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September 2, 2015


Go, Look: Rina Ayuyang At TCJ.com

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Digital Service comiXology Announces Deal With Kodansha

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Anime News Network has the press release up from digital comics platform comiXology about its deal with Kodansha, and the significant number of comics it will eventually allow them to offer. This includes a comic covered very thorougly in that release: hot series of the moment Attack On Titan.

The release went out yesterday afternoon.

I'll be interested to see how they do the discount structure on that one. A lot of comiXology purchases outside of New Comics Wednesday arrive in the company of sales, and this newest deal should involve enough backstock to potentially make that an interesting choice for a certain kind of manga reading experience.
 
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Go, Look: Whack #3

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Police And Editors Discuss Milt Priggee Cartoon

This exchange between a local Fraternal Order Of Police head and a newspaper that ran a Milt Priggee cartoon that reference the Charleston AME murders -- I think this one -- has a respectful back and forth feel to it. What's weird is that the editor doesn't have to just address that particular cartoon but the context of the newspaper's general policy towards cartoons and towards supporting the police.

I find that kind of language fascinating because it show how much we process issues according to frameworks established by social media. A criticism of any public agency, including a police force, shouldn't somehow constitute a withdrawl or diminishment of support in the same way a positive cartoon shouldn't mean full endorsement. That's commercial language, that's not how we used to process ideas, and it's distressing to see that kind of thinking seep into what should be a standard, respectful enterprise: people disagreeing about the issues as presented by a media publication.
 
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Not Comics: Bill Utterback's Celebrity Caricatures

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This Isn't A Library: 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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JUN151313 CHICAGO HC $24.99
This one encompasses comics out on the stands today; there's one a bit down the page which is last week's. Glenn Head's autobiographical tale moves away from the recent trend towards issues-oriented memoir and explores two of comics' strengths in the area: the ability to depict small details of everyday living and the opportunity to display flashes of interior life along with those physical moments.

imageJUN150568 LAZARUS #19 (MR) $3.50
JUL150065 BALTIMORE CULT OF THE RED KING #5 $3.99
FEB150596 CASANOVA ACEDIA #4 (MR) $3.99
JUL150533 MINIMUM WAGE SO MANY BAD DECISIONS #5 (MR) $3.99
JUL150545 PLUTONA #1 (MR) $2.99
JUL150548 WE STAND ON GUARD #3 (MR) $2.99
JUN150847 RACHEL RISING #36 $3.99
Fun week for comic-book format comics. I enjoy Lazarus in a very direct, very surface-oriented way; I don't think I've even read the back material included issue to issue, which looks really fun. There's a Mignola-verse, of course. This time out with Casanova felt like one of those pacing-disruption issues, but that creative team does those kinds of stories better than anyone. I think that makes for another trade's worth of material for Bob Fingerman, although I could be wrong. Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox bring us Plutona; I would check it out for either and certainly will for both. We Stand On Guard is the one with giant robots and the US fighting Canada, which always delights me to type out. And with Rachel Rising at #36 I would urge fans to appreciate having productive cartoonists around that want to create work after they've laid their career-defining project to rest.

JUL150788 DAREDEVIL #18 $3.99
Twitter tells me this is the last of the Mark Waid-written, Chris Samnee-drawn comics featuring the Daredevil character. I thought that was an ideally entertaining superhero comic book of the kind I wished a million of when I was a teen. Congratulations to those creators.

MAY150072 CONAN HC VOL 18 DAMNED HORDE $24.99
Eighteen volumes of this material is interesting to me. I think it's varied a lot in quality, and I think that Conan suffers more than most characters in terms of finding a way for him to work when storytelling is spread out over dozens of pages that used to spend four to six. But they've certainly done well the license, and I like the thought that there are still people around waiting for adventures like these. It's a classic part of the overall comics-reading experience.

MAY150037 GROO FRIENDS AND FOES TP VOL 01 $14.99
Alway, always, always Aragones.

JUN150460 WALT DISNEY DONALD DUCK DAILY NEWSPAPER COMICS HC VOL 01 $39.99
I'm totally unfamiliar with the Donald Duck newspaper material and the team of Al Taliaferro and Bob Karp sounds promising to me. It'd be interesting to see how quickly that commercial crucible boiled the feature down to its core elements.

JUL151715 NARUTO 3IN1 TP VOL 12 $14.99
I'm always for manga being repackaged in a way that encourages more readers. I also like this particular feature for the idiosyncratic, special attention paid to fighting scene to scene.

JUN151380 HEAVY METAL #276 CVR A KIRBY (MR) $7.95
Jack Kirby on the cover of Heavy Metalis certainly something I'd love to see on the stands without having been warned. Of course, I've just now ruined that for you.

JUL151816 COMIC BOOK PEOPLE HC VOL 02 PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 1990S $34.95
Jackie Estrada has a second crowd-funded work of photographs from over the years at various conventions but mostly Comic-Con International. If you spend any time going to cons that decade, to see Marty Nodell on the cover will definitely bring back a few memories.

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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, Bookmark: Thunderpaw: In The Ashes Of Fire Mountain

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Not Comics: Warren Craghead Accepts Executive Director Position At Second Street Gallery

The cartoonist and artist Warren Craghead has accepted the position of Executive Director at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia. Craghead has been involved at the gallery in a variety of capacities since moving to the that community a dozen years ago.

The accompanying PR describes the gallery as one of the oldest contemporary non-profit spaces in the US.

I don't have much to say about this, but I like Craghead as a cartoonist and one thing I admire his comics output is that it has this fine-arts context to it in a matter-of-fact way. This seems a perfect extension of a lot of what he's done with his admirable career. If he attends SPX this year, I hope you'll congratulate him.

Here's the PR: craghead_press_release.pdf
 
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Go, Look: The War Of The Worlds

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Collective Memory: Jack Kirby Day 2015

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Links to articles, posts and other on-line entries regarding any and all celebration of the 98th anniversary of the comics-maker Jack Kirby's birth.

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Miscellaneous
* Interview With Charles Hatfield About Jack Kirby

Resources
* Comic Book Apocalypse Show
* Kyle Latino
* TCJ Interview
* The Jack Kirby Chronology
* The Kirby Museum

Tributes
* #JackKirby

* Brandon Graham

* Carol Tilley 01
* Carol Tilley 02
* Carol Tilley 03
* Carol Tilley 04
* Carol Tilley 05
* Carol Tilley 06
* Carol Tilley 07
* Carol Tilley 08
* Carol Tilley 09
* CBR 01
* CBR 02
* Chris Samnee
* Colleen Doran 01
* Colleen Doran 02
* Comics Alliance 01
* Comics Alliance 02

* Dan Slott

* Gerard Way
* Greg Araujo

* Inside The Cosmic Cube

* Jason Latour
* Jerry Ordway

* LiveAtNewChimeTrek

* Mark Evanier
* Martin Hand
* Marvel.com 01
* Marvel.com 02
* Marvel.com 03
* Matt Wieringo

* Robot 6
* Ron Marz

* Sal Abbinanti
* Saladin Ahmed

* The Beat
* The Kirby Museum
* Thomas Scioli
* Todd Nauck
* Tom McAuliffe
* Tom Spurgeon
* Tony Moore

* Wil Wheaton

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Go, Look: Shoot Anything That Moves

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This Isn't A Library: 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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JUN151374 SPACE DUMPLINS GN HC VOL 01 $24.99
JUN151373 SPACE DUMPLINS GN VOL 01 $14.99
This is actually last week's list, which I forgot to post but very much did. I'd been skipping a lot of column over the last year just from having no time, but the money received in the patreon campaign has let me stablize the web site a bit as a kind of first step along with gearing up for PDF publishing at a brisk pace from now on. As for this comics, Craig Thompson is a super fun artist and he's had an admirable career in terms of doing the projects he wants when he wants to do them. This one looks gorgeous, and we're about to reacquainted with the man as he'll be touring extensively behind it.

imageJUN150079 HELLBOY IN HELL #7 $2.99
JUN150045 ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 $3.99
JUN150182 CYBORG #2 $2.99
JUN150255 GRAYSON #11 $3.99
JUN150215 PREZ #3 $2.99
JUN150375 GODZILLA IN HELL #2 $3.99
APR150531 EAST OF WEST #20 $3.50
JUN151150 ADVENTURE TIME #43 $3.99
JUN151090 OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1 $3.99
An odd week for serial comics, at least from my natural point of view. There's the Mignolva-verse comic right up on top but it's one drawn by the creator, so it gets special attention. Zodiac Starforces is an all-age comic of the kind that we should be seeing debut over the next couple of years, based on market penetration for similar work. I haven't see this particular effort. Cyborg, Grayson and Prez all have vocal fans, which is something DC hasn't always had across a bunch of titles before the last 18 months or so. The appeal of Godzilla In Hell is eithe immediate or non-existent. East Of West is beginning to show some signs of a work that is viewed in contrast to writer Jonathan Hickman's efforts in mainstream comics, and also as a value-added proposition for any fans he might be making with the Marvel stuff. Adventure Time I noted because it's a 43rd (!) issue; Over The Garden Wall because it's a first -- that one seems amenable to comic book expansion, I think.

APR150043 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA LTD ED HC VOL 04 $79.99
APR150042 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 04 $24.99
I will always, always, always look at Usagi Yojimbo even though most people I know that read Stan Sakai's comics are trade followers and I'm actually a single-issues guy. It's weird for me to see multiple editions of the same day, but I guess that's the new conventional wisdom now.

APR150324 SCALPED HC BOOK 02 DELUXE EDITION (MR) $29.99
At some point I think this is a book that a lof of people will have in some form or another, but I think it's much less certain which one will take.

JUN150835 NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP NEW PTG $34.99
A new printing for these very funny superhero comics, which came out from an editorially generous Marvel at one time. The fun thing with this one is that they did a good job of hiding everything except the broad background stuff and I'm prettty sure these could be published right now without a lot of rewriting -- I don't mean that as a compliment to its tone or modern feeling, but as it fits into continuity.

JUN151401 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 16 $10.99
JUN158141 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 01 $9.99
JUN158140 ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 02 $9.99
APR150076 KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVERY SERVICE OMNIBUS ED TP BOOK 01 $19.99
These are all sold manga titlesof the moment; I'm glad that Kurosagi Corpse Deliver Service will get that bigger packaging; I think that's a book that format might flatter.

JUL151273 E-MAN EARLY YEARS TP $27.95
I am totally old, so I'm into collections of things like the fun character E-Man, although it's hard for me to believe that $28 judiciously spent wouldn't nab you all of these comics in their original form.

JUN151510 SNOWDEN GN $16.95
I believe this is Ted Rall's new comic, and I'm surprised he's been so quiet in the ramp-up to its publication. That's certainly a worthy subject.

MAY151510 ZENITH HC PHASE ONE APEX ED PI
Someday I'll figure out these book and own a complete run of its story.

MAY151055 GLENN FABRY SKETCHBOOK VOL 03 (MR) $12.99
I'd look for sure; Fabry's very talented.

JUN151181 OUT ON WIRE STORYTELLING SECRETS NEW MASTERS RADIO GN $17.00
The comics world is better with Jessica Abel in it, and I"m looking forward to the next 12 months in comics almost strictly on that basis.

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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 London, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2015

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)
* If I Were In Omaha, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Grass Valley, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Argentina, I'd Go To This (Comicopolis)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 22
* If I Were In Baton Rouge, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (ComiCulture)

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 28
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 29
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 30
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

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October 1
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC Launch Event)
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (Bristol Comic & Zine Fair)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Lawrence, I'd Go To This (The Free State Comicon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 4
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

October 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 10
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (GeekGirlCon)

October 13
* If I Were In Cambrdige, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Also Go To This

October 16
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 17
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 18
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (The Lakes International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were Near Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This (Fanzines! Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

October 25
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (Portland Comic Expo)

October 31
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Hogan's Heroes Pages By Steve Ditko & Sal Trapiani

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Henry Chamberlain on Steve Jobs: Insanely Great.

* some person at this CBC show talks to G. Willow Wilson.

* Alexander Lu walks readers at The Beat through a Sean Gordon Murphy interview and some of the work that David Harper's done to call attention to the distressing levels of income made by people that spend a significant amount of time on all different kinds of comics, including what were once considered good jobs with mainstream companies. The ability to generate income that benefits not just an abstract industry bottom line or stockholders or well placed executive or even star talent but the rank and file creator, I think that will become more and more of an issue here. It has been an occasional issue here and in other great comics markets of the world, and it has been an issue for isolated segments, like alt-comics, but maybe it needs to be on our minds in a sustained, catholic fashion.

* all hail equestrian cartoonist Peb.

* not comics: Hollywood Reporter re-runs its first review of The Simpsons. That show didn't hit until late Spring at which point it went bananas, mostly through the Bart Simpson character, but I remember there actually being some anticipation for a full show due to the Life In Hell books, which were popular with my college-age smarty-pants friends in a significant way.

* finally, Glenn Head describes some Crumb sketches he enjoys. It's always interesting these days to read anyone's reaction to Crumb.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Walt Simonson!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Eric Knisley!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Colleen Frakes!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Brett Warnock!

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September 1, 2015


Go, Look: Aron Nels Steinke At TCJ.com

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Not Comics: The Son Of Tarzan

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Heidi MacDonald notes and speculates on the life and quick death of a comics magazine called ACE, from award-winning editor/packager/publisher Jon B. Cooke. The occasion is this piece by Johanna Draper Carlson. ACE seems to have been what we used to call a generalist comics magazine -- mainstream + flourishes -- with a price guide element. Cooke shows up in the comments and disagrees with some of MacDonald's summary takes. I think it's tough to write that kind of analysis about anything anymore. I'm not even sure there's a center of comics where you can easily characterize certain conceptions of the medium as broad and general, what with a continuing market presence for manga and a generous spectrum of webcomics available. It may be all niche markets now. It does seem clear that the Direct Market did not support this print publication, although four issues of anything is a really short exposure period. I'm sad when anyone's project goes under. I hadn't heard of the magazine until Heidi's article, but that's on me. I wish all involved the best.

* the business news and analysis site ICv2.com has a brief but packed article here on a new book for Peter Kuper and a new line, both from SelfMadeHero. The Kuper book is a massive, 328-page tome about his time in Mexico; a few compelling comics pages from that time period have appeared here and there so it's awesome to get a big book. The new line is called "Graphic Freud" and focuses on Sigmund Freud's case work. First up is one of the most widely know, Dora: An Analysis Of A Case Of Hysteria, shortened in this form to a punchier Hysteria. That adaptation is coming from Richard Appignanesi (words) and Oscar Zarate (pictures).

* here's a pretty standard release-driven story about a new Guardians Of The Galaxy-related series. That's the kind of story that confuses old-time industry observers. It seems like Guardians Of The Galaxy as a comic book coming off of the movie was barely given a chance to establish itself as a player in the comic book market and now it's already one series with a partly unfamiliar line-up and another series with a different concept and an unfamiliar line-up, at least for that title. It doesn't mean we're right -- no one lets us run comic book companies for a reason, if not several. It just means that the game has changed a bit and that you can constantly form and reform things now, or at least smart people think so.

* in May 2016, First Second Books will launch its Science Comics series with Dinosaurs (MK Reed; Joe Flood) and Coral Reefs (Maris Wicks) in the Spring, followed by Volcanoes (Jon Chad) in the Fall. The line should look like that (twice a year; specific subjects; familiar creators) on a regular basis. Pair that with their announcement that they'll be doing Jason Shiga's bloody and propulsive Demon as a stand-alone, and that makes First Second one of the more interesting publishers of 2016 just four books in.

* finally, Newsarama has a standard press-release driven article on Dark Horse publishing Giganto Maxia from Kentaro Miura. Dark Horse has published over 35 translated volumes of Miura's long-running hit Berserk in the last dozen years. This newer work began serialization in Japan in 2013.
 
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