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January 26, 2015


Go, Look: Ian McMurray

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* there are a few days left in an effort to auction some very nice black and white cover art to benefit its artist, Norm Breyfogle, who recently suffered a debilitating stroke. Adam Beechen apparently owns the piece now. The general crowd-funding campaign for Breyfogle is here; it was recently extended. Judging from the amount asked and the long road ahead for the artist and his loved ones, there's significant need there.

* four different CR readers wrote in to ask me to take notice of this graphic novel project being crowd-funded by Alex Heberling.

* two other names I noticed in my walk-through of that material were Ben Dunn and Jim Lawson.

* finally, James Hudnall provides an update on his situation. I greatly appreciate him providing those updates if only because a severe, sudden health circumstance is something from which no one is immune.
 
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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2015

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January 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 30
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 31
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Charlotte Mini-Con)

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February 1
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

February 5
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 6
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

February 8
* If I Were In Lodi, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

Feburary 13
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Feburary 14
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

Feburary 15
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

February 19
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 20
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 21
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 22
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 27
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)

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Go, Look: Day Of Doom

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Kevin Huizenga made a comic about Twitter.

image* go, look: Gary Panter draws William Shakespeare.

* love this formatting.

* someone at Biowars profiles Jack Kirby.

* I can't ever figure out if these pieces are written or compiled or what, but I enjoyed reading about the sometimes-unpleasant interior lives of the Peanuts characters. The relatively complex emotional lives of the Peanuts characters is frequently cited for what made a good strip a great one, and I mostly agree with it. One thing that frequently gets left out in terms of how children read it, I think, is that there's a range of kids with similarly off-key emotions from which a kid might pick. I couldn't figure out Charlie Brown when I was six, but I sure got Linus.

* finally, the SPX tumblr freeze-frames a rolling conversation about doing on the Internet and whether or not people are recruited for paying comics jobs from there. The answer is yes.
 
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Happy 36th Birthday, Damon Hurd!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Jacob Pander!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Sal Buscema!

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Happy 86th Birthday, Jules Feiffer!

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January 25, 2015


The World's Greatest Comics Collection

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Rare public sighting today of my favorite comics collection in the universe, the collection owned by my younger brother Dan.

Dan's collection has lived in two 18-beer Coors boxes ("the perfect size") for the bulk of its existence.

It is made up of:

1) a complete run of Badger comics.
2) 48 comics with Black Bolt in them.
3) 79 comics with Namor in them.

"That's really all you need," he says.
 
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Go, Read: The Incredible Shrinking Joe Franklin

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OTBP: Another Face Comic

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Happy 77th Birthday, Leiji Matsumoto!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Alan David Doane!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Chris Marshall!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Turtel Onli!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Geoff Johns!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Elin Winkler!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chris Sotomayor!

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January 24, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Test Footage From That Cerebus Film Thing I Know Nothing About


For Some Reason This Winsor McCay Footage Is Everywhere Again


Brian Walker's Billy Ireland Opening Tour


Art Spiegelman Talking To Ricky Jay


Shock Magazine #1


Sonja And The Wizard (I've Never Posted This, I Don't Think)
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from January 17 to January 23, 2015:

1. Milestone Media is poised for a relaunch.

2. Updates related to the Charlie Hebdo killings on January 7 include a museum show being canceled and the potential for the president of France to visit Angouleme.

3. The first mainstream media story about Comic-Con having to find a space after next year's show drops. At specific issue is the delay in promised convention center expansions.

Winners Of The Week
Bill Woggon and Marge

Loser Of The Week
Sodastream

Quote Of The Week
"What I discovered is that, while often more fun and interesting to be a part of, the smaller conventions don't pay enough of the bills to make sense doing. It was great meeting people and the folks who run these conventions are very hospitable and take great care of their guests, but at the end of the day it's time away from the studio and that only makes sense if the dollars roughly match up. Sad, but basic economics." -- Tom Richmond

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Festivals Extra: FLUKE Pre-Registration This Morning At 10 AM ET

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OTBP: Style And Fashion Zine #1

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

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

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