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November 22, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


The Art Of Richard Thompson



Two Promotional Videos From The Great Publisher Canicola


Jim Borgman In 2007 Talking About His Creative Process


Profile Of Jiraiya


Profile Of Harry Bliss


Zunar: Cartoonists Are Not Criminals
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from November 15 to November 21, 2014:

1. The Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was detained and questioned by police about his new book, which they investigating under three different criminal charges.

2. Jillian Tamaki wins the Governor General's Award for her work on This One Summer, throwing a spotlight on both that awards program lack of interest in graphic novels for older readers (it's actually in the rules that these works are disqualified from consideration) and the difficulty with splitting creators with overlapping duties from consideration when it comes to making comics. Hopefully, this can be resolved.

3. ICAF, Short Run and Thought Bubble all ending last weekend throws a spotlight on the crush of shows throughout the calendar year. There's one weekend in April 2015 that has four prominent or at least well-known shows.

Winner Of The Week
Tamaki

Losers Of The Week
The Authories Bothering Zunar

Quote Of The Week
"[Johnny Hart] and his fabulous wife, Bobby, had bought a beautiful estate in Binghamton. He had a wonderful home and he built this gorgeous studio next to it, all on his property. One day, Bobby noticed that these sightseeing buses were pulling up to [the] entrance of their home, and people were getting out and taking pictures. She told Johnny that this was happening on a regular basis. Johnny thought it would be a good idea to pass out little signed copies of B.C. and Wizard of Id to give to these sightseers. So Johnny made up the cartoons and signed them and Bobby cooked cookies.

"So the next day, a sightseeing bus pulled up. ... Bobby would pass out the cookies and cartoons, tell them a little about [Hart's strips] and thanked them for coming. The people seemed very appreciative but a little puzzled and asked, 'What’s B.C. and Wizard of Id?'

"What Bobby and Johnny later found out was that the hill they bought was the same hill [where] Joseph Smith [the founder of Mormonism] had received his golden plates that eventually became the Book of Mormon, And people still come today."-- Mike Peters
 
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If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

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

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Happy 44th Birthday, Jason Turner!

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Happy 64th Birthday, David Wenzel!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Roy Thomas!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Ron Randall!

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Happy 74th Birthday, Terry Gilliam!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Ethan Persoff!

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November 21, 2014


Go, Look: Radio Wire

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Forthcoming Extra: Billy Ireland Announces KFS Exhibit, Opening

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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum has announced its big 100 Years Of King Features Syndicate show. Some of you are probably hugely tired of me taking this rhetorical tack by now, but holy crap, we live in an astounding age for comics shows and exhibitions where this kind of thing can be put out there without widespread commentary. That's a line-up for that one-day of free events to match most comics shows, and the exhibit itself is the kind of thing that would have melted minds 10-20 years ago.
 
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Go, Look: Howard The Duck Original Art, All Eras

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Bundled Extra: Chip Zdarsky And Joe Quinones On Howard The Duck

EW.com ran the announcement. Chip Zdarsky's a funny man, and very much on the upswing profile-wise because of his artistic contributions to Sex Criminals. Joe Quinones is about as talented as they come, too.

Will it be good? I don't know. A lot of that depends on how you view projects like this one. If you think of Howard The Duck as a Steve Gerber character exclusively, I can't imagine any other version will do. If you don't, there's every possibility this one will work, but will have to see: tendency to boil things down so they can be sold to Hollywood aside, comics are about execution rather than concept, and that extends to creative partnerships.

This project is also another sign of how rich in IP resources Marvel is right now, where you can pull a character out of limbo after decades of not having a successful comic book and it's this good of a character.
 
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Go, Look: Alexis Beauclair

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Go, Read: Michael Cavna At Comic Riffs On Top GNs Of 2014

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Comic Riffs, the comics column over at Washington Post usually does two lists: one superhero-centric and one graphic novel (and mostly not superhero-centric). It doesn't look like the latter is ready to go, so I present all by its lonesome Michael Cavna's top graphic novels choices in their entirety.

His selections were:

* Bumperhead, Gilbert Hernandez (D+Q)
* Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast (Bloomsbury)
* Hip Hop Family Tree Book Two (1981-1983), Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
* How To Be Happy, Eleanor Davis (Fantagraphics)
* Saga: Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, Brian K. Vaughan And Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
* Sisters, Raina Telgemeier (Graphix)
* The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Vols. 1-2, Neil Gaiman And P. Craig Russell (Harper Collins)
* The Harlem Hellfighters, Max Books And Caanan White (Broadway Books)
* The Shadow Hero, Gene Luen Yang And Sonny Liew (First Second)
* This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki And Jillian Tamaki (First Second)

That's an interesting list, although one with which I'd have very little overlap were I to make one of my own. Still, it's a testament to how much good work there is out there right now that all of these different lists can be made.
 
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Go, Look: Bernie Wrightson Early-'70s DC Comics Title Pages

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By Request Extra: The Folks Behind The Funnies

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I want as many documentaries about comics as possible if only because of the raw footage and the ability of libraries around the country to host and archive them. I wish we had a similar wave in the late 1970s and got down all the great 1940s-era cartoonists, too. The Folks Behind The Funnies looks well-staffed. It also seems focused on strip cartoonists, but we need more work in that area just as much as we do in all the other areas.
 
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Go, Look: Manning

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some ugly, upsetting imagery there
 
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Collective Memory: Short Run 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Short Run, held November 15 at the Washington Hall in Seattle.

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* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City
* Physical Location

Blog Entries
* Elliott Bay Books Blog
* Girl Named Hello

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* Kelton Sears' GIF Comic For Seattle Weekly

News Stories And Columns
* Seattle Globalist
* Seattle News
* Seattle Times
* Seattle Weekly

Photos
* suxdonut

Video
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Go, Look: Images From The Superman #400 Gallery

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Collective Memory: ICAF 2014

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of International Comic Arts Forum, held November 13-15 at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio.

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City
* Physical Location

Blog Entries
* Josh Kopin
* Mike Lynch
* Robert Loss 01
* Robert Loss 02

Facebook
* ICAF

Miscellaneous
* CR Story About Comics Studies Society

News Stories And Columns
* The Outhouse

Photos
* ICAF

Twitter
* #ICAF2014

* Josh Kopin
* Paul Morton

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