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April 26, 2018


Go, Look: Julia Ploch

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

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2018

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April 27
* If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In South Texas, I'd Go To This (South Texas Comic Con)
* If I Were Near Saarbrücken, I'd Go To This (Symposium)
* If I Were Near Jersey City, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

April 28
* If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In South Texas, I'd Go To This (South Texas Comic Con)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This As Well

April 29
* If I Were In Jersey, I'd Go To This (East Coast Comicon)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (SPACE)
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In South Texas, I'd Go To This (South Texas Comic Con)
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC Spring Fling)

April 30
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

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May 1
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

May 2
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

May 3
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

May 4
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 5
* If I Were In Portsmouth, I'd Go To This (PCC)
* If I Were In Chattanooga, I'd Go To This (Chattanooga Zine Fest)
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were Anywhere In The World, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 6
* If I Were In Portsmouth, I'd Go To This (PCC)
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This (northwestzinefest)

May 9
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

May 10
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 11
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

May 12
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This

May 13
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (TCAF)

May 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were In San Juan, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (MCCC)

May 19
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (ECBACC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CZF)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Swansea, I'd Go To This (Swansea Zine Fest)
* If I Were In San Juan, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (MCCC)

May 20
* If I Were In Vancouver, I'd Go To This (VanCAF)
* If I Were In San Juan, I'd Go To This (PRCC)
* If I Were Near Detroit, I'd Go To This (MCCC)

May 24
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

May 25
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 26
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 27
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (FBDM)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (LAZF)
* If I Were Near Riga, I'd Go To This (RZF)

May 31
* If I Were Near Erlangen, I'd Go To This

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Events For June 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Aditi Damle

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Alex Hoffman on Propagation And Seed Dispersal Of Human/Plant Hybrids On 625B.

* Jared Smith and Big Planet are the subjects of TCJ's retailer column.

* not comics: Unbreakable was the only film I've ever seen where more than half the crowd walked out. This sounds worse.

* this story about an Ignatz winner breaking up their brick into parts for everyone that participated in the winning anthology is very, very sweet.

* finally: Lisa Hanawalt is the best.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Matt Dembicki!

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Happy 52nd Birthday, Michael Kupperman!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Bruce Jay Friedman!

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April 25, 2018


Go, Look: Molly Fehr

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This Isn't A Library: New, Notable Releases Into Comics' 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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FEB180469 ALACK SINNER AGE OF DISENCHANTMENT TP $29.99
It's going to be near-impossible to buy an obviously better book this year. This is the second half of IDW's publishing project on behalf of all the Sinner work. These comics are marvelously drawn and the narratives are very lean.

imageFEB181556 NOW #3 (MR) $9.99I put this comic into the featured image slot just so I could go look at the cover. So Mission Accomplished there. It did not disappoint and neither has this anthology series.

DEC171204 GIRL IN THE HIMALAYAS ORIGINAL GN $16.99
DEC171208 GOLDIE VANCE TP VOL 04 $14.99
No idea on the former one except I liked the style represented on the sole cover image. That's enough for an in-store inspection, for sure. The second one is a solid all-ages performer; a fourth volume feels like a strong indicator this one is working with audiences.

SEP170442 ABSOLUTE PREACHER HC VOL 03 (MR) $150.00
Never a real fan, I feel like this material might look pretty great in this particular format. DC has a lot of this figured out.

FEB180605 BEEF #3 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
FEB180645 KILL OR BE KILLED #18 (MR) $3.99
FEB180685 SAGA #51 (MR) $2.99
FEB180380 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EVIL AT BALDURS GATE #1 CVR A DUNBAR $3.99
FEB180381 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EVIL AT BALDURS GATE #1 CVR B KOTZ $3.99
Beef is the new Shaky Kane and is impossible to describe without the words "Shaky" and "Kane." Kill Or Be Killed and Saga are A-level Image series and their appearance (particularly the latter) should mean a lot of happy customers. There are sad elements to each. The D&D stuff I noticed because I guess D&D is a thing now, but I'm convinced that the narrative elements of those games are nowhere is the key to its success as I thought when I was a little kid. So I'm always confused by narrative-driven spin-off.

FEB181034 ANIMOSITY HC VOL 01 YEAR ONE (MR) $39.99
This series -- which I understand is basically "Everyone The Wonder Everything" had a lot of nice buzz in the comics shops I've visited while coming out in serial form.

FEB181731 FASHION IN ACTION $20.00
That's a nice price point for a collection of JK Snyder III's stylish late 1980s back-up serial. I'm not sure I need to go back, but this makes it moire likely.

FEB182123 COMICS REVUE PRESENTS APR 2018$19.95
There's a really fun stand-alone Wilson McCoy Phantom story, a bunch of weird color Russ Manning Tarzan Sundays set in the earth's core and a satisfying later-period Flash Gordon story. I do so enjoy getting this magazine.

FEB182049 DC COMICS VARIANT COVERS COMP VISUAL HISTORY $45.00
Yeah.

MAR182160 READING LESSONS IN SEEING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GNS SC $30.00
An academic book with a non-academic price point. No idea why I'm obsessed with price pints this morning.

FEB180526 PERVERT OGN (MR) $17.99
I liked the Island excerpt and look forward to consuming this.

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

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

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Go, Look: W Loud's Punk Hero Comic Book Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on It's Cold In The River At Night. Alex Hoffman on The Pervert. Tom Murphy on Anti-Gone. Charles Hatfield on 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior.

* not comics: Marvel doesn't want to tip their hand as to the shape of their movie series until after Avengers 4, to best take advantage of the mystery caused by a lot of actors that are key to those movies coming to their contractual end. I hadn't thought of it, but this would have an effect on the big conventions where subject announcements are made.

* meanwhile, over at TCJ, the great Michael Tisserand tells one of the great stories in comics history, that of cartoonist Eugene XXX.

* finally: on the challenges facing the Direct Market. By "challenge," this article means "way to die."
 
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Happy 91st Birthday, Albert Uderzo!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Milo George!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Peter Sanderson!

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April 24, 2018


Go, Look: Eric Kostiuk Williams

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Drew Friedman unveils his cover for Jon B Cooke's big book about the series Weirdo. That's a fine R. Crumb, but a choice young Peter Bagge.

* Danica Novgorodoff will do four graphic novels in conjunction with a theater company's new season.

* this feels like propping something up for a shot at selling television/film right more than a long-term print plan, but that's a fun-enough property, I guess.

* I don't think someone just doing a video trailer for a comic is news anymore, but I'm happy to see a new Hope Larson book and sites excited about that fact.

* finally, a little bit of not comics: didn't know that Cathy Guisewite had a new book of prose essays out, and I'm interested in the result.
 
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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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OTBP: Comics By Douglas Noble

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ally Russell on Godhead.

* I hate the headline here; Michael Cavna checks in with the cartoonist.

* here's a short report from the MariNaomi/Tillie Walden/Pamela Ribon panel organized by the LAT Book Festival over the weekend.

* here's a selection of recommended graphic memoirs. Not everything that Alison Bechdel and Lynda Barry are graphic memoirs, but the enthusiasm for those they've done is apparent.

* this walk through Jesse Jacobs' work is quite fun. At this point, I'll read everything Jacobs does with impatient curiosity.

* finally: a recap of #FanCon from a devoted, close watcher.
 
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