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November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving And Safe Family Arguing From Your Similarly Hotheaded Pals At The Comics Reporter

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Frank Santoro writes about CAB 2017.

* I noticed poking around for 2018 shows to perhaps attend that the competition for 2018's Fumetto is up and running. That sounds like a fun theme, and it's always a well-reviewed show.

* finally, here's a photo-laden report from the Bryan Talbot exhibit behind the final volume of Grandville.
 
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Happy 46th Birthday, Jonah Weiland!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Masamune Shirow!

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November 22, 2017


Go, Look: Basil Wolverton Splash Pages

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Go, Read: Jim Shooter On Marvel's Recent History And His Own Era

Chris Hassan seized the opportunity to interview a now-retirement age Jim Shooter at Rhode Island Comic Con this month. Shooter was once a precocious golden boy of American mainsream publisher in a way we would have talked to death had today's social media existed then, and was a longtime bogeyman for members of his own generation across the various comics industries.

imageShooter has a reputation of defending his own actions to a point that strains credulity for a lot of outside observers, but as this interview basically contrasts right now with what is generally agreed to be his successful initial management of Marvel's comic book ship as Editor-In-Chief, it seems less given over to head-scratching statements. The idea that you get the books on schedule and then you improve the books through financial inducement might sound old-fashioned, but there's also something Gordian Knot-like about such a strategy's appeal and thus it triggers nostalgia. I suspect it's a strategy that you can do when every title sells over 100K rather than a strategy that results in every title selling over 100K, but that's interesting to me, too. There were cultural realities that brought about that time, different but just as real to the long, fractured tail of today.

The interviewers gets a couple of favorite-by-content books out of Shooter, which I also found interesting, including the admission that they weren't going to do as well with a book in bookstores than a Simon And Schuster.
 
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Go, Listen: Jim Rugg On The Dollar Bin

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Bundled Extra: Alex de Campi Notes Launch Of Four-Issue Romance Series At Image Comics

imageThat's a nice cover by she's-everywhere Katie Skelly for a four-issue weekly romance series coming out from Image spearheaded by Alex de Campi and bringing to art assignments many of the writer's industry friends.

I like the idea of little hit and run events like this one when everyone seems to be doing graphic novel serials or parading out TV-show complex-plot high-concepts. In fact, I wish our winters could filled with several projects like this one.

Twisted Romance starts in February, the month with the romance holiday in it not Arbor Day. It'll be hard for this cover not to pop on the stands.
 
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Go, Look: Your Work Is Killing You

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Go, Read: Rob Vollmar On Why He Doesn't Buy Anything DC Comics-Related

imageHere. It's not a popular position, to absolve yourself entirely of any interaction with a company you enjoy but feel has acted unethically, but it does happen. One thing I find fascinating about the newest DC use of the Watchmen characters and stories created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons for their seminal late-'80s superhero series is that the voices that object on principle seem just as strong now as they did for the Before Watchmen depression stir-fry, though perhaps slightly less emotionally charged.

It's difficult for me to imagine the series being good, or even an excellent series being of much interest to me. I think the whole idea that Watchmen is something that happened to the DC Universe and had a negative effect on it is dumb as dirt. I do think it's fascinating that this will likely be another chapter in the long story of all of DC's big event series: the inherent awesomeness of top DC brands. Maybe there will be a surprise, maybe this will be fascinating story-wise, maybe at the end of the series DC returns all rights to the creators or whatever at this point the best action would be in their minds... but I'm not waiting up.
 
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Go, Look: Love For The Creeps

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Go, Look: Star-Spangled Comics #13

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Chris Schweizer on the Loupio series.

* here's Eli Cross on the CB Cebulski as EiC at Marvel story. I do think it could be interesting to see just how portable Marvel's core strengths are into other characters by new creators.

* imagine making a cover this attractive and clever and knowing it would never be better than the third best cover you ever did.

* I'm not altogether familiar with this particular Disney strip, either.

* finally: some unpublished Al Franken drawings by Don Simpson.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Ron Randall!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Jason Turner!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Roy Thomas!

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Happy 67th Birthday, David Wenzel!

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Happy 77th Birthday, Terry Gilliam!

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November 21, 2017


Go, Look: Stealth Mechanic

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* lot of traditional alt-comics check-ins this time around. I love this cover for the forthcoming From Lone Mountain. I buy everything John Porcellino does, and I hope you do, too.

* that great person of comics Shaenon Garrity recommends the forthcoming The Prince And The Dressmaker.

* thrilled to see a Rina Ayuyang book is in the works at D+Q. I'm a great fan of her work. Amazon.com isn't the best place for exact dates of release, but they are really good at identifying books that will be release at some point.

* speaking of D+Q, I'm glad we'll see one more book from the late Genevieve Castr&233;e. Her previous, Susceptible, was a monster book, one of the best of the century so far.

* another set of monster books is that last trilogy of Frank books that Jim Woodring released over the last several years, with the first one be reprinted in 2017. I know for all the years I've read Woodring's amazing work that last group of stories pushed that material into my personal pantheon. Great news we get a brand new work in mid-2018, then.

* finally: Ron Regé Jr. has reprinted material from some of his earliest zines for your non-comics but close to comics pleasure.
 
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Go, Look: PT Bimbo Sundays

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Go, Look: Yankee Comics #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* here's a re-run of a Darwyn Cooke appreciation thread originally published right after his passing, published again on what would have been the late cartoonist's birthday.

* Humanoids has hired Fabrice Sapolsky as Senior Editor.

* it struck me reading this pretty generic great illustrators list that we're likely to see more and more such lists that treat all the 20th Century artists as legends on the same level.

* a smattering of comics personalities appear on The Ann Taylor Show to talk comic book shops, focusing on Dan Gearino's new book on the subject.

* finally, Mimi Pond talks tools.
 
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Happy 64th Birthday, Greg Theakston!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Rich Johnston!

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