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June 24, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Scenes From A 1974 Comics Convention
 
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Go, Look: Downsize Your Problems Away!

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

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

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

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June 23, 2017


Go, Look: Images From Michael Cho's City Book

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Brendan Wright Wins Most Intriguing-Sounding New Comics Job

Here. Congrats to the former Dark Horse mainstay and more recent helping-to-define-the-category freelance editor. That is certainly an exciting and underserved audience.
 
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Go, Look: Ghost Rider Splash Pages

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Alex Hoffman is starting to write profiles of crowd-funding projects at his on-line review hub. That could end being very interesting.

* Colleen Etman talks to Maripaz Villar.

* in my perfect world, every tweet is its own story.

* finally, here's a generationally-focused essay on the importance of webcomics.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2017

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June 24
* If I Were Near Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

June 25
* If I Were Near Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

June 26
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

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July 1
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 8
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were Anywhere In The UK, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 9
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 14
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 15
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (SLCZF)

July 16
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For August 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Empress Of Belzar

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Random Comic News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on HEDRA.

* this is a nice story I keep wanting to spotlight, but for whatever reason this week has been hell on feature stories: Ariell Johnson has received a sizable business grant in support of her burgeoning, Philly-area store. This will allow them to fold into the store's regular operations some classes aimed at the store's business with indy comics and small press.

* finally, here's another one from Mike Mignola's fun, early mainstream period.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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June 22, 2017


Go, Listen: Brian Heater Talks To Frank Santoro

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By Request Extra: Marc Arsenault Could Use Some Help

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The retailer, publisher, artist, editor and art director Marc Arsenault -- a significant figure in the history of small press comics -- could use a hand following a surprise surgical procedure. I hope you'll consider joining me in making a donation. Marc currently runs Alternative Comics which means he likely publishes a cartoonist you love or someone that inspires a cartoonist you love. I hope things return to normal for him soon.
 
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Go, Look: Molly Kiely's Site

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this weekend is much more quiet than last weekend, but last weekend was probably the busiest single weekend of the year. I hope to fully catch up by Sunday with the stuff I've gleaned staring at that full calendar.

* this music/comics festival is coming up. I don't know how those two mix -- you attend music shows mostly for performance and you attend comics shows mostly for consumer opportunities -- but the contrast in the might play well. I can't imagine doing as many shows as someone like Cameron Stewart seems to do, and I don't even work at the shows I attend.

* one of the great things about San Diego Con is that it forces comics professionals to deal with their place in the wider entertainment industry firmament, hopefully in a positive way. I look at an article like this one so obsessed with celebrity and spectacle it suggests standing around outdoors and hanging out in hotel lobbies as a way to pass time, and I can't imagine giving up my show of cartoonists panels, old funnybooks and getting to see speak at least three or four legends of an art form I love.

* finally, I suppose that "comic con" could be a theme for your non-related business to embrace. Why not?
 
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Go, Look: Short Ribs

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Go, Listen: Joe Ciardiello On Virtual Memories

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Hillary Brown talks to Simon Hanselmann. Tobias Carroll talks to Gail Simone & Cat Staggs.

* Abraham Riesman writes an article about the kids-comic part of the comics industry in a way that gives significant attention to Raina Telgemeier and manga, which is a rare thing, unfortunately. Jeff Smith, Jenni and Matt Holm, Gene Luen Yang, they're all in there.

* Landry Q Walker writes a response to maybe that article, maybe a couple of other ones. No matter the case, it's interesting.

* that's a nice way to celebrate the King's 100th, I guess. I have a hard time figuring out if things like that are widely meaningful or meaningful in a focused way or just more noise. I'm pretty sure it beats not getting that specific recognition. It's also still weird to see Disney accommodate the Marvel stuff as Disney stuff, but I guess 50 years from now there's a chance no one sees that distinction.

* finally, here's an old-school profile of a writer and a gig: Steve Orlando and one of the Justice League books.
 
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Happy 80th Birthday, RC Harvey!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Armando Gil!

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