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April 18, 2014


Happy 54th Birthday, Darryl Cunningham!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Thierry Groensteen!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Roger Salick!

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Go, Bid: Stan And Sharon Sakai Art Auctions Going On eBay

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April 17, 2014


Go, Look: Fred Guardineer's Work Is Super, Super Fun

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By Request Special: Study Group Comics, Exhibit A Press

There are a couple of crowd-funders I wanted to mention before the appearance of Monday's column.

* Exhibit A Press has another kickstarter going, this time in support of their title Zombie Wife. This is starting to become a reliable funding option for them, which is interesting in that they are one of the last continual-run survivors of the more traditional print self-publishing era.

* the Study Group folks are on enough of a roll that after a successful Linework NW they've met their recent crowd-funding goal and are now adding stretch goals.
 
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Go, Bookmark: Article On 51 Awesome Webcomics The Eisners Have Completely Failed To Recognize

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I figure if nothing else, it's a nice primer list of long-form webcomics for those of us not fully invested in that world. The work listed fifth I think is one of handful of contenders for comic of the '00s, any format or form.
 
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Collective Memory: Linework NW 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Linework NW, held April 12 at Sons Of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland.

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Festival Location
* Host City

Audio
* KBOO

Blog Entries
* Alec Longstreth

* Falling Rock National Park
* Farel Dalrymple
* Fantagraphics

* Grass Hut

* Lori D

* Most Ancient

* One Of The Johns

* Periscope Studios
* Portland State University

* Scout Books
* SG Blogs

* The Beat

* Up Yours News

Facebook
* Ed Luce
* Jason Fischer
* Jason Lamb
* T. Edward Bak

News Stories and Columns
* KBOO
* Portland Mercury 01
* Portland Mercury 02
* Oregonian
* Oregon Live
* PW

Photos
* Caroline Smith

* Ed Luce

* Fantagraphics (individual photo)
* Fantagraphics (Set)
* Francois Vigneault 01
* Francois Vigneault 02
* Francois Vigneault 03
* Francois Vigneault 04
* Francois Vigneault 05

* Jason Fischer
* Jason Lamb

* kirko kain

* Linework NW 01
* Lisa Mangum

* the art of skinner

* Zack Soto

Twitter
* Festival Twitter Account
* kirko kain
* Linework NW
* Michael DeForge
* the art of skinner

Video
* Jim Woodring And His Giant Pen

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Go, Read: A Maddy Vian Interview

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Collective Memory: SPACE 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of SPACE, held April 12 and April 13 at Ramada Plaza Columbus North Hotel And Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Location
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Alex Heberling
* All Events In Columbus
* Angst And Ennui

* Comic Related

* Matt Kish

* Nate Powell
* Natto Soup

* Penina Gal
* Prince Of Cats Comics Art

* Robot 6

* Scott Kroll
* Space Guy 13

* The Outhousers
* Tom Williams

Facebook
* Bob Ray Starker
* Convention Page
* Dave Foland
* Elizabeth Velasco
* JT Dockery

Miscellaneous
* Back Porch Comics
* Laughing Ogre Comics

News Stories and Columns
* Columbus Alive
* WSYX ABC 6

Photos
* Comic Related
* Drew Brockington
* Jono Balliet
* Mucha Smooches

Twitter
* Christian Hoffer
* Mike Freiheit
* The Outhousers

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Go, Look: The Only Living Boy

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* it's all WonderCon right now for most of the comics people I know. Everyone else I know that won't be sleeping in their own beds this weekend will be at FLUKE. There is a sizable show in DC and an already-massive event in SLC this weekend, too, although I haven't heard a ton from people attending either one of those shows. I'm sure they will be well-stocked with comics folks. All of those regions should ably support the type of show they're hosting.

image* in fact, this weekend will be interesting just for the sheer number of name events it's hosting. That's just incredible. And these shows have audiences; they're not dependent on a traveling crew of hardcore fans. I say this about once a week, but I can't stop: the rise of conventions is freaking amazing when you think that 15 years ago there were two, maybe three shows that folks considered attending, with the third one being different according to region. But I bet people will turn out. People just like conventions now.

* it's also worth noting that with WonderCon weekend being the traditional start of the convention calendar year I am already hearing from people that the year has felt like a long one in terms of shows and festivals. I do think we may see people begin to burn out a bit on going to a lot of shows year after year after year.

* there are still Friday and Sunday WonderCon badges available.

* there will be a comics convention in Hyderabad in October. That is a massive city in kind of south-central India.

* TCAF is in full, furious preparation mode three weeks and one day out from their first-ever professional development day leading into the festival itself. This includes a downloadable local guide, a request for teachers at that development day, an opportunity for a couple of $150 digital teaching sessions, and so on. Go here to see everything in one place.

* this notebook from Linework NW is one of the cuter exhibitor gifts I've seen a show do. I think those things are great, when festivals and cons do things for their staff, volunteers and exhibitors like that.

* here's a link to all the special events at the forthcoming Ting Festival.

* Megan Byrd covers a Noelle Stevenson signing in Chicago.

* finally, here's a report from a small convention -- 600 attendees -- in Camden, New Jersey. Hyper-local cons are the wave of the future.
 
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If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2014

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April 18
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This

April 19
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

April 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

April 24
* If I Were In Minnesota, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Minnesota, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 27
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Wales, I'd Go To This (Wales Comic Con)
* If I Were In Louisville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Jackson, I'd Go To This

April 30
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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May 1
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This

May 2
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Wellington, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Arizona, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Wellington, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In Naples, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Purchase, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Bucharest, I'd Go To This (East European Comic Con)
* If I Were In Ottawa, I'd Go To This (Ottawa Comiccon)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

May 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In New York City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This

May 16
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 17
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philly, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow)

May 18
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Con)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Myrtle Beach, I'd Go To This (XCon)
* f I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow)

May 23
* If I Were In Philly, I'd Go To This

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

May 30
* If I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 31
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)
* f I Were In Indianapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hartford, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Edward Gorey at Loyola University in Chicago (Through June 15)

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This post is designed to list events through February 2014, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: A Clay Geerdes Site

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this is nice: an excerpt on cartooning from a forthcoming work by Jeff Danziger.

image* I was reminded the other day that the strip Party Lines by Ethan Rilly and Jeet Heer continues.

* I keep wanting to post a link to this illustrated essay by Lisa Hanawalt profiling Wylie Dufresne, but I keep making excuses not to, so I'm going to put it here in case I make it all the way to Thursday and haven't put it up yet.

* Dave Richards talks to Mike Marts. Jeffrey Renaud talks to Van Jensen. Richard Bruton talks to Alison Sampson. Art Lortie remembers Fred Kida.

* it's hard to imagine something more fun than Chicago in the summertime, taking a class from John Porcellino. If you can't get to Chicago, you can take this correspondence course with Frank Santoro.

* Ollie Ottoman on The Infinite Wait. Richard Bruton on Genesis. Tom Murphy on Fatima: The Blood Spinners.

* Gary Tyrrell reacts to the Eisners. Corey Blake reacts to the Eisners.

* it's like alt shelf porn.

* there are virtues of many business, but the virtues of small, independent bookstores -- near-cousins to comic book shops in a lot of ways -- are these days becoming a bigger topic of conversation, even as their struggles are seen in bolder relief.

* not comics: I agree with this sentiment. There's a lot to be learned from working with print even if you ended up putting most of your stuff on-line -- this applies to almost every expression or vocation that can be done in either place.

* Joe Gordon discusses a bar named after Gerald Scarfe.

* I'm grateful to Fantagraphics for keeping us up on Janet Hamlin's work.

* finally, Nate Powell will only be selling original art through his Etsy store for a limited time, so if you want to buy from him that way, make that happen.
 
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Happy 60th Birthday, Jean-Pierre Gibrat!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Jiro Kuwata!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Ben Dunn!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Noel Tuazon!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Kazuichi Hanawa!

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Go, Bid: Stan And Sharon Sakai Art Auctions Going On eBay

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