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November 20, 2014


Go, Look: Josephin Ritschel

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Zunar Sends Out Release Concerning Police Interview

The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar has sent out another press release this morning, this time about being questioned by police in the course of a criminal investigation of his new book, Komplot Penjarakan Anwar ("Plot To Jail Anwar"). He also passes the extremely disturbing news that authorities have requested information on who might have ordered the book. Zunar just completed a four-year legal odyssey based on police overaggression during the publication of two 2010 volumes by winning in court. This new round started almost immediately after that court decision, with the detention of three Zunar assistants.

From the cartoonist:
"Today, I was questioned for about 45 minutes by the police regarding my new cartoon book, Komplot Penjarakan Anwar ('Plot to jail Anwar') at the Dang Wangi Police Station in Kuala Lumpur.

I was investigated under the 'Classified Crime Section' involving three different laws. The laws are:

a) Printing Presses and Publications Act
b) Sedition Act
c) Penal Code

Two separate police reports were made against me in two different police stations regarding the production of the book.

Throughout the investigation session, I refused to answer to any of the 27 questions asked by the police.

In the latest development, the police have asked the online payment gateway that handles my book transactions to disclose the list of customers who have purchased my books through my official website, zunar.my. In the email that was sent by MOLPay Sdn Bhd to me, it stated that they received a formal letter from the Police to disclose the list of customers.

'Police have sent a formal request for MOLPay Sdn Bhd to provide the online payment receipts of customers who have purchased the said book via your website www.zunar.my in which MOLPay has no choice but to furnish them with the requested details', the email from MOLPay stated.

Last week, three of my assistants were detained for five hours for selling my books. Several days after that, my webmaster was also summoned by the police to give statements."
As is usually the case with the Zunar stories, there is a bit of local coverage.
 
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Go, Look: Unpublished Al Williamson Pen And Ink Drawings

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Collective Memory: Short Run 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Short Run, held November 15 at the Washington Hall in Seattle.

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City
* Physical Location

Blog Entries
* Elliott Bay Books Blog
* Girl Named Hello

Miscellaneous
* Kelton Sears' GIF Comic For Seattle Weekly

News Stories And Columns
* Seattle Globalist
* Seattle News
* Seattle Times
* Seattle Weekly

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* suxdonut

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* Short Run Promotional Video

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I Will Never Get Tired Of Posting Links To Al Jaffee's Tall Tales

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Collective Memory: ICAF 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of International Comic Arts Forum, held November 13-15 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City
* Physical Location

Blog Entries
* Josh Kopin
* Mike Lynch
* Robert Loss

Facebook
* ICAF

Miscellaneous
* CR Story About Comics Studies Society

News Stories And Columns
* The Outhouse

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* ICAF

Twitter
* #ICAF2014

* Josh Kopin
* Paul Morton

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Go, Look: Amazing Adventures #3

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Collective Memory: Thought Bubble 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Thought Bubble, held November 9-16 in and around Leeds.

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Asher J. Klassen
* girlofprey
* Good Madness
* grandechampignon
* The City Talking
* Watercolour Horizons

Facebook

Miscellaneous
* A Humorous Exchange

News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Bleeding Cool 04
* Bleeding Cool 05
* CBR
* Dorkshelf
* The Guardian
* Yorkshire Post

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Go, Look: Funeral Pudding #1

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* ICAF has announced for Spring 2016 in South Carolina, their first trip down south, unless you count DC.

* in many ways that count, the con season is over now. The Big Con season ends with NYCC. The traditional Alt-Con season ends with CAB, and it's pretty hard not to feel a sense of closure with ICAF, Short Run and Thought Bubble all hitting last weekend.

image* CALA is forthcoming, but that's a new show and it's hard to imagine that in its first year it will feel like a grand finale. In fact, it will be an achievement if CALA goes well enough it feels like a coda. Genghis Con is more established but still finding its identity a bit, I think. There are also events in Grand Rapids and Milwaukee with some heft, and international events in Spain and France. There's a Comiket over the holidays, usually. So maybe things never, ever stop now.

* folks to whom I'm speaking are making their Angouleme plans, and I am very jealous of all those that get to do that show.

* other professional folks with whom I'm in touch are plotting out what they'll be doing well into next year, many with an attitude focused on being really choosy about what shows they do. It may end up being a tough few years that way. Fans and readers to whom I've spoken about shows seems much more local- and regional-oriented, but that makes sense and there are usually a lot more shows for people that way, too.

* I have some con news I'm going to discuss on Monday, news that's already out there in an unofficial capacity. If nothing else, it should clear up why I haven't been doing any con reports since before San Diego.

* I greatly enjoyed this sizable, photo-driven article about Short Run, and thought it deserved to have its link pulled out of the collective memory.

* finally, that's a fine line-up exhibitors for a first-time show: CALA. I hope it works; Los Angeles needs a good small press show and we need LA to have one. There are so many fine cartoonists out there as well as significant elements of the comics-making community infrastructure. I like it for that time of year, too, if it works. I'll be there, and I'm looking forward to it.
 
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If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2014

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November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were Near Blois, I'd Go To This (BD Boum)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were Near Blois, I'd Go To This (BD Boum)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Blois, I'd Go To This (BD Boum)

November 24
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This

November 25
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This

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December 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

December 6
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

December 28
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

December 30
* If I Were In Tokyo, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Jason Lutes' Nickelodeon Comics

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I missed this Sean Kleefeld piece about dual-duty creators. I'm not sure it's possible to unearth a first because of the massively changing nature of the newspaper world in the early days of strip creation, but it's definitely worth noting what a dominant mode of arranging one's professional life this has been for a long, long time. For what it's worth, I once asked a syndicate editor why they asked so many editorial cartoonists to also do strips and for this person it was the ability to work with someone they knew would hit deadlines.

* Gary Groth talks to Robert Crumb and Ralph Steadman. Some unknown person talks to Hiroaki Samura.

* Greg Hunter on Fukitor and Dragon's Breath. Robert Kirby on Snackies. Sean T. Collins on Earthling and The Basil Plant.

* finally, I am greatly enjoying and learning from this column.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Guy Davis!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Stephanie Gladden!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Ryan Estrada!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Rian Hughes!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Carol Tyler!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Jill Thompson!

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November 19, 2014


OTBP: Domestic Times #1

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Jillian Tamaki Wins Governor's General Award

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There's a really great reaction article here from the Edmonton Journal talking to Jillian Tamaki about her win of a Governor's General Award in the category of Children's Literature Illustration for her work in This One Summer. That is an extremely prestigious award, more than 75 years old, with a significant cash prize component. Congratulations to one of the best cartoonists out there.

Bart Beaty believes this is the first comic to win in any category.

Tamaki has some history with that awards program. When collaborator and cousin the writer Mariko Tamaki received a nomination for the text in their previous book Skim, Jillian's omission underscored the difficulty of singling out a creator in the comics-making process, particularly when hard corporate assembly practices aren't driving the creation. There was a revisiting of the issue this time around as well, and I imagine there may eventually be a comics-only category at these awards and any others like them.

The article in the Journal also notes that SuperMutant Magic Academy is due in the Spring, and suggests a third Tamaki/Tamaki collaboration could happen.

Update: Bart's wrong, and so am I for not double-checking. My apologies to you and to Dr. Beaty. According to Peggy Burns at D+Q: "La Pasteque has won a Governor General's Literary Award three times. Isabelle Arsenault won in illustration-childrens last year for Jane, le Renard et Moi. La Pasteque has also won twice, for Harvey in 2009, both in children's writing and children’s illustration (for different authors)." Burns notes that the guidelines specifically disqualify graphic novels in adult categories, which is just as much an inexplicable rule as the split categories, if not moreso.
 
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Go, Look: KC Green's Take On Winnie The Pooh

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Your 2014 SPACE Prize Finalists

imageThe Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) in Columbus, Ohio has announced its 2014 SPACE Prize Finalists. These are books collected by the show one year and then awarded at the next year's event. This year's nominees in four categories are:

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Graphic Novel Category

* Vol. 1, Rebecca Hilburn, $25">7" Kara Vol. 1, Rebecca Hilburn, $25.
* Autobiographical Conversations, Ryan Claytor, Elephant Eater Comics, $17.
* Binary Gray Vol. 1, Chris Charlton and Rowell Rogue, Assailant Comics, $19.99.
* Fear of Flying, Brian Canini, Drunken Cat Comics, $19.99.
* INC.Lings Vol. 1, Victor Dandridge and Ren McKinzie and Jacob Newell and Harold Edge, Vantage: Inhouse Productions, $14.
* Persia Blues, Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman, NBM, $15.
* Purgatory Pub, Gabriel Dunston, Fire Light Media, $15.

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General Category

* Amiculus: A Secret History, Travis Horseman and Giancarlo Caracuzzo, $7.
* Binary Gray #5-6, Chris Charlton and Rowel Rogue, Assailant Comics, $3.99 each.
* Bones of the Gods, Craig Bogart, Mystery City Comics, $4.
* Black of Heart, Chris Charlton and David Holenbach, Assailant Comics, $4.99.
* Cash Out, James Moore and Joel Jackson, 2 Headed Monster Comics, $8.50.
* The Cornelia Collection, Kel Crum, Dangerous Bird Productions, $6.95.
* I'm Lost, Michael Rusnak Fehskens, $10.
* Once Upon a Platypus: Beginnings, Ron Braun, $7.
* Radio Free Gahanna #4-5, James Moore and Joel Jackson, 2 Headed Monster Comics, $4.50 and $5.50.
* The Samaritan: Collected Edition Vol. 2, Victor Dandridge and Ren McKinzie, Vantage: Inhouse Productions, $5.
* Woodstalk #1, Bruce Worden, Black Market Books, $3.

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Minicomics / Short Story Category

* A-Lure, Mike McCubbins, Big List Of Dead People, $20.
* At All Costs from The End #5, Sean Padraic Murphy and Sonia Liao, $5.
* Birds in a Sluddle, Pam Bliss, $2.50.
* Blindspot #3, Joseph Remnant, Kilgore Books, $7.
* Cuckoo, Jeff Zwirek, $3.50.
* Dutch Digest #8, Steven Hager and Bruce Rosenberger, Dutch Digest, $2.
* Limp Wrist, Scout Wolfcave and Penina Gal, $5.50.
* Murder on the North Sea, Christina Wald, Pop Smoothie, $2.
* Now & Then in Dark Horse Presents #30, Chad Lambert and Tom Williams, Dark Horse, $10.
* The Pine Bridge, Drew Brockington, Six First Class Stamps.
* So How 'Bout Comics?, Andrew Meyerhefer and Seth Kumpf, $3.
* Walrus #1, Brian J. Mitchell and Jared Catherine, Silber, $1.50.
* Witchcraft: The Conjuring, Jason Young, Buyer Beware Comics, $4.

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Webcomics Category

* Black Rose, Aaron Minies and Christopher Atudt and Brandon Peat
* Ineffables: Face of the Monster, Craig Bogart, Mystery City Comics
* Mutant Elf, Steven Myers, 1st Issue Comics
* Strawman, David Branstetter, Dim-Light Comics
* Sucker Street, Suzanne Baumann, Fridge Magnet Concoctions

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The winner of the general and graphic novel categories will receive $300 and a plague, while the other two characters also get a plaque but only receive $100.

The plaque presentation is scheduled for April 11 during SPACE 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Columbus. The convention itself is April 11-12.

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