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April 23, 2018


Lee Holley, RIP

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* 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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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Marc-Oliver Frisch on comics by Olivia Vieweg. Sue Carter on Love That Bunch.

* congrats to Steve Sack on winning a Minnesota Book Award.

* I thought this cartoon might gain some traction. I don't think that sentimental is the only way to do cartoons about public figures, but a lot of people do and one that hits right almost always becomes popular.

* finally: a high-quality print of Will Elder's amazing "A Visit To Grandma's" is available until Friday. If I had $150 to spare on a print this week, it'd go to one. Elder was an amazing artist, a sneaky spot-holder on the top 20 of the 20th Century.
 
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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

image* in case you missed it, an on-line fundraiser to send money directly to William and Nadine Messner-Loebs has been established. I hope that they get the cushion they need to live safely and securely, and this could help facilitate that. The previous gofundme for the longtime mainstream comics writer and one-time indie comics cartoonist, the one that went up right when the story was reported, was for a charitable group that was helping the comics pair and others. I also hope that someone from that group or from comics can step in and help the couple with advice and perspective; I suspect there are issues involved that an influx of money won't completely help. The best of luck to that talented man and his beloved partner, though; I hope all that can and are moved to do so will give generously.

* here's a prison librarian hoping for a GN and genre book build-up of their resources. No answer as of yet if they're accepting any comics an author wants to send or if it's preferred that it goes/has to go through the linked-to Amazon list. I worked with a prison library 100 years ago and things can be very specific.

* the ambitious campaign by Retrofit to fund 12 books at apprxoximately $3000 per book could use some definite help. I've seen bigger last week's but not a lot of them. I know at least three of these books will be swell and I'm sure others will, too. We need to have a talk at some point about our expectations regarding publisher-involved crowd-funders but I'm not sure how to facilitate that.

* finally, Sloane Leong is looking for help to get to Angouleme and participate in a residency. That would be nice to see happen.
 
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If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through May 2018

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April 24
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

April 25
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)

April 26
* If I Were In Minneapolis, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In London ON, I'd Go To This (TingFest)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This

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

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)

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)

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: Wolverine Vs. Silver Surfer

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Happy 76th Birthday, Edmond Baudoin!

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April 22, 2018


Go, Look: Olivia Fields

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Go, Look: Nicole Scerra

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If I Were In Lucerne, 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 San Diego, I'd Go To This

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If I Were Near Lake Como, I'd Go To This

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Happy 71st Birthday, Tadashi Matsumori!

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Happy 34th Birthday, Jacque Nodell!

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Happy 48th Birthday, Bryan Hitch!

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Happy 62nd Birthday, Larry Mahlstedt!

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Happy 71st Birthday, Steve Englehart!

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FFF Results Post #500e -- To-Do List

On Friday, March 16, a select group of CR readers were asked to "Name Five Comics You Believe Might Have Significant Merit That You Have Yet To Read." This is how they responded.

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Mário Filipe

1. L'Incal By Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius
2. Asterios Polyp By David Mazzucchelli (pictured above)
3. Ninja By Brian Chippendale
4. Multiforce By Mat Brinkman
5. Are You My Mother? By Alison Bechdel

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Tom Spurgeon

1. Bill Mauldin's 1950s and 1960s Editorial Cartoons (Past A Few)
2. Bootsie
3. Sir Bagby
4. Classic Dan Dare (pictured above)
5. Kudzu

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Oliver Ristau

1. Farmer Ned's Comic Barn by Gerald Jablonski
2. Tekkon Kinkreet by Taiyo Matsumoto (pictured above)
3. Soldier X by Igor Kordey
4. Early Retirement by Mark Thomas Gibson
5. Stranger Than Life: Cartoons and Comics 1970-2013 by M.K. Brown

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Michael Dooley

1. Shitty Watchmen, by Dave Baker and others
2. The Complete Crepax Volume Three: Evil Spells, by Guido Crepax
3. Crazy Quilt, Scraps and Panels on the Way to Gasoline Alley, by Frank King
4. The Graphic Canon of Crime and Mystery, Volume One: From Sherlock Holmes to A Clockwork Orange to Jo Nesbø, by Russ Kick
5. The Provocative Colette, by Annie Goetzinger (pictured above)

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thanks to those that participated; normal service will begin with #501 at a future date

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April 21, 2018


Go, Look: Baron Yoshimoto

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Go, Look: Liam Cobb

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

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

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

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