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September 28, 2016


Go, Look: Walter Reed & The Mysterious Malaria Of Buzzard Point

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Go, Read: Profile Of Hergé Retrospective At The Grand Palais

This article barely hints at some of the issues flying about when it comes to reconsidering Hergé as an artist in the wider sense of the word. When Hergé talks about comics being judged as their own thing that sounds more like the rise of the recognition of comics than it does anything having to do with original art sales. On the other hand, it's the qualities one can perceive within the late cartoonist's art that make Hergé a formidable cartoonist. It isn't the stories, although the stories are fun when they stay on the positive side of the Problematic Gap. It's the art, or how the art works in those panels and pages. Maybe the secret is on those walls in France.
 
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If I Were In Naperville, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Wolverton's Plop! Back Cover Images

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on The Flash #1. Kim O'Connor on the New Yorker covers created by Chris Ware, curated by Francoise Mouly.

* this doesn't sound all that crazy.

* still The Man. Speaking of which, yesterday was Stan Lee Day in Los Angeles. It's nice to see Lee out there picking up the accolades and (one would assume) enjoying himself.

* on Kevin O'Neill and the act of sneaking credits into 2000AD.

* I don't know why I keep forgetting to post about this, but Randy Bish retired way back at the other end of the month. His retirement was typical to the editorial cartooning profession of the last 15 years in that his position will not be held open for another cartoonist. The idea of a staff editorial cartoonist at a print-first newspaper is a really extravagant one right now.

* finally, Will Meugniot has a giant e-book out.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Flavio Hoffe!

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September 27, 2016


Go, Look: Matt Harrison

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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* I guess there's an unpublished Mats!? book out there? Our publishing coverage for comics is pretty rough -- there are ton of reasons and not all of them are indolence -- but I'd kill to have a list of unpublished projects of significant size and heft, even if it's just ten pages done.

* Marc Sobel cradles an advance copy of his forthcoming Alan Moore-related book.

* Drew Friedman gives us a look at his recent cover for the comics-friendly American Bystander. That's a comics-friendly publication generally.

* finally, Charles Vess checks the proofs on his new book, Walking Through The Landscape Of Faerie.

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Thrown Together Hiroshi Hirata Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Hilda And The Stone Forest.

* Jill Pantozzi pens a piece on entertainment writing as it stands today. Entertainment writing is the proper parent group for a lot of writing that gets done about comics.

* don't know that I've ever seen this particular Moebius image. Or this one.

* go, read: Milt Gross book reviews in (mostly) comics form.

* Mike Steyels talks to MariNaomi about the Cartoonists Of Color project. That has a chance to be a mind-changing, life-affirming, significant resource for a very long time.

* here's a list of the best non-fiction comics.

* not comics: there's a lot of talk about this kind of thing recently. I figure everyone has the right to create whatever they art and everyone has the right to criticize the art they want.

* finally, that last panel always makes me laugh.
 
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Happy 89th Birthday, Jack Katz!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Jim Shooter!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Mattt Konture!

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September 26, 2016


OTBP: The Plunge

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Go, Read: KC Green On Appropriation Of Imagery

Here. I think that's reasonably telling and a pretty good outcome all around. Shit happens, so it's good to remember principles that favor creators even if you don't think they apply. It's okay to express yourself to someone if you think they're doing something in a non-optimal way. It's gracious of the creator to say not worry about it and that everyone in the "room" knows that it's the choice of the creator to be gracious, if they want to be.
 
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Go, Look: Russ Heath Sea Devils Covers

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Go, Read: Owner Of A Seattle Venue For Cartoonists Shaken Up By Reminder Of 2012 Gun Violence

Here. That's a central location of the Seattle cartooning community, version 2.0. The idea that places that represent ideas that people don't like, that these places will be subject to bullying and violence, that is a horrible idea for comics makers to have to deal with moving forward.
 
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Go, Look: Olle Forsslof

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* Tara O'Connor could use some Patreon-related help as she faces medical expenses.

image* the Rotland Press crowd-funder for Black Eye #3 is ongoing.

* I'm still interested in this Amiculus fundraiser from an industry perspective, as I think it's the kind of comic that will only ever make around its minimum and will have a hard time raising traditional capital.

* I couldn't get to the article past the advertising screens, but somewhere starting here is an article about some of the psychological triggers involved in crowd-funding campaigns.

* familiar names (to me) with crowd-funders: Kyle Starks, Joamette Gil, Ryan K. Lindsay, Brian Pulido.

* finally, I didn't want to totally miss this Danielle Corsetto crowd-funder, even though I came close. She's well past her initial goals, but you might want to participate.
 
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If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

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

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