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April 1, 2015


Happy 26th Birthday, Comix Experience!

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our 25+ comic shops are so very, very important to one of comics most significant markets
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, James Robinson!

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Happy 18th Birthday, Radio Comix!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Bob Lappan!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Brad Meltzer!

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Happy 12th Birthday, Partyka!

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Happy 73rd Birthday, Samuel Delany!

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March 31, 2015


Tom Koch, RIP

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Go, Look: James C. Heimer

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Go, Read: Two Unconventional Comics Interviews

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* JT Dockery talks to the great Gary Panter about meeting and talking to Philip K. Dick. I love specific interviews like this one, and I love it when a comics character of the highest order like Dockery is encouraged to hold forth at length. The result is that Dockery creates a perfect context for the discussion, he lets you know why he cares so much about the subject matter, so you do, too.

* the Comics Journal presents a conversation between Gary Groth and the just-passed Irwin Hasen just as it happened back in 2013: loose, rambling, full of stage directions and digressions. lt's a nice insight into how Hasen's mind works but also provides a glimpse at how Groth was able to connect with so many great mainstream comic book makers of his father's generation: he spoke their language, did his research, knew their icons, ingratiated himself into however they liked to hold forth and within those parameters was free with his opinions in a way that sometimes supplied a much-needed spark. He's the best there's ever been at it.
 
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Jonah Weiland: CBR Dropped Three Candidates From A Job Search Due To Social Media Findings

Jonah Weiland posts about cutting a job search in more than half due to negative reaction to social media use by candidates. I would imagine that with very few jobs being open these days that's something prospective industry people might want to read. That's something people might want to read more generally no matter where they are on the employment spectrum.
 
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Go, Look: How To Be A Perfect Husband

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Collective Memory: RIPExpo 2015

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2015 edition of the RIPExpo, held March 28-29 at the Providence Public Library in Providence.

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Host Building
* Host City

Facebook
* Event

News Stories And Columns
* Providence Journal
* Providence Monthly

Twitter
* @ripexpo

* Alison Wilgus
* Allie Kleber
* Amigos Shop

* barbara
* Benjamin Lundberg

* Cathy G. Johnson
* Chu 01
* Chu 02
* Czap Books

* Dave Kelly

* Festival Season
* Franklin Einspruch

* Jason Viola
* Jenn Kaplan
* Jonathan Rotsztain
* Jon Chad

* Megan Brennan
* Mothers News 01
* Mothers News 02

* O Horvath

* Paige H Warren

* Rebecca Volynsky
* rel
* RIPExpo

* Sally C
* Secret Acres 01
* Secret Acres 02
* Sophia Foster-Dimino

* Virginia Paine

* Warren Craghead

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OTBP: Ink For Beginners

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Did You Know That Brian Heater Has A Podcast Where He Interviews Cartoonists From Time To Time?

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I mean, I knew about it, and have even listened to some of what's linked to below. You might not have in part because I never got Brian Heater's podcast in my regular cycle of things I look at and recommend, because my brain works very poorly sometimes. People always assume I'm just mad at them, but it's mostly I just can't close the deal for whatever reason, can't cross over from what I should be doing to actually doing it. My apologies.

Heater was nice enough to send me a note when his podcast got to its 100th episode. Here are the links he sent to the comics-makers he's interviewed along the way.

Congratulations, Brian. I hope there will be many more.

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* Box Brown
* Molly Crabapple
* Peter Bagge
* Box Brown
* Roz Chast
* Kim Deitch
* Molly Crabapple
* Ellen Forney
* Nicole Georges
* Karen Green
* Lisa Hanawalt
* Paul Hornschemeier
* James Kochalka
* Peter Kuper
* Scott McCloud
* Francoise Mouly
* Paul Pope
* John Porcellino
* Art Spiegelman
* Leslie Stein
* Jillian Tamaki (illustration pictured)
* Julia Wertz
* Shannon Wheeler
* Jim Woodring

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Here is a more general link. Some of our best talkers are on that list; some of the best comics-makers, too.

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OTBP: Fat Free Milk Tears

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Collective Memory: ECCC 2015

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2015 edition of the Emerald City Comicon, held March 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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imageInstitutional
* Festival Site
* Host Building
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Steve Duin

Facebook
* Event
* Organization
* Public Group

* Ali Sunderland Perry
* Andre Fernando Lee
* Cole Aaronson
* Dottie P. Jacob
* Dylan Donaldson
* Kelsey Gilbertson
* Kyla Applegate
* Marcus Burke
* Teresita Callaway

News Stories And Columns
* CBR (Index)

Photos
* Dinesh Shamdasani
* ECCC
* Ed Luce
* Ed Peterson
* Human Paraquat
* Katie Skelly 01
* Katie Skelly 02
* Kelly Sue DeConnick
* Mariah
* Seattle P-I

Twitter
* convention account
* #ECCC
* #ECCC2015

* Cat Farris
* CBR
* Christopher Sebela
* Gail Simone
* Hayley Atwell
* Jake Parker
* Jeff Couterier
* Kate Leth
* Katie Skelly
* Todd Nauck 01
* Todd Nauck 02

Video
* Brandon Routh
* Longbox Review
* Mama Speaks Geek
* Rachel Himka 01
* Rachel Himka 02
* Rachel Himka 03

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Fred Guardineer's Stories About Magicians Always Make Me Happy

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2015

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April 2
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

April 3
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 4
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 5
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Vancouver)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Anime Matsuri)

April 6
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

April 9
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This

April 10
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Nebraska, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 11
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Extra SPACE)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (FLUKE)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

April 12
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were Near The Meadowlands, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (MOCCA Fest)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (LBZF)
* If I Were In Perth, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)
* If I Were In Chile, I'd Go To This (FIC Santiago)

April 17
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 18
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Birmingham, I'd Go To This (The Birmingham Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Linework NW)
* If I Were Near San Jose, I'd Go To This (Big Wow Comicfest)
* If I Were In Adelaide, I'd Go To This (Oz Comic Con)
* If I Were Near The Gold Coast, I'd Go To This (Supanova Pop Culture Expo)

April 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (ICE)

April 25
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were Near Saratoga, I'd Go To This (ChaseCon)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

April 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (C2E2)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Brooklyn Zine Fest)
* If I Were Near Knoxville, I'd Go To This (Marble City)

April 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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

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May 2
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 3
* If I Were Near Jonesboro, I'd Go To This

May 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 8
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Queers & Comics)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

May 9
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Athens, I'd Go To This (Ratha Con)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)

May 10
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Jacksonville, I'd Go To This (Collective Con)

May 14
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 15
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)

May 16
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 17
* If I Were In Atlantic City, I'd Go To This (ACBC)
* If I Were In Portland, Maine, I'd Go To This (MeCAF)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This (MCBA)
* If I Were In Fort Wayne, I'd Go To This (Appleseed Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 23
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Puerto Rico, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Spectrum)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures 2015)

May 25
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Denver Comic Con)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 28
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)

May 29
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)

May 30
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con DC)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)
* If I Were In Spokane, I'd Go To This (Lilac City Comicon)

May 31
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Dc)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Expo Dallas)
* If I Were Near Lyon, I'd Go To This (Fanzine Camping)

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Events For June 2015 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Rock Thoughts

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* if you can only read one comics-related piece today, read whatever you want -- holy crap, I'd have to be an asshole to tell you what to do with an entire day's worth of reading. I hope at some point you'll catch up with Nicole Rudick's talk with Victor Moscoso over at Paris Review. I thought it was a blast. Also, more comics fans should follow her on Twitter; everything she writes about comics is really good.

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* someone facebook messaged me this drawing of Devil Dinosaur by Malachi Ward that's so old it must have come up somewhere else first. Ditto this Ben Marra series of illustrations accompanying an article about a female pro wrestler. I also missed this, which must have been a popular feature for The Nib.

* it's not a closely-related enough story for a full Danish Cartoon or Charlie Hebdo update, but some of the more strident and seemingly intractable impasses of the war between cultures in Europe seem to have gained some heat and evinced greater frustration for the fact of the Hebdo murders. I don't think pressure of this kind was a primary aim, but it seems to have been a primary result. Everything feels strained and impossible now.

* totally certain I've posted that Reich pages are for sale; totally not worried about posting it again. Not a lot of comic book series left like that one.

* Daneil Stein talks to Keith Knight.

* here's a pretty old-school deconstruction of the comics sales of the 1940s as they were supposedly upended by comics censorship movements in the 1950s. I trust the hatred that I encountered decades later from the cartoonists of that era to ever dismiss the dramatic effect the censors had on the ability of comics to tell certain kinds of stories. At the same time, logic suggests that there was likely a kaleidoscope of cultural forces at work to move the industry from one period of sales and mainstream expression to another.

* what a great cartoon design by David Boswell.

* finally, this is what Al Williamson inking Joe Quesada looked like.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Darren Merinuk!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Dave Lapp!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Steven T. Seagle!

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March 30, 2015


Roger Slifer, RIP

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