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May 24, 2016


Happy 68th Birthday, Alan Zelenetz!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Wimbledon Green!

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May 23, 2016


Go, Watch: Sam Alden Reads From The Cursed Prince


 
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Your 2016 Glyph Awards Winners

imageWinners were named May 20 for this year Glyph Awards, given out in conjunction with the weekend's East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention.

Chuck Collins and BOUNCE! won three of the awards. Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator Of Discipline took awards in two categories,

Winners in bold:

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STORY OF THE YEAR

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker -- Julian Voloj, Writer; Claudia Ahlering, Artist
* Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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BEST COVER

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust -- John Jennings, Writer and Artist
* Tephlon Funk! -- Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists

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BEST WRITER

* Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Concrete Park Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
* (H)Afrocentric">Juliana "Jewels" Smith, (H)Afrocentric
* David F. Walker, Cyborg

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BEST ARTIST

* Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline
* Keef Cross, Dayblack #4 -- Shot in the Ass
* John Jennings, Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust

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BEST MALE CHARACTER

* Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came a Dark Hunter -- Alex Simmons, Writer; Tim Fielder, Artist
* Antonio Valor (Brotherman), Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

* Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur -- Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Writers; Natacha Bustos and Amy Reeder, Artists
* Lily, Malice in Ovenland -- Micheline Hess, Writer and Artist
* Naima Pepper, (H)Afrocentric -- Juliana "Jewels" Smith, Writer; Ronald R. Nelson, Artist

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RISING STAR AWARD

* Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist -- Bounce!
* Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists -- Tephlon Funk!
* D.C. Walker, Writer; Bruno Oliveira, Artist -- When the River Rises

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BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC

* Blackwax Boulevard -- Dmitri Jackson, Writer and Artist
* Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
* Detective Boogaloo: Hip Hop Cop -- Jamar Nicholas, Writer and Artist

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BEST REPRINT PUBLICATION

* Ajala: A Series of Adventures, Book Two (XMoor Studios)
* Concrete Park, Volume One: You Send Me (Dark Horse Comics)
* Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse Comics)

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FAN AWARD FOR BEST WORK

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton , Writer; Denis Medri , Artist
* Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
* Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Writers; Tony Puryear, Artist
* Shaft, Volume One: A Complicated Man -- David Walker, Writer; Sanford Greene, Artist

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Go, Look: Greg Irons' History Of Pirates Illustrations

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Go, Look: Visions Of Donald Trump

Michael Cavna gathers together various major political cartoonists' depictions of Donald Trump. There's some interesting stuff in there about how a few of them choose to do his mouth, believe it or not. A couple of the cartoons used made me laugh.

If Mr. Trump wins -- and he has a good chance of winning -- you're going to see the old adage that even the most brutally effective satire doesn't work anymore get a sound workout.
 
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Not Comics: Paintings By Piotr Jablonski

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thanks, Bob Levin
 
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Collective Memory: Linework NW 2016

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of Linework NW, held May 21-22 in and around the Sons Of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Hannah Means-Shannon

Facebook
* Organization Page

News Stories And Columns
* Portland Mercury
* Willamette Week

Twitter
* Event Account

* Brian Lee

* Dave

* Jacob

* Kevin Czap 01
* Kevin Czap 02

* Laura Knetzger
* Laurie Pina

* Melty Buddy 01
* Melty Buddy 02

* Trillian!

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Go, Look: Right Around Home Original

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love these
 
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Festivals Extra: Argument For Expanding Cosplay's Role At Shows

Here. It's not something that applies to all shows -- I don't see this being a concern for SPX or Linework NW -- and I'm always confused when these things are changed from a strategy someone might pursue to an argument to be won on the Internet. Still, there are some details in there that are worth knowing if you follow the convention business.

I would imagine most people running a show with a cosplay element would prefer someone of value to a show be a guest of a show as opposed to a free agent and perhaps, say, charging for photos. I also have to believe this already happens with a few shows. Many of the shows are conceived of in broad enough fashion that paid costume people would seem way less of a stretch than people you're likely to see invited to shows if there are this many of them in 2021.
 
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Go, Read: Robert Pranzatelli Profiles Max De Rodriguès

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Adolf Born, RIP

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I don't recall Born ever making comics, but he was a super-fun illustrator whose work was animated; thanks to Paul Di Filippo on the heads up
 
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Go, Look: A Brief History Of Mainstream Comics

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* I hope they bring this shirt back for another round; I think they could sell a lot more than have already been sold. And it's for a great cause!

image* the Seymour Chwast crowd-funder continues to grind its way to its fairly big ask.

* it's been two weeks since this column ran, but a few of the crowd-funders it paid attention to on the 9th are still going now: the Brian Pulido's, the latest volume of Skin Horse, the Abby Howard and one by Adam Casey.

* Julia Wertz had her stoop sale over the weekend, but until she suspends sales I imagine she will use any Etsy sales to further finance her move.

* I don't get a lot of not-comics-itself projects aimed at this weekly post, but here's a crowd-funder for an interview series. That's a reminder I'm a big fan of Gil Roth's Virtual Memories podcast, which is about 1/3 comics-oriented; he has a patreon.

* what's newer that caught my on on Kickstarter: veterans Jan Duursema and John Ostrander on a project; another science comic, which is becoming a sneakily popular sub-category; the latest Erika Moen, crushing it; a sequel project reaching its first goal as I'm typing this; a Jack London adaptation far from its goal and one I hadn't noticed at all from Matt Lubchansky.

* finally, Salgood Sam has a patreon now.
 
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If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: A Walter Molino Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Swamp Thing #5. Alexander Jones on Civil War II #0. I haven't moaned like a moan-y old man recently about how much I hate the #0 books and the side series and the series that fold into the final book that you don't know worked that way when you're buying individual comics. I still feel that way, if anyone wondered.

* I had to remind myself to what controversy this amusing visual by James Kochalka referred, but I got it after a few minutes.

* festivals extra: it's not my area of coverage with that particular show, and I suppose the Star Trek franchise isn't at its healthiest in terms of hardcore fan goodwill, but this has to be a good get for Comic-Con and it's interesting to see how they approach opportunities like this and having Conan O'Brien's show in town last year. I liked those first two new Star Trek films just fine -- they passed the time and amused me -- and didn't see a lot of difference between them. I felt the same way about the four most recent James Bond movies, so clearly I am no longer to be trusted for close analysis of pop-culture soaked movie-making.

* vegetable lovers.

* this site does a terrible job with discussing art direction and book design, but these Reprodukt editions of Jaime Hernandez's work sort of jumped out at me. It's interesting just how many approaches have been taken with Los Bros' work, the vast majority of which have been rewarding.

* someone hire Jason to do minimalist reviews like this for their site so we can read them all of the time. Not much more to say about most of those books. It's unbelievable to me that Jason is just now catching up to Saul Steinberg. There should be a holiday named after Steinberg and every citizen of the world should own at least three of his great books.

* Dan Mims talks to Michael Sloan.

* finally: paid writer-about-comics freelancer positions.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday, John Bolton!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Mike Deodato!

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May 22, 2016


Go, Read: Meg Lemke Interviews Tom Hart For Mutha Magazine

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Go, Look: James Sherman-Era LOSH Splash Pages

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Go, Look: Kid Gloves

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Go, Look; Perhaps Buy: I Did Not Know There Was A Site For Rob Goodin's Kurdles

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I even bought a t-shirt...
 
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Go, Look: Stephen Collins On Mindfulness

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

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