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August 1, 2015


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

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

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Happy 56th Birthday, Mark Newgarden!

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Happy 28th Birthday, Michael DeForge!

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July 31, 2015


Go, Look: An Australian Cartoonist Explains Brooklyn

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Go, Look: All Things Hank Chapman

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Go, Look: Strange Tales #87

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OTBP: Birthday

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Go, Watch: Alison Bechdel On Seth Meyers

I hadn't heard about this at all, but Bechdel is one of the great ambassadors for comics and it's great to see her appreciated in public as many time as she's ever interested in doing this kind of appearance.
 
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Go, Look: How Not To Get A Cartoon In The New Yorker

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the writer Brigid Alverson profiles an attempt by Cartozia Tales to round up funding for the last few issues by using existing inventory as a sales inducement.

* this Shea Hennum article about the failure to cover a prominent manga story also has a webcomics element worth reading.

* I can't find a link, but Ivan Salazar sent out a press release on the 30th noting the move of 1700 single issues to the Kindle store as part of a double-move: renew their relationship with comiXology, begin a relationship with Amazon and its Kindle platform and the single-issues level.

* here's the Archie Digital Comics page, if you wondered about their options more generally.

* finally, as expected this year's TopatoCon keeps adding exhibitors and looks to be a sizable presence on the calendar from its opening show.
 
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If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2015

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August 1
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 2
* If I Were In Bristol, I'd Go To This (Rob-Con)
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This (Tampa Bay Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 6
* If I Were In Tampa, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)
* If I Were In Dover, I'd Go To This (Dover Comic Con)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 9
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Autoptic)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

August 14
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Zine Fair)

August 16
* If I Were In Connecticut, I'd Go To This (Connecticut ComicCONN)
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This (Dublin Zine Fair)

August 22
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 28
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 29
* If I Were In Auckland, I'd Go To This (Auckland Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

August 30
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

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September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 4
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)

September 5
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (ICE)

September 6
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Canada)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (Meta Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (AAEC Annual Convention)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This (SF Zine Fest)

September 7
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This (Dragon Con)

September 10
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 11
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 12
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 13
* If I Were Near Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Con)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)

September 14
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 15
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 16
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 17
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 18
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were Near Bethesda, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Brisbane, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This (Cincinnati Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con)

September 21
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Events)

September 23
* If I Were In Winston-Salem, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)

September 25
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)

September 26
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greensboro, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Sydney, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Northampton, I'd Go To This (Topatocon)

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Events For September 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Many Ghosts Of Dr. Graves #1

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* happy 7th birthday, Comic Riffs!

image* Todd Klein on Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland #4. Scott Cederlund on Hellboy In Hell #7.

* someone e-mailed this excerpt of a Warren Ellis article to me. Starting with finished art and then cutting it open and figuring out how it was made is always a good idea if someone is wishing for a long career in doing any kind of creative work. Copying is good, too, if the component parts are easier to figure out.

* Shawn Starr talks to Steve Blatchford.

* old gunslingers are nearly always great characters, so it's nice to see Star Wars dig into one of the great blank canvasses in its closet.

* I linked to this panel transcript once already, but it's kind of amazing the number of casual insights into Japanese publishing so having run across it again I'll recommend it again.

* finally, apply here for Genghis Con.
 
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Happy 37th Birthday, Nate Powell!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Jog!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Alex Holden!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Leinil Francis Yu!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Gary Barker!

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Happy Franklin Day, Everyone!

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I believe this is a movie promotion, but I've always been fond of the sequence in which the character first appeared on this date in 1968
 
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July 30, 2015


Go, Look: Dogs And Wi-Fi Mini

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Festivals Extra: Denver Group Announces An Alt-Show Called DINK For March 2016

imagePeople are drooling over photos of the Sherman Street Event Center, the space being used for a new indie/alt show launching in March 2016: DINK (Denver Independent Comic And Art Expo). The first version is set for March 25-26 in that great American city, and is brought to you by two veterans with ties to the extremely successful Denver Comic Con.

That's a city that could use a good show like this one if it comes off: there are a lot of creative people there, but the city is isolated enough that it frequently gets flown over when it's time for a tour.

I love that part of the country and hope to attend if it proves to be a good show.
 
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Go, Look: Kevin O'Neill Pin-Ups

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