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May 26, 2016


Go, Look: Leonie Brialey

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* dates and first round of guests announced for the Helsinki Comics Festival.

* NYCC has a new verification process for tickets. This kind of thing is the wave of the future, although convention-goers tend to be split in seeing this kind of thing as a necessary evil that discourages re-selling and a process designed to gather better marketing information. I think 100 percent people will do what's necessary to fill this show. The text:
Fans,

Each year when we take over the Javits Center in October, we have one priority in mind: you, the NYCC Fans. We don’t run NYCC year after year because we love hanging out by the Hudson or we need to reach our step goal in October, we do this because we want to provide the experience of a lifetime to everyone who attends NYCC each year.

imageWith that in mind, we want the New York Comic Con 2016 Ticket buying experience to be as smooth and fair as possible, so this year we are requiring Fan Verification. What does Fan Verification mean? It means we are requiring anyone interested in attending NYCC to fill out a profile between Friday, May 20 and Monday, June 13. We recognize that this is an extra step before buying your Tickets and requires more commitment from you, but we also know that as true Fans of the Show, you won’t mind making it tough for the supervillains out there. Here’s a quick look at nine important points for this new process:

1. Fan Verification is required for NYCC 2016. Everyone who would like to attend NYCC (whether you are buying Tickets yourself or someone is buying them for you) must fill out a Fan Verification profile.
2. Kids who will be ages 6-12 at the time of NYCC 2016 and will be using a NYCC 2016 Adult Ticket or Sunday Kids Ticket do not need a Fan Verification profile for their NYCC 2016 Ticket.
3. Fan Verification will be open from Friday, May 20 at 12:00 PM EDT to Monday, June 13 at 11:59 PM EDT. Fill out your Fan Verification profile correctly and completely -- there’s no need to rush through it.
4. All NYCC 2016 Ticket Types will go on sale at the same time on a first-come, first-served basis. Fan Verification does not guarantee NYCC Tickets.
5. We will no longer be selling VIP Tickets for NYCC.
6. NYCC 2016 Tickets will only be sold online. NYCC Tickets will not be on sale at retailers or any events leading up to NYCC 2016.
7. All Fans who filled out a Fan Verification profile will be notified via email 48 hours prior to NYCC Tickets going on sale.
8. The email you receive with the NYCC on-sale date will include a unique link where you will have the opportunity to purchase Tickets first-come, first-served when they go on sale. There is a one transaction limit per link.
9. If you are purchasing Tickets for you and your friends or family, you must assign each individual Ticket to a person using the name and email address they created their Fan Verification profile with. If you are purchasing a Ticket for a kid ages 6-12, you will add their name and age to the Ticket.

These changes are being done with you in mind and the hope that more of you will get the opportunity to experience NYCC. Please visit NewYorkComicCon.com/FanVerification for complete details on the NYCC Ticketing process along with other important NYCC Show news.

Thank you for your commitment and passion for the Show and willingness to take these extra steps to help us get more Tickets into your hands. We're looking forward to giving you even more amazing content to experience with us and can't wait to reveal more of what we've been working on for you.

NYCC 2016 is going to be our best Show yet and it's all going to start with Fan Verification improving the Ticket buying process for you.
Looking around for a place to link I noticed that The Beat says they're also rebranding their week-before stuff to put NYCC in the title.

* two great questions remain for the calendar year in festival-attending: will there be a CAB this year? What will be the dates for CALA? If anyone knows, I can keep a secret.

* here's word of a focused 'zine show in Newark in early July.

* don't know that I knew about this Dan Clowes exhibit up at the University of Chicago. Here's a profile piece. Thanks to Joe Muszynski for the heads-up.

* finally, my friend Gil Roth sent me some photos of the Masonic Hall venue that TCAF picked up this year. He took them just as the venue opened. Wow, this is basically nicer than 80 percent of everyone else's primary venues. I look forward to seeing how they employ it in the years ahead.

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2016

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May 27
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 28
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)

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June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Nightmare

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on What Is Obscenity?

* there's probably some sort of joke to be made about Randian philosophy and the use of white-out, but mostly I just love seeing any later-period Ditko.

* more recent picks from Team Trouble With Comics. I didn't notice that they were going to split this one into three parts, so my apologies for not therefore waiting until the entire series was posted. You'll get one more link from me on this.

* here's a roundtable on the first issue of DC's DC Comics: Rebirth series, a series meant to kick off a line reboot at the venerable mainstream publisher. One thing that always strikes me as odd about these kind of "weigh in on the entire line and potential across the board" articles is that they seem to end up coming at you from the perspective of people that will be buying or paying attention to these comics no matter what, and thus the range of effect in question is whether those comics with which they're going to be engaged are either enjoyed or not enjoyed. That's not a big sweep of the needle to go from one of those groups to the other.

* Rachel Davies talks to Aidan Koch. Alex Dueben talks to Rebecca Sugar.

* by request extra: congratulations to the Cool Dog Annual Sticker Fund crowd-funder, the only comics-related crowd-funder about which anyone need know.

* finally: boy, that's a good-looking Doctor Strange on the top of Kevin Nowlan's Twitter account page.
 
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Happy 39th Birthday, Raina Telgemeier!

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Happy 39th Birthday, Dave Roman!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Nick Bertozzi!

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Happy 49th Birthday, James Kochalka!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Marc Arsenault!

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May 25, 2016


Go, Look: Tom Lechner

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Our Fractured Industry Needs To Put Aside Our Differences & Unite Behind A Single, Vital Issue

Noah. My God. Shave.
 
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Gary Brodsky's Passing Noted At The Beat

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this apparently happened May 9 and I totally missed it. I think. It's been a rough year for my memory in addition to a rough year for people passing away
 
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Marvel Responds To DC's Tossing Of Sadness Gauntlet

imageDescription of plot points in the new Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 here. Ew! It's like discovering film of your Mom making out with your elementary school principal, except for some reason it's trending.

These are corporate properties designed to move product, and sometimes that's a little more apparent than usual. It's really apparent this week! The way these companies occasionally seek to manipulate the affection and feelings of ownership that they themselves have encouraged in their fans is interesting to a point, but only a point.

Comics like these rarely satisfy. The focus on the characters as their own thing aggressively diverts from any insight into the human condition they might afford, even through amplification, and the attention paid to plot points and continuity almost always makes a low priority of the element of spectacle through which superhero funnybooks can be a beautiful thing to behold. What you're left with is static images declaring their own wikipedia entry updates. No thanks.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Joe Gordon on Archangel #1.

* Rebecca Bates talks to Aidan Koch. Alex Dueben talks to Dana Simpson.

* not comics: I will fight you, New York Times.

* hey, a Sacha Mardou comic.

* I have no idea why this set of Moebius illustrations is in my bookmarks, but I'm not displeased. Always fun to look at Moebius, a happy master.

* not comics: remember, if you're ever feeling sad about your own station in life, watch Peter Cook in the Ed McMahon role on a 1980s Joan Rivers show. Nothing more excruciating in show business history.

* here's Team Trouble With Comics on the recent funnybooks they like. They're trouble, it's right in their name.

* finally, Devin Feraci writes at length on DC Universe: Rebirth #1. I have no doubt there is a lot of meta-commentary in this reboot; I'm just imagining I'm not going to agree with a whole lot of it.
 
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Happy 63rd Birthday, Stan Sakai!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Sal Velluto!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Ken Avidor!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Barry Windsor-Smith!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Marc Hempel!

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