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August 30, 2014


CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 23 to August 29, 2014:

1. Mimi Pond wins this year's PEN Center USA graphic literature category award, with a special emphasis on her 2014 book, Over Easy.

2. August 28 would have been Jack Kirby's 97th birthday, and a series of small celebrations including donations on his behalf are making that become more of an established thing.

3. The high-end collectibles market continues to surge, with a ludicrous amount being pledged for purchase of a copy of Action Comics #1. That's interesting for the perceived changes in collectibles culture, and the fact that this was done on eBay rather than through one of the auction houses.

Winner Of The Week
I'm very fond of Mimi, but that guy made $3 million selling a comic book.

Losers Of The Week
Gamers. That's a cousin culture to comics, and thus its week of ugly, openly-communicated misogyny was a frightening reminder of what that element of comics would look like given slightly freer rein.

Quote Of The Week
"The cinema did not awaken to the glory of superheroes as an Idea, it realized that superhero comics were adaptable to preexisting action/fantasy formulas while allowing for easier franchising returns -- and where that money goes, so will those comics owned by Warner Bros. and Disney." -- Joe McCulloch, in a review of Multiversity #1.
 
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Go, Look: Eleanor Davis' TCJ Diary

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one of the best ones they've done, and that's been one of their five best features in the hodler/nadel era
 
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If I Were In Chicago, 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 Decatur, 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 DC, 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 Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2014

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August 31
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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September 1
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Paper Jam Small Press Festival 2)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 8
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In College Park, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Happy 68th Birthday, Jacques Tardi!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Robert Crumb!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Ken Bruzenak!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Jordan Raphael!

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August 29, 2014


Go, Look: Joe Grillo At Loyal

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Go, Look: Don Heck's Covers For Horrific

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it's an older article, but I was just remind of Heck's covers for this publication and this has a bunch of them
 
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Go, Look: Our New Age

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Not Comics: Tove Jansson Illustrations

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Go, Look: Audrey Helen Weber

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Bundled Extra: Uncivilized Books Cements Three-Book Fall 2014

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Uncivilized Books has set in stone its Fall 2014 line-up according to a release sent out by the publishing company's owner, Tom Kaczynski, on Thursday morning.

The books are in order of release:
* Dragon's Breath: And Other True Stories, MariNaomi, softcover, 384 pages, 9781941250013, September 2014, $24.95. (With 2D Cloud)
* Incidents in the Night Book Two, David B., hardcover, 140 pages, 9780988901483, November 2014, $19.95.
* Eel Mansions, Derek Van Gieson, softcover, 240 pages, 9781941250006, December 2014, $19.95.
You can read full descriptions of each work and about the cartoonist involved through the individual links, or through the announcement post.

I'm not sure how much of this was a secret -- I knew about MariNaomi's book, and had expected to see the second David B. volume soon, but it does reflect the publisher's intentions moving forward and puts a date of release on three anticipated works.

Uncivilized is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is distributed to stores by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, LLC, also in Minneapolis. Press request of any kind need to go to We wish them luck with the rest of their 2014.
 
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If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: Lorna The Jungle Girl's Last Appearance

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there's a very nice report here from Hannah Means-Shannon about the Seth Kushner benefit from a couple of nights ago. I hope you'll consider giving after reading it.

image* Todd Klein on Vertigo Quarterly: Magenta. Henry Chamberlain on Multiversity #1, On The Odd Hours and Glacial Period. Rob Clough on a bunch of mini-comics. Richard Bruton on Zombies Can't Swim, The Ripper Legacy and Scorpion Vol. 8. Joe Gordon on Anderson: Psy Division #1.

* that's a nice Farel Dalrymple print for sale at Floating World.

* William Nericcio profiles Ernie Bushmiller.

* Darryl Cunningham draws Iron Man.

* Karen Attiah looks at Marvel's Storm comic and what that might mean for African immigrant women. I'm not sure anyone's ever nailed that character down, which makes her a really exciting creative opportunity.

* finally, Bob Temuka hangs out with some end-of-summer reading.
 
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