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September 18, 2018


Happy 50th Birthday, John Porcellino!

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Happy 64th Birthday, Gary Groth!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Chris Radtke!

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Happy 41st Birthday, Robin Brenner!

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Happy 69th Birthday, William Stout!

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Happy 45th Birthday, Brian Ralph!

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Go, Look: Cynthia Alfonso

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Ted Rall To Comics Industry On Response To Cody Pickrodt's Defamation Suit: You're Doing It Wrong

Here. It's an odd article processed through Rall's experiences suing and being sued.
 
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Go, Look: Tommaso Di Spigna

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied, Stacked: Publishing News

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By Tom Spurgeon

I'm a little bit behind the eightball time-wise, so I'm going to push actual publishing news to next week. In the meantime, the above cover is from a sort-of brand new Edie Fake book that before SPX I didn't know existed. It's really good. So: that's out.
 
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If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* J. Caleb Mozzocco dives into a small selection of various Civil War 2-related event trades. That is such a sentence to write.

* Matt Furie has a trial date for the litigation against Alex Jones and his accompanying media mini-empire over use of Furie's character Pepe The Frog. It's fun to watch Furie run around and seizing back control over the character's use as he's able to do so, and the general applying of his interesting is I think more important than anyone case. If there cases more important than others, the symbolism of this one given Jones' general public awfulness would be sweet.

* Joe Quesada is the latest mainstream industry professional to jump in and correct perceptions regarding some of the logic behind recent alt-comics cultural critics of comics lines.

* finally: I enjoyed reading this comic from Kelly Froh: "How It Is Now."
 
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The Great Joe Kubert Was Born 92 Years Ago Today

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September 17, 2018


Go, Look: Rachael Briner

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Your 2018 Ignatz Award Winners

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The 2018 Ignatz Awards were held Saturday night in its usual sizable conference room during SPX in Bethesda, Maryland. A raucous speech by Ben Passmore was one of several ceremony highlights during what was felt by many to be a longer than usual program.

The nominees are named by a jury selected by the previous year's jury, but the awards themselves are voted on by SPX attendees during the Saturday before that evening's show.

This year's jury was Leila Abdelrazaq, Kevin Czap, Mita Mahato, Carolyn Nowak and Taneka Stotts.

Winners In Bold:

OUTSTANDING ARTIST

* Yvan Alagbé -- Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures
* Ivy Atoms -- Pinky & Pepper Forever
* Tommi Parrish -- The Lie and How We Told It
* Richie Pope -- The Box We Sit On
* Sophie Standing -- Anxiety is Really Strange

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OUTSTANDING COLLECTION

* Beirut Won't Cry -- Mazen Kerbaj
* Blackbird Days -- Manuele Fior
* Language Barrier -- Hannah K. Lee
* Sex Fantasy -- Sophia Foster-Dimino
* Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition -- Julia Kaye

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OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY

* La Raza Anthology: Unidos y Fuertes -- ed. by Kat Fajardo & Pablo Castro
* Comics for Choice -- ed. by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and Ø.K. Fox
* Ink Brick #8 -- ed. by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin
* BOTTOMS UP! Tales of Hitting Rock Bottom -- ed. by J.T. Yost
* Lovers Only -- ed. by Mickey Zacchilli

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OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL

* Why Art? -- Eleanor Davis
* Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom -- Marcelo D'Salete
* Uncomfortably Happily -- Yeon-sik Hong
* The Lie and How We Told It -- Tommi Parrish
* Anti-Gone -- Connor Willumsen

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OUTSTANDING SERIES

* Ley Lines -- Grindstone Comics & Czap Books
* Nori -- Rumi Hara
* Bug Boys -- Laura Knetzger
* Gumballs -- Erin Nations
* Frontier -- Youth in Decline

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OUTSTANDING MINI-COMIC

* Dog Nurse -- Margot Ferrick
* Greenhouse -- Debbie Fong
* Common Blessings & Common Curses -- Maritsa Patrinos
* Mothball 88 -- Kevin Reilly
* Say It With Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food -- Shing Yin Khor

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OUTSTANDING MINI-COMIC

* Recollection -- Alyssa Berg
* How to Be Alive -- Tara Booth
* Hot Summer Nights -- Freddy Carrasco
* Whatsa Paintoonist? -- Jerry Moriarty
* Baopu -- Yao Xiao

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OUTSTANDING ON-LINE COMIC

* Woman World -- Aminder Dhaliwal
* The Wolves Outside -- Jesse England
* A Fire Story -- Brian Fies
* Lara Croft Was My Family -- Carta Monir
* A Part of Me is Still Unknown -- Meg O'Shea

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PROMISING NEW TALENT

* Iasmin Omar Ata -- Mis(h)adra
* Tara Booth -- How to Be Alive
* Xia Gordon -- The Fashion of 2004
* Rumi Hara -- Nori and the Rabbits of the Moon
* Tommi Parrish -- The Lie and How We Told It

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OUTSTANDING STORY

* Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures -- Yvan Alagbé
* Why Art? -- Eleanor Davis
* Rhode Island Me -- Michael DeForge
* How the Best Hunter in the Village Met Her Death -- Molly Ostertag
* The Lie and How We Told It -- Tommi Parrish

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Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.

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Go, Look: We Are All Me

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Comics By Request: People, Places In Need Of Funding

By Tom Spurgeon

* as will be the case for a while, now is a good time to donate to the defense fund covering those sued for defamation by Cody Pickrodt.

* Larry Shell, who raised money from the comics community in 2017 for back property taxes, is asking professionals assist his latest financial crisis by donating original art for an eventual benefit auction. Via PDF: 0_999_Benefit_Auction_2018_Str.pdf. I've never seen an ask like that one, I don't think, but if you were one of those that worked with Shell at some point, I figure you might be interested.

* finally: The Fuhrer And The Tramp blew past its initial ask in several days, and still has a lot of time left. In terms of tone and narrative construction it reminds me a bit of Jazz Age Chronicles, which was my dad's favorite 1980s indie comic.
 
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If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This

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

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If I Were In Pasadena, 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 October 2018

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September 18
* If I Were In Berkeley, I'd Go To This

September 19
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 20
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)

September 21
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brooklyn, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

September 22
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Downey, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Somerville, I'd Go To This (Ladies Con)

September 23
* If I Were In Sacramento, I'd Go To This (AAEC)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

September 24
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

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

September 26
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This

September 27
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

September 28
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

September 29
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

September 30
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This (CXC)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In Baltimore, I'd Go To This (BCC)
* If I Were In Brussels, I'd Go To This

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October 4
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 5
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 6
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)
* If I Were In Colorado, I'd Go To This (Mesa County Libraries Comic Con)
* If I Were In St. Paul, I'd Go To This

October 7
* If I Were In NYC, I'd Go To This (NYCC)

October 11
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

October 12
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (LAKES)

October 13
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (LAKES)
* If I Were In Manchester, I'd Go To This (Over Here Zine Fest)
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

October 14
* If I Were Near Kendal, I'd Go To This (LAKES)

October 20
* If I Were In Las Vegas, I'd Go To This
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)
* If I Were In Santa Rosa, I'd Go To This

October 21
* If I Were Near Cambridge, I'd Go To This (MICE)
* If I Were In Memphis, I'd Go To This (Memphis Comic Expo)

October 27
* If I Were Near Derry, I'd Go To This (ComicCity)
* If I Were In Columbus, I'd Go To This
* If I Were In SF, I'd Go To This

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Events For November 2018 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: Chamber Of Darkness #7

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Go, Look: Oh What A Cruel God We've Got

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Michelle White on Sheets.

* Steve Foxe talks to Henry Barajas. Foxe also talks to the creative team behind one of those Neil Gaiman extended universe comics about a specific scene. I like directed interviews, but I have to admit to zero interest in this particular franchise. They're not for me, of course. HIllary Brown talks to Lisa Hanawalt.

* assembled extra: a quick review of the DC Universe offering/app/whatever.

* finally: Alec Berry looks at the details of defense aimed at helping those sued for defamation by Cody Pickrodt. I heard different things about that article on the floor of SPX, and look forward to examining it in full. I also look forward to revisiting the Journal's coverage of the Charles Brownstein mid-Ohio incident.
 
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