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May 29, 2015


Go, Look: Alone On The 2 Train

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* the writer and critic Zainab Akhtar notes that Jake Wyatt's Necropolis is being run on-line again, as part of an on-line/print hybrid strategy.

* Gary Tyrrell discuses the two on-line winners from the NCS Divisional Awards given out Memorial Day weekend: he approves.

* Akhtar again: it looks like her post here was a source on Steve Morris' mini-report here about Boulet's Notes series spawning an English-language version at Soaring Penguin Press. As I understand it, that series is the primary print home for the Boulet comics that find an initial life on-line through his mega popular Internet accessible efforts of that kind.

* I'm not sure I'm caught up with Bandette but I will be once this post goes up and I can go look.

* here's the Topatocon exhibitor list. I think that has the potential to be a real player in the Fall season in the years ahead.

* GoComics announces four new comics for the end of May.

* finally, Fantagraphics has re-launched their site, and in celebration would like to make available a variety of items at 20 percent off. That represents a significant amount of work for someone or several people, so consider the kindness of a purchase.
 
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If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Eisner voting for 2015 ends over the weekend. Good luck to all the nominees and good fortune to every votess

image* Zainab Akhtar on R.A.T. Todd Klein on The Sculptor. Sean Gaffney on Kagerou Daze Vol. 1. Henry Chamberlain on Fertility and Tuff Ladies. Noah Berlatsky on Ranma 1/2. Johanna Draper Carlson on Lumberjanes #14. Michael Buntag on Thor #8. Richard Bruton on Hollow Girl. Kim Jooha on How It Happened.

* Hillary Brown talks to Nate Powell. Abraham Riesman talks to Dan Clowes. I like the idea he entertains here that something like plagiarism shouldn't be forgiven, but that also doesn't mean an active, festering grudge.

* Sarah McIntyre draws various Mad Max: Fury Road characters in a style akin to a child's. It's a sign how solid those designs are that they withstand all of these different treatments.

* Bob Temuka suggests that DC had three paths they could take in the late 1990s. I do think one of the more prominent earths out there has Mark Waid running that show at some point, that seems like a really divergent reality that could have happened but didn't.

* I'm very fond of the idea of things like sketchbook collections finding a frequent home on-line.

* I quite liked this Brian Nicholson piece on two very different comics that utilize the two panels on a page approach -- a distinctive and under-used form of comics making.

* what a lovely portrait of Don Knotts by Ronald Searle.

* finally, I totally missed Jilian Tamaki's Worm Comic.
 
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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Arundel Mills, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montpellier, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

*****

June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Danmarks Internationale Tegneseriefestival)

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Danmarks Internationale Tegneseriefestival)

June 9
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

June 12
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Neal Adams 1970s Cover Gallery

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Happy 64th Birthday, Larry Marder!


 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Jim Salicrup!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Aaron McGruder!


 
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May 28, 2015


Go, Look: Joel Millerchip

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Go, Read: Laura C. Mallonee And Cartoonists' Plights, 2015

This article with a pair of publishers by Laura C. Mallonee provides a quick survey of some of the hits that international cartoonists have taken this calendar year. Its brevity might make it a good choice for a quick catch-up as to the shape of things out there. Cartoonists being murdered is its form of noxious evil, but cartoonists having their lives destroyed by court decisions involving money, jail time and physical violence against the person is just as real if a step back from that kind of severe sanction. I'm not sure what can be done: we've seen in Turkey that even focused attention on certain free-speech matters has limits, even with huge inducements at stake. We can never look away, though.
 
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Go, Look: La Sonnambula And The City Of Sleep

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Go, Look: Tyne Lowe Draws

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By Request Extra: One More Push For James Hudnall

People in the comics community have been very generous in terms of seeing that some money gets to the writer James Hudnall, who lost his foot just as he was making a life-transition that left him without the usual safety net.

It looks like he's survived the winter and is about ready to head back home, where public assistance will pick up some of the slack. If you're inclined to give or able to, I hope you'll consider it.
 
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Bundled Extra: Icecubes Comic Crowd-Funder On Last Day

One of the more aggressive crowd-funder in my inbox in terms of asking for coverage has been this one for a project called Icecubes. I'm going to watch it on its last day for the reason that it seems like there's been a surge for projects on their last day. Now something as small as this one that could just be manipulate by a couple of outside players, but I think I'm seeing it with bigger projects, too. It seems like the Broken Frontier one roared past the finish line near the end, too, for example. For a model where conventional wisdom says that the two primary surges in publication are right at the beginning and then late when goals are met and stretch goals are being rolled out, an impulse to get people over the line playing a bigger role would be a key change for that whole culture.
 
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OTBP: Black Sheep #3

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Hebdo Update: Anti-Islam Group Seeking Advertising Space For Muhammed Cartoon Generated In Texas

Here. I am not a fan of rights stunts, which I think are way, way, way, way, way more about participating in and profiting from a certain kind of political dialogue than they are seriously engaged with the rights themselves, let alone their nuances. No one deserves to be harmed from any expression of thought or artistic impulse; no one deserves to be exposed to upsetting imagery to prove an already self-evident point.
 
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Go, Look: Jack Brougham

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* I always get a wide array of responses to the Denver Comic Con, the 2015 of which just happened. This year a lot of people were talking to me about the women in comics panel with no women, which sounds to me the kind of thing that happens when you're jamming panels in at the last second, and some disbelief of the 100K+ attendance figure. There's always a way to count that gets a show to just about any attendance number they want to hit, so I'm never worried about what conventions report because the standards are so wildly different. One hundred thousand people is a lot of freaking people, though, a mind-melting amount. I hope they had good numbers no matter what they were; I like Denver quite a bit.

* that's a lovely poster for the Festival BD De La Montreal. Sounds like a lot of fun D+Q stuff to do, too.

* I hadn't caught up to the final Special Guest list for Comic-Con in San Diego. There are a lot of people in here in whom I'm very interested. I will be front row for that Sam Glanzman panel, for sure.

* this is probably only me, but looking at those bios -- can we all just get real headshots by the end of this year? In particular, having a cartoon as your headshot seems so 1987 to me. Comics has so many great people in it and people want to function in this more public space or at least have the things that come to people there and it just looks so much better if there's an actual, reasonably professional quality photo representing you than a wacky photo or a piece of art. I know it sounds dumb, but I saw the effect of when comics people started doing real press in the 1990s, how well they came across, and this is a part of that. I look like a thumb with lips and it's still better to see my face than a cartoon.

* finally, I quite like this Will Dinski piece of art in promotion of the Autoptic show.
 
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If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Iron Skull

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Rob Clough passes along word of a comics-as-poetry anthology seeking submissions.

image* Sean Gaffney on A Silent Voice Vol. 1. Emily Greenhouse on The Secret History Of Wonder Woman.

* I'm just now catching up with this RC Harvey column describing his take on how mainstream comics moved from figure-drawing into more dramatically forthright storytelling techniques. I always listen to Bob Harvey. I also came late to this Michael Cavna piece about Harvey Pekar's appearances on David Letterman's television shows.

* not comics: I like the looks of these; I wouldn't have at the time they were being sold.

* what characters Marvel uses in what titles isn't really something I find interesting, but it's worth a reminder that many of the team books serves as character rehabilitation vehicles, very important given the fact that there's a level of demand for these characters in other media.

* not comics: if you had Woody Harrelson in the Wilson pool, you're lying, you had Paul Giamatti, too. That sounds like it could be a good film. Let's hope. I quite liked that comic. It was very funny.

* I did this when I was a kid.

* finally, that's a whole lot of superhero killing.
 
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