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January 23, 2018


Ursula K Le Guin, RIP

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I read this series of exchanges between the artist Charles Vess and the late writer just this morning. That Vess piece above from here -- my understanding is that all of these are for an imminent republication of Earthsea with copious illustration work -- is lovely, and detailed fantasy drawings like that were basically one and the same with comics for single-digit-age me. That comics-related commentary aside, she was a huge presence as a writer in my young mind for the quality of her prose.
 
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Go, Look: Passing

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Go, Look: Early Harvey Kurtzman

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Go, Read: Facebook Thread About One Day Finding One's Own Work On Sale On eBay

imageHere. I like the swerve into the sales origin of the comics and materials in question and that the buyer who put the items up ends up being a fair- and rational-sounding person.

Super-small press material like this has seemed to me over the years to be more generally desirable to buyers than a fan used to scanning Heritage Auctions headlines or reading the old price guides might imagine; it's just that the market is smaller all-around than the others. It is undeniably rare material.
 
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Go, Look: Albert Bruun

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* it's nice to see the writer Dan Slott enjoy stepping down from his long tenure as Spider-Man writer and into a gig working with the Lee/Lieber/Heck/Kirby Iron Man character published by Marvel. Those are still the dream gigs for many creators out there, much as I might personally prefer it otherwise.

* sticking with Marvel, the publisher has signed the writer Kelly Thompson to an exclusive contract, which sounds like a smart move for both sides.

* Aftershock receives word on what one of its foundational creative deals will yield as a first book.

* looks like in June we get about 600 pages of Larry Marder's Beanworld work for $25, which sounds like a nice format for an authoritative collection of Marder's lifelong creative work.

* finally: that's a very cute Jaime Hernandez cover.
 
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Go, Look: Alfredo Alcala Swamp Thing Images

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2018

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January 24
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Long Island City, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

January 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

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February 1
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 3
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)
* If I Were Near Canberra, I'd Go To This (ACAF)

February 10
* If I Were In San Mateo County, I'd Go To This (Small Press Expo At PLCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)
* If I Were Near Canberra, I'd Go To This (ACAF)

February 11
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)
* If I Were Near Canberra, I'd Go To This (ACAF)

February 12
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 13
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 14
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 23
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 24
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 25
* If I Were Near Valencia, I'd Go To This (Heroes Comic Con)

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Joe Staton Superpeople Splash Pages

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Under The Air.

* here's a twitter essay about the strange positions into which editors can be put with their allegiances to creators and to their place within the overall publishing machine.

* pretty sure I've never seen this Mike Vosburg cover for one of the Jerry Bails books.

* John Siuntres talks to Tom King.

* not comics: another essay about the strategy of focusing on positive reviews. Since this one has focused on Peak TV, it might have more to say to comics than the average thinkpiece of its type. I think every writer has to pick their own strategy, and focusing on positive pieces is one of them. I like a range of discussions, myself, and we should be more honest generally that many people do this to avoid pushback.

* finally: go to Glasgw's Radisson Red Hotel for a look at some unique Frank Quitely work.
 
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Happy 84th Birthday, Don Wright!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Klaus Janson!

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January 22, 2018


Go, Look: Alejandra Espino

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Progress In Prageeth Ekneligoda Case Focuses On Missing Documents

Any progress at all in the case of the missing, presumed dead journalist and cartoonist follow a Sri Lankan election in which he wrote editorials against those in power is sort of a miracle. All respect to the Ekneligoda's wife Sandya for everything uncovered to date. As the article makes clear, there is still a long, long way to go to making human rights charges stick.
 
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Go, Watch: Your Black Friend


 
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Go, Look: Tatsuro Kiuchi

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* I'm still trying to figure out the comics/illustration category on Kickstarter and the general drift of on-line charity sites in general. Here's one that I hadn't seen before. Columbus-based publisher Ken Eppstein is looking for a loan. I'm on board for this one. He's my local, ethical small press publisher.

* I did see one listing that I knew was comics-oriented and that had a little bit of a pedigree to it: support for 2018's slate at Birdcage Bottom Books. Ten thousand sounds like a modest ask for a set of projects like that.

* finally: I don't know that I've ever seen a fundraiser for a store visit before, but why not? It's already successful.
 
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Go, Look: Virgil Partch In Pictorial Review

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Go, Look: Graphic Storytelling 2017

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Paul Tumey surveys a bunch of comics, including the latest Art Young collection.

* creators Kurt Busiek and Erik Larsen are having something of a sprawling Twitter argument about what might be needed in terms of narrative/concept tweaks to give a Fantastic Four comic the best chance to find an audience. I think that's a hard task; I think Marvel provided the Lee/Kirby team with some fine creators over the last ten years of their serial run. I think a lot of superhero comics would be improved by crawling out of their own asses a bit, tell exciting adventure stories without making them commentary on "the brand" of the title, but that's just me.

* I bookmarked this story about Stan Lee being swindled when it came out, but thought it worth posting again as he's been charged -- at least publicly, if not legally -- with harassment.

* finally: I believe the creators here and in almost every case like this: it's not exactly comics, but be warned there are people who hover around at all levels of creative endeavor that will take money from you that you almost certainly deserve. Be careful out there.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Jordan Shiveley!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Alex Ross!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Howard Mackie!

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January 21, 2018


OTBP: Awaiting The Collapse

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Collective Memory: Best Comics And Graphic Novels Lists For 2017

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These are links to various Best-Of-2017 comics and graphic novels lists.

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

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Primary Lists

* Zainab Akhtar
* AV Club

* Barnes And Noble
* Bleeding Cool
* Broken Frontier 01
* Broken Frontier 02

* Ryan C 01
* Ryan C 02
* CBC
* CBR
* Richmond Clements
* Comicbook.com 01
* Comicbook.com 02
* Comicon.com 01
* Comicon.com 02
* Comicon.com 03
* Comicon.com 04
* Comicon.com 05
* Comicon.com 06
* Comicon.com 07
* Comicon.com 08
* Comicon.com 09
* Comicon.com 10
* Comicosity

* Dorkly

* Daniel Elkin

* EW

* Fantom Comics
* Forbes

* Gamespot
* Goodreads
* Joe Gordon
* GOSH!
* Graphic Policy

* Lisa Hanawalt
* Heat Vision
* Alex Hoffmann
* Kevin Huizenga

* ICv2.com 01
* ICv2.com 02
* ICv2.com 03
* iearths
* IGN
* Inverse.com
* io9

* Chase Magnett
* Chris Mautner
* Joe McCulloch
* JA Micheline

* NPR
* Newsarama

* Observer

* Paste 01
* Paste 02
* Polygon
* PW

* Oliver Ristau

* Matt Seneca
* Slackjaw Punks
* Zack Soto
* SyFy 01
* SyFy 02

* TCJ
* The Beat 01
* The Beat 02
* The Star
* The Verge
* Thoughtco

* Uproxx

* Vulture

* Washington Post
* Matthew Wells
* Whatculture
* Wired

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Related Lists
* Vice's Weird Joke Column That No One Laughed At

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