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January 23, 2017


Go, Look: John Klossner

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* count Joe Chiappetta among the veteran cartoonists seeking a financial boost straight from core fans via a Patreon account. Chiappetta's strip might be ideally suited for that platform. Silly Daddy was part of a 'zine-culture comics mini-movement in the mid-1990s; he was a strong presence at the early SPX shows and once fell into a fire ass-first in San Diego in what may have been one of the ten great moments in SDCC history. As an evangelical Christian whose work I believe focuses on his family in a very different way than his older work did, Chiappetta makes comics that might have their best chance of finding support this way.

* didn't see a lot of names that I recognized in the Kickstarter comics category, which means I need to get off of my ass and introduce my eyeballs to more artists that fund through there. The names I saw that were familiar: Tyler Page, Matt Houk and Patrick Kain. I will do better next time.

* Zanadu Comics still has their gofundme going, and there are still recent donors. Their goal seems a long way off but I imagine every bit helps and maybe among you is a white knight that can make -- and wants to make -- a more significant outreach than most of us can.

* a designer of a popular image from this weekend's marching writes about not wanting or being able to profit from the image directly, but floats the notion that designers and providers of imagery like that do provide a service that might be rewarded. There are some delicate issues in there, so forgive me if I got that wrong.

* Gabrielle Bell has a Patreon focused on support of her diary comics.

* finally, the Clallam Bay Comicon has launched a small art-for-cash fundraiser to get guest Diana Kennedy to the show.
 
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If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2017

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January 25
* If I Were In Hamilton, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)

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

February 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 18
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 19
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

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

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Go, Look: P. Craig Russell Killraven Splash Pages

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Philippe Leblanc on It's Me. Sean Gaffney on Ranma 1/2 Vols. 35-36. Paul O'Brien on All New X-Men #14-16.

* more random notes about working on his new computer from the great Todd Klein.

* the comics-focused staff at Paste suggests a dozen things they'd like to see in the North American comics industry in 2017. It's a mainstream-focused perspective that some who engage with comics from the alt- and art comics worlds might not totally get, but the sentiment behind each thing is genuine and if they all happen comics would be a better place than it was before. It's interesting that many of the hoped-for outcomes involve industry entities acting in more enlightened fashion; there's not a lot of reinventing the wheel here.

* Sean Edgar talks to Matt Kindt.

* finally: Gilbert Hernandez, sign-maker. Melissa Benoist, superhero. James Kochalka, sloganeer. Ann and Signe, nasty women. Lisa Hanawalt, marcher. That was a really good day, I think.
 
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Happy 83rd Birthday, Don Wright!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Klaus Janson!

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January 22, 2017


Go, Read: Mark Medley On The Beguiling

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Go, Look: John Watkiss

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Not Comics: Building The Classic Charlotte's Web Cover

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Go, Look: Sloths And Trolleys

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If I Were In Vancouver, 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 February 2017

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*****

January 25
* If I Were In Hamilton, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)

*****

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

February 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 18
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 19
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

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

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Happy 47th Birthday, Alex Ross!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Jordan Shiveley!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Howard Mackie!

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January 21, 2017


John Watkiss, RIP

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Jan Kruis, RIP

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2017

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*****

January 22
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Vancouver Comicon)

January 25
* If I Were In Hamilton, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)

*****

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

February 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 18
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 19
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

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

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Happy 38th Birthday, Till Thomas!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Mark Martin!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Bob Weber Jr.!

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