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May 29, 2016


Go, Look: All-American Comics #71

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Not Comics: Lengthy Article On The State Of Salon

There's a ton of stuff in this article about the long history and I guess not-as-stellar recent story of Salon.com. One thing that I think binds comics to print publishing more generally is how modes of presentation and modes of structural organization have transformed two or three times and some businesses have ignored this entirely because that's what they are.

In other words, when you read the amounts of money involved in this article, you'll likely think: "Could I get to the end result of Salon with this amount of money?" The answer seems "Oh, sure." Other people have different expectations for what such an enterprise looks like and have a much more hesitant answer. The reality is always a bit more shaky than both.
 
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If I Were In Traverse City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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If I Were In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2016

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June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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July 1
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)

July 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)

July 3
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)

July 4
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)

July 9
* If I Were In Newark, I'd Go To This (#bettyzinefest)

July 15
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 16
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 17
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 24
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)

July 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)

July 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 65th Birthday, Larry Marder!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Jim Salicrup!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Aaron McGruder!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Max Ink!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Ryoichi Ikegami!

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FFF Results Post #454 -- Travel Comics

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Four Specific Physical Comics Publications Or Specific Downloads You'd Take With You On A Proposed Trip. In The Fifth Slot, Describe In A Single Sentence The General Purpose Of The Trip." This is how they responded.

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Buzz Dixon

1. Cerebus: The Phone Book Editions (issues 1-300)
2. Lone Wolf And Cub Vols. 1-28 (Dark Horse mini-editions)
3. The Archies Americana Series 1940s-1990s
4. Yotsuba&! Vols. 1-13
5. A slow boat to China. The late fantasy author Thomas Burnett Swann told me he used to write his novels while traveling around the world via tramp freighters. Modern container ships still offer spartan passenger quarters: They'll give you a cabin and feed you but you're on your own re finding any diversion. Such a journey (and Swann took several to Asia) affords a writer plenty of time to write and read and think, and when done with writing and thinking, I'd take advantage of various downloads to read both text and graphic novels.


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Patrick Watson

1. Essex County by Jeff Lemire (book)
2. Cerebus thru Church & State Vol. 2 Sim and Gerhard (download)
3. Pluto Vols. 1-8 by Urasawa (download)
4. Solo, the Deluxe Edition (book)
5. Take the Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle and then the Coast Starlight from Seattle to Los Angeles. Visit family and friends.

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Steve Harrick

1. Journey (Volume One) by William Messner-Loebs.
2. Mercury by Hope Larson.
3. Lewis and Clark by Nick Bertozzi.
4. Complete Elfquest (Volume One) by Wendy Pini and Richard Pini.
5. An extended weekend enjoying the outdoors at Brown County State Park in Indiana.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. The Smithsonian Book Of Newspaper Comics
2. Kamandi Omnibus Vol. 1.
3. Kamandi Omnibus Vol. 2.
4. Locas: The Maggie And Hopey Stories.
5. Summer vacation rental of eight weeks or more where I expect people constantly dropping in and out, sometimes on rainy days.

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Alan David Doane

1. The Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
2. Daredevil Born Again by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli
3. From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
4. The Freebooters by Barry Windsor-Smith
5. Two-week getaway in a resort hotel

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Oliver Ristau

1. King City
2. The Eternaut
3. Treasury of Mini Comics
4. From Hell
5. Winter holiday of six weeks in Norwegian cottages buried in snow dreams

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Justin J. Major

1.​ Superman #199
2.​ ​The Flash #175
3.​ ​World's Finest #198
4.​ ​World's Finest #199
5.​ ​A race around the world!

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Philippe Leblanc

1. Moomin and the Comet by Tove Jansson
2. L'ABC de Monsieur Pizza by Ohara Hale
3. Showa 1944-1953 by Shigeru Mizuki
4. Ping Pong by Zviane
5. A two-week trip to a cottage to explore Prince Edward Island with my wife and baby boy (#1 & #2 are for him, #3 & #4 for me)

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Alice in Sunderland
2. Laika
3. Sensational She-Hulk #14 (with the extra cover promo)
4. Judge Dredd #1 (Eagle Comics)
5. If I'm traveling, I have tons of reading material to catch up on that is accessible anywhere with an internet connection and I would have no need to choose specific pieces to carry with me. BUT if I were to travel to Great Britain for a week or so, I'd certainly try to see if I could overlap my stay with a comics event(s) where I could get some of my physical copies signed by the creators.

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Jeffrey A. Goodman

1. Sadowski, Greg (ed.) -- Four Color Fear (Fantagraphics)
2. Gilmore, Donald H. -- Sex In Comics: History Of The Eight Pagers Volume Two: Mr. Prolific (Greenleaf Classics)
3. Wood, Wallace, and Jim Mooney and Bill Ward and Various -- Pussycat, The Complete 66 Adventures (Marvel/Various Men's 'Sweat' Mags compilation and Custom Bound)
4. Crumb, R. -- The Weirdo Years (Last Gasp)
5. I'm going to a funeral.

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Andrew Mansell

1. Barnaby Vol. 2
2. King Aroo Vol. 1
3. Walt Kelly's Fairy Tales
4. Groo Friends and Foes Vol 2
5. A bittersweet trip with far too much reflective alone-time as I visit 6 east coast Universities with my soon-to-be college bound daughter.

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Michael Dooley

1. Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons
2. Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez
3. Comics & Media: A Special Issue of "Critical Inquiry"
4. The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art
5. Lengthy, long-distance summer vacation, so text-heavy selections since I'm limited to just five (fyi: that'll never happen).

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Grab Bag

1. Big Questions, Anders Nilsen
2. The Frank Book, Jim Woodring
3. The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Masterworks Vol. 1, Lee & Ditko
4. The High Cost of Dying, Reed Crandall, Al Feldstein, et al
5. All downloads on a tablet for a summer family trip to Poland that will provide ample waiting/reading time during plane, train, & bus travel with intermittent Internet reach.

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I appreciate every last participant but will edit for the sake of the series. In order to keep people from making a point of coloring outside the lines, I tend to edit these in much more rigid fashion. I skipped that rigid control this time -- happy Memorial Day! -- but be forewarned.

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May 28, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


A Look Inside Patrick Kyle's Apartment


Venn Diagram: Art/Comics


Dean Haspiel TV Appearance


Video Profile Of My Friend The Great Cartoonist Dan Wright From Several Years Back, For Those That Met Him At This Week's CXC Event


The Cartoonist
 
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Can I Mention Really Quickly How Much I Love Highbone Theater?

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It's funny and weird and kind of beautiful. I wish we could all live in a headspace carved out by comics like this one as opposed to spending time puzzling over our feelings for even the most clever and enduring corporate products. Joe Daly is a treasure.

You can buy it here.
 
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Go, Look: Julia Nikitina

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Two Ways To Measure The Seriousness Of Your Life

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1. Imagine every person who has it in for you on some level gathered against a neutral backdrop and photographed. This picture is your own Masters Of Evil/Injustice Society/Your-Name Revenge Squad. Is it impressive? Is it formidable? Have you conducted your life in a way that has brought with it some serious resistance? Anyone you could talk over with a three-page scene, heavy on the dialogue?

2. Never do this.
 
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If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This

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

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

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If I Were In Traverse City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This

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Happy 69th Birthday, Lynn Johnston!

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