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February 8, 2016


Go, Look: No Diplomacy

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Missed It: Egyptian Cartoonist Held Briefly On What Look Like Made-Up Concerns

If you get the chance, you should read Al-Monitor's interview with the Egyptian cartoonist Islam Gawish about his late January detention by Egyptian officials. There are a bunch of compelling ideas in operation there. Gawish is best known for very simple cartoons that comment on politics and culture; as you can read in the interview he isn't exactly a radical about it and is happy to decry people that go too far into inappropriate uses for caricature. Still, Gawish found himself being charged with operating an unlicensed web site.

One big problem is that Gawish distributes his material via social media, on pages that don't have a licensing or fee structure. That makes this look less like an administrative practice and more like a potential censor checking in.
 
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Go, Watch: Phallaina

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Go, Read: The Trouble With Superman

We're going to see a ton of general-media thinkpieces on superheroes this year. Comics fandom's caped division is a coveted army of eyeballs for anything put on-line, and there are multiple avenues for such articles in 2016. We get DC's big three and DC in general with Superman Vs. Batman. We get the state of Marvel and broad political allegory in the new Captain America. We get genre correction with Deadpool, series correction with Doctor Strange and a flip-take with Suicide Squad. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Black Panther will generate some ink. I'm sure there will be others.

imageI like this article by a writer named Asher Elbein just fine. I think it's a measured piece, lacking that squeal of giddy fanboy approbation for one version of the character over another that tends to shock me when I read an article like this one. At the same time, it seemed like a thorough analysis, for instance citing the fairly obscure Joe Casey-written, Derek Aucoin-drawn "Never Throws A Punch" run on the Siegel/Shuster character. I will always think the way to a better Superman, a way to a better versions of all of these properties, as much as that's ever an interesting goal, is to tell good stories built around an appealing take on the character in question -- as opposed to genre tweaking or trying to puzzle out what fans want or having these grand line-wide plans and complicated narratives that obscure or simplify the individual characters of note. I rarely see narratives from DC that serve as vehicles for these characters to make a case for their own greatness.

I've yet to catch up with Gene Luen Yang's version of Superman; I've read only a few issues by the well-regarded team of Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder. The other versions I've seen post New 52 have been something of a chore and that basic conception? Ugh. I sort of hate that guy. And while I'd usually I'd say I'm not the audience, it's Superman. Everybody's the audience.
 
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Go, Look: Black History In Its Own Words

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Comics By Request: People, Projects In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the writer Paul Di Filippo has reached a crowd-funding stage on an element of his The Black Mill project. It involves artist Orion Zangara and is stretch-goal heavy.

* two recognizable names that jump out at me that I hadn't seen before today are Alex De Campi and Jerry Ordway collaborating.

* here's some of the still ongoing crowd-funders we've been following here: Kevin Budnik, North Bend #1, Root & Branch, a second volume for The Hues, projects for Ben Dunn and Fred Perry; translation work for Guillem March.

* finally, as far as I know the gofundme campaigns for the artist Gerry Acerno/Jerry Acerno and the caricaturist Glenn Ferguson remain ongoing.
 
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Go, Look: Garry Trudeau Book Cover Illustrations

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2016

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February 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were Near National Harbor, I'd Go To This (Katsucon)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Art Book Fair)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

February 13
* If I Were Near National Harbor, I'd Go To This (Katsucon)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Art Book Fair)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con Fan Days)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

February 14
* If I Were Near National Harbor, I'd Go To This (Katsucon)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Art Book Fair)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con Fan Days)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Festival Of The Photocopier)

February 15
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (San Diego Comic Fest)

February 16
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

February 17
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

February 18
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

February 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Portland)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Portland)
* If I Were In Macon, I'd Go To This (Middle Georgia Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)

February 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Portland)
* If I Were In Macon, I'd Go To This (Middle Georgia Comic Convention)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)

February 25
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This

February 26
* If I Were In Warren, I'd Go To This (GLCC)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Cleveland)
* If I Were Near East Lansing, I'd Go To This (MSU Comics Forum)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

February 27
* If I Were In Warren, I'd Go To This (GLCC)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Cleveland)
* If I Were Near East Lansing, I'd Go To This (MSU Comics Forum)

February 28
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Cleveland)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (FZF)
* If I Were In Jersey City, I'd Go To This

February 29
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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March 1
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

March 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

March 4
* If I Were In Princeton, I'd Go To This

March 5
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 6
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE!)

March 10
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 11
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 12
* If I Were Near Ontario, Oregon, I'd Go To This (Border Town Comic Con)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 13
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 14
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 15
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 16
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 17
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)

March 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Las Vegas)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)

March 19
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Las Vegas)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)

March 20
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (SVCC)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Las Vegas)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (Nextcomic)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Silicon Valley Comic Con)

March 23
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

March 25
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (WonderCon Los Angeles)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Sakura Con)

March 26
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (WonderCon Los Angeles)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DINK)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Sakura Con)

March 27
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (WonderCon Los Angeles)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Sakura Con)

March 29
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Fighting Yank #28

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Linus Maurer, RIP.

image* Todd Klein on Survivors' Club #4. Shawn Starr on Ding Dong Circus.

* Michael Cavna walks us through some cartoons about the first voting for what will eventually yield a new president.

* not comics: this is kind of interesting. There was an episode of the television show Agent Carter which showed the Peggy Carter character at a frivolous, less-being-awesome-all-the-time point in her life. A bunch of the reaction I've seen -- like this one -- reminds me of the old Wolverine trap, where a certain kind of fan is attached to a bunch of positives of the character in a way that anything that's a step back from that specific portrayal is criticized. That might not be what's going on here, but it sure looks similar.

* go, look: this is my kind of celebrity encounter in that it's off the beaten path and ends up embarrassing.

* Nick Hanover talks to Pete Toms. Thomas Golianopoulos profiles Rob Liefeld in an article with a strange focus on kicking Fabian Nicieza in the dick.

* not comics: here's Liefeld on securing creator credit for himself and Nicieza on the Deadpool movie, a post that seems less weirdly aggressive than the interview.

* this is a wonderful panel. I don't know if it was solid underlying craft or what, but the mid 20th Century DC Comics, particularly the Superman group, are wonderfully expressive and have a similar tone across the board, even when they're doing wildly odd stories. I like reading them now, and they were almost unreadable to me between the ages of 15 and 35. It might be a trick of curation, I'm not certain.

* finally, would that all bookstores including comic book stores have a mysterious benefactor.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Marc Chalvin!

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February 7, 2016


Happy 58th Birthday, Seth Tobocman!

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Happy 87th Birthday, Alexandro Jodorowsky!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Alan Grant!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Mark Haven Britt!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Richard Bruning!

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FFF Results Post #447 -- Double Up

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Writer-Artist Duos That You Like In Comics." This is how they responded.

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Oliver Ristau

1. Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr (pictured)
2. Robert Loren Fleming and Keith Giffen
3. John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake
4. Mark Russell and Ben Caldwell
5. Brett Lewis and John Paul Leon

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Sean Rogers

1. Jean-Claude Forest and Jacques Tardi (pictured)
2. Héctor German Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López
3. Alan Moore and Mark Beyer
4. Natsuo Sekikawa and Jiro Taniguchi
5. Marguerite Van Cook and James Romberger

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Steven Grant

1. John Broome & Gil Kane (pictured)
2. Jean-Michel Charlier & Jean Giraud
3. Stan Lee & Steve Ditko
4. Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
5. Warren Ellis & John Cassaday

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Andrew Mansell

1. Mike Baron and Steve Rude
2. Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones
3. Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
4. Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson
5. Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen

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Rob Salkowitz

1. Archie Goodwin -- Walt Simonson
2. Denny O'Neil -- Neal Adams
3. Neil Gaiman -- Jill Thompson
4. Frank Miller -- David Mazzucelli (pictured)
5. Alan Moore -- Eddie Campbell

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Bryan Munn

1. Tomomi Fujimaru and Ray Sohn
2. Richard Hughes and Ogden Whitney (pictured)
3. Peter Bagge and Dan Clowes
4. Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez
5. Don "Duck" Edwing and Don Martin

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Ian MacEwan

1. José Munoz and Carlos Sampayo (pictured)
2. Eduardo Risso and Carlos Trillo
3. John Romita Jr and Ann Nocenti
4. Goseki Kojima and Kazuo Koike
5. José Luis García-López and Gerry Conway

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Amy Racecar

1. John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
2. Peter Milligan and Brett Ewins
3. Peter Milligan and Michael Allred
4. Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun
5. Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill (pictured)

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Bonny

1. Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (pictured)
2. Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb
3. Bob Karp and Al Taliafero
4. Mario Hernandez and Gilbert Hernandez
5. Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli

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John Vest

1. Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith
2. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby
3. Allyn Brodsky and Don Heck
4. Tom Veitch and Greg Irons
5. Nick Cuti and Joe Staton

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Jamie Coville

1. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
2. Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting
3. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
4. René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
5. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

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Steve Harrick

1. Chris Yambar and George Broderick, Jr
2. Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
3. Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
4. S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace
5. Richard Pini and Wendy Pini

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Randy Clark

1. Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers
2. Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo
3. Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy
4. Cary Bates and Curt Swan
5. Doug Moench and Don Newton

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Michael Dooley

1. Benoit Peeters and Francois Schuiten
2. Carlos Trillo and Jordi Bernet
3. Carlos Sampayo and Jose Munoz
4. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
5. Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi

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Jeff Flowers

1. Dean Motter and Ken Steacy (The Sacred and the Profane)
2. Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson (Freak Show)
3. Chris Claremont and John Bolton (Marada The She-Wolf)
4. Steve Engleheart and Marshall Rodgers (I Am Coyote)
5. Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows (Neonomicon)

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Tom Bondurant

1. Marv Wolfman and George Perez
2. Bob Rozakis and Stephen DeStephano
3. Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis
4. Mike Baron and Steve Rude
5. Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers

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Sean Kleefeld

1. David Gallaher & Steve Ellis
2. Roger Stern & John Byrne
3. John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
4. René Goscinny & Albert Uderzo
5. Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

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Mark Mayerson

1. Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
2. Fred Toole and Owen Fitzgerald
3. Jules Feiffer and Will Eisner
4. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
5. Archie Goodwin and Alex Toth

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Josh Fitzpatrick

1) Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
2) Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
3) Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire
4) Alejandro Jorodowsky and Moebius
5) Matt Fraction and David Aja

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Jeffrey A. Goodman

* Harvey Kurtzman & Will Elder
* Sean Kelly & Neal Adams
* Michael O'Donoghue & Frank Springer
* Dave Sim & Gerhard
* Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

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Mark McMurray

* Robert Kanigher/Joe Kubert
* Tom Veitch/Greg Irons
* Don McGregor/Billy Graham
* Steve Gerber/Gene Colan
* Roger Stern/John Byrne

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Terry Eisele

* Steven Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen
* Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera
* Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jacques Tardi
* Carla Jablonski and Leland Purvis
* Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

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Joe Gordon

* Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
* lan Grant and Carlos Ezquerra
* Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
* Goscinny and Uderzo
* Pat Mills and Joe Colqhoun

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Patrick Watson

1. Mike Baron and Steve Rude
2. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
3. Warren Ellis and John Cassaday
4. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
5. Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima

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Des Devlin

1. Dean Young and Jim Raymond
2. Larry Siegel and Mort Drucker
3. Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers
4. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
5. Franz Kafka and Robert Crumb

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Iestyn Pettigrew

1. Pete Milligan & Chris Bachalo - Shade the Changing Man
2. Wendy & Richard Pini - Elfquest
3. Ann Nocenti & John Romita JR - Daredevil
4. Ann Nocenti & Sean Phillips - Kid Eternity
5. Mark Evanier & Sergio Aragones - everything they do but especially Groo!!!

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Steve Replogle

1. Frank Miller & Bill Sienkiewicz
2. Dave Gibbons & Steve Rude
3. Scott McCloud & Chuck Austen
4. Jim Starlin & Berni Wrightson
5. Howard Chaykin & Mike Vosburg

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Buzz Dixon

1. "Alabaster Redzone" (Jim Stenstrum ) and Abel Laxamana
2. Steve Gerber and Gene Colan
3. Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert
4. Al Feldstein and Wally Wood
5. Otto Binder and C.C. Beck

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Tim Hayes

1. Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema
2. Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius
3. Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
4. Keith Giffen/JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire
5. Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz

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Dave Knott

* Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb
* Pierre Christin and Enki Bilal
* Otto Binder and C.C. Beck
* Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
* Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

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Chad Nevett

1. Jim Starlin and Ron Lim
2. Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
3. Joe Casey and Nathan Fox
4. Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov
5. Peter David and Angel Medina

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Michael May

1. Chris Claremont and John Byrne
2. Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson
3. Matt Wagner and Guy Davis
4. Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski
5. Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo

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Chris Arrant

1. Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
2. Warren Ellis & John Cassaday
3. Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore
4. Louise & Walt Simonson
5. Joe Kelly & Chris Bachalo

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idea and examples provided by John Vest; thanks, John!

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February 6, 2016


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Tom Richmond Profiled
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Sudhir Tailang, RIP


2015 John Callahan Tribute Podcast


Chatting With Our Pal KAL


Interview With Ed Piskor Focusing On Old-Timey Comics-Making Tools
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If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Cedar Rapids, I'd Go To This

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Happy 67th Birthday, Rich Buckler!

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February 5, 2016


Go, Read: Seth T. Hahne's Top Comics Of 2015 List

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Go, Read: Habit Forming

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Go, Look: Chantal Montellier's Obituary Comics

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Collective Memory: FIBD 2016

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of Festival International De La Bande Dessinée, held January 29-31 in and around the town of Angoulême.

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