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December 16, 2017


Go, Look: Miché Perez

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Go, Look: Jon Marchione

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2018

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December 27
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This

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January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

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Events For February 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Alabaster Pizzo

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Happy 85th Birthday, Quentin Blake!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Mike Bertino!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Ariel Bordeaux!

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What It Feels Like Turning 49

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December 15, 2017


OTBP: Burned But Not Consumed

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Assembled Extra: Noah Van Sciver Serializing Fante Bukowski 3 On A Dedicated Twitter Account

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Here's the account.

I'm reasonably certain something like this has been done a few times, although nothing specific springs to mind. As a more traditional print cartoonist, Van Sciver's employment is worthy of note as cartoonists try to fill the vacuum where serialized print comics used to be. Anyway you look at it: more Fante Bukowski!
 
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Go, Look: Jed McGowan

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Go, Look: Akvile Magicdust

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman has a few thoughts about Tom Gauld.

* Disney acquired a major portion of Fox in a $52 to $66 billion deal. It should be interesting from a media story perspective how that deal falls into place -- I would assume that most of what's left off is stuff where the companies duplicate themselves or some media endeavors that just don't fit Disney culture. This does mean that the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will be available to the Marvel movie machine, which should extend the possibility of their long run at the box office. How much effect that has on the comic book side of things, I don't know. Despite claims to the contrary, both of those elements of the Marvel publishing line have been de-emphasized in significant ways over the last several years.

* finally: I am enjoying the "doofus" line of drawings at Jason's place.
 
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Happy 43rd Birthday, Randall Kirby!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Colin Panetta!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Zep!

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Happy 64th Birthday, JM DeMatteis!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Ted Slampyak!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Philippe Dupuy!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Matthew Southworth!

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December 14, 2017


Go, Look: Maia Kobabe

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Festivals Extra: Rob Salkowitz On The Comic-Con Trademark Decision

Here and here.

Salkowitz does some nice work in pointing out that licensing agreements between SDCC and other entities have already happened, that appeals are restrictive in what they can change and that Reed has significantly more resources at their disposal if SDCC goes after them for their use of the trademarked term.

I'm not done going over this stuff, but one thing that pops into my head is that I wouldn't read too much into the $20K award vs. the $12M asked. I suspect that damages were asked for not because the SDCC team thought they'd happen but to make the trial a jury trial. Now that we've seen what a jury might accept as an act of appropriation, I think most of these shows have vulnerabilities to a similar claim even if they didn't drive a car around San Diego, like the Salt Lake City folks did. I also imagine that SDCC might have a protective interest in guiding what that term means -- they've taken a path that's still comic-centric, that structurally won't allow for 200K in attendance -- and this would afford them some primacy in that market. I would also imagine it would give them a step up in creating one or two more shows if that's what they want to do.

I've said this a ton of times about the possibility of a SDCC win, but I'm still sort of surprised there's a legal path here -- or at least any outcome wouldn't have surprised me; this is maybe the only thing I've learned about legal outcomes covering them the last 25 years. I don't know of another instance of an even doing something so well they took at least their model from generic to specific, but I recognize significant chunks of SDCC in all of these new shows. The model just isn't very different. I wish them luck in stewardship, since it seems that's what they've been granted. I guess I'm glad CXC isn't CCC, although as said other shows have come to agreements.

SDCC was a longtime advertiser here, so what you just read could certainly be compromised nonsense. Trust no one!
 
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Go, Look: Jeffrey Hsueh

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2018

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December 27
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This

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January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

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Go, Look: Adam Syzm

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