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October 25, 2014

The Comics Reporter Video Parade

He Kind Of Hates Batman

Warren Craghead Speaks

A Lynda Barry Interview I've Likely Already Run Five Times

1990 MTV Feature On Katsuhiro Otomo

A Discussion With Jack Teagle And Donya Todd

Profile Of That Writers On Amtrak Program, Featuring Bill Willingham
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from October 18 to October 24, 2014:

1. Musa Kart acquitted in Turkey of slander and criticism of the then prime minister and now president of Turkey, Recep Erdoğan.

2. There was a comics show in the West Bank last weekend.

3. Gary Groth receives the "Genius In Literature" award from The Stranger, a local honor for a man and a company not always recognized as a regional treasure.

Winner Of The Week
I'll go with Gary Groth here instead of Musa Kart, even though Kart was facing nine years in jail and Gary probably had much the same week he would have had he not won. Still, I like that Groth got his first of what I hope are many lifetime awards as he moves into his sixties (and several decades past his sixties), and I'm particularly glad to see him recognized within Seattle arts culture.

Losers Of The Week
I'd like to go with the gaming gators instead of Recep Erdoğan, but seriously, what kind of chowderhead running a country aims that country's legal system against someone who creates art critical of their actions? That's just not of this century.

Quote Of The Week
"What's the world coming to, when you're tacitly encouraged not to simply stomp about wherever you like, heedless of the humanity of others? What kind of world are we creating?" -- a David Malki character in a very funny Wondermark
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Go, Look: High-Quality CGC Scans Of Action Comics #1


Explained here. There's good Joe Shuster, Bernard Baily and Fred Guardineer in that issue. A lot of racist visuals, too, so if that's not something you wish to encounter you might stick with the Superman story. I love the kiss in that story.

via an army of people, but as suggested above I read it here
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If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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If I Were In Vermont, 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 Near London, Ontario, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Windsor, I'd Go To This

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Happy 47th Birthday, Taiyo Matsumoto!

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Happy 54th Birthday, June Brigman!

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October 24, 2014

By Request Extra: Joseph Remnant Would Like You To Buy His Seth Kushner Portrait To Benefit Kushner


Remnant is selling the art here.

The change in Kushner's condition/situation is described here.

The general GoFundMe page for Kushner and his family is here. As I recall, he can also be donated to via paypal at
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Go, Look: Bird In A Cage

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Go, Read: Series Of Posts Exploring DMP's Latest Tezuka Kickstarter

imageThere's a really interesting series of posts from Alex Hoffman at Sequential State about a Osamu Tezuka-related crowd-funder for a bunch of Osamu Tezuka-related books. It's grown into one of those mini-debates. There's a bunch of stuff to read/see. You should probably start with the Kickstarter itself, move into the three-part Hoffman essay (1, 2, 3), go to a video that DMP's Hikaru Sasahara made about some of the issues raised in general, and end with Hoffman's response to that video and some follow-up thoughts. I would imagine like most discussions of this type it's quickly scuttered into another half-dozen places, with more to come, but those seemed like the essentials.

What fascinates me about this discussion is that it really puts the pressure on DMP to articulate a great deal more of their reasoning than is usually required by a crowd-funder, but also does so against this backdrop where these arguments almost aren't important except as a dampening agent on enthusiasm needed to see a crowd-funder to completion. We're still at the stage where a successful crowd-funder is defined solely by the financial commitment it engenders, even more than if it actually comes through on what's promised. The idea of standards is way, way, way out there, still. Hoffman brings in the idea of what a crowd-funder should cover, which I think is fair because there is a social-good style argument made for these things but it's usually really broadly portrayed, and sometimes with the idea of something simply being crowd-funded as its own moral force. Another fascinating element is that Hoffman uses the idea of this crowd-funder as one in a potential series of such crowd-funders to question the idea of making an ongoing strategy out of raising money for publishing this way.

I hope there are more discussions like this. I think when you're an established company asking for money like this it puts a lot of pressure on you to justify what you're doing and how you're doing it. Sometimes that's easier for a company like this to do, because they can point to years of completing projects and employing people or however the request is phrased. And sometimes it's more difficult, like this one. I'm terribly interested to see how it plays out.
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Go, Look: Marjane Satrapi Paintings

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014


Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

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


* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Comicsblog
* Comix Factory

* Dave Crane
* David Robertson

* FPI Blog

* Graphic Design And Illustration

* It's Life And Life Only

* Kasterborous

* Lew Stringer
* Lizzlizz

* Make It Then Tell Everybody

* Panel Works

* Ravensbourne Libraries
* Rob Jackson
* Robot 6

* Sarah McIntyre
* Shaz
* Steve Morris


* Zainab Akhtar 01
* Zainab Akhtar 02

* David Brothers On Zainab Akhtar's On-Site Piece

News Stories And Columns
* ComicsAlliance
* Cumbria Live
* Design Week
* Ian Cullen
* ITV News
* Lancashire Evening Post
* The Guardian
* The Outhousers
* The Westmoreland Gazette

* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

* Sarah McIntyre
* Scott McCloud
* Tom Harley




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Go, Look: More Jon J Muth Black And White Images

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Anya Davidson reports that her Band For Life has been dropped by Vice due to a low viewership. I hope someone out there with a little bit of cash will pick it up, or if not, that she'll be able to make a go of it as a self-published effort.

* it looks like Mark Waid's Thrillbent effort has significantly improved its reader experience. I like following the development of Thrillbent because I feel like they have to kind of work through stuff that most companies have decided going in just by nature of their involvement.

* looks like Bad Machinery is on next-to-full hiatus until the new year.

* finally, Alan Gardner caught that Rina Piccolo has made the transition to doing her work digitally.
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Go, Look: The Secret History Of John Constantine

I thought this was well done. I'm glad to see the Jamie Delano-era receiving a big chunk of the spotlight, given that the character was more popular in a more self-actualized, confident depiction later on in the series.
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OTBP: Zombre #3

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Go, Read: The Guardian On Various Caricaturists Supporting Musa Kart With Vicious Drawings Of Recep


It's pretty self-explanatory. Before being acquitted yesterday, Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart was facing up to nine years in prison on charges brought against him by that country's president, Recep Erdoğan. This was due to a cartoon that Kart did about a significant corruption scandal that gripped the country in late 2013. The fact that that only conceivable, rational objection anyone could have against the cartoon is that the idea expressed was not to the politician's liking is something that has not been lost on critics of the contemptible practice of sitting government officials pursuing criminal and civic action against artists. It's fun to see the artists unload on Erdoğan like this, and him not able to fight back in a potentially skewed arena. I imagine it was also an encouragement to Kart.

cartoon from Norway's Morten Morland
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If I Were In Portugal, I'd Go To This

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