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January 31, 2015


CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from January 24 to January 30, 2015:

1. Angouleme gets underway with a significant focus on the Charlie Hebdo killings. Katsuhiro Otomo is named the first Grand Prix winner from the manga tradition.

2. The great Indian cartoonist RK Laxman passes away at 93 years old.

3. Zunar's office is once again raided by police, with several books confiscated.

Winner Of The Week
Katsuhiro Otomo. So very deserved.

Loser Of The Week
Poor Jim Wheelock! I hope there's some progress there.

Quote Of The Week
"After the war, he was behaving oddly. He began to torture animals. His grandparents sent him to military school because that was the only way they thought they could deal with that kind of behavior. These days we know about PTSD, we know about childhood traumas like that. You know, he probably, in this day and age, he would have received years of therapy... I think I understand where he comes from. I do not agree [with] his actions. I do not agree with his ideology. But I do understand." -- Nina Bunjevac, on her father

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Missed It: Anne Ishii Interviews Elisha Lim

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2015

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February 1
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

February 5
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 6
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

February 7
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 8
* If I Were In Lodi, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

February 9
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

Feburary 13
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Feburary 14
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Feburary 15
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

February 19
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 20
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 21
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 22
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 27
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)

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March 1
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)

March 7
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 8
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Canberra, I'd Go To This (Australian Comics Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 9
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Oklahoma, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 11
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 12
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)

March 13
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 14
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Bellingham, I'd Go To This (BellCAF)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 15
* If I Were In Luzern, I'd Go To This (Fumetto)
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This (Indiana Comic Con)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (The Millionaires Club)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (London Super Comic Con)
* If I Were In Mexico City, I'd Go To This (La Mole)

March 19
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 20
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 21
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 22
* If I Were In South Carolina, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 23
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 24
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 25
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 26
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 27
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Austria, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 28
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (PIX)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

March 29
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Emerald City)
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPExpo)
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (Myrtle Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Secaucus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dayton, I'd Go To This (Gem City Comic Con)

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Jonathan Baylis!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Grant Morrison!

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January 30, 2015


Go, Watch: Black Raven (Mythomania 2)


 
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Go, Read: Martin Dupuis On Le Garage Hermétique

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Go, Look: Alex Barrett

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Go, Read: Profile Of Kevin Necessary

I enjoyed this pretty standard local cartoonist profile of Kevin Necessary for a few reasons. The first is that the professional path you can put together from the piece for the 35-year-old cartoonist and journalist is pretty brutal, just a real wasteland in terms of jobs even for the enthusiastic and talented. I like that that wasn't whitewashed. Another is that the cartoonist is presented as providing a service to the community that isn't available from traditional sources any longer. We sometimes forget in comics that an entire region can lose a certain voice if there are no home editorial cartoonists of any kind. It's not that Necessary replaces a Jim Borgman, but it must be nicer than it isn't to have someone out there in the area doing cartoons like this. Yet another thing I liked about the piece is that it looks like his current job is working for broadcast media but in their digital iteration -- a common space that television and newspapers both wish to utilize. He's pretty up front about making his cartoons work when read on the phone, too, which is something I hadn't thought of before now but makes total sense.

The cartoonist's web site is here.
 
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Go, Bookmark: Lay Lines

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Ali Ferzat Briefly In The News As A Critic Of European Nation Policies Towards Syrian Refugees

imageThe Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat made a brief appearance in the news this week for criticizing UK policy on accepting Syrian refugees. The country apparently has yet to accept 100 of what is estimated to be millions of poor souls displaced by the ongoing battles for control within that country. The cartoon at right, which appared in the Independent makes clear Ferzat's view on the matter. You should go look at it at a better size.

Ferzat resides in Kuwait, following his 2011 experience of a brutal attack by pro-regime thugs directed at him stopping his editorial cartoons. In fact, I'm not sure I've seen a Ferzat cartoon made since that time. As a famous Syrian refugee, Ferzat seems a fine choice to speak out on the issue.
 
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Go, Look: Alex Toth On Green Lantern

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Go, Read: Tom Toro On His First Cartoon Sale

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I'm very fond of cartoonist profile articles, and this one comes from an NPR series on early career breaks. A high-achieving, one-time golden child that ends up back at home after school is a profile that a few dozen people in the comics world share with Mr. Toro. I also love that making cartoons for The New Yorker still has some force as a cultural idea, even if it's only on the radio equivalent of that magazine's prime.
 
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OTBP: Les Animaux Des Distance

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Collective Memory: RK Laxman, 1921-2015

imageCommentary and reaction around the Internet to the passing of the cartoonist RK Laxman.

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Institutional
* Encyclopedia Britannica
* Wikipedia Entry

Miscellaneous
* 1998 Book Review
* 2011 Profile In The Hindu
* 2012 Article On Laxman's 91st Birthday
* The Times Of India On Chair Started In Laxman's Name
* The Times Of India On His Final Illness

Posted In Memory
* #rklaxman
* ANI News
* Anna MM Veticad
* BBC
* India Today
* Rajdeep Sardesai
* Reuters
* The Hindu 01
* The Hindu 02
* The Hindu 03
* The Times Of India 01
* The Times Of India 02
* University Express

Twitter
* Amitabh Bachchan
* Ann Telnaes
* Mike Lynch
* Times Of India

Work By Laxman
* Times Of India

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Go, Look: Nausea

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

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Go, Look: Love Letters #38

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Chris Eckert and roommate Jessica on the stupefying awfulness that was Wizard in its prime.

image* Sean Gaffney on Whispered Words Vol. 3. James Kaplan on some of those Dynamite-King comics.

* Jesse Lucas talks to Leslie Stein. Jason Concepcion talks to Nick Spencer.

* Brandon Graham and Filip Sablik exchange words on the broad parameters of BOOM!'s creator-participation deal.

* Chris Butcher calls for special attention on the part of convention organizers to the needs of comics-sellers at comics conventions and comics art festivals.

* not comics: these people sound horrible. This film, on the other hand, sounds really interesting.

* congratulations to Matthew Inman on this astounding game fundraiser.

* I did not know half of this stuff about Marvel's Secret Wars franchise.

* finally, Coop dreams.
 
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Happy 58th Birthday, Guy Gilchrist!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Fred Hembeck!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Denys Cowan!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Robert Goodin!

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