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January 17, 2018


Go, Look: A Part Of Me Is Still Unknown

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The 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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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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Go, Look: Wrightson + Kaluta On The Shadow

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Go, Look: John Celardo-Era Tarzan Sundays

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on What Is Left.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Jon B. Cooke!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Ann Nocenti!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Tom Brevoort!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Joseph Lambert!

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January 16, 2018


Go, Look: Bunch Of Russ Manning Star Wars Strips

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Eisner Awards Judges Committee Names Carol Kalish + Jackie Ormes To Hall Of Fame; 16 Nominees Named

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Here is the awards show's post. Jackie Ormes (1911-1985) was the first African-American woman to have a newspaper strip, Dixie To Harlem, featuring the iconic character Torchy Brown. She was a giant of the African-American newspaper industry when it was at its most powerful and most widely read. Carol Kalish (1955-1991) was a pioneer in the American comic book mainstream for her direct sales manager stint at Marvel, becoming a unifying figure in a very scattered, aggressively competitive field for her work with retailer's on her publisher's behalf.

The sixteen figures named for possible induction by vote -- the top four of sixteen make it -- are:

* Charles Addams
* Jim Aparo
* Gus Arriola
* Karen Berger
* Howard Cruse
* Carlos Ezquerra
* Dave Gibbons
* Paul Levitz
* Tarpé Mills
* Francoise Mouly
* Thomas Nast
* Lily Renée Peter Phillips
* Posy Simmonds
* Rumiko Takahashi
* John Wagner
* S. Clay Wilson

I don't see anyone that doesn't deserve to get into the Hall of Fame at some date, and I also see the possibility of an all-woman sweep. It's hard to believe that a figure both popular and well-regarded like Charles Addams hasn't made it in yet, but I bet at least one someone out there is saying that about all the candidates.

The four voted-upon candidates and the two named by judges are inducted during the Eisner Awards the Friday night of Comic-Con International in San Diego.
 
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Go, Look: Hervé Bourhis

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Collective Memory: Best Comics And Graphic Novels Lists For 2017

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These are links to various Best-Of-2017 comics and graphic novels lists.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Primary Lists

* Zainab Akhtar

* Ryan C 01
* Ryan C 02
* Richmond Clements

* Daniel Elkin

* Joe Gordon

* Lisa Hanawalt
* Alex Hoffmann

* Chase Magnett
* Chris Mautner
* Joe McCulloch
* JA Micheline

* Oliver Ristau'

* Matt Seneca
* Zack Soto

* Matthew Wells

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Go, Look: Get Lost #3

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Bundled Extra: Publisher Silver Sprocket Announces 12-Project Spring/Summer 2018 Through The Beat

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Looks like a potentially strong line-up, including a collection of Ben Passmore's political comics.
 
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Go, Look: Some Early Gordo Sundays

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2018

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January 19
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

January 21
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

January 24
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Long Island City, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

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February 3
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 10
* If I Were In San Mateo County, I'd Go To This (Small Press Expo At PLCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 11
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 12
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 13
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 14
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Weird Science #18

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Attack On Titan Vol. 23. Todd Klein on Boy Maximortal #1.

* prison work is very noble and very necessary to the way our culture is shaped right now.

* whoa, look at the contributors to this 1974 jam comic made at a Bay Area convention. It's hard to remember sometimes that group of cartoonists were just like every group that's come since.

* I feel this very strongly.

* Dale Martin shares some 2018 goals.

* here's a nice profile from someone who looks to be a lifelong newspaperman on the great Art Young and that fine, new Fantagraphics book.

* finally: this Swinnerton illustration is swell-looking.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Al Davison!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Eleanor Davis!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Jamie Coville!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Frédéric Boilet!

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January 15, 2018


Go, Look: Oytun Yilmaz

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Collective Memory: Best Comics And Graphic Novels Lists For 2017

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These are links to various Best-Of-2017 comics and graphic novels lists.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Primary Lists

* Zainab Akhtar
* Daniel Elkin
* Lisa Hanawalt
* Alex Hoffmann
* Chase Magnett
* Joe McCulloch
* JA Micheline
* Oliver Ristau'
* Matt Seneca

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