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October 20, 2014


Go, Look: Aimee Fleck

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NESAD Starts Scholarship Fund For Former Teacher Bhob Stewart

The New England School Of Art & Design (NESAD) has announced a scholarship fund for contributions to be made in the name of the late comics-maker, educator and writer about comics Bhob Stewart. Stewart taught at the institution from 1970-1984.

It looks like
1. you go here
2. go to "annual fund"
3. select "NESAD FUND"
4. note "Bhob Stewart" in the "other" field
or you can send a check to Suffolk University with Bhob's name in the memo field and send it to
Laurie Cormier
Suffolk University
Office Of Advancement
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
The fund will directly benefit students. I hope you'll consider a small donation, particularly if you're a person who writes about comics or is involved in the industry at that way. Something Stewart did likely made your life easier or more possible.

Stewart died in February. Due to the nature of his personal life and professional career, there are still memorials and gatherings being held in his name.
 
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Go, Look: A Selection Of George Scarbo Sunday Strips

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There Was A Comics Show In The West Bank Last Weekend

It was discussed in advance here. I'd heard about this from the Guy Delisle involvement end, but hadn't really wrapped my mind around what was planned. If you ever need evidence that comics shows are ascendant, point to this Facebook page, or to the photos here.

Ethan Heitner was nice enough to write in and remind me.
 
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Go, Look: Frankenstein #32

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FFF Results Post #398 -- Go Eagles

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics-Makers You Like That Went To The Same Cartooning School Or Took The Same Cartooning Course; Please Also Name The Course Or School." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Eric Shanower
2. Steve Lieber
3. Amanda Conner
4. Steve Bissette
5. Tim Truman

The Joe Kubert School

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Randall Kirby

1. Les McClaine
2. Ryan Hill
3. Jon Siruno
4. Robyn Chapman
5. William O Tyler

Savannah College of Art and Design

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Matt Emery

1. Alex Hallat
2. Steve Bissette
3. Ed Piskor
4. Matt Hollingsworth
5. Rick Veitch

The Joe Kubert School

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Jog

* Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, InuYasha)
* Kazuya Kudo (writer, Mai the Psychic Girl, Pineapple Army)
* Tetsuo Hara (artist, Fist of the North Star)
* Naoki Yamamoto (Dance till Tomorrow)
* Kengo Kaji (writer, Lycanthrope Leo)

All attended Kazuo Koike's Gekiga Sonjuku program. Takahashi & Kudo were among the first graduating class, along with Old Boy writer Garon Tsuchiya and Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, while Hara & Yamamoto were in the third, with Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii -- I'd have liked to hear the small talk between them.

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Dan Morris

1. Walt Simonson
2. David Mazzuccelli
3. Mat Brinkman
4. Brian Ralph
5. Erica Henderson

RISD

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Chris Arrant

1. Archie Goodwin
2. Peter Bagge
3. Joe Quesada
4. Wally Wood
5. Steve Ditko

Manhattan's School of Visual Arts

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Eric Yockey

1. Gahan Wilson
2. Will Eisner
3. Jack Davis
4. Al Feldstein
5. Johnny Craig

Art Students League of New York

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Eric Yockey

1. Harvey Kurtzman
2. Will Elder
3. Al Feldstein
4. John Severin
5. Al Jaffee

High School of Music and Art (New York)

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Marc Arsenault

1. Ellen Forney
2. Megan Kelso
3. Dean Haspiel
4. Gabrielle Gamboa
5. Lark Pien

Atlantic Center for the Arts 147th Artists-in-Residence session, October 8-28, 2012

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Adrian Kinnaird

1. Martin Emond
2. Ant Sang
3. Kelvin Soh
4. Paul Rogers
5. Simon Rattray

AIT: Auckland Institute of Technology (now Auckland University of Technology)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Nic Klein
2. Michael Meier
3. Aisha Franz
4. Markus Farber
5. Alexander Draude

KLASSE ILLUSTRATION / COMIC AN DER KUNSTHOCHSCHULE KASSEL / PROF. HENDRIK DORGATHEN (LINK)

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Des Devlin

* Al Jaffee ‘40
* Will Elder ‘40
* John Severin ‘40
* Harvey Kurtzman ‘41
* Edward Sorel ‘47

NYC’s High School of Music and Art

(scan of photo of Jaffee and Elder in the school cafeteria, 1939, provided by submitter)

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Chris Duffy

1. Nate Neal
2. Eleanor Davis
3. Drew Weing
4. Joey Weiser
5. Becky Dreistadt

Savannah College of Art and Design

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John Vest

1. Jack Kirby
2. Bill Griffith
3. B Kliban
4. B Krigstein
5. Jules Feiffer

Pratt Institute

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Go, Look: J. Wellington Wimpy From Popeye: The First Fifty Years

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* count Leela Corman among those cartoonists that have launched Patreons. Also, Melissa Mendes has launched one, here.

* Dan Vado updated his gofundme campaign a couple of days ago to remind us that it's still ongoing and any/all support is still appreciated.

* the stuff on Kickstarter that seems interesting all comes from semi-familiar names or better: Ted Sikora, Dave Sim, Shaenon Garrity, Steve Ditko/Robin Snyder. A pair of not-quite-yet-funded projects that caught my attention were this one about a forthcoming food crisis, and this one about fighting bullying.

* finally, it's been a while since we checked in on the ongoing gofundme in support of the writer and photographer Seth Kushner. It has hovered around the same amount since the last time he was in the news, with a benefit and a return home. I don't know exactly what his situation is right this minute, but I have to imagine that any funds in support of the family could be put to good use.
 
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Go, Look: Three More Comics From Boulet

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Dave Crane
* Lizzlizz
* Panel Works
* Shaz

News Stories And Columns
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

October 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

October 23
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Madison, I'd Go To This

October 24
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Locust Moon Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 20
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: Steve McNiven Images Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I haven't been paying a bunch of attention to Inktober, the latest "let's all draw something" stunt in which many artists are participiating on-line, but I have enjoyed some of the little drawings I've seen as a result, like this Colossus by Mike Dawson.

* not comics: Iggy Pop apparently doesn't make enough money from music on which to live, and he blames in part the ability to access his work for free against his wishes that it be free. A good friend of mine insists it's a lot easier to conceive of what's going on here if you eliminate the idea of free from the discussion and realize that consumers now feel that in several ways that count they're already paying you with the time they spend consuming your work.

* Lauren Davis on In Real Life.

* ComicsAlliance has one of those funny Chris Haley comics up, this time on the Death Of Wolverine. At least I think Haley has done more than one of those comics.

* Chris Butcher posts a report on his trip to the Lakes Festival in 2013 just in advance of the 2014 version, now completed. The physical infrastructure of it looks amazing.

* not comics: Abhay Khosla reviews Birdman.

* finally, the hidden language of comic book writers.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Len Kaminsky!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Matthew Loux!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Ryan North!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Mike Baehr!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Jim Engel!

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Happy 38th Birthday, John Allison!

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October 19, 2014


Congratulations To Gary Groth On Winning The 2014 Stranger Genius Award In Literature

imageI saw this on some private Facebook postings, but here's the tweet from someone that was at last night's ceremony. Here's Paul Constant's profile of Groth when Groth was nominated for the prize, given out in yearly fashion by the major alt-weekly to people working in that region in various forms of expression.

This seems important to me for a couple of reasons. One is that I think this is the first career-spanning award Groth has been a part of, and if there's justice he should be a part of a bunch over the next several years. The world of adult, literate expression in comics owes much of crucial significance to that 14-year-old lining up the column spacing on his fanzines in his bedroom, night after night, and the man that teenager became. The other is that Fantagraphics has had a curious relationship to Seattle over its quarter-century there, and it's always nice to see that city recognize the cultural impact that this long-standing business has had both there in town and throughout the world.

I've long suspected Gary Groth was a genius in part because I'm 3-269 in two decades of arguments with him. So this makes me feel better. Seriously, though, thousands of lives would be different without his unique achievements, including my own. Congratulations to him on this nice honor.
 
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If I Were In England, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

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Happy 67th Birthday, Giorgio Cavazzano!

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