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January 18, 2018


Mark Campos, RIP

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Go, Look: Arielle Jovellanos

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Go, Look: Open Letter To Sleep

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Go, Look: It Was The Worst Of Times

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Go, Look: Two Buyer's Guide Cover By Dan Adkins

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through February 2018

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January 19
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

January 21
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

January 24
* If I Were In DC, I'd Go To This

January 25
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Long Island City, I'd Go To This

January 26
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

January 27
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This

January 28
* If I Were In France, I'd Go To This (Angouleme Festival)

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February 3
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

February 9
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 10
* If I Were In San Mateo County, I'd Go To This (Small Press Expo At PLCAF)
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 11
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 12
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 13
* If I Were In Denver, I'd Go To This (ALA Midwinter)

February 14
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 21
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

February 28
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For March 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: 2002 Steve Skroce Spider-Man Villain Designs

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Holly Raidl on The Foldings #1. Todd Klein on The Sandman Oversize Special #1.

* this Evan Dorkin recreation of a Fantastic Four cover is quite the sight. That's a whole interesting world of original art collection: cover recreations. I'm guessing that started with the artists that worked on those covers themselves, but maybe it's something like a Fred Hembeck was doing that got that going.

* Roger Langridge inking Ramona Fradon.

* go, look: Jason paying homage to Moebius.

* finally: I've never seen this Tim Truman drawing of Batman before now. I always liked Truman's single-images.
 
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Happy 52nd Birthday, Stephen DeStefano!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Frank Quitely!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Mike Lynch!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Charles Yoakum!

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Happy 84th Birthday, Raymond Briggs!

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Happy 47th Birthday, Yvan Alagbé!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Christian Durieux!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Alan Gardner!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Patrick Lesueur!

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Happy 46th Birthday, Scott Mills!

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January 17, 2018


Go, Look: Mark Kaufman

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Go, Look: Erik Thurman

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Collective Memory: Best Comics And Graphic Novels Lists For 2017

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These are links to various Best-Of-2017 comics and graphic novels lists.

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

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Primary Lists

* Zainab Akhtar

* Ryan C 01
* Ryan C 02
* Richmond Clements

* Daniel Elkin

* Joe Gordon

* Lisa Hanawalt
* Alex Hoffmann
* Kevin Huizenga

* Chase Magnett
* Chris Mautner
* Joe McCulloch
* JA Micheline

* Oliver Ristau'

* Publishers Weekly

* Matt Seneca
* Zack Soto

* The AV Club
* The Beat
* The Verge

* Matthew Wells

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Go, Look: A Part Of Me Is Still Unknown

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into The Direct Market

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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.

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OCT171817 CRAZY QUILT SCRAPS & PANELS ON WAY TO GASOLINE ALLEY HC $70.00
This long-awaited Frank King pre-Gasoline Alley collection could be called "Unnamed Peter Maresca Project" and I bet a significant chunk of its audience would still be on board. King was an amazing cartoonist, and Peter's an amazing publisher.

imageSEP170482 LIGHTS OF THE AMALOU TP $39.99
SEP170040 SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE HC $19.99
OCT170530 FOUR WOMEN TP $17.99
AUG170497 GENE COLAN TOMB OF DRACULA ARTIST ED HC $125.00
OCT170376 SUPER POWERS BY JACK KIRBY TP $39.99
That is just a great line-up of artists: Wendling, Corben, Kieth, Colan, Kirby. It's hard for me to imagine a scenario where any of these books disappoints a reader, although I'm least familiar with the Wendling as a specific project.

OCT170201 DAMAGE #1 $2.99
NOV170530 ASSASSINISTAS #2 CVR A HERNANDEZ (MR) $3.99
NOV170531 ASSASSINISTAS #2 CVR B MCGEE (MR) $3.99
Not a lot in the traditional comic book format, so this is the day I'd look at one of the new DC drawers-up-front imprint or the Gilbert Hernandez-involved series from another new imprint. Why not?

NOV170690 KILL OR BE KILLED #15 (MR) $3.99
NOV170691 KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 03 (MR) $16.99
The best single-issue of the week is the new Brubaker/Phillips comic, which also has its latest trade out. I've been enjoying the Sean Phillispi

AUG171347 COMPLETE OKKO TP $39.99
I enjoyed specific cycles of this series when it was a big hitter for Archaia. I remember it being tightly drawn and sharply told, as much action-adventure work isn't really my thing.

NOV171665 EC FELDSTEIN KRIGSTEIN BRADBURY MASTER RACE HC $29.99
Yikes, what names. Krigstein in particular seems always worth reding

NOV172155 FANCY POP DESIGN SC $49.95
I don't see a whole lot of design books from the perspective of a comics publisher or comics maker, so maybe this book is that. This is an aces thing to be able to check out in the comic book store before dying.

NOV171749 FIFTY FREAKIN YEARS OF FREAK BROTHERS TP (KNOCKABOUT) (RES) $12.99
All hail the Freak Bros, and all hail the great Gilbert Shelton.

SEP171324 GIANT DAYS NOT ON THE TEST EDITION HC VOL 02 $34.99
I've been buying these in serial comic form which I didn't think would be as difficult as it has been. These creators are really killing it.

NOV171215 MUTTS SPRING DIARIES TP $9.99
In a week of great artists, Patrick McDonnell deserves a place in their company. If you hadn't read one in a while, the art just rips into you.

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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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Go, Look: Wrightson + Kaluta On The Shadow

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Go, Look: John Celardo-Era Tarzan Sundays

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