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March 29, 2015


Go, Look: The NYC Mystery History Hour

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Go, Look: Roy Doty's Laugh-In Newspaper Strip

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Go, Listen/Not Comics: Gil Roth Interviews Clive James

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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 Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2015

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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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May 2
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (Ratha Con)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)

May 14
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 15
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 16
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)

May 17
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)

May 22
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)

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Events For May 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 44th Birthday, Ken Eppstein!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Marc Silvestri!

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Happy 91st Birthday, Jack Elrod!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Kevin Huizenga!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Val Mayerik!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Dan Wright!

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FFF Results Post #413 -- A Randys Readers World

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics You'd Own If No Comic Cost More Than $2." This is how they responded.

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Johnny Bacardi

1. Strange Tales #131 (Marvel)
2. Strange Planets #16 (I.W. Publishing)
3. The Mighty Atom and the Pixies #6 (Magazine Enterprises)
4. Eerie #9 (Warren)5. Harvey Pop Comics #2 (Harvey)

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Evan Dorkin

1. Mad: Artist's Edition, IDW
2. Moomin: The Deluxe Anniversary Edition, D&Q
3. Love and Rockets #1, self-published by Los Bros
4. Black Cat Comics #1, Harvey
5. The Eternals Omnibus, Marvel

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Forgotten Fantasy, Sunday Press Books
2. Fantastic Four #25, Marvel
3. The Monster Society Of Evil, Hawk Books
4. Joe Kubert's Tor: Artist's Edition, IDW
5. The Collected Trashman, Fat City And Red Mountain Tribe

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Buzz Dixon

1. Trots and Bonnie Collection, National Lampoon
2. Anarcho Dictator Of Death, Fawcett Publications
3. The Monster Society Of Evil, Hawk Books (yeah! me, too!)
4. Blazing Combat, Fantagraphics
5. Bat-Manga! The Secret History Of Batman In Japan, Pantheon

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Oliver Ristau

1. Satan's Tears, Land of Enchantment
2. Saga De Xam, Eric Losfeld
3. Kramer's Ergot #7, Buenaventura Press
4. Playboy's Little Annie Fanny, Zweitauseneins
5. Prince Valiant Camelot Edition, Bocola

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Philippe Leblanc

1. Giant-Size X-Men #1, Marvel
2. S.F.S.F #1, Screentone TV
3. My Sincerest Apologies, Oily Comics
4. 2000 A.D #150, 2000 AD
5. Batman #251, DC Comics

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Fantastic Four #5, Marvel
2. Air Pirates Funnies #1, Hell Comics
3. The Adventures of Mr. Obidiah Oldbuck, Wilson & Co.
4. Mae West in "The Hip Flipper", Mr. Prolific
5. Vertigo (Lynd Ward), Random House

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I wanted specific publications, and I thought it was clear from that description and the examples that this didn't mean boxed sets of multiple publications bound by a slipcase. I'm sorry if I wasn't more clear, but I need to start reigning these in a bit because week to week the answers are getting more and more away from topic. We're also doing an upcoming FFF on slipcased editions. I'm always super-sorry when I can't run something when someone spent the time. Please forgive me. If anyone wants to revise theirs and send it in, I'll put it up top. I don't have a lot of time to argue things anymore, so please know that you're right and I'm wrong.

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March 28, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


The Comics For Equality Project Summary Video


Arild Midthun Television Profile


That Comic Book Palace Documentary In Full


An Interview With Ivan Brunetti


Which Comic Book Ages Are Which


Someone Posted The 2013 Dateline Show About Michael George
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from March 21 to March 27, 2015:

1. Two Turkish cartoon-makers were sentenced to jail for insulting Recep Erdogan not through a critical cover but through a supposed hand sign made to portray him as homo sexual. There are no words in that last sentence that aren't depressing. Luckily, the sentence was commuted to a fine which -- while not insignificant -- has to be better than going to jail. This practice needs to end.

2. A New Mexico school library board decides to keep Palomar on the shelves after a parent's complaint that compared the comics masterwork to child porn, a complaint that was given a big platform when a local television ran an idiotic report including the old trick of claiming not being able to show the comic in question. I'm glad calmer heads prevailed.

3. Emerald City Comicon launches, the first major North American convention of the year in the sense that a wide swathe of comics pros attend and the rest of the industry pays attention to it from afar. Conventions are one of the things that works about comics, and the perception of how well they work exceeds even their general effectiveness across the board. They're also increasingly important cultural events as a way to facilitate relationships made on-line that's not on-line.

Winners Of The Week
Gen Con. That kind of stand is difficult and comes with some cost.

Losers Of The Week
Everyone that backs the idiotic practice of suing people according to a special law that protects elected officials from insult. Just the dumbest laws ever.

Quote Of The Week
"Marvel was more streetwise and funky. When I visited both companies' headquarters in the early 1990s, Marvel's felt more like a college rec room than a serious business place. DC's on the other hand, by then wholly owned by Time Warner, was a grim, unwelcoming place, with dim lighting and employees talking in hushed tones -- more like a bank than an entertainment company." -- Jonathan Ross

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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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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