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September 20, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade










A Bunch Of Videos From SPX 2014, Now One Week In The Rear View Mirror
 
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CR Week In Review

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

1. Alison Bechdel wins a genius grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

2. SPX, come and gone.

3. Four comics-makers and one sometimes comics publishing house support an open letter to the Brooklyn Book Festival criticizing their decision to take Israeli state money targeted towards arts promotion for one of the festival's panels.

Winner Of The Week
Bechdel.

Losers Of The Week
Longtime users of Brian Bendis' messageboard.

Quote Of The Week
"The Gibson Girls are stationary; they sit on the beach in their cute, ancient swim costumes, smiling like Mona Lisa, and the men just all flock around them. Nell Brinkley's women are extremely active. They surf, sled, and ski, with hair flying in the wind. A favorite subject for Gibson was showing these beautiful society girls being married off to ugly, old counts and dukes. Brinkley's women never let people marry them off to nobility. They fell in love. It was a whole new generation. She didn't create the New Woman, but she mirrored her." -- Trina Robbins
 
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Go, Look: Simon And Kirby Do The Gunpowder Plot

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Go, Look: Colleen Doran Tests Her Brush And Ink Skills

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

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

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

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

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

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

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If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 46th Birthday, Coop!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Steve Ringgenberg!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Tom Williams!

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September 19, 2014


Several Cartoonists Sign Petition Vs Brooklyn Book Festival Taking Israeli State Funding For A Panel

You can read the petition here. I think it's pretty straight forward. At issue is the sponsorship of a panel by Israel's Office of Cultural Affairs in New York. That's an embassy-hosted effort that does a lot of presenting art from Israel in a variety of settings. A sponsored book panel seems just the kind of thing they'd be interested in doing. The objection by those signing the petition is described at length and is based on Israeli policy in Palestine.

The occasional comics but mostly prose publisher PM Press signed through publishers Ramsey Kanan and Craig O'Hara. The indvidual cartoonists listed are Eleanor Davis, Ethan Heitner, Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman. They joined by a variety of artists working with other media.

The Festival is this Sunday.
 
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Go, Read: Interview On The Lagos Comicon Turning Three

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That's a really good get for The Beat. Many of the African comics scenes are fascinating.
 
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Brian Bendis Shuts Down His Long-Running, Popular Message Board

Covered here best, I think. I'm catching up with this late on a Friday but that's an interesting move and sort of an historical event in terms of modern comics culture. It's hard for me to think of a creator outside of Mark Millar and Warren Ellis more closely affiliated with a specific old-fashioned message board. I'm sure that it played a role in his rise to prominence writing comics, although how much it's hard to say. I don't envy anyone the task of trying to wrangle a board in this day and age, particularly a writer as busy as Bendis.
 
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Go, Look: Four Color Poetics

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Not Comics: Ghost World Movie Nesting Dolls

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Long Beach Comic Con + Long List Of Comics/Animation Pros To Announce Dwayne McDuffie Award

I'm happy about this. The late comics-maker and media-crossover steward was an important figure for fans and fellow professionals and one not always treated with the respect he deserved during the comics-focused parts of his career. As far as I'm concerned, we should name a bunch of awards after Dwayne McDuffie.
 
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Go, Look: Brooklyn Witch Tweets

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Not Comics: Popeye Film Promotional Footage

I don't have a lot of interest in films featuring comics characters and don't really have any opinion on this footage made available from a forthcoming attempt at doing Popeye with 3-D animation, but it seems to me that it's more important than ever for the newspaper syndicates to be strong advocates/representatives for their major properties in Hollywood. It's not like it was ever unimportant, but there seems to be more pressure now.
 
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Go, Read: Lengthy Interview With Adam Hines

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Gary Tyrrell points us in the direction of a sale for the bonus-stuffed edition of Stripped!, the comics documentary with a huge webcomics making element to it. I liked the theatrical cut when I saw it last year, and I wish the filmmakers well with selling any version they choose to sell. I think you'd get a lot of interviews this way, and a big strength of the film is its catholic approach to those choices across print/digital lines

* the week after the Ignatz awards is always a good time to visit the on-line comic nominees. I sometimes wonder if digital comics -- of the traditional webcomics variety in particular -- have the same problem that web sites and blogs have in terms of finding new ways to drive readers to their material. They are much more conducive to some of the non-twitter social media platforms in particular, so there are compensating virtues, but when I think of webcomics I think of a kind of consumption of digital material I don't think exists to saturating levels now.

* finally, here's the comiXology press release on the second wave of publishers participating in their DRM-free program. Everyone expected a lengthy list when the digital comics distribution hub got around to putting one out. When the first list came out several publishers said they simply weren't able to announce right then due to the time commitment right before San Diego Con.
 
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