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September 19, 2014


Several Cartoonists Sign Petition Vs Brooklyn Book Festival Taking Israeli State Funding For A Panel

You can read the petition here. I think it's pretty straight forward. At issue is the sponsorship of a panel by Israel's Office of Cultural Affairs in New York. That's an embassy-hosted effort that does a lot of presenting art from Israel in a variety of settings. A sponsored book panel seems just the kind of thing they'd be interested in doing. The objection by those signing the petition is described at length and is based on Israeli policy in Palestine.

The occasional comics but mostly prose publisher PM Press signed through publishers Ramsey Kanan and Craig O'Hara. The indvidual cartoonists listed are Eleanor Davis, Ethan Heitner, Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman. They joined by a variety of artists working with other media.

The Festival is this Sunday.
 
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Go, Read: Interview On The Lagos Comicon Turning Three

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That's a really good get for The Beat. Many of the African comics scenes are fascinating.
 
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Brian Bendis Shuts Down His Long-Running, Popular Message Board

Covered here best, I think. I'm catching up with this late on a Friday but that's an interesting move and sort of an historical event in terms of modern comics culture. It's hard for me to think of a creator outside of Mark Millar and Warren Ellis more closely affiliated with a specific old-fashioned message board. I'm sure that it played a role in his rise to prominence writing comics, although how much it's hard to say. I don't envy anyone the task of trying to wrangle a board in this day and age, particularly a writer as busy as Bendis.
 
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Five For Friday #394 -- Fictional Places (Non-Capes Edition)

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Five For Friday #394 -- Name Five Town/Cities/Villages You Like In Comics That Don't Exist In The Real World... And Don't Involve Superheroes

1. Radiant City
2. Mingo City
3. Dogpatch, Arkansas
4. Sorrow's End
5. Riverdale

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I will open this one wide enough to encompass place names that hold a village or a town in a way that's nearly indistinguishable -- so I'm including the Elfquest example -- but not any wider than that.

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Go, Look: Four Color Poetics

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Not Comics: Ghost World Movie Nesting Dolls

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Long Beach Comic Con + Long List Of Comics/Animation Pros To Announce Dwayne McDuffie Award

I'm happy about this. The late comics-maker and media-crossover steward was an important figure for fans and fellow professionals and one not always treated with the respect he deserved during the comics-focused parts of his career. As far as I'm concerned, we should name a bunch of awards after Dwayne McDuffie.
 
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Go, Look: Brooklyn Witch Tweets

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Not Comics: Popeye Film Promotional Footage

I don't have a lot of interest in films featuring comics characters and don't really have any opinion on this footage made available from a forthcoming attempt at doing Popeye with 3-D animation, but it seems to me that it's more important than ever for the newspaper syndicates to be strong advocates/representatives for their major properties in Hollywood. It's not like it was ever unimportant, but there seems to be more pressure now.
 
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Go, Read: Lengthy Interview With Adam Hines

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Gary Tyrrell points us in the direction of a sale for the bonus-stuffed edition of Stripped!, the comics documentary with a huge webcomics making element to it. I liked the theatrical cut when I saw it last year, and I wish the filmmakers well with selling any version they choose to sell. I think you'd get a lot of interviews this way, and a big strength of the film is its catholic approach to those choices across print/digital lines

* the week after the Ignatz awards is always a good time to visit the on-line comic nominees. I sometimes wonder if digital comics -- of the traditional webcomics variety in particular -- have the same problem that web sites and blogs have in terms of finding new ways to drive readers to their material. They are much more conducive to some of the non-twitter social media platforms in particular, so there are compensating virtues, but when I think of webcomics I think of a kind of consumption of digital material I don't think exists to saturating levels now.

* finally, here's the comiXology press release on the second wave of publishers participating in their DRM-free program. Everyone expected a lengthy list when the digital comics distribution hub got around to putting one out. When the first list came out several publishers said they simply weren't able to announce right then due to the time commitment right before San Diego Con.
 
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Go, Look: A Tank Knows No Mercy

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Collective Memory: SPX 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Small Press Expo, held September 13-14 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel And Convention Center in the general vicinity of Bethesda, Maryland.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Convention Tumblr
* Physical Location
* Host City

Audio
* Gil Roth

Blog Entries
* akribi
* Andrea Tsurumi
* Are You There, Youth? It's Me, Nikki
* Avi Roberts

* Celestial Locust Hive
* Chelfie's Toy Chest
* clementeworks
* Connie Sun
* Curls Studio

* Dedsquad
* Derf

* Evan Dahm

* Fleen

* Graphic Novel Universe

* Haberdashery

* Hannah Krieger

* Ian Higginbotham
* Inkmaggot

* karaokefanboy
* Kevin Budnik
* Kriota Willberg

* Locust Moon Comics

* Matt Kish
* Megan Baehr
* Michael Muller
* Mickey Z

* Panel Patter
* Pat Aulisio
* Pigeon Press
* Purple Ruby Red

* Rebecca Mock
* Rob Clough
* Robot 6 (Index)

* Secret Acres
* Sequential State
* stuff and things

* The Beat (Index)
* The Hotel Fred

* unpleasant

* WriteItReadItKillIt

Facebook
* SPX Facebook Page

Miscellaneous
* Michael DeForge wearing a Katie Skelly-designed t-shirt
* SPX Spotlight Series At Panel Patter
* Zach Mason

News Stories and Columns
* Bleeding Cool 01
* Bleeding Cool 02
* Comicosity
* Newsarama 01
* Newsarama 02
* Newsarama 03
* Newsarama 04
* PW
* Washington Post 01
* Washington Post 02
* Washington Post 03

Photos
* AdHouse
* Alternative Comics
* Anne Ishii
* PW
* WriteItReadItKillIt

Twitter
* SPX account

* AdHouse

Video
* The Beat (Simon Hanselmann Wedding To Comics)

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

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2014

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September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Alpha Omega Con)
* If I Were Near Bogota, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To Thisjavascript:promptTag("link");
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (MondoCon)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Independents' Day)
* If I Were In Norway, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bogota, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Projects III)
* If I Were In Santa Fe, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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October 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cheltenham, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Indiana, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 10
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Beunos Aires, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hyderabad, I'd Go To This (Hyderabad Comiccon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 18
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 19
* If I Were In England, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Belgium, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

October 21
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: Miss Scoopem

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Michael A. Johnson on layouts used by Guido Crepax.

* Don MacPherson on a bunch of different comics. J. Calebo Mozzocco on a bunch of different comics. Joe Gordon on Wild's End #1. Richard Bruton on Scene & Heard.

* these are indeed some very pretty covers Darwyn Cooke has done for DC Comics, and conceptually sound as single-image storytelling devices. I mean, that's the closest to interesting DC's new team of mystical characters has ever been. Mainstream comics aren't my primary area of interest, but I'm all for stunts that feature a creator over editorially-directed story product.

* finally, I know it's very old-man to make this sort of complaint, but I had a hard time sussing the title for a comic out of this post. That character Doop looks fun, though.
 
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Happy 38th Birthday, Chris Wright!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Garry Leach!

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