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July 7, 2015


Go, Look: Grzegorz Przybys

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* I assume Bryan Lee O'Malley is talking about the Image book that was announced last week, but any O'Malley we get to see is a good thing.
 
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If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2015

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July 8
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International Preview Night)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

July 9
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

July 10
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)

July 11
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)

July 12
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (Comic-Con International)
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)

July 13
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Ruskin, I'd Go To This

July 14
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

July 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

July 16
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

July 17
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

July 18
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Portland Zine Symposium)
* If I Were In Pinellas Park, I'd Go To This

July 19
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Portland Zine Symposium)

July 22
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This

July 24
* If I Were Near Martha's Vineyard, I'd Go To This

July 25
* If I Were In Morristown, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Clearwater, I'd Go To This

July 26
* If I Were In Morristown, I'd Go To This

July 28
* If I Were In Riverview, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 2
* If I Were In Bristol, I'd Go To This (Rob-Con)
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)

August 6
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

August 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Dover, I'd Go To This (Dover Comic Con)

August 9
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

August 14
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)

August 15
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)

August 16
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)

August 28
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 29
* If I Were In Auckland, I'd Go To This (Auckland Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: DC Comics Splash Pages From July 1975

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* over at The Beat, here's a report on Comics In The Turkic World.

image* Alex Hoffman on Sleepwalking. Rob Bricken on All Star Batman And Robin. Scott Cederlund on Blubber #1. Rob McMonigal on Fantasy Sports #1 and Ei8ht #1-5. James Kaplan on Material #1-2. Andrew Weiss on Atomic War. Tom Murphy on The Weight #1-2.

* Frederik Hautain talks to Robert Sammelin.

* James Whitbrook notes that retailers have received a massive at least basic information dump on its titles going forward. My first impression is that Marvel may be starting to feel the Image talent bleed a bit; that's not the loaded line-up front to back, particularly in terms of writers, that the company enjoyed three years ago. Other than that, you could tell me this was a list of books from the last time they changed everything and I wouldn't argue with you. It's all in the execution, though.

* the CBLDF is offering a new t-shirt designed by Brian Wood.

* Tom Murphy previews Jennifer Hayden's new book.

* finally, Michael Cavna canvasses some political cartoonists as to who in the primaries -- with an immense number of semi-serious to serious candidates in the mix -- they might like to draw over the long haul.
 
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Happy 63rd Birthday, Rick Hoberg!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Noah Van Sciver!

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July 6, 2015


Go, Look: Trevor Alixopulos Draws After Bob Lubbers

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one of my favorite Internet things in a while
 
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Atena Farghadani's Lawyer Details Handshake Experience

It's hard not to let your jaw drop right to the ground reading about the experience the lawyer of artist Atena Farghadani had after being arrested for shaking his client's hand: two prisons, multiple interrogations, a total of four days swept out of his world and into that of the prisoner. One hopes that this builds both regional and international pressure in terms of the unreasonableness of the court in this case, and that that would somehow benefit Farghadani. Every day this continues is a real punch in the gut for civilization that any victor at this point would be tempered.
 
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Missed It: Emily Carroll Interprets Neko Case

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Missed It: Kenyan Cartoonist Terry Hirst, RIP

imageDoing a deep google search on an unrelated topic, I discovered that I had totally missed the recent passing of the dean of Kenyan cartoonists, Terry Hirst. The British-born Hirst transitioned from secondary school education to university-level education and then into cartooning in the tumultuous 1960s into 1970s period for the country. He helped establish Joe, likely the leading satirical magazine for East Africa during its publishing heyday. Its reach was far enough that there's a story out there that Ghana-born cartoonist Frank Odoi one day simply showed up at the Joe offices, ready to join them in their work.

Hirst helped establish a line of kids comics in the 1980s, based on Kenyan folk tales, and later was a pioneer in educational comics-making. The entire time he served as a mentor for multiple generations that have followed, a return in many ways to his educational roots. What little I know about African cartooning and comics making suggests he will be greatly missed by many whose lives he directly touched.

Hirst was 82 years old.
 
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Go, Look: Last Week's New Yorker/DnQ Comic By Michael DeForge

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Go, Read: Brigid Alverson On Tokyopop's Not Really A Comeback

There's a good article up on Comic Book Resources by Brigid Alverson about the recent announcement of grander publishing plans by Stu Levy for his Tokyopop company. As Alverson notes, Tokyopop suspended its publishing operations in 2011 after a few years of being dragged behind the manga stampeded they helped instigate, and since then has slowly worked its way to the point where titles can be announced and a request for portfolios can be made.

As Heidi MacDonald sums up here survey-style, there is still a lot of resentment over the shape and nature of Tokyopop's one-time contracts for original comics content, so bad that they're the stuff of which legends are made in an industry that routinely exploits free labor. Alverson wonders if there are signs in Tokyopop's slow build back to full publishing that might indicate a different direction, but she seems more optimistic than most. The proof will be the contracts themselves.

Certainly there are still plenty of talented young people dying to sign over rights for a chance at a comics career, whatever "comics career" means. A parade of successful talents complaining about their treatment may signal "they're successful talents now" more than it will "that was a miserable experience that should not be repeated." In today's industry it may be enough to find a level of exploitation that works rather than forego it all together. Levy may have been away from the big publishers table for more than four years now, but a lot of factors have played a part in holding a seat for him.
 
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Not Comics: Laura Callaghan's Dante's Inferno Series

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Dame Darcy joins the legion of artists and comics-makers deriving part of their living from Patreon. I'm sure I'll join them someday myself.

* the Sunday Comics project continues its crowd-funder; it does seem it's lagging behind a bit but there's a ton of time left. In fact, most big projects I've followed seem to have surged late rather than early, at least the recent ones I've been following. I note that the artists are donating work for a first issue, so a model where the artists are paid after this first issue seems like it will take a ton of money. Here's the PR on that one. SundayComicsPR.pdf

* the crowdfunder for the last volume of Gunshow seems to be moving along at a solid clip.

* if you're headed out to San Diego, keep two of the traditional comics charities in mind: The Hero Initiative and the CBLDF.

* here's that Nexus-related crowdfunder that caught my eye in the heads-up stage.

* Chris Sims profiles the crowdfunder being attempted by skilled veterans John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake.

* finally, Box Brown is having a moving sale. Help out Box!
 
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Go, Look: Adi Granov Images Gallery

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Go, Look: An Al Jaffee-Illustrated Kids Gag Book

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Howard Chaykin remembers Leonard Starr.

image* Richard Bruton on SAM Volume Two: Robot Hunters. John Kane on a bunch of different comics. Johanna Draper Carlson on Saved By The Bell.

* Michael Cavna and Sara Duke talk about Benjamin Franklin as a media-savvy, cartoon-conscious cultural maestro, including but not limited to the might "Join, Or Die" segemented snake cartoon that kind of brought at lot of political issues to a blunt point. Duke, from the Library Of Congress, spoke about a similar Franklin effort last week.

* praise for the new DC Comics-published portrayal of their Midnighter as single, sexually active and comfortably so.

* Mike Luckovich breaks the law.

* over in the CBR family of blogs, Greg Hatcher writes about the role of comfort-food reading, and how Nexus is one of those comics that does that job for him. I think the thrill of the familiar is a positive impulse. Getting to know a work intimately reveals secrets that a one-night stand will not.

* astute observer of mainstream comics in particular Carla Hoffman examines the newness and differentness of Marvel's line. I find these reconfigurations kind of off-putting as an older fan and not in a way that I'm turning up my nose but in that I don't pay enough attention so that all of these changes confuse me. With the necessity of revolving art teams on most title due to publishing more than 12 times a year, I can't even really follow artist/writer teams the way I used to. I'm so not the audience, though.

* finally, a not-comics item: Roman Muradov provides an illustration for the Criterion edition of Day For Night.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Andrew Fulton!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Joe Zabel!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Katherine Collins!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Christy Marx!

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Happy 65th Birthday, John Byrne!

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July 5, 2015


Go, Look: Cuppy

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