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August 29, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Jack Kirby Interview From 1987; Special Call-In By Stan Lee


Dan Perkins At The Press Club, March 2015


Ted Rall Story On Uprising With Sonali


Jack Kirby At War


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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 22 to August 28, 2015:

1. Kirby Day moves more fully in the direction away of portraying the late Jack Kirby as Marvel's victim and more about making a case for him as a cultural force to be remembered and honored. 2017 should be very interesting.

2. Well-loved Brooklyn comics shop Bergen Street Comics announces a September closure.

3. Brian Grasso explains himself, on why he won't be reading Fun Home and why his university should help him identify similar potential situations.

Winners Of The Week
The people that picked up those beautiful Tarzan "Artist's Edition" book featuring Joe Kubert on the inside and one-of-a-kind solo artist covers on the outside, all for a scholarship at the Kubert School. Those were really something.

Loser Of The Week
Our educational establishment for failing students like Brian Grasso.

Quote Of The Week
"The things you enjoy are not for free -- taking things for free means that the small folk like me have to pay for your sense of entitlement to free entertainment. When you take something for free there is a human element to your theft, not to mention all the people who work behind the scenes to promote and edit the book. People who are essentially paying and losing money to create work for people to enjoy." -- Jay Gunn

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Go, Look: Charles Burns Does The Marvel Try-Out Book

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

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

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

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If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Solliès-Villie, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2015

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August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)

August 31
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This

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September 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)
* If I Were In Omaha, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 22
* If I Were In Baton Rouge, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 28
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 29
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 30
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

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October 1
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (Bristol Comic & Zine Fair)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This (The Free State Comicon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 4
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 10
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 16
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 17
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 18
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 25
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (Portland Comic Expo)

October 31
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 38th Birthday, Jason Latour!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mark Heath!

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August 28, 2015


On Kirby Day Jack Kirby's Family Would Like You To Consider Supporting The Hero Initiative



That is a very noble thing the family does, turning the attention coming the way of their late patriarch into concrete assistance for some of the industry's hard-pressed. It's keeping within the legacy of personal decency Jack and Roz Kirby established in their lifetimes, for sure.

I hope you'll consider a donation.
 
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Go, Look: CBR Picks 98 Of Its Own Favorite Jack Kirby Images, And Only One Appears On CR's List

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Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics, Would Have Been 98 Today

Jack Kirby, the mighty heart of the American comic book industry, would have been 98 years old today. Below, for your ruminative and reflective pleasure, is a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power. Long live the King.

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Go, Look: Michelangelo Setola

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Go, Look: Book Of Silly Drawings

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Assembled Special: Jay Gunn On His View Of Comics Piracy

imageIt's not something we talk about with as much frequency as we did five to ten years ago, but here's a piece from a creator named Jay Gunn on his frustrations confronting comics piracy regarding a book he does called Surface Tension. I think the strongest part of his piece is the reminder that the wildly different economic contexts in which comics exist obviate a lot of the easy, broad justifications for this kind of thing.

I remain convinced this is best seen as a creators rights issue rather than a rolling argument of dueling conjectural economic models. I think you should be allowed to sell your work any way you like and any way you're able, and I think you should be able to opt out of any system you don't care for. Other people should not have the right to make those decisions for you.
 
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If I Were Near Solliès-Villie, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Clifton Park, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Assassination Classroom Vol. 5. Rob Clough on the latest from Jonathan Baylis. Nick Gazin on a bunch of different comics. Jim Dandeneau on a bunch of different comics. Aditya Mani Jha on Fante Bukowski.

* Graham Chaffee does indeed draw an excellent dog.

* Chris Pitzer is looking forward to SPX. Nice photos.

* this person would like you to know all about the Superman comics right now. At some point I'm going to write for TCR about mainstream comics of this general type, but I agree that Gene Luen Yang, John Romita JR, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder are about as good of a pair of teams across two of those books as DC's had in years and years.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about Secret Wars. That is one heavyweight of a culture writer weighing in. It's a short piece, but Coates makes good points about reading comics in the 1970s and 1980s in order to fight boredom and the way comics written by Jonathan Hickman (in this case drawn by Esad Ribic) can be confusing in a virtuous way.

* not comics: this should make any child of 1980s superhero comics smile.

* hey, it's Ink Panthers Mike and Alex.

* Carolina A. Miranda talks to Leah Hayes. Rocco Castoro talks to Johnny Ryan.

* I have never heard of a blog tour, probably because the way I schedule my part would happen six weeks after the tour ended.

* finally, look at all the stuff that D&Q is doing with their retail space.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Joann Sfar!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Elijah Brubaker!

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