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May 2, 2016


Go, Look: Conversion On The Road To Malha

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Go, Look: 1000 Jokes #79

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Just Look At This Beautiful Moebius Splash Page

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* I have yet to post on Marguerite Dabaie's ambitious crowd-funding project A Voyage To Panjikant. Somehow the latest Mark Andrew Smith-related project failed to catch my attention until now as well. Smith is a crowd-funding veteran. We definitely have veterans of that now.

* the GoFundMe campaign to provide assistance to Caanan Grall and his family seems to still be attracting donors.

* artist and writer-about-comics Jesse Hamm has a Patreon going. And we know that Graham Annable making cartoon videos is fun, albeit not-comics.

* a pair of Kickstarter campaigns we've been tracking: a new Jess Fink book and a Rozi Hathaway project.

* finally, the Kickstarter campaign for She Changed Comics ended in the stratosphere it seemed to be headed towards from the about day two.
 
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Go, Look: Greg Capullo Images Gallery

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OTBP: These Are The Ways In Which I Have Tried To Tell You

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Submissions For Creators For Creators Grant Now Open

Here. I hope every single person for whom this program applies will submit, and I hope that every single institution in comics takes this as a gauntlet thrown to develop programs that directly support creators.
 
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Go, Look: Billville Birds

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2016

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May 3
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This

May 5
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were Near A Comic Shop, I'd Participate In This (FCBD)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Minneapolis)

May 10
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 13
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Santa Cruz, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cupertino, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Pickerington, I'd Go To This (Big Comic Show)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (MSP ComiCon 2016)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Des Moines)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Merced, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (MSP ComiCon 2016)

May 17
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 19
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 20
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (Ting Festival)

May 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were In Vanouver, I'd Go To This (VanCaf)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were In Vanouver, I'd Go To This (VanCaf)

May 26
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 28
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)

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June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Wayne Howard Inking Over Gil Kane's Pencils

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I spent a bit of time this morning going through ComicsAlliance's slideshow of Prince tribute art.

image* Todd Klein on The Last Companion.

* Dave Miller talks to Jack Ohman. Noha Medhat profiles Khalil Al-Baih. Greg Hunter talks to Anya Davidson.

* Matthew White suggests top animal comics.

* not comics: superhero.

* here's the latest staggering amount earned by Tintin art at auction. It's weird to think of a world where lines on paper have that kind of value and it's not a world in which I'd feel comfortable operating. At the same time, original art is an object of value and a single object of value, meaning it's not something on whose behalf multiple sellers might against claim value so that more can be sold, so it has that going for it.

* not comics: it's official: Twitter really is a news channel now more than it is a social media tool.

* I once left my cell phone at my lawyer's place, and he told me to come back and get it the hell out of their reception area.

* this single-shop sales analysis and predictive article is fun to read, but comparing the first issue of relaunched series to the last issue of previous series better yield a significant bump up in sales. It's maintaining a profitable level of sales beyond the stunts that has vexed these companies for a decade now, and that's an area a lot of people suspect this "Rebirth" initiative doesn't seem particularly likely to distinguish itself.

* the mainstream companies should make exceptions in cases like this, and should then fight each other to be the first to write a giant check. If ceding control weakens the claim, they should work to find alternatives and work out what that might be in advance. It just seems like that better serves their interests here. It's super-dumb for company to own these broadly descriptive words, for sure.

* finally, here's video of Paul Karasik teaching over in Italy.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Jared Gardner!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Jerry Scott!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Howard Cruse!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Scott Stantis!

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May 1, 2016


Go, Look: On Making A Retro-Marvel Calendar

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Missed It: Your 2016 Glyph Awards Nominees

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Brigid Alverson has a nice write-up here on the nominees for this year's Glyph Awards, the winners of which are given out in conjunction with the East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention, held each year in Philadelphia. This year the winners will be named May 20.

Alverson notes write-in nominations are encouraged in the "Fan Favorite" category.

The nominees are as follows:

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Story of the Year

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker -- Julian Voloj, Writer; Claudia Ahlering, Artist
* Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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Best Cover

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust -- John Jennings, Writer and Artist
* Tephlon Funk! -- Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists

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Best Writer

* Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Concrete Park Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
* (H)Afrocentric">Juliana "Jewels" Smith, (H)Afrocentric
* David F. Walker, Cyborg

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Best Artist

* Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline
* Keef Cross, Dayblack #4 -- Shot in the Ass
* John Jennings, Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust

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Best Male Character

* Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came a Dark Hunter -- Alex Simmons, Writer; Tim Fielder, Artist
* Antonio Valor (Brotherman), Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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Best Female Character

* Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur -- Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Writers; Natacha Bustos and Amy Reeder, Artists
* Lily, Malice in Ovenland -- Micheline Hess, Writer and Artist
* Naima Pepper, (H)Afrocentric -- Juliana "Jewels" Smith, Writer; Ronald R. Nelson, Artist

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Rising Star Award

* Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist -- Bounce!
* Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists -- Tephlon Funk!
* D.C. Walker, Writer; Bruno Oliveira, Artist -- When the River Rises

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Best Comic Strip or Webcomic

* Blackwax Boulevard -- Dmitri Jackson, Writer and Artist
* Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
* Detective Boogaloo: Hip Hop Cop -- Jamar Nicholas, Writer and Artist

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Best Reprint Publication

* Ajala: A Series of Adventures, Book Two (XMoor Studios)
* Concrete Park, Volume One: You Send Me (Dark Horse Comics)
* Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse Comics)

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Fan Award for Best Work

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton , Writer; Denis Medri , Artist
* Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
* Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Writers; Tony Puryear, Artist
* Shaft, Volume One: A Complicated Man -- David Walker, Writer; Sanford Greene, Artist

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Go, Look: My Pitch Philosophy

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Go, Look: Elijah Brubaker Loves Richard Corben

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

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

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Happy 41st Birthday, Matt Silady!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Mark Robert Bourne!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Tom De Haven!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Pitzer!

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