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January 27, 2015


Go, Look: TEAMSUZETTE

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Go, Look: Eitan Eloa

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By Request Extra: Erica Friedman Has A Patreon

I wanted to mention really briefly that the writer about comics Erica Friedman has a Patreon that I didn't notice until she announced its imminent closure. This is a big year for Patreon flattening out -- for there just being a ton of them, at all levels, and it's not the worst idea in the world to reconsider your comics and about-comics consumption and figure out what might be worth paying for.
 
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Go, Look: Bernard Crowsheet

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Go, Look: Andreslob.com

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Cabu's Catherine Comics

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Noah Van Sciver and Kilgore Books have announced a new issue of Van Sciver's long-running solo series, Blammo, this issue being #8 1/2. It will debut at LA Zine Fest and be available for immediate turnaround purchase right around Valentine's Day, but you can preorder it now. It's full-color.

image* the whole world will surely have seen this by now as it was released five days ago, but Bryan Lee O'Malley's variant cover for the new Zander Cannon is awfully cute.

* check out Al Jaffee's art for a forthcoming Smoke Signal. Now that's a get.

* here's a PR notice about a new work from Winshluss at Knockabout: In God We Trust.

* this is the first time I've seen an official notice that Craig Thompson's all-ages sci-fi book is one the schedule: the Scholastic book is due in August, apparently.

* Kevin Melrose unearthed a production blog for Southern Cross, debuting in about eight weeks.

* finally, what a thrill to see Ganges-related preview imagery from the great Kevin Huizenga.

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2015

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January 28
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

January 29
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 30
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 31
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (Charlotte Mini-Con)

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February 1
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

February 5
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

February 6
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This

February 7
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

February 8
* If I Were In Lodi, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Dallas, I'd Go To This (Dallas Comic Con)

February 9
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

February 12
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

Feburary 13
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

Feburary 14
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

Feburary 15
* If I Were Near Ft. Lauderdale, I'd Go To This (Shock Pop Comiccon)
* If I Were In Phoenix, I'd Go To This (Amazing Arizona Comic Con)

February 19
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 20
* If I Were In Durham, I'd Go To This
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)

February 21
* If Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (ComicsPRO Annual Meeting)
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 22
* If I Were Near Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

February 27
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This (Long Beach Comic Expo)
* If I Were Near Warren, I'd Go To This (Great Lakes Comic-Con)

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Go, Look: Ring Of Death

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Cole Johnson, RIP. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

image* Todd Klein on Astro City #17. Tjeerd Royaards on Warning: Graphic Content. Oliver Sava on March Book Two. Steven Brower on The Art Of The Simon And Kirby Studio. Win Wiacek on Treasury Of Mini-Comics Vol. 2. Derek Royal on Bumf Vol. 1.

* J. Bone draws Tintin and Snowy. Creig Flessel draws an "exotic" street scene typical to the pulp era.

* behind the scenes at Saga.

* congratulations to Susan Kirtley, Brian Bendis and the other educators at Portland State University that get to teach comics within a more formal structure and framework.

* not comics: this article is making the rounds again -- at least I swear to God I've seen it before. I think we should maybe spend more time divorcing the value we place in art from any expectation it should make money, let alone generate a certain level of income. Rich relatives, grants, good day jobs, the ability to live a certain way, the ability to do art that has a commercial function: it's all a great thing. I also think that in a better world for the arts the question of providing artists a living would be a more severe one for the institutions that surround art rather than for the artists, but I'm probably pretty alone on that one.

* Calvin Reid talks to Miss Lasko-Gross. RJ Casey profiles Jean de Wet. Arun Rath talks to Nina Bunjevac.

* finally, it's not comics, but I enjoyed this R. Kikuo Johnson illustration of Jeb Bush and the other primary members of the Bush Clan. It was his holiday card image.
 
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Happy 61st Birthday, Peter Laird!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Sean Phillips!

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Happy 63rd Birthday, Steve Leialoha!

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Happy 58th Birthday, Frank Miller!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Richard Starkings!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Stefan Petrucha!

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January 26, 2015


Go, Look: Fred Campbell

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Alternative Comics Announces Spring 2015 Season

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In a press release distributed this morning, Marc Arsenault's Alternative Comics announced its Spring 2015 season and the fact that Eric Aucoin will be acting as an Associate Editor for the line. This will be their first season with Consortium Book Sales & Distribution -- that company expanded its interests in comics last year with a lot of folks attending a sales meeting the same week as 2014's CAB show.

The books they're releasing, a mix of reprints, collections and initially-published works, are:

* Clover Honey, Rich Tommaso, softcover, 136 pages, FEB150911, 9781934460863, February, $14.95.
* From Now On, Malachi Ward, softcover, 144 pages, 9781934460917, June, $14.95.
* Oh, That Monroe, Sam Henderson, softcover, 128 pages, 9781934460870, no month given, $11.99.
* Quit Your Job And Other Stories, James Kochalka, softcover, 192 pages, 9781934460931, no month given, $15.95.
* Sunbeam on the Astronaut, Steven Cerio, 48 pages, 9781934460238, no month given, $9.95.
* Smilin' Ed Comics, Raoul Vezina And Tom Skulan, softcover, 160 pages, 9781934460856, June, $19.95.
* The SAW Guide to Making Professional Comic Strips, Tom Hart, softcover, 96 pages, 9781934460894, June, $12.95.

The Clover Honey book takes me back. That's a re-publication of Tommaso's not-serialized, stand-alone graphic novel done for Fantagraphics in the mid-1990s when that was considered a really weird thing to exist. Not only was that an appealing format for publishers at the time because of the promise of bookstores, the numbers were perceived to be better in a lot of different ways (there was some debate).
 
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Go, Look: Al Williamson Images Mini-Gallery

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Please Keep An Eye Out For Jim Wheelock's Stolen Comics, Music And Art Collection

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Bleeding Cool has Jim Wheelock's letter about a massive number of comics stolen from a storage facility in Vermont. There may also be art and music involved in a similarly curated form. If you're a dealer or a buyer in that area and can help Mr. Wheelock track down his material, please keep an eye out and please contact Mr. Wheelock directly through information on the other side of that link.

Having that much curated material taken from you must be heartbreaking, and I hope it works out for the cartoonist.

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Go, Look: A Bunch Of Dave Gerhard Gag Cartoons

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Festivals Extra: SPX Explains Its Lottery System

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It's here in full. Small Press Expo is one of the big shows and if you have material to sell that is of the kind the show is there to facilitate, SPX should be on your absolute list of things to do.

Good luck to all those that will participate in their mighty lottery.
 
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Go, Look: Goran Parlov Images Mini-Gallery

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Festivals Extra: Linework NW Announces Special Guests Clowes, Congdon, Hanawalt And Howell

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This Spring's Linework NW Illlustration And Comics Festival in Portland, Oregon, announced on Friday their four special guests Daniel Clowes, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Howell.

Clowes will be debuting his The Complete Eightball 1-18 two-volume collection at the show, so that's a heck of a get just right there, all by itself. It's a good mix, though, that hits their target audience and encompasses the illustration part of their mission very well. I also like how Lisa Hanawalt is becoming a significant guest at these shows regardless of whether or not she has brand new bookstore work out, I think in part because in addition to being an appealing guest generally she hits a lot of target areas for different shows and is generally point-to-it busy in one or more of the things she does. The reason I mention that is that I frequently wonder how the careers of under-40s in comics are shaped, and how that might have an effect on things like shows.

What I don't know looking at the list is if all four creators will be there both days -- the show is splitting some of its exhibitors into individual days in order to better encompass the massive creative community there in Portland, and it would make total sense if one or more of the special guests were only going to do one of the days. Let's assume for now all of them are there on both April 18 and April 19, and if I hear differently I'll get back to you. If you don't hear from me at all, like I fall in a sinkhole or something, at least maybe you'll remember to ask someone if it's a concern.

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Go, Look: 1960s Yogi Bear Sunday Newspaper Strips

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