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June 28, 2016


Go, Look: The Phoenixes

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Go, Look: Shock SuspenStories Cover Images Gallery

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Go, Look: Chris Samnee Superhero Pin-Ups

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I Never Get Tired Of Looking At Franklin Booth Illustrations

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Go, Look: Short Excerpt From Jeremy Sorese's Curveball

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* if you missed another round of Benign Kingdom artbooks, walk don't run to their crowd-funder.

* Alexander Lu talks to Ulisses Fariñas about his work with Storme Smith on the new Magnetic Press Buño.

* Mike Sterling notes that Marvel's new initiative with the Star Wars characters and setting is just now encompassing the movie released last holiday season. Sterling points out that with the ubiquity of personal copies of the movie, there's no real reason to ruch an adaptation to market.

* finally, Joe Ollmann shoes off the cover to next year's The Abominable Mr. Seabrook.

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2016

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July 1
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 3
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 4
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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

July 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 9
* If I Were In Newark, I'd Go To This (#bettyzinefest)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 10
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 12
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 15
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 16
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 17
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 24
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

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August 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 13
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 14
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Otakon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Kansas City Comic Con)

August 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 19
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 20
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Chicago)

August 26
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (BOUND)

August 27
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)
* If I Were In KC, I'd Go This (KC Zine Con)
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (BOUND)

August 28
* If I Were Near Palm Springs, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Palm Springs)

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Events For September 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Underwater

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on a bunch of mini-comics. And a bunch more. And an additional bunch. Bob Temuka on DKIII. Todd Klein on Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 and Gay-Neck: The Story Of A Pigeon.

* if you qualify, consider contacting MariNaomi about being included in her databases.

* well, he seems to think our solution is to murder him.

* what person 30 to 60 hasn't gone though this stage?

* this Derf take on a famous painting made me laugh -- I recognized the painting before I read the contextual explanation.

* here is Bob Temuka's lifetime in comics. I was going to do something similar over a longer period of time with TCJ, but my relationship deteriorated with that publication before we could get that one done.

* Carrie McClain talks to Hybrie and Faybra.

* finally, this has to be one of comics' most benign alternate universes.
 
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Happy 33rd Birthday, Ian Brill!

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Happy 72nd Birthday, Philippe Druillet!

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Happy 75th Birthday, Mike Royer!

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June 27, 2016


Go, Donate: Help Zack And Krista Soto With Expenses Incurred In Helping Their Son See

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I don't know Krista Soto very well, or young Caspian, but I'm fond of Zack Soto as a cartoonist, convention organizer, publisher, distributor and person -- not in that order. I hope you'll consider a donation. I have to imagine that every bit can help.
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Go, Look: Ehren English

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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image* this Joyce Brabner-helmed combination podcast and stream of editorial cartoons in tight proximity to Cleveland's forthcoming Republication National Convention looks like it could be up to no good -- in the best way.

* the latest Dirty Diamonds project looks well on its way. Worthy-looking projects by Sequential Crush and Dare2Draw seem much less certain at this point, but in no way are these unachievable. I'm not sure there is a crowd-funder you can count out before the last day these days.

* I wrote a post last Friday focused on Linda Medley's situation; she could use some support.

* Joey Peters wrote in to remind us of his Stardust-related crowd-funder.

* finally, we're nearly a month into the fundraiser for Geneviève Elverum, with over 4100 people participating.
 
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If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Brave And The Bold Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on 5000 KM Per Second. David Press with some initial thoughts on the staggering achievement of the Showa series.

* not comics: here's some advice for PR people out there on a proper response when someone asks to be taken off a mailing list where you're bombarding them with material that doesn't fit their coverage profile in any way: there isn't one. Don't respond at all. Just remove the name from the mailing list. Certainly don't respond with an angry explanation of how you thought this was justified. Nobody cares except in that you are now wasting more of their time. You are totally wrong not to do a cursory, professional exploration of the sites whose time you're wasting with your press releases. We in the press tend to understand how hard your job is, and wish you well -- we just wish you well in a way where we're not doing your work for you, even if it's only 20 seconds of it.

* also: get out of my yard.

* Chase Magnett discusses comics-makers that make racist comics, and how we view them. Not changing your opinion on older works is probably the easiest construction to face here; more problematic is engaging with things of value in a racist, bigoted and maybe even just plain awful work, and perhaps even more problematic is the career summary, like a Hall Of Fame nomination. None of it is easy.

* don't really know what's going on here but I don't promote people on the site. I wish we could dump that particular reductive, consumerist phrasing as to how media coverage works. I will continue to write about all sorts of people that I in some cases and other people in other cases believe have done awful things or have been shown to believe something repellent or shit-stupid. My guess is that if all the information were on the table, this would be the case in over 98 percent of the things and people I cover. It's just not something that registers for me in doing that part of my job. You get covered because you're newsworthy, not because you're worthy.

* not comics: this is awful.

* finally, Gordon Jackson seeks to explain the current presidential election through the use of pop-culture items. Sounds good to me.
 
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Happy 88th Birthday, Joe Giella!

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Happy 38th Birthday, Debbie Huey!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Butch Guice!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Bernie Mireault!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Dan Jurgens!

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