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October 1, 2016


CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from September 24 to September 30, 2016:

1. Writer Nahed Hattar shot and killed outside of a courtroom building where he was facing charges based on the pass-around of a cartoon.

2. The ADL defines cartoonist Matt Furie's Pepe The Frog as a hate symbol when it's contextually used that way, and it is being used that way.

3. Koyama Press will celebrate its first double-digit birthday in style.

Winner Of The Week
Koyama Press

Losers Of The Week
Those idiots appropriating somebody's imagery for political use. Why people think they have a right to things because they want them is some sort of weird developmental hate bomb that was detonated in kids' playrooms across the land in the 1980s and 1990s.

Quote Of The Week
"My comics are for discerning adults. Please send them to this show." -- John Porcellino

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this year's comics images are from Fawcett

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Go, Look: Chris Kuzma

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it's been a while since we stopped by
 
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Someone Asked Me What I Like That Vertigo Has Done Because Of An Ongoing comiXology Sale

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I'm guessing it's this one. Vertigo's prime period of publication came at a point I was not very interested in the genres they favored. I can go neither deep nor strongly based on personal experience.

I enjoy and/or think highly of the stand-alone trades We3 and Flex Mentallo. I read a lot of the proto/early Vertigo stuff in high school into college and have fond memories of Animal Man (1, 2, 3), Doom Patrol (1, 2, 3) and Swamp Thing (1, 2, 3). I'm not sure what I'd think about a lot of that stuff right now. I re-read Animal Man in reasonably recent fashion and thought that material was best served by serialization and its then-context.

I'm sure there's a ton of other stuff that's good with which I'm largely or totally unfamiliar. The sale features most of their hits, which means a lot of satisfied funnybook readers a behind each click of the mouse.

So I guess if I were recommending these books to a pal, I would suggest the stand-alones and then maybe one volume each from the Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol series to see if they liked them. The Swamp Thing has the secondary virtue of being the foundational Alan Moore-written work and a tertiary significance for how much of its super-somber take on superhero comics was immediately influential. The Doom Patrol I just remember being funny and weird-looking, in a good way. I might purchase some of that material for digital consumption myself.
 
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If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2016

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October 1
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This

October 2
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This

October 3
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This

October 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naperville, I'd Go To This

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Jersey City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Queens, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Alhambra, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)

October 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brookline, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Chapel Hill, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Sherman Oaks, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 25
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

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

November 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 3
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 4
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 5
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 6
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Pittsburgh)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

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

November 12
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard Philadelphia Fan Appreciation)

November 13
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard Philadelphia Fan Appreciation)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

November 15
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

November 19
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (ZFH)

November 27
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This

November 29
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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Events For December 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 58th Birthday, Dave Dorman!

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Happy 76th Birthday, Richard Corben!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Ande Parks!

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Happy 79th Birthday, Bill Spicer!

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Happy 39th Birthday, A. David Lewis!

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September 30, 2016


Go, Look: On A Sunbeam

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* the return of Thien Pham's I Like Food. I don't know if that's in print locally; I'm just happy to read it.

* Lauren Davis on Beauty And The Beast and Never Satisfied.

* Erna Mahyuni profiles a selection of webcomics from Malaysia. I'm surprised there isn't a John Lent of webcomics out there tracking this stuff down. Someone get to work on that.

* finally, Gary Tyrrell breaks down the recent Dave Kellett crowdfunder.
 
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If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This

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Go, Read: Diary Of A Middle Aged White Lady

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Ariel and I were born on the same day, and I look forward to catching up with this this weekend.
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* AJ Frost on Captain America: Steve Rogers #4. Sean Kleefeld on Your Favorite Superhero Sucks.

* here's Paul Gravett on the worldwide manga movement.

* a case for Head Lopper. I liked that comic, and I'm not usually fan of comics that have those kinds of narrative limitations.

* Erin O'Brien talks to Derf Backderf. Angela Boyle profiles KL Ricks.

* look at this Rick Griffin. Whoa.

* the descriptions of these "clues" about where the Watchmen characters created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons fit into present DC Universe licensed property land are just agonizing for me to read. It's just so not anything I enjoy about creativity or art.

* the reason we've all had such a weird 2016 is because Superman is having the weirdest one.

* finally, Anthony Acri wrote in twice suggesting this article might be of service to CR readers. I will have to come back to it, but don't let me stop you.
 
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Happy 41st Birthday, Kieron Gillen!

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Happy 39th Birthday, David Baillie!

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Happy 65th Birthday, Deni Loubert!

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Happy 49th Birthday, Chris Eliopoulos!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mahendra Singh!

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