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May 2, 2016


Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2016

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May 3
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 7
* If I Were Near A Comic Shop, I'd Participate In This (FCBD)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 13
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cupertino, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Pickerington, I'd Go To This (Big Comic Show)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (MSP ComiCon 2016)

May 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Merced, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (MSP ComiCon 2016)

May 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)

May 26
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 27
* 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)

May 28
* 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)

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)

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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)

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 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)

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)

June 24
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Albuquerque)

June 25
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Albuquerque)

June 26
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Albuquerque)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Wayne Howard Inking Over Gil Kane's Pencils

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I spent a bit of time this morning going through ComicsAlliance's slideshow of Prince tribute art.

image* Todd Klein on The Last Companion.

* Dave Miller talks to Jack Ohman. Noha Medhat profiles Khalil Al-Baih. Greg Hunter talks to Anya Davidson.

* Matthew White suggests top animal comics.

* not comics: superhero.

* here's the latest staggering amount earned by Tintin art at auction. It's weird to think of a world where lines on paper have that kind of value and it's not a world in which I'd feel comfortable operating. At the same time, original art is an object of value and a single object of value, meaning it's not something on whose behalf multiple sellers might against claim value so that more can be sold, so it has that going for it.

* not comics: it's official: Twitter really is a news channel now more than it is a social media tool.

* I once left my cell phone at my lawyer's place, and he told me to come back and get it the hell out of their reception area.

* this single-shop sales analysis and predictive article is fun to read, but comparing the first issue of relaunched series to the last issue of previous series better yield a significant bump up in sales. It's maintaining a profitable level of sales beyond the stunts that has vexed these companies for a decade now, and that's an area a lot of people suspect this "Rebirth" initiative doesn't seem particularly likely to distinguish itself.

* the mainstream companies should make exceptions in cases like this, and should then fight each other to be the first to write a giant check. If ceding control weakens the claim, they should work to find alternatives and work out what that might be in advance. It just seems like that better serves their interests here. It's super-dumb for company to own these broadly descriptive words, for sure.

* finally, here's video of Paul Karasik teaching over in Italy.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Jared Gardner!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Jerry Scott!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Howard Cruse!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Scott Stantis!

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May 1, 2016


Go, Look: On Making A Retro-Marvel Calendar

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Settling In: An Amazing Perk Of Working In Comics

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I'm working on making my house more of a home, and that means getting some art up on the walls. Like a lot of people in comics, I'm blessed with a lot of comics art and comics-related art. I have about ten pieces up right now. I cheap-framed 11 of them yesterday (I'll begin a cycle of proper framing when I own a home).

Very little of my initial collection is left, the pieces I bought from friends in Seattle (my first original art buy was a JR Williams; I was new enough in town I got lost on the way home from the downtown gallery). I've just moved too many times, and some of the extras-per-artist went to charity auctions or in some cases were re-gifted to better homes with more fervent fans. I also parted ways with a Peanuts daily a few years back; I talked about that on the site.

The above are all cool pieces of art, the vast majority gifts from third-party friends or from the artists themselves. Every one means a great deal to me and brings with it a personal memory. I'm happy to share my life with them when I'm taking care of my personal life well enough to have a place with material up on walls. I have room for about five more in this space, and making that decision is going to be rough. Even so, I wish I had kept more event posters. Those are the quirkiest and most fun.

I'll delete this post tomorrow, as I couldn't figure out a way to write it without sounding braggy. I swear that wasn't my first thought. My initial impulse was that there's so much going on with comics in 2016 that's been rough, and seeing this list on my desk this morning gave me a smile. I thought it might inspire some of you to take some extra enjoyment from some of the cool objects -- and the life-long, edifying relationships behind them -- this grand medium has afforded us.
 
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Missed It: Your 2016 Glyph Awards Nominees

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Brigid Alverson has a nice write-up here on the nominees for this year's Glyph Awards, the winners of which are given out in conjunction with the East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention, held each year in Philadelphia. This year the winners will be named May 20.

Alverson notes write-in nominations are encouraged in the "Fan Favorite" category.

The nominees are as follows:

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Story of the Year

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker -- Julian Voloj, Writer; Claudia Ahlering, Artist
* Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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Best Cover

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust -- John Jennings, Writer and Artist
* Tephlon Funk! -- Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists

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Best Writer

* Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Concrete Park Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
* (H)Afrocentric">Juliana "Jewels" Smith, (H)Afrocentric
* David F. Walker, Cyborg

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Best Artist

* Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline
* Keef Cross, Dayblack #4 -- Shot in the Ass
* John Jennings, Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust

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Best Male Character

* Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came a Dark Hunter -- Alex Simmons, Writer; Tim Fielder, Artist
* Antonio Valor (Brotherman), Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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Best Female Character

Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur -- Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Writers; Natacha Bustos and Amy Reeder, Artists
Lily, Malice in Ovenland -- Micheline Hess, Writer and Artist
Naima Pepper, (H)Afrocentric -- Juliana "Jewels" Smith, Writer; Ronald R. Nelson, Artist

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Rising Star Award

Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist -- Bounce!
Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists -- Tephlon Funk!
D.C. Walker, Writer; Bruno Oliveira, Artist -- When the River Rises

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Best Comic Strip or Webcomic

Blackwax Boulevard -- Dmitri Jackson, Writer and Artist
Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
Detective Boogaloo: Hip Hop Cop -- Jamar Nicholas, Writer and Artist

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Best Reprint Publication

Ajala: A Series of Adventures, Book Two (XMoor Studios)
Concrete Park, Volume One: You Send Me (Dark Horse Comics)
Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse Comics)

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Fan Award for Best Work

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton , Writer; Denis Medri , Artist
Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Writers; Tony Puryear, Artist
Shaft, Volume One: A Complicated Man -- David Walker, Writer; Sanford Greene, Artist

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Go, Look: My Pitch Philosophy

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Go, Look: Elijah Brubaker Loves Richard Corben

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

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

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Happy 41st Birthday, Matt Silady!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Mark Robert Bourne!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Alex Niño!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Tom De Haven!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Pitzer!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Phil Foglio!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Tim Sale!

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April 30, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


A Sales Video Some Folks E-Mailed Me


Colleen Coover Making A Bandette Cover


An Interview With Eraklis Petmezas


Sir Alfred No. 3 Previewed


CBS Sacramento On Jack Ohman
 
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Not Comics: Keith Burns Exhibition Report

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

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

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