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June 26, 2017


Go, Look: Diego Lazzarin

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Go, Read: Derf's Reminder That New Healthcare Programs Could Have Devastating Effect On Comics

The Beat was smart enough to pick up on Derf's recent note that more restricted healthcare could have a drastic effect on a comics community that depends on many of its younger artists taking some measure of financial risk. It's a game-changer for sure.

Take note of the dissenters in the comments section. Many of them have no clue that Derf is a successful cartoonist and call some version of sour grapes. The overall negativity may surprise some. Not me. A significant sub-group of comics fans has long had a negative view of anyone criticizing what many feel are dream jobs, end stop. I think it's an orientation that would be to comics' advantage to change.
 
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Go, Look: Ivy & Mervin

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* here is today's reminder that Marc Arsenault could use a hand due to business disruption caused by a sudden, severe health matter.

* from Jillian Tamaki comes word about the building that hosts Koyama Press and a bunch of other artists and their support frameworks may be lost to those arts-related tenants due to the appeal of making more public money from the property. That's a terrible thing to happen to a city with a vital arts scene, and it happens everywhere. It looks like anyone from anywhere can sign this petition.

* here are some of the people whose projects on Kickstarter caught my attention this week: Ally Shwed, Ursula Murray Husted, Hope Nicholson, Beehive Books, Kel McDonald and these nice folks. I imagine there are more.

* finally: I'm usually less familiar with IndieGoGo artists and comics-makers than I am with their equivalents on Kickstarter. No Idea why that is. However, I'm familiar with JT Yost, and this project looks like one readers of this site might want to know exists.

 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Battle Of Sexes At Workplace Cartoons By Frank Modell Illustrating A Kathy Matthews Book

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* go, read: "Image Of Youth."

* Susan Ferrier Mackay profiles Merle Tingley, aka "Ting."

* the cartoonist Michael DeForge has been tweeting out fun drawings of Yuri!!! On Ice characters, but I can never find the exact tweet that starts a thread without it being changed so here's his twitter account more generally.

* Matthew Thurber picks 10 cartoonists every art lover should know. That's great because it's a fun list, with at least one cartoonist I hadn't thought of in a long while, and you get to know how Matthew Thurber's head looks a little bit.

* Clifford Meth, who was a great beneficial force in the life of artist Dave Cockrum before his passing, writes about recent potential film/TV news.

* finally: it's difficult not to enjoy a picture like this one.
 
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Happy 40th Birthday, Tite Kubo!

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Bob Weber Sr!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Frank Candiloro!

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Happy 67th Birthday, Tom DeFalco!

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June 25, 2017


Go, Look: Secret Life Of Gitmo's Women

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Go, Look: June 1977 Mainstream Comics Covers

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If I Were Near Birmingham, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Worcester, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2017

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June 26
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 30
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

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July 1
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 2
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (DCC)
* If I Were Near DC, I'd Go To This (blerDCon)

July 8
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were Anywhere In The UK, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 9
* If I Were Near Clallam Bay, I'd Go To This (Clallam Bay Comicon)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This (QCE)

July 14
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 15
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (SLCZF)

July 16
* If I Were In Albuquerque, I'd Go To This (WW)

July 19
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 27
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 28
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 29
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 30
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

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Events For August 2017 Onward Listed Here

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Happy 88th Birthday, Eric Carle!

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FFF Results Post #479 -- Always

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Characters From The Comics You Like In At Least Two Variations Of Their Distinct Look." This is how they responded.

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Evan Dorkin

1. The Beast (human, beast)
2. Skeezix (toddler, young boy, etc)
3. The Sandman (striped shirt and pants, gimmick costume)
4. Alec MacGarry (younger, older)
5. The Sleeper (flying Red Skull head, combined robot)

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Steve Replogle

* Superman (Siegle and Shuster's Golden Age original, Morrison's New 52 revamp)
* Conan (Barry Windsor-Smith, Buscema and Alcala)
* Jimmy Olsen (Kirby 1970, Grist 2001)
* The Spider (Cowan and Bunn 1965, Grist 2001, Albion 2005)
* Alan Moore (Cerebus #239, The Simpsons #407, ABC 64-Page Giant)

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Buzz Dixon

1. Luke Cage (Yellow Disco Shirt and Bullet-proof-black-man-in-a-hoodfie)
2. Batman (Rainbow Batman and Jungle Batman)
3. Iron Man (Roller Blading Iron Man and Hulkbuster Armor)
4. Hulk (Tuxedo Hulk and Planet Hulk)
5. Bizarro (Original look and wearing a JFK mask)

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Black Panther (The Kirby Original And The Sleek Standard From The 1970s)
2. Thing (Lumpy, Rocky)
3. Hopey Glass (Teen, Recent)
4. Hulk (Gray, Green)
5. Linus (Baby, Little Kid)

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Scott Stewart

1. Iron Man (original gray, Ditko redesign)
2. Marvel's Captain Marvel (Colan look, Starlin look)
3. Daredevil (Everett original, Wood redesign)
4. Sandman (Flessel, Simon & Kirby, Gaiman)
5. Superman (Shuster, Boring, Swan - not radical redesigns, but distinct)

... and one I hate: Adam Strange (modern version replacing classic Infantino look.

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Marc Arsenault

1. Robotman (original & Morrison Doom Patrol version, Young Animal version; and, on the Brave & The Bold as voiced by Henry Rollins)
2. Ant-Man (Original labcoat, big black circles and cyber helmet, Marvel Feature Mike Friedrich Red Shirt/White pants, MCU)
3. Steve Ditko's Captain Atom (Yellow and red & Blue/red/silver)
4. Tintin (Blue sweater, Brown Jacket)
5. Brainiac 5 (original purple coveralls, animated circles on head)

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Andy Mansell

1. Rerun (Bike passenger, underground comix artist)
2. Robotman (DP Original, Rich Case-extra weird upgrade)
3. Flexible Flynn (Tired classic, upgraded)
4. Paste Pot Pete/ The Trapster
5. Hobbes (Calvin's view/ everyone else's)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Darna (Mars Ravelo's original and Arnold Arre's 2000 version)
2. Prez (Teen-aged original by Simon & Grandenetti as well as the elder Preston Rickard by Russel & Caldwell)
3. Wildfire (The Bates/Cockrum original and Mike McKone's update)
4. Storm (Wein/Cockrum original and '80s mowhak version)
5. Punisher (the superheroish white gloves 'n boots version, also the more realistic variation established later)

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Sean Rogers

1. Buddy Bradley (slacker, junkyard owner)
2. James Corrigan (1890s, 1980s)
3. Calvin (T. rex, Spaceman Spiff)
4. Superman (Superduperman, Bizarro)
5. Waldo (Mishkin's, Jack Schick's)

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Chad Nevett

1. Thor (Kirby original costume, Dauterman unworthy Odinson look)
2. Cyclops (Regular visor, X-shaped visit/mask)
3. Superman (Eradicator Superman, Cyborg Superman)
4. Cerebus (Barbarian, dying old aardvark)
5. Vanth Dreadstar (hoodie, spandex costume)

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Roger Langridge

1. Dan Dare (original uniformed pilot, Dave Gibbons/2000AD's SF hero)
2. Jimmy Olsen (skinny bow-tied version, Jack Kirby's version)
3. Paul Kirk, Manhunter (Kirby's 1940s version, Goodwin & Simonson's ninja)
4. Hugo Tate (stick-figure, fleshed-out human)
5. Dick Briefer's Frankenstein (early WWII horror/Nazi version, later funny version)

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Mário Filipe

1. Buddy Bradley (Slacker and Suburban Sailor)
2. Hellboy (Adult, Junior)
3. Spider-Man (Classic, Black Costume)
4. Hulk (Mindless Hulk banished to The Crossroads, Joe Fixit)
5. Matthew Cable (self-destructive human in Saga of the Swamp Thing, Dream's Raven in The Sandman)


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June 24, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Scenes From A 1974 Comics Convention
 
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Go, Look: Downsize Your Problems Away!

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If I Were Near Birmingham, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were Near Worcester, I'd Go To This

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Happy 69th Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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