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May 25, 2018


If I Were In Columbus, 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 Near Riga, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2018

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May 26
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)
* If I Were In Stoke-On-Trent, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (LAZF)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 31
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

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June 1
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near The Computer At 5 PM EST, I'd Watch This

June 2
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Carrara, I'd Go To This

June 3
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 6
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This


June 9
* If I Were Near Crouch's End, I'd Go To This (CECAF)

June 15
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes Con)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)

June 16
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes Con)
* If I Were Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Heroes Con)
* If I Were Ann Arbor, I'd Go To This (Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)

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)

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)

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)

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)

June 30
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

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Events For July 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Crime Machine

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Robin Enrico on My Dead Mother. Irene Velentzas on The Winner. John Seven on Kingdom/Order. Todd Klein on The Flash #46. Alex Hoffman on A Cat On The Chair. Oliver Sava on Dalston Monsterzz.

* James Moore writes in very broad terms about the crowd-funding elements of graphic novel creation.

* Third Eye Comics is up over at TCJ's super-necessary retail column.

* the editorial staff at the Seattle Times would like you to meet via video their long-time cartoonist David Horsey. Why wouldn't you?

* finally: here's an awful story about straight-up misogyny celebrated in Indian political cartooning.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Terry Nantier!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Marc Hempel!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Barry Windsor-Smith!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Ken Avidor!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Sal Velluto!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Stan Sakai!

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May 24, 2018


Go, Read: Douglas Noble Thread On Forgotten Anthologies

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* a lot of the anticipatory chatter I hear is for Heroes Con, with some joy expressed over an appearance by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. One of the all-time great drawers at the premier drawing-culture show makes a lot of sense.

* VanCAF sounds like it was a good time. A lot of creators take the extra time to tell me they like that show, which is a blessing for the communities in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver itself. That was a hell of a special guest list.

* lots of cosplay at veteran show Motor City. The article claims tens of thousands in attendance.

* finally: Comic Con Palm Springs has bought a young, regional animation festival. I can personally attest that's a model that can work. Palm Springs' relative isolation might work against it, although it would definitely have the hotel infrastructure necessary to grow.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: An Oil Pipeline in Louisiana is Making a Bad Situation Much Worse

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Charles Hatfield on Be Prepared.

* otbp: I think this link takes you to a limited edition catalog for an imminent Jesse Jacobs exhibit. Jacobs is right there.

* either I forgot to post this link to Steve Lieber's advice on providing critiques to younger comics-makers, or you're getting it again. Either way is just fine with me.

* finally: Dean Haspiel tells the secret origin of Thorgood, his co-creation with Wyatt Cenac.
 
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Happy 70th Birthday, Alan Zelenetz!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Wimbledon Green!

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May 23, 2018


Go, Look: A Visit To The Only Cafe Around

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' Direct Market

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Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.

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MAR181872 COMMUNIST MANIFESTO SC GN $19.99
I have a significant level of curiosity about this book, which friends of mine have seen in various stages of production. It's certainly an interesting match of cartoonist and subject matter, an there's an underlying no-fucks quality to all the top UK newspaper cartoonists that might be intriguing to see in play.

imageFEB180483 COIN OP COMICS ANTHOLOGY HC 1997-2017 $29.99
This is the book of this week that feels absolutely out of left field, a collection of Peter and Maria Hoey, stretching back to the BLAB! days. I'm game, and am grateful for its existence beyond my personal interest.

JAN181333 MOUSE GUARD HC VOL 03 BLACK AXE B&W ED $99.99
I'm not sure where this fits in with the various printings of Mouse Guard out there, but I'm happy to see different variations of the work put out into the market. I will always think that these comics are a bit undervalued in their marketplace and one path out of that position is working in as many formats as can be sold..

MAR181255 LUMBERJANES #50 $4.99
MAR180843 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600 BLANK VAR LEG $5.99
MAR180042 INCOGNEGRO RENAISSANCE #4 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
MAR188485 TERRIFICS #1 2ND PTG $2.99
MAR180641 BEEF #4 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
MAR180786 BLACK PANTHER #1 $4.99
Weird comic book week, at least from my perspective. The first two I included because the issue numbers were relatively high. The third I've listed because I forgot about the serialization of this series am pretty sure I'm not the only one. Haven't seen a lot of the artist-focuse series that DC announced recently get additional printing attention, although I'll admit that's the first think I look for. I'm enjoying this new Shaky Kane book although probably a little bit less than some of these. Black Panther I assume will be a cornerstone of Marvel's soft reboot, but I'm hearing so little about those efforts I wonder to what effect.

imageMAR181862 WINNER GN $18.00
This is Karl Stevens' effort from the Retrofit crowd-funder, and probably the most affecting thing he's done. There's a slight scatter of narratives here, as befits a book about making choices between media: the media used often make Stevens' choice for him, and that may become as he gets older and factors other than a desire to do a certain kind of work may weigh in with a vote. It's perhaps the best book on third-step ennui from any modern cartoonist, with so much of what Stevens feels coming out in the drawings themselves.

FEB180484 JOHNNY BOO HC VOL 08 $9.99
Volume eight! James Kochalka is almost too prolific for the bookstore-market era.

NOV178660 MIKE ALLRED ARTIST SELECT HC $125.00
I don't know that I've looked at a lot of Mike Allred separate from more direct narrative demands, and it might be an excellent way to enjoy that work.

MAR181861 TROUBLEMAKERS (MR) $20.00
I don't know much about Baron Yoshimoto but the quality of the drawing makes me feel that I've missed out.

JAN181661 LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #5 $4.99
Here's the one that will actually get me into the store this week. Jaime stepped back from his issues #1-3 narrative for an issue, so I'm stuck wondering what's next. That's a great place to be 30-plus years in with an author.

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The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.

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Go, Look: Evan Matthew Cohen Comics

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Go, Look: Collaboration

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Kirby on XTC69. Scott Vanderploeg on The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio.

* the "Who's Alan Moore?" part of this open letter is hilarious in a punch yourself into unconsciousness at the way art is treated kind of way. Which I guess is its intention, after a second read. Hm. If they had just waited another ten years people would have split with the material more fully and an adaptation wouldn't have seemed such a gold mine -- let alone multiple adaptations. I'm just going to be shitty and weird about this particular thing for the rest of my life, so apologies in advance. We've reached the point where I'm pretty sure people think they're improving on what for all its faults is a wholly realized expression of personal belief about art and politics. The idea of fixing art is always worthy of contempt. A potential Stoppardian take, even projected as good, doesn't seem to change the original, unnecessary treatment of the writer.

* Glenn McCoy is leaving the political cartooning part of his cartooning career.

* Carrie Wise profiles Terri Libensen.

* finally: Chris Schweizer extols the virtues of being nice in comics.
 
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Happy 55th Birthday, Mike Deodato!

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