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September 29, 2016


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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* The Beat covers some sort of rejected display art controversy at NYCC. NYCC articles are always interesting to me because they always make the con seem more horrible, without really trying to. It almost seems quaint to even hint that something like this could 1 percent be seen as having a free-speech element, when the whole thing is crafted around maximizing a specific commercial atmosphere. Also, the thought that any model in a limited-sales environment like comics could involve giveaways makes me uncomfortable, although I know these things can be about buzz for whatever intellectual property is involved. Comics is worlds within worlds and none of us understand all of them.

* CXC -- the show with which I'm involved -- has posted a list for its Saturday-Sunday exhibitors. That show is mid-October. Please come. Please.

* the Los Angeles show with Stan Lee's name on it is changing its name to include the words "Comic Con." The old name was a mouthful so this seems like a smart idea. This article suggests that this might aid the Salt Lake Comic Con in their legal tussle with Comic-Con International. I would imagine that with this one we'll just see what the law says. In terms of the dormitory-hallway justice of this, I do sort of feel that most shows benefit from Comic-Con International establishing an approach, tone, cultural profile and style for these kinds of shows. If the term has become generic, that generic baseline was crystallized in San Diego. I just don't have any idea what's actionable and what isn't.

* I would love it if one panel at every convention from now on was called "The Future Of Mankind."

* finally, Eli Schiff walks through the history of Eli Schiff at comic shows.
 
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If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2016

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September 30
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)

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October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

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

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Jersey City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Queens, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)

October 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brookline, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Chapel Hill, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Sherman Oaks, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

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

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

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November 1
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* 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 6
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard Philadelphia Fan Appreciation)

November 13
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard Philadelphia Fan Appreciation)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (ZFH)

November 27
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

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

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Events For December 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: #100Days100Women

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I am bookmarking J. Caleb Mozzocco writing about the DC Rebirth titles for myself, as I sort out what might be of interest in their relaunch from an industry perspective and for me as a reader. Mozzocco is one of our most reliable writers-about-comics, and doesn't get that credit frequently enough. If you want to make use of that link as well, I won't stop you.

* this is a very good, short review by the cartoonist Katie Skelly on Someone Please Have Sex With Me.

* Abraham Riesman talks to Karen Berger for a lengthy, sober profile. I like that they go over Berger's willingness to criticize some of the goofy moves made by her former employer once she left. If you push someone out in part for philosophical reasons, it should be totally fair game for them to press a point when a different philosophy would have engendered a different result. Berger is back with an cover-editor credit on a new book; she was contacted via LinkedIn! Alex Dueben talks to Teri S. Wood and to Stephen Murphy.

* Riesman again with comics to read before you watch the new Luke Cage Netflix series launching this Friday. There are a lot of entertaining on his list, although I hop to god you really don't need to read them before watching the TV show. People are so rattled by the election if that's any good folks are going to be so grateful. Plus who doesn't love Alfre Woodard?

* finally, writer Greg Rucka discusses the sexuality of the Wonder Woman character as he understands it in the course of his current work in collaboration on the comic book title. Makes sense to me. I hadn't thought about the leaves-for-love construction as problematic. I'm the wrong guy to tell you how interesting this article is if you're immersed in that world, but it held my attention.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Nicolas De Crécy!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Russ Heath!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Jennifer Daydreamer!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Tim Vigil!

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September 28, 2016


Go, Look: Walter Reed & The Mysterious Malaria Of Buzzard Point

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Go, Read: Profile Of Hergé Retrospective At The Grand Palais

This article barely hints at some of the issues flying about when it comes to reconsidering Hergé as an artist in the wider sense of the word. When Hergé talks about comics being judged as their own thing that sounds more like the rise of the recognition of comics than it does anything having to do with original art sales. On the other hand, it's the qualities one can perceive within the late cartoonist's art that make Hergé a formidable cartoonist. It isn't the stories, although the stories are fun when they stay on the positive side of the Problematic Gap. It's the art, or how the art works in those panels and pages. Maybe the secret is on those walls in France.
 
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If I Were In Naperville, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2016

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*****

September 29
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)

September 30
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)

*****

October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

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

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Jersey City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Queens, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)

October 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brookline, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Chapel Hill, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Sherman Oaks, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

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

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

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Events For November 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Wolverton's Plop! Back Cover Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on The Flash #1. Kim O'Connor on the New Yorker covers created by Chris Ware, curated by Francoise Mouly.

* this doesn't sound all that crazy.

* still The Man. Speaking of which, yesterday was Stan Lee Day in Los Angeles. It's nice to see Lee out there picking up the accolades and (one would assume) enjoying himself.

* on Kevin O'Neill and the act of sneaking credits into 2000AD.

* I don't know why I keep forgetting to post about this, but Randy Bish retired way back at the other end of the month. His retirement was typical to the editorial cartooning profession of the last 15 years in that his position will not be held open for another cartoonist. The idea of a staff editorial cartoonist at a print-first newspaper is a really extravagant one right now.

* finally, Will Meugniot has a giant e-book out.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Flavio Hoffe!

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September 27, 2016


Go, Look: Matt Harrison

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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* I guess there's an unpublished Mats!? book out there? Our publishing coverage for comics is pretty rough -- there are ton of reasons and not all of them are indolence -- but I'd kill to have a list of unpublished projects of significant size and heft, even if it's just ten pages done.

* Marc Sobel cradles an advance copy of his forthcoming Alan Moore-related book.

* Drew Friedman gives us a look at his recent cover for the comics-friendly American Bystander. That's a comics-friendly publication generally.

* finally, Charles Vess checks the proofs on his new book, Walking Through The Landscape Of Faerie.

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Thrown Together Hiroshi Hirata Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Hilda And The Stone Forest.

* Jill Pantozzi pens a piece on entertainment writing as it stands today. Entertainment writing is the proper parent group for a lot of writing that gets done about comics.

* don't know that I've ever seen this particular Moebius image. Or this one.

* go, read: Milt Gross book reviews in (mostly) comics form.

* Mike Steyels talks to MariNaomi about the Cartoonists Of Color project. That has a chance to be a mind-changing, life-affirming, significant resource for a very long time.

* here's a list of the best non-fiction comics.

* not comics: there's a lot of talk about this kind of thing recently. I figure everyone has the right to create whatever they art and everyone has the right to criticize the art they want.

* finally, that last panel always makes me laugh.
 
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Happy 89th Birthday, Jack Katz!

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