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June 24, 2016


Go, Look: David Alegre

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Assembled, Zipped, Transferred And Downloaded: News From Digital

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image* aw, nice: work from Megan Kelso is newly available.

* go, read: webcomics providers as big business.

* Korean-style webtoons: the content of the future.

* go, read: Viz Media's new partnership.

* finally, here's a Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock blog tour in support of Compass South.
 
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If I Were In Orlando, I'd Go To This

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

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

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through July 2016

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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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July 1
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 2
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 3
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Glasgow, I'd Go To This (Glasgow Comic Con)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 4
* If I Were In Los Angeles, I'd Go To This (Anime Expo)
* If I Were In Florida, I'd Go To This (Florida Supercon)

July 6
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 8
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 9
* If I Were In Newark, I'd Go To This (#bettyzinefest)
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 10
* If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This (Montreal Comiccon)

July 12
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 15
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

July 16
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 17
* If I Were Near This, I'd Go To It (The Shrewsbury International Comic Art Festival)

July 20
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI Preview Night)

July 21
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 22
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 23
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 24
* If I Were In San Diego, I'd Go To This (CCI)

July 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

July 31
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (Wizard World Ohio)
* If I Were In San Antonio, I'd Go To This (Texas Comicon)

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Events For July 2016 Onward Listed Here

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Calvin Reid profiles First Second upon their 10th anniversary.

* last night in my dream my brother said to me: "the next school devoted to making comics should specialize in turning out graduates that can routinely afford original art." This is the rare thing not slapstick-oriented from a dream that made me laugh upon recalling it the next morning.

* not comics: so depressing.

* this can't be the first time someone has suggested this plotline. Analysis of superheroes by race tends to be interesting because as a story construct almost no one even tries to process those issues in serious, sober fashion.

* Gary Tyrrell goes deep on the new Comic-Con badges. I hope his journalistic questions were only ever in doubt because of structural issues...

* finally, readers of io9 ask questions of Ryan North.
 
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Happy 62nd Birthday, Russ Maheras!

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Happy 68th Birthday, Michael Dooley!

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June 23, 2016


Go, Look: Douglas Pollard

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

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Go, Look: Marvel Classic Comics

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* the festival organizer, retail veteran and writer Christopher Butcher profiles Shintaro Kago.

* bundled extra: the Kick-Ass concept is returning; new character as lead. I suppose that makes sense; it's a good costume and the concept is popular, but at the same time you can't do a lot with an individual character in that role before it gets silly.

* the great Moritat draws John Constantine.

* I guess there's another death-as-pr-event going on in the Marvel comic books right now. Those are always fascinating for the various levels at which fans of those books regard the books: there's sort of a gaming aspect to it, but also it's a dead-on straight-ahead view of what Marvel's doing line-wide.

* Andrew Weiss writes about punk rock and Jack Of Hearts.

* JP Vallafollita on Wonder Woman #1. David Betancourt on Dark Night.

* finally: some days it's like Bully is posting just for me.
 
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Happy 53rd Birthday, Zoran Janjetov!

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Happy 36th Birthday, Becky Cloonan!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Sacha Mardou!

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June 22, 2016


Go, Look: Molly Mendoza

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2016 Dwayne McDuffie Award To Svetlana Chmakova's Awkward

imageThere's an announcement here about this year's McDuffie Award going to Awkward, by cartoonist Svetlana Chmakova. The award was announced during last weekend's Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF).

This was the award's second year. Judges were Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Eva Volin, Edith Donnell and Marv Wolfman.

Chmakova accepted with a video, which you may find published on the page through that initial link.

Dwayne McDuffie was a talented, award-winning comics and animation writer who supported diverse expression at every stage of his impressive career. His work won the Humanitas Prize and he was the co-creator of the popular character Static. He died in 2011.
 
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Go, Look: The Warrior's Song

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Collective Memory: HeroesCon 2016

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Links to stories, eyewitness accounts and resources concerning the 2016 edition of HeroesCon, held June 17-19 in and around the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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
* Ryan Cecil Smith

Facebook
* Event Page

News Stories And Columns
* Charlotte Observer

Photos
* AdHouse Books
* Ed Piskor
* Out Of Step Arts
* Winston-Salem Journal

Twitter
* Festival Account

Video
* HeroesCon 2016 Drink & Draw

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Go, Look: Jason Sturgill

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied & Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* the writer and artist Chip Zdarsky has announced that his and artist Joe Quinones' version of the Howard The Duck character will see a last issue with #11. Apparently that's a sixteenth issue due to the fundamental manipulative stupidity of the comics industry with these issues numbers, but it's not like that's the createors' fault. Congratulations to them on their run. Apparently the book could continue at current sales number but the story for which the creators launched the title has come to a conclusion and they're leaving the series. I liked that comic just fine when I read it; I thought its creators did well enough with the tough job of executing a comic with that character in the age of line-wide narratives and tell-me-why-to-buy-this consumer choice. It was also instructive how essentially conservative this latest Howard series seemed compared to the 1970s version helmed by co-creator Steve Gerber. At times reading the new Howard was like watching a reboot of All In The Family where Archie chooses his words carefully and there are very few moments of conflict.

* Brigid Alverson has some word as to what we might expect from new Tokyopop comics. Here's an interview with Stu Levy at the comics business news and analysis site ICv2.com.

* speaking of Alverson, her interview with Drew Ford should give you an idea of what's up with his new company moving forward.

* I'm sure I pulled this for a different reason, but here is a bunch of newly-released small press work.

* PW has a survey of material out this Fall. Scroll down to the Drawn and Quarterly/Fantagraphics section in particular and it's just one nice-sounding comic after another. I think I'm most looking forward to Mooncop, but that's only right at this moment. I'll be anticipating a different comic tomorrow.

* finally, here's a new character at Marvel. They don't do a lot of new characters with this kind of public launch, so it struck me was worth noting.
 
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Go, Read: Michael Dooley Talks To Tosh Berman

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By Request Extra: Locust Moon's Chris Stevens Needs Some Help To Bring Home His Beloved Inky The Cat

Explained here.

I know that some people dismiss pet-related requests outright, but others pay more attention to them than any other kind of request and I hope I will never have the desire to judge people at their point of need.
 
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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Samantha Maldonado profiles Andrea Tsurumi. Sarah Mirk talks to Lisa Hanawalt. Jeffrey Renaud talks to Cecil Castellucci. Jessica Voelker talks to Gary Groth. Susan Karlin talks to Paul Dini.

* not comics: I'm not the biggest fan of Star Trek, but this is a fun picture.

* Steve Lieber: either one of the classiest people in comics or one of those with the most extra time on their hands. Or both, maybe. I don't know. You decide.

* Rob Kirby on Talk Dirty To Me.

* the drawing here looks like a lot of fun, although I have something close to zero interest in the subject matter and suspect the lives as lived are ultimately more fascinating that fanciful extrapolation.

* go, look: rare Al Columbia art on eBay.

* finally, I'm terrible at linking to strings of conversation from Twitter, but somewhere in here scrolled up or down Darryl Ayo digs into Cartoon Utopia.
 
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