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June 19, 2018


Go, Look: Roger Langridge Adapts A Jeeves & Wooster Story

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I hope some publisher out there or other entity that can provide support to Langridge like what they see...
 
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Your 2018 Russ Manning Promising Newcoming Award Nominees

Comic-Con announced the 2018 nominees for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award Monday afternoon via press release. The award is presented yearly to a comics artist “who early in his or her career shows a superior knowledge and ability in the art of creating comics.” 



imageThe award’s namesake, Russ Manning, was known for his work on Star Wars, Tarzan and Magnus, Robot Figher. He was an early supporter of Comic-Con.

Your nominees are:



* Sean Rubin, writer/artist of Bolivar (Archaia/BOOM!)
* Hamish Steele, writer/artist of Pantheon (Nobrow)
* Pablo Tunica, artist of TMNT Universe (IDW)
* Nina Vakeuva, writer/artist of Hi-Fi Fight Club/Heavy Vinyl (BOOM!)
* Campbell Whyte, writer/artist of Home Time (Top Shelf)



The show’s PR points out that this year's nominees are distinguished by coming from multiple countries.

The winner will be announced July 20 during the Eisner Awards ceremony held during Comic-Con International.

Past winners of the popular award include Eric Shanower, Dave Stevens, Cathy Malkasian, Steve Rude, Eleanor Davis and Scott McCloud. Congratulations to all the nominees.
 
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Go, Look: Rebecca Crane

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

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image* the on-line arm of the King Features empire, Comics Kingdom, launched a John Kovaleski strip on Father's Day. If launching that one now and the Liniers in September is their new pace that's slightly up for the company.

* Rich Tommaso will join the Family Allred in reviving Dick Tracy for comic book form at IDW. That should be fun-looking.

* Nat Gertler's boutique publishing press About Comics has a pair of books out for Father's Day: The Fathers and Heirs Of Heaven, both featuring work from Joe Lane. The latter is a re-release, apparently. Those both look great, and I hope over the next twenty years we get a deep exploration of themed gag comics and recurring gag works.

* finally: a forthcoming AdHouse books effort about which I know nothing: Viewotron #1.
 
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Go, Look: Bridgit Connell

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Go, Look: Lauren Affe

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Zach Worton on The Curse Of Charley Butters.

* there's rarely a better snapshot of the mainstream superhero comics industry than the twitter feed of a successful retailer. Count the number of Marvel-driven policies that either aren't really driving people to read for content or are simply kind of moving people to buy one such comic over another. Repeat ad infinitum.

* it's the comics-industry journalism cashed out club!

* not comics: preferred celebrity nerd-culture presenter of the last half-decade Chris Hardwick has lost gigs including high-profile San Diego moderator assignments after horrific accusations of abuse within a relationship surfaced, including about half dozen personal/professional crossover actions that even if you are the most staunch advocate of not getting involved in people's private lives would seem to be enough to walk away. The worst of the personal stuff is denied; almost none of the workplace crossover is even engaged. This is wider awfulness and doesn't really hit on the comics community as directly as some other, similar, stories, although I'm interested in the notion of these moderation gigs as perks and that companies would take them away from someone accused of awful things. I believe one way to reduce the number of awful actions and awful actors is to seek appropriate censuring action from multiple institutions involved.

* finally: Robin McConnell talks to Max Clotfelter.
 
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Happy 45th Birthday, Dan Fraga!

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June 18, 2018


Go, Listen: Gil Roth Interviews Chris Reynolds

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Go, Read: Politico Article Unpacking The Reasons For Rob Rogers Firing

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Here. I found this article to be quite scary because of its open shift to defending the political reasons for firing the editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers. It is a distance to travel from calling something a "personnel problem" and making the assertions published here. That distance is crossed in the blink of an eye, almost tumbling into view, which just goes to show you how firmly the underlying values are held.

Saying that someone is angry or simply not funny or dwells too much on a single subject is bad enough. These are well-known Internet blanket-trashing techniques that dragged into the real world flop on the sidewalk and smoke in the sun when they are not buoyed by statistical and qualitative analysis. Still effective, though, even if it's just for dummies. Yet let's not dance around it. When a measure for single-issue dominance or humor or anger is a personal "to suit me" style call, that's a political judgment.

We can sort of fast-forward through that, though, because the idea is floated without obfuscation that Rogers' job is to augment the positions of the paper. Well, fuck you. That is a disgusting and open break with a century of American journalism's best practices. I think of the papers I worked for, and the opinion creators including cartoonists they treated with respect by running their opinions whether the majority of us on staff or the owner in Arizona believed in their views or not, and it's easy to become discouraged. This leeway was given to conservative cartoonists like MacNelly and Werner as well. Letting the people you hire do their job was done in service to the community, out of respect for readers to discern their own feelings and not just have them reinforced, and because of the basic professional courtesy afforded our journalists. These statements are vomitous.

And you know what? One of the premises is not even close to true. Rogers brings the virtues of clarity and directness to his cartoons, but he is hardly angry. Look at these cartoons that were banned. This is pretty tame stuff. This is a two on the open Internet, a three in conservative alternative media, a three-point-five in editorial cartooning overall, on the old anger scale. We could go on to say that some of the best cartoons ever were done by those angered, but the argument as presented doesn't meet the criteria for that kind of measured response. The whole argument is shit-stupid. All of this is clearly ugly, partisan politics without apology, underscored by the notion that might makes right even when it comes to shaping the front lines of cultural narrative. I wish I had a magic subscription so that I could cancel it one million times.

Rogers cartoon among the rejected; I guess dad jokes are incendiary hate-bombs now
 
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Go, Read: Carol Tyler Profiled In The Chicago Tribune

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Link through the image. Much of this is about her Beatles-related new book. I hope the dialogue around that work won't dismiss it for its backward-looking nature. I want artists as honest and masterful as Carol Tyler to write about whatever they want, free from made-up marketing constraints.
 
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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* the filmmakers behind the Drew Friedman documentary are seeking another round of funding with a promise they will try to have the film appear by end of summer 2018. You know, that $100 tier is not bad, if you think of buying the film and the t-shirt by itself you'd get to half that. I hope the film is good!

* the Aztec Ace crowd-funder has scrambled past its initial goal.

* three days left on an impressively performing crowd-funder for another season of Check, Please!.

* here's some nice people that wrote in about their crowd-funder Further. That looks like a modest ask with a great chance of succeeding. Always send a link: not everyone does. I see more press releases that looks like 1978 press releases than 2012 ones.

* finally: Katie Skelly has blown past her initial ask with her Bad Girls tarot deck. I got two for gifts.
 
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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2018

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June 21
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 22
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 23
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 24
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Fandemic)
* If I Were In East London, I'd Go To This (ELCAF)

June 25
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)

June 26
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Meeting)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

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July 1
* If I Were In Kuala Lumpur, I'd Go To This (Comic Art Festival KL)

July 7
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

July 12
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 13
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 14
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Buckeye Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 18
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (NVS Panel At CCI)

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

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

July 27
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (Comics In The City)

July 28
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Arlington, I'd Go To This (Blerdcon)

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Events For August 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Todd Klein on Green Lanterns #47.

* not comics: you can always tell when someone you know has never been fat when they offer up a t-shirt and the largest size is XL. Great t-shirt, though.

* Brian Salvatore talks to Robert Venditti.

* finally: I totally missed that Colleen Frakes did a TCJ Diary: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. That and Jog's long run preview the weekly comics have been the standout features of the on-line era.
 
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Happy 32nd Birthday, Caitlin McGurk!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Dean Mullaney!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Ryan Alexander-Tanner!

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Happy 40th Birthday, François Vigneault!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Wataru Yoshizumi!

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June 17, 2018


Go, Look: Father's Day

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Happy Father's Day To Every Father, Every Kind

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Go, Look: Charles Burns Drawings From His PFC Residency

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Go, Look: Enrique Alcatena Draws The Endless

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If I Were In Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This

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

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