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March 28, 2017


Go, Listen: Hazel Newlevant On Process Party

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* Shannon Wheeler has enjoyed a successful official notes of his Donald Trump tweets joke. Sound concept in these days for sure. Michael Cavna's profile is best.

* Black Crown shuts down submissions. There's a pleasant myth that blind submissions is how people get published in comics, and there are a few for whom this is true, in sometimes spectacular fashion. I would say the vast majority of publishers know exactly what they want and from whom they want it, and make their plans accordingly.

* finally: looks like Tony Isabella has settled some if not all of his major problems with DC Comics. Good for Isabella for whom this seemed an open wound for years and years. For the purpose of this column, the fact that isabella may work with them on stuff is what's news.
 
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Since I'm In Columbus, I'll Be Going To This

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

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If I Were Near Harper College, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2017

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March 29
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

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April 1
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)
* If I Were In Tacoma, I'd Go To This

April 2
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MoCCA Festival)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

April 3
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 4
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

April 5
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 6
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Dubai, I'd Go To This (Middle East Film And Comic Con)

April 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Dubai, I'd Go To This (Middle East Film And Comic Con)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (The Great Philadelphia Comic Con)

April 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Dubai, I'd Go To This (Middle East Film And Comic Con)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (The Great Philadelphia Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This

April 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (The Great Philadelphia Comic Con)
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con Spring Fling)
* If I Were In Iowa City, I'd Go To This (Ice Cream)

April 11
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

April 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

April 14
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Queers And Comics)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

April 15
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Queers And Comics)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

April 16
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)

April 20
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In El Paso, I'd Go To This (EPCC)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)

April 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In El Paso, I'd Go To This (EPCC)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

April 23
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In El Paso, I'd Go To This (EPCC)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum Fantastic Art Live)
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

April 24
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)

April 25
* If I Were In Juneau, I'd Go To This (Alaska Robotics Mini-Con)

April 27
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 28
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 29
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

April 30
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)

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Events For May 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Go, Look: Gus Mager's Main Street

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on LOVF.

* everything stays on-line forever.

* The Beat digs through Rian Sygh's twitter thread on his comics-related finances. I'm grateful for Sygh to post that information, and I think as it's rare for cartoonists to do that. All information is appreciated. I don't know that I'm 100 percent convinced you need a ton of information to avoid making bad choices -- I think you can tell a job is a good one or not from the amount you're paid, not necessarily the amount you're paid in relation to someone else. It can help you not be exploited, though. If writers and artists continue to do lots of jobs that obviously don't pay the bills, we need to identify why and serve whatever mindset that indicates so as to keep them from self-harm over a large period of time.

* Patricia Benoit profiles John Russell Cross.

* finally, I really like this Tarzan drawing by Jeff Smith. I haven't seen it since around the time they were commissioned.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Tom Scioli!

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March 27, 2017


Go, Look: Pete Morisi Splash Pages

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* count Sophie Goldstein among the young comics professionals who wish to supplement some of their comics-related income with money made through Patreon.

* the big talked-about thing in my neck of the woods is the current 2D Kickstarter, which looks like it will make it but surely isn't one of those runaway campaigns already over the top. Some attention is still necessary. That new Mirror, Mirror looks good.

* other names popping for me from the crowd-funding realm given a moderate survey are Sandra Bartholomew, Ally Shwed, David Willis and P. Craig Russell.

* finally, the Zanadu Comics gofundme was still active as of eight days ago. The Seattle institution put that up a while back for help with some capital necessary to make the whole operation run more smoothly.
 
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Go, Look: Imagery From The Studio

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Go, Look: Eerie Sci-Fi Cover Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on various minis from Andrew Alexander.

* last week in listicles brought us a list of 13 places in Portland for comics. I get exhausted with that much clicking, but I do know that beautiful city has a bunch of great places to interact with comics.

* Caroline Winter profiles Scott Adams.

* I'm always supportive of people talking about comics money with real numbers in play.

* finally, the one piece of original art I purchased this weekend at the Columbus small-press show SPACE was from Alec Valerius, if you need another young cartoonist to follow on Twitter.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Ivan Brandon!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Mike Friedrich!

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Happy 90th Birthday, Hy Eisman!

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Happy 95th Birthday, Murray Olderman!

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March 26, 2017


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

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

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

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Bill Kartalopoulos!

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Happy 69th Birthday, José Luis Garcia Lopez!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Brian Bolland!

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