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December 6, 2016


Go, Look: Al Columbia Drawings

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Bundled Extra: Cartoonist Rick Veitch Releases First Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends In Twenty Years

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Industry veteran Rick Veitch wrote in yesterday morning to say that he's published the first issue of his Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends to see the marketplace in 20 years. This was Veitch's dream diary comic, and a key player in the late-'80s to mid-'90s market shake-up in terms of what could be supported or not and how well in terms of personal expression given the margin of returns on self-published work. It was also the best work of an admirable career, ongoing.

It is not released through Diamond but is available on Amazon. It is also not the first work from Veitch to be released that way this year.

Veitch has written about the new release here.
 
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Go, Look: Strange Window

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Go, Shop: Sunday Press Books Offers Holiday Sale

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I'm not going to sort out everyone's Christmas sales offerings, but I was struck by this one from Sunday Press Books for a few reasons. One is that's a single-person operation as opposed to a conventional business. Another is that all of those books are beautiful. Yet another is that the discounts are pretty great. I wonder sometimes if we're not going to see a massive fade in relative interest in older work over the next 10-15 years, so I want everyone who does that kind of archival work to do as well as possible in the meantime.
 
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Not Comics: Illustrations From Mansfield Park

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Ron Regé Jr. will have a new collection and a reprint of an older collection out from Fantagraphics next Spring.

image* not sure I'd seen a cover for the next Mimi Pond book. I don't know if it's the final version, but it could be. I liked the world created in that first book.

* speaking of things I've seen on Amazon, it'll be good to have more translated Dupuy and Berberian.

* I mentioned this project when it was initially announced -- I'm a fan of Tara Avery -- but here's a reminder the all-trans comics anthology We're Still Here is looking for submissions.

* I like the Inhumans characters, although I'm not sure I've liked any of the post-1970s comics featuring those character. Still, hope springs eternal, and Christian Ward is a strong artist.

* a new Wasp series previewed. I share Gilbert Hernandez's fondness for the character in the original '60s comics as having some life an interest and humor to her, but have no idea how she's been used since and no experience with the current character bearing that superhero mantle. I like that there are superhero comics for a variety of people now.

* Colleen Coover's Small Favors will enjoy a collection published by Oni's naughty offshoot Limerence Press, "limerence" being a fine SAT word. Those comics were the highlight of the last period Eros Comix had a little market presence.

* this comic that represented a good job for some people I'm sure although it looks light on a human touch to me has been canceled. That's always sad.

* I did not know about Jillian Tamaki's picture book, but I bet it will be something to see.

* finally, Keeli McCarthy's art direction on the next Fante Bukowski book is pretty great. Author Noah Van Sciver agrees.

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2017

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* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
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December 11
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)

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December 29
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January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 27
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Go, Look: An Original Seth Page From Palooka-Ville Vol. 21

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Fruits Basket Collector's Edition Vol. 6. Chris Sims previews the latest issue of the Midnighter And Apollo series and generally recommends it. Tara Marie on Paper Girls. RJ Casey on Perfect Hair.

* Elle Collins talks to Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart. Alex Dueben talks to Kerascoet.

* here's Jakob Free on Marvel's Moon Knight character. Moon Knight was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin.

* Mike Ives profiles Zunar for the New York Times. There's a certain level of irony that it's this kind of coverage that seems to fuel at least part of the resentment Malaysian authorities feel for the cartoonist. That doesn't mean that the coverage has one goddamn thing for which to apologize.

* finally, here's Magdalene Visaggio on why the new sincerity has changed comics.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Robin Riggs!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Paul Jenkins!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Claire Wendling!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Leonard Kirk!

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December 5, 2016


OTBP: Epoxy Cartoon Magazine

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Go, Read: Article On The Post-Development Move Status Of The Beguiling And Its Outlets

Something that unites many comics fans of the fervent, alt-comics variety with many other camps of comics-makers is their abiding love for The Beguiling, the Toronto super-store owned by Peter Birkemoe whose prominent personalities includes the convention organizer and industry advocate Chris Butcher. They've been on the clock for a move since a very prominent development project got underway, best known in the news for having an effect on the Honest Ed's store. Here's a mournful story on the implications for some of the single-structure businesses including and surrounding the comics shop.

The latest story notes that a new space has been found, they'll be operational in the new year with a potential soft launch this month, the kids-comics store Little lsland will close its physical location and makes some of its stock available at the library-housed Page and Panel location, and they're looking for additional space with an emphasis on places that can encompass live events. This is all noteworthy for the quality and history of the retailer, although I'm not sure how much analysis there is to be made beyond noting each move is in play.

As always, we wish Birkemoe and Team Beguiling the best of luck and trust in the wisdom of any decisions they make in getting where they want to go.

thanks, Dave Knott, for the nudge
 
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Go, Look: Stalin

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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image* Paul Pope and Out Of Step Arts have done a nice-looking print, $5 of which will go to support Hero Initiative. I bet that will be special-looking when in-hand. Pope is a powerful visual talent.

* there is still some work to do on the Odod Books crowd-funder, which could use both individual action and maybe a major white knight or two. I wish I could be one of these latter kinds of people; I think those books look extremely attractive and hope they're published the way Uncivilized wants to see them published.

* all of Seibei's goods are sold with a charitable donation in mind, and I bought the latest three t-shirts with a relationship to the ACLU for a family member.

* I don't know how his Christmas sale went, but I'm fond of Jeremy Eaton and know he lives close to the vest in terms of his art-making so I hope you'll consider him or a worthy artist like him for some holiday-sales attention this month and into the new year.

* others we've tracked recently: Alice W. Castle's personal funding request, legendary Seattle comics shop Zanadu looking for some relief, the great Russ Heath seeking some volunteer help, a pretty healthy-looking Drew Friedman documentary poised to take care of its back half, whatever this Dave Sim effort is trying to do, Frank Quitely's animation effort is looking to add more to its just-reached goal.

* finally, Hans Rickheit wrote in to suggest that the artist Mathew Van Dinter should have his patreon supported.
 
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Go, Look: Bill Sienkiewicz Images Gallery

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Go, Look: Crack Comics #6

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on The Flash #3. AJ Frost on Star Wars Annual #2.

* a few CR readers closely following the post-election political coverage sent in links to articles about a cabinet appointment for someone whose financial history includes working with superhero-type movies. If there's nothing else we've learned recently it's about all the different ways people can make a lot of money.

* not comics: the body count from Oakland continues to rise. I don't know of any unlicensed spaces with a lot of comics-maker participation, but certainly know people that lived in such space in the 1990s and certainly know some near-squatters now.

* they seem to be rolling out X-Men comics announcements on a continuing basis, enough I feel my column about publishing news can't handle the news overload. I think that's too bad: I feel like that valuable set of concepts that is that corner of Marvel could use a break from a bunch of different titles all taffy-pulling a limited number of already-established ideas. I'd be open to counter-arguments on that, for sure. It's not really my area. I guess my thesis is that most ways to conceive of the X-Men are less sturdy than the company might think, and that the checklist-driven notion of making sure each agreed-upon popular concept has its own comic book might even keep new formulations from popping up.

* finally, Robert Boyd talks to Scott Gilbert.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Chris Mautner!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Bill Mudron!

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Happy 92nd Birthday, Sam Glanzman!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Ron Regé Jr.!

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