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April 30, 2017


OTBP: The Canopy

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Go, Listen: Jason Shiga On Process Party

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If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In Calgary, 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 In Lansing, I'd Go To This

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Nat Gertler!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Greg Holfeld!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Ben Catmull!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Andrew Mansell!

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FFF Results Post #475 -- But This, Not That

On Friday, CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics That Were Personally -- In Person -- Recommended To You By Someone Whose Name You Know. Name The Person, Too." This is how they responded.

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Chris Duffy

* Watchmen by Moore and Gibbons -- recommended by my college roommate Adam's cousin David
* Lionel Feininger comics -- recommended by Mark Newgarden
* Comics by Jason -- recommended by Jay Stephens
* NON (anthology) -- recommended by Vanessa Johnson (coworker at Nick Mag)
* Dragon's Breath by MariNaomi -- recommended by Summer Pierre

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Michael Dooley

* Holli Hoxx by Austin and Adam Tinius -- recommended by Adam Tinius
* Hero Hotel by Yehudi Mercado -- recommended by publishers Barbra and Bryant Dillon
* Crystal Girl by Natalia Hernandez -- recommended by Natalia Hernandez
* Powernap by Maritza Campos and Bachan -- recommended by Campos and Gabriela (Gaby) Maya
* The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell -- recommended by comics scholar Charles Hatfield after I told him The Fate of the Artist was the only Campbell work that interested me.

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Marty Yohn

1. Calvin and Hobbes, recommended by my cooperating Art teacher Janine Kaicharny many years ago
2. Saga, recommended by my son Michael
3. Transmetropolitan, recommended by Michael's friend Mitch
4. Akira, recommended by Michael's other friend Brian
5. Smile, recommended by my friend Kate

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Oliver Ristau

1. Judge Anderson: Satan by Alan Grant and Arthur Ranson -- recommended by Zainab Akhtar
2. 3 by Hugues Micol -- recommended by Thomas Ragon
3. The Winter Men by Brett Lewis and Jean Paul Leon -- recommended by Marc-Oliver Frisch
4. Jude Nude by Etienne Davodeau -- recommended by Lars von Törne
5. Am kühlen Tisch by Amelie von Wulffen -- recommended by Anna Haifisch

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Buzz Dixon

* Sandman by Neil Gaimen et al -- recommended by Warren Jaycox
* The 300 by Frank Miller -- recommended by Flint Dille
* One Punch Man by One -- recommended by Holly Knevelbaard
* T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents by Wally Wood et al -- recommended by Scott Whiteside
* The manga of Yoshihiro Tatsumi -- recommended by Bill Leibowitz

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Jeffrey A. Goodman

1. Plastic Man -- My Mom, Elaine Goodman
2. My Dad's Classics Comics Illustrated Collection -- My Grandmother, Min Goodman
3. Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers #2 -- Walt at Waterbeds N Stuff, OSU Campus Columbus, OH 1974
4. Mad #125 (My first) -- Jonathan Seideman, classmate -- 3rd Grade Columbus Torah Academy, Columbus, OH 1969
5. Tales From The Crypt (Ballantine pb) -- David Sehring, classmate -- 5th Grade Columbus Academy, Gahanna, OH 1971 or 1972

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Patrick Watson

1. Stray Bullets by David Lapham recommended by Gib Bickel, Head Ogre at The Laughing Ogre
2. Bone by Jeff Smith recommended by Steve Snyder, owner of Central City Comics
3. Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai recommended by Randy Meredith my best friend
4. My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris recommended by Terry Eisele, creator of With Only Five Plums
5. Jupiter's Legacy by Millar & Quitely recommended by Jeffrey Stang at Image Comics

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Andy Mansell

* Johnny Hazard by Frank Robbins -- recommended by All American Comic Shop owner Carl Bonasera
* Little Orphan Annie -- recommended by Chuck Fiala
* Adolph by Tezuka -- recommended by Dustin Harbin
* Peanuts -- recommended by my mother Therese Mansell (the morning after the first broadcast of the X-mas special)
* Sex Criminals by Fraction and Zdarsky-- recommended by Heroes' own Seth Peagler and Rico Renzi

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topic suggested and example provided by Chris Duffy; thanks, Chris

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April 29, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Diamond Upgrades Olive Branch Distribution Center


History Of Wonder Woman As Progressive Symbol
 
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Go, Look: The Invisible Lesbian

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

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If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2017

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April 30
* If I Were In Kansas City, I'd Go To This (Planet Comicon)
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This (Calgary Expo)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Lansing, I'd Go To This (Fantasticon)

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May 2
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)

May 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 5
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)

May 6
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (Pen America World Voices Festival)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (Chicago Zine Fest)
* If I Were Anywhere Near A Funnybook Shop, I'd Go To This (FCBD 2017)

May 7
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Ashville, I'd Go To This (Ashville Zine Fest)

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)

May 13
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 14
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Houston, I'd Go To This (Comicpalooza)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

May 15
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This

May 17
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

May 19
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

May 20
* If I Were Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Three Rivers Comicon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 21
* If I Were Pittsburgh, I'd Go To This (Three Rivers Comicon)
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Des Moines, I'd Go To This (WW)
* If I Were In Detroit, I'd Go To This (Motor City Comic Con)

May 22
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 23
* If I Were In Calgary, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 24
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

May 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (MegaCon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Phoenix Comicon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brighton, I'd Go To This

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Events For June 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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Happy 58th Birthday, Oliver Vatine!

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Happy 32nd Birthday, Jessica Campbell!

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April 28, 2017


OTBP: Minor Leagues #3

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Elliott Dunstan gets into the notion that many webcomics are support by Patreon set-ups. It's true; they are.

* I guess this goes here as much as it does anywhere else, given that it's the digital availability of a documentary being discussed. There's a documentary about Bill Finger over at Hulu. Finger was the great early writer of mainstream comics who created a vast number of things we think of when we think "Batman." Finger was not compensated or acknowledged by Batman's legal creator, the unctuous Bob Kane, whom most histories identify as contribution-light when it comes to the character and milieu by which he made his fortune. The late writer deserves every honor he is eligible to receive and every bit of attention anyone would like to give him.

* Gary Tyrrell sifts through various crowd-funders out there. Coming from the webcomics world where this is a foundational model, he always has something interesting to say.

* finally: Zach talks to Per Berg.
 
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