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December 17, 2014


Go, Read/Bookmark: Cavities And Crevices

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

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Go, Look: A Charles Nicholas Miss America Story

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Go, Read: Discussion About Malaise By Working Alt-Comics Pros

It's a companion piece to the Mike Dawson essay from a couple of months ago. Participating are T. Edward Bak, Molly Kiely, Roberta Gregory and Ted Stearn, among others. 2015 could be a big year in terms of people working out some really basic issues in terms of how much they want to give to the comics medium and the culture that surrounds that medium.
 
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This Isn't A Library: New And 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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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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Festivals Extra: CAKE 2015 Extends Exhibitor Application Deadline Until December 20

Here. Welcome news if you wanted to exhibit but couldn't pull it together during the hardcore holiday shopping and preparation season. I plan on attending that show, and I've heard nothing but good things.
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* here's the tag for Mike Sterling's blog posts about his new store.

image* Sean Gaffney on Yukarism Vol. 1. Todd Klein on GI Zombie #3. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Wolf Moon #1. Richard Bruton on Double Dare Ya. Greg Burgas on Elektra Lives Again.

* here's a fascinating notion to which I'll try my best to return with full professional attention in 2015: creator-owned comics partnerships that favor the writer over the artist, both structurally and by culture.

* the writer and cartoonist Rob Kirby talks to Max Clotfelter. Someone at Anon profiles Derek M. Ballard. Ashleigh Manning profiles Dylan Horrocks.

* Gary Tyrrell says that it's over: The Sculptor is the best book of 2015.

* does Doyle vs. Borneo count?

* not comics: love this Jaime Hernandez illustration of Jeff Lynne.

* finally, Sean Kleefeld may have found the most perfect convention bag.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Ronn Sutton!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Bart Sears!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Michael Cherkas!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Matt Hollingsworth!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Beau Smith!

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December 16, 2014


Go, Bookmark/Follow: Bande Dessinée

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Wired: Jack Davis Calls It Quits At Age 90

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Wired has a short, independently-sourced piece up here that the great Jack Davis, one of the five greatest living cartoonists, has decided to stop working because of his feeling that the work he's creating in the second half of his eighth decade in professional comics isn't up to snuff.

Davis is one of the all-time great cartoonists, almost sneakily so, with astonishing runs at EC, with MAD, with the Kurtzman magazine efforts more generally, with humor comics more generally, with book and magazine illustration, and with film poster illustration. He shares with many of the all-time talents the ability to make humorous illustration and compelling picture-narratives, and stands alone by the sheer quality he brought to a number of classic skill-sets: he was a strong caricaturist and a top-notch designer; he could even do convincing sports comics and illustration without relying on a kind of grim-faced, hyper-realistic rendering -- something I'm not sure anyone else ever did.

Davis is with Marie Severin the last surviving contributor to the art of the EC horror books. He is also, if his last few years of retrospectives and show honors was an accurate representation, a great gentleman of cartooning. I wish him luck in however he spends each and every hour from this time forward, and am grateful to have lived an entire lifetime during a significant portion of his amazing career. Thank you, Mr. Davis.
 
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Go, Look: Manddy Wyckens

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Not Comics: Xanthe Bouma

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Go, Read/Bookmark: Easter Island

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OTBP: The Middle Nowhere

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* the biggest news of the week publishing news-wise comes via word that the writer Mark Waid and the artist Fiona Staples have been tapped to relaunch the Archie comics into a more modern setting and tone with Archie #1. Those are both fine choices, very skilled creators with devoted followings. And it seems like they could find a lot of value in doing a modern-era comic, although I don't always get the branding exercises they're performing with those licenses.

image* Gerry Conway, who back in the 1970s was by my math the only major writer for Spider-Man to write the character when he was a same-age peer of Peter Parker, is going to write a few more comics starring the character at a point in time when this observation will no longer apply. If I can figure out which comics are Conway's when I'm in a store next year -- never guaranteed! -- I'll buy one and check it out. In the meantime I'll re-read some of those 1970s classics, some of them most traditionally accomplished comics Marvel ever published.

* Ibrahim R. Ineke is offering a subscription deal on the forthcoming Blackbook Vol. 2.

* Rat Queens has a new artist: the talented, veteran creator Stjepan Sejic. The original artist and co-creator of the hit fantasy series, Roc Upchurch, was let out of art duties after domestic violence charges. He's not mentioned in the new release at all. The best information I have is that Upchurch still has an interest in the comic, although at this point any number of arrangements could have been made or could have been in place. The title returns with a special in January featuring a guest artist, Tess Fowler.

* Don Rosa snares an Artist's Edition.

* Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood on a Miami Vice comic is enough to get me to pick it up.

* the cartoonist Ed Piskor has an active Facebook account where he provides status updates on projects in a variety of accessible settings; one of them recently said he was about eight pages away from finishing the third volume of his Hip-Hop Family Tree series, so that should continue to be a high-profile project. As much as Piskor seems to travel in support of the series, that's an additionally impressive accomplishment.

* this is how long it's been since we've had work of varying types from Jessical Abel. I look forward to this being corrected in 2015.

* I can't find a flat jpeg of the cover to make an OTBP out of it, but this looks like a kids' comic to which Kevin Cannon contributed.

* finally, Daryl Toh and Edward Gan have a comics-driven horror 'zine out later this month. It's only a few days away, but I rarely get to cover publishing news from that realm of comics-making, and I like the cover.

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

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

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Go, Look: Green Lama #7

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough profiles Sophie Goldstein. Dan Berry talks to Kevin Huizenga.

* Todd Klein on Aquaman #35. John Kane on a bunch of different comics. J. Caleb Mozzocco on The Little World Of Liz Climo. Richard Bruton on Porcelain: Bone China. James Romberger on a bunch of different comics. Jason Sacks on Foolbert Funnies.

* not comics: a reminder from Jerry Smith about all of the decent folks who made mistakes that need our attention during their prison service.

* that's a cute poster.

* there will be over one million brand-new Star Wars #1 comics sold, using a variety of means -- a super-aggressive variant covers program and some on-line packaging deals among them. I think that some shops will do very well with this store, but some stores will get burned. I don't care about the one million figure if it comes at the expense of the general system's health.

* vintage David Lasky.

* finally, Tony Cliff answers your questions.
 
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Happy 82nd Birthday, Quentin Blake!

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Happy 35th Birthday, Mike Bertino!

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