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January 25, 2015


The World's Greatest Comics Collection

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Rare public sighting today of my favorite comics collection in the universe, the collection owned by my younger brother Dan.

Dan's collection has lived in two 18-beer Coors boxes ("the perfect size") for the bulk of its existence.

It is made up of:

1) a complete run of Badger comics.
2) 48 comics with Black Bolt in them.
3) 79 comics with Namor in them.

"That's really all you need," he says.
 
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Go, Read: The Incredible Shrinking Joe Franklin

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OTBP: Another Face Comic

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2015

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January 26
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 30
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 31
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Charlotte Mini-Con)

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February 1
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

February 5
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 6
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

February 8
* If I Were In Lodi, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

Feburary 13
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

Feburary 14
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

Feburary 15
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

February 19
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 20
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 21
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 22
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 27
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)

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Happy 77th Birthday, Leiji Matsumoto!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Alan David Doane!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Chris Marshall!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Turtel Onli!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Geoff Johns!

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Happy 44th Birthday, Elin Winkler!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Chris Sotomayor!

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January 24, 2015


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Test Footage From That Cerebus Film Thing I Know Nothing About


For Some Reason This Winsor McCay Footage Is Everywhere Again


Brian Walker's Billy Ireland Opening Tour


Art Spiegelman Talking To Ricky Jay


Shock Magazine #1


Sonja And The Wizard (I've Never Posted This, I Don't Think)
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from January 17 to January 23, 2015:

1. Milestone Media is poised for a relaunch.

2. Updates related to the Charlie Hebdo killings on January 7 include a museum show being canceled and the potential for the president of France to visit Angouleme.

3. The first mainstream media story about Comic-Con having to find a space after next year's show drops. At specific issue is the delay in promised convention center expansions.

Winners Of The Week
Bill Woggon and Marge

Loser Of The Week
Sodastream

Quote Of The Week
"What I discovered is that, while often more fun and interesting to be a part of, the smaller conventions don't pay enough of the bills to make sense doing. It was great meeting people and the folks who run these conventions are very hospitable and take great care of their guests, but at the end of the day it's time away from the studio and that only makes sense if the dollars roughly match up. Sad, but basic economics." -- Tom Richmond

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the comic image selected is from the brief but notable 1970s run of Seaboard/Atlas

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Festivals Extra: FLUKE Pre-Registration This Morning At 10 AM ET

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OTBP: Style And Fashion Zine #1

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

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

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Happy 85th Birthday, John Romita Sr.!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Lorenzo Mattotti!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Ben Morse!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Steve Geppi!

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January 23, 2015


Go, Look: Is What It Is

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Dan Perkins Donates The Tom Tomorrow Collection To The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum

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Another week, another significant acquisition by the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, as cartoonist Dan Perkins announced today that the Columbus, Ohio-based research institution will receive the collection bearing his pen name. This includes "manuscripts, research materials and ephemera." Perkins is best known as the creator of This Modern World, is a past Herblock Prize winner, and won the Robert F. Kennedy Award For Excellence In Journalism twice (1998, 2003). In the linked-to press release, Perkins cited the museum's ability to both preserve the material and make it accessible to readers and scholars.

Perkins has made an an initial donation, and will add to it in the future. That first shipment is said to have included "tear-sheets of published cartoons and illustrations, interviews, articles..."

I know this is a significant pick-up for the Billy because of their renewed emphasis on getting historical documents and support to their already-massive collection of original art and published materials.
 
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Go, Look: Bruno Borges

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Eisner Awards Names Bill Woggon, Marge To Hall Of Fame; Announces Further HoF Nominees Slate

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The Eisner Awards have announced this year's pair of judges awards choices for the Hall of Fame and a slate of 13 possiblities from which four more people can be announced. Going right into the Will Eisner Hall Of Fame are 1) Marjorie Henderson Buell (1904-1993), who worked as Marge and is best known for the creation of the Little Lulu gag panel in The Saturday Evening Post, and 2) Bill Woggon (1911-2003), the creator behind Katy Keene, perhaps best known for soliciting designs from fans.

The nominees, from which four may be voted on-line, are:

* Lynda Barry (1956)
* John Byrne (1950- )
* Chris Claremont (1950- )
* Howard Cruse (1944- )
* Kim Deitch (1944- )
* Matt Groening (1954- )
* Denis Kitchen (1946- )
* Frank Miller (1957- )
* Francoise Mouly (1955- )
* Paul S. Newman (1924-1999)
* Bob Powell (1916-1967)
* Lily Renée Peters Phillips (1925- )
* Frank Robbins (1917­-1994)

So we're starting to get right in the heart of the late-'70s generation for whom many people in my generation were the first group of active mainstream comic book stars. I'm also happy to see both Matt Groening and Lynda Barry on the list. It's hard to think that Miller, Byrne and Claremont won't go in given past voting tendencies, but these days, who knows?

Tons more information through that first link.
 
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