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April 25, 2018


Go, Look: Molly Fehr

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This Isn't A Library: New, 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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FEB180469 ALACK SINNER AGE OF DISENCHANTMENT TP $29.99
It's going to be near-impossible to buy an obviously better book this year. This is the second half of IDW's publishing project on behalf of all the Sinner work. These comics are marvelously drawn and the narratives are very lean.

imageFEB181556 NOW #3 (MR) $9.99I put this comic into the featured image slot just so I could go look at the cover. So Mission Accomplished there. It did not disappoint and neither has this anthology series.

DEC171204 GIRL IN THE HIMALAYAS ORIGINAL GN $16.99
DEC171208 GOLDIE VANCE TP VOL 04 $14.99
No idea on the former one except I liked the style represented on the sole cover image. That's enough for an in-store inspection, for sure. The second one is a solid all-ages performer; a fourth volume feels like a strong indicator this one is working with audiences.

SEP170442 ABSOLUTE PREACHER HC VOL 03 (MR) $150.00
Never a real fan, I feel like this material might look pretty great in this particular format. DC has a lot of this figured out.

FEB180605 BEEF #3 (OF 5) (MR) $3.99
FEB180645 KILL OR BE KILLED #18 (MR) $3.99
FEB180685 SAGA #51 (MR) $2.99
FEB180380 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EVIL AT BALDURS GATE #1 CVR A DUNBAR $3.99
FEB180381 DUNGEONS & DRAGONS EVIL AT BALDURS GATE #1 CVR B KOTZ $3.99
Beef is the new Shaky Kane and is impossible to describe without the words "Shaky" and "Kane." Kill Or Be Killed and Saga are A-level Image series and their appearance (particularly the latter) should mean a lot of happy customers. There are sad elements to each. The D&D stuff I noticed because I guess D&D is a thing now, but I'm convinced that the narrative elements of those games are nowhere is the key to its success as I thought when I was a little kid. So I'm always confused by narrative-driven spin-off.

FEB181034 ANIMOSITY HC VOL 01 YEAR ONE (MR) $39.99
This series -- which I understand is basically "Everyone The Wonder Everything" had a lot of nice buzz in the comics shops I've visited while coming out in serial form.

FEB181731 FASHION IN ACTION $20.00
That's a nice price point for a collection of JK Snyder III's stylish late 1980s back-up serial. I'm not sure I need to go back, but this makes it moire likely.

FEB182123 COMICS REVUE PRESENTS APR 2018$19.95
There's a really fun stand-alone Wilson McCoy Phantom story, a bunch of weird color Russ Manning Tarzan Sundays set in the earth's core and a satisfying later-period Flash Gordon story. I do so enjoy getting this magazine.

FEB182049 DC COMICS VARIANT COVERS COMP VISUAL HISTORY $45.00
Yeah.

MAR182160 READING LESSONS IN SEEING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GNS SC $30.00
An academic book with a non-academic price point. No idea why I'm obsessed with price pints this morning.

FEB180526 PERVERT OGN (MR) $17.99
I liked the Island excerpt and look forward to consuming this.

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

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

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Go, Look: W Loud's Punk Hero Comic Book Covers

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* John Seven on It's Cold In The River At Night. Alex Hoffman on The Pervert. Tom Murphy on Anti-Gone. Charles Hatfield on 5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior.

* not comics: Marvel doesn't want to tip their hand as to the shape of their movie series until after Avengers 4, to best take advantage of the mystery caused by a lot of actors that are key to those movies coming to their contractual end. I hadn't thought of it, but this would have an effect on the big conventions where subject announcements are made.

* meanwhile, over at TCJ, the great Michael Tisserand tells one of the great stories in comics history, that of cartoonist Eugene XXX.

* finally: on the challenges facing the Direct Market. By "challenge," this article means "way to die."
 
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Happy 91st Birthday, Albert Uderzo!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Milo George!

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Happy 66th Birthday, Peter Sanderson!

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April 24, 2018


Go, Look: Eric Kostiuk Williams

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

By Tom Spurgeon

image* Drew Friedman unveils his cover for Jon B Cooke's big book about the series Weirdo. That's a fine R. Crumb, but a choice young Peter Bagge.

* Danica Novgorodoff will do four graphic novels in conjunction with a theater company's new season.

* this feels like propping something up for a shot at selling television/film right more than a long-term print plan, but that's a fun-enough property, I guess.

* I don't think someone just doing a video trailer for a comic is news anymore, but I'm happy to see a new Hope Larson book and sites excited about that fact.

* 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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If I Were In Montreal, I'd Go To This

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

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OTBP: Comics By Douglas Noble

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Ally Russell on Godhead.

* I hate the headline here; Michael Cavna checks in with the cartoonist.

* here's a short report from the MariNaomi/Tillie Walden/Pamela Ribon panel organized by the LAT Book Festival over the weekend.

* here's a selection of recommended graphic memoirs. Not everything that Alison Bechdel and Lynda Barry are graphic memoirs, but the enthusiasm for those they've done is apparent.

* this walk through Jesse Jacobs' work is quite fun. At this point, I'll read everything Jacobs does with impatient curiosity.

* finally: a recap of #FanCon from a devoted, close watcher.
 
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Happy 48th Birthday, Warren Craghead!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Devlin Thompson!

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April 23, 2018


Lee Holley, RIP

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Your 2018 Glyph Comics Awards Nominees

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The East Coast Black Age Of Comics Convention has announced this year's round of Glyph Awards nominee, with the winners to be announced during their Philadelphia show. They are a mixture of creator and creation. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

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STORY OF THE YEAR

* A.W.O.L.; Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist
* (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1; Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer, Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist
* Is'nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1; Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer and artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Malika - Dragon Trials; Roye Okupe, writer, Chima Kalu & Osas Asemota, artist
* Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Killer Croc/Boomerang/Amanda Waller; Vita Ayala, writer, Brian Level, Oscar Bazaldua, Matt Merhoff, artist
* What Is Race?; Whit Taylor, writer, Whit Taylor, artist

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BEST COVER

* (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* The Power Knights; Keithan Jones, writer, Keithan Jones, artist
* Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist

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BEST WRITER

* Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer; Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1
* Vita Ayala, writer; Suicide Squad Mot Wanted: Killer Croc/Boomerang/Amanda Waller
* Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer; Kid Carvers
* Tim Fielder, writer; Matty's Rocket: Book One
* Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1
* Jamar Nicholas, writer; Leon: Protector Of The Playground
* Roye Okupe, writer; Malika - Dragon Trials
* Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer; (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4
* Dedren Snead, writer; Sorghum & Spear: Simadan
* Kevin Sorrell, writer; The LIfe And Times Of Abigail Waller
* Whit Taylor, writer; What Is Race?

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BEST ARTIST

* Tim Fielder, artist; Matty's Rocket: Book One
* Shauna J. Grant, artist; Princess Love Pon
* Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist; Superb, Vol. 1
* Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1
* Ronald Nelson, artist; (H)Afrocentric Vols. 1-4
* Jamar Nicholas, artist; Leon: Protector Of The Playground
* Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist; Kid Carvers

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BEST MALE CHARACTER

* Albert Hathaway; Heroes Of Homeroom C; Anthony Ruttgaizer, writer, Carlos Granda, artist
* Charley Carver; Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Is'nana the Were-Spider; Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1; Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer, , artist
* Jonah Watkins; Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist
* Leon Magnificent; Leon: Protector Of The Playground; Jamar Nicholas, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist
* Marsalis J. Parker; Blackwax Boulevard; Dmitri Jackson, writer, Dmitri Jackson, artist
* Michael Cray; Wildstorm: Michael Cray #1; Bryan Hill, writer, Bill Sienkiewicz, artist

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BEST FEMALE CHARACTER

* Abigail Waller; The LIfe And Times Of Abigail Waller; Kevin Sorrell, writer, Kevin Sorrell, artist
* Ada Turner; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1; Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer, Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist
* Cruz Ochoa; A.W.O.L.; Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist
* Devil Girl; Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #21; , writer, Natacha Bustos, artist
* Kayla Tate; Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist
* Malika; Malika - Dragon Trials; Roye Okupe, writer, Chima Kalu & Osas Asemota, artist
* Marley Carver; Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Matty Watty; Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* Naima Pepper; (H)Afrocentric, Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* Namazzi; Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Princess Love Pon; Princess Love Pon; Shauna J. Grant, writer, Shauna J. Grant, artist

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RISING STAR AWARD

* Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer/artist; Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1
* Natacha Bustos, artist; Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #21
* Shawnee Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs (The Gibbs Sisters), writer, Mark Hernandez, Hasani McIntosh, Earl Womack, artist; The Invention Of EJ Whitaker #1
* Shauna J. Grant, writer, Shauna J. Grant, artist; Princess Love Pon
* Sheena C. Howard, writer, Ray Hieght, artist; Superb
* Roye Okupe, writer, Chima Kalu & Raphael Kazeem, artist; Malika - Warrior Queen Part One
* Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist; Sorghum

BEST COMIC STRIP OR WEBCOMIC

* (H)Afrocentric, Vols. 1-4; Juliana "Jewels" Smith, writer, Ronald Nelson, artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* The LIfe And Times Of Abigail Waller; Kevin Sorrell, writer, Kevin Sorrell, artist
* Princess Love Pon; Shauna J. Grant, writer, Shauna J. Grant, artist
* What Is Race?; Whit Taylor, writer, Whit Taylor, artist
* Zulu; Alverne Ball, writer, Michael Watson, artist

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BEST REPRINT PUBLICATION

* Deathstroke Volume One: The Professional; DC Comics
* Legend Of The Mantamaji; And... Action! Entertainment
* Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur Volume Three: Smartest There Is; Marvel

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FAN AWARD FOR BEST WORK

* A.W.O.L.; Elvira Carrizal-Dukes, writer, Ronnie Dukes, artist
* Is'Nana The Were-Spider: The Hornet's Web #1; Greg Anderson-Elysee, writer/artist
* Kid Carvers; Alverne Ball, Jason Reeves, writer, Jason Reeves, Samax Amen, artist
* Leon: Protector Of The Playground; Jamar Nicholas, writer, Jamar Nicholas, artist
* The Life And Times Of Abigail Waller; Kevin Sorrell, writer, Kevin Sorrell, artist
* Matty's Rocket: Book One; Tim Fielder, writer, Tim Fielder, artist
* Sorghum & Spear: Simadan; Dedren Snead, writer, Timothy Geathers {pages}; Welinthan Nommo {cover}, artist
* Superb, Vol. 1; David F. Walker, Sheen C. Howard, writer, Ray-Anthony Height, Alitha Martinez, artist
* What Is Race?; Whit Taylor, writer, Whit Taylor, artist

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Go, Look: Splash Pages From Marvel Team-Up

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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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Go, Look: Wolverine Vs. Silver Surfer

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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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Happy 76th Birthday, Edmond Baudoin!

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