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January 28, 2015


Go, Look: Laura Hilton-Smith

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By Request Extra: DC Bumps Up Norm Breyfogle-Focused Collection

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Chris Sims over at ComicsAlliance caught something potentially very nice on DC Comics' part: the company may have bumped up a forthcoming collection of Norm Breyfogle's Batman-related work to make for an opportunity to see that the artist, currently recovering from a severe stroke, has the benefit of whatever money might be due from the sale of that book. I have no idea how those contracts work, but at the very least it puts him in the spotlight a bit at a time he could use that attention. You can donate directly here.
 
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Go, Look: Desert Eyeball

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Go, Look: Master Comics #12

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Abhay Khosla on The Names #1. Rich Griset on Street Angel #1.

* Kate Beaton draws Katniss and Harry Potter.

* these Gilbert Hernandez comics in Vice are weird and great. Roy 4-ever.

* comics are everywhere.

* it's weird that anyone would do sex comics under an assumed name at this late date -- unless you were Jim Davis, or that guy who does the angry conservative editorial comics -- but it's not my choice to make. The comic itself is attractive.

* not comics: here's a piece on newspaper economics, which are important because they facilitate the newspaper comic strip industry. They're not good. I'm not sure what had to be done with newspapers, but it seems like it wasn't, and I wouldn't be surprised to see one more freefall period in the next 30 months or so. Smaller.

* in case I forget to do it in the releases column the day it comes out, congratulations to Todd McFarlane on Spawn #250. That was quite the game-changing comic when it came and the degree of difficulty in transferring interest almost on a 1:1 basis from corporate characters to your own is never easy or everyone would do it.

* not comics: I'm thinking of buying one of these and doing a year's worth of cons.

* finally, Chris Pitzer is delighted to show you Sophie Goldstein's thumbnails for The Oven.
 
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If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Hunt Emerson!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Todd Klein!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Tony Harris!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Jason Aaron!

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January 27, 2015


Go, Look: TEAMSUZETTE

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Go, Look: Eitan Eloa

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By Request Extra: Erica Friedman Has A Patreon

I wanted to mention really briefly that the writer about comics Erica Friedman has a Patreon that I didn't notice until she announced its imminent closure. This is a big year for Patreon flattening out -- for there just being a ton of them, at all levels, and it's not the worst idea in the world to reconsider your comics and about-comics consumption and figure out what might be worth paying for.
 
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Go, Look: Bernard Crowsheet

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Not Comics: Yet Another Horrifying Gaming-Related Post

Here. It's pretty self-explanatory. I don't follow that world very closely but that is just unacceptable, hateful idiocy, a parade of verbal sewage masquerading -- literally, almost no one uses their real name -- as righteous action. Good gravy. Even on the worst week ever by the TCJ message board, one of the notoriously hard-edged places for people talking on the Internet in the late 1990s through the early 2000s, 98 percent of these tweets as a single tweet would have immediately caused shouting at and banning of the dope perpetrating it.

I think it's good for people in comics to pay attention to fields with some overlap in cultural terms. It helps to know what something largely idiotic and hateful looks like so that it can better avoided closer to home. It doesn't make me feel god that this kind of thing has to happen anywhere, but I think a lot of folks than ever resolved this kind of direct harassment doesn't happen in comics, and I think that's good. Also, I'm not sure why angry speech directed at someone is treated in many cases as speech made just to be making it or in a non-confrontational context. How does that work? That seems dumb to me.
 
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Go, Look: Andreslob.com

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Cabu's Catherine Comics

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Noah Van Sciver and Kilgore Books have announced a new issue of Van Sciver's long-running solo series, Blammo, this issue being #8 1/2. It will debut at LA Zine Fest and be available for immediate turnaround purchase right around Valentine's Day, but you can preorder it now. It's full-color.

image* the whole world will surely have seen this by now as it was released five days ago, but Bryan Lee O'Malley's variant cover for the new Zander Cannon is awfully cute.

* check out Al Jaffee's art for a forthcoming Smoke Signal. Now that's a get.

* here's a PR notice about a new work from Winshluss at Knockabout: In God We Trust.

* this is the first time I've seen an official notice that Craig Thompson's all-ages sci-fi book is one the schedule: the Scholastic book is due in August, apparently.

* Kevin Melrose unearthed a production blog for Southern Cross, debuting in about eight weeks.

* finally, what a thrill to see Ganges-related preview imagery from the great Kevin Huizenga.

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2015

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January 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 30
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 31
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Charlotte Mini-Con)

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February 1
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

February 5
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 6
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

February 7
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

February 8
* If I Were In Lodi, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

February 9
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

Feburary 13
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Feburary 14
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

Feburary 15
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

February 19
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 20
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 21
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 22
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 27
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)

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Go, Look: Ring Of Death

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Cole Johnson, RIP. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

image* Todd Klein on Astro City #17. Tjeerd Royaards on Warning: Graphic Content. Oliver Sava on March Book Two. Steven Brower on The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio. Win Wiacek on Treasury Of Mini-Comics Vol. 2. Derek Royal on Bumf Vol. 1.

* J. Bone draws Tintin and Snowy. Creig Flessel draws an "exotic" street scene typical to the pulp era.

* behind the scenes at Saga.

* congratulations to Susan Kirtley, Brian Bendis and the other educators at Portland State University that get to teach comics within a more formal structure and framework.

* not comics: this article is making the rounds again -- at least I swear to God I've seen it before. I think we should maybe spend more time divorcing the value we place in art from any expectation it should make money, let alone generate a certain level of income. Rich relatives, grants, good day jobs, the ability to live a certain way, the ability to do art that has a commercial function: it's all a great thing. I also think that in a better world for the arts the question of providing artists a living would be a more severe one for the institutions that surround art rather than for the artists, but I'm probably pretty alone on that one.

* Calvin Reid talks to Miss Lasko-Gross. RJ Casey profiles Jean de Wet. Arun Rath talks to Nina Bunjevac.

* finally, it's not comics, but I enjoyed this R. Kikuo Johnson illustration of Jeb Bush and the other primary members of the Bush Clan. It was his holiday card image.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Peter Laird!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Sean Phillips!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Steve Leialoha!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Frank Miller!

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