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April 28, 2017


Five For Friday #475 -- Gifts And Gifters

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Five For Friday #475: Name Five Comics That Were Personally -- In Person -- Recommended To You By Someone Whose Name You Know. Name The Person, Too. Use This Style, Please.

* Watchmen by Moore and Gibbons -- recommended by my college roommate Adam's cousin David
* Lionel Feininger comics -- recommended by Mark Newgarden
* Comics by Jason -- recommended by Jay Stephens
* NON (anthology) -- recommended by Vanessa Johnson (coworker at Nick Mag)
* Dragon's Breath by MariNaomi -- recommended by Summer Pierre

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OTBP: Minor Leagues #3

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Elliott Dunstan gets into the notion that many webcomics are support by Patreon set-ups. It's true; they are.

* I guess this goes here as much as it does anywhere else, given that it's the digital availability of a documentary being discussed. There's a documentary about Bill Finger over at Hulu. Finger was the great early writer of mainstream comics who created a vast number of things we think of when we think "Batman." Finger was not compensated or acknowledged by Batman's legal creator, the unctuous Bob Kane, whom most histories identify as contribution-light when it comes to the character and milieu by which he made his fortune. The late writer deserves every honor he is eligible to receive and every bit of attention anyone would like to give him.

* Gary Tyrrell sifts through various crowd-funders out there. Coming from the webcomics world where this is a foundational model, he always has something interesting to say.

* finally: Zach talks to Per Berg.
 
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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Captain Marvel Adventures #125

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* one thing we should always remember about the Jack Kirby Marvel Art Fiasco from the 1980s is that Kirby was totally right that his art had value and would have been a magnificent gift for him to be able to pass along to his family.

* Ken Parille suggests a reading of Roy Lichtenstein's work that focuses on comic-book lettering.

* Jeff Haden profiles John Dolmayan. Robert Nagler Miller profiles Roz Chast. Frank Santoro talks to John Pham about Risograph printing.

* I like this rejected Todd Klein Cyclops logo. I got its concept right away but understand why an editor might not be fully on board.

* Heidi MacDonald went to Reed's Chicago show C2E2 and wrote this report. That one has kind of settled into a successful regional show, although I'd be surprised if anyone I know in the industry considers it a top three show.

* Katie Skelly on Lovers In The Garden.

* finally, I hadn't noticed that Pat Oliphant had done two comics this year. That Bannon is great. Still mean, our Pat.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Rob Salkowitz!

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April 27, 2017


Leo Baxendale, RIP

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Go, Look: Cycle

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Go, Read: Simon Moreton's Ruminations On 10 Years In Comics

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Simon Moreton processes ten years of comics-making by wondering after autobiography. He also links to two very good pieces of recent vintage so I hope you'll follow him out to those essays.
 
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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Al Ross Gag Cartoons

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Go, Read: Billy Ireland 40th Birthday Article

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Here. As is appropriate, it turns into an appreciation of founding curator Lucy Caswell. Caswell took several boxes of papers and art that no one wanted and turned into the nicest place for comics in the world. All respect, forever.
 
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OTBP: Captain Easy: The Frank Santoro Edition

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this has come and gone. Still such a big show in so many ways. Congratulations if you go the hotel you want. Condolences if you didn't, but don't worry: you can have a good time at all of them. I've stayed up to an hour and ten minutes away, in a range from lovely boutique facilities to scumbag dive motels, and while a great hotel is something to enjoy, no San Diego hotel has ever played a significant role in my overall enjoyment of any trip.

* Dan Brown profiles Tingfest, the kind of show that could have its own quirky Netflix series.

* here are some tips in publicizing your convention event.

* finally, here's a report from the March Book 3 auditorium presentation in Los Angeles last week. Remember when there was a point when they got shut out at the Eisners for that one Jim Henson thing that people thought their momentum might never build in this way?
 
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If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Corky

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Book Of Void.

* Ben Towle looks at a certain kind of comics page that's familiar but a bit more difficult to describe than most. I missed this post, and it's been a while since its publication, but I liked it at a second glance for sure.

* I agree with a lot of this Brian Hibbs essay on the recent problems experienced by Marvel Comics, which reached a recent low particularly in terms of number of regular titles with a decent audience. It's one of the better cases I've ever seen against loading in the tie-ins and stacking titles within specific characters or concepts. I think it's been this way for a while and it's just gotten worse and worse. There might be some mitigation against the poor effects of some of these moves if the work itself was great, but most Marvel work i read is mediocre in a way that just kills prolonged attention, let alone prolonged attention + hoops to jumps through.

* Jason would like you to know he likes Thor: The Dark World better than you do.

* finally, I'm not sure why I didn't hear about this comic's first part, but from what I've seen it's pretty amusing. I just can't stay in 2016 anymore to be able to read it.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Jan Mullaney!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Yoshihiro Togashi!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Sean T. Collins!

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April 26, 2017


Go, Look: Bearing Witness At Buchenwald

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By Request Extra: James Hudnall Needs A Home

Here. The longtime writer's medical issues brought with them their own ask a couple of years ago. This is specifically for assistance in finding Hudnall a new place to live. I hope you'll consider giving.
 
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Go, Look: Primetime Polly And Her Pals

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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MAR171735 HOSTAGE HC (MR) $29.95
This is Guy Delisle's latest a shift from his politically inform travelogues into a bit of straight reportage on one person's experience being kidnapped while working for a charitable organization. it is equal parts fascinating and harrowing, and it builds its specific tone out of Delisle's skill with the fundaments of cartooning. I enjoyed it a lot.

imageJAN171778 CRICKETS #6 (MR) (C: 0-1-2) $8.00
FEB170032 LOBSTER JOHNSON PIRATES GHOST #2 $3.99
FEB170037 VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #3 (OF 5) $3.99
FEB170457 COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS #6 (OF 6) $3.99
MAR160556 BITCH PLANET #10 (MR) $3.99
FEB170581 BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #5 (MR) $3.99
FEB170657 KILL OR BE KILLED #8 (MR) $3.99
FEB170894 BLACK PANTHER #13 $3.99
A lot of books out this week that I'm interested in owning, including a nice group of serial-format comic books of one type or another. There's two up top from the Mignola-verse, including the one drawn by the great Paul Grist (Visitor). IDW's re-serialization of Comic Book History of Comics continues. A strong run of Image Comics includes the latest Bitch Planet, the most recent comic from that dour Jonathan Nickman illumnati-noir, and the latest from Brubaker/Phillips team. I'm still interested in the Black Panther series as a riff on the Marvel house formula of the 1990s structure and tone wise.

JAN170631 LOAC ESSENTIALS HC VOL 10 DAN DUNN SECRET OPERATIVE 48 $29.99
JAN170632 STAR HAWKS HC VOL 01 $39.99
It is a wondrous thing two such relatively obscure comics have big books coming out and how we don't even question how much of a miracle this is. The Star Hawks in particular might read far different all at one.

MAR171736 ONE HUNDRED DEMONS HC $21.95
JAN171110 BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 02 NO MORE SECRETS $17.99
FEB171163 PEARLS BEFORE SWINE TP PEARLS HOGS THE ROAD (C: 0-1-0) $18.99
FEB170714 STREET ANGEL AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPEC HC $19.99
NOV160072 WB DUBAYS THE ROOK ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 (C: 0-1-2) $19.99
It's a strong week for collection/reprints. If you don't own the Lynda Barry book, you should; it's one of her bests and she's a colossal figure in North American Cartooning. I like Chris Samnee's art on the Black Widow comic; I think leaves with us one book to go. Stephan Pastis is on tour behind this latest book and someone smart in your family or friends reads it without you knowing. Jim Rugg has the skill to take your breath away every time out. The Rook Archives collects comics on the newsstand when I was a kid that slightly frightened me. Someday I'll read them again.

JAN170576 HER BARK & HER BITE TP $9.99
This is a new short book from an illustrator turned comics maker. I like the price point, and I like the book's general tone and look -- halfway between Eleanor Davis and Brecht Evans. I'm hopefully interviewing the artist this week or next.

DEC161682 DRAW OF SPORT HC MURRAY OLDERMAN (C: 0-1-2) $24.99
This is a delightful book of sports cartoons contextualizing their purpose and the time each was done. Great voice in both the cartooning and prose from its author, and a bunch of wonderful stories and sportsman are profile. A love letter from a different time in the world of cartooning.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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