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September 30, 2016


Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2016

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October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naperville, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Jersey City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Queens, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)

October 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brookline, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Chapel Hill, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Sherman Oaks, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 25
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

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November 1
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 6
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 12
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard Philadelphia Fan Appreciation)

November 13
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard Philadelphia Fan Appreciation)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (ZFH)

November 27
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

November 29
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Read: Diary Of A Middle Aged White Lady

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Ariel and I were born on the same day, and I look forward to catching up with this this weekend.
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* AJ Frost on Captain America: Steve Rogers #4. Sean Kleefeld on Your Favorite Superhero Sucks.

* here's Paul Gravett on the worldwide manga movement.

* a case for Head Lopper. I liked that comic, and I'm not usually fan of comics that have those kinds of narrative limitations.

* Erin O'Brien talks to Derf Backderf. Angela Boyle profiles KL Ricks.

* look at this Rick Griffin. Whoa.

* the descriptions of these "clues" about where the Watchmen characters created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons fit into present DC Universe licensed property land are just agonizing for me to read. It's just so not anything I enjoy about creativity or art.

* the reason we've all had such a weird 2016 is because Superman is having the weirdest one.

* finally, Anthony Acri wrote in twice suggesting this article might be of service to CR readers. I will have to come back to it, but don't let me stop you.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Kieron Gillen!

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Happy 39th Birthday, David Baillie!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Deni Loubert!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Eliopoulos!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mahendra Singh!

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September 29, 2016


Go, Look: Dykes In Print

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Go, Read: Matt Furie On Becoming A Name-Along-With-Image Rabidly Popular Internet Meme

Here's the first interview I've read with cartoonist Matt Furie talking about the experience of having his Pepe The Frog character become a hugely popular visual element in alt-right and pro-Trump visual presentations, on-line and in the physical world. Pepe was recently identified as a hate symbol in the context of specific uses by the Anti-Defamation League, which is an extraordinary thing, both the naming and the qualifications used in the naming.

So this has to be super-weird for the creator, doubly so because as he points out this use is rare in that the artist's name has been brandished at various times throughout.

Without my knowing him personally, Furie comes across to me in that piece like a nice enough guy a little disengaged with certain elements of the world and how art works within it right now. He also seems incredibly eager to maintain that distance between what he creates and how it might be used. Is he too eager to keep out of it? I've heard from three different people I like and respect wishing that Furie would respond more forcefully. This interview is, ironically, a reasonably forceful response in a way: declaring you're voting for Hillary Clinton is a nice soundbite to release into the wider world when your work is supporting the other guy. It's a counter-idea designed to make the users look a bit foolish.

I imagine there is a lot more Furie could do beyond make a few statements and wait it out, even when obnoxious, hateful super-shits like the image's users are involved. I'm also pretty sure it's not up to me to decide that for him -- I wouldn't suffer the blowback. But imagine the possibilities. Billing sites for use would be a funny way to take another shot at the candidate in question as a person that does not pay their contractors. If there's a bit of annoyance but no money raised, these are maybe people that should be annoyed. I also don't think this is a natural thing to have happen as Furie seems to assert. I think it's generally inexplicable which visuals will pick up that kind of attention, but I don't think it's a process we should allow to remain inviolable due to its assumed inevitability. We could perhaps help by constructing a broad counter-idea that can be presented whenever anyway absconds with an artist's work to reconfigure it in pursuit of a noxious idea or belief system. Let me know.
 
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Go, Look: Festival De Résistance

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By Request Extra: Connor Willumsen Wants To Go To The Lakes Festival By Selling You Books

Here. I'm not allowed to spend any money on comics until after October 16, but I want those books. Do Frank and company -- and yourself -- a favor.
 
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Go, Look: Coll

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By Request Extra: Sam Costello Relaunches For Split Lip

The well-liked comics-maker Sam Costello (well-liked enough to have friends advocating for e-mail on his behalf, anyway) has a second crowd-funder going for his massive, latest Split Lip anthology. Two differences. Looks like the ask is smaller -- I'm told a new printer or related service was found -- and the campaign seems much further along even accounting for that change. We tend to think of crowd-funder as arbiters passing judgment rather than tools seeking refinement; this may be a case of the latter.
 
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Go, Look: Mike Mignola New Gods Development Sketches

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from a movie never made; apologies to the many people that I imagine had this first
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* The Beat covers some sort of rejected display art controversy at NYCC. NYCC articles are always interesting to me because they always make the con seem more horrible, without really trying to. It almost seems quaint to even hint that something like this could 1 percent be seen as having a free-speech element, when the whole thing is crafted around maximizing a specific commercial atmosphere. Also, the thought that any model in a limited-sales environment like comics could involve giveaways makes me uncomfortable, although I know these things can be about buzz for whatever intellectual property is involved. Comics is worlds within worlds and none of us understand all of them.

* CXC -- the show with which I'm involved -- has posted a list for its Saturday-Sunday exhibitors. That show is mid-October. Please come. Please.

* the Los Angeles show with Stan Lee's name on it is changing its name to include the words "Comic Con." The old name was a mouthful so this seems like a smart idea. This article suggests that this might aid the Salt Lake Comic Con in their legal tussle with Comic-Con International. I would imagine that with this one we'll just see what the law says. In terms of the dormitory-hallway justice of this, I do sort of feel that most shows benefit from Comic-Con International establishing an approach, tone, cultural profile and style for these kinds of shows. If the term has become generic, that generic baseline was crystallized in San Diego. I just don't have any idea what's actionable and what isn't.

* I would love it if one panel at every convention from now on was called "The Future Of Mankind."

* finally, Eli Schiff walks through the history of Eli Schiff at comic shows.
 
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If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: #100Days100Women

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* I am bookmarking J. Caleb Mozzocco writing about the DC Rebirth titles for myself, as I sort out what might be of interest in their relaunch from an industry perspective and for me as a reader. Mozzocco is one of our most reliable writers-about-comics, and doesn't get that credit frequently enough. If you want to make use of that link as well, I won't stop you.

* this is a very good, short review by the cartoonist Katie Skelly on Someone Please Have Sex With Me.

* Abraham Riesman talks to Karen Berger for a lengthy, sober profile. I like that they go over Berger's willingness to criticize some of the goofy moves made by her former employer once she left. If you push someone out in part for philosophical reasons, it should be totally fair game for them to press a point when a different philosophy would have engendered a different result. Berger is back with an cover-editor credit on a new book; she was contacted via LinkedIn! Alex Dueben talks to Teri S. Wood and to Stephen Murphy.

* Riesman again with comics to read before you watch the new Luke Cage Netflix series launching this Friday. There are a lot of entertaining on his list, although I hop to god you really don't need to read them before watching the TV show. People are so rattled by the election if that's any good folks are going to be so grateful. Plus who doesn't love Alfre Woodard?

* finally, writer Greg Rucka discusses the sexuality of the Wonder Woman character as he understands it in the course of his current work in collaboration on the comic book title. Makes sense to me. I hadn't thought about the leaves-for-love construction as problematic. I'm the wrong guy to tell you how interesting this article is if you're immersed in that world, but it held my attention.
 
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Happy 50th Birthday, Nicolas De Crécy!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Russ Heath!

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Happy 51st Birthday, Jennifer Daydreamer!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Tim Vigil!

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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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