTBP: The Big Me Book

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2018

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January 24
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Long Island City, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

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February 1
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 3
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 10
* If I Were In San Mateo County, I'd Go To This (Small Press Expo At PLCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 11
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 12
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 13
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 14
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 23
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 24
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 25
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 39th Birthday, Till Thomas!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mark Martin!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Bob Weber Jr.!

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January 20, 2018


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Riad Sattouf's Advice To Young Cartoonists


Trailer For The Cartoonist From Fukushima


Trailer For Don't Worry He Won't Get Far On Foot


Shaenon Garrity Profiled


Six Shelter Stories, By Way Of Mutts
 
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OTBP: Deserto / Novem

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Happy 50th Birthday, Gerry Alanguilan!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Keith Pollard!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Alexander Danner!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Bill Griffith!

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January 19, 2018


Go, Look: Caroline Picard

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Go, Look: Amazing-Looking Opper Art On Back Of Puck Magazine

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Go, Look: GLAAD Announces Its Media Awards Nominees, Including Its Usual Attention To Comic Books

You can read a general article about the awards here. It's nice to see a broader range of books noted in the nominees stage than in the awards program's first few years, where the lists focused on superhero comics. It still doesn't feel very alt-y, even in the broadest way that is defined, but there are now wider definitions of the kind of mainstream entertainments that these awards have always covered. It makes for a more interesting list, anyway.

Here's the full group.

image* America by Gabby Rivera, Joe Quinones, Ming Doyle, Stacey Lee, Ramon Villalobos, Walden Wong, Jen Bartel, Annie Wu, Aud Koch, Flaviano, Joe Rivera, Paolo Rivera, José Villarrubia, Jordan Gibson, Tamra Bonvillain, Brittany Peer, Rachelle Rosenberg and Travis Lanham (Marvel Comics)

* The Backstagers by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte and Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)

* Batwoman by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, Steve Epting, Jeromy N. Cox, Stephanie Hans, Renato Arlem, Adriano Honorato Lucas, Fernando Blanco, John Rauch and Deron Bennett (DC Comics)

* Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, Alitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy and Joe Sabino (Marvel Comics)

* Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love by Sarah Vaughn, Lan Medina, Phillip Hester, José Villarrubia and Janice Chiang (DC Comics)

* Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Jackie Ball, Brittney Williams, Noah Hayes, Sarah Stern and Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)

* Iceman by Sina Grace, Alessandro Vitti, Ibraim Roberson, Edgar Salazar, Edgar E. Tadeo, Robert Gill, Rachelle Rosenberg and Joe Sabino (Marvel Comics)

* Lumberjanes by Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Ayme Sotuyo, Maarta Laiho and Aubrey Aiese (BOOM! Studios)

* Quantum Teens Are Go by Magdalene Visaggio, Eryk Donovan, Claudia Aguirre and Zakk Saam (Black Mask Comics)

* The Woods by James Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas and Ed Dukeshire (BOOM! Studios)

I can't be the only one to notice that they listed all the creators, which is inclusion of a different type. This is the awards program's 29th year. They have two ceremonies: one in April, one in May.
 
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Go, Look: Birth Control Is More Than Just Birth Control

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

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