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December 21, 2014


For No Particular Reason, Here's A Few Random, Left-Over Photos From Comic Arts Los Angeles 2014

I'm working through some backstocked photos this morning, including 150 my brother Whit Spurgeon took at Comic Arts Los Angeles earlier this month. Here are some of the last I sorted.

In short: 1) it was very crowded, in a good way. 2) it was very young, in a good way. 3) I had a good time. 4) Really interesting neighborhood. 5) Great energy overall. 6) They should be able to do this every year for as long as they want to, although I hope it stays small and focused and energetic before it gets ambitious.

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

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FFF Results Post #405 -- Next Year's Comics

On Friday, CR reader were asked to "Name Five Specific Comics Publications You Look Forward To Seeing In 2015." This is how they responded.

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Sean Rogers

1. Stroppy, Marc Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
2. Qviet, Andy Burkholder (2D Cloud)
3. Confetti, Ginette Lapalme (Koyama Press)
4. Selected works, Sasaki Maki (Breakdown Press)
5. The Eternonaut, Héctor German Oesterheld and Francisco Solano Lopez (Fantagraphics)

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Matthew Gazda

1. Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan, Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn and Quarterly)
2. Exquisite Corpse, Pénélope Bagieu (First Second)
3. The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 14, Eiji Otsuka and Housui Yamazaki (Dark Horse)
4. Casanova: Acedia #1, Matt Fraction, Michael Chabon, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba (Image)
5. All-New Hawkeye #1, Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez (Marvel)

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Benjamin L. Russell

1. Finder: Third World Part 2, Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)
2. Bad Machinery: Vol. 5 The Case of the Fire Inside, John Allison (Oni Press)
3. The Wicked and the Divine: Vol. 2 Fandemonium, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson (Image)
4. Bureau of Infernal Affairs, Lee Black, Brian Clevinger, and Erica Henderson (Breadpig)
5. The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer, Sydney Padua (Pantheon)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Green Lantern Corps, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis (DC)
2. Unflattening, Nick Sousanis (Harvard University Press)
3. Corto Maltese, Hugo Pratt (IDW)
4. Dinomania: The Lost Art of Winsor McCay, Ulrich Merkl (Fantagraphics)
5. The Summit of the Gods Vol. 5, Yumemakura Baku and Jiro Taniguchi (Ponent Mon)

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Philippe Leblanc

1- For as long as it rains, Zviane (Pow Pow Press)
2- Melody, Sylvie Rancourt (Drawn & Quarterly)
3- Infinite Bowman, Pat Aulisio, (Yeah Dude Comics)
4- Sunny #5, Taiyo Matsumoto (Viz)
5- Cyber Realm, Wren MacDonald (Nobrow)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Love And Rockets: New Stories #7, Los Bros Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
2. SuperMutant Magic Academy, Jillian Tamaki (Drawn And Quarterly)
3. Pope Hats #4, Ethan Rilly (AdHouse)
4. Thickness, Various (Youth In Decline)
5. Bandette Vol. 2, Paul Tobin And Colleen Coover (Dark Horse)

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Chad Nevett

1. Project Superpowers: Blackcross, Warren Ellis and Colton Worley (Dynamite)
2. Miami Vice: Remix, Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood (IDW)
3. Thanos: The Infinity Relativity, Jim Starlin (Marvel)
4. Nameless, Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham (Image Comics)
5. Nemo: River of Ghosts, Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (Top Shelf)

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Danny Ceballos

1. King-Cat Comics & Stories #75, John Porcellino (self published)
2. July 2015 Diary, Gabrielle Bell (Lucky website)
3. Sky In Stereo #3, Mardou (Yam Books)
4. Rosalie Lightning, Tom Hart
5. New Ditko #22, Steve Ditko (Robin Snyder and Steve Ditko)

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John Vest

1. Mineshaft #31, Jay Lynch Robert Crumb, Kim Deitch, Art Spiegelman, Bill Griffith, Christoph Mueller, Justin Green, Nina Bunjevac, Rika Deryckere, Aleksandar Todorovic, David Collier, Pat Moriarity, Tony O'Neill, Aaron Lange (Everett Rand & Gioia Palmieri)
2. Miracleman Book 3: Olympus, The Original Writer and John Totleben (Marvel)
3. The Complete Peanuts 1995-1996, Charles M. Schulz (Fantagraphics)
4. Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Vol. 18, Chester Gould (IDW)
5. Knight Takes Queen, Keith Knight (Top Shelf)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Frontier #8, Anna Deflorian (Youth In Decline)
2. LOTDK: Venom HC, Denny O'Neil/Trevor Howard Von Eeden/Russel Baun/José Luis Garcia-Lopez (Panini)
3. L'Eté Diabolik, Alexandre Clérisse/Thierry Smolderen (Dargaud)
4. 3 Books, Blaise Larmee (2D Cloud)
5. Wet Moon, Atsushi Kaneko (Carlsen)

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Marc Arsenault

1. Puke Force, Brian Chippendale (Drawn & Quarterly)
2. Saint Cole, Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)
3. Cyber Realm, Wren McDonald (NoBrow)
4. Marvel Masterworks: Not Brand Echh, Marie Severin & Co. (Marvel)
5. Borb, Jason Little (Uncivilized)

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Marc-Oliver Frisch

1: Pope Hats #4, Ethan Rilly (AdHouse)
2: Optic Nerve #14, Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
3: Frank's Adventures in the Third Dimension, Jim Woodring (Fantagraphics)
4: Casanova: Acedia, Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon with Michael Chabon and Gabriel Bá (Image)
5: Das UPgrade 4, Ulf S. Graupner und Sascha Wüstefeld (Graufeld/Cross Cult)

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Mike Baehr

1. Eel Mansions, Derek Van Gieson (Uncivilized)
2. The Weight Vol. 1, Melissa Mendes (Oily, presumably?)
3. The Kurdles, Robert Goodin (Fantagraphics)
4. Prophet: Earth War Brandon Graham and various (Image)
5. Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Stan Sakai (Dark Horse)

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Michael Dooley

1. Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera, Richard Kraft (Siglio Press)
2. Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created Mad and Revolutionized Humor in America, Bill Schelly (Fantagraphics)
3. Louise Brooks: Detective, Rick Geary (NBM)
4. Polly and Her Pals: Complete Sunday Comics 1928-1930, Cliff Sterrett (IDW Publishing)
5. Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-Five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics, and Graphic Novels, edited by Tom Devlin (Drawn & Quarterly)

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December 20, 2014


Go, Look: Emily Carroll's All Along The Wall

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The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Visualize Ballard By The Action Suits


Late '80s Mid Ohio Con Footage


A 1963 Interview With Jimmy Swinnerton


David Pakman Interviewing Ted Rall In 2010


The Closed Caption Comics Legacy Panel From SPX 2014


The Roots Of Frémok Panel From SPX 2014


How To Get Reviewed Panel From SPX 2014
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from December 13 to December 19, 2014:

1. The great Jack Davis has retired.

2. Wow Cool robbed.

3. The Sony hacking incident spirals into one of those weird super-stories that feels like it's just sitting on your couch, staring straight ahead and not saying anything. There was a comics-related outcome, though, in that the very nice and highly-accomplished cartoonist Guy Delisle saw a rapidly-coming-together film adaptation of his Pyongyang fall apart.

Winners Of The Week
Aspiring comics-makers in New Zealand.

Losers Of The Week
Thieves stealing art comics.

Quote Of The Week
"I consulted with my editor at the time, L'Association, where I had published my first albums. Jean-Christophe Menu the director of this small publishing house really liked the idea and the first pages of the book. We looked for the confidentiality clause and couldn’t find it. Finally he told me: too bad if we end up in court, it’s a book we have to do." -- Guy Delisle
 
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Go, Look: One Defector Draws North Korean Atrocities

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Go, Look: Lloyd Alexander Private Correspondence Art

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Boulet Holiday Drawings

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Happy 29th Birthday, Ed Kanerva!

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Happy 65th Birthday, James Van Hise!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mack White!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Rantz Hoseley!

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December 19, 2014


Go, Look: Den Of The Spider

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Artists & Public Thinkers Including Several Comics-Makers Wish Chelsea Manning A Happy 27th Birthday

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It's always nice to see Terry Gilliam draw something.
 
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Go, Look: Laura Kenins

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2015 Eisner Awards Judges Slate Named

The Eisner Awards have named their judges slate for the 2015 version, which will honor books published in 2014. The judges provide the nominations sheet on which industry professional then vote for the winters, so it can be a massive and demanding volunteer job.

This year's judges are: retailer, editor and writer Carr D'Angelo; librarian, writer and academic Richard Graham; writer Sean Howe; academic and writer Susan Kirtley; CCI volunteer and animation producer Ron McFee; and historian/journalist Maggie Thompson. Kirtley and Howe at the very least are recent winners of Eisners, Howe for his book on Marvel and Kirtley for her book on Lynda Barry. I asked administrator Jackie Estrada if this was Thompson's first time as a judge and she said yes, noting that she has been eligible for an award most years for her work at the now-defunct Comics Buyer's Guide.

You can read full bios here. Congrats to those named and best of luck on the journey ahead. The Eisner Awards themselves take place in July on the Friday of Comic-Con International weekend. I'll be there, sitting way, way, way in the back.
 
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Go, Look: That Alex Toth Conan Gallery

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New Zealand Society Of Authors Releases Details On Graphic Novel Component Of Its Mentorship Program

Here. This formal mentoring program was announced earlier, I think a few months back, but this post provides more details. I hope it is a good experience for some aspiring comics-makers and a worthwhile one for the nice people volunteering their time. I'm not sure something like this would work in North America without the structure and limitations of an educational program in place, but I fully expect a few groups to try over the next five years.
 
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Not Comics: The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said

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Publishers Weekly Releases Second Part Of Its Year-End Comics Appraisals: The Critics' Poll

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Whether you use it to find a bunch of new books or to go "Oh my God, on what planet does that book gets any votes at all, let alone than this clearly superior book here?" asking critics to name favorite books and then compiling the works into a list usually provides a few moments of fun of the discovery, the grumpy, or the grumpy-discovery kind. PW does us that solid here.

For whatever it is worth, I think the book I liked the most with only one vote here is Hospital Suite, although there's also the Sock Monkey collection and I'm not even sure how to process The Complete Zap as being the same thing as some of these new books. (If that's on the table, though, yes, the complete run of Zap is better than any one-off effort to come out this year; as is the entire run of Cul-De-Sac.) Off the top of my head I also really liked three less year-spanning books that weren't represented at all: the new John Hankiewicz, the AdHouse collection of Katie Skelly's Operation Margarine and the Bungle Family reprint from IDW. I'll go to bat for the freaking Bungle Family every damn time. "Pontoon Bungle."

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Go, Look: The Shadow #3

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