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March 28, 2015


If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It

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

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

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If I Were Near Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Happy 39th Birthday, Tom Scioli!

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March 27, 2015


Go, Look: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

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Two Turkish Cartoonists Sentenced To Jail For Insulting Erdogan; Sentences Reduced, Then Commuted

This looks like the best report I can find in English on the outcome of a recent case involving the cartoonists Bahadir Baruter and Azer Aydogan "insulting" that country's president, Recep Erdogan. Those comics makers made a cover for the satirical magazine Penguen in 2014 that included a hand gesture that a Turkish citizen accused of being an indication that the then just-elected Erdogan was homosexual. Erdogan's lawyer joined the case soon after, and help a prosecutor put together what have become the saddest standard story in that country's politics: the "insult to a public official" indictment.

The trial began in Istanbul on March 19. They were sentenced to 14 months in prison on March 24. This was then decreased to 11 months and 20 days because of good behavior, and was finally converted to a fine at approximately $2700 USD. A standard sentence is three months in jail for insult, a year for insulting a public official, and one-sixth more to either standard if the insult is done publicly.

Baruter now faces a second trial for potentially insulting the prosecutor when asserting that the interpretation of the hand gesture may have been related to the prosecutor's subconscious.

A significant number of journalists have been accused, indicted and even convicted of such laws, which free-speech proponents see as being a deterrence against the criticism of sitting officials.

You can see a scan of the offending cover image, hand gesture and all, here.
 
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OTBP: Out Of The Blue

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CBLDF: NM School Library Votes To Keep Palomar On The Shelves

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Betsy Gomez has welcome news at the CBLDF web site. In February a parent in Rio Rancho was so troubled by the content of Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar, brought home by her high-school aged child that she took her concerns to a local television station where the ambitious comics masterpiece was called "child porn." The news report didn't even show the images, which made the report seem much more damning.

Luckily, clearer heads eventually prevailed, and on March 16 the review committee in charge of the school libary voted 5-3 to keep the book on the shelves.

The CBLDF joined other concerned organizations in signing a letter drafted by Kids Right To Read Project pointing out the work's literary merit, the problems with taken one point of view as the overriding one and asking that the library apply its stated, dispassionate policy towards processing this kind of complaint.
 
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Go, Look: Fairy Tale Parade #2

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As Soon As You Think You Know All Of The Cartoonists, You Learn About Some More Cartoonists

Brad Mackay profiles George Feyer.
 
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Go, Look: David Hine

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Go, Look: Fantagraphics Is Having A Sale Right Now

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I like running news about sales when it pleases me to do so. It doesn't really rate as "news," but is of functional interest to the vast majority of the comics readers who use this site. Fantagraphics has one going right now, which apparently includes a few TCJs to which I made a small contribution. I think that includes the Fort Thunder issues, although the description on the site does not match the issue number of cover. I really liked writing that essay for then-Managing Editor Milo George.

There's also a bunch of Ignatz format material for sale, and I thought those books were super-attractive as well as containing a lot of great comics. If those have be reprinted elsewhere, it probably won't be the way were printed by that book series.
 
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OTBP: Boutique Mag #1

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Go, Read: Evan Dorkin On The End Of Eltingville

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There's an amazing post here from Evan Dorkin where he talks about finishing work on The Eltingville Comic Book, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror & Role-Playing Club and his immediate prospects. It's as honest and forthright as Dorkin tends to get on these subjects, which is very. There are elements of getting older in terms of being able to produce work and also having the industry shift to a different place while you remain the same. I think everyone in comics and everyone that love comics and wants creators to do well should read it.

Also, RIP Eltingville. I really enjoyed those comics and look forward to the last installment.
 
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If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2015

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March 28
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Yonkers, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

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April 2
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 6
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

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Events For May 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: A Favorite Cover From Childhood, Staged Out

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Richard Sala is doing a limited edition work through FU Press. I hope it sells out. Sala's in a super great art place right now, and has been for several years.

image* Sean Gaffney on Attack On Titan Vol. 15. Todd Klein on A Game Of Thrones Vol. 3. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Batman Eternal #50. Richard Bruton on Smoo #8. Jason on a bunch of comics, including Cul De Sac.

* caa = credit artists always.

* the great cartoonist Roger Langridge draws various Superman enemies.

* I've enjoyed coverage of Jiraiya's tour, particularly in that he's not having photos taken while on the road. Here's a great photo set of the artist being interviewed by Anne Ishii in Brooklyn. Man, that just looks alive and immediate and fun.

* Frank Santoro is getting ready for another round of his comics course.

* I always learn something over at Chris Schweizer's site.

* this nice announcement from Colleen Doran reminds me that every cartoonist I know is trying to deal with the surge in shows they can attend in part by figuring out where they've been recently and balancing that against going to places they haven't be to in years. I can't even imagine the number of factors coming into play.

* I like to think of the Periscope tables surrounding a deep pool of water from which a giant submarine emerges, piloted by Steve Lieber, that contains all of the studio's cartoonists.

* finally, this is a really interesting post from Ben Towle about seeking out some educational opportunities to improve aspects of his skill set.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Ivan Brandon!

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