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December 7, 2016


Go, Look: Cathrin Peterslund

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Chloe Eudaly Says Goodbye On Behalf Of Reading Frenzy As Her Elected Office Duties Take Over

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Here. Portland's Reading Frenzy was a wonderful store to have in my array of shopping options in the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s. I bought a lot of handmade publications there. I wish Chloe Eudaly luck with the issues on which she ran; there's a staggering amount of need to be addressed.
 
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Go, Look: Hanna K

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This Isn't A Library: New, 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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AUG162204 ROBERT CRUMB SKETCHBOOK HC VOL 01 JUNE 64 - MAR 66 (MR) $39.99
This is the time of year where you get all the Christmas stuff + all the stuff that the publishers want to get out before the year ends + all the stuff delayed for summer that makes sense for it to come out for the holidays if it's not going to be out when the weather is warm. These end up being a few crowded weeks, that last of November, beginning of December. You won't find a more interest book to read than the 400+ pages making up a Taschen mass release paperback featuring mid-1960s work from Robert Crumb. His sketchbooks are one of the great treasures of comics, unless you're just unable to process certain elements of his work.

AUG160082 BALTIMORE HC VOL 07 EMPTY GRAVES $24.99
I don't always recognize the Mignola-verse work in its trade paperback/hardcover collection form, but this is probably the best way to collect it given how much there is month to month.

imageOCT161325 GIANT DAYS #21 $3.99
OCT160062 RISE OF THE BLACK FLAME #4 (OF 5) $3.99
SEP160715 ARCLIGHT #3 (MR) $3.99
OCT160487 SUPER F*CKERS FOREVER #5 (OF 5) SUBSCRIPTION VAR (MR) $4.99
OCT160631 REVIVAL #45 (MR) $3.99
OCT160648 WALKING DEAD #161 CVR A ADLARD & STEWART (MR) $2.99
OCT160649 WALKING DEAD #161 CVR B CONNECTING ADAMS & FAIRBAIRN (MR) $2.99
OCT160652 WICKED & DIVINE #24 CVR A MCKELVIE & WILSON (MR) $3.50
SEP168679 UNWORTHY THOR #1 (OF 5) 2ND PTG COIPEL VAR NOW $3.99
OCT160874 UNWORTHY THOR #2 (OF 5) $3.99
OCT161323 GOLDIE VANCE #8 $3.99
Here are the comic-book comics I could find. John Allison first, followed by Mignola-verse material. Arclight looks like it will wrap up in a fourth issue after this long-delayed third one. Another cycle of James Kochalka's Superfuckers comes to a close; I still find those comics pretty funny. Revival is lurching towards its end in fits and starts. Walking Dead may never end, but that's actually a significant part of its underlying concept, that freedom from narrative pressures to answer things and wrap them up. Wicked & Divine loses me every now and then just in terms of my being able to track the narrative. This is one of those times, although I continue to keep the issues and am certain I'll figure out my blind spots within a quarter year. I bought the first issue of that Thor comic and thought it fine. I'm not the biggest fan of the Marvel space milieu. Goldie Vance takes us right back around to the same group of comics in which Giant Days is most frequently placed.

JUN160568 DITKO UNLEASHED HC $59.99
JUL160615 JACK KIRBY PENCILS & INKS HC $49.99
I'm in for every single iteration and gift book and reprint from both Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, save perhaps for straight-up reprints from weaker mainstream-comics periods.

AUG160549 STEVE CANYON HC VOL 07 1959-1960 $49.99
I'm also a great fan of Milton Caniff, but more out of respect than endearment. The Steve Canyon material is handsome as all hell, but big chunks of it are a less than exciting read for my eyeballs. It'd be a different strip on the other side of the decade, although ironically maybe not enough of a different one.

JUL160815 BLUE MONDAY TP VOL 02 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS $14.99
This was an important work for a number of comics readers and creators now in their early 30s. This kind of work does nothing for me, but I have to imagine a lot of fans are happy to see it again.

SEP161125 CAPTAIN AMERICA STEVE ROGERS TP VOL 01 HAIL HYDRA $19.99
JUN160954 DEADPOOL BY POSEHN AND DUGGAN OMNIBUS HC $100.00
Two comics from the part of Marvel ostensibly designed to serve bookstores. I haven't heard much of anything recently about Captain America's heel turn in his comic book several months ago. Given how news organization love news that's been proven popular by its link to previously popular news items, that's saying something. I'm sure the story has continued to push forward. The Deadpool book is from that weird part of their line where you can't imagine anyone dropping that kind of money regularly but quickly realize they don't need a lot of people to make that work. I would imagine this is a big chunk of the material by which Deadpool became actually funny as opposed to comic-book funny, but Deadpool fans always get mad at me when I say that, in-between shouting names of creators at me I've never heard of.

OCT161623 BARBARELLA HC (MR) $24.95
Always. Every edition is worth a look.

OCT161624 BY THE NUMBERS GN $24.95
This is a work featuring comics by the L'Association co-founder Stanislas, and looks retro as all hell. Sign me up.

OCT161643 SHADOWEYES SC DLX ED (MR) $30.00
This is a redirected reprint via Spike Trotman of Sophie Campbell's beautiful-looking work.

JUN161208 BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #24 (MR) $5.99
All praise to BC for their devotion to print.

OCT162164 1964 NEW YORK COMICON TRUE STORY BEHIND WORLDS 1ST COMIC CON $29.95
Ever single word in the title of this book is like a direct pitch to my wallet. All of it is execution, though, so I'll withhold judgment one way or the other until I catch up.

SEP162216 PETER BAGGE CONVERSATIONS SC $25.00
I love listening to Peter talk. I think he may be over-interviewed at this point, given how many projects he's done and how open he is to assisting their promotion, but a strong hand here should yield an excellent collection.

OCT162167 KRAZY BLACK & WHITE WORLD OF GEORGE HERRIMAN HC $35.00
A book of the year candidate, I waited 11 years to publish a book on comics just so I could lose any chance of an industry award to this sucker. I'm reading it right now, actually, and it's quite good.

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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, Look: Chris Ware Original Art For One-Pager

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2017

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December 8
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 10
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This (EBABZ)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

December 11
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)

December 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 30
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 31
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

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2017
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January 1
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

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Events For February 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Marvel Mystery Comics #89

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Mark Peters on Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1.

* Michael C. Lorah profiles Terry Moore. Brett White talks to Charles Soule. Nick Hasted talks to Art Spiegelman, in a major-looking one I definitely missed. Steven Cuevas profiles a post-election Steve Weissman. Rudraneil Sengupta and Elizabeth Kuruvilla talk to Liza Donnelly. Peter Rowe profiles Ron Campbell.

* word that a statue featuring Ham Fisher and his creation Joe Palooka will be restored. The base had deteriorated.

* never saw the TV show but I liked the Lucifer comics I read a few years back.

* finally: man, that Rob Liefeld art was sure something.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Katsuya Terada!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Jason Lutes!

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December 6, 2016


Go, Look: Al Columbia Drawings

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Bundled Extra: Cartoonist Rick Veitch Releases First Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends In Twenty Years

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Industry veteran Rick Veitch wrote in yesterday morning to say that he's published the first issue of his Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends to see the marketplace in 20 years. This was Veitch's dream diary comic, and a key player in the late-'80s to mid-'90s market shake-up in terms of what could be supported or not and how well in terms of personal expression given the margin of returns on self-published work. It was also the best work of an admirable career, ongoing.

It is not released through Diamond but is available on Amazon. It is also not the first work from Veitch to be released that way this year.

Veitch has written about the new release here.
 
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Go, Look: Strange Window

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Go, Shop: Sunday Press Books Offers Holiday Sale

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I'm not going to sort out everyone's Christmas sales offerings, but I was struck by this one from Sunday Press Books for a few reasons. One is that's a single-person operation as opposed to a conventional business. Another is that all of those books are beautiful. Yet another is that the discounts are pretty great. I wonder sometimes if we're not going to see a massive fade in relative interest in older work over the next 10-15 years, so I want everyone who does that kind of archival work to do as well as possible in the meantime.
 
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Not Comics: Illustrations From Mansfield Park

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Ron Regé Jr. will have a new collection and a reprint of an older collection out from Fantagraphics next Spring.

image* not sure I'd seen a cover for the next Mimi Pond book. I don't know if it's the final version, but it could be. I liked the world created in that first book.

* speaking of things I've seen on Amazon, it'll be good to have more translated Dupuy and Berberian.

* I mentioned this project when it was initially announced -- I'm a fan of Tara Avery -- but here's a reminder the all-trans comics anthology We're Still Here is looking for submissions.

* I like the Inhumans characters, although I'm not sure I've liked any of the post-1970s comics featuring those character. Still, hope springs eternal, and Christian Ward is a strong artist.

* a new Wasp series previewed. I share Gilbert Hernandez's fondness for the character in the original '60s comics as having some life an interest and humor to her, but have no idea how she's been used since and no experience with the current character bearing that superhero mantle. I like that there are superhero comics for a variety of people now.

* Colleen Coover's Small Favors will enjoy a collection published by Oni's naughty offshoot Limerence Press, "limerence" being a fine SAT word. Those comics were the highlight of the last period Eros Comix had a little market presence.

* this comic that represented a good job for some people I'm sure although it looks light on a human touch to me has been canceled. That's always sad.

* I did not know about Jillian Tamaki's picture book, but I bet it will be something to see.

* finally, Keeli McCarthy's art direction on the next Fante Bukowski book is pretty great. Author Noah Van Sciver agrees.

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2017

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*****

December 8
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 10
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This (EBABZ)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

December 11
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)

December 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 29
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 30
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 31
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

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2017
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January 1
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

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Events For February 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: An Original Seth Page From Palooka-Ville Vol. 21

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Fruits Basket Collector's Edition Vol. 6. Chris Sims previews the latest issue of the Midnighter And Apollo series and generally recommends it. Tara Marie on Paper Girls. RJ Casey on Perfect Hair.

* Elle Collins talks to Brenden Fletcher, Babs Tarr and Cameron Stewart. Alex Dueben talks to Kerascoet.

* here's Jakob Free on Marvel's Moon Knight character. Moon Knight was created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin.

* Mike Ives profiles Zunar for the New York Times. There's a certain level of irony that it's this kind of coverage that seems to fuel at least part of the resentment Malaysian authorities feel for the cartoonist. That doesn't mean that the coverage has one goddamn thing for which to apologize.

* finally, here's Magdalene Visaggio on why the new sincerity has changed comics.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Robin Riggs!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Paul Jenkins!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Claire Wendling!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Leonard Kirk!

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December 5, 2016


OTBP: Epoxy Cartoon Magazine

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