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August 28, 2015


Go, Look: Michelangelo Setola

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Go, Look: Book Of Silly Drawings

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If I Were Near Solliès-Villie, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Clifton Park, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on Assassination Classroom Vol. 5. Rob Clough on the latest from Jonathan Baylis. Nick Gazin on a bunch of different comics. Jim Dandeneau on a bunch of different comics. Aditya Mani Jha on Fante Bukowski.

* Graham Chaffee does indeed draw an excellent dog.

* Chris Pitzer is looking forward to SPX. Nice photos.

* this person would like you to know all about the Superman comics right now. At some point I'm going to write for TCR about mainstream comics of this general type, but I agree that Gene Luen Yang, John Romita JR, Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder are about as good of a pair of teams across two of those books as DC's had in years and years.

* Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about Secret Wars. That is one heavyweight of a culture writer weighing in. It's a short piece, but Coates makes good points about reading comics in the 1970s and 1980s in order to fight boredom and the way comics written by Jonathan Hickman (in this case drawn by Esad Ribic) can be confusing in a virtuous way.

* not comics: this should make any child of 1980s superhero comics smile.

* hey, it's Ink Panthers Mike and Alex.

* Carolina A. Miranda talks to Leah Hayes. Rocco Castoro talks to Johnny Ryan.

* I have never heard of a blog tour, probably because the way I schedule my part would happen six weeks after the tour ended.

* finally, look at all the stuff that D&Q is doing with their retail space.
 
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Happy 44th Birthday, Joann Sfar!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Elijah Brubaker!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Benoît Peeters!

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August 27, 2015


My Favorite Comics Fundraiser In Quite Some Time Is Two Days Away From Completion

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When I say I have a favorite comics fundraiser, I mean the way the money is being raised -- almost every fundraising project that comics widely endorses is worth loving. I also will admit I don't have a refined aesthetic for fundraisers. Still, I've been looking at these original-art-as-cover Tarzan and thinking of a way I could have lived my life totally differently to afford one. They're relatively cheap at this point, too.

Here's a drop-page for all of the auctions, over at Heritage.

This benefits a scholarship at Mr. Kubert's school, Mr. Kubert being the late, longtime Tarzan artist Joe Kubert (the interiors featuring his work in the AE treatment we've all come to love).
 
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Tim Corrigan, RIP

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Go, Look: This Only Happened Because People Organized

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Festivals Extra: OSU/CCAD Releases Full AAEC 2015 Schedule

imageThat's a lot of letters in the headline. Basically it's the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum and Columbus College Of Art & Design teaming up to host the Association Of American Editorial Cartoonists' yearly meeting in Columbus, Ohio. That's an interesting group with at least two major news stories among its membership: the Ted Rall/LA Times battle, and Matt Bors leaving Medium.com to strike out on his own with The Nib.

Another thing to note is how relatively loaded that line-up is, and it's not like the AAEC annual conventions are something to which a lot of people have paid attention over the years. Feiffer is being skyped in, but he had originally agreed to attend. Peter Kuper? Mike Peters? Liza Donnelly? That's a show right there, along with a bunch of attending membership talent. This should be fun to see. It breaks my heart a little bit how removed the editorial cartooning expression is from the vital mainstream of a resurgent comics medium, and I'm always hoping that will change.
 
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OTBP: Thunder In The Building #2

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Go, Look: The Scream Of Things

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I love the look of this early Barry Smith comic; it's very charming
 
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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this was last night, but I'm super-intrigued by the idea of a Facebook posting about an event leading to con organizers presenting and contextualizing the event differently.

* the SPX tumblr is like 24/7 posts about debuts from young cartoonists. They do an excellent job with that audience.

* finally, here's a review of a small, charming-looking mini-con.
 
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Go, Look: Various Grant Snider Comics

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2015

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August 28
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)
* If I Were In Clifton Park, I'd Go To This

August 29
* If I Were In Auckland, I'd Go To This (Auckland Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)
* If I Were In Boise, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cyprus, I'd Go To This (Cyprus Comic Con)

August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were Near Solliès-Ville, I'd Go To This (Festival BD Solliès-Villes)

August 31
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This

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September 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Berlin, I'd Go To This (Cartoon Festival Berlin)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)
* If I Were In Omaha, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Cultures Maison)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In Palermo, I'd Go To This (Palermo Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Latvia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Columbus)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 22
* If I Were In Baton Rouge, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)
* If I Were In The LA Area, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Anime Weekend Atlanta)

September 28
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 29
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

September 30
* If I Were In Colombia, I'd Go To This (Entreviñetas)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Tim Sale Black And White Images Mini-Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* holy crap, to be rich: the great Phoebe Gloeckner plans to start selling original art.

image* Sean Kleefeld on The Blacker The Ink. Eryn Carlson on The Hirschfeld Century.

* not comics: one-time comics industry art director Evan Sult now owns the St. Louis magazine on which he's been working the last few years.

* the writer Dan Slott notes that readers on both sides of the current American political spectrum will sometimes dog a creator for not writing according to their political outlook. I'm sure this happens, but that it doesn't happen to everyone all of the time suggests that there's perhaps a certain kind of book or a certain kind of dialogue that triggers that sort of attention.

* Kara Szamborski and Matt Kolowski talk to Skottie Young. David Brothers talks to Josh Williamson. Christian Hoffer talks to David Walker.

* go, look: Teenie Weenies. Here's another beautiful-looking early strip, courtesy of Peter Maresca.

* happy birthday to Molly Rose.

* a comic by Jiro Kuwata heavily influenced by Silver Age Superman comic books? Yes, I think I would like to see that. My apologies to the person that had it where I could see it.

* not comics: I'm not sure that I've ever looked at Miles Davis' visual art.

* finally, Gene Luen Yang offers this up for charity.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Denis Kitchen!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Matt Wiegle!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Melissa Mendes!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Phil Hester!

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August 26, 2015


OTBP: Limonchik

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