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October 31, 2014


Go, Read: Emily Carroll's When The Darkness Presses

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Go, Download: David Lasky's All Monster Comics

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Happy Halloween: Enjoy Study Group's Halloween Haunting

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Five For Friday #400 -- We've Wasted Our Lives

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Five For Friday #400 -- Name Five Comic Books With An Issue Number Of 401 Or Greater That You've Enjoyed -- No Use Of "One Million" Or Gimmick Numbering, Please; Use The Following Format

1. Action Comics #583
2. The Uncanny X-Men #522
3. Adventures Of Superman #612
4. Fantastic Four #554
5. MAD #500

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OTBP: A Limited Print Of Dan Clowes As Drawn By Drew Friedman

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Help! I Have A Question Or Two About Movie Adaptations And Particularly The Ones From Four-Color

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I have a question or two about movie adaptations into comics, primarily if there's a source for credits for Dell/Western comics generally, and if someone knows how artists and writers back then worked (stills? scripts? guesswork?). If you can answer those questions,
 
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Go, Look: Scott Longo

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The Casual Certainties Of Late October: Wal-Mart's Christmas Trees, PW's Best Books Of The Year

imagePublishers Weekly has its best-of book lists out, I guess in an attempt to fool those who thought there was slightly more than 1/6 of the year left. Their choices in comics are:

* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* The Wrenchies, Farel Dalrymple (First Second)
* How to Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* The Love Bunglers, Jaime Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
* Beautiful Darkness, Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet (Drawn & Quarterly)

That's a fine list. Given past winning slates I wouldn't have been surprised if Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki's This One Summer, Richard Thompson's Complete Cul De Sac, Mimi Pond's Over Easy, Jules Feiffer's Kill My Mother or John Porcellino's Hospital Suite were on this year's list, but what is on there makes sense. That Dalrymple book might surprise some people, but that book is something else.

I think there are likely still some excellent books to come. I just got the new Olivier Schrauwen, and that look stupendous. There's still at least one if not two David B. books coming out. I appreciate the PW list's small size, and I appreciate the fact that even though there are only five choices two of their picks were from Fantagraphics -- there has to be pressure to include as many publishers as possible.

Update: Heidi MacDonald informs me that Emily Carroll's Through The Woods and the aforementioned The One Summer made a fairly extensive-looking Young Adult list.
 
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Go, Look: Reed Black

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Missed It: Somehow I Forgot To Run The BCA Shortlist, Including Posy Simmonds To The HOF

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For some demented reason I forgot to post the announced short list for the British Comic Awards, which were announced a full two weeks ago. They do this according to a submissions process organized by the British Comic Awards Committee, and this move from a longlist to a shortlist.

The big news for right this very moment is that the great Posy Simmonds will join Raymond Briggs and Leo Baxendale in the hall of fame. That is one solid Hall. Simmonds is probably best known for her two books, at-first serialized and then collected: Gemma Bovery (1999) and Tamara Drewe (2007). Her distinguished career includes the reputation-making comics informally known by her first name while bearing in one form or another several others.

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Best Comic

* Dangeritis: A Fistful of Danger -- Robert M Ball and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Great Beast)
* In The Frame -- Tom Humberstone (New Statesman)
* Raygun Roads -- Owen Michael Johnson, Indio!, Mike Stock and Andy Bloor (Self published)
* Tall Tales & Outrageous Adventures #1: The Snow Queen & Other Stories -- Isabel Greenberg (Great Beast)
* The Wicked + The Divine #1 -- Kieron Gillen, Jaime McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)

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Best Book

* The Absence -- Martin Stiff (Titan Books)
* Celeste -- I.N.J. Culbard (Self Made Hero)
* The Encyclopedia of Early Earth -- Isabel Greenberg (Jonathan Cape)
* Lighter Than My Shadow -- Katie Green (Jonathan Cape)
* Sally Heathcote: Suffragette -- Mary Talbot, Kate Charlesworth and Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)

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Young People's Comic Award

* Bad Machinery Volume Two: The Case of The Good Boy -- John Allison (Oni Press)
* BOO! -- Paul Harrison-Davies, Andrew Waugh; Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Jonathan Edwards, James Howard, Gary Northfield and Jamie Smart (Self published)
* Corpse Talk: Season 1 -- Adam Murphy (David Fickling Books)
* Hilda and the Black Hound -- Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
* The Beginner's Guide to Being Outside -- Gill Hatcher (Avery Hill Publishing)

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Emerging Talent

* Alison Sampson (Genesis, "Shadows" (In The Dark) -- artist)
* Briony May Smith (Tam Lin, The Courting of Fair Spring and Red-Nosed Frost, The Mermaid)
* Rachael Smith (House Party, One Good Thing, Flimsy, "Vicky Park" (Leicester Mercury), "The Amazing Seymore" (Moose Kid Comics))
* Becca Tobin (Eye Contact, "Peppermint Butler's Peppermint Bark" (Adventure Time #30), numerous short comics)
* Corban Wilkin ("History of Energy" (Dreams of a Low Carbon Future) -- artist, Breaker's End, "If Not Now Then When" (Offlife #6))

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Hall of Fame

* Posy Simmonds

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These titles will now go to a Judging Panel, consisting of Jonathan Entwistle, Jessica Hynes, Danny John-Jules, Jonathan Ross and Suzy Varty -- if they end up meeting in a room, I would love to be in that room. That group will decide the winners save for the Young People's Comic Award, which is chosen by young people from school across the UK.

The awards ceremony is scheduled for 6 PM, November 15 at the Royal Armouries Bury Theatre in Leeds. It is part of the Thought Bubble Festival.

Congratulations to all nominees and to Posy Simmonds.

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Not Comics: Fred Banbery Mini-Gallery

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Brian Hibbs On Inappropriate Covers On All-Age Friendly Comics

The retailer Brian Hibbs has a short essay up here on DC putting a violent-looking cover on a comic book whose interiors suggest it could be an all-ages or simply a broadly-appealing sales item. I've had some exposure to this from little kids of my friends. I couldn't tell you how frequently this kind of thing might put someone off just in general, but I know two young comic-book obsessives that want no part of angry or violent superhero stories despite loving those characters. One of them had her father black out some Joker-related advertisements in a to-kids marketed comic book. So I suspect this is a real thing.
 
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OTBP: Ink Brick #2

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Collective Memory: The Locust Moon Comics Festival 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Locust Moon Comics Fesivtal, held October 25 at The Rotunda in Philadelphia.

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
* Aimee Fleck
* Andrea Tsurumi

* Colonial Comics
* Cooking Up Comics

* Dan Mazur
* Darshana Pathak
* Dean Haspiel 01
* Dean Haspiel 02

* e hetrick jackson

* Heather Nunnelly

* Illadelph Pastlife

* Mary Capaldi
* Meathaus

* Panel Patter

* Robot 6

* The Art Of Mary Capaldi

* Werdy Girl

Facebook
* Adam McGovern
* Adriano Moraes
* Farel Dalrymple
* Jason Rodriguez
* Bill Roundy
* Bill Sienkiewicz
* Meghan Turbitt 01
* Meghan Turbitt 02
* Meghan Turbitt 03

Miscellaneous
* WPSU

News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Ninth Art Press
* Philly.com

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* Altar Girl
* Andrew Carl

* Bleeding Cool

* cookingupcomics

* Ignorant Bliss

* katfajardoo

* leezusconleche 01
* leezusconleche 02
* Lisk Feng
* Locust Moon Festival Photos
* Locust Moon Guest Spotlights

* savvyliterate

* the often wrong

Twitter
* Aimee Fleck
* Alexandra Beguez
* Andrea Tsurumi 01
* Andrea Tsurumi 02
* Andrew Carl
* ashleyaltars

* Ben Marra
* Box Brown

* cookingupcomics

* darshana

* Evan Dahm

* Fantom Comics
* Farel Dalrymple 01
* Farel Dalrymple 02

* Gregory Benton

* Haan Lee

* Japspeporj Fenway
* Judith

* katfajardo!

* Lady Turbo
* Lisk Feng

* Nhy

* Rebecca Mock
* Ronald Wimberly

* wowowosh

* Yao Xiao

Video
* vtgy667

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Go, Look: Armagideon Time's 2014 Halloween Countdown

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* this is genuinely fascinating to me: Kelly Sue DeConnick asks for life updates from Warren Ellis Forum members. That was an influential hub of early -- or earlier, depending on how you personally measure these things -- comics-related, Internet-based activism and socializing. That place was super-helpful to me -- I mostly lurked -- in trying to understand a group of people with very different interests than the hardcore alt-comics community in which I found myself, but that were smart and passionated about how they saw things.

* this also caught my attention in a big way: a ComicsAlliance story profiling a Caleb Goellner-edited digital comics anthology featuring talent like Ulises Farinas, Ming Doyle and Meredith Gran. That one debuts in January, and will be free when it does so.

* here's Medium's Halloween mixtape.

* I spent about 15 minutes looking at the best-sellers list on comiXology, and... well, I've got nothing. Any attempts on my part to explain digital consumption habits runs into two to three major obstacles and like 50 minor ones. I know plenty of people that buy comics through that service and download comics more generally, but I'm not sure I know anyone that does a lot of new-comics purchasing in a manner that would resemble the chart in an even same-ballpark sense. It's an interesting list, though; Saga's hit status all by itself, across multiple formats, suggests a lot of potentially intriguing things about the nature of the current market. If I just look at the titles as a group without knowing anything about who buys this way the one that stands out for me as a surprise is Southern Bastards #5.

* finally, Gary Tyrell caught a report from Dean Trippe as to why aspects of his crowd-funded Something Terrible book project has been delayed. We wish Trippe the best in getting back to it.
 
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If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Winnipeg, 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 In Nantes, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through December 2014

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

November 3
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This (Utopiales)

November 4
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 5
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 6
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This (AmadoraBD)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NCComicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (NCComicon)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Siegen, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

November 20
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

November 24
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This

November 25
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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December 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 4
* If I Were Sao Paulo, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Experience)

December 5
* If I Were Sao Paulo, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Experience)
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (YourMiniCon)

December 6
* If I Were Sao Paulo, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Experience)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (COLA)
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (YourMiniCon)

December 7
* If I Were Sao Paulo, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Experience)
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (YourMiniCon)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: The Vampire

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I might do this as a stand-alone post later on today, because of the Halloween theme, but in case I don't you should still enjoy this Leslie Stein comic.

image* Kevin Melrose on the story behind "Nobody Loves The Hulk."

* it's good to see several people rally to the support of James Hudnall, who has asked the friends and fans he's made during a lengthy career as a writer for a modest amount of money to get over just a lousy-sounding health setback. I hope you'll consider giving, and I hope for better times for Mr. Hudnall.

* Bob Temuka opines on censorship.

* Kris talks to Dale Lazarov. Dan Berry talks to a favorite of this site, Darryl Cunningham. Lary Wallace talks to Ed Piskor.

* this isn't exactly comics, but the art involved would definitely feel at home in just about any good alt-anthology: Brian Biggs walks us through his process in making a promotional card.

* Jerry Smith opines on his least-favorite comic book writers.

* Oliver Sava and Tim O'Neil on a bunch of different stuff. Rob Clough on Moonhead And The Music Machine. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #35. Sean Gaffney on Alice In The Country Of Diamonds: Bet On My Heart. Johanna Draper Carlson on The Secret History Of Wonder Woman. Kelly Thompson on In Real Life. J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics, and then a bunch more. Michael Buntag on Doctors. Richard Bruton on Red Baron. Richard Clements on Tales From The Deep. David Holmes on Terms Of Service.

* finally, I thought that was Mat Brinkman. That's lovely.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Jeff Lester!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey!

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