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March 24, 2017


Go, Look: Jade F. Lee

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OTBP: Crickets #6

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Jon Erik Christianson talks to Kat Verhoeven.

* Gary Tyrrell has a nice piece up about current issues related to fundraising. I love the way he covers those super-projects, the ones that go into the six figures. I would just freak out and stare at the thing if I were first man in.

* finally, it's hard for to get around webtoons as descriptive, but I've overcome worse.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Go, Look: Captain Venture #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on Highlander: The American Dream #1. Scott Cederlund on The Abominable Mister Seabrook.

* Albert Ching talks to Mike Marts.

* not comics: I enjoyed Abraham Reisman's interview with Daniel Clowes, likely one of (one of) the more comics-conscious ones the cartoonist will do in the ramp-up to the release of his movie Wilson. It's fun to watch him process those Ditko questions. That movie isn't doing well with critics on the "Critic Average-'em-Upamizer" or whatever it's called, but Art School Confidential did more poorly than this one and I liked that movie just fine. That stuff about the outfit in the Riesman interview is funnier than anything I've seen in a movie this year.

* what in the hell?

* finally: paying tribute to Island, now sunk back into the sea. It's the Dilraj Mann that will be remembered.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Gabrielle Bell!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Goran Parlov!

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March 23, 2017


Go, Look: Cody Pickrodt's March Monsters On Instagram

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Go, Read: Jeffrey Koterba Benefits By Engaging Critics

I thought this was an interesting public letter in regards to cartooning more generally in that it shows a positive outcome for editorial cartoonist Jeffrey Koterba in a case of reaching out to one of his critics on a specific cartoon.

Editorial cartooning is a difficult job recently made that much more problematic by the very curious political times in which we now live. It's worth noting that the cartoon in question is relatively benign (to my eyes, anyway), and has a sensible, non-partisan explanation behind its creation (true or not, this matters to the path of rhetoric). It's easy to get caught in endless whinging in any sort of political discussion, and there are elements of our political disagreements now with which there can be little softening, with any common ground imaginary, but I also think that our arguments are so depraved these days that a nod across the aisle might have an interesting effect, particularly for cartoonists within their home and regional markets. I think that can be done without looking like you're backing away from whatever statement you're making -- more "I'm listening to you but stand by my work" than "Hey, everyone has a different point of view" -- but certainly others disagree.
 
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Go, Look: Never Published Skip Williamson Page

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By Request Extra: Vic Carrabotta's Dream

Vic Carrabotta would like to make another comic and take it to Comic-Con. I'm sure that many of you that are old mainstream comics aficionados might see this as a special case worth considering. The ask doesn't seem out of bounds, and I've always liked what I saw of his 1950s work, which I believe was almost entirely with Marvel. I think he left comics or was gently shown the door during that really rough late 1950s period that Martin Goodman's company had, where they really cut things down, but I'd have to be backed up on that.
 
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OTBP: Ganges #6

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* we are headed towards one of the two big choke-point periods of the North American convention schedule: next weekend's Mocca Festival + WonderCon + Fumetto is about as good as the calendar year gets. I was hoping to do two of them (the ones not in Luzern) but I may not do any. I hope it works out.

* another week, another smaller convention announced.

* I still don't all the way get the fold-in inclusion of cosplay into comics conventions: there's historical weight to it, of course, and flat out some of the costumes are awesome. They're crowd-pleasers, too. I think some of it may be a conception of these shows as a place to ply your creativity as opposed to engage with the fruits of a medium. I was always confused by the Star Trek conventions I attended as a kid, too. Disney World even developed an aspect of that. Now that I'm involved with a convention that doesn't include those elements I still get people asking to come to perform or whatever. God bless anyone that finds joy in making art.

* this article makes explicit what some others didn't: Comic-Con International putting a museum into Balboa Park indicates a commitment to San Diego above and beyond its leasing situation with the convention center. It could be a fun museum, too. I like permanent spaces for comics.

* finally: Excelsior!
 
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If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through April 2017

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March 24
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)

March 28
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harper College, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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 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: Miranda Harmon Ponders The X-Men

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Insel Paradies II. Robert Reed on Black Panther #12.

* I like these old-fashioned Amazing Heroes-style articles that pop up on the Internet, particularly when they are comics-focused rather than TV or film. It does seem awfully weird that the Legion concept remains un-utilized, but I get how nostalgic runs trap publishers who are working on very thin sales margins. They probably need to blow that up and have it come back in a form that will visibly upset hardcore fans. That sounds mean, doesn't it? I don't mean it to be.

* I like the comics just fine. It'd be nice if more people read the comics.

* come for the review of Image #0, stay for the bizarre promotional stunt details.

* finally, Michael C. Lorah talks to Peter Bagge.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, KAL!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Shelton Drum!

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