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February 22, 2017


Go, Look: Art Adams Re-Draws Silver Age Covers

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Go, Look: Rowland Wilson Esquire Cartoons

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This Isn't A Library: New Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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DEC161626 SPANIEL RAGE GN $16.95
Vanessa Davis is a great treasure of comics and this is a welcome new edition of an early collection. I find most of what she does pitch-perfect, and I'm always pleased by some of the artistic flourishes she brings to sometimes more standard confessional or autobiographical stories.

imageOCT160072 EDGAR BURROUGHS TARZAN JESSE MARSH OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $29.99
This is the best deal you'll find this week in terms of attractive pages per dollar, that's for sure. When I lived in Silver City I used to give my local charity thrift store a heads up if they had something in the quarter-bin that might be something they could eBay. I told them I'd do it until I found some comics I personally wanted. That happened with a big stack of Jesse Marsh Tarzan books, which are still in a small stack next to my guest room's bed.

NOV160329 COSMIC ODYSSEY DELUXE EDITION HC $34.99
I have this in either single-issues or an initial trade, but everyone has their format preferences. This is perhaps artist Mike Mignola's best-remembered extended effort with DC mainstream superheroes. There are some great pages in here, and the book itself has a 1970s cosmic charm.

OCT160547 JAY DISBROW MONSTER INVASION HC $24.99
Flames of Gyro, never stop burning. This is a Yoe-assembled collection of the idiosyncratic author's earlier material. I'd certainly pick it up to look at it.

DEC160721 MONSTRESS #10 (MR) $3.99
DEC160733 SHE WOLF #6 (MR) $3.99
DEC160666 SUN BAKERY #1 $4.99
DEC161010 BLACK PANTHER #11 $3.99
DEC160440 STARSTRUCK OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE #1 (OF 6) $4.99
OCT160318 ASTRO CITY #41 $4.99
DEC160047 VISITOR HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #1 (OF 5) $3.99
Hey, comic-book comics. Monstress is a hit. She Wolf is Rich Tommaso's latest stab at genre material, and as usual has a few pages to die for. Sun Bakery makes its Image debut after four self-published issues. Black Panther continues its most recent core title run, either near the end or the actual end of a politically-drenched storyline. The Starstruck I find extremely curious, essentially an expansion of old Epic material, but really expanded. Its creators are formidable, too. Forty-one issues of this latest round of Astro City! That's quite the accomplishment. I'm quite behind, but I enjoy those comics just fine when I read them and I always catch up. Don't be me. The last is a Paul Grist comic and I love Paul Grist comics. It's also this week's serial-format Mignola.

DEC160774 SNOTGIRL TP VOL 01 GREEN HAIR DONT CARE $9.99
The $9.99 price point indicates more to come where the lower-priced volume one acts as an inducement for folks to try the series out. I've liked the couple of issues I've read although it's so light I have a hard time remembering what's going on even issue to issue. It might be fun to read a big chunk at once.

DEC161229 BIG NATE WHATS A LITTLE NOOGIE BETWEEN FRIENDS TP $9.99
DEC161854 HILO GN VOL 03 GREAT BIG BOOM $13.99
Books from two kid series. The Big Nate books are really popular and represent an ongoing enterprise that does well in bookstores. The Judd Winick Hilo series I think is just three books and this is the concluding one. Winick's enjoyed a pretty eclectic career in terms of number of genres worked.

DEC161894 LITTLE NEMO BY WINSOR MCCAY LIFE OF IMAGINATIVE GENIUS HC (R $79.99
Books featuring Little Nemo isn't as difficult a thing to follow as EC and Archie reprint series, but it's up there. I don't know where this one fits in -- it's certainly not complete, and it may feature more biographical material than usual, but Little Nemo is an achievement where it is definitely worth having some of it on your shelves and this would be one way to achieve that.

AUG160479 ALEX TOTH BRAVO FOR ADVENTURE ARTIST ED HC $PI
The great stop-and-stare comic book artist of the 20th Century meets the great stop-and-stare format of the 21st. What's not to love? It's hard to gauge the cut-off date for interest in older artists -- characters seem to last longer -- but I think there's still enough oomph in the Toth name for this one to sell very well. It should be gorgeous.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2017

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February 23
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

February 24
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Copenhagen Comics)
* If I Were Near Destiny City Comics, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Brussels)

February 26
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Copenhagen Comics)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Brussels)

February 27
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

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March 2
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Nigeria, I'd Go To This (Comic Connect Africa)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 5
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Nigeria, I'd Go To This (Comic Connect Africa)

March 8
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

March 9
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Big Apple Con)
* If I Were Near Ontario, Oregon, I'd Go To This (Border Town Comic-Con)

March 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Big Apple Con)

March 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

March 16
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 17
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

March 18
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 19
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 22
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 23
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 24
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)

March 28
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harper College, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

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Events For April 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Go, Look: The Only Man For Me

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Keith Silva on How To Survive In The North. Calvin Reid on My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. G. Willow Wilson on Angel Catbird. Augie De Blieck Jr. on Hearts At Sea and The Midlife Crisis.

* I admire the public author element of Neil Gaiman's career, and working with kids in a grand, charitable way is always a great thing. I wish him maximum effectiveness and return.

* Max Morris talks to Matthew Thurber.

* by request extra: Jeremy Eaton is having another big sale of his art. His art is always pretty fun, particularly for hardcore comics fans. Jeremy seems to be making these occasional sales a regular part of how he gets his work out there, and I'll try to follow his pattern as best as I can. My Eaton, by the way, is really good-looking, much better than I thought from a scan.

* finally, Cynthia Rose profiles the great André Franquin. I think more of North America might be ready for André Franquin; by "more" I mean people beyond those having dinner with Kim Thompson more than once a year.
 
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Happy 40th Birthday, Eamon Espey!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Doug Allen!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Clifford Meth!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Andy Diggle!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Alec Stevens!

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February 21, 2017


Publisher Annie Koyama Makes Significant Contemporary Original Art Donation To The Billy Ireland

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum announced earlier today that they have accepted Annie Koyama's donation of more than 250 pages of original artwork featuring contemporary American cartoonists. Koyama is the founder, owner and publisher of Koyama Press.

Koyama founded the alternative comics company in 2007 and quickly became home to an under-published, emerging generation of cartoonists that had spent their entire creative lifetime in the milieu of unfettered expression and mutable styles that had become a growing force in the medium following the 1960s underground generation.

In addition to her publishing slate, Koyama became known as a general patron of the cartoon arts, supporting and looking after both her cartoonists and those that worked the same general landscape. One way of doing this was buying original art.

As the press release puts it, from Koyama: "I started purchasing work from some of my favorite American cartoonist as a way to support and offer patronage to predominately up-and-coming artists. Over time, I built a collection of art that is as unique and diverse as the cartooning community from which it is derived. I am excited to see these artists finding recognition and representation in what I consider a vital resource: the BICLM." This resulted in her beginning to more actively curate this collection in 2013 for eventual donation.

Not only does Koyama's donation reflect a stellar line-up of artists like Eleanor Davis, Hellen Jo, Katie Skelly, Noah Van Sciver and Lisa Hanawalt (you can see a rare and beautiful-looking Tim Hensley page below), but the collection provides a snapshot of a generation that might be otherwise difficult to nail down through original art because of that art's value to the artist as a commodity. Many modern cartoonist during their long gestation period in mini-comics and the small press will sell a significant number of their original pages these days, into collections of three, four, a dozen original art pieces held by a variety of purchasers. Koyama's decision to first help out, then collect in focused fashion, represents a gift to present and future scholars hoping for one place to find a bunch of this material.

This also makes that art eligible for exhibitions at the museum. An exhibition featuring the Koyama Collection itself will run from May 6 to October 21 in 2018, and will be a major focus of that year's Cartoon Crossroads Columbus comics festival.

Everyone likes Annie Koyama, and this is yet another reason to join them. I wish for everyone that loves comics some sort of purposeful giving relationship to the art form. Comics has run for decades on almost hyper-intense individual experiences like collecting that it might be a little difficult for us to think in other ways. Once again, Annie Koyama gets there a little bit ahead of the rest of us. We should all follow her example.

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Go, Look: New Group Of Sammy Harkham Originals Up And For Sale In His Shop

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Go, Look: John Severin Covers Cracked

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Top Shelf quietly announced their Spring season last week, or at least they announced it quietly enough it escaped my attention until now. Campbell Whyte combines the day-after-school and slip-into-fantasy-world subgenres in Home Time. That cover is very attractive. There's also a Nate Powell Omnibox on the way; this seems analogous to what they've done with the Eddie Campbell material, getting the work a second run on the marketplace with a box-set slipcover presentation. Everything Powell does is of interest.

image* the family Allred are behind a forthcoming series using a bunch of minor DC Jack Kirby characters, with the focus on Forager, The Bug. It's always nice and also sad when DC comics characters are employed, because they're usually great characters and you worry about the necessity of trotting them out again.

* Mark Waid takes on an expanded role at Archie. That seems a wise choice for both writer and publisher; Waid's done the core older-reader soap opera version of the Archie book for a while now.

* finally, Scott McCloud writes about his forthcoming book and how it will have an effect on his public profile. But it's on here for the forthcoming book part.


 
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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In The Bay Area, 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 NYC, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2017

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February 22
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

February 23
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

February 24
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Copenhagen Comics)
* If I Were Near Destiny City Comics, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Brussels)

February 26
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Copenhagen Comics)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Brussels)

February 27
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

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March 2
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Nigeria, I'd Go To This (Comic Connect Africa)

March 5
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Nigeria, I'd Go To This (Comic Connect Africa)

March 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Big Apple Con)
* If I Were Near Ontario, Oregon, I'd Go To This (Border Town Comic-Con)

March 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Big Apple Con)

March 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

March 16
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 17
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 18
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 19
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 22
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 23
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 24
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)

March 28
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harper College, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

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Events For April 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Always Happy To Look At Some Big John Buscema Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics from last week's new release.

* not comics: this is a long article that repeats some of its point for emphasis, but its analysis of where Matt Furie's Pepe The Frog characters fits into the Trumpian landscape is concise.

* this exhortation on behalf of the Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan character created by G. Willow Wilson, Sana Amanat and Adrian Alphona has a very sweet quality to it.
 
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Happy 77th Birthday, Congressman John Lewis!

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