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July 26, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Comic-Con International Documentary: Home Away From Home


2012 Day At Comic-Con International


Stan Lee Speaks At The 1975 San Diego Comic-Con


Sailor Moon Cosplay 2000 Comic-Con International


One Of Many CCI Tip Guides Up On YouTube


Film Of Clips Shot At 2010 Comic-Con International



Paul Pope Talks About Inking


David Malki Vs. CCI
 
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If I Were In Medina, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Manchester, 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 39th Birthday, Brannon Costello!


 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Lawrence Watt-Evans!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Bob Pinaha!


 
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July 25, 2014


Fantagraphics Announces Major Vaughn Bodé Publishing Initiative

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Early this morning Fantagraphics and publisher Gary Groth announced a major new publishing initiative featuring the life, art and comics of iconic cartooning figure Vaugh Bodé. In April 2015, Fantagraphics will reintroduce the underground legend into the modern comics conversation via a freshly designed, over-sized omnibus called The Big Book Of Me. There will be more books in the initiative, yet to be announced, the idea being to re-publish the underground cartoonist in a way befitting his stature and the demands of the modern market.

Bodé's Cheech Wizard was one of the well-traveled characters of the underground and overground comics eras. The character dates back to 1956 and Bodé's college newspaper gig. Described as "a lascivious con man" in Fantagraphics' accompanying publicity write-up, Cheech Wizard would remain with the cartoonist past his student days. He eventually appeared in various underground comix and National Lampoon, becoming an iconic image across several US subcultures including graffiti and tattoos.

The publisher will work with Bodé's son, Mark Bodé, who has served as a caretaker of the elder Bodé's work and is himself a well-regarded cartoonist working in style similar to that employed by his father.

The Bodé project represents the first major effort by longtime company mainstay Mike Baehr on the editorial side of making comics after years in various support and administrative positions at the company. Baehr told CR he was extremely excited that this could be one of his first editorial projects with the publisher, and that he hopes he can perhaps work on other Bodé works down the line as they're added to the schedule.

"Much in comics is cyclical, so that right now there's a lot of people taking fantasy devices and genre stuff in whichever direction they choose, without very many constraints -- it's enough that we might be fooled into thinking this generation invented it," critic Joe McCulloch told CR. "Cycling back to Bode will show how wild things could get on a different frontier."

Vaughn Bodé (1941-1975) was inducted into the Will Eisner Hall Of Fame in 2006.

The Big Book Of Me by Vaughn Bodé is due from Fantagraphics in April of 2015. It will be a softcover and will retail at $19.99. These are frequently beautiful and wholly idiosyncratic comics; I'm glad for them to be getting special treatment at a high-end arts-comics publisher and look forward to this first volume.

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Scholastic Makes Official New Bone Volume One To Celebrate Ten Years Of Publication

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Scholastic made official something that's been discussed semi-openly since last year -- that cartoonist Jeff Smith is working on new Bone-related material for an anniversary-style celebration of his book's time at the children's publishing giant. A color edition of Bone Volume One: Out From Bonesville -- the book that launched the Graphix imprint and cemented children's graphic novel publishing as a feature of the North American marketplace -- will be released in February of next year.

In addition to the color work by Jeff Smtih and color artist Steve Hamaker, the anniversary edition will contain a "brand-new illustrated poem" by Smith, as well as a series of small-comics and pin-ups from a number of Smith's favorite cartoonists, friends, and fellow category mainstays. The PR announced Kate Beaton, Jeffrey Brown, Kazu Kibuishi, Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier and Craig Thompson,

Jeff Smith appeared at Comic-Con International this year on behalf of this announcement and also in support of his new print comic book, Tuki #1.
 
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Stan Lee And Jules Feiffer No-Show Comic-Con International

imageStan Lee has laryngitis; it's been said that Jules Feiffer has a pre-condition that could lead to pneumonia were he to risk travel. Neither elder statesman of comics was able to make the weekend show. Lee canceled planned appearances today or tomorrow. A packed audience for a Jules Feiffer panel that included Paul Levitz and Jules Feiffer were told that the playwright and seminal comics-for-sophisticated-audiences maker wouldn't be on-hand.

Feiffer was to be on hand in support of his forthcoming Kill My Mother; Lee seem slated mostly to promote one of his media crossover properties.

We wish both men rest and good health.
 
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Go, Look: 1000 Jokes

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

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

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

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

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Go, Look: The Greatest Experiment

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Paul Gravett discusses top items from that British Library show.

image* Kelly Thompson on Rocket Raccoon #1. Rob Clough on new releases from Yeti Press. Erica Friedman on Pure Yuri Anthology Hirari Vol. 13.

* if you were to make a list of fundamental effects in comics -- not that this is specific or unique to comics -- showing the difference in size between two objects and mustering an effect from that fact would be right up there.

* Bryan Lee O'Malley on what he learned from Osamu Tezuka.

* for some reason, the usual humorous approach concerning these border kids strikes me as uniquely unsuited to the issue involved. I mean, I know that's not true; you can do humor about everything. It could be that I'm not up on the nuances on the issue.

* finally, Wonder Woman fights a bear.
 
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Happy 57th Birthday, Ray Billingsley!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jon Lewis!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, S. Clay Wilson!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Alex Wald!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Chip Bok!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Ted Benoit!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Dan Shahin!

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