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August 1, 2014


Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

By Tom Spurgeon
 
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Go, Look: Jeremy Eaton's Etsy Store

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Police Advance Theory That Cosplayer Injured Sunday AM At SDCC Fell Rather Than Was Assaulted

There's a good write-up here at CBR about the Harbor Police determining that the cosplayed who was injured Sunday night may have fallen rather than have been assaulted; the CBR piece folds in the other information known about the injured person and her relationship to a man that was booked and then released on bond Sunday. I hope a fall turns out to be the case because of the ugliness implied in a willful assault. No matter the cause of her injuries, the cosplayer is still in our thoughts until she sees a full recovery.

I would also point out that the ability to have police officials involved in this way, and have security on high alert at the convention and at the hotels, that is one thing to which Comic-Con International makes a strong commitment and an area in which they enjoy some strong partnerships.

No matter the provenance of the young person's injuries, we must see to a continuing discusssion of harassment issues and issues of safety at shows, including Comic-Con. This story could still have some impact in an unexpected direction. I would imagine if this is the storyline we settle into as the most truthful one, there might for instance be some resulting discussion about minors attending shows. We'll see.
 
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Go, Look: A New Leslie Stein Comic Posted About Ten Days Ago

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Collective Memory: Comic-Con International 2014

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2014 edition of Comic-Con International, held July 24-27 at San Diego Convention Center in San Diego.

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

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Institutional
* Convention Site
* Festival Location
* Host City

Audio
* Buzz Blog

* Jamie Coville 01
* Jamie Coville 02
* Jamie Coville 03
* Jamie Coville 04
* Jamie Coville 05
* Jamie Coville 06
* Jamie Coville 07
* Jamie Coville 08
* Jamie Coville 09
* Jamie Coville 10
* Jamie Coville 11
* Jamie Coville 12
* Jamie Coville 13
* Jamie Coville 14
* Jamie Coville 15
* Jamie Coville 16
* Jamie Coville 17
* Jamie Coville 18
* Jamie Coville 19
* Jamie Coville 20
* Jamie Coville 21

* Nerdist

* ScreenRant
* SDCC Blog
* SDConCast

Blog Entries
* Abhay Khosla

* Chris Butcher
* ComicBook.com
* Comic-Con's Toucan Blog
* Comic Riffs 01
* Comic Riffs 02
* Comic Riffs 03
* Comic Riffs 04
* Comic Riffs 05
* Comic Riffs 06
* Comic Riffs 07
* Comic Riffs 08
* Comic Riffs 09
* Comics Grinder
* Crazy4Comicon

* David Brothers

* Graeme McMillan

* Mark Evanier 01
* Mark Evanier 02
* Mark Evanier 03
* Mark Evanier 04
* Mark Evanier 05
* Mark Evanier 06
* Mark Evanier 07
* Mark Evanier 08

* Robot 6 (Index)

* Shelf Life 01
* Shelf Life 02
* Shelf Life 03
* Shelf Life 04
* Shelf Life 05
* Slog

* The Beat (Index)
* The Library Of American Comics
* The Outhousers

* Zombie Cat Bacon

Facebook
* Comic-Con International On Facebook

Miscellaneous
* APE Home Page
* Wonder Con Home Page

News Stories and Columns
* 10News

* Boston.com

* CBR (Index)
* Click Hole
* ComicsAlliance (Index)
* Comicosity

* Deadline

* Ecumenical News
* Entertainment Weekly

* Forbes
* Fox News 01
* Fox News 02

* Huffington Post

* ICv2.com
* io9 01
* io9 02
* io9 03

* KOIN

* Newsweek
* New York Daily News
* New York Times

* PW 01

* Reason

* SFGate

* The Blaze
* The Golden Lasso
* The Mary Sue
* The Salt Lake Tribune
* Time

Photos And Other Visuals
* Jacq Cohen
* Jamie Coville 01
* Jamie Coville 02
* Robot 6
* The Mary Sue

Twitter
* #SDCC2014
* Tom Scioli

Video
* D Piddy
* New York Times
* The Young Turks

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If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through September 2014

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August 2
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 3
* If I Were In Tampa Bay, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Rhode Island, I'd Go To This

August 7
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This

August 8
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)

August 9
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

August 10
* If I Were In Boston, I'd Go To This (Boston Comic Con)
* If I Were In Sunderland, I'd Go To This (Sunderland Comic Con)

August 11
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 12
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

August 15
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 16
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 17
* If I Were Near Virginia Beach, I'd Go To This (VA Beach Comicon)
* If I Were Near Bridgeport, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Japan, I'd Go To This (Comiket)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (COMICA Festival Weekend)

August 18
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

August 23
* If I Were In New Jersey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Chimacum, I'd Go To This

August 30
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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September 5
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

September 6
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

September 7
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (Baltimore Comic-Con)
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This (Helsinki Comics Festival)

September 8
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 12
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

September 13
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

September 14
* If I Were In Rockville, I'd Go To This (SPX)
* If I Were In Hawaii, I'd Go To This (HawaiiCon)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

September 15
* If I Were In Seattle, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)
* If I Were In Asheville, I'd Go To This

September 21
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This (Rose City)

September 27
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Long Beach, I'd Go To This

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Ongoing
* Exploring Calvin And Hobbes, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Through August 3)
* Eye of the Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes’s Selections from Comics History, Wexner Center (through August 3)
* Modern Cartoonist: The Art Of Daniel Clowes, Wexner Center (Through August 3)
* The Irresistible Force Meets The Immovable Object: A Richard Thompson Retrospective, Billy Ireland Cartoon Library And Museum (Through August 3)

* Small Press Spotlight On Jon Adams, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)
* Raw Fury: The Art Of Mike Zeck, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 10)

* Pretty In Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, Cartoon Art Museum (Through August 24)

* Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cartoon Art Museum (Through September 14)

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This post is designed to list events through the month after this one, including ongoing exhibits. If you don't see your event above, perhaps check out the future listings here. If it's not listed anywhere,

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Go, Look: Bogeyman #3

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

* there are two forthcoming workshops at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum that sound worth it if you're in that part of the country. I'd attend.

image* Todd Klein on Green Lantern #32. AH on Operation Margarine. Dominic Umile on Escapo. Mike Sterling on some comics.

* not comics, but also comics: Sonia Harris reminds that sexism in comics takes place against a backdrop of horrifying sexism throughout several of our cultures.

* someone at Off Life talks to Annie Koyama. Seo Kim profiles Graham Falk. Steve Morris talks to Adam Murphy.

* why Chris Sims is really, really careful about taking sketchwork for free. I like his answer.

* I like this Fantastic Four page. Marvel invested a lot of smart creative energy into the Fantastic Four property over the last 10 years -- it's hard to think of a trio of writers more in tune with the times over the period than Mark Millar/Jonathan Hickman/Matt Fraction, and a lot of the artists have been solid to good, too. The title has continued to struggle, at least in broad terms. I wonder if this isn't the first of the Marvel Silver Age properties that may be creatively spent, in a sense, that may just be disconnected from the modern audience as it exists now. That's probably nuts, but I still think about it.

* not comics: I don't know that I've seen this Mike Ploog Wizards drawing before.

* finally, Alternative Comics has available some of the recent Kevin Huizenga minis in addition their own books.
 
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Happy 27th Birthday, Michael DeForge!

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Happy 55th Birthday, Mark Newgarden!

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July 31, 2014


Go, Look: The Next War

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Jay Maeder, RIP

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Go, Read: The Mary Sue's Update On Injured SDCC Cosplayer

Here. Bunch of stuff I didn't know yet: the identity of the arrested person, that the arrested person was someone known to the victim, that this person is out on bail, that this person is openly talking about his proximity to the victim that evening and denying involvement in any sort of assault, and the fact there may be other suspects. It's good to hear the victim is recovering and our thoughts are still with her.
 
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Go, Look: Anna Sailamaa

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Go, Read: SCOTUSblog's Tom Goldstein In Support Of The Supreme Court Hearing The Kirby/Marvel Case

The best write-up I've seen so far is here. I don't know if any of these briefs in support mean a damn thing, and I'm resigned to this going the other way. Still, it's been nice with a lot of these briefs, because they're written with a Supreme Court ruling in mind, talking about the issues more in terms of being reflective of desirable or undesirable law rather than whether or not the law -- no matter its nature -- was being adhered to. It really is too bad if Marvel can profit from an assumed relationship to Jack Kirby as a kind of employee when that seems clearly not their relationship by any rational measure you or I would describe someone working that way.
 
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Go, Look: Imagery From Nightslayer #1

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not sure why this showed up in my facebook feed a while back, but some of these images are fascinating
 
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Missed It: Amazon Hunkers Down At 30 Pct Revenue Point In Still-Ongoing Amazon Vs Hachette Battle

imageI haven't been covering the Amazon vs. Hachette battle as it strings itself out over several weeks because my interest is less in the particulars of that battle than in Amazon's tactics in fighting it. Like many other media, comics has ceded a significant amount of its sales to Amazon and Amazon-affiliated businesses, so how they pursue something they want becomes of significant interest even when there are multiple arguments about the potential outcomes, both short- and long-term.

So I was interested in this letter, which takes an unofficial talking point ("Amazon wants 50 percent") off of the table and brings the argument around to a pretty strong place for Amazon: their perceived ability to add to an author's bottom line vs. the perceived ability of publishers like Hachette to enhance it. Of course, I'd rather that these arguments were taking place at the 50 creator 25/25 other players, or even 70/15/15, but that's just me.
 
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Go, Look: Larry Todd

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By Request Extra: Rubber Necker #6

Nick Bertozzi has had a crowd-funding campaign going for his Rubber Necker #6 for a while, even though I haven't posted about until now. It's very modestly conceived, and I hope you'll check it out. Bertozzi is working a variety of projects right now, and I hope that his fan base will keep straight-up alterantive comics in the mix somehow.
 
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Go, Look: Heta Bilaletdin

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By Request Extra: John Porcellino Kickstarter Hits Goal

The crowd-funder in support of a documentary about John Porcellino has apparently hits its goal with several days remaining. I think Porcellino is an important cartoonist, and I'm hoping that the documentary, this fall's publication of The Hospital Suite and the tour in support of both will drive attention to that fact.

Mostly, though, I'm mentioning it here because I thought several of you might want to particpate.
 
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OTBP: Adventures On A Desert Island

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This Isn't A Library: New And 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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JUN141208 HOW TO BE HAPPY HC $24.99
MAY141406 GAST GN $22.99
Two really solid stand-alone volumes from two very talented creators, both at Fantagraphics. The first is Eleanor Davis' first major short-story collection, and people were oohing and aahing over it in San Diego. Gast is Carol Swain, with whom Fantagraphics has had a relationship for more than 20 year. Swain is a natural-born cartoonist of the Chester Brown variety in that she could draw people making sandwiches for 200 pages and it'd be interesting. I kow almost nothing about the book, but I'll buy it.

imageMAR140516 FATALE #24 (MR) $4.99
FEB140793 HAWKEYE #19 $3.99
APR140303 WAKE #10 (MR) $2.99
MAY140719 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #2 (MR) $2.99
MAY140027 BALTIMORE WITCH OF HARJU #1 $3.50
NOV130513 PROPHET #45 $3.99
A smaller than usual but potent week of comics that popped for me in the adventure comic serial comic book realm. That's a classy ending to the Brubaker/Phillips Fatale -- Brubaker's endings are under-appreciated -- and I look forward to their forthcoming noir project. The Hawkeye was the buzz book yesterday for a big chunk of the comics Internet I follow. There are only a handful of these left and all the creators involved are in a good creative space right now, so the individual comic books should be of a very high quality. Wake is a top-selling comic, although it hasn't really brought me into its world yet. Outcast is the new Robert Kirkman-written comic (with artist Paul Azaceta), so that's worth noting. I'm sure it's already been sold for some sort of film/tv adaptation. There's your Mignola, while Prophet #45 ends this cycle -- I think -- with another yet to come.

MAR140095 GASOLINE ALLEY HC VOL 02 COMPLETE SUNDAYS 1923-1925 $75.00
I thought the first one of these was a beautiful, fun, book, and I can't imagine this one not being more attractive. Not sure where I stand on having giant books around -- they're kind of a weird reading experience.

FEB140527 LAZARUS TP VOL 02 LIFT (MR) $14.99
I enjoy reading these well-executed genre comics in individual serial comic book form when I get them; don't remember much about them when I put the books down, although maybe that's not a criticism. I can certainly imagine this one becoming some sort of TV show in the next few years; there's at least three or four fun acting parts in here, and it feels like the creators have done the work of world creation rather than positioned themselves up near that work.

JUN140922 COMPLETE FUNKY WINKERBEAN HC VOL 02 1975-1977 $45.00
JUN140923 COMPLETE FUNKY WINKERBEAN HC VOL 03 1978-1980 $45.00
MAY140540 RIP KIRBY HC VOL 07 $49.99
There was a time not too many years ago where a Funky Winkerbean collection would have seemed perfectly normal and seven volumes of Rip Kirby would have seemed strange beyond measure. Now those positions are reversed. The funny thing is, I like both of these strips about equally.

MAR141262 NAJA HC $29.99
This is JD Morvan and Bengal, and looks impossibly, beautifully slick. Sci-fi comics are not my thing, but there's a definite mini-market there now even if what that market will handle and what it won't has been worked through just yet. I think Magnetic Press is doing a bunch of Bengal.

MAY141582 NEWT GN $7.99
This is Nicolas Mahler, with whom I'm familiar, working with an artist named Heinz Wolf, with whom I'm definitely not familiar. I like the price point of $8 for 80 pages, and would definitely check it out where I to encounter it in a comics shop.

JUN141437 SNOWPIERCER GN $14.99
I liked the movie, which was bonkers and pretty and had a lot of good actors chewing the scenery in an almost 1970s disaster-film way -- something I'm sure was intentional. The graphic novel on which the movie is based is pretty dull, and only for those that like traditional bd adventure-comics art or that saw the movie and wishes it were less frenetic and treated the plot with much more seriousness.

MAR140282 DOOM PATROL OMNIBUS HC (MR) $150.00
MAY141671 MONSTER TP VOL 01 PERFECT ED URASAWA $19.99
Finally, two of the best genre works of the 1990s, maybe top five in terms of consistent entertainment. The Doom Patrol is all of the Grant Morrison comics featuring that team from the transition-into-Vertigo period. I think those are funny, weird comics, and have an appealing trashiness to them that I don't think was a significant part of any other of the for-adults superhero books of that time period. Monster is one I haven't totally devoured yet, so I'm glad for a kind of legacy edition that should be around for a while.

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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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