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May 28, 2016


Can I Mention Really Quickly How Much I Love Highbone Theater?

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It's funny and weird and kind of beautiful. I wish we could all live in a headspace carved out by comics like this one as opposed to spending time puzzling over our feelings for even the most clever and enduring corporate products. Joe Daly is a treasure.

You can buy it here.
 
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Go, Look: Julia Nikitina

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Two Ways To Measure The Seriousness Of Your Life

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1. Imagine every person who has it in for you on some level gathered against a neutral backdrop and photographed. This picture is your own Masters Of Evil/Injustice Society/Your-Name Revenge Squad. Is it impressive? Is it formidable? Have you conducted your life in a way that has brought with it some serious resistance? Anyone you could talk over with a three-page scene, heavy on the dialogue?

2. Never do this.
 
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If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2016

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May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)
* If I Were In Traverse City, I'd Go To This (Cherry Capital Comic Con)

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

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 69th Birthday, Lynn Johnston!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Tony Consiglio!

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May 27, 2016


Go, Look: Jordan Mello Short Comic

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Marvel/DC Quit The Field On Author Graham Jules Over Use Of Term Superhero In His Title

I keep forgetting to post a link to this article, and people forget to send it to me. I'm not sure I stray far outside the limits of conventional wisdom here. It's a dumb thing that word is held in copyright, and that article sure reads like Marvel and DC know that their hold on that word might not stand up in court if tested outright.
 
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If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Revisiting The Peanuts Advertisements

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Astro City #34.

* someone from The Takeaway talks to Dean Haspiel. Chantal McStay talks to Aidan Koch. Alex Dueben talks to Roberta Gregory, and then talks to Brecht Evens. Sam Thielman talks to Axel Alonso.

* some nice person wrote in and asked that I write about this, which looks like some process to present small press titles in a way that's beneficial to their being noticed and/or sampled. I don't really have the time to sort this out -- anyone would could unpack it for me would have a vested interest in selling me on it -- but there it is, and if it's something you can use, I'm happy to be the one that introduced you to it via that link.

* submit those comics to these Ignatzes.

* team Trouble With Comics with more recent comics favorites. You should pay attention to them as they were clever enough to fool me into running links to all three articles.

* I don't know much about anything and less all the time, but I know I'm meant to spent a night in the pickle barrel house.

* comic book store employee when I asked if I should buy DC Universe: Rebirth #1. "I guess. It's like 80 pages for three bucks. You might as well." I haven't read it all the way through yet, but I laughed reading the first line of description through that link because the first page of the comic tells you to read two other comics first.

* finally, please someone show their appreciation to this site with a modest purchase of a comics classic.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mark Wheatley!

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May 26, 2016


Go, Bookmark: Halftrack

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Missed It: comiXology Announces Netflix-Style Service

I didn't miss it by a lot of time, but I am playing a bit of catch-up. Here is a reasonably straight-forward comics industry oriented piece on the digital distributor comiXology starting a streaming service called comiXology Unlimited. It's similar to curated streaming experience for film like those offered by Amazon.com or Netflix. It's not really a deep-dive offering like some of the company-specific programs. Under this program you pay your six bucks a month and get a mix of first-few issues and representative titles that kind of rotate in and out. For film, this strategy has hit a sweet spot between a world when lots of stuff is being offered, but that you're also not over-exposing the catalogs involved in terms of total depth and breadth.

I made my usual inquiry as to how the pay model works, and was given a no-comment by the distributor. I've been told that creators get paid out of a pool based on the relative number of contributed pages, and that sounds like the kind of strategy that could be in play.

Marvel and DC, ideal candidates for self-launched services featuring their own libraries, are not included.

I'm reading things on Twitter that indicate Image Comics made this particular distribution decision on behalf of the creators who publish under their banner, with all the usual questions about the implications of that for the company's aura of self-directed publication. I'm not finding a piece that confirms that, though. Then again, I'm writing this at 5:31 AM and should be able to update when I'm fully awake, perhaps even before this rolls out.

There are also significant questions about the overall effect of such services on other art forms, and what a successful version of this program would mean for comics folks.

Also from what I've reading this has been an opportunity for comiXology to reiterate its branding as a dominant market player and a force to potentially expand readership.
 
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Go, Look: Barry Windsor-Smith Mainstream Work Gallery At ComicsAlliance

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always a pleasure; this has imagery I haven't seen used before as representative work
 
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Collective Memory: Linework NW 2016

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of Linework NW, held May 21-22 in and around the Sons Of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland.

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

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Hannah Means-Shannon

Facebook
* Organization Page

* Alternative Comics

* Brian W. Parker

* ChiChiLand 01
* Chi Chi Land 02
* Chi Chi Land 03
* Chloe Eudaly
* Chris Cilla

* David Lasky

* Erik Nebel

* Fantagraphics
* Fyootcher Maan

* Know Your City 01
* Know Your City 02
* Know Your City 03

* Linework NW 01
* Linework NW 02
* Linework NW 03
* Linework NW 04
* Linework NW 05

* Rilla Alexander 01
* Rilla Alexander 02
* Rilla Alexander 03
* Rose City Comic Con

* Sean Casey Real

* Trillian Alexander

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* Bleeding Cool
* Portland Mercury
* Willamette Week

Photos
* Linework NW 01

Twitter
* Event Account

* Aaron Meyers

* Brian Lee

* Dave
* Dylan Meconis

* Jacob

* Kevin Czap 01
* Kevin Czap 02

* Laura Knetzger
* Laurie Pina

* Meg Hunt
* Melty Buddy 01
* Melty Buddy 02
* MK Reed

* Pam Wishbow
* Paul Tobin

* Sean Ford
* Suzette Smith

* Trillian!

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Go, Look: Trillian Gunn

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You Should Always Wear Clean Underwear Over Your Leotards In Case You Get Injured

Whoops. Never mind.
 
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