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December 13, 2018


Go, Look: Art Baxter's Advent Calendar

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OTBP: Young Shadow Pamphlet One

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The Never-Ending, Four-Color Festival: Shows And Events

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By Tom Spurgeon

* Chicago Zine Fest will start accepting exhibitor applications next month. Mark your calendars.

 
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If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

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Go, Look: Michele Chidester

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Happy 83rd Birthday, Ed Koren!

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Happy 33rd Birthday, Carl Antonowicz!

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Happy 50th Birthday, Joseph Michael Linsner!

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Happy 57th Birthday, Philippe Francq!

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Happy 53rd Birthday, Kyle Baker!

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December 12, 2018


Go, Look: Mothers, Artists, Capitalism

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By Request Extra: Bezoar #3 To Benefit Patrick Dean

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Well-explained and example pages provided here.

Like many folks in comics I am very fond of Patrick and want him to receive every last benefit of the community's ability to provide whatever relief it can and to express its affection. Plus this should be a fun comic, and it's a series where there's been five years since the last issue so I'm just glad to see it published. Please do what you feel you can.
 
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Go, Look: World War Two Era Gag Cartoons

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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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JUL180923 LOAC ESSENTIALS HC VOL 12 BARON BEAN 1918 $29.99
It's a weird week in that I didn't detect the kind of alt-/art- solo release that is my bread and butter when it comes to wanting things from the comics shop. I still do love the LOAC line, and I am particularly fond of their essentials books, so George Herriman's other strip gets the call. It's good to great work, and generally more accessible than Krazy Kat.

imageOCT180199 HEAD LOPPER #10 CVR A MACLEAN (MR) $5.99
OCT180200 HEAD LOPPER #10 CVR B D ANGELO (MR) $5.99
OCT181279 GIANT DAYS #45 $3.99
AUG181397 GIANT DAYS EARLY REGISTRATION TP $14.99
OCT180274 HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 CVR A MIGNOLA $3.99
OCT180275 HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 CVR B MOON $3.99
OCT180276 HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 CVR C BA $3.99
OCT180512 HAWKMAN #7 $3.99
OCT180513 HAWKMAN #7 VAR ED $3.99
OCT180220 MAGE HERO DENIED #14 (OF 15) $3.99
Hey, it's the comic books. I'm a huge fan of Head Lopper, which for the uninitiated of you out there is kind of like the best cartoon for 14-year-old boys you've yet to see. I love looking at it and love reading the tons and tons of pages that constitute a single issue. I recommend it. I always buy anything John Allison is up to, ditto Mike Mignola and his works. I'm surprised by how much I've enjoyed the Hawkman comics, which just seem hilarious to me: so much action they have to move some of it between panels. As I've written elsewhere I'm delighted that Matt Wagner is finishing his Mage saga next spring. This is the penultimate issue.

SEP180532 ANIMAL MAN BY GRANT MORRISON HC BOOK 01 30TH ANNIV DLX ED $34.99
I'm not sure what sets this version part from previous ones -- I'm very happy with the comic books -- but this is a crucial work for the superhero genre and if you like the men in tights at all I imagine you want some version of it on your shelves.

FEB181599 PHANTOM COMP DAILIES HC VOL 14 1956 -1957 $60.00
AUG182012 PHANTOM COMP SUNDAYS HC VOL 05 1953-1957 $65.00
I love Wilson McCoy's Phantom for its perfect ratio of weird to funny to adventure (about 20-10-70). I could post individual panels from it forever. I don't even know if these volumes are any good, I like the work so much.

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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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Go, Look: A Necklace For The Queen

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Forthcoming Comics-Related Events, Through January 2019

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December 13
* If I Were In London, I'd Go To This

December 14
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 15
* If I Were In Helsinki, I'd Go To This

December 18
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

December 22
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

December 23
* If I Were In Mumbai, I'd Go To This (Mumbai Comic Con)

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January 4
* If I Were In Chicago, I'd Go To This

January 24
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 25
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 26
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)

January 27
* If I Were In Angouleme, I'd Go To This (FIBD)
* If I Were In Pasadena, I'd Go To This (Pasadena Comic Convention And Toy Show)

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Events For February 2019 Onward Listed Here

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Go, Look: The Case Of The Forgotten Stagecoach

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Random Comics News Story Round-Up

image* Mark Nevins would like for you to read Piero. I agree with Mark. That's a lovely book.

* this Dave Cooper process video sure is something to see. Turn your sound down before you click through.

* looks like MCAD is hiring a professor of comic art, title dependent on experience. There is good news for some in that an MFA is preferred but not required.

* finally: let's get Bill Finger an award.

 
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Happy 65th Birthday, Mark Landman!

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Happy 43rd Birthday, Pat Lewis!

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December 11, 2018


Go, Look: Sylvia Plath's Last Plan

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By Request Extra: Darryl Cunningham Could Use A Boost

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Here. I have some Darryl Cunningham art in my home and it looks great on a wall. Nicest man, too. If you can help...
 
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Go, Look: House Of Flowers

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Bundled, Tossed, Untied And Stacked: Publishing News

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* Greg Goldstein out, Chris Ryall back in at IDW. PDF of the initial PR here: ryallbacktoidw.pdf It feels to me there's a big story of their last 30 months for one of us to cover.

* Joseph Ilidge is out at Valiant. I wouldn't feel comfortable contextualizing this story with a throwaway comment, mostly because I can't figure out what the proper expectation might be for this company performance.

* here is Avery Hill's summer 2019.

* new Ian Williams from Penn State University Press in 2019.

* a new company has announced an all-at-once format release strategy that will remind people of streaming movie services, I'm sure. It could work, although the numbers are so small for the vast majority of all publishing projects it will be difficult to tell. There has been some playing around with this notion, particularly the softcover/hardcover releases of works aimed at younger readers, and the release of a trade right on top of final serial release at a lot of companies now.

* finally: it's Dav Pilkey's world and we just live in it and buy his books if they print enough of them.
 
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If I Were In Portland, I'd Go To This121118

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