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June 25, 2017


Go, Look: Secret Life Of Gitmo's Women

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Go, Look: June 1977 Mainstream Comics Covers

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2017

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June 26
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

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July 1
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 8
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were Anywhere In The UK, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 9
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 14
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 15
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (SLCZF)

July 16
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For August 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 88th Birthday, Eric Carle!

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FFF Results Post #479 -- Always

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Characters From The Comics You Like In At Least Two Variations Of Their Distinct Look." This is how they responded.

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Evan Dorkin

1. The Beast (human, beast)
2. Skeezix (toddler, young boy, etc)
3. The Sandman (striped shirt and pants, gimmick costume)
4. Alec MacGarry (younger, older)
5. The Sleeper (flying Red Skull head, combined robot)

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Steve Replogle

* Superman (Siegle and Shuster's Golden Age original, Morrison's New 52 revamp)
* Conan (Barry Windsor-Smith, Buscema and Alcala)
* Jimmy Olsen (Kirby 1970, Grist 2001)
* The Spider (Cowan and Bunn 1965, Grist 2001, Albion 2005)
* Alan Moore (Cerebus #239, The Simpsons #407, ABC 64-Page Giant)

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Buzz Dixon

1. Luke Cage (Yellow Disco Shirt and Bullet-proof-black-man-in-a-hoodfie)
2. Batman (Rainbow Batman and Jungle Batman)
3. Iron Man (Roller Blading Iron Man and Hulkbuster Armor)
4. Hulk (Tuxedo Hulk and Planet Hulk)
5. Bizarro (Original look and wearing a JFK mask)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Black Panther (The Kirby Original And The Sleek Standard From The 1970s)
2. Thing (Lumpy, Rocky)
3. Hopey Glass (Teen, Recent)
4. Hulk (Gray, Green)
5. Linus (Baby, Little Kid)

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Scott Stewart

1. Iron Man (original gray, Ditko redesign)
2. Marvel's Captain Marvel (Colan look, Starlin look)
3. Daredevil (Everett original, Wood redesign)
4. Sandman (Flessel, Simon & Kirby, Gaiman)
5. Superman (Shuster, Boring, Swan - not radical redesigns, but distinct)

... and one I hate: Adam Strange (modern version replacing classic Infantino look.

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Marc Arsenault

1. Robotman (original & Morrison Doom Patrol version, Young Animal version; and, on the Brave & The Bold as voiced by Henry Rollins)
2. Ant-Man (Original labcoat, big black circles and cyber helmet, Marvel Feature Mike Friedrich Red Shirt/White pants, MCU)
3. Steve Ditko's Captain Atom (Yellow and red & Blue/red/silver)
4. Tintin (Blue sweater, Brown Jacket)
5. Brainiac 5 (original purple coveralls, animated circles on head)

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Andy Mansell

1. Rerun (Bike passenger, underground comix artist)
2. Robotman (DP Original, Rich Case-extra weird upgrade)
3. Flexible Flynn (Tired classic, upgraded)
4. Paste Pot Pete/ The Trapster
5. Hobbes (Calvin's view/ everyone else's)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Darna (Mars Ravelo's original and Arnold Arre's 2000 version)
2. Prez (Teen-aged original by Simon & Grandenetti as well as the elder Preston Rickard by Russel & Caldwell)
3. Wildfire (The Bates/Cockrum original and Mike McKone's update)
4. Storm (Wein/Cockrum original and '80s mowhak version)
5. Punisher (the superheroish white gloves 'n boots version, also the more realistic variation established later)

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Sean Rogers

1. Buddy Bradley (slacker, junkyard owner)
2. James Corrigan (1890s, 1980s)
3. Calvin (T. rex, Spaceman Spiff)
4. Superman (Superduperman, Bizarro)
5. Waldo (Mishkin's, Jack Schick's)

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Chad Nevett

1. Thor (Kirby original costume, Dauterman unworthy Odinson look)
2. Cyclops (Regular visor, X-shaped visit/mask)
3. Superman (Eradicator Superman, Cyborg Superman)
4. Cerebus (Barbarian, dying old aardvark)
5. Vanth Dreadstar (hoodie, spandex costume)

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Roger Langridge

1. Dan Dare (original uniformed pilot, Dave Gibbons/2000AD's SF hero)
2. Jimmy Olsen (skinny bow-tied version, Jack Kirby's version)
3. Paul Kirk, Manhunter (Kirby's 1940s version, Goodwin & Simonson's ninja)
4. Hugo Tate (stick-figure, fleshed-out human)
5. Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (early WWII horror/Nazi version, later funny version)

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Mário Filipe

1. Buddy Bradley (Slacker and Suburban Sailor)
2. Hellboy (Adult, Junior)
3. Spider-Man (Classic, Black Costume)
4. Hulk (Mindless Hulk banished to The Crossroads, Joe Fixit)
5. Matthew Cable (self-destructive human in Saga of the Swamp Thing, Dream's Raven in The Sandman)


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June 24, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Scenes From A 1974 Comics Convention
 
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Go, Look: Downsize Your Problems Away!

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

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

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

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Happy 69th Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Russ Maheras!

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June 23, 2017


Go, Look: Images From Michael Cho's City Book

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Brendan Wright Wins Most Intriguing-Sounding New Comics Job

Here. Congrats to the former Dark Horse mainstay and more recent helping-to-define-the-category freelance editor. That is certainly an exciting and underserved audience.
 
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Go, Look: Ghost Rider Splash Pages

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* Alex Hoffman is starting to write profiles of crowd-funding projects at his on-line review hub. That could end being very interesting.

* Colleen Etman talks to Maripaz Villar.

* in my perfect world, every tweet is its own story.

* finally, here's a generationally-focused essay on the importance of webcomics.
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: The Empress Of Belzar

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on HEDRA.

* this is a nice story I keep wanting to spotlight, but for whatever reason this week has been hell on feature stories: Ariell Johnson has received a sizable business grant in support of her burgeoning, Philly-area store. This will allow them to fold into the store's regular operations some classes aimed at the store's business with indy comics and small press.

* finally, here's another one from Mike Mignola's fun, early mainstream period.
 
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Happy 54th Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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