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July 29, 2014


Drawn And Quarterly Announces A 25th Anniversary Book, A Revamped Web Site And Several 2015 Projects

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Drawn And Quarterly's Tracy Hurren and Julia Pohl-Miranda held a publishing news panel on Saturday at Comic-Con International. It was attended by about 40 fans and press members, pretty solid for 10 in the morning. In quiz-show format -- with prizes for correct answers -- Hurren and Pohl-Miranda walked their way through some potential highlights of the next few seasons. I'm going to focus on 2015 works, just because the other works have been previously announced and because my morning meeting ran long and it takes forever to get anywhere at that show now. I think I would have anyway.

* January 2015 will see the release of Michael DeForge's First Year Healthy, which like a lot of DeForge's work has had a life on-line in serial form. That should be 30 pages, which they'll make into a hardcover picture book for $14.95.

* D+Q announced they'll be working with the Eisner Award-winning translator and manga scholar Ryan Holmberg, on what sounded like more than one project -- or at least what is a first project with hopefully more to come. The collaboration we'll see first is set for February: Trash Market, by Tadao Tsuge. That book will collect a bunch of short stories from Garo as assembled and put into context by Holmberg. That should run 272 pages, and retail for $22.95.

* one book I'm very much looking forward to next year is SuperMutant Magic Academy, the collection of Jillian Tamaki's on-line comics of that name. That's going to be 224 pages and retail for $19.95. The interesting thing about this one is they said Tamaki will be doing enough new work to finish up the SMMA storyline in that single volume. It will be mostly black and white, with some color. We should see that in May, which I bet means a TCAF debut.

* the reprint of Melody by Sylvie Rancourt will be of the original comics written and drawn by the cartoonist, and feature a translation by Helge Dascher. Chris Ware volunteered to do the preface because of his affection for those comics. That will be $22.95 retail and run about 350 pages.

* Zack Davisson is working with them on bringing Shigeru Mizuki's Hitler into English-language publication. The publishing date on that one is less certain: probably early 2016, maybe late 2015. That will be one 300-page volume, and will most likely appear in softcover.

* the last book announced at the panel was Drawn And Quarterly: 25 years Of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics And Graphic Novels. That will be a 512 page hardcover out in May 2015, unless I totally screwed that up. That will include essays, historical material, and an interview with company founder Chris Oliveros. Michael DeForge, Guy Delisle and Lisa Hanawalt are among the artists contributing brand-new work. Margaret Atwood is set to write about Kate Beaton. That's the cover by Chester Brown up top.

Hurren and Pohl-Miranda closed the show with a sneak preview of the D+Q web site revamp, which should launch between August 1 and August 4. It seems very content driven, less concerned with design peccadilloes of 15 years ago -- most notably the studio/office advent calendar style interface -- and with the ability to drive people to site orders more effectively. They also promised they've been saving blog posts to have fresh content for several days in a row after launch.
 
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If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2014

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July 30
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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August 1
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 9
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 10
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 11
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 16
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 17
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 18
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chimacum, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* The Art Of The Cartoon, Featherstone Centers Of The Arts (Through July 30)

* Exploring Calvin And Hobbes, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Through August 3)
* Eye of the Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes’s Selections from Comics History, Wexner Center (through August 3)
* Modern Cartoonist: The Art Of Daniel Clowes, Wexner Center (Through August 3)
* The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum (Through August 3)

* Small Press Spotlight On Jon Adams, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)
* Raw Fury: The Art Of Mike Zeck, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)

* Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 24)

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: The Strange Couple!

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco on a bunch of recent mainstream comic books. Todd Klein on The Royals #5. Sean Gaffney on Soul Eater Vol. 21 and Umineko: When They Cry Vol. 7.

* not comics: I did not know that Charles Schulz and now his estate sponsored/sponsors a hockey tournament. That's sort of fascinating.

* Alana Marie Burke profiles Antonio F. Branco. Brian Heater talks to Peter Kuper. Randi Belisomo profiles Roz Chast.

* this SDCC manga license round-up is worth reading to the point I'm happy to link of it removed from the context of con linkage.

* finally, Sean Kleefeld made a good catch here: he finds and discusses a Rob Salkowitz article on some event survey work from right before Comic-Con. There's a bunch of stuff in there, and I bet the stuff about gender parity gets pulled if it hasn't been already. I think the thing I find fascinating there is idea of how money is spent and how and why.
 
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Happy 67th Birthday, Baru!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Ted May!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Gail Simone!

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Happy 60th Birthday, Lovern Kindzierski!

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Happy 31st Birthday, Nick Gazin!

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July 28, 2014


Go, Look: Liisa Blog

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OTBP: Terror Assaulter O.M.W.O.T.

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Go, Read: A Piece At HU About A Pair Of My Tweets

Here. I am grateful for any criticism and learned from this piece by Kim O'Connor. I hope you'll give it a read.
 
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Go, Look: An Original Mary Perkins On Stage Sunday

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Go, Look: The Photo Of Comic-Con 2014, Alt-Comics Division

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Go, Look: Gene Colan Mini-Gallery

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Collective Memory: Comic-Con International 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Comic-Con International, held July 24-27 at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

This entry will continue to be updated for as long as people

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Festival Location
* Host City

Blog Entries
* ComicBook.com
* Comic-Con's Toucan Blog
* The Outhousers

Facebook
* Comic-Con International On Facebook

Miscellaneous
* APE Home Page
* Wonder Con Home Page

News Stories and Columns
* Comicosity
* Ecumenical News
* PW 01

Twitter
* #SDCC2014

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Go, Look: Reality #1

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

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* Dan Vado has updated his "Go Fund Me" campaign with a note about the SLG presence at this last weekend's Comic-Con International. Vado has cleared a bit over $11K in the campaign, with a goal of $85,000.

* this Rick Geary crowd-funder has met its initial goal, but as it is Rick Geary, I thought some of you still might like to get on board.

* the Steve Ditko/Robin Synder publishing team turns its attention to Mr. A.

* this Lee Milewski campaign that had some traction in terms of professional recommendations is heading into its final hours, successfully funded.

* the writer Valerie D'Orazio has launched a crowd-funding campaign here, for a comic she'd like to do with Bobby Timony.

* finally, the Watson And Holmes property is the subject of this crowd-funder; that's a high-profile effort and a winner of multiple awards.
 
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Go, Look: It's Bear Attack Month Again

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through August 2014

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*****

July 29
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

July 30
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

July 31
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

*****

August 1
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

August 2
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 9
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 10
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 11
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 16
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 17
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 18
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chimacum, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

*****

Ongoing
* The Art Of The Cartoon, Featherstone Centers Of The Arts (Through July 30)

* Exploring Calvin And Hobbes, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Through August 3)
* Eye of the Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes’s Selections from Comics History, Wexner Center (through August 3)
* Modern Cartoonist: The Art Of Daniel Clowes, Wexner Center (Through August 3)
* The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum (Through August 3)

* Small Press Spotlight On Jon Adams, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)
* Raw Fury: The Art Of Mike Zeck, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)

* Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 24)

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

*****

This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Jog And I Were Both Struck By This Blade Sequence

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

Let's stick with a pair of review recommendations today. J. Caleb Mozzocco on Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Trail Of The Unicorn, while Chris Mautner has a long piece here about the new Witzend deluxe presentation. It's interesting to read this older material for the casual, occasional prejudice on display: racism and ethnic hatred in some comics; straight up old-boy sexism in others. I would certainly encourage all parents who are going to read older comics as part of their library for children in their home to read any older material to see if the ideas on display match up with their own in a way that might require a talk with the kids, or to skip the material entirely. That said, I love a lot of these comics, and am very glad they're collected. We live in amazing times.
 
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Happy 33rd Birthday, Miriam Libicki!

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