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December 2, 2016


Go, Look: Ashley Robin Franklin

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By Request Extra: Zanadu Comics Launches GoFundMe

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Venerable (in comics terms) Seattle comics store Zanadu has launched a GoFundMe to basically stabilize operations -- that's what the description sounds like to me, anyway. That was the store of my 1990s Seattle, at least in terms of a full-service comics shop in the heart of downtown, where you could find all the superhero comics, most of the alternative comics and things like random volumes of that Wash Tubbs series from back in the day.

I wish the best of luck to Perry and his employees and will look into sending along some money myself.
 
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Go, Look: Art From Nat Turner

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Go, Read: Brian Hibbs On The Struggle Of Comics Retail

Here. The specific observations are more interesting than the assault on the question raised. Hibbs is also happy to mention the minimum wage being raised within certain urban areas as a worrisome thing for smaller businesses, which isn't usually included in those kinds of concerns.

I hope comics can keep its retail arm. It's become a significant advantage, I think, and adds to the art form's attached culture.
 
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Go, Look: The Imitation Man

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Your School Library Journal Top 10 Graphic Novels For 2016

Brigid Alverson and friends at SLJ recommend the following from 2016's multiple offerings.

image* Compass South: Four Points, Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock (Farrar)
* Ghosts, Raina Telgemeier and Braden Lamb (Scholastic)
* Hilda and the Stone Forest, Luke Pearson (Nobrow)
* Hippopotamister, John Patrick Green (First Second)
* March: Book Three, John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
* Mighty Jack, Ben Hatke (First Second)
* Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, Ben Clanton (Tundra)
* The Nameless City, Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire (First Second)
* Science Comics: Dinosaurs, MK Reed and Joe Flood (First Second)
* Snow White, Matt Phelan (Candlewick; Pictured)

That's an interesting list for its focus and resulting attention to lines outside traditional comics discourse. First Second is within those bounds, and Ben Hatke is quite the force now.
 
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Go, Look: Jeannie Phan

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Missed It: Kelly Fernandez Wins CAKE Cupcake Award

imageIn a part of the year desperate for good news, Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum posted that Kelly Fernandez was selected this year's Cupcake Award winner, a program run by the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE). Congratulations to the winner.

One of the things that Fernandez will receive is mentoring from McGurk. I like programs like this: the community has to forge connections as industry vacates that role.

You can see the winner's work here.
 
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Go, Look: Curated Bunch Of Old Holiday Gag Cartoons

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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* Lauren Davis looks at webcomics ready to make that cross-media leap, which I'm sort of surprised hasn't been more of a thing.

* Jon Erik Christianson talks to Tyrel Pinnegar. Kieran Shiach talks to John Allison.

* Gary Tyrrell covers the latest Spike Trotman project from a publishing news standpoint, which of course it is.

* finally, Shvaugn Craig recommends some favorite webcomics.
 
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Go, Look: Lee Weeks Pencil-Art Gallery

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2017

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December 3
* If I were In Philly, I'd Go To This (Philly Small Press Faire)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (GACC)
* If I Were In The Republic Of Malta, I'd Go To This (Malta Comic Con)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (CALA)

December 4
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This (GACC)
* If I Were In The Republic Of Malta, I'd Go To This (Malta Comic Con)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (CALA)

December 6
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

December 8
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 9
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

December 10
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Oakland, I'd Go To This (EBABZ)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

December 11
* If I Were In Melbourne, I'd Go To This (Women In Comics Festival)

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

December 29
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 30
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

December 31
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

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2017
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January 1
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (NYE)

January 21
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 27
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 28
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

January 29
* If I Were Anywhere In Europe, I'd Make My Way To This (FIBD)

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Events For February 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Guns Of Fact And Fiction

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* this is your daily reminder that Resist! is looking for submissions.

image* Maggie Vicknair on Wilde Life.

* Daniel Elkin suggests a few indy/alt comics as holiday presents. That's another vote for the Luke Healy book as a sleeper for 2016.

* Jude Terror assembles an interesting on-line conversation here involving the artist Greg Capullo over whether or not it's possible for people to disengage with politics entirely, as, for example, doing so indicates the kind of privilege that only extends to a limited number of creators. I'm reminded that at the first SDCC panel on blogging, several of the creators noted the intensity and passion that was engaged by political expression whether or not it had a comics tie-in. I'd say political discourse is deeply, deeply intertwined with how people express themselves on-line and now that we're in a Trump-inspired armageddon of rhetorical ploys, all of this just became 10X more complicated.

* here's a nice piece from George Herriman biographer Michael Tisserand on a gift drawing from the cartoonist to producer Hal Roach.

* missed it: the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum was given the original art for "Superduperman."

* finally, FPI Blog kicks off their annual survey of working professionals on best comics of the year with Metaphrog.
 
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Happy 30th Birthday, RJ Casey!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Andy Mangels!

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Happy 45th Birthday, John Hankiewicz!

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December 1, 2016


Go, Read: Why Is The Great Barrier Reef Dying?

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Cartoonist Musa Kart Still Imprisoned In Turkey

One of the things about the adage "this will never happen here" is that we're close enough now to imagine things happening and at least in my imagination, there is little in the way of reprisal that's effective and sets things right. The support for cartoonist Musa Kart and other opinion leaders accused of supporting a military coup continues, but it doesn't seem like the political lever of support is in any way connected to reality of change, and that's terrifying.
 
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Go, Look: Can These Cookies Stop Islamophobia?

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By Request Extra: Comics For Choice Puts Out Submissions Call

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Here. The comic will benefit the National Network for Abortion Funds. It will be co-edited by Whit Taylor, Hazel Newlevant and OK Fox.
 
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Go, Look: Frank Frazetta Sketchbook Pages

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

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By Tom Spurgeon

* this weekend is CALA. Barring my failure to make it happen, I'll be there Saturday.

* there are also shows in Malta, Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

* Joe Gordon went to the Edinburgh Comic Art Festival, a new show with a nice-looking space and access to a pub called The Royal Dick. I'm sold.

* FIBD-related articles start to spring up in early December for the late January show. Thus far I've only seen this travel article on the city in general.

* here's a Jewish Comic Con report.

* finally, the grand Chicago show CAKE has a date and an artist. It's good to read they're doing a set of dates that is not the same weekend as HeroesCon and A2CAF.
 
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If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Gronk Comics

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