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July 29, 2016

Go, Look: The Tragedy Of Satan

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Collective Memory: Comic-Con International 2016


Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of Comic-Con International, held July 21-24 with a July 20 Preview Night in and around the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

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


* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

imageBlogs And Personal Journals
* Mark Evanier 01
* Mark Evanier 02
* Mark Evanier 03
* Mark Evanier 04
* Mark Evanier 05
* Mark Evanier 06
* Phil Nel
* The Beat

* Community Page
* Brian Doherty

* Photos From Mid-'70s Comic-Con

News Stories And Columns
* CCI 01
* CCI 02
* Forbes
* Inverse
* Newsarama
* Time
* Washington Post 01
* Washington Post 02

* boingboing
* Nerdist
* Variety

* #SDCC2016




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Remember: Jaime Hernandez Has Always Been Great

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By Request Extra: Jackie Estrada And Batton Lash Raising Money To Provide Care For Their Cat

Here. It looks like a nice cat.
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Go, Look: Crime Must Pay The Penalty #4

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Tucker Stone Has Been Around For An Entire Decade And We'll All Be Dead Soon

Interview here.
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Go, Look: A Comic By Chris Pitzer

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon

* congratulations to Caitlin Rosberg on 12 months of reviewing only works by people of color. That is wholly admirable, and I'm glad it had a positive effect on the writer as well.

image* I have yet to post about these free Cerebus collage-style comics made from existing art, part of a publicity effort for a future Cerebus project of the same sort and for the digital versions of the 300-issue series.

* a webcomics-maker owns the domain name

* Maren Williams profiles The Solar Grid.

* I had a few people ask me why Matthew Inman won the Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award and I direct them here.

* Steve Hamaker has started on the second book of his Plox series.

* finally, there's apparently a webcomics effort key to the workings a beauty-business empire.
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If I Were Near Columbus, I'd Go To This

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If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This

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

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Go, Look: Warren Kremer Tryout Art

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* I'm sure this comic is professionally done and will have its fans, but I'm struck by how all the new takes on things look like the last eleven new takes on that thing.

* not comics: Bill Kristol crushes Scott Adams.

* finally, Chip Zdarsky and Margaret Atwood talk about where Superman's clothes go.
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Lovern Kindzierski!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Nick Gazin!

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Happy 69th Birthday, Baru!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Ted May!

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Happy 42nd Birthday, Gail Simone!

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July 28, 2016

CR Review: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi -- The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume Three

imageCreators: Gary Gerani, the Topps company, various early-'80s on-set photographers, Lucasfilm
Publishing Information: Abrams ComicArts, hardcover, 528 pages, August 2016, $24.95.
Availability: 1419720929 (ISBN10), 9781419720925 (ISBN13)

This very curious thing has been sitting on my desk for about a week. It's a page by page reprinting of the entire set of Return Of The Jedi photo-cards made by Topps back when that movie came out almost two full adult lifetimes now. I can't attest to its quality. There are elements of the presentation that I find fun but I find the cards themselves sort of fitfully ugly. I don't remember that being an attractively-lit movie and that bears out here with a lot of muddy imagery. It brings to mind few thrilling set pieces from that film, which makes sense because that film is fairly dull, constructed in the main from images that flash back to more effectively utilized visuals from the first two movies.

I also don't know why this is under Abrams ComicArt imprint. This book is the kind of thing my Mom lumps in under comics. Most active comics fans probably don't see it the same way of my parent, at least not automatically. There may be something going on under the auspices of making this particular part of the publishing empire a bit more specifically profitable, I'm not certain. All of the companies with a wider-than-comics mandate have done something similar, so it's not something on which I'm focused.

I have no idea who this is for, but it's clearly not for me.
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Go, Look: John Martz Remembers Richard Thompson

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By Request Extra: Help John Kerschbaum


John Kerschbaum, a good man and a highly-skilled cartoonist, could use your help after his family was displaced by a fire. Please join me in doing so.
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Go, Look: Adventures Of A Clintern

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Go, Look: Etta Hulme Material Profiled

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By Request Extra: Rise Of Czap Books


Czap Books, the smart boutique publisher run by that good citizen of comics Kevin Czapiewski, launched a crowd-funder yesterday to fund that line's 2017 season.

That's a strategy pursued by a lot of small publishers right now, and it's not one I recommend anyone endorse without looking into the season that will be supported and the history, however brief, of the person or persons making the request. I am sure Kevin Czapiewski and the imprint welcome that scrutiny.

As of this writing they look well on their way to getting to their initial goal, and good for them.
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Go, Look: How Richard Thompson Made The Pie Higher

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