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August 30, 2016


Go, Look: Summer Hours Part 3

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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* I have very little today; I don't know if we're stuck in between announcement periods or what, but there seems to be very little in the way of "here's what's coming out" kind of news stories right this moment.

* it's always fun to look at Amazon.com for future books, as long as you don't take any of them as guaranteed and realize they'll probably come out at a different time than suggested. Here's a giant book with Ulli Lust's involvement; her previous English-translation project hit hard with a lot of comics readers here.

* here's a what I would call "mainstream-plus" version of what's coming out this Fall, which serves our purposes because readers of this site that want that information are probably well-served by having it all in one place. There's some fine comics on there, for sure.

* I don't know that I've linked to this Heidi MacDonald story at PW yet or not. I welcome the comics of all of those writers as writers, they all have their virtues, but I'm greatly disinterested in news of creative business entities in one form seeking to lay claim on territory in another. That kind of art-product news depresses the shit out of me. I hope all of the authors' comics are great.

* finally, I'm unclear as to why these companies have any sort marketing focus on far-off projects when there's so much work that could be done with the comic books of right now.
 
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Go, Look: Tarzan Workbook

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2016

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September 1
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)

September 2
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 4
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 5
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)
* If I Were In KC, I'd Go This (KC Zine Con)

September 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)

September 15
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)

September 16
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 18
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)

September 19
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Also Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)

September 26
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This

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October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

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Events For November 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Characters That Debuted In August Comic Books

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Shawn Starr on Late Bloomer. Mike Sterling on that Killing Joke cartoon.

* Mike Lynch gives us a look at the studio of the late Richard Thompson. A lot of folks were in the DC area over the weekend in order to attend a memorial service.

* after several years in a variety of jobs with the company, Janice Headley is apparently no longer working at Fantagraphics. I wish her the best with whatever she does next.

* not comics: Bully is running board game art, a cul-de-sac of pop culture for which I have a great deal of fondness.

* a few CR readers have sent along this lengthy Faith Erin Hicks post about emotion and pacing in comics. You can argue that shifts in approach to those two things are the big change brought to North American comics more generally by the under-40 generation's adoption of more world-comics approaches, particularly manga.

* Paul Gravett talks to Marcel Ruijters.

* Warren Ellis on rejection. This is a lot more practical than the advice that I give on rejection, which is to accept it but learn nothing.

* finally, Nina Bunjevac remembers her father.
 
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Happy 70th Birthday, Jacques Tardi!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Robert Crumb!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Ken Bruzenak!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Jordan Raphael!

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August 29, 2016


Go, Look: Peter Morey

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Go, Read: Cartoon Art Museum Update

San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum is in that stage that's hit a lot of non-profits where it is without a home, in this case due to ruthless gentrification in the San Francisco area. This article updates us on their current status, with another comics show appearance in the immediate future.

Like the X-Men during the shirtless + street clothes Warren Worthington III era, CAM has taken to guest-starring roles in other outlets and venues. Time will tell if there's an all-new, all-different physical space and corresponding revival in their future. Andrew Farago is one of comics' broadest backs in terms of energy and workload, so if just having someone plug away will do the trick, they're already where they want to go.
 
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Go, Look: I Was A... Captive Of The Insect Fiends!

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Go, Read: Another Editorial About The State Of Editorial Cartoons

Here. I'm surprised this discussion didn't happen during the 2012 presidential election, which I thought was an absolute wasteland for editorial cartooning and basically generated nothing memorable. There are a few from this year that I think may be recalled, as well as alt-editorial work by Tom Tomorrow and whatever we're calling what Garry Trudeau does these days.

I think articles like these are onto things when they focus on how opinions are generated rather than the craft involved with the cartoonist. People go to media to be affirmed now, not informed, and that has to make a radical difference in what cartoons are made and why.
 
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Go, Look: A Comic About A Vampire And A Friend

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Comics By Request: People, Place In Need Of Funding

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* you can read the final post for the successful Czap Books crowd-funder here. The Kilgore Books one is about halfway home time-wise, and it has already passed its first goal. It seems to me the micro-press people spend their money pretty well across the board, and the incentives remain just as valuable, so I hope people will consider that one.

* we're into the last days of whatever this latest Cerebus-related crowd-funder is doing.

* there's a bunch of young, interesting talent working on this crowd-funding hopeful anthology, Sweaty Palms.

* last time I'll mention the John Kerschbaum family fund -- it'd be nice if someone would push that over $7500 just for the obsessive-compulsive among us. I'll lay off mentioning Mr. Sirius, too, unless something changes so don't count on me for a reminder and give now.

* here's the latest from Steve Ditko by way of Robin Snyder.

* finally, the auction is over, but the look on Frank Santoro's face remains aces.
 
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Go, Look: Kim Deitch Pencils

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2016

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*****

September 1
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)

September 2
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 4
* If I Were In Baltimore I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Comic Con)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 5
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 9
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

September 10
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)
* If I Were In KC, I'd Go This (KC Zine Con)

September 11
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Richmond)

September 15
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)

September 16
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

September 17
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were Near Kenosha, I'd Go To This (Kenosha Festival Of Cartooning)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 18
* If I Were In Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)

September 19
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Also Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This (RIPE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Austin)

September 26
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This

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October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)

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Events For November 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Andrea Sorrentino Image Mini-Galleries

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Steve Bissette has an interesting note up about Mike Baron's latest prose novel, Whack Job. Scott Cederlund on Stockholm Is Sauceome.

* there's not enough of it to justify pulling out a panel in order to drive traffic there, but I'm always interested in what Art Spiegelman chooses to do.

* how Lynda Barry met Marlys. Great cartoonist, great character: now and forever.

* Team We Should Be Friends talks to Cathy G. Johnson. Adam Fluck talks to Caitlin McGurk.

* not comics: Neil Gaiman on how to mend a broken heart. Any advice involving scar tissue is great advice.

* here's industry-watching vet Augie De Blieck Jr. on the death of big-site comics-industry journalism. Journalism isn't a natural market player. It has survived for years providing services that aren't journalism. When those things are available elsewhere, journalism suffers a bit as a bigger-media exercise. Rinse. Repeat.

* here's a chance to get a hold of a digital copy of a comics-focused issue of Graphis, which is not only about the history of the art form but its assemblage of opinions and works part of that history. Here's another such buy, which means I likely picked up the links in the same place -- sorry to whomever that is.

* finally, congratulations to Sophie Yanow on her faculty gig with Center For Cartoon Studies.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Jason Latour!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Mark Heath!

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August 28, 2016


Jack Kirby, The King Of Comics, Would Have Been 99 Today

Jack Kirby, the mighty heart of the American comic book industry, would have been 99 years old today. Below, for your ruminative and reflective pleasure, is a tiny, even insignificant sample of his awesome image-making power. Long live the King.

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Go, Look: Luke Whealy

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