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September 30, 2014


Go, Look: Love Me Forever! Oh! Oh! Oh!

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Collective Memory: Marvel/Kirby Family Settlement

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Links to stories related to the settlement announced by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby encompassing various legal concerns, primarily a window of ownership for various comics characters created or co-created by Kirby and published by Marvel in the late 1950s through the early 1960s.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Jack Kirby Lambiek Page
* Jack Kirby Wikipedia Page
* Marvel Comics

Miscellaneous
* Case Page On SCOTUS Blog
* Hollywood Reporter Article On Briefs In Support Of SCOTUS Pick-Up, Summer 2014
* Marvel Vs. Kirby In Hand Of Fire

Stories And Commentary
* Acts Of Geek
* AV Club

* Bam Smack Pow

* Comics Alliance
* Complex

* Deadline

* Escapist
* EW

* Geeky Universe

* Hero Complex

* International Business Times
* io9

* Mercury News

* Newsarama
* New York Times
* NY Daily News

* Polygon

* Reuters 01
* Reuters 02

* Tech Times
* The Beat
* The Comics Reporter
* The Hollywood Reporter
* The Wrap

* Variety

* Washington Post
* WXYZ.com

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (Bristol Comic & Zine Fair 2014)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Princeton, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

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)

November 22
* 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)

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)

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

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Not Comics: Michael J. Vassallo On Pulp Science Fiction

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* one of the loopier places on the Internet post-Kirby/Marvel settlement is the Byrne Robotics forum, which is a very old-school message-boardy space. I can't even comprehend most of these arguments, although Andrew Farago bravely wades in.

image* Dave Richards talks to Tom Brevoort and Jonathan Hickman about the latest Avengers cycle of stories, which involves a short "time jump" -- which means that you get a lot of abrupt plots shifts that are unpacked after they've already happened. It's not something unfamiliar to fans of those comics. Hickman is an interesting writer to have driving the main storylines of that fictional universe. He favors really baroque narrative construction, reasonably close to what was going on with that company in the 1970s or what Grant Morrison did at DC directly pre-New 52.

* not comics: Roman Muradov covers Best American Nonrequired Reading. Eleanor Davis illustrates female characters from Shakespeare.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Chris Eliopoulos!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Mahendra Singh!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Kieron Gillen!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Deni Loubert!

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Happy 37th Birthday, David Baillie!

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September 29, 2014


Go, Bookmark: The Weight

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Koyama Press Makes Official Its Spring 2015 Schedule

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This morning the beloved boutique publisher Koyama Press made available to some of the comics news web sites its Spring 2015 schedule. I'll run covers below this opening barrage of graphs along with their descriptions book to book, artist to artist.

It looks like a strong seasons to me. They'd previously announced the Degen book here, but the other three have at least escape my attention. They're all from artists with whom the publisher has worked before: Ginette LaPalme, with whom they did one of the Wowee Zonk anthologies; Dustin Harbin, with whom they've done previous iterations of the diary work; and Alex Schubert, with whom they did the first Blobby Boys book.

It's interesting to see Koyama kind of develop a roster of cartoonists with whom they can continue a relationship of a long period of time. I think that makes for a stronger presence in the market, and it makes for healthier cartoonists even if they want to take certain kinds of projects elsewhere. The line-up is:

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* Mighty Star And The Castle of The Cancatervater, A. Degen, 9781927668160, $15, 172 pages, $15, April 2015.

Koyama Press Description:
Sci-fi superheroes eschew Gotham and Metropolis in favor of nightmarish neoclassical ruins in this surreal strip.

A. Degen has taken the superhero myth and put it in a baroque blender; the result is the cerebral, sensuous and uncanny Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater. Equal parts Dali and Astro Boy, Degen's mostly silent narrative is both metaphysical and mighty.

A. Degen was born in Brooklyn, New York. After a time in Tokyo, he now lives and works Connecticut. He is the author of the books Area CC (Snakebomb, 2011) and Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters (Astroplus/Futureshock, 2013), and his work has appeared in a number of anthologies.

"A. Degen is one of the smartest and funniest cartoonists in the game. Every page in the book is filled with about two dozen triumphs and upsets in humor, design, pacing... A real pleasure to pore over." -- Michael DeForge, author of A Body Beneath (Koyama Press, 2014), Ant Colony (Drawn and Quarterly, 2013), and many more.
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* Blobby Boys 2, Alex Schubert, 9781927668207, 52 pages, $10, May 2015.

Koyama Press Description:
Imagine the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as pot-smoking punks.

The Blobby Boys are back and they've got acid tongues and acid on their tongues. The salacious and slimy Saturday Morning cast-offs haven't lost an iota of edge. In fact, the only thing sharper than the comedy in this book just might be the boys' switchblades.

ALEX SCHUBERT was born in Mascoutah, IL and is based In Los Angeles, CA where he works in illustration and animation. In 2014, the first collection of Blobby Boys was awarded a Silver Medal in the Long Form and Comic Strip category of The Society of Illustrators first Comic and Cartoon Art Annual.

"Alex Schubert's collection of bold, bizarre comics is short, sharp and shocking -- not unlike a quick stabbing." -- Jake Austen, Chicago Tribune
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* Confetti, Ginette LaPalme, 9781927668153, 200 pages, $20, May 2015.

Koyama Press Description:
A colorful celebration of cartoons, creativity and the culture of cute.

Confetti, like its namesake, is a fun and explosive mix of color from the fertile mind of multidisciplinary artist Ginette Lapalme. In comics, paintings, prints, sculpture, and jewelry, Lapalme uses cartoons and junk culture as raw material to make "cute" subversive and "pretty' punk.

Ginette LaPalme is a Toronto-based illustrator and artist. Lapalme is a graduate of the storied OCADU Illustration program, and is one third of Wowee Zonk, a Toronto-based illustrator collective and contemporary comic book anthology.

"It is a goal of mine to live alone in a big house surrounded by the work of Ginette Lapalme, kind of like a cat lady, but with drawings of cats instead of real cats... Utterly delightful but never too cute, the world Lapalme has created leaves me more attuned to the perverse beauty of the one around us." -- Tavi Gevinson, founder and editor of Rookie
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* Diary Comics, Dustin Harbin, 9781927668177, 236 pages, $15, May 2015.

Koyama Press Description:
Comic and tragicomic, heartfelt and heartbreaking; these are the panels that make up a life.

Since 2010, Dustin Harbin has been sporadically documenting the ups and downs and sideways of his life in comic form. From their humble beginnings as a sketchbook exercise documenting the quotidian, oftentimes with hilarious results, Harbin's Diary Comics have grown into quirky existential examinations of life and living.

Dustin Harbin is a cartoonist and illustrator who lives and works in North Carolina. He's best known for his autobiographical comics, as well as many, many illustrations of people and animals, often mixed and matched.

"Dustin's willingness to push himself in these comics makes them special, opening his mind and life to the audience he's meant to connect to, taking what is at times the character of himself and revealing the man. That's always the best part of autobio comics, an ability to confront something true." — Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant
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Sounds like an excellent build on this year's very good pair of seasons and a particularly rich TCAF are in store for Koyama next year.

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Go, Look: A Few More Photos Of Cartoonists

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Collective Memory: Marvel/Kirby Family Settlement

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Links to stories related to the settlement announced by Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby encompassing various legal concerns, primarily a window of ownership for various comics characters created or co-created by Kirby and published by Marvel in the late 1950s through the early 1960s.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

*****

Institutional
* Jack Kirby Lambiek Page
* Jack Kirby Wikipedia Page
* Marvel Comics

Miscellaneous
* Case Page On SCOTUS Blog
* Hollywood Reporter Article On Briefs In Support Of SCOTUS Pick-Up, Summer 2014
* Marvel Vs. Kirby In Hand Of Fire

Stories And Commentary
* Acts Of Geek
* Comics Alliance
* Deadline
* Geeky Universe
* New York Times
* Hero Complex
* The Beat
* The Comics Reporter
* The Hollywood Reporter
* Variety

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Go, Look: Frank Miller Daredevil Covers Gallery

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Not Comics: Wow, Those DC T-Shirts Are Clearly Repulsive

So unless we're being pranked, some forward thinker in the Warners licensing empire has started putting out clothing aimed at younger consumers with icky -- you know, I'd say "retro" but that's almost like these were cool in a different context and they're just sort of asinine across space and time -- messages. Here's a piece about a Superman t-shirt that rebrands one of their great iconic licenses as a piece of ass; here's one that asks young women to aspire to be the wife of someone actually important.

I don't know the current situation with DC and their licensing; at one point I remember hearing that a lot of it was brought in-house in part to help keep the division relevant in relation to other Warners companies that might push to have control over those characters. But whether that was all the way true and what's true now I can't tell you. It's hard to imagine even the densest hardcore comics people going, "Yeah, that'll play well." It's easy to imagine a scenario in which such people have no say at all.

Beyond that, I'm not sure what to tell you. A loathesome message is a loathesome message, even if portrayed in a "ha ha we're being 14-year-old boys" way. I would have to imagine it's disheartening if you're a fan of those characters and see them primarily in cultural-capital terms to see them utilized that way, and I have to imagine if you're a parent who enjoys those characters and/or enjoys them through your kids, this goes past disheartening to discouraging.

One of the problems with corporate-owned characters in today's hyper-capitalistic world is that they're subject to these kinds of whims and episodes of bad decision-making to an incredible degree. They're product, and any way to make money with product that isn't vastly illegal is on the table at all times. Forget cultural stewardship; even displayed, common-sense management that drives long-term growth can be put aside for short-term buzz or trying to find profit centers for a variety of perceived audiences. As we know to be the case with superhero narratives, you can sometimes goose sales by working directly against more enlightened versions. Because of this, I'm never surprised when an entire comics line turns into a depressing slog of near-pornographic violence and cynicism. I also cringe a bit when people do backflips when someone finds another kind of space in which to enact a less-repulsive vision. They're empty suits. I feel badly for everyone that has to negotiate this kind of nonsense at the behest of a child's earnest enthusiasm, but I'm never, ever surprised when it happens.
 
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Go, Look: Play The Graffiti Game With Superman

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I had this in a summer comic when I was a kid and stared at it a lot
 
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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* I keep forgetting to mention this, but Last Gasp is doing a full-season Kickstarter. Last Gasp is a treasure of the American counter-culture, and I'd give Ron Turner the contents of my wallet were he to walk up the street and casually ask. I'll see what I can afford and hope you will, too.

* Chuck Forsman of Oily Comics has applied for one of those Chase Mission Main Street Grants, which requires voting from people via their Facebook accounts.

* Dan Vado is also participating, and I think he's further along. You can also support the longtime SLG publisher more directly.

* I don't always understand Dave Sim's kickstarter campaigns -- okay, I've never understood any of them -- but this latest one looks like it's doing well.

* finally, here's another successful Hope Nicholson project that you might want to join before time runs out.
 
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Go, Look: From Sex In The Comics

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Go, Look: Early Mike Sekowsky Superhero Art

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there was a lot of admirable material to come out of the comics-focus of this year's Banned Books Week. I thought the CBLDF board members all did a laudable job, as in this interview Jeff Smith did with The Guardian.

image* Alex Dueben talks to Kelly Sue DeConnick.

* I can't get at this story directly and I'm too tired to track it down on the loop-around, but it's apparently a profile of recent New Yorker covers. It's hard to imagine they're any more provocative than that run of Art Spiegelman covers from early on in the Tina Brown era, but I imagine they're more alarming than William Shawn's purposefully bland run before that. Anything that gets people to pay attention to what is usually a highlight of the week in publishing is okay with me.

* you ever stop and think what a great ambassador for comics Jim Woodring is?

* I guess a few news source caught wind of moved Milo Manara variant covers in light of the recent Spider-Woman cover controversy and wrote articles according to what one may infer from the proximity of those two things. CBR has Axel Alonso saying it's just a scheduling thing, and they'll continue to work with the artist. Those are commercial jobs, and I don't really put a lot of moral force into decisions one way or another with that kind of thing. In fact, I'd like all of the variants to go away, or at least be reduced by 90 percent or so.

* David Ulin on The Hospital Suite.

* Dan Nadel is busier than you are.

* my understanding of on-line comics is so rudimentary right now that I'm not even sure I knew that Alex Schubert is doing Blobby Boys cartoons for Vice.

* finally, I appreciate someone doing this with some of my brother Whit's SPX photos because I missed the prom.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Jennifer Daydreamer!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Russ Heath!

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