Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.
Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital
By Tom Spurgeon
* Elliott Dunstan gets into the notion that many webcomics are support by Patreon set-ups. It's true; they are.
* I guess this goes here as much as it does anywhere else, given that it's the digital availability of a documentary being discussed. There's a documentary about Bill Finger over at Hulu. Finger was the great early writer of mainstream comics who created a vast number of things we think of when we think "Batman." Finger was not compensated or acknowledged by Batman's legal creator, the unctuous Bob Kane, whom most histories identify as contribution-light when it comes to the character and milieu by which he made his fortune. The late writer deserves every honor he is eligible to receive and every bit of attention anyone would like to give him.
* Gary Tyrrell sifts through various crowd-funders out there. Coming from the webcomics world where this is a foundational model, he always has something interesting to say.
* one thing we should always remember about the Jack Kirby Marvel Art Fiasco from the 1980s is that Kirby was totally right that his art had value and would have been a magnificent gift for him to be able to pass along to his family.
* Heidi MacDonald went to Reed's Chicago show C2E2 and wrote this report. That one has kind of settled into a successful regional show, although I'd be surprised if anyone I know in the industry considers it a top three show.
Here. As is appropriate, it turns into an appreciation of founding curator Lucy Caswell. Caswell took several boxes of papers and art that no one wanted and turned into the nicest place for comics in the world. All respect, forever.
The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events
By Tom Spurgeon
* this has come and gone. Still such a big show in so many ways. Congratulations if you go the hotel you want. Condolences if you didn't, but don't worry: you can have a good time at all of them. I've stayed up to an hour and ten minutes away, in a range from lovely boutique facilities to scumbag dive motels, and while a great hotel is something to enjoy, no San Diego hotel has ever played a significant role in my overall enjoyment of any trip.
* Dan Brown profiles Tingfest, the kind of show that could have its own quirky Netflix series.
* finally, here's a report from the March Book 3 auditorium presentation in Los Angeles last week. Remember when there was a point when they got shut out at the Eisners for that one Jim Henson thing that people thought their momentum might never build in this way?