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December 20, 2014

Go, Look: Emily Carroll's All Along The Wall

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The Comics Reporter Video Parade

Visualize Ballard By The Action Suits

Late '80s Mid Ohio Con Footage

A 1963 Interview With Jimmy Swinnerton

David Pakman Interviewing Ted Rall In 2010

The Closed Caption Comics Legacy Panel From SPX 2014

The Roots Of Frémok Panel From SPX 2014

How To Get Reviewed Panel From SPX 2014
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from December 13 to December 19, 2014:

1. The great Jack Davis has retired.

2. Wow Cool robbed.

3. The Sony hacking incident spirals into one of those weird super-stories that feels like it's just sitting on your couch, staring straight ahead and not saying anything. There was a comics-related outcome, though, in that the very nice and highly-accomplished cartoonist Guy Delisle saw a rapidly-coming-together film adaptation of his Pyongyang fall apart.

Winners Of The Week
Aspiring comics-makers in New Zealand.

Losers Of The Week
Thieves stealing art comics.

Quote Of The Week
"I consulted with my editor at the time, L'Association, where I had published my first albums. Jean-Christophe Menu the director of this small publishing house really liked the idea and the first pages of the book. We looked for the confidentiality clause and couldn’t find it. Finally he told me: too bad if we end up in court, it’s a book we have to do." -- Guy Delisle
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Go, Look: One Defector Draws North Korean Atrocities

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Go, Look: Lloyd Alexander Private Correspondence Art

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

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

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

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Go, Look: Boulet Holiday Drawings

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Happy 29th Birthday, Ed Kanerva!

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Happy 65th Birthday, James Van Hise!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Mack White!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Rantz Hoseley!

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December 19, 2014

Go, Look: Den Of The Spider

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Artists & Public Thinkers Including Several Comics-Makers Wish Chelsea Manning A Happy 27th Birthday


It's always nice to see Terry Gilliam draw something.
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Go, Look: Laura Kenins

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2015 Eisner Awards Judges Slate Named

The Eisner Awards have named their judges slate for the 2015 version, which will honor books published in 2014. The judges provide the nominations sheet on which industry professional then vote for the winters, so it can be a massive and demanding volunteer job.

This year's judges are: retailer, editor and writer Carr D'Angelo; librarian, writer and academic Richard Graham; writer Sean Howe; academic and writer Susan Kirtley; CCI volunteer and animation producer Ron McFee; and historian/journalist Maggie Thompson. Kirtley and Howe at the very least are recent winners of Eisners, Howe for his book on Marvel and Kirtley for her book on Lynda Barry. I asked administrator Jackie Estrada if this was Thompson's first time as a judge and she said yes, noting that she has been eligible for an award most years for her work at the now-defunct Comics Buyer's Guide.

You can read full bios here. Congrats to those named and best of luck on the journey ahead. The Eisner Awards themselves take place in July on the Friday of Comic-Con International weekend. I'll be there, sitting way, way, way in the back.
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Go, Look: That Alex Toth Conan Gallery

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New Zealand Society Of Authors Releases Details On Graphic Novel Component Of Its Mentorship Program

Here. This formal mentoring program was announced earlier, I think a few months back, but this post provides more details. I hope it is a good experience for some aspiring comics-makers and a worthwhile one for the nice people volunteering their time. I'm not sure something like this would work in North America without the structure and limitations of an educational program in place, but I fully expect a few groups to try over the next five years.
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Not Comics: The Boy Who Knew What The Birds Said

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Publishers Weekly Releases Second Part Of Its Year-End Comics Appraisals: The Critics' Poll


Whether you use it to find a bunch of new books or to go "Oh my God, on what planet does that book gets any votes at all, let alone than this clearly superior book here?" asking critics to name favorite books and then compiling the works into a list usually provides a few moments of fun of the discovery, the grumpy, or the grumpy-discovery kind. PW does us that solid here.

For whatever it is worth, I think the book I liked the most with only one vote here is Hospital Suite, although there's also the Sock Monkey collection and I'm not even sure how to process The Complete Zap as being the same thing as some of these new books. (If that's on the table, though, yes, the complete run of Zap is better than any one-off effort to come out this year; as is the entire run of Cul-De-Sac.) Off the top of my head I also really liked three less year-spanning books that weren't represented at all: the new John Hankiewicz, the AdHouse collection of Katie Skelly's Operation Margarine and the Bungle Family reprint from IDW. I'll go to bat for the freaking Bungle Family every damn time. "Pontoon Bungle."

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Go, Look: The Shadow #3

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Go, Read: Stan Lee Excelsior, Excelsior Junior Awards Short Lists


Kevin Melrose has one of his usual succinct and thorough posts up here about an awards program designed to promote the reading of comics for teens (Excelsior) and younger children (Excelsior Junior) in the UK. They were started by a librarian named Paul Register. The Junior category is a new one this year. Both sets of winners -- ranked winners; 1, 2, 3 -- will be named next summer.


Stan Lee Excelsior Award

* All-New Ghost Rider: Engines of Vengeance, Felipe Smith And Tradd Moore (Marvel)
* Barakamon, Satsuki Yoshino (Yen Press)
* Rocket Girl Vol. 1, Brandon Montclare And Amy Reeder (Image Comics)
* Red Baron: The Machine Gunners' Ball, Pierre Veys And Carlos Puerta (Cinebook)
* Superman/Wonder Woman: Power Couple, Charles Soule And Tony S. Daniel (DC Comics)
* Moonhead And The Music Machine, Andrew Rae (Nobrow)
* Alone: The Vanishing, Bruno Gazzotti And Fabien Vehlmann (Cinebook)
* Ms. Marvel: No Normal, G. Willow Wilson And Adrian Alphona (Marvel)


Stan Lee Excelsior Junior Award

* Itty Bitty Hellboy, Art Baltazar And Franco (Dark Horse)
* Melusine: Tales of the Full Moon, Clarke And Gilson (Cinebook)
* Long Gone Don, The Etherington Brothers (David Fickling Books)
* Hilda and the Black Hound, Luke Pearson (Flying Eye Books)
* Bunny Vs. Monkey, Jamie Smart (David Fickling Books)

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Go, Look: Some Black Terror Comics Pages

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Not Comics: Bojack Horseman Christmas Special Slips On-Line

One more chance to look at those designs by famed deplorable person Lisa Hanawalt. It's fun to see how big media companies approach various releases in that world, along with traditional new-media quandaries like how to negotiate the expectations of a fervent fan base.
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