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September 18, 2014


Go, Look: Ian Laser Higginbotham

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* a lot of small press folks are still coming down from last weekend's SPX, which along with Comic-Con International is the original "peak experience" con; something on the calendar openly anticipated all year and then enjoyed like a piece of chocolate cake. Next year's 21st Century focus should make this even more of a thing.

* there are a ton of interesting shows this weekend. Los Angeles hosts a Christian-themed pop culture and comics convention; I don't even know what Christian culture looks like in a pluralistic America. The second of the Cincinnati shows goes off. Independents Day is a local/regional arts fair with a comics participation element taking place in Columbus. The Brooklyn Book Festival is a significant player in that particular rubric already. In Portland there's Rose City. I'm sure I'm forgetting some.

* finally, the comics festival in Bogota kicks off today and runs through Sunday. That was a show widely discussed at SPX, and it looks like a good one.
 
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If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2014

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September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Alpha Omega Con)

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Projects III)
* If I Were In Santa Fe, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This

October 31
* 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)

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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: Animal Comics #5

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on The Heroic Legend Of Arslan, Vol. 1. Todd Klein on Green Lantern #34. Johanna Draper Carlson on Sherlock Bones Vol. 7. Richard Bruton on Why Did You Turn? Joe Gordon on Y The Last Man. Kelly Thompson on Lazarus #11. John Kane on a bunch of different comic books. Ng Suat Tong on Truth: Red, White And Black. Sean Gaffney on Ranma 1/2 Vols. 7-8, Hayate The Combat Butler Vol. 24 and Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 4.

* not all the way sure why I bookmarked this image, but I like it. That's probably enough.

* here's a piece on mainstream companies re-imagining white characters as black ones; I like the term "microwave solution."

* Susan Dunne talks to David Hajdu.

* finally, I quite liked this lengthy piece from J. Caleb Mozzocco on one of the major phases of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. Lot of fun art in that post.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Chris Radtke!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Gary Groth!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Robin Brenner!

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Happy 46th Birthday, John Porcellino!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Brian Ralph!

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Happy 65th Birthday, William Stout!

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September 17, 2014


Go, Look: Sex Fantasy

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Congratulations To Cartoonist Alison Bechdel For Winning A MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant

imageNewspapers and wire stories all over the country are carrying the news of this latest round of MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipients. Included on this list is the cartoonist Alison Bechdel, described this way in the LA Times articled linked to above:
Alison Bechdel, 54, Bolton, Vt.

Cartoonist and graphic memoirist

The innovative comic artist known for the graphic memoirs Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Are You My Mother is at an artist residency in Italy and initially didn't pick up the phone when the MacArthur Foundation called. When the phone rang again, she figured it must be important. It was crazy, she said. "It was a little garbled, then I heard the person on the other end say the words MacArthur Foundation, and the world started spinning."
In addition to being one of comics' singular talents, Bechdel is an excellent advocate for the comics world -- smart and articulate and engaged with her readers -- and I suspect she will be excellent in this new role as well.

I also like that as I get older and recognize more recipients on the lists that come out how confident I am that comics-makers deserve every consideration and every honor they receive. They are as valuable and significant as any group of artists out there, and I look forward to constant reminders of this for the next several decades.

The winners receive $625,000 with no strings attached as to how they use it.
 
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Go, Look: Selbstbildnis Walpurgisnacht Bildungsroman

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Collective Memory: SPX 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Small Press Expo, held September 13-14 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel And Convention Center in the general vicinity of Bethesda, Maryland.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Convention Tumblr
* Physical Location
* Host City

Audio
* Gil Roth

Blog Entries
* akribi
* Are You There, Youth? It's Me, Nikki
* Avi Roberts

* Curls Studio

* Derf

* Evan Dahm

* Fleen

* Graphic Novel Universe

* Inkmaggot

* karaokefanboy

* Matt Kish
* Michael Muller
* Mickey Z

* Panel Patter
* Pat Aulisio
* Pigeon Press
* Purple Ruby Red

* Rob Clough

* Sequential State

* The Beat (Index)
* The Hotel Fred

* unpleasant

Facebook
* SPX Facebook Page

Miscellaneous
* Michael DeForge wearing a Katie Skelly-designed t-shirt
* SPX Spotlight Series At Panel Patter

News Stories and Columns
* Washington Post 01
* Washington Post 02
* Washington Post 03

Photos
* AdHouse
* Alternative Comics
* Anne Ishii

Twitter
* SPX account

* AdHouse

Video
* The Beat (Simon Hanselmann Wedding To Comics)

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Missed It: The Last Saturday

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Roz Chast Makes The Long List For This Year's National Book Award Non-Fiction Honor

imageRoz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, which by the end of 2014 will be a significant candidate for book of the year honors in comics, has become the first book in comics form to place on the long list for the National Book Awards on their non-fiction list. Considering how many good books come out in this general area of expression for comics, I'd love to see this become a regular thing. Whether that happens or not, it's still a mighty feat for Chast, the only female author on the list of ten.

The book was published by Bloomsbury.

There is a fun audio interview with Chast here.
 
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Go, Read: Zachary Clemente Talks To Annie Koyama

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Not Comics: On The Great Superman Movie Contest

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Justice League #32. Richard Bruton on A Quiet Disaster. Rob Clough on Ship Of Soiled Doves.

* I liked this J. Caleb Mozzocco piece on a bunch of different Futures End comics, and I think it's a boon for comics that a writer that sharp engages with new comics that vigorously and thoroughly over a long period of time. I'm slightly baffled by those DC crossover comics conceptually, because I'm not sure there's a lot of power in future riffs on a set of characters who in this current formulation have only been around 30-35 issues. In fact, you may run the risk of showing these characters having greater agency than their regular-issue versions in a way that does not flatter the standard series.

* I'm still a little bit of time away from my SPX report -- I never posted my CCI report, which needs to go up as well -- but I'm still collecting links concerning things to talk about. One is this Pat Aulisio post.

* Don MacPherson writes about the original art market and the irrevocable changes that have come with the ease and ubiquity of digital art and digital art alterations.

* finally, I'm not sure I was aware there was a Derf store.
 
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Happy 71st Birthday, Carlos Sampayo!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Hope Larson!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Roger Stern!

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September 16, 2014


Tony Auth, RIP

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I hope to write a full obituary, but in case I don't: he stands out to me as a way better than average gag cartoon maker, and in the first rank of editorial cartoonists on those terms. This made his cartoons frequently laugh-out-loud in the way I think editorial cartoons are meant to be. It's a laugh of surprise and seeing something with new eyes rather than a chuckle of affirmation.
 
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