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October 18, 2017


Go, Look: Barbara Shermund Images Gallery

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Bundled Extra: Book Of Daze Imminent

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Austin English writes very passionately here about Domino Books' publishing project with EA Bethea, Book Of Daze. In a letter to CR, Austin reminded that Domino doesn't do crowd-funding and thus doesn't get that extra publicity boost that comes with making public the process of getting a book into print. Further, Austin depends on sales at the eclectic Domino Books on-line shop here. Lot of interesting stuff in there to enjoy.
 
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Go, Look: Kyle Latino Draws For Inktober

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If I Were Near Huntington, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Two Beautiful Bill Williams Kookie Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe McCulloch on Berserker #1. Marcia Lynx Qualey on Beirut Won't Cry. Chris Mautner on Iceland.

* here's a bunch of journalists talking about what it's like to cartoon in the age of Trump. It's funny to me in that I hated a lot of the responses, but liked the ones from Blitt, Telnaes and especially Bors.

* go, read: Lauren Weinstein on #metoo.

* I always like to see these color guides, and I'm not sure why. I have no desire to see the comics that result from this group, but I'm happy to look at the little notes everywhere.

* Alex Dueben talks to Liniers.

* Cafe Racer, a hub of Seattle's post-alternative comics scene, is set to close today.

* finally: nice find by Sean Knickerbocker.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Sam Henderson!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Christian Hoffer!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Larry Pickering!

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October 17, 2017


Go, Look: Sebastien Millon

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* here comes a bunch of primetime Rick Veitch. That's a very welcome piece of news.

image* Anders Nilsen draws Wolverine and some sentinels for an upcoming comic in an issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

* here's a video of the very nice Geoff Johns introducing the first few pages of DC's latest attempt at 1980s fan-fiction. I just have no interest in additional work from someone other than the creators, and I'm pleased my eyes see this as something illegitimate.

* sounds to me like the best reason for a book to come into existence.

* Charlie Hebdo comes to America. Even leaving the issue of what a magazine like that feels its role is and what its potential audience might wish to see a magazine approach its mission, what little I've seen of the magazine lately hasn't been all that inspiring in terms of quality relative to some of the artists and writers that have worked there in the past, so it's hard for me to find a significant element of interest in an American version.

* finally: Sandra Boynton + George Booth is quite the talent team-up.
 
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Go, Look: Loustal Images Gallery

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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October 18
* If I Were Near Huntington, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This

October 20
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Mississauga, I'd Go To This (MCX)
* If I Were In Vermont, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This.

October 22
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)

October 25
* If I Were Near Penn State, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 6
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Wimbledon, I'd Go To This (Wimbledon Comic Art Festival)

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Evanston, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

November 30
* If I Were In Honolulu, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Human Bomb In Police Comics #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Greg Hunter on Roughneck. Bill Boichel on Education. Wim Wiacek on Dope.

* RC Harvey digs into Uncle Sam.

* Nicole Georges has made her "R Comic" available in the middle of the recent public discussion regarding rape.

* Harold Gray on book censorship.

* here's a nice mini-profile of the lovely-looking Librarie D+Q in Montreal. Everything I know about it strikes me as it being one of the world's two to three dozen destination shops, and it seems to play a bigger role in its wider arts community than many of the other shops making that list.

* Rebecca Schuh talks to Eli Valley. Sloane and Leslie talk to Tucker.

* finally: Robert Boyd gets into the comics influences of Trenton Doyle Hancock.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Bill Holbrook!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, David Heatley!

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October 16, 2017


Go, Look: A Fire Story

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Go, Look: Tom Heintjes On Penny

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Missed It: Zunar Book Banned By Malaysian Government

Here. I'm encouraged by Zunar's willingness to keep fighting by my goodness this situation doesn't seem like it will ever get better and this is before we get to things like the actual jail time that might be served for existing sedition charges.

There was a moment where I thought Zunar might have come out on top and get past the bulk of this, but it seemed to me at the time there was some law enforcement resentment that kept the pressure on the cartoonist. It doesn't seem that way now, it seems an entire system is leaning into him and at some point I fear Zunar's indomitable will to keep expressing himself won't be enough to avoid more dire outcomes than the already-horrifying harassment and travel bans and publishing obstructions he's faced thus far. There is no limit to the attention that can be paid to his plight.
 
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OTBP: Barrelhouse #17

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

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* Rich Tommaso has put out word that he could use some help. He's selling pages from Spy Seal here.

* there's a ton of stuff up at Kickstarter right now. Some of the names involved at various stages of success with their current asks are Josh Trujillo, Dirk Manning, Shaenon Garrity, Shawn McManus, Scott Christian Sava, Sam Glanzman and Danielle Corsetto.

* please consider supporting Zainab Akhtar's patreon.

* finally, Steve Lafler has a project up. It's a modest ask, but I wanted to spotlight it 1) because I like Steve Lafler's work and 2) I think of him as someone slightly out of step with kickstarter culture which I suspect means his audience going directly to his ask.
 
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Go, Look: Early Fritz The Cat Pages

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Go, Look: Smash Comics #29

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Dominic Umile on Tenements, Towers & Trash.

* festivals extra: Nick Mullins wrote about APE 2017 and I'm not certain I ever linked to it. He reached out to me personally to drive my attention to the article so I feel like doubling up is less of a sin than risking I skipped it.

* Dan Gearino profiles Jim Hanley, with photos to die for.

* finally: Darryl Cunningham dissects his own Graphic Science.
 
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