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August 28, 2015


On Kirby Day Jack Kirby's Family Would Like You To Consider Supporting The Hero Initiative



That is a very noble thing the family does, turning the attention coming the way of their late patriarch into concrete assistance for some of the industry's hard-pressed. It's keeping within the legacy of personal decency Jack and Roz Kirby established in their lifetimes, for sure.

I hope you'll consider a donation.
 
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Go, Look: CBR Picks 98 Of Its Own Favorite Jack Kirby Images, And Only One Appears On CR's List

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Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics, Would Have Been 98 Today

Jack Kirby, the mighty heart of the American comic book industry, would have been 98 years old today. Below, for your ruminative and reflective pleasure, is a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power. Long live the King.

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Go, Look: Michelangelo Setola

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Go, Look: Book Of Silly Drawings

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Assembled Special: Jay Gunn On His View Of Comics Piracy

imageIt's not something we talk about with as much frequency as we did five to ten years ago, but here's a piece from a creator named Jay Gunn on his frustrations confronting comics piracy regarding a book he does called Surface Tension. I think the strongest part of his piece is the reminder that the wildly different economic contexts in which comics exist obviate a lot of the easy, broad justifications for this kind of thing.

I remain convinced this is best seen as a creators rights issue rather than a rolling argument of dueling conjectural economic models. I think you should be allowed to sell your work any way you like and any way you're able, and I think you should be able to opt out of any system you don't care for. Other people should not have the right to make those decisions for you.
 
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If I Were Near Solliès-Villie, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Clifton Park, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Assassination Classroom Vol. 5. Rob Clough on the latest from Jonathan Baylis. Nick Gazin on a bunch of different comics. Jim Dandeneau on a bunch of different comics. Aditya Mani Jha on Fante Bukowski.

* Graham Chaffee does indeed draw an excellent dog.

* Chris Pitzer is looking forward to SPX. Nice photos.

* this person would like you to know all about the Superman comics right now. At some point I'm going to write for TCR about mainstream comics of this general type, but I agree that Gene Luen Yang, John Romita JR, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder are about as good of a pair of teams across two of those books as DC's had in years and years.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about Secret Wars. That is one heavyweight of a culture writer weighing in. It's a short piece, but Coates makes good points about reading comics in the 1970s and 1980s in order to fight boredom and the way comics written by Jonathan Hickman (in this case drawn by Esad Ribic) can be confusing in a virtuous way.

* not comics: this should make any child of 1980s superhero comics smile.

* hey, it's Ink Panthers Mike and Alex.

* Carolina A. Miranda talks to Leah Hayes. Rocco Castoro talks to Johnny Ryan.

* I have never heard of a blog tour, probably because the way I schedule my part would happen six weeks after the tour ended.

* finally, look at all the stuff that D&Q is doing with their retail space.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Joann Sfar!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Elijah Brubaker!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Benoît Peeters!

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August 27, 2015


My Favorite Comics Fundraiser In Quite Some Time Is Two Days Away From Completion

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When I say I have a favorite comics fundraiser, I mean the way the money is being raised -- almost every fundraising project that comics widely endorses is worth loving. I also will admit I don't have a refined aesthetic for fundraisers. Still, I've been looking at these original-art-as-cover Tarzan and thinking of a way I could have lived my life totally differently to afford one. They're relatively cheap at this point, too.

Here's a drop-page for all of the auctions, over at Heritage.

This benefits a scholarship at Mr. Kubert's school, Mr. Kubert being the late, longtime Tarzan artist Joe Kubert (the interiors featuring his work in the AE treatment we've all come to love).
 
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Tim Corrigan, RIP

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Go, Look: This Only Happened Because People Organized

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Festivals Extra: OSU/CCAD Releases Full AAEC 2015 Schedule

imageThat's a lot of letters in the headline. Basically it's the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Columbus College Of Art & Design teaming up to host the Association Of American Editorial Cartoonists' yearly meeting in Columbus, Ohio. That's an interesting group with at least two major news stories among its membership: the Ted Rall/LA Times battle, and Matt Bors leaving Medium.com to strike out on his own with The Nib.

Another thing to note is how relatively loaded that line-up is, and it's not like the AAEC annual conventions are something to which a lot of people have paid attention over the years. Feiffer is being skyped in, but he had originally agreed to attend. Peter Kuper? Mike Peters? Liza Donnelly? That's a show right there, along with a bunch of attending membership talent. This should be fun to see. It breaks my heart a little bit how removed the editorial cartooning expression is from the vital mainstream of a resurgent comics medium, and I'm always hoping that will change.
 
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OTBP: Thunder In The Building #2

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Go, Look: The Scream Of Things

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I love the look of this early Barry Smith comic; it's very charming
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this was last night, but I'm super-intrigued by the idea of a Facebook posting about an event leading to con organizers presenting and contextualizing the event differently.

* the SPX tumblr is like 24/7 posts about debuts from young cartoonists. They do an excellent job with that audience.

* finally, here's a review of a small, charming-looking mini-con.
 
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Go, Look: Various Grant Snider Comics

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Go, Look: Tim Sale Black And White Images Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* holy crap, to be rich: the great Phoebe Gloeckner plans to start selling original art.

image* Sean Kleefeld on The Blacker The Ink. Eryn Carlson on The Hirschfeld Century.

* not comics: one-time comics industry art director Evan Sult now owns the St. Louis magazine on which he's been working the last few years.

* the writer Dan Slott notes that readers on both sides of the current American political spectrum will sometimes dog a creator for not writing according to their political outlook. I'm sure this happens, but that it doesn't happen to everyone all of the time suggests that there's perhaps a certain kind of book or a certain kind of dialogue that triggers that sort of attention.

* Kara Szamborski and Matt Kolowski talk to Skottie Young. David Brothers talks to Josh Williamson. Christian Hoffer talks to David Walker.

* go, look: Teenie Weenies. Here's another beautiful-looking early strip, courtesy of Peter Maresca.

* happy birthday to Molly Rose.

* a comic by Jiro Kuwata heavily influenced by Silver Age Superman comic books? Yes, I think I would like to see that. My apologies to the person that had it where I could see it.

* not comics: I'm not sure that I've ever looked at Miles Davis' visual art.

* finally, Gene Luen Yang offers this up for charity.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Denis Kitchen!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Matt Wiegle!

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