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October 21, 2014


Go, Look: Gigolo

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Go, Look: The Monsters

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Dave Crane
* Lizzlizz
* Panel Works
* Shaz
* Steve Morris
* Zainab Akhtar

News Stories And Columns
* Design Week
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

Twitter
* Sarah McIntyre

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Go, Bookmark: New Cochlea & Eustachia Serial Starts

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* we're getting the CAB debut announcements now, such as the above new thing from the cartoonist Katie Skelly.

image* I'm not sure what's going on here, but if it's new Andrea Bruno, count me in. In fact, if it's old Andrea Bruno, count me in.

* the mainstream stuff I encountered this week is mostly big-picture hints at series and line expansions. There's something old-fashioned and sweet about looking at solicitations and trying to suss out big changes in serial comics narratives. Marvel is apparently expanding their "Season One" line to encompass more retold and expanded origins as befits their retellings of various Marvel characters' stories on their TV shows and in their movies. Steve Morris unpacks a bunch of event-series announcements one right on top of another. That's too bad if that's what they're doing, at least from my perspective as a reader: I think a lot of their books feel overstuffed and labored right now.

* the writer Mark Millar is teasing a new project -- it might be announced by now, I can never quite get the hang of the way folks do announcements right now. At any rate, Millar is very good at kneading the PR until it takes the shape he wants it to shape.

* it looks like we're going to get a giant Vincent Mahé book late next summer/early next fall. That could be something. We're also going to get a massive Hector Oesterhald/Solano Lopez collaboration. I didn't even know that one was on the radar.

* finally, Drew Ford at Dover Books sent along the below cover image for their re-release of JM DeMatteis' and Paul Johnson's Mercy, which is a one-time Vertigo book being reprinted.

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through November 2014

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October 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

October 23
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Madison, I'd Go To This

October 24
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

October 25
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Locust Moon Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Greenville, I'd Go To This

October 26
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

October 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were Near Palatine, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

October 31
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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November 1
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This

November 2
* If I Were In Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics And Games)
* If I Were In Winnipeg, I'd Go To This (Central Canada Comic Con)

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

November 4
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

November 7
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)

November 8
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (CAB)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (CECAF)

November 9
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Halifax, I'd Go To This (Hal-Con)
* If I Were In Tucson, I'd Go To This (Tucson Comic-Con)

November 10
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

November 11
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 12
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)

November 13
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 14
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)

November 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (ICAF)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This (Short Run)
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 16
* If I Were In Leeds, I'd Go To This (Thought Bubble)
* If I Were In New Orleans, I'd Go To This (New Orleans Comics And Zines Fest)

November 20
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

November 21
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 22
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)

November 23
* If I Were In Bologna, I'd Go To This (BilBolBul)
* If I Were In Grand Rapids, I'd Go To This (Grand Rapids Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Milwaukee, I'd Go To This (Awesome Con Milwaukee)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (Cowtown Comics Fest)

November 28
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 29
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

November 30
* If I Were In Cleveland, I'd Go To This (Genghis Con)
* If I Were In Antwerp, I'd Go To This (Grafixx)

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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: More Giant-Size Marvel Comics Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* the CBLDF has a nice piece up on Zunar winning a major legal victory in Malaysia. He fought long and hard for that one.

image* David Brothers reprints the Todd McFarlane essay at the back of the Spawn #1. That's an interesting historical document for a bunch of reasons, and I think it's possible to have a number of different takes on it.

* Alex Dueben talks to Ed Piskor.

* I enjoyed this goblin librarian drawn by Thomas Wellmann.

* here's a very high-profile piece -- at least in terms of people linking to it -- on superhero fight scenes. I like focused interviews like this, and if fight scenes are to superhero comics what song are to musicals, we should probably pay a lot more attention to that bit of comics choreography.

* Sean Rogers on Fatherland. Victoria Camblin on Gnosis. Sonia Harris takes a lengthy look at a second presentation for Street Angel; we don't get a lot of that kind of review. Jason Heller on a bunch of different comics.

* this is a very encouraging news story about women that work in the comics industry banding together. I think that's so helpful to do that, for any group that has a shared set of interests, and I hope that we'll see a lot more of both this one and like groups in the years ahead.

* finally, Art Adams draws Star Wars.
 
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Happy 59th Birthday, Geof Darrow!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Paul Levitz!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Kiel Phegley!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Steve MacIsaac!

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October 20, 2014


Go, Look: Aimee Fleck

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NESAD Starts Scholarship Fund For Former Teacher Bhob Stewart

The New England School Of Art & Design (NESAD) has announced a scholarship fund for contributions to be made in the name of the late comics-maker, educator and writer about comics Bhob Stewart. Stewart taught at the institution from 1970-1984.

It looks like
1. you go here
2. go to "annual fund"
3. select "NESAD FUND"
4. note "Bhob Stewart" in the "other" field
or you can send a check to Suffolk University with Bhob's name in the memo field and send it to
Laurie Cormier
Suffolk University
Office Of Advancement
8 Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
The fund will directly benefit students. I hope you'll consider a small donation, particularly if you're a person who writes about comics or is involved in the industry at that way. Something Stewart did likely made your life easier or more possible.

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Go, Look: A Selection Of George Scarbo Sunday Strips

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There Was A Comics Show In The West Bank Last Weekend

It was discussed in advance here. I'd heard about this from the Guy Delisle involvement end, but hadn't really wrapped my mind around what was planned. If you ever need evidence that comics shows are ascendant, point to this Facebook page, or to the photos here.

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Go, Look: Frankenstein #32

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FFF Results Post #398 -- Go Eagles

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics-Makers You Like That Went To The Same Cartooning School Or Took The Same Cartooning Course; Please Also Name The Course Or School." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Eric Shanower
2. Steve Lieber
3. Amanda Conner
4. Steve Bissette
5. Tim Truman

The Joe Kubert School

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Randall Kirby

1. Les McClaine
2. Ryan Hill
3. Jon Siruno
4. Robyn Chapman
5. William O Tyler

Savannah College of Art and Design

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Matt Emery

1. Alex Hallat
2. Steve Bissette
3. Ed Piskor
4. Matt Hollingsworth
5. Rick Veitch

The Joe Kubert School

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Jog

* Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma 1/2, InuYasha)
* Kazuya Kudo (writer, Mai the Psychic Girl, Pineapple Army)
* Tetsuo Hara (artist, Fist of the North Star)
* Naoki Yamamoto (Dance till Tomorrow)
* Kengo Kaji (writer, Lycanthrope Leo)

All attended Kazuo Koike's Gekiga Sonjuku program. Takahashi & Kudo were among the first graduating class, along with Old Boy writer Garon Tsuchiya and Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi, while Hara & Yamamoto were in the third, with Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii -- I'd have liked to hear the small talk between them.

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Dan Morris

1. Walt Simonson
2. David Mazzuccelli
3. Mat Brinkman
4. Brian Ralph
5. Erica Henderson

RISD

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Chris Arrant

1. Archie Goodwin
2. Peter Bagge
3. Joe Quesada
4. Wally Wood
5. Steve Ditko

Manhattan's School of Visual Arts

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Eric Yockey

1. Gahan Wilson
2. Will Eisner
3. Jack Davis
4. Al Feldstein
5. Johnny Craig

Art Students League of New York

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Eric Yockey

1. Harvey Kurtzman
2. Will Elder
3. Al Feldstein
4. John Severin
5. Al Jaffee

High School of Music and Art (New York)

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Marc Arsenault

1. Ellen Forney
2. Megan Kelso
3. Dean Haspiel
4. Gabrielle Gamboa
5. Lark Pien

Atlantic Center for the Arts 147th Artists-in-Residence session, October 8-28, 2012

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Adrian Kinnaird

1. Martin Emond
2. Ant Sang
3. Kelvin Soh
4. Paul Rogers
5. Simon Rattray

AIT: Auckland Institute of Technology (now Auckland University of Technology)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Nic Klein
2. Michael Meier
3. Aisha Franz
4. Markus Farber
5. Alexander Draude

KLASSE ILLUSTRATION / COMIC AN DER KUNSTHOCHSCHULE KASSEL / PROF. HENDRIK DORGATHEN (LINK)

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Des Devlin

* Al Jaffee ‘40
* Will Elder ‘40
* John Severin ‘40
* Harvey Kurtzman ‘41
* Edward Sorel ‘47

NYC’s High School of Music and Art

(scan of photo of Jaffee and Elder in the school cafeteria, 1939, provided by submitter)

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Chris Duffy

1. Nate Neal
2. Eleanor Davis
3. Drew Weing
4. Joey Weiser
5. Becky Dreistadt

Savannah College of Art and Design

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John Vest

1. Jack Kirby
2. Bill Griffith
3. B Kliban
4. B Krigstein
5. Jules Feiffer

Pratt Institute

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Go, Look: J. Wellington Wimpy From Popeye: The First Fifty Years

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* count Leela Corman among those cartoonists that have launched Patreons. Also, Melissa Mendes has launched one, here.

* Dan Vado updated his gofundme campaign a couple of days ago to remind us that it's still ongoing and any/all support is still appreciated.

* the stuff on Kickstarter that seems interesting all comes from semi-familiar names or better: Ted Sikora, Dave Sim, Shaenon Garrity, Steve Ditko/Robin Snyder. A pair of not-quite-yet-funded projects that caught my attention were this one about a forthcoming food crisis, and this one about fighting bullying.

* finally, it's been a while since we checked in on the ongoing gofundme in support of the writer and photographer Seth Kushner. It has hovered around the same amount since the last time he was in the news, with a benefit and a return home. I don't know exactly what his situation is right this minute, but I have to imagine that any funds in support of the family could be put to good use.
 
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Go, Look: Three More Comics From Boulet

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Collective Memory: LICAF 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, held October 17-19 in various locations throughout Kendal, Cumbria, UK.

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

*****

Institutional
* Convention Facebook
* Convention Site
* Convention Twitter
* Host City

Blog Entries
* Dave Crane
* Lizzlizz
* Panel Works
* Shaz

News Stories And Columns
* The Westmoreland Gazette

Photos
* Lakes Photographer
* Shaun Blezard

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

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