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October 24, 2017


Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* a new Kevin Scalzo book is very exciting news! Even/especially an imminent one! It looks more grounded in reality and not as abstractly told as some of his other humor work. I think that link maybe be friends only so you'll have to trust me or befriend Kevin.

* I"m not usually the biggest fan of this kind of genre twist, but Valiant in particular has connected with a lot of fans with a lot of tried and true ideas like this one, and I never second-guess IDW on much of anything.

* finally, John Porcellino reminds us of the forthcoming omnibus of all his non-King-Cat material he's done, Miscellaneous Extraneous (D+Q, 2019).
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alexander Jones on The Once And Future Queen Vol. 1. Sean Gaffney on How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom Vol 4. Andy Oliver on The Realm #1-2.

* congratulations to Heidi MacDonald on finding a new publisher for her The Beat, at Lion Forge through a newly-created division. CR was created in mind with our selling it as soon as we could and like many thing, everyone out there seemed to be more talented at finding a publisher or someone to take over entirely than we did.

* I'm not sure why anyone for a non-depressing reason would want to look at a comic where a character appears in theatrical blackface, but here you go. I suppose since most portrayals of a racist nature in early comics count on deformed figuration it might be worth noting the contrast or novelty.

* finally: for your awards consideration: Porky Pig Vs. Ryan North.
 
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Happy 34th Birthday, Austin English!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Mindy Newell!

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October 23, 2017


Go, Look: Critical Welter In Monsters And Metals

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Go, Look: Lillian Taft

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* if you don't know Larry Shell's name from his decades of employment in and around the comics industry, you'll recognize some of the comics pros giving to his gofundme called into existence by the collision of health problems and property tax. Please help out if you can.

* Shawn McManus is one among many professionals with some time left on crowd-funders that have already met their initial goal. Dirk Manning is another. Shaenon Garrity is yet another.

* this crowd-funder by Josh Trujillo, on the other hand, hasn't yet met its first goal.

* Spike Trotman's batting average in terms of funding projects is still 1.000.

* finally, Steve Lafler reminds us of his ongoing kickstarter with this funny post. I always thought by now there'd be a lot more cartoonist living as much time as they could in Mexico, just to save money.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Puerto Rico: Should I State Or Should I Go?

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2017

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October 25
* If I Were Near Penn State, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

October 28
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 29
* If I Were In Oklahoma City, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 3
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This (Zine Machine)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 5
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

November 6
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

November 8
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

November 10
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)

November 11
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Wimbledon, I'd Go To This (Wimbledon Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (The Latino Comics Expo)

November 12
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic And Fantasy Convention)
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This (Rhode Island Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (The Latino Comics Expo)

November 16
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

November 17
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)

November 18
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)
* If I Were In Eugene, I'd Go To This (Euzine Comics & Zine Fest)
* If I Were In Evanston, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Art Bubble)

November 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)

November 30
* If I Were In Honolulu, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Westerner #26

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on A Castle In England. Sean Gaffney on Chihayafuru Vol 4. Andy Oliver on Kid Lobotomy #1. Jenny Robbins on Angelic #1.

* Lisa Hanawalt nails it in two drawings.

* this was a news story last week, and while this would have been the weirdest story for a whole half-year before 2012 I think we expect a story like this every other month in 2017.

* the political cartoonist and activist Aseem Trivedi talks to ABC (the Australian one) about the state of free speech in his world five years after he ran afoul of some severe legal trouble for making cartoons. It's worse now, he says. I have no doubt. I suspect it's much more complicated as well.

* finally, Jason Whiton talks to Trina Robbins.
 
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Happy 47th Birthday, Blake Bell!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Gary Erskine!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, John Pham!

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Happy 29th Birthday, Sam Alden!

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Happy 54th Birthday, Eric Shanower!

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October 22, 2017


OTBP: Book Of Daze

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Go, Look: Matt Bors Art For Sale

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Go, Look: Courtesy To Ladies

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If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This

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Happy 64th Birthday, Steven Grant!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Jim Wheelock!

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October 21, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


A Bunch Of Batman Creators Talking Batman


Anti-Gone Trailer


The First Four Minutes Of Pigheaded


Clip From Pigheaded


Another Clip From Pigheaded
 
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Go, Look: More Half-Hitch

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