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March 3, 2015

Go, Look: Amanda Baeza

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Bundled Extra: Conundrum Press Announces Dharma Punks


The boutique Canadian publisher Conundrum Press announced earlier today it has acquired rights to New Zealand cartoonist Ant Sang's seminal post-alternative graphic novel, Dharma Punks. If there's a work I'd compare it to as a publishing event, it would be when the Hugo Tate material was collected -- it's a largely unknown but widely known-about important book of its time.

Their edition will come out in September of this year. It's 400 pages and will retail for $25 in softcover. It is due in September.
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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Syd Hoff

I had Syd Hoff as "Stoney Hoff" when I first posted this, a sign of my complete, ridiculous exhaustion. On the other hand, Stoney Hoff is a great name for a cartoonist...
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Missed It: Your 2014 Ghastly Awards Winners

imageTerry Moore won three Ghastly Awards for 2014, according to a listing I saw by first going to Kevin Melrose's report at Robot 6. This is a horror comics awards named from Graham Ingels, and is in its fourth year. Al Hewestson and Jack Davis entered the program's hall of fame.

Peter Normanton won the Normanton Award, which is a legacy/future generations honor.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Lot of talented comics-makers in the list that follows.

Winners in bold.


* Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
* Crossed: Badlands (Avatar Press)
* Nailbiter (Image Comics)
* Outcast (Image Comics)
* Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)

* '68: Homefront (Image Comics)
* Caliban (Avatar Press)
* Deadworld: Restoration (IDW Publishing)
* The Strain: The Fall (Dark Horse Comics)
* Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland (IDW Publishing)

* Crossed: Special 2014 (Avatar Press)
* Dismal Incantation (Herman Inclusus)
* Edgar Allan Poe's Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue (Dark Horse Comics)
* Edgar Allan Poe's The Premature Burial (Dark Horse Comics)
* Killogy: Halloween Special (IDW Publishing)

* Bloke's Terrible Tomb Of Terror #10 (Indy)
* God Is Dead: The Book of Acts -- Alpha (Avatar Press)
* Hellraiser: Bestiary (BOOM! Studios)
* In the Dark (Tiny Behemoth Press / IDW Publishing)
* Monstrosity Vol. 2 (Alterna Comics)

* "Beneath the Surface" (Blokes Terrible Tomb of Terror #10)
* "Grandeur and Monstrosity" (God Is Dead: The Book of Acts Alpha)
* "Not All There" (In The Dark)
* "Red World" (Grimm Tales of Terror #4)
* "Trial by Cauldron" (Canaan Cult Revival)

* Carbon (Caliber Comics)
* Monsters & Other Stories (Dark Horse Comics)
* The Absence (Titan Comics)
* The Curse Of Ragdoll (Mike Wolfer Entertainment)
* The Shadows of Salamanca (Humanoids Inc.)

* 28 Days Later Omnibus (BOOM! Studios)
* EC Archives:The Vault of Horror Volume 3 (Dark Horse Comics)
* Serenity Rose: 10 Awkward Years (SLG Publishing)
* Swampmen: Muck-Monsters and Their Makers (TwoMorrows Publishing)
* The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: The Worst of Eerie Publications (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

* Alex de Campi (Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight)
* Joe Hill (Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
* Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted)
* Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Sabrina)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

* Ben Templesmith (Squidder)
* Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
* Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
* Leonardo Manco (John Carpenter's Asylum)
* Menton3 (Memory Collectors, Nosferatu Wars)

* Christian DiBari (Cutter)
* John Bivens (Dark Engine)
* Martin Stiff (The Absence)
* Mike Wolfer/Dan Parsons (The Curse of Ragdoll)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

* Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
* Jack Morelli (Afterlife With Archie)
* Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Creepy, Sabrina)
* Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
* Tyler & Ma'at Crook (Bad Blood)

* Elizabeth Breitweiser (Outcast)
* Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
* Jay Fotos ('68 Rule of War, '68 Homefront, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
* Kelly Fitzpatrick (Dark Engine)
* Tyler Crook (Bad Blood)

* Disenchanted
* Graveyard Gang
* Karma Springs
* Split Lip
* Wart

* '68 Rule of War #1 (Nat Jones)
* '68 Rule of War #3 Cover B (Tim Vigil & Jay Fotos)
* Afterlife with Archie #6 (Francesco Francavilla)
* Caliban #1 Terror (Facundo Percio, Sebastian Cabrol & Hernan Cabrera)
* Hellraiser: Bestiary #04 Cover B (Daniele Serra)
* Memory Collectors #3 Sub. Variant (David Stoupakis)
* Nosferatu Wars (Menton3)

* Al Hewetson
* Jack Davis

* Peter Normanton



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Go, Look: Peabody And Sherman In Four-Color Comics

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Andy Khouri Joins DC Comics' Burbank Offices As An Editor

imageI thought I had just plain missed this, but I guess Andy Khouri only recently announced via twitter that he has taken an editorial job at DC Comics. Khouri was just recently Editor-In-Chief (I think that's what they call that position) at the site ComicsAlliance.

That seems like a good hire for them and a good move for him: he knows the material, he knows at the very least the broad parameters of the job, and he knows a lot of the talent with whom he may end up working. I wish Khouri the best of the luck in his new job and hope I get to cover him for as long as he wants to work in comics. Heidi MacDonald says he'll start out working with Brian Cunningham.

How the Burbank offices settle into place for DC should be one of those stories that has a rolling effect over the next few years. They have a very different profile from which to choose from, I think, just talent-pool wise. There's a potential for workplace culture change, although corporate culture in comics can be an enduring thing and that kind of change never means the same thing to more than a few people at a time. It should at least be fun to watch.
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Go, Look: A Concept For Superman's Future

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Festivals Extra: CALA Announces As A 2-Day Show For 2015


Following a successful one-day effort in 2014, Comic Arts Los Angeles (CALA) has announced a two-day show for December 5-6. I thought that was a fun show with great energy and super-young -- just tons of people I wasn't aware of, which is exciting. I wish them the best with that important one-day to two-day move. It will be in the same downtown location, which I thought was a fun one for a show like that.
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Go, Look: Andrew White

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Go, Look: No 50-Cent Comic Book Sale For CR This Time


I've just run out of time. I apologize. The logistics of the trades sale killed me time-wise -- also my three-hour sobbing session, but that's standard -- and for some reason they won't let me have this truck for however long I'd like to keep it. See you in Ohio.
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: ZUERST

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* sometimes I forget that Daryl Cagle operates a cartooning syndicate in addition to making cartoons of his own, so it's always nice to be reminded of this when he picks up a new client.

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on Uncanny Avengers Volume Five: Axis Prelude. Richard Pachter on a bunch of different comics.

* what it's like learning from Derf.

* Garry Shores writes about the comics-buying days of his youth.

* I don't really care who gets to direct the next Spider-Man movie and as that kind of thing isn't in the purview of this site, I can always skip such stories and move onto the next one. But seeing this article's headline made me wonder who Drew Goddard is, and when I read the article I was struck by how much assumed knowledge there is in terms of the details and the implications of various moves and possibilities. It's a whole different world quite distinct from the comics and not secondary to them as I frequently assume -- without reason, I'm just being dumb. Further, someone who spent several hours on the couch as a teen reading the lastest issue of Amazing Heroes Preview Special as I did probably shouldn't find fault with anyone else's fandom of focused interest.

* cute: what Marvel characters are called in other countries.

* finally, Jillian Tamaki draws Annie Koyama.
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Happy 39th Birthday, Augie De Blieck!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Skottie Young!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Max Allan Collins!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Dan Mishkin!

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March 2, 2015

Go, Look: Sex Positive

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CBLDF Responds To Challenge Of Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar At High School In Rio Rancho, NM

imageThere's a fairly thorough article that went last up Friday at the CBLDF about their initial response to Palomar, the well-regarded book by Gilbert Hernandez published by Fantagraphics, being pulled from circulation. A 14-year-old had checked the book out, unaware of its content. The 14-year-old's mother complained to the school and to local media.

I think the Fund has it right here in that the two things that need to be done are to make sure the school's policies are followed and that they and/or someone in the media not a spitting sensationalist develop a counter-narrative to the ludicrous one that has developed, mostly that Gilbert Hernandez's masterful work qualifies under any resonable person's definition as child pornography. That's just asinine. I'm sure that some people out there in comments-land will stretch this into an argument that all high school libraries should carry Beto's work. It'd be a better world if this were so, but I don't think anyone would begrudge the view that maybe a shared community resource that has to meet a lot of family and young-person needs might not be the best place for that particular book. That said, it's in there, and it's really bad policy to throw books out of libraries based on the summary readings of two or three inidividuals. So hopefully the Fund and/or someone in that community supported by the Fund can make this about policy rather than about scare-tactics and sensational journalism.
posted 1:35 am PST | Permalink

Go, Look: Rudolfo

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Update: I May Have The Comic Book Sale And I May Not


I'm running out of time, and the logistics of the graphic novel part of my emergency comics sale are taking way more time than I thought. If I do have a 50 cent comic book sale, I'll trumpet it all around the Internets, but it may be of a limited time. So if it's important to you, maybe keep this on an open tab? The earliest would be 5 PM tonight. Thanks.
posted 1:25 am PST | Permalink

Go, Look: Late 1990s Portfolio From MW Kaluta

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Go, Look: Space-Mullet!

posted 1:10 am PST | Permalink

Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on The Death House. Matt Seneca on Jupiter's Legacy #5. Rob Kirby on Treasury Of Mini-Comics Vol. 2. Alex Jones on Prince Valiant #1. Todd Klein on GI Zombie #5 and Aquaman #37.

* according to the back-tracking math of superhero comics, Peter Parker is a millennial now. Let the "with great power comes great entitlement" jokes begin.

* this is the application form for the international cartoon competition known as Cartoonale Brugge. I think this might be a page for the competition itself -- it's kind of weirdly not easy to find. I know the awards program has been going on a few years, that it gives cash prizes, that there's no fee to submit and that this year's theme is "freedom." If you're enterprising, I'm sure you can take it the rest of the way home. If I get better information -- won't be difficult -- I'll put it here and in a subsequent post.

* Lou Fancher profiles Steve Wyatt. Patrick A. Reed talks to Lee Bermejo. Bart Croonenborghs talks to Johan De Neef. Alex Dueben talks to John Romita Sr.

* Tim Truman draws for the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary.

* I love the fact that Fantagraphics has such a passion for odd reprint projects, a category into which I'd put this Willard Mullin book. There's some marvelous cartooning in there, though.

* finally: Mel Crawford, RIP.
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Happy 63rd Birthday, Mark Evanier!

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