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October 13, 2019


CR Sunday Interview: Rafael Rosado Talks To Jay Stephens (CXC 2019)

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Go, Look: Dirt Palace

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

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

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

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Happy 56th Birthday, Tom Devlin!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Jason Thompson!

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October 12, 2019


Go, Read: Luke Healy's Diary At TCJ.com

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Go, Look: Alfonso De Anda

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

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

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

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

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Happy 54th Birthday, Dan Abnett!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Pat Brady!

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October 11, 2019


Go, Look: Paul B. Rainey's Jog On Mural Work

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Bundled Extra: Abrams Releases Spring List Details For 2020

Here are the Spring 2020 listings for Abrams, as disseminated late last week by the publisher. All in their words.

January 28 -- Parable of the Sower: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Octavia E. Butler, adapted by Damian Duffy and illustrated by John Jennings
The follow-up to Kindred, the #1 bestseller, comes Octavia E. Butler's groundbreaking dystopian novel.
In this graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, by Damian Duffy and John Jennings, the award-winning team behind the #1 bestseller Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, the author portrays a searing vision of America's future. In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher's daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.

March 3 -- Glass Town: The Imaginary World of the Brontes, by Isabel Greenberg
Glass Town is an original graphic novel by Isabel Greenberg that encompasses the eccentric childhoods of the four Bronte children -- Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The story begins in 1825, with the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth, the eldest siblings. It is in response to this loss that the four remaining children set pen to paper and created the fictional world that became known as Glass Town. This world and its cast of characters would come to be the Brontes' escape from the realities of their lives. Within Glass Town the siblings experienced love, friendship, war, triumph, and heartbreak. Through a combination of quotes from the stories originally penned by the Brontes, biographical information about them, and Greenberg's vivid comic book illustrations, readers will find themselves enraptured by this fascinating imaginary world.

imageApril 7 -- Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, by Derf Backderf
On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 students were killed and 9 shot and wounded. It was the day America turned guns on its own children -- a shocking event burned into our national memory. A few days prior, 10-year-old Derf Backderf saw those same Guardsmen patrolling his nearby hometown, sent in by the governor to crush a trucker strike. Using the journalism skills he employed on My Friend Dahmer and Trashed, Backderf has conducted extensive interviews and research to explore the lives of these four young people and the events of those four days in May, when the country seemed on the brink of tearing apart. Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, which will be published in time for the 50th anniversary of the tragedy, is a moving and troubling story about the bitter price of dissent -- as relevant today as it was in 1970.

April 14 -- Labyrinth: An Existential Odyssey, with Jean-Paul Sartre by Ben Argon
As graduates embark on the next phase of their lives, what better way to get them accustomed to the rat race they are about to enter than by introducing them to the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre? Cleverly told through the story of a pair of rats trapped in the labyrinth of existence, this allegory humorously conveys the key ideas of Sartre's existential philosophy in graphic-novel form -- accessible for students and readers of all ages. In addition, two reputable Sartre scholars have contributed the introduction and afterword: Gary Cox, a British philosopher with a doctorate from the University of Birmingham, and Christine Daigle, professor of philosophy at Brock University in Canada.

Apri 14 -- I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf, by Grant Snider
It's no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.

April 21 -- Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in Americab by Tommy Jenkins, illustrated by Kati Lacker
Coinciding with the 2020 US presidential election, Drawing the Vote, an original graphic novel, looks at the history of voting rights in the United States and how it affects the way we vote today. Throughout the book, the author, Tommy Jenkins, identifies events and trends that led to the unprecedented results of the 2016 presidential election that left American political parties more estranged than ever. To balance these complex ideas and statistics, Kati Lacker's original artistic style makes the book accessible for readers of all ages. At a time when many citizens are experiencing challenges and apathy about voting and skepticism concerning our bitterly divided government, Drawing the Vote seeks to offer some explanation for how we got here and how every American can take action to make their vote count.

May 5 -- A Gift for a Ghost, by Borja Gonzalez
In Borja Gonzalez's stunning graphic novel, two parallel stories reflect and intertwine in a tale of youthful dreams and desires. In 1856, Teresa, a young aristocrat, is more interested in writing avantgarde horror poetry than making a suitable marriage. In 2016, three teenage girls, Gloria, Laura, and Cristina, want to start a punk band called the Black Holes. They have everything they need: attitude, looks, instinct... and an alarming lack of musical talent. They've barely started rehearsing when strange things begin to happen. As their world and Teresa's intersect, they're haunted by the echo of something that happened 160 years ago.

May 5 -- Marvel Comics Mini-Books, by Marvel Entertainment
In 1966, Marvel printed what the Guinness Book of World Records certified as the world's smallest comic books. Smaller than a postage stamp, and sold in gumball machines across the country, these six books told the quirky origin stories of Marvel's most beloved characters at that time: the Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Captain America, Sergeant Nick Fury, and Millie the Model. Marvel Comics Mini-Books reproduces facsimile editions of all six books in one affordable box set -- along with a seventh book written by Mark Evanier that details the history and creation of these rare, vintage collectables.

May 12 -- Fire on the Water, by Scott MacGregor and illustrated by Gary Dumm
This original graphic novel imagines the lives of blue-collar workers involved in the real-life Lake Erie tunnel disaster of 1916 in Cleveland. Author Scott MacGregor and illustrator Gary Dumm tell the intersecting stories of a brilliant African American inventor, Ben Beltran (based on the real-life Garrett Morgan, Sr.), desperate immigrants tunneling beneath Lake Erie, and corrupt overseers who risk countless lives for profit. As historical fiction, Fire on the Water sheds light not only on one of America's earliest man-made ecological disasters but also on racism and the economic disparity between classes in the Midwest at the turn of the century.

May 12 -- Marvel Value Stamps: A Visual History, by Marvel Entertainment
In 1974, Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee devised an ingenious promotional campaign -- Marvel Value Stamps, which appeared on the letters pages of their monthly comics. Readers could cut out all 100 of these super hero and super villain stamps and place them in a special mail-order booklet. Once complete, these stamp books could then be redeemed for special discounts and exclusive merchandise. The program was so successful, a second set was released in 1975. And now, for the first time, these original stamp books, stamps, and all of the surrounding ephemera and source material are collected into one must-have volume for collectors and fans, along with text from Marvel Comics historian Roy Thomas.

July 7 -- Magic: The Gathering: Legends: A Visual History, by Wizards of the Coast and Jay Annelli
The world of Magic: The Gathering is home to many fantastical characters and creatures, but perhaps none so intriguing as its legendary creature cards, which include dragons, demons, angels, goblins, vampires, merfolk, wizards, and more. These legendary cards harken back to Magic's early history, having been introduced in one of the first sets of Magic cards (1994's Legends) and in yearly expansions all the way through spring 2020's most recent set.
Magic: The Gathering: Legends showcases high-quality reproductions of the most iconic card art. in many instances for the first time outside of the card frame -- along with accompanying creature and character histories, written by Jay Annelli. This collection also offers exclusive insight into the art and mythology behind some of Magic: The Gathering's most powerful, popular, and enduring legends and legendary creatures.

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Go, Look: Barrett Stanley

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By Reqest Extra: Mike DeCarlo Asks For Your Consideration

Best of luck to him in this time of crisis.
 
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If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2019

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October 12
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In Huntington, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (LA Comic Con)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (STAPLE)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

October 18
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 20
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic*Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

October 25
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Nashua, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Madison, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Olympia, I'd Go To This (Olympia Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Saint-Malo, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In La Mans, I'd Go To This

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November 1
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Strasbourg, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (Big Easy Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Nantes, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Bruxelles, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Paris, I'd Go To This

November 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)
* If I Were In Bordeaux, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (Wizard World)

November 12
* If I Were In Pau, I'd Go To This

November 14
* If I Were In Toulouse, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 16
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Colomiers, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Haley Tippmann

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* hey, a new edition of Enigma is coming from Berger Books. I'd think that one could be a perennial seller treated well and made a priority.

* they almost did a stunt reminiscent of the call-in vote to kill Robin, just this time on one of the TV shows. But then they never minded it.

* Bennett Campbell Ferguson on the stageplay adapation of Mother, Come Home.

* that's a handsome cover for and potentially important issue of TCJ.

* finally: that's a nice-looking Emil Ferris poster for the winter's MSU Comics Forum event.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Jim Woodring!

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October 10, 2019


Go, Look: Robbie Cathro

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