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September 26, 2016


OTBP: The Plunge

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Go, Read: KC Green On Appropriation Of Imagery

Here. I think that's reasonably telling and a pretty good outcome all around. Shit happens, so it's good to remember principles that favor creators even if you don't think they apply. It's okay to express yourself to someone if you think they're doing something in a non-optimal way. It's gracious of the creator to say not worry about it and that everyone in the "room" knows that it's the choice of the creator to be gracious, if they want to be.
 
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Go, Look: Russ Heath Sea Devils Covers

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Go, Read: Owner Of A Seattle Venue For Cartoonists Shaken Up By Reminder Of 2012 Gun Violence

Here. That's a central location of the Seattle cartooning community, version 2.0. The idea that places that represent ideas that people don't like, that these places will be subject to bullying and violence, that is a horrible idea for comics makers to have to deal with moving forward.
 
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Go, Look: Olle Forsslof

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* Tara O'Connor could use some Patreon-related help as she faces medical expenses.

image* the Rotland Press crowd-funder for Black Eye #3 is ongoing.

* I'm still interested in this Amiculus fundraiser from an industry perspective, as I think it's the kind of comic that will only ever make around its minimum and will have a hard time raising traditional capital.

* I couldn't get to the article past the advertising screens, but somewhere starting here is an article about some of the psychological triggers involved in crowd-funding campaigns.

* familiar names (to me) with crowd-funders: Kyle Starks, Joamette Gil, Ryan K. Lindsay, Brian Pulido.

* finally, I didn't want to totally miss this Danielle Corsetto crowd-funder, even though I came close. She's well past her initial goals, but you might want to participate.
 
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If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through October 2016

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September 27
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naperville, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Dublin, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Naperville, I'd Go To This

September 29
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)

September 30
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)

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October 1
* If I Were In Oregon, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Bristol, I'd Go To This (BCZF)
* If I Were In Richmond, I'd Go To This (RZF)

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

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Jersey City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Ashburton, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 8
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Queens, I'd Go To This

October 9
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In San Jose, I'd Go To This (APE)

October 10
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

October 11
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brookline, I'd Go To This

October 13
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Chapel Hill, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Decatur, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 15
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In St. Louis, I'd Go To This (St. Louis Small Press Expo)
* If I Were In Austin, I'd Go To This

October 16
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Kendal, I'd Go To This (LICAF)
* If I Were In Sherman Oaks, I'd Go To This

October 17
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 19
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

October 20
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 22
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)
* If I Were In Dearborn, I'd Go To This (Comique Con)

October 23
* If I Were In Tulsa, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Tulsa)

October 25
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

October 28
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 29
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)
* If I Were In San Francisco, I'd Go To This

October 30
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This (Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo)
* If I Were In Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This (MegaCon Tampa Bay)
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

October 31
* If I Were Near Lucca, I'd Go To This (Lucca Comics & Games)

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Events For November 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Riley Rossmo Mainstream Comics Imagery

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Tobias Carroll talks to Marguerite Bennett. Steve Morris talks to Joamette Gil.

* go, watch: Farel Dalrymple workspace video.

* Sean Kennedy profiles Katherine Keller. Keller's great; I haven't seen her in years, but we've always traveled in different circles.

* not only is the specific cartoon great, but it's fantastic that the Billy Ireland contributes stuff to The Nib. There's a sensibility to different periods of comics -- different than this one -- that relate really well to issues of our day.

* good gravy, look at this beautiful Jack Kirby page.

* Jason Latour announces something he's doing in response to protests in Charlotte last week.

* finally, Steve Lieber presents the latest greatest story ever told.
 
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Happy 65th Birthday, Tom Veitch!

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Happy 61st Birthday, Stephen Weiner!

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Happy 70th Birthday, Louise Simonson!

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September 25, 2016


Koyama Press Announces Spring Season '17: Their Tenth Birthday

imageIn an announcement sent out today, Annie Koyama and her crack team of comics-loving facilitators at Koyama Press announced their Spring 2017. They remind us that 2017 will see the celebration of Koyama Press' 10th Anniversary. They promise "surprises," and more importantly for this site, "an incredible slate of comics."

The featured artists and works for the season are Jesse Jacobs with Crawl Space, Ben Sears with Volcano Trash, Eleanor Davis with You & A Bike & A Road, Keiler Roberts with Sunburning, Jane Mai and An Nguyen and Novala Takemoto (as an interview subject) in a book on Lolita subculture, and Erik Kostiuk Williams with Condo Heartbreak Disco.

That is as solid a group of artists as the company has ever published in a single season, and may be the best in the company's short, distinguished existence-to-date. I'd have to check.

Cover images and titles and descriptions and publishing breakdowns are:

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Crawl Space
ISBN: 978-1-927668-41-2
Specs: $19.95, 6.5 x 9, 96 pages, color, paper over board
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher's Description: "A washer and dryer provide gateways to higher levels of reality and psychedelic weirdness for a group of neighborhood children.

"In the basement, through the appliances and past the veil that separates realities, lies a rainbow-hued world where a group of kids have found retreat from their suburban mundanity with a coterie of iridescent creatures. But in the fraught realm of adolescence, can friendship survive the appeal of the surreal?"

Publisher's Biography Of Creative Talent: "Jesse Jacobs was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, and now draws comics and things from his home in Hamilton, Ontario. In 2009, his books Small Victories and Blue Winter were shortlisted at the Doug Wright Awards for Canadian Cartooning. He received the Gene Day Award for Canadian Comic Book Self-Publisher of 2008. Even the Giants (AdHouse, 2011) marked his major publishing debut after several award-winning, self-published titles, and his work has appeared in the acclaimed Latvian comics anthology š!, as well as the 2012 edition of The Best American Comics edited by Francoise Mouly and published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He made his debut with Koyama Press in 2012 with the psychedelic creation myth By This Shall You Know Him, which was followed by the trippy take on nature versus nurture Safari Honeymoon in 2014."

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Volcano Trash
ISBN: 978-1-927668-42-9
Specs: $12.00, 6.5 x 9, 120 pages, color, trade paper
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher's Description: "The boys are back to their temple raidin' ways, but has the long, crooked arm of the law caught them?

"Corrupt cops, hive-like henchmen, be-goggled boy heroes, labyrinthine HQs, unlikely team-ups, heartbreaking best friend breakups, and a liberal dose of super science, zingers and explosive action. Sound like a Double+ adventure? It is."

Publisher's Biography Of Creative Talent: "Ben Sears is a cartoonist, illustrator and musician born and raised in Louisville, KY where he continues to live and work. His Double+ character has appeared in a number of zines, online anthologies and the all-ages adventure comic Night Air, where he has been perpetually in over his head."

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You & A Bike & A Road
ISBN: 978-1-927668-40-5
Specs: $12.00, 6 x 8.5, 160 pages, b&w, trade paper
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher's Description: "Collecting a raw, immediate and moving journal that chronicles a two-month long bike tour from Tuscon, AZ to Athens, GA.

"In 2016, acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross-country bike tour as it happened. The immediacy of Davis' comics journal makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.

Publisher's Biography Of Creative Talent: "Eleanor Davis is a cartoonist and illustrator. She lives in Athens, GA. She was born in Tucson, Arizona. In 2009, Davis won the Eisner's Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award and was named one of Print magazine's New Visual Artists. In 2013, her short story "In Our Eden" received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. In 2015, her book How To Be Happy won the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection."

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Sunburning
ISBN: 978-1-927668-44-3
Specs: $12.00, 7 x 9, 120 pages, b&w, trade paper
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher's Description: "Collecting the moments that make up the days of a bipolar artist and mother. They are messy, funny and real.

"In an era where personal lives are meticulously curated and presented, Keiler Roberts' unflinching and intimate comics reveal real life to be as absurd as it is profound. In a sequence of vignettes, Roberts delineates the complicated life of a mother and artist that can be comical, melancholic and delightful."

Publisher's Biography Of Creative Talent: "Keiler Roberts' autobiographical comic series, Powdered Milk, has received four Ignatz Award nominations and one win, and was included in the Notables List of The Best American Comics 2014, 2015 and 2016. Her work has been published in The Chicago Reader, Mutha Magazine, Nat. Brut, Darling Sleeper,New City, and several anthologies. She was a Special Guest at CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Festival) in 2015 and Chicago Zine Fest in 2013."

"Miseryland, Roberts' third book, has been reviewed by Publishers Weekly, The Comics Journal, BMu, Sequential State, and more. New City named Roberts one of the Top Five Comics Artists in Chicago in 2015. She was a panelist in The Chicago Architectural Biennial, and has performed readings of her comics at Brain Frame, Sector 2337 Gallery, Quimby's, and Two Cookie Minimum. In 2016, she had a solo show at The Naughton Gallery at Queen's University in Belfast. Keiler teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and DePaul University."

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So Pretty/Very Rotten: Comics And Essays On Lolita Fashion And Cute Culture
ISBN: 978-1-927668-43-6
Specs: $18.00, 5 x 7, 300 pages, b&w, trade paper
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher's Description: "A short story and essay collection exploring the Japanese fashion subculture, Lolita, by two cartoonists who go beyond the clothes.

"In a series of essays and comics that are at once academic and intimate, cartoonists Jane Mai and An Nguyen delve into Lolita subculture and their relationship with it. Empowering and beautiful, but also inescapably linked to consumerism, the Rococo-inspired fashion is indulgent and sublime, pretty and rotten."

Publisher's Biographies Of Creative Talent: "An Nguyen is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Ottawa, ON best known for her romantic comic series Open Spaces and Closed Places. She has drawn comics for Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Electric Ant zine, and various Love Love Hill anthologies. In addition to So Pretty/Very Rotten, she and Jane Mai also released a zine titled Don't Talk to Me or I'll Set Myself on Fire."

"Jane Mai is a freelance illustrator and comic artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has appeared in several anthologies and self-published zines. Koyama Press published her first book, Sunday In The Park With Boys, which was followed by the zine Sorry I Can't Come In On Monday I'm Really Really Sick, and See You Next Tuesday. "

"Novala Takemoto is a Japanese author, fashion designer and prominent promoter of the Lolita lifestyle. Soleinuit (Kokushokankai), his first collection of essays, was published in 1998. He debuted as a novelist in 2000 with Missin' (Shogakukan). He achieved wide recognition when his 2002 novel Shimotsuma Monogatari (Shogakukan) was adapted into the movie, Kamikaze Girls, in 2004. His most recent work is Rakkusei (Cyzo, Inc.)."

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Condo Heartbreak Disco
ISBN: 978-1-927668-45-0
Specs: $10.00, 7 x 10, 52 pages, b&w, trade paper
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher's Description: "The condopocalypse is engulfing Toronto and a dynamic duo of gender fluid superheroes is all that's left to stop it.

"Towers of steel and glass are decimating Toronto's neighborhoods; replacing communities with condos. Can the city's primary purveyors of socially motivated revenge and personal guidance, Komio and The Willendorf Braid, save the city from condo hell, or are they too late to save this Hogtown from the twisted CEO?"

Publisher's Biography Of Creative Talent: "Eric Kostiuk Williams is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Toronto, ON. His debut autobiographical work Hungry Bottom Comics was nominated for the 2013 Doug Wright Spotlight Award, and each issue of the series was selected for The Best American Comics' Notable Books of 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively. Recent commercial clients include Joe Fresh, the Drake Hotel, Xtra!, and the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention."

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A Brief Note Or Two On The Late Kim Thompson Being Born 60 Years Ago Today

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The great translator, underrated critic and legendary publishing figure Kim Thompson, who died in 2013, would have been 60 today. I suspect Kim would have rolled his eyes at prolonged public sadness over his passing, so I won't mention anything like that here other than to state it's still slightly impossible for me to believe that I could go to that office right this very second and not find him working in that little office of his, or stepping into the kitchen to greet me.

The thing that stuck in my head, though, throughout today, was how many people texted and e-mailed that they thought Kim was older than 60 when he passed away. I think that's because Kim and Gary Groth and their roughly same-age peers were either the first generation of alt-comics publishers or the first generation since the first generation to enter mainstream comics in a significant way. So you have a lot of people 55-65 with trackable careers two, three, four decades long in an established arts industry, which is rare outside of a few precocious creative talents.

Alt-comics is older now in a lot of ways, despite the flood of younger cartoonists driving down the average age overall. When I went to work at Fantagraphics in 1994 I was likely in the top half of older people in the office. I was 26. Kim and Gary, who seemed decades older in my mind, were in their late 30s. By then they had settled into a crucial if not stable industry role and had already held down that position for a dozen to 15 years. We just don't have a lot of people like that these days, people younger than 40 in key positions that we know will play as big or bigger roles 20 years from now. We are lucky to have them when and where we can, and for however long it lasts.
 
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Assembled Extra: Chris Ware Makes Touch Sensitive Available As Stand-Alone For iPads

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Click through the image. This was an iPad exclusive and thus remains one, but it's available outside of its presence nestled within a no-longer-exists McSweeney's app. Also, Chris Ware has a Facebook page.
 
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CAPA-alpha, RIP

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Link through the image, one of the great Bill Schelly's covers for the publication.

Except for the nice people involved in fandom back then who are still with us, this fan publication was kind of the last surviving entity of the golden age of fandom. It will end in December, and have a digital-only afterlife.
 
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OTBP: How To Be Perfect

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

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

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

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

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