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February 24, 2017


SPACE Releases Its Prize Winners For This Year

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The Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) has announced through its organizer Back Porch Comics the 2016 prize-winners, which will be presented at the show on March 25. The SPACE Prizes are given to work that was featured at the previous year's show.

SPACE will be held March 25-26 at the Northland Performing Arts Center in Columbus, Ohio. It is the nation's comics convention closest to my house.

Winners by category:

GRAPHIC NOVEL
1st Place: Persia Blues Volume Two: Love & War, Dara Naraghi and Brent Bowman
2nd Place: 

Amiculus Volume II: Flagellum Dei, 
Travis Horseman
 and Giancarlo Caracuzzo
3rd Place: 

Love & Monsters, 
Cynthia Lee (Editor)



GENERAL

1st Place: 
Woodstalk #6, Bruce Worden


2nd Place: Phillip Fox Band, 
Craig Bogart


3rd Place: 
Prizefighter, 
M.S. Harkness



MINI-COMIC/SHORT STORY
1st Place (Tie): 

Dive, 
Sean Dempsey


1st Place (Tie): 

Far Tune
 Terry Eisele and 
Brent Bowman



3rd Place 

Ask Bud!, 
Pam Bliss

JUNIOR
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Ant and the Zombie Spiders, Parts 1 & 2, 
Harrison Worden
* 

Starcatcher's Quest, 
Althea Seilhan


Congratulations to all the winners and hope to see most if not all at SPACE 2017.
 
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OTBP: The Nincompoop #1

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon
 
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If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Atlanta Airport, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Active Comics #2

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Sean Gaffney on One Piece Vol. 81.

* finally, how Jack Kirby fought fascism.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday, Bryan Talbot!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Jim Borgman!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Greg LaRocque!

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February 23, 2017


Go, Look: Incognegro

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Ruben Bolling Wins The Herblock Prize

Ken Fisher, better known by his pen name Ruben Bolling and for the name of his feature Tom The Dancing Bug, has won this year's Herblock Prize, it was announced today via press release. TTDB is distributed by Andrews McMeel; it appears on three key media web sites: BoingBoing.net, DailyKos.com and GoComics.com.

imageThe New York City resident was a finalist in 2016, and is a past winner of the Society Of Illustrators Best Cartoon Award, among several honors. He has also been published in The New Yorker, Nickelodeon and MAD.

Bolling's fans had notice an intensification in Bolling's approach during the frog-simmering-in-heated-water year that was 2016, something he's continued into the present moment. I have to imagine that watchers of his work or somewhere in the ballpark of being as pleased as I am.

Bolling will receive a $15,000 award from the Foundation named after the cartoonist who worked in a magical age you could make a foundation's worth of fortune from received newspaper stock. The ceremony will be March 29 at the Library of Congress.

Judges for this year were Mark Fiore, Martha Kennedy and Matt Wuerker.

Finalist Marty Two Bulls Sr. a freelancer for the Indian Country Today Media Network, will receive a $5000 after-tax prize.

You can read more about the Herb Block Foundation here.
 
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Go, Look: Laugh-In

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Go, Look: True Classroom Flubs & Fluffs

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* TCAF keeps inviting wave after wave of special guests. It's terrifying and very, very impressive. Looks more and more like a great show. I'll see you there.

* they're still adding shows.

* most folks I know have settled in on Emerald City, not just as a show they're doing but as the first show of the year in practical if not literal terms. At the end of March a big bunch of shows will make perfectly clear that we are a-conventioning again.

* did you read Bart's article on this year's Fauve D'or winner? It's good!

* Lauren Orsini discusses Cosmunity.

* finally, exhibitor applications for the show I help organize, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC), will start up March 1.
 
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If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through March 2017

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February 24
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)
* If I Were Near The Atlanta Airport, I'd Go To This

February 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Copenhagen Comics)
* If I Were Near Destiny City Comics, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Brussels)

February 26
* If I Were In Copenhagen, I'd Go To This (Copenhagen Comics)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This (Comic Con Brussels)

February 27
* If I Were In The Bay Area, I'd Go To This (2017 Comic Arts Fest)

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March 2
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 3
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)

March 4
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Nigeria, I'd Go To This (Comic Connect Africa)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 5
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (ECCC)
* If I Were In Nigeria, I'd Go To This (Comic Connect Africa)

March 8
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

March 9
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This

March 10
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

March 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Big Apple Con)
* If I Were Near Ontario, Oregon, I'd Go To This (Border Town Comic-Con)

March 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Big Apple Con)

March 13
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 15
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

March 16
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 17
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

March 18
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Salt Lake City, I'd Go To This (Salt Lake City Comic Con FanX)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

March 19
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

March 20
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

March 22
* If I Were In Providence, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 23
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)

March 24
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Linz, I'd Go To This (NEXTCOMIC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

March 25
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

March 26
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This (SC Comicon)
* If I Were In Leipzig, I'd Go To This (Comics & Graphics Festival)

March 28
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harper College, I'd Go To This

March 29
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

March 31
* If I Were In Anaheim, I'd Go To This (WonderCon)
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Fan Expo Dallas)

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Events For April 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Editor's Note: Some of you have questioned whether or not these listings count as personal endorsements; they don't. In the spirit of more information trumping less, I will continue to list a wide variety of events here for those that don't share my specific tastes and distastes.

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Go, Look: Steve Ditko Draws Dr. Graves

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Johanna Draper Carlson on Mockingbird: I Can Explain.

* they are going to fire up the Comics Workbook engine for the Spring flights soon.

* somebody talks to Ben Marra. Gil Roth talks to the great Patrick McDonnell. It's about time for all of us to once again start appreciating McDonnell more openly and actively. A bunch of wieners talks to Emily Carroll. Alex Dueben talks to Jamie Delano.

* okay. Sure. Whatever.

* not comics: this happens to a lot of people these days. It hasn't happened to me yet. I've had people withdraw from me for political positions in the past, usually ones that were classic left/liberal ones. It always breaks my heart, but I get it.

* finally, Frank Santoro talks to Mickey Z about Risograph printing.
 
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Happy 69th Birthday, Doug Moench!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Craig Yoe!

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Happy 37th Birthday, Shawn Cheng!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Tom Peyer!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Rick Bradford!

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February 22, 2017


Today Is The Day We're To Celebrate 40 Years Of 2000 AD

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That's what the press releases tell me. There's been stuff on-line and a bit of material in the real world. It's a good anniversary to celebrate. That publication and its spawn has been foundational for key readers and influential creators for most if not all of its existence. Within the UK market and in terms of creative opportunities, it kind of encompasses the indie part of the states' indie/alt comics but also the prestige mainstream lines that developed along the way, frequently employing many of the same people that put their time in on the weeklies. It is a cultural positive.

The thing I think of first when I think of 2000 AD is what a goddamn splendid comics writing career John Wagner's had, including loads of material for the publication in question and work in the general school of comics to which it gave birth. It's hard to think of someone else in comics that has worked in a similar milieu that well for that many years. While I'm sure there are several if you include all of the world traditions of comics-making, I'm certain they could fit into a coat room. But why compare? Wagner's achievements have been all his own and lag far behind the respect he deserves for their making. And past Wagner there's a line of many, many, many more. Thanks for the comics.
 
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