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October 26, 2014


FFF Results Post #399 -- Spoilerama

On Friday, CR readers were asked, "Describe In Five Sentences Of Ten Words Or Less Five Moments From Comics That Genuinely Surprised You." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Stinky commits suicide.
2. ERG-1 drained right out of his suit.
3. The rising sun turns out to be Alfred E. Neuman.
4. The claws aren't part of his costume.
5. Boom.

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Sean Kleefeld

1. "I did it thirty-five minutes ago."
2. Galactus falls!
3. Reed Richards' brain is erased by a Negative Zone alien.
4. Herobear tells Tyler who his grandfather is.
5. Planetary #27 finally came out... three years later.

*****

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Art Baxter

1. Manhog serves his tormentor as the main course.
2. Spider-Man grows four extra arms by accident.
3. Mina Murray's neck scarf falls away revealing massive scarring.
4. Sock Monkey cuts his face down the middle with scissors.
5. Maggie and Ray exchange gazes over four decades.

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Richard Pachter

1 Byrne's Captain Canuck-ish guy blowed up real good.
2 Ha, they're gonna make another Superman.
3 After all that, they really did kill Damian -- for now.
4 Thomas Wayne is alive and is Batman?!
5 That snap was her neck breaking.

*****

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Stergios Botzakis

1. The guy they ran over was the attempted robber.
2. Tara is a mole.
3. Aunt Petunia is relatively young.
4. Captain Boomerang uses Slipknot to test a theory.
5. The three narratives are actually one story.

*****

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Bonny

1. Omega: shot, killed, cancelled all at once, leaving no conclusion.
2. Peter Parker learns by telegram that Aunt May is dead.
3. Bran Mak Muffin loses all faith, falls on his sword.
4. It turns out, apparently, that women are emotion-based voids.
5. Jimmy Corrigan considers jumping, meets friendly woman at work instead.

*****

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Philippe Leblanc

1. Lina stays with her father in The Reverie;
2. Mitchell Hundred stopped United Flight 175;
3. Jon sneezed his way to adulthood at his friends' funeral;
4. I really thought Olrik would be there somehow, he's not;
5. So... this frog holds Mjolnir? oh, it's not a frog?;

*****

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Mike Pfefferkorn

1. He never was really Alec Holland.
2. Gladstone's Terrible Secret.
3. Tex Thompson is dead.
4. "Burn."
5. Good-bye, Jean.

*****

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Andrew Mansell

1. Hero from Bismoll devours the Miracle Machine and goes Insane
2. Winter Moran utters her first word
3. " ... she lost the baby a little over thirty minutes ago"
4. "I'm alive!!! Left -- to live out my life -- wondering -- "
5. "We had fun, didn't we Chuck?"

*****

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Buzz Dixon

1. Clams got legs!
2. The cutie is a killer.
3. She would have had a better chance hitting the water.
4. Of course the most interesting characters aren't real.
5. It was all down hill after the dog died.

*****

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Oliver Ristau

1. She died before she even hit the ground.
2. He's no angel and it's not judgment day either.
3. Hitler's hooded hate-mongering.
4. Innocent persecuted hero turns out to be death camp leader.
5. Cute looking people live inside a dead girl's body.

*****

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Tim Hayes

1. Scorpio shoots himself
2. Silver St. Cloud recognizes Batman
3, Adele Blanc-Sec stabbed to death
4. Mr Hyde rapes the Invisible Man
5. Dad's Army turn up in an Image comic

*****

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Matt Silvie

1. Doofus offended he's cuckolded by sleazy professor, "Gandalf the Grey."
2. The drunk in the Groucho Marx disguise was Uncle Gabby.
3. Clay Loudermilk ends up without any arms or legs.
4. Trosper forgets about the monster, resumes playing with the ball.
5. Libertarian zine gets Rorschach's diary, probably foiling Ozymandias' hairbrained scheme.

*****

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Chris Duffy

1. The Man Who Couldn't Stop becomes part of the Ed story.
2. Jean Grey commits suicide in Blue Area on the moon.
3. Cerebus rapes Astoria.
4. Swamp Thing finds out he is not Alec Holland.
5. Mary Kelly survived and has kids in Ireland.

*****

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Marc Arsenault

1. A Giant squid materializes in Penn Station
2. That is not a Smurf’s arm with a plum in it’s hand
3. The psychotic vigilante is disintegrated
4. The Commissioner's daughter is shot in the stomach
5. Stuffed swordfish flies of the top of car through the windshield of oncoming car impaling driver

*****

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Jones

1. Sweyn gets assassinated here and now, to hell with the plan (I think I might have actually said "holy shit")
2. They finally hook up, he gets out of the bar, and it takes three years for the other shoe to drop
3. The sniper ends up retarded and impotent (most anti-romantic noir ending ever)
4. Boot watches Annie for four straight days (thus fundamentally transforming the rhythm of the strip)
5. After fifteen years or so, Chris Ware stops drawing like Chris Ware for five pages (I definitely said "holy shit")

*****

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Scott Dunbier

* Manhunter dies
* Green Arrow kills someone
* Flower Dies
* Swamp Thing finds out the truth and loses it
* Dedicated to the memory of Wally Wood

*****

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J.E. Cole

1: I am the fourth man
2: Mom?
3: My City's burnt to ash and you're begging me for mercy? Request denied.
4: Why won't the blood wash off?
5: I love you Nancy Callahan.

*****
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October 25, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


He Kind Of Hates Batman


Warren Craghead Speaks


A Lynda Barry Interview I've Likely Already Run Five Times


1990 MTV Feature On Katsuhiro Otomo


A Discussion With Jack Teagle And Donya Todd


Profile Of That Writers On Amtrak Program, Featuring Bill Willingham
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from October 18 to October 24, 2014:

1. Musa Kart acquitted in Turkey of slander and criticism of the then prime minister and now president of Turkey, Recep Erdoğan.

2. There was a comics show in the West Bank last weekend.

3. Gary Groth receives the "Genius In Literature" award from The Stranger, a local honor for a man and a company not always recognized as a regional treasure.

Winner Of The Week
I'll go with Gary Groth here instead of Musa Kart, even though Kart was facing nine years in jail and Gary probably had much the same week he would have had he not won. Still, I like that Groth got his first of what I hope are many lifetime awards as he moves into his sixties (and several decades past his sixties), and I'm particularly glad to see him recognized within Seattle arts culture.

Losers Of The Week
I'd like to go with the gaming gators instead of Recep Erdoğan, but seriously, what kind of chowderhead running a country aims that country's legal system against someone who creates art critical of their actions? That's just not of this century.

Quote Of The Week
"What's the world coming to, when you're tacitly encouraged not to simply stomp about wherever you like, heedless of the humanity of others? What kind of world are we creating?" -- a David Malki character in a very funny Wondermark
 
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Go, Look: High-Quality CGC Scans Of Action Comics #1

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Explained here. There's good Joe Shuster, Bernard Baily and Fred Guardineer in that issue. A lot of racist visuals, too, so if that's not something you wish to encounter you might stick with the Superman story. I love the kiss in that story.

via an army of people, but as suggested above I read it here
 
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If I Were Near London, Ontario, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 47th Birthday, Taiyo Matsumoto!

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Happy 54th Birthday, June Brigman!

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October 24, 2014


By Request Extra: Joseph Remnant Would Like You To Buy His Seth Kushner Portrait To Benefit Kushner

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Remnant is selling the art here.

The change in Kushner's condition/situation is described here.

The general GoFundMe page for Kushner and his family is here. As I recall, he can also be donated to via paypal at seth@sethkusher.com.
 
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Go, Look: Bird In A Cage

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Go, Read: Series Of Posts Exploring DMP's Latest Tezuka Kickstarter

imageThere's a really interesting series of posts from Alex Hoffman at Sequential State about a Osamu Tezuka-related crowd-funder for a bunch of Osamu Tezuka-related books. It's grown into one of those mini-debates. There's a bunch of stuff to read/see. You should probably start with the Kickstarter itself, move into the three-part Hoffman essay (1, 2, 3), go to a video that DMP's Hikaru Sasahara made about some of the issues raised in general, and end with Hoffman's response to that video and some follow-up thoughts. I would imagine like most discussions of this type it's quickly scuttered into another half-dozen places, with more to come, but those seemed like the essentials.

What fascinates me about this discussion is that it really puts the pressure on DMP to articulate a great deal more of their reasoning than is usually required by a crowd-funder, but also does so against this backdrop where these arguments almost aren't important except as a dampening agent on enthusiasm needed to see a crowd-funder to completion. We're still at the stage where a successful crowd-funder is defined solely by the financial commitment it engenders, even more than if it actually comes through on what's promised. The idea of standards is way, way, way out there, still. Hoffman brings in the idea of what a crowd-funder should cover, which I think is fair because there is a social-good style argument made for these things but it's usually really broadly portrayed, and sometimes with the idea of something simply being crowd-funded as its own moral force. Another fascinating element is that Hoffman uses the idea of this crowd-funder as one in a potential series of such crowd-funders to question the idea of making an ongoing strategy out of raising money for publishing this way.

I hope there are more discussions like this. I think when you're an established company asking for money like this it puts a lot of pressure on you to justify what you're doing and how you're doing it. Sometimes that's easier for a company like this to do, because they can point to years of completing projects and employing people or however the request is phrased. And sometimes it's more difficult, like this one. I'm terribly interested to see how it plays out.
 
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Go, Look: Marjane Satrapi Paintings

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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
* Comicsblog
* Comix Factory

* Dave Crane
* David Robertson

* FPI Blog

* Graphic Design And Illustration

* It's Life And Life Only

* Kasterborous

* Lew Stringer
* Lizzlizz

* Make It Then Tell Everybody

* Panel Works

* Ravensbourne Libraries
* Rob Jackson
* Robot 6

* Sarah McIntyre
* Shaz
* Steve Morris

* WJC

* Zainab Akhtar 01
* Zainab Akhtar 02

Miscellaneous
* David Brothers On Zainab Akhtar's On-Site Piece

News Stories And Columns
* ComicsAlliance
* Cumbria Live
* Design Week
* Ian Cullen
* ITV News
* Lancashire Evening Post
* The Guardian
* The Outhousers
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

Twitter
* Sarah McIntyre
* Scott McCloud
* Tom Harley

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Go, Look: More Jon J Muth Black And White Images

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Anya Davidson reports that her Band For Life has been dropped by Vice due to a low viewership. I hope someone out there with a little bit of cash will pick it up, or if not, that she'll be able to make a go of it as a self-published effort.

* it looks like Mark Waid's Thrillbent effort has significantly improved its reader experience. I like following the development of Thrillbent because I feel like they have to kind of work through stuff that most companies have decided going in just by nature of their involvement.

* looks like Bad Machinery is on next-to-full hiatus until the new year.

* finally, Alan Gardner caught that Rina Piccolo has made the transition to doing her work digitally.
 
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Go, Look: The Secret History Of John Constantine

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I thought this was well done. I'm glad to see the Jamie Delano-era receiving a big chunk of the spotlight, given that the character was more popular in a more self-actualized, confident depiction later on in the series.
 
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OTBP: Zombre #3

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Go, Read: The Guardian On Various Caricaturists Supporting Musa Kart With Vicious Drawings Of Recep

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It's pretty self-explanatory. Before being acquitted yesterday, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart was facing up to nine years in prison on charges brought against him by that country's president, Recep Erdoğan. This was due to a cartoon that Kart did about a significant corruption scandal that gripped the country in late 2013. The fact that that only conceivable, rational objection anyone could have against the cartoon is that the idea expressed was not to the politician's liking is something that has not been lost on critics of the contemptible practice of sitting government officials pursuing criminal and civic action against artists. It's fun to see the artists unload on Erdoğan like this, and him not able to fight back in a potentially skewed arena. I imagine it was also an encouragement to Kart.

cartoon from Norway's Morten Morland
 
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