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August 21, 2017


Go, Read: Mildred

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Go, Read: Nate Piekos On Tendinitis

Here. It's heartbreaking for the story of it and heartening in the warning of it.

Cartooning encompasses a variety of professions many of which drive their practitioners toward a number of subtle physical hazards. I hope that everyone pays attention to those matters. In a wider sense, away from the unique wrist and hand and neck risks that cartoonists take, we all know that to one degree or another a life spent sitting while working (likely overworking) is an accelerant towards impairment and death.
 
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Go, Look: Would You Run 2000 Miles to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline?

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Festivals Extra: Linework NW Suspends Indefinitely

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Announcement through the link in the image.

I remain very fond of this show, spearheaded by Zack Soto and Francois Vigneault after the alt-/arts- community in Portland making a break away from a broader, more "indy"-oriented Stumptown Comics Fest. I thought Linework NW had a great vibe and specific-neighborhood feel, the venue was great, and that its inclusion of illustrators gave it a special boost. Any chance to visit Portland is a welcome one. I liked the parties, official and unofficial. I liked the breakfast options.

What Linework seemed to lack in this initial iteration was second-stage investment cash, making it very dependent on its community of volunteers and its organizers. Linework NW also, and I could be wrong about this, but in its first run of years Linework never quite seemed to evince that special extra 10 percent of need from its attendees or pros. That could just be laid-back Portland, but it just sort of seemed when the show was touch and go that the community could deal with "go," without it being there. The loss of similar shows in other cities might take that place off of the alt-comics map, period, but not comics-rich Portland. That's a hunch; I could be wrong.

My hope is that someone might step in for 2018 or 2019 with a little bit of cash and/or a whole lot of time and/or a plan that gets that city's comics culture and can take the show to the next level both organizationally and in terms of separating it conceptually from others, like the Rose City show where the other half of the old Stumptown festival community found root, or Seattle's Short Run up the road, whose dissolution would seem a greater loss to individual cartoonists in that great comics city. I'm not waiting up at night. I know how fragile these shows can be, how tough it is to sustain things past the initial magical weekend.
 
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Go, Look: "Wake Up, America! Terrorism Is Here!"

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* haven't checked back in on this Comic Art Workshop in a while; they've passed their first goal. Sounds like a noble project and with that many artists involved there are multiple entry point and reward possibilities.

* here's a benefit comics for Planned Parenthood.

* here's a Drew Ford-initiated project featuring the late Sam Glanzman.

* here's this week's person that wrote in and I did manage to see it and I've included it here. They promise and all-female main cast and all-female artists working on the project, which I know is something for which many of you watch out.

* Critical Chips 2 may have reached its goal by the time you read this. The first one was very well-regarded.

* this art book featuring Mike Ploog and Simon Bisley has pushed past its initial ask.

* finally, CR readers pick Patreons they think worthy of support. We're building a resource post on this site.
 
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OTBP: The Man Who Came Down The Attic Stairs

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Go, Look: Adventures Into The Unknown #67

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Brian Nicholson on The Academic Hour. Todd Klein on a pair of sketchbook efforts. Jannon Callaway on Dark Nights: Metal #1. Robert Kirby on Greek Diary.

* go, work: Gosh London is accepting resumes until the end of the year.

* Todd Klein collects a bunch of photos of HG Peter in one place. I aspire to snapshot knowledge of the two dozen or so major superhero creators, but I'm not there yet.

* Sean Edgar talks to Christopher Golden. Steve Foxe talks to Aubrey Sitterson. John Siuntres talks to Pat Mills.

* a classic comics-culture article: what some cartoonists will miss about drawing a specific, now-gone political figure.

* finally, this is just terrifying-looking. Also, I'm not sure as an old-school Fantastic Four fan I like the power set extending into morphed creatures.
 
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Happy 42nd Birthday, Matt Emery!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Will Shetterly!

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August 20, 2017


Go, Look: Socialism: As American As Apple Pie

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

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

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

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Happy 45th Birthday, Sean Kleefeld!

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Happy 59th Birthday, Daniel Torres!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Rina Ayuyang!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Marie Severin!

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FFF Results Post #486 -- Patreonage

On Friday, CR asked its readers to "Name Five Patreons Worth Supporting Not Yours." This is how they responded.

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Stergios Botzakis

1. Charles Forsman
2. The Comics Alternative Podcast
3. Kyle Starks
4. Michel Fiffe (pictured)
5. Jim Rugg

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Sean Kleefeld

1. Frank Page
2. Darrin Bell
3. Gillian Renk (pictured)
4. David Gallaher
5. Adam Huber

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Philippe Leblanc

1. Priya Huq
2. Michel Fiffe
3. Meags Fitzgerald
4. Kelly Tindall (pictured)
5. Sarah Horrocks

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Dan Berry For Make It Then Tell Everybody
2. Linda Medley
3. Jim Zub
4. Robin McConnell For Inkstuds
5. Kyle Baker (pictured)

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Oliver Ristau

1. Zainab Akhtar for Comics & Cola
2. Sloane Leong (pictured)
3. GG
4. Jen for Thunderpaw
5. Sarah Burrini

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Marc Arsenault

1. Sam Henderson
2. Katie Skelly
3. Graham Annable (pictured)
4. John Porcellino
5. Jim Rugg

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August 19, 2017


The Comics Reporter Video Parade


Mariscal Story


The Art Of Hector Curiel


Milton Caniff At Work


Lucy Bellwood's 100 Demon Dialogues Video


Lynda Barry Doing Her Thing Back In 2011
 
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Go, Look: Monuments

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

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

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

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