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May 22, 2015


Go, Look: Chris Doherty

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Go, Sign Up: Billy Ireland Starts A Mailing List

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Information here. That's a group whose communication needs are sort of ill-suited to the way industry media disseminates information, so you might consider it. I don't sign up for a lot of mailing lists but I will this one.
 
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Go, Look: Geffen Refaeli

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Verdict Delayed For Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani

According to several wire articles including this one, a verdict in the Atena Farghadani case will be delayed one week or more after a packed and intense hearing on Tuesday. The cartoonist continues to be detained. She's already served two stretches of jail time for a 2014 cartoon depicting anti-women's rights officials as having animal heads. This included a stretch in the notorious Evin Prison and some additional time for complaining about her treatment during her first time of being imprisoned for a cartoon.

The judge in the case has already been the subject of accusations of unfair treatment by the cartoonist. Several cartoonists in several countries have run afoul of laws that provide special dispensation to sitting politicians in terms of how they're depicted, a whole conception of the law that strikes me as wholly problematic in these times just about anywhere they're applied. Let me add my voice to the chorus of those hoping for the best outcome possible.
 
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OTBP: Killing Carrot Top

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By Request Extra: Jason Lutes' Lates RPG Kickstarter Nears End

Here. I knew that Lutes was a gamer, and that this included tabletop gaming, but I didn't know he was producing rules sets.
 
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Go, Look: Celine Loup Has An Etsy Store

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A Few More Significant Charlie Hebdo-Related Updates

* the thought that someone is following and taking photos of Riss seems fairly terrifying to me, although I realize there may be political objections to some of the characterization in the article. But seriously: it would be a little bit scary if it were like me and my brother following him around; this is worrisome. I've read a couple of complaints about police fecklessness contributing to the Charlie Hebdo murder, so careful monitoring seems a natural.

* after announcing that he would no longer draw Muhammed, Luz has now announced he'll quit Charlie Hebdo. Negotiating the spirits of his dead friends has been too much for him to bear, and I think I would find myself in a similar headspace were half of Fantagraphics murdered, say.

* not comics: this Neil Labute play withdrawn from a fundraising event sounds much less horrible than its first description. The idea of what subjects we engage in art and how we publish/perform those works is a fascinating one, and there's almost no strong conensus in any direction right now.

* the cartoonist Jul was denied entry into Nicaragua in advance of a conference where the magazine was to be honored. (Matt Silvie reminded me of this story; thanks, Matt)

* finally, here's a follow-up on the Charlie Hebdo donations situation, which stresses the amount that will go to the victims' families. There had been some question as to whether or not any should be returned to the magazine struturally, and what was due whom given the ownership profile of the publication. That article suggests that they expect circulation to eventually settle at around 100,000.
 
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Go, Look: Sir Gordon Minhinnick Wartime Cartoon Mini-Gallery

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Go, Read: Jeff Kinney Builds Many Folks' Dream Set-Up

It should be interesting over the next 15-20 years to see how those who do well in some form of cartoon- or comics-making spend that extra capital and whatever cultural oomph they may have. It looks like Jeff Kinney, the man behind the mega-successful hybrid book series The Wimpy Kid, is starting a small town bookstore and cafe. The last place I lived was a town where 80 percent of the downtown businesses were run by people who had cashed out elsewhere. (I know this to be true having once applied for a part-time position as a PR person for the Merchants Association.) Bookstores and classes and even comics shops are model that could benefit from that of investment, people spending their fortunes (even moderate ones) rather than hoping to make one.

I hope Kinney is as successful at this as he has been making those books.
 
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Go, Look: Dave Stevens Pin-Up Type Material

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Festivals Extra: CCA MFA In Comics Names Its Three Speakers For 2015 Comics In The City Series

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The Comics In The City Guest Speaker Series, a run of three Friday events for July affiliated with San Francisco California College Of The Arts, has named its trio for 2015: Mike Mignola, Spike Trotman and Paul Madonna. That's a great line-up. There will be a fourth event series on the fourth Friday that moment featuring CCA graduates doing readings. It all sounds like fun.
 
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Go, Look: Gotterdammerung Original Art Pages

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Go, Look: Zunar Draws On Camera; Is Profiled

I can't figure out the embed code on this, but it's a pretty cool video and if you're interested in Zunar's case it's fun to watch him draw.
 
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Go, Look: Dungeons And Drawings

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Seth Kushner, RIP

imageCommentary and reaction around the Internet to the passing of photographer, author and comics-maker Seth Kushner (1973-2015).

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* Act-I-Vate Profile

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* Becky Cloonan
* Ben McCool 01
* Ben McCool 02
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Bleeding Cool 03
* Blogo
* Brian Heater
* Broken Frontier

* Calvin Reid
* Cartoon Art Museum
* Chris Ryall 01
* Chris Ryall 02
* ComicBook.com

* Darryl Ayo

* Fred Van Lente
* Fumettologica

* G. Willow Wilson

* Jim Salicrup
* JM DeMatteis
* Joseph P. Illidge
* Joseph Remnant
* Joshua Hale Fialkov

* Keren Katz

* Lauren Weinstein

* Mark Waid
* Metron
* Molly Crabapple 01
* Molly Crabapple 02
* Molly Crabapple 03
* Molly Crabapple 04
* Molly Crabapple 05

* Newsarama 01
* Newsarama 02
* Newsarama 03
* Nick Abadzis

* Robot 6 01
* Robot 6 02
* Robot 6 03

* Scott McCloud

* Tech Times
* The Beat 01
* The Beat 02
* The Geeks Of Doom

* Washington Post

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portrait by Joseph Remnant; art below from Kushner comic with Dean Haspiel


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Go, Look: Your Illustrated Introduction To Eurovision

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Richard Comely Is Looking For Specific Captain Canuck Art

Here. I hope someone can help him. I can't even imagine the stuff we're going to find missing over the next 15 years.

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

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

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If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2015

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May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In Atlanta, i'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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June 4
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

June 5
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (New South Fest)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Grand Comics Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Munich, I'd Go To This (Comic Festival Munchen)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Special Edition)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 12
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

June 20
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 21
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes)
* If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Kids Read Comics)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This (Derby City)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 26
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 27
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

June 28
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Miami Beach, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For July 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Gadzooks Bazooka

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