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August 31, 2014


Happy 59th Birthday, Shizue Takanashi!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Rick Parker!

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FFF Results Post #392 -- Summer Reads

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics That You Think Of As A Summer Read." This is how they responded.

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Tom Spurgeon

1. The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics: the comics work of summer when I was a kid.
2. Petty Theft: one of several books perfect for summer afternoon reading released by Drawn and Quarterly this year.
3. Avengers Annual #7.
4. Thompson Is In Trouble, Charlie Brown.
5. Love And Rockets: New Stories #4.

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Michael Buntag

1. The Shadow Hero.
2. You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack.
3. Hark! A Vagrant.
4. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes.
5. RASL Hardcover.

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Michael Dooley

1. EC Picto Fiction Library Complete Box Set
2. The Complete Cul-de-Sac
3. The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker
4. Genius Collected: Alex Toth Slipcase Set
5. The Complete Zap Comix Boxed Set

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Michael Grabowski

1. Cerebus (first volume)
2. Doing The Islands With Bacchus
3. July Diary, 2014
4. Fun With Milk and Cheese
5. Mickey Outwits The Phantom Blot

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Tom Bondurant

1. Seconds, by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. DC: The New Frontier, by Darwyn Cooke
3. JLA: Earth 2, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
4. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol. 1, by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
5. Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross

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Sean T. Collins

* This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
* Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez
* July Diary by Gabrielle Bell
* Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man by John Porcellino
* The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Gloeckner

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Chris Arrant

1. Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
2. Garfield: His 9 Lives by Jim Davis, et al.
3. The Planetary Omnibus by Warren Ellis, John Cassaday
4. Tekkonkinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto
5. Wonton Soup by James Stokoe

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James Moore

1. Teenagers from Mars
2. The Authority vol1 #1-12
3. Carnet de Voyage
4. Maison Ikkoku
5. Seconds

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Patrick Dean

1. Any Batman comic from the summer of 1989. The Tim Burton movie was out in theaters, my mom had cancer, and reading Batman comics from any era kept me distracted. I still think about sickly summers in Rome, Georgia anytime I see an old Batman comic.
2. Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma
3. The Cowboy Wally Show by Kyle Baker
4. A dogeared stack of Epic era Groo The Wanderer, by Aragones, Evanier, Sakai, & Luth
5. (book from 2014) "How to be Happy" by Eleanor Davis. I live in the same sweltering humid Georgia college town in as Eleanor, so I figure some of it was drawn during sweltering humid summer days. I bought this book on a warm August day in Athens and walked seven blocks to a small bookstore to watch her give a slideshow and talk about her book. The bookstore was packed and its air conditioner and ceiling fans were on high, battling out the heat. The book is wonderful and crushing like summers in Georgia.

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Andrew Mansell

1. Batman #223 80 Page Giant....Batman&Robin face danger around the world
2. Justice League of America #100. JSA/Seven Soldiers of Victory....yes!!
3. Dennis the Menace goes to Camp....those poor teenage counselors....
4. Tales of Asgard #1, I read it 20 times as our family of six(!) drove from Chicago to Orlando for vacation
5. Watchmen #10.......Defcon 2

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Oliver Ristau

1. Heat from hell in this year's "Hotel Hades" by Katharina Greve (link)
2. The big summer fun that is "The Toon Treasury Of Classic Children’s Comics" by Art Spiegelman & Francoise Mouly (link)
3. The refreshing trauma at the beach in Superboy #194: "The Super-Merman of the Sea" by Leo Dorfman, Bob Brown & Murphy Anderson (link)
4. The Spirit Archives #23, especially because of the Spirit's dry knock-out in "Heat" by Jules Feiffer, Will Eisner & Jim Dixon (link)
5. Deep sea diving into s! #10 "Sea Stories" by various contributors (link)

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Buzz Dixon

#1 -- T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1-6 (discovered at summer camp)
#2 -- Fantastic Four #48-50 (discovered at summer camp)
#3 -- Superboy #98 (remember reading this in a pile of comics a friend had)
#4 -- Help! #24 (found this one while visiting our cousins; warped me for life and for that I am eternally grateful)
#5 -- Archie 1000 Page Comics Explosion (July 2014)

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August 30, 2014


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


The Confessions Of Robert Crumb
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Jules Feiffer Reflects
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Guy Showing Off His Deathblow Collection


Trailer For Prometheus: Fire And Stone Comic Book
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Where Knockabout Comics Got Their Name
 
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CR Week In Review

imageThe top comics-related news stories from August 23 to August 29, 2014:

1. Mimi Pond wins this year's PEN Center USA graphic literature category award, with a special emphasis on her 2014 book, Over Easy.

2. August 28 would have been Jack Kirby's 97th birthday, and a series of small celebrations including donations on his behalf are making that become more of an established thing.

3. The high-end collectibles market continues to surge, with a ludicrous amount being pledged for purchase of a copy of Action Comics #1. That's interesting for the perceived changes in collectibles culture, and the fact that this was done on eBay rather than through one of the auction houses.

Winner Of The Week
I'm very fond of Mimi, but that guy made $3 million selling a comic book.

Losers Of The Week
Gamers. That's a cousin culture to comics, and thus its week of ugly, openly-communicated misogyny was a frightening reminder of what that element of comics would look like given slightly freer rein.

Quote Of The Week
"The cinema did not awaken to the glory of superheroes as an Idea, it realized that superhero comics were adaptable to preexisting action/fantasy formulas while allowing for easier franchising returns -- and where that money goes, so will those comics owned by Warner Bros. and Disney." -- Joe McCulloch, in a review of Multiversity #1.
 
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Go, Look: Eleanor Davis' TCJ Diary

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one of the best ones they've done, and that's been one of their five best features in the hodler/nadel era
 
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If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2014

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August 31
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

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September 1
* If I Were In Atlanta, I'd Go To This

September 3
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near A Computer, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 4
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Stockholm, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This (Paper Jam Small Press Festival 2)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 8
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

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

September 12
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In College Park, I'd Go To This

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)
* If I Were In New Hampshire, I'd Go To This

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Harvard, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Charlottesville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 16
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Cincinnati, I'd Go To This

September 23
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This

September 25
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 26
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Kenosha, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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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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Happy 68th Birthday, Jacques Tardi!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Robert Crumb!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Ken Bruzenak!

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Happy 40th Birthday, Jordan Raphael!

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August 29, 2014


Go, Look: Joe Grillo At Loyal

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Go, Look: Don Heck's Covers For Horrific

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Go, Look: Our New Age

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Not Comics: Tove Jansson Illustrations

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Go, Look: Audrey Helen Weber

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Bundled Extra: Uncivilized Books Cements Three-Book Fall 2014

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Uncivilized Books has set in stone its Fall 2014 line-up according to a release sent out by the publishing company's owner, Tom Kaczynski, on Thursday morning.

The books are in order of release:
* Dragon's Breath: And Other True Stories, MariNaomi, softcover, 384 pages, 9781941250013, September 2014, $24.95. (With 2D Cloud)
* Incidents in the Night Book Two, David B., hardcover, 140 pages, 9780988901483, November 2014, $19.95.
* Eel Mansions, Derek Van Gieson, softcover, 240 pages, 9781941250006, December 2014, $19.95.
You can read full descriptions of each work and about the cartoonist involved through the individual links, or through the announcement post.

I'm not sure how much of this was a secret -- I knew about MariNaomi's book, and had expected to see the second David B. volume soon, but it does reflect the publisher's intentions moving forward and puts a date of release on three anticipated works.

Uncivilized is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The company is distributed to stores by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, LLC, also in Minneapolis. Press request of any kind need to go to We wish them luck with the rest of their 2014.
 
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If I Were In Gainesville, I'd Go To This

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