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May 24, 2016


Go, Look: 1987 Kevin Nowlan Hand-Painted Color Guide

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Not Comics: Over-Valuing The Entreprenurial Class

Here. Comics has a version of this, in that it tends to see being paid for comics to the point it can be a primary profession as a key value, with all sorts of distortions and dysfunction spinning off from that central idea.. It's a myth from which we could back away a bit, I think, in the course of improving things for artists and getting more quality art out there.
 
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Go, Look: Kikuo Johnson On Latest New Yorker Cover

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

* here's some more news about Chinese versions of DC big three characters Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. I don't have any dark, Trump-like thoughts on this: I think these are properties and it's probably smart to have properties directly attuned to the world's great markets. I have almost no interest in this in a story sense, though. I do sort of wonder if these are the kinds of characters will be killed five years from now in service to propping up the big-bad in a crossover mini-series.

* William Gibson, comics-maker.

* so I guess there's a new Wasp character. The Wasp is probably the only female Marvel character that really works in a distinctive way in the 1960s Marvel comics, although I have a soft space for Kooky Quartet-era Scarlet Witch. It's weird to read the Jarvis character yelling at people.\\

* finally, Tillie Walden cements her Next Big Thing status with a book from First Second announced. It's a skating memoir.

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Go, Look: Amazing 1964 S. Clay Wilson Sketchbook Page

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Collective Memory: Linework NW 2016

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of Linework NW, held May 21-22 in and around the Sons Of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland.

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

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Institutional
* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Hannah Means-Shannon

Facebook
* Organization Page

* Erik Nebel

News Stories And Columns
* Bleeding Cool
* Portland Mercury
* Willamette Week

Twitter
* Event Account

* Aaron Meyers

* Brian Lee

* Dave
* Dylan Meconis

* Jacob

* Kevin Czap 01
* Kevin Czap 02

* Laura Knetzger
* Laurie Pina

* Meg Hunt
* Melty Buddy 01
* Melty Buddy 02
* MK Reed

* Pam Wishbow
* Paul Tobin

* Sean Ford
* Suzette Smith

* Trillian!

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Go, Look: Kate Bingamin-Burt

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Festivals Extra: Two Heartfelt Con Reports

Ran across two emotionally-driven convention reports within ten minutes of one another: Dustin Harbin on TCAF 2016; Erik Nebel on the just-completed Linework NW. The Harbin piece might of slightly greater interest because Harbin has written about shows before and the contrast between those pieces and this one seems pretty strong. They're both pretty great in similar ways, though.

One reason it becomes compulsive for some folks to want all of the things about comics to stop being harmful immediately is because there are so many things that are great about working in comics, or being a close observer, or being a devoted and focused reader. There's no reason everything couldn't be that much better.
 
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Go, Look: Anna Craig

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Go, Read: The Case Against Dan DiDio

By Abhay Kosla, here.

That's a brutal assessment of DiDio's career-to-date. I don't understand corporate culture, but as an observer of comics more generally it has always seemed to me that a whole lot of people could be held more accountable for the performance of their companies, and for the culture they foster in which others have to operate. (My performance since mid-2014 hasn't been great, either, but I own the joint.) It's not like with DC I can point to a lot of awesome publishing positives there, more like a scattering of decent-selling series, but maybe a few more will come to mind when I re-read Abhay's article. I'm happy to give space here and if it's of a high quality pay for the rights to anyone who would like to write a rousing, thorough defense of the arguments presented in that article; that would be interesting to read.

As far as DiDio goes, I've always thought if his job wasn't even close to being in danger in May 2008 when the first issue of the we-are-all-in Final Crisis somehow wasn't that month's #1 comic, he was going to be a really difficult fire. The nature of the success enjoyed by the New 52 publishing initiative seemed then and seems now like the kind of thing that keeps people in jobs, too, despite any number of caveats. People still remember the publicity-generating editorial tweaks and the lines outside of the NYC comic shops with that one. They don't remember it was a move that was self-correcting a couple of years of near free-fall, that Bob Wayne secured a lot of the retailer confidence involved, that the sales bumps enjoyed on certain books went away quickly, that the line once again became bottom heavy even more quickly than that, and that at best three or four characters were developed in an interesting way that might have other-media payoffs.

Anyway, that's a fun article; you should read it if you're a deep-diver when it comes to comic-book industry watching or if you ever want to work here. I've benefited greatly by comics' low standards, but we're at a point that's not good enough anymore -- doubly, triply, infinitely, finally so for the people whose performances have a drastic impact on a significant number of people's lives.
 
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If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through June 2016

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

May 26
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This

May 27
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 28
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)

May 29
* If I Were In Erlangen, I'd Go To This (Internationaler Comic Salon Erlangen)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Anime North)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Festival BD de Montreal)
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This (DIY Cultures)

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June 2
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 3
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This

June 4
* If I Were In West Virginia, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)

June 5
* If I Were In Philadelphia, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Philadelphia)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

June 7
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This

June 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 12
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This (CAKE)

June 14
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

June 16
* If I Were In New York, I'd Go To This

June 17
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In LA, I'd Go To This

June 18
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)

June 19
* If I Were In Charlotte, I'd Go To This (HeroesCon)
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Sacramento)
* If I Were In Toronto, I'd Go To This (Toronto Art Book Fair)

June 20
* If I Were Phoenix, I'd Go To This

June 23
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 24
* If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 25
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 26
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 27
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

June 28
* If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This (ALA Annual Conference)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: A Few Ruben Moreira Comics Pages

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Rob Clough on Chainmail Bikini. Conori Bell-Bhuiyan on Talk Dirty To Me.

* Keith Jones, Keith Jones, Keith Jones.

* video parade extra: not sure I can embed this video tour of Forbidden Planet NYC without it automatically popping up, so I'll direct you there in this post via the URL. That's a solid shop to shop in, I always buy something when I drop in. Most of what I look at is in the last 11 seconds, of course. One more time: that pops up really loud for me.

* I always love it when a cartoonist opens up their sketchbook and shows off those doodles.

* all of Kevin Nowlan's drawings are handsome, but this sketch of Batman looks like it would slap the cigarette out of your mouth if you dared smoke in the Batcave.

* just a couple of pals, hanging out.

* not comics: longtime writer-about-comics Marc Mason has self-published a book about his trip to Norway at age 40.

* finally, here's an interesting article about diversity in the Indian market. If you're like me, you'll be jotting down names and titles.
 
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Happy 68th Birthday, Alan Zelenetz!

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Happy 56th Birthday, Wimbledon Green!

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May 23, 2016


Go, Watch: Sam Alden Reads From The Cursed Prince


 
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Your 2016 Glyph Awards Winners

imageWinners were named May 20 for this year Glyph Awards, given out in conjunction with the weekend's East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention.

Chuck Collins and BOUNCE! won three of the awards. Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator Of Discipline took awards in two categories,

Winners in bold:

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STORY OF THE YEAR

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker -- Julian Voloj, Writer; Claudia Ahlering, Artist
* Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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BEST COVER

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton, Writer; Denis Medri, Artist
* Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust -- John Jennings, Writer and Artist
* Tephlon Funk! -- Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists

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BEST WRITER

* Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Concrete Park Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T
* (H)Afrocentric">Juliana "Jewels" Smith, (H)Afrocentric
* David F. Walker, Cyborg

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BEST ARTIST

* Dawud Anyabwile, Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline
* Keef Cross, Dayblack #4 -- Shot in the Ass
* John Jennings, Blue Hand Mojo: Dust to Dust

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BEST MALE CHARACTER

* Arron Day (Blackjack), Blackjack: There Came a Dark Hunter -- Alex Simmons, Writer; Tim Fielder, Artist
* Antonio Valor (Brotherman), Revelation: Brotherman -- Dictator of Discipline -- Guy A. Sims, Writer; Dawud Anyabwile, Artist

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BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

* Moon Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur -- Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Writers; Natacha Bustos and Amy Reeder, Artists
* Lily, Malice in Ovenland -- Micheline Hess, Writer and Artist
* Naima Pepper, (H)Afrocentric -- Juliana "Jewels" Smith, Writer; Ronald R. Nelson, Artist

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RISING STAR AWARD

* Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist -- Bounce!
* Stephane Metayer, Writer; David Tako & Nicolas Safe, Artists -- Tephlon Funk!
* D.C. Walker, Writer; Bruno Oliveira, Artist -- When the River Rises

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BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC

* Blackwax Boulevard -- Dmitri Jackson, Writer and Artist
* Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
* Detective Boogaloo: Hip Hop Cop -- Jamar Nicholas, Writer and Artist

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BEST REPRINT PUBLICATION

* Ajala: A Series of Adventures, Book Two (XMoor Studios)
* Concrete Park, Volume One: You Send Me (Dark Horse Comics)
* Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T (Dark Horse Comics)

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FAN AWARD FOR BEST WORK

* Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven -- Brandon Easton , Writer; Denis Medri , Artist
* Bounce! -- Chuck Collins, Writer and Artist
* Concrete Park, Volume Two: R-E-S-P-E-C-T -- Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear, Writers; Tony Puryear, Artist
* Shaft, Volume One: A Complicated Man -- David Walker, Writer; Sanford Greene, Artist

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Go, Look: Greg Irons' History Of Pirates Illustrations

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Go, Look: Visions Of Donald Trump

Michael Cavna gathers together various major political cartoonists' depictions of Donald Trump. There's some interesting stuff in there about how a few of them choose to do his mouth, believe it or not. A couple of the cartoons used made me laugh.

If Mr. Trump wins -- and he has a good chance of winning -- you're going to see the old adage that even the most brutally effective satire doesn't work anymore get a sound workout.
 
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Not Comics: Paintings By Piotr Jablonski

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Collective Memory: Linework NW 2016

imageLinks to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of Linework NW, held May 21-22 in and around the Sons Of Norway Grieg Lodge in Portland.

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

*****

Institutional
* Festival Site
* Physical Location
* Host City

Blogs And Personal Journals
* Hannah Means-Shannon

Facebook
* Organization Page

News Stories And Columns
* Portland Mercury
* Willamette Week

Twitter
* Event Account

* Brian Lee

* Dave

* Jacob

* Kevin Czap 01
* Kevin Czap 02

* Laura Knetzger
* Laurie Pina

* Melty Buddy 01
* Melty Buddy 02

* Trillian!

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Go, Look: Right Around Home Original

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Festivals Extra: Argument For Expanding Cosplay's Role At Shows

Here. It's not something that applies to all shows -- I don't see this being a concern for SPX or Linework NW -- and I'm always confused when these things are changed from a strategy someone might pursue to an argument to be won on the Internet. Still, there are some details in there that are worth knowing if you follow the convention business.

I would imagine most people running a show with a cosplay element would prefer someone of value to a show be a guest of a show as opposed to a free agent and perhaps, say, charging for photos. I also have to believe this already happens with a few shows. Many of the shows are conceived of in broad enough fashion that paid costume people would seem way less of a stretch than people you're likely to see invited to shows if there are this many of them in 2021.
 
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Go, Read: Robert Pranzatelli Profiles Max De Rodriguès

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