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April 29, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Diamond Upgrades Olive Branch Distribution Center
 
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Go, Look: The Invisible Lesbian

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

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2017

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April 30
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Lansing, I'd Go To This (Fantasticon)

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May 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)

May 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 5
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were Anywhere Near A Funnybook Shop, I'd Go To This (FCBD 2017)

May 7
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Ashville, I'd Go To This (Ashville Zine Fest)

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 13
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

May 17
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

May 19
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

May 20
* If I Were Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Three Rivers Comicon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 21
* If I Were Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Three Rivers Comicon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 23
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

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Events For June 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Happy 58th Birthday, Oliver Vatine!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Jessica Campbell!

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April 28, 2017


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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