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August 23, 2016


Go, Look: Aunt Mary's Kitchen Slideshow

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon


* I don't know that I've seen the cover to the next Julia Gfrörer book, Laid Waste. That looks pretty amazing.

image* Annie Koyama let slip this Aidan Koch image from the forthcoming After Nothing Comes.

* the talented Sean Gordon Murphy is going to spend two years drawing nothing but Batman (at least for commercial art gigs of this type).

* here's a Matthew Loux cover reveal.

* finally, Rich Tommaso announced a "second season" of his She-Wolf. For those of you out there not used to that term, that just means more of the comic, leading to a second trade paperback, sometimes with a narrative jump or new storyline in the manner of a television series. I love the image he chose for that announcement.

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Go, Look: Office Laffs

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Go, Look: Uncle Sam's Postal Inspectors

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Henry Chamberlain on Kramers Ergot 9.

* still pounding through this, if anyone has a late-summer reading lull and wants to join me... And here's your weekly reminder that this list exists.

* the comments under a Robot 6 story about Wizard deciding to disinvite a guns dealer from their Chicago show are about as wholly American as you can imagine. One thing that's interesting is that if you have gun dealers at show it kind of casts all the guns in comics in a different light, a light I'm not sure comics-people who make gun-heavy comics particularly want turned on.

* Richard Thompson remembered in Betty. What a nice man and creative talent that Richard Thompson was.

* not comics: there's a movie about Charlton coming out. I hope they confirm or deny a couple of stories but other than looking at Steve Ditko and Pat Boyette's work there, and maybe those early E-Man comics, I never think about that company much at all. I love companies that don't exist and don't make an impression a little more, though.

* finally, Theo Ellsworth shares a summer image.
 
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Happy 51st Birthday, Chris Bachalo!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Terry Austin!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Tara Madison Avery!

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August 22, 2016


Go, Look: Beautiful Gil Kane Spider-Man Splash Images

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Go, Look: Swampson

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Go, Read: Analysis Of Scott Adams As Political Soothsayer

I'm not interested in new permutations of what the cartoonist Scott Adams has to say about the presidential campaign, because that attention eventually descended into an act of cruelty, but I liked this write-up of what he's said thus far and why: it comes across as reasonable and clear-headed even when Adams doesn't. I think the branding is interesting: why wouldn't the man who sold that many people on Dilbert and whose subject matter is office shenanigans have something to say of interest about the way a celebrity businessman candidate works his rhetoric? There is a reminder at the race-crash end of the article that the rational parts of what Adams is selling only stick around for part of the ride.
 
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Go, Look: Jessica Burnworth

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Your 2016 Comics-Category Dragon Awards Shortlisters

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Locus Online has a post up pertaining to the shortlist pertaining to a new comics program, the Dragon Awards, which will be given out in conjunction with Labor Day mainstay comics show Dragon Con. I have no idea if they will be sexy awards or not, for that is the sexy con. To reflect their broad, genre-soaked base, most of these categories strike me as a breakdown of various prose approaches that pertain to imaginative fiction of the type Dragon Con fans are believed to love. That seems appropriate. Although the content of the graphic novels list strikes me as broad. Go figure.

The two comics-related categories and their shortlisted works are:

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Best Comic Book
* Astro City
* Civil War II
* Daredevil
* DC Universe: Rebirth
* Ms. Marvel
* Providence
* Saga

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Best Graphic Novel
* The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman & J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
* Chicago, Glenn Head (Fantagraphics)
* March: Book Two, John Lewis & Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions)
* Virgil, Steve Orlando & JD Faith & Chris Beckett & Tom Mauer (Image)
* Sacred Heart, Liz Suburbia (Fantagraphics)
* Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)

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Dragon Con 2016 is September 2-5.

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Go, Look: Ashleigh Talbot's Stuffed-To-The-Gills Site

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Missed It: Snapshot Of Summer's DM Sales

Here. It looks like comics fans tend to enjoy continuity-driven line-relaunches, at least enough their retailers are willing to take a bet on the material. I would also imagine that DC getting a summer boost also indicates that Marvel's last line-wide gussying-up had some real weakness in terms of energy to the top of the line, and that Civil War 2 hasn't been had a strong satellite-book effect.

The key of course is whether DC can keep a significant amount of this attention, both in terms of what they do and what the market allows. There's still a structural argument that the overall audience is much smaller than we think during these flush months, that the most desirable customer is even more rare, and that even with records being set that's more the nature of a broader market and a focused-fan's ability to make comics their only heavy-cash endeavor now that everything else has sunk to the floor a bit. So what you could have is a broad audience being served broadly, which is long-term inefficient for the kind of delivery system we have in place for that world of comics, plus a harder core comics reader that moves from thing to thing they believe "matter" in the sense of the overall experience.
 
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Go, Look: Before The Crowds Descend At The Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Fair

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Alex Hoffman interviews Kevin Czap about the Czap books crowd-funder.

* Comics Workbook would like you to know about their Los Bros auction.

* I suspect this Curious George-related documentary has the numbers needed to slip over the top soon. I hope the movie's good.

* Ted Rall's crowd-funder will allow him to keep his lawsuits going. A crowd-funder for one-tenth of that on behalf of the John Kerschbaum family, lives disrupted by a home fire, has yet to reach its goal. Mr. Sirius is still sick.

* there are still things to buy in Rich Tommaso's store: last week he made a point that he could use a sale or two to help him get through the month.

* still don't understand why the publishing goal isn't to have first rate editions of all the books out and available at all times.

* finally, the Dark Horse digital Humble Bundle sale, targeted to assisted the Hero Initiative, begins to wrap up. It is tied into the publisher's 30th anniversary.
 
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Not Comics: Jess Jardim-Wedepohl

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Go, Look: Yet Another BWS Images Gallery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* in case we haven't yet asked you to pay attention to Inks as it roars back to life, here you go. You should submit. Yes, you.

image* Evan Narcisse on Copra.

* not comics: Jog informed me that Carter Scholz has a new prose book out.

* Barbara Hoffman profiles Floyd Norman. Matt O'Keefe talks to Gabriel Hardman and Corrina Beckho.

* a comic breaks down what feminism is in all its multi-faceted in execution glory.

* artist Nate Powell would like to sing a song for you, straight from the fraternity of skinny men playlist.

* not comics: casting stories are dumb, but it's worth noting the way the complaints are constructed: as the invisible hand of diversity of political correctness forcing culture around privileged people to pivot in a direction that's unsettling to them. You'll hear the same speeches driving out to get a bite to eat under a local university's photo-billboard as you do here. The fact that the ones that make the news are about pop-culture nonsense, the currency of the day, shouldn't blind us to how deep that particular lever is plunged into the soil.

* Donna Mae Wold, RIP.

* just based on the event images alone, comics are cooler now.

* finally, Mike McPadden takes a look at comics that engage with some of the subject matter and use some of the style considerations of 1960s underground comix works.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Matt Emery!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Will Shetterly!

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August 21, 2016


Go, Read: Steven Heller (And Michael Dooley; Follow The Link) On Trump Magazine In Print

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

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

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