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August 27, 2014

Go, Look: Katie Wheeler

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Dean Haspiel On Helping Seth Kushner Without Using GoFundMe

I had a few cartoonists ask if there was a way they could help the photographer and comics-maker Seth Kushner without contributing through his GoFundMe campaign, as some people have developed objection to their role in facilitating money raised for Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. I asked Dean Haspiel, a close friend of Kushner's at the heart of fundraising effort on his behalf, and he sent the following response:
With all due respect: are the people who wish to support Seth Kushner going to pay with American currency? Because I'll bet the same people who are supporting that abhorrent Ferguson cop are also using American currency. If they have a problem using a system that supports people they don't support (lord knows I'm not excited about the fact that a lot of people I can't stand get paid with the same currency I get paid in), then they need to not worry about Seth Kushner. He and his family will survive without their qualified support.

I'll bet there is a direct pay pal or something like that and if "they" want to find out what that is, "they" can email Seth and his wife directly.
This was followed by a second response, which indicated that Seth Kushner was offended by the nature of that request.

For those still interested in pursuing a non-GoFundMe option: as per Haspiel's response, Seth Kushner is at Most paypal payments can be made directly to a person's e-mail.

The GoFundMe page for Kushner is here. I encourage people to consider giving.
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Go, Look: Mat Brinkman At Loyal

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Cartoonist And Author Mimi Pond Wins 2014 Literary Award From PEN Center USA In Graphic Literature


The author, artist and cartoonist Mimi Pond took home the 2014 Literary Award in the Graphic Literature category from PEN Center USA, according to this announcement. Special attention was given to Pond's recent memoir Over Easy, according to the citation. That book has just gone back to a second printing, says a post at publisher Drawn And Quarterly.

The winners are honored at a banquet in November. Pond will receive a $1000 cash prize.

This is the second year in a row that an author won during a year where a special citation went to their recent work with D+Q, with 2013 being Gilbert Hernandez's year for Marble Season.
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OTBP: Treasure Island 2

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Festivals Extra: SPX Posts Its Ambitious 2014 Programming Slate

Here. Bill Kartalopoulos does the programming for the Small Press Expo, and I think his work over the years has exceeded anyone's expectations for solid, rewarding, challenging programming show to show, year to year. So I always look forward to see what he has planned. He's a great moderator, too, so it's nice to see him doing so many of the heavyweight spotlights and the Fremok panel.

It's also worth walking through that list just to see what's out there. I mean, you get the heavyweights and their spotlight panels, sure, but one of the first panels is Katie Skelly moderating Meghan Turbitt, Eleanor Davis and Julia Gfrörer, all of whom are funny and articulate and intelligent. That's just not a panel you would have seen five years ago because of the relative progression of each panelist's career (also because Davis tends to avoid doing shows). Like comics in general, well-run comics panel programming can offer a massive return on your time investment.
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Go, Look: Daniel Schaffer

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Festivals Extra: Short Run Announces Its 2014 Exhibitors List

Short Run, the popular Seattle-based one-day arts comics show, has posted its exhibitor line-up for the 2014 iteration, coming mid-November.

It's one that's worth looking at if you're going, sure, but also if you're not just for the snapshot aspect of what a show like that can bring to bear in terms of a mix of local talent, regional arts-comics stars and a few arriving from far away. Also, you have to be pretty hardcore attentive to either that scene or comics more broadly or both to recognize everyone on that list. I think the one-day shows like that represent a model that's really sustainable for the major cities with significant cartooning communities. Also, that Denny Eichhorn isn't even on-line, at least not in an official capacity, made me laugh.
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Go, Look: Some Fun Superhero Work From Steve Ditko, Gil Kane

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I Had To Re-Read The Release Three Times To Make Sure They Weren't Talking About The IDW Web Site

Here. I like the International Monetary Fund -- or really any agency, really -- explaining policy and news events through comics. It is one of the best ways to teach. I am sure there are many objections that can be made to the points of view presented in the comic; as always, I trust on all of you being smart enough to process any ideas presented with your own tools for doing so.
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OTBP: A Set Of 1990s JR Williams Collector Cards

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Not Comics: Andrew Todd On Gaming Culture Misogyny

I know almost nothing about gaming culture and care about games basically not at all, but I found this survey-the-recent-landscape article by Andrew Todd an interesting one for its ruthless focus on misogyny, abuse and acting out within that larger community. It might help some folks that have a hard time processing the awful behavior that takes place in comics culture to see the same kinds of things taking place to another group of people coalesced around an entertainment medium. There's a lot about it that's familiar, and nearly all of it is distressing.
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Go, Look: My Metal Pizza

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This Isn't A Library: New And Notable Releases To Comics' Direct Market



Here are the books that make an impression on me staring at this week's no-doubt largely accurate list of books shipping from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. to comic book and hobby shops across North America.

I might not buy all of the works listed here. I might not buy any. You never know. I'd sure look at the following, though.


It's a strange week at the comics shop for my very specific taste -- by which I mean I think it will be a very good week for a lot of comics fans, I'm just not included in their number this time around. That's fun, though, because you get to poke around and see some things you might not otherwise have the time to check out. I don't care what week it was, I would buy the new Ariol book; I very much like the rhythm and pacing of these stories, how ephemeral their stakes are except if you're a tiny kid negotiating these things. It's one of my favorite series, period.

imageAPR140085 BURROUGHS TARZAN SUNDAY COMICS 1934-1936 HC VOL 02 $125.00
MAR141213 JOHNNY HAZARD DAILIES HC VOL 03 1947-1949 $49.99
Three bigger collections caught my eye. The Hal Foster Tarzan work isn't as well known as his later, epic run on his own Prince Valiant, but those are some lovely-looking adventure comics in a way that comes through even now that we're removed as a culture from an automatic fascination with that character. I've seen two originals of that work, and they were pretty flawless. You can tell looking at old strip work when changes are made because a lot of times it's just a matter of the cartoonist rubbing out inkwork and drawing over a mistake. Didn't see any of that on those Tarzan's. The Archie stuff I always look out, although I'm totally lost as to what's out there and what I might want to buy. The Johnny Hazard stuff I'd look at just for the Frank Robbins art -- I couldn't tell you a single thing about that strip's basic storyline or its characters. That strip ran more than 30 years, I think.

JUN140640 ALL NEW ULTIMATES #7 $3.99
JUN140043 GROO VS CONAN #2 $3.50
JUN140035 MIND MGMT #25 $3.99
JUN140567 REVIVAL #23 (MR) $2.99
JUN140570 SAGA #22 (MR) $2.99
JUN140497 SEX #15 (MR) $2.99
JUN140980 REGULAR SHOW #14 $3.99
I'd take a lot of different thing this week. The All New Ultimates is Michel Fiffe writing, so I'm interested in that. Giannis Milonogiannis drawing, too, so ditto there. I haven't caught up on the Goon and Groo/Conan books, so I'd definitely take a peek there. Mind Mgmt and Revival are two longer-running works that are always sold when I read them in single-issues form; I'm not the natural audience there, but on a week like this one I'd check them both out. Saga is the Image heavy-hitter this time out. I'm actually more interested in what they do for the storyline after this storyline, and if you've been reading you might know what I mean. Sex I've been enjoying for its take on 1980s-style building of setting and milieu. Speaking of the 1980s, I had no idea someone was doing an Alien Legion book. Fourteen-year-old me was a big fan of Jugger Grimod and gang -- 14-year-old me being in charge until I was about 23. And, as always, there are animated tie-in for me to check out. That's a whole worl of comics I haven't accessed yet.

I suspect we owe the 100th anniversary of World War I this new iteration of the long-running 1970s/1980s Pat Mills/Joe Colquhoun serial. This makes the war totally worth it. Oh, of course it doesn't, but I'm thinking about acquiring this work in this specific form after taking a pass before now, so it looks like the timing works for a new collection.

I had to go looking for this one, and I'm glad I did -- this looks like an archives-informed process book, with supporting materials and facsimile documents standing side by side, all to tell the history of this great comics series' creation. I'm dying to see it.

This is previewed here. This isn't the style I remember for Patrick Atangan, best known to me for The Yellow Jar, which has to be a decade in the rearview mirror at this point. I'd take a look at it for the visual style employed in the preview all by itself.

Finally, if you have a little bit of summer left or, lacking the role as a primary caretaker for school-attending children, it's a season that extends into September when the lakehouse rentals are cheaper, maybe try out this one from Guy Delisle and Drawn and Quarterly. The first one made me laugh quite a bit, but felt like it needed a companion volume -- not for value, but it's just not a type of humor I wanted out of as soon as that first one took me there. Two books should be just about perfect. This might pair well for an afternoon's worth of reading with the Anouk Ricard and Pascal Girard books from earlier in the year.


The full list of this week's releases, including some titles with multiple cover variations and a long, impressive list of toys and other stuff that isn't comics, can be found here. Despite this official list there's no guarantee a comic will show up in the stores as promised, or in all of the stores as opposed to just a few. Also, stores choose what they carry and don't carry so your shop may not carry a specific publication. There are a lot of comics out there.

To find your local comic book store, check this list; and for one I can personally recommend because I've shopped there, albeit a while back, try this.

The above titles are listed with their Diamond order code in the first field, which may assist you in finding comics at your shop or having them order something for you they don't have in-stock. Ordering through a direct market shop can be a frustrating experience, so if you have a direct line to something -- you know another shop has it, you know a bookstore has it -- I'd urge you to consider all of your options.

If I failed to list your comic, that's because I hate you.



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

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Go, Look: Imagery From Top Ten: The Forty-Niners

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* Michael Cavna digs deeper into that issue of Action Comics #1 that sold on eBay. His specific focus is on the decision to use eBay rather than one of the established auction houses. The seller's hunch that eBay would be competitive on a book with that kind of pedigree seems sound to me.

image* Etelka Lehoczky on How To Be Happy. James Kaplan on The Dream Merchant. Todd Klein on Aquaman Annual #2. Rob Clough on a pair of books from Conundrum Press. Jordan Dinwiddie on Seconds. Paul O'Brien on an unassuming Marvel crossover. Henry Chamberlain on Phantoms Of The Louvre. Johanna Draper Carlson on Now Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular Vol. 4.

* I love that Evan Dorkin is just randomly posting color work on his blog now. That's a treat.

* don't know that I've ever seen this Frank Quitely drawing of Daredevil. Kate Beaton draws Red Sonja.

* Ash Brown discusses Masaichi Makaide, whose work when translated into Star*Reach was the first of its kind, and of course is now a sizable part of the North American comics market. Brown notes that it's not the first manga translated for any American audience, just for the average comics reader, which is crucial all by itself.

* Qiana Whitted takes on issues posed by the comics grid.

* Sean Gaffney takes us for a walk through Crunchroll Manga. That is the manga-oriented digital comics service still in its relative infancy.

* finally, I'm not sure exactly what this is, but I'm fond of the Jiro Kuwata Batman comics and anything that works that same general visual territory.
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Happy 48th Birthday, Phil Hester!

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Happy 30th Birthday, Melissa Mendes!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Denis Kitchen!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Matt Wiegle!

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August 26, 2014

Go, Bookmark And Follow: Nod Away

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By Request Reminder: Seth Kushner Event Tonight

imageAs has been discussed on a dozen or more comics news sites, the photographer and comics-maker Seth Kushner has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been hospitalized for a lengthy time while his healthcare professionals pursue treatment options. Several of Kushner's friends and peers in the comics community have put together a benefit evening for tonight. It's hoped that if you aren't able to attend that you might consider making a direct donation to Kushner's GoFundMe campaign. All of these activities are designed to alleviate some of the burden that leukemia can have on an entire family. This site wishes Kushner and his friends the best luck in raising as much money as possible.
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Go, Look: Superheroes X Alcatena

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Go, Read: Joe McCulloch On Multiversity #1


Joe McCulloch is a superior critic/reviewer of comics, likely the best ever in terms of consistently writing well on a quick turnaround. This review of Multiversity #1 is very entertaining and makes a bunch of solid, interesting points about that work and its context. One thing I like about McCulloch's writing is that he manages to make strong statements without closing the door to more conversation, which is a rare, rare skill.
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