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January 20, 2017


Go, Look: Alex Nino Pages From DC Comics

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

Tom Spurgeon

* Jon Erik Christianson talks to Kathleen Jacques.

* totally missed that Scribd stopped offering comics. I have no idea what that means, but I assume the popular guesses are that the category has limits and that comiXology is kicking ass. Both of those things are likely true although I think the first one may be the most pertinent. Comics' gains are usually made against a poor previous performance; we don't know that things can keep expanding in all sales channel just because a few indicators go way up every now and then, like comics as a bookstore category or whatever.

* I'm having a hard time keeping track of the various programs, but any addition of Megahex and Kaijumax is going to benefit any line being offered. Actually, even if you're not a customer it's intriguing to see how these company are building these lines/packages.

* finally, the review site Sequential State has its new header up. This one is from Tommi Parrish.
 
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Go, Listen: Leela Corman On Process Party

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2017

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January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

January 22
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Vancouver Comicon)

January 25
* If I Were In Hamilton, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In North Texas, I'd Go To This (North Texas Comic Book Show)

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February 1
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

February 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 18
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 19
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBCE)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 21
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Go, Look: Michael Dooley Digs Into The Art Of Ho Che Anderson's Graphic Biography King

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Sp4rx.

* not comics: Heidi MacDonald notes the departure of the sympathetic driving force behind Legendary Pictures could have a significant impact on how they use their comics arm, currently run by industry veteran Bob Schreck. I'm happy for the jobs created by that line although none of the comics seem to have taken a dynamic life of their own within comics, save perhaps for that Frank Miller Holy Terror book that many people hated.

* dinga ding ding ding ding ding ding ding...

* not comics: I enjoyed the work of the late character actor Miguel Ferrer: he was a man better than the bad material he was given and as good as the good stuff. I'm certain you can read at various points around the comics Internet about his comics fandom; he was a San Diego con-goer back when noteworthy Hollywood actors there could barely fill out a bingo card. He even co-scripted a series for Marvel. I'll be happy if I make 61, but I bet very few folks 61 feel that way.

* finally: go see Roz Chast if you're in Tacoma. She's great.
 
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Happy 49th Birthday, Gerry Alanguilan!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Keith Pollard!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Alexander Danner!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Bill Griffith!

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Happy 96th Birthday, Mike Peyton!

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January 19, 2017


Pascal Garray, RIP

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Go, Look: Fletcher Hanks Collection PR Feature At Boing Boing

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not usually a fan of this kind of feature but it's Fletcher Hanks, so it's bound to be great
 
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Assembled Extra: comiXology Launches Original Material

This seems like a relatively straight-forward explanation of what's been released, to what platforms and why. I don't have the stomach to see if "content moat" is a real thing, so let me leave that mystery to you.

The thing about digital comics reading habits I think may be worth remembering is that nothing's really been set in stone and strategies still might come into play that haven't event been considered yet. This idea of possibility is reinforced by the relatively strong settling of various consumption habits that have come to streaming film and video services, and the role that original content has played there. There are a lot of articles out there strongly declaring realities that never came to pass in that space, which makes me think that comics is a bit more wide open than might have been thought even two years ago. I'm also fascinated to see what ends up worth doing in a medium where the very best-selling primary material may hit local newscast numbers.

Whatever happens, this seems like an an important step.

The comic in question sounds pretty good, too.
 
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Go, Look: Obama's Greatest Accomplishment?

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* here are the exhibitions at Angouleme, now hurtling towards us. That looks like a solid, crowd-pleasing line-up although really nothing there I felt pain at seeing listed with my not going and all. That Franquin one might be lovely.

* I saw almost no reaction to the FIBD grand prix finalists list, which surprised me. If someone knows a rip-roaring conversation going on out there, clue me in. To be clear, I think all of three of those choices are super-solid and if Ware wins, I want to go. I'm still surprised that there's *no* reaction to a white, all-male finalists suite given last year's fiasco. If it continues to be quiet, kudos to those at the festival crisis-managing this situation the last several months.

* there will be a con in East Los Angeles in May.

* conventional wisdom says that Comic-Con International won't miss the now-LA Chargers football team because their moving away from San Diego streamlines future planning for convention center expansion.

* finally, I hope no one on the board at CXC expects this level of commitment from me.
 
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Go, Look: #MeetTheArtist

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Go, Look: The Adventures Of Shochan (1925)

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* congratulations to Dan Buckley, publisher at Marvel, being named President of Marvel. I want to play catch on that one for a few days because I'm not sure who gets replaced or who doubles up on certain duties or whatever.

image* Steve Foxe on Tomie.

* this may be my favorite personal anecdote about working at Fanta as well, or at least one that's not the trash can story.

* Mark Evanier writes about comics with a quick turnaround time. His own personal involvement with one doesn't get shorter than 11 days, but that's still a short time when you think of how the bulk of labor involved with comics can't be faked. You have to kind of willfully drive around these things.

* not comics: hm.

* I can't tell if no word on the condition of the Malaysian great Lat since Monday or so is good news or bad. I think good, in terms of that one step, but the whole situation isn't ideal. All thoughts with him and his family. It's been a great part of this New Year to have an excuse to back and look at those comics, and I urge you to make Kampung Boy and Town Boy part of your collection.

* there are still a lot of comics out there I'd like to consume at a huge size. Not me, the comics. It's nice that there are format discussions some 75-plus years in, too.

* finally, John Byrne on the John Byrne Forum 4-Ever.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Guy Delisle!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Thomas Yeates!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Joe Staton!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Scott Tipton!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Frank Cammuso!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Don MacPherson!

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